Maybe my favorite pilot of all time is the double feature of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (lovingly referred to as DS9 online). In the episode, Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is abducted by alien entities called The Prophets who don’t understand what he is. While explaining corporeal and linear…

I was looking through my Instagram posts, an endless feed of different versions of myself floating by, when I realized that the lost person I was in those photos no longer exists.

I remember the free-falling feeling of the infinite scroll in the before times when I didn’t know myself…

I have died a few times in my short life.

Once I died laying in the grass in Winter Park, Florida. I don’t remember the dress I was wearing to this friend’s wedding, but I remember the feeling of cheap chiffon fluttering around my legs and gripping to the sweat…

Last week a scandal formed around a YouTuber I personally find really insightful and even inspiring in my journey to see the world more clearly. Lindsay Ellis tweeted a comment comparing Raya to The Last Airbender (it should be noted that both works are the product of overwhelmingly white studios)…

In the frozen parking lot of an H-E-B, my husband and I wait in a line that snakes through the pharmacy drive-thru. My shins are cold from the air my wide leg jeans let in above my fuzzy socks. A mom and her three kids stand huddled six feet in…

The Southern Baptist Church has long nourished an environment of strict surveillance dressed as accountability for its women, and basic impunity for its white male leadership.

Though I have read more than a handful of her bible studies, a decade down the road Beth Moore is distilled in my mind as “the bible study and Daniel fast woman.” The Daniel diet is one of hundreds of Christian takes on spiritual fasting wherein you eat only plant-based…

For those who have missed it this week (I envy you) – Lizzo has joined the ranks of celebrities posting on social media about miracle weight loss smoothies and cleanses. If you are part of the anti-diet or health at every size communities like I am, seeing someone so beloved…

Stored within me from years of spiritual philosophy studies is the idea that nature exists as a method of teaching us about our own humanity. Rain hits dry ground to teach us of thirst. Wind knocks a tumbleweed down the road to teach us to be rooted. A butterfly emerges…

As a young adult struggling with depression and insomnia, in the middle of my restless nights I clung to a misremembered bible verse I hoped could inspire my anxious mind to finally shut down for the day: Hope is renewed every morning. (The original comes from Lamentations 3:23 – and…

My phone’s screensaver is a stranger named Rahul who won the 2017 season of the Great British Bake Off. A nuclear physics researcher, unbearably nervous and self deprecating, he is a folk hero in my home. An Indian immigrant to Britain, Rahul didn’t start baking until he was 29 years…

Madie Riley

Disabled first gen Cuban American. Neurodivergent, queer and v hilarious. Writer and creator in Austin, TX.

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