An Interview with Skyler Rich

“He's become a dear friend of mine. He's like a brother to me. And if people knew both of our backstories they would never in a thousand years guess that we would end up being friends, yet here we are. That's kinship. Forgive Everyone has allowed me to have these beautiful experiences with individuals I never would have come into contact with otherwise. It's changed my life.”

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April Chen
Befriending Hope

WHAT IS HOPE?

Hope is often mistaken for its distant cousins, Optimism and Naivety. But really, once you get to know them, you notice that Hope has these dark eyes and an unwavering gaze that really couldn’t be mistaken for any other. And unlike its other set of cousins, Joy and Exuberance, Hope is a quiet creature. It can be easy to overlook, especially on days when our other more demanding friends, like Pain and Fear, come calling.

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Mini EssaysApril Chen
Notes Of Reflection And Resolution

A NOTE ON REGRET.

When setting out on the journey of reflecting upon the past year, it is not uncommon to bump into Regret standing squarely in the middle of our path. With Regret stands Shame; at other times, Disdain. We flip through old journal entries with ideas marked with naivety, swipe through photos with odd haircuts and regrettable fashion choices, and think back to who we once were at the start of 2018, with vastly different priorities—and we pause in wonder at how tremendously we can change in the span of just a few hundred days.

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Mini EssaysApril Chen
On Gently Becoming

For the longest time, I wished to be good, but found myself far from it. And I wished to be good not for the sake of Goodness itself, but simply to be one who identified with the Good. But if I had learned to recognize Goodness in its true sunlight form instead of staring at its shadows, perhaps I would have known that Goodness never demands my goodness, but envelops me in it so that I find myself closer and closer to the Good, inch by inch, day by day.

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GentlenessApril Chen