On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate women for *all* they are

I often recall the quote by Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large. I contain multitudes.” Oh to have that luxury.

It’s an ultimate sign of power to be able to…


Holding space for both positive and negative emotions while revisiting the beliefs behind them helps us make sense of a difficult year

Today’s the first day of March 2021, causing many to pause and take stock of a year defined by loss, sacrifice and necessitated adaptation.

As the anniversary of…


When an inanimate object becomes the object translating your affection, what is real and what is imagined?

[edit: this article was originally written before COVID-19, but it connects strongly to the feelings many have experienced from virtual dating during the pandemic.]

When I was very little, I remember thinking there…


I can’t help but consider the fact that my big love — and its love lost equivalent — dictated the trajectory of my entire adult life. …


I remember the first time I really noticed the chasm.

I was with my folks, visiting friends from out of town. Eager to catch up, I was particularly excited to chat with my dad. He is, after all, the best listener I know, and some career developments had put me…


In today’s world of disillusionment, sustaining a romantic spirit requires courage — but isn’t clearly defined

The monologue at the start of “The Holiday” gives me chills.

I have found almost everything written about love to be true. Shakespeare said, ‘journeys end in lovers meeting.’ Oh, what an extraordinary thought…


The Non-resolution Resolution for a New Decade: Simply Be

When’s the last time you simply existed?

Not in a meditative state, necessarily, but at a level of consciousness where you acknowledged that the act of being alive was not only sufficient but a goal in and of itself. It seems a bit misleading, calling existence a goal, when you…


Finding grace in an unexpected gift — a surgery recovery of body, mind and spirit

Photo by Marta Filipczyk on Unsplash

Your ultrasound shows indicators that you have an ovarian torsion, the doctors said. We won’t be able to know with 100% certainty that this is the case without undergoing surgery, where we’ll remove the cysts…

Marissa Fellows

Civically engaged. Community curator. Hopeless romantic and hard-fought optimist. Food & feminism. Art reflects life. Recovering workaholic. Feel all the feels.

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