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This is a meditation on the intersection of belonging and identity, transitions and thresholds, and designing an intentional life.

What’s in a Name?

First name Emily. Last name Ávila. First half American. Second half Portuguese. Just like my life. Totally one, and totally the other. Here, no one

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Within hours of the devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision to rescind the constitutional protection of bodily autonomy, we started getting queries. Texts, emails, and Linked

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ball in pool


I am trying to resurrect my seasonal newsletter. This month’s issue is about summer’s slow ripening, and features a recipe for cherry clafoutis, and thoughts

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In search of silence

I have always loved silence. I am an only child who spent a lot of time at home alone. We’ll unpack the “why” of why

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ode to screen doors

There are some sounds that snap me back to childhood summers. The music from a passing ice cream truck. The song we used to play

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