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Church With Trees
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Church With Trees

"I grew up believing in magic, fairies, and Santa Claus –– but no God."

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Save a Seat for Me in Hell

Everyone has that “thing” that makes them stick out. As an atheist, mixed-race, nerdy 10-year-old living in “Pennsyltucky,” I had more than a few “things,” but growing up in Amish Country, it was my lack of religion that most obviously separated me from my peers.

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Imprepster

I window shop for a middle name too. I spend so much time on babynames.com that I feel like an expectant mother. Elizabeth, Isabella, Valerie—I try them on in my mouth, in doodled script, in the mirror with my best ‘ello guvnah accent.

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The Way Things Linger

The story hit like a slap, but the after-burn lasted for days. I didn’t talk about it. None of us did.

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Natanson Soccer 5

During Natanson's senior year of high school, her team reached the state finals.

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Natanson Soccer 4

Natanson played on a travel soccer team throughout high school.

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Natanson Soccer 1

Natanson started playing soccer at age five.

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Natanson Soccer 2

Natanson poses with her youth soccer team after winning a trophy.

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Natanson Soccer 3

Natanson played forward for her high school team.

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How to Fall in Love with New York City in Four Hours Even if You Hated It the Whole Rest of the Stupid-Long, Stupid-Hot Summer

Small-town girl moves to big city, never looks back. This had always been my plan, and I was doing a practice run over the summer in a cozy sublease in Morningside Heights.

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Sympathy and Mild Distaste

I’m really just from a slightly more religious slice of generic America, not whatever people imagine Alabama to be. Maybe I should say I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. It feels just as true.

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Waking Up Twice

When I wake up twice, I retain conscious thought but completely lose control.

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