• Anneliese Mair

    post-confidence

    having faith in yourself

    March 6, 2020
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    I’ve heard confidence described as a strength, a belief in the self that’s unwavering in the face of doubt. I’ve seen it as an assurance of future success, I’ve known it as faith in patterns and solid evidence, and I’ve seen it advertised as an outcome achieved by using products that sell approximations of “traditional” […]

    words we never knew

    discovering new words for old feelings

    February 7, 2020
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    I’m watching a “Cutest Moments on the Bachelor” YouTube video with my friend Ben, landscape shots of tropical islands flipping to footage of intimate conversations in perfectly constructed gardens. The video cuts to a close-up of a contestant holding her face and grinning into her hands, too giddy to formulate whatever she hopes to say. […]

    a decade undone

    naming now, knowing later

    December 6, 2019
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    I am to start with a Statement on the 2010s––a whole decade coming to a close!––the years of X, Y, and Z, the shifts from A to Q, the return to B, the emerging popularity of E, the obvious appeal of G and H in these times of X, Y, Z, A to Q, B […]

    a brief history of sorry

    adj. (and int.)

    October 31, 2019
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    I do not recall the first time I was scolded, nor do I remember the first time I was Sorry for it. I don’t know when I first used Sorry to qualify my shortcomings, to ask for something, to excuse myself; I’m not sure when I adopted it as a space-filler, a shadow over the […]

    tenses of the sky

    a friendship becoming

    October 11, 2019
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    We sit at the knuckle of Lake Tahoe’s big toe: The shore, covered in pines, bends around the lake’s edge. The land thins into a small peninsula, peaking at the California-Nevada border. Far out on the lake, a boat races through the water, visible only by the faint white trail left in its wake. On […]