Recent and archived work by Natalee
Over the past few weeks, I've read numerous open letters to President Obama regarding criminal justice reform. I've discussed my views with friends and held conversations with strangers, all while memories from my adolescence came back in strong waves. With this said, I was inspired to share my own personal story, which is sadly just one of millions out there, just like this.
Over the weekend, I went to see the movie Manchester By the Sea with Casey Affleck. It was spontaneous and worth every minute. I cried and laughed and loved the way I connected to the film. The writer and director, Kenneth Lonergan, did a remarkable job introducing the rawness of grief, especially how different the experience can be for everyone. It hit home for me on a personal level, but we’ll talk about my stuff another time. The movie also got me thinking about the importance of film and television in today’s society, and how they both have the power to transport, enlighten—and heal.
Let’s just say girls’ weekend in Portland didn’t exactly go as planned. In fact, it couldn’t have been more unexpected — and certainly one for the books. Typically, for our annual getaways, we’ll gather our plastic and stock up on enough booze to fuel our shopping and eating binges while we catch up on each other’s lives. It’s always a nice escape from the daily humdrum, and full of memorable laughs. However, this year’s annual girls’ gathering sent me on a train back to Seattle with profound longing and a barrage of hard questions.