It’s the 24th anniversary of my sister’s death. My mother and I don’t know what to say to each other.

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately, but who hasn’t? With the COVID-19 death toll in America rising every day, it’s hard — practically impossible — not to be aware of it. Death is everywhere, and it always has been, but it didn’t need to be like this. …


It is 2013 and the holiday season is in full swing. There is a dead pig in the backyard. My mother, my aunt and my uncle are getting straight down to the business of hand-making sausages while I run around looking for a clothespin to plug my nose. …


Anca Caliman moved from Timisoara, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, to Burbank, Calif., with her family when she was 12 years old. Since then, life has taken her to Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Ireland. …


“Does it spark joy?” Ever since Marie Kondo’s life motto went viral this year after the drop of her Netflix series, people have been using her philosophy to “clean up” multiple areas of their lives. Its original purpose referred to cleaning, and throwing away the objects in your home that…

Diana Postolache

LA-based writer. Romanian American. USC ’20 grad. Aspiring foodie. Usually thinking about intergenerational trauma.

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