My father demanded us to be the best intellectually and toughest emotionally. We felt the constant need to impress him academically. However, the growing feeling of dejection and increasing need for affection was undeniable. Initially, for me, it was clearly out of fear of what...

One of the lessons grandma once gave that stayed with me was about knowledge. "Knowledge can be so complicated," She said. "We understand circumstances best through life experiences. Otherwise, they are mere words. We can speak words, write them when prompted to, and pretend we...