Written for the Pandemic Writing Project with Lighthouse Writers and History Colorado.

At the beginning of the year we will never forget, I was really sick. So much so I posted, “What third ring of hell is this?? 12 days of headache, stuffed nose/ears, seared throat and lungs, unending coughing…


If a fundraising professional falls in a forest… I mean sends a grant proposal from the work-from-home office, did it really happen?

In this dream, I’m at a conference with my teammates. Something I used to do with some frequency. It’s pre or post COVID so not the recurring dream…


Another screen instead of a friend
Another day separate but on zoom
A work day marks the day different
Another short commute to the guestroom

Another risk assessment of the ordinary
Another socially distanced work around
Another tech platform crammed in my brain
Another unsatisfying solution found

Another afternoon like…


I was born in a town of 300 people in a blue state. For twenty years, I have lived in a metro area with almost 3 million people in a blue state. I don’t recognize rural America anymore.

I didn’t fit in there in that small town. Few would argue…


So many of my favorite people have gotten off Facebook saying it’s too hard, it’s full of nasty politics, comment trolls, or Russian bots trying to exert an emotional response. The fun is gone from Facebook. It’s not fun because it’s not personal. People repost, sharing other content — articles…


Conservative pundits and alt right radio:

The radical left is TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY.

Progressives have a problem with how America was founded.

The “American Left wants to totally transform America.

We are witnessing a “left-wing cultural revolution.”

Are liberals trying to “overthrow” the government?

Fox news is telling us…


All eclipsed out.

In August of 2017, I drove with four friends from Denver to Wyoming to witness the rare event of a solar eclipse. Always the planner and amidst a ton of hype, I was nervous to not have reserved a hotel or camping spot ahead of time. …


[I wrote this story and published it on Medium in 2017. Later, I found this header on the story: “Only you can see this message. This story’s distribution setting is off.” I cannot update the setting so I had to republish.]

I’m 17 years old. I’m on a bus in…


To be a nonprofit fundraising professional who has worked at multiple organizations is to become intimately aware of the problems of the world. You absorb them into your being. They change you. It’s impossible to live on as you did before.

In my time at a bicycle advocacy organization, I…


[I wrote this story and published it on Medium in 2017. Later, I found this header on the story: “Only you can see this message. This story’s distribution setting is off.” I cannot update the setting so I had to republish.]

In February of 2011, I spent three weeks in…

Kimberly Urish

Always an English major, I write short non-fiction about my experiences. Talk to me.

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