Illustration by Christopher Brockmeyer

Emotions are mysterious. Laughter can come from disappointment, tears from joy. Whatever the source, we know it is better to express our emotions than to mask them. Hopefully what we express will ultimately heal rather than harm. Here’s a sampling of responses NM received when we asked freelancers and staff to ramble on about tears, laughter and anger.

A Shell of Tears
First you have to know that I was one of those kids who would weep at the drop of a hat when I was growing up. My various family members thus changed my name from “Lorenzo” to “Lucy,” or “SissyR