Unfriended

We have all been there. Hovering our mouse over the “unfriend” button on Facebook. To delete or not delete, that is the question. I found myself on both ends of this. A few years ago, a cousin unfriended me after I called her out when she posted false information on Facebook regarding my grandmother’s death….

A Year in the Life: Reflections of the LGBTQ+ Reality

I wrote the below letter a year ago on July 26, 2016. I wrote it out of distaste towards then Republican and conservative perspectives, and the candidates on the Republican nominees on the presidential ballot. Today, President Donald Trump called to ban transgender Americans from any form of military service, for reasons that are not…

The Hill You Die On

My dad used to have this saying, “Make sure this is the hill you want to die on.” He also had a saying, “You’re pissing against the wind,” which always made me think of Rosalind Russell in Gypsy at the train station, right after she finds out that Baby June has run away and eloped……

Adulting

I have been an adult since my first job at age sixteen; I was a student worker for the Los Angeles County Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee (CCJCC). Go ahead a look it up, it’s real. I can wait. For three years, every break from school, I drove to Downtown Los Angeles every day and…

Wanderlust or Bust: Iceland

Wanderlust or Bust: Iceland My first brush with Iceland was in D2: The Mighty Ducks, or otherwise known as D2: The Cash Grab. One line in the movie stated that Iceland was green and Greenland was ice. This small line burrowed its way into my brain, like most useless facts do (cue the Mr. Plow…

Reflection: Morally Bankrupt Due to Insufficient Funds

REFLECTION: After writing this and walking away from it, I felt good about it – potentially shedding a light on issues in another part of the world. However, I took a moment a couple of weeks ago to look at what I wrote and I felt as though a follow up needed to be written.I…

How Dat Werk?! July 2017

How Dat Werk?! For-Profit Colleges Before I begin this rant, I’d like to note that not all that I say will apply to every single student and graduate of these places. However, the insane amount of people that have spoken out against them is appalling. When I was around nineteen, I hit an academic crisis –…

Wanderlust or Bust: Ireland

Welcome to the inaugural Wanderlust or Bust post! I will give a short overview of my time in a particular country, end with a saying, and give tips that will help you while you are there. And with that, let’s get started! Beautiful and green, Ireland is a great place to visit. The various natural…

Perspectives on Pride: Part 2

June, a month to celebrate summer. The beginning of what is a more restful, peaceful, slower paced time. Perhaps even a good time to reflect on what we have in life, and what we can be grateful for. June, a month to reflect. June, Pride month. As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, I do…

Perspectives on Pride: Part 1

People across the world recognize the month of June as Pride month. It is a time of recognition for the LGBTQ+ community, and remembrance of the countless activists, victims, and figures before us who fought and sacrificed so much of themselves for same-sex equality, gender rights, and transgender rights. Over seven years after I came…

How Dat Werk?! June 2017

How Dat Werk?! Animal Testing When I think of animal testing, I think of Legally Blonde 2, where Elle Woods wanted to reunite her dog Bruiser with his mom, but she was currently being used in a testing laboratory. Who came up with that plot twist? M. Night Shyamalan? But, Luke Wilson was just too adorable…

Investing In Each Other

The White House’s current proposed budget includes a 29% cut in spending for the Department of State and international aid, a 13% cut for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Education, and a 31% cut for the Environment Protection Agency. This proposed budget and the recent CBO score for the American…