Herstory, Now More than Ever!

Women’s History Month; International Women’s Day—A Time to Reflect and Persist! Ah, March. It’s officially Women’s History Month—my favorite time of the year! Personally, I like to celebrate women’s history every day. However, this year especially, Women’s History Month needs more attention!  We—all of humanity—need to remember the incredible and hard fought efforts of women…

Morally Bankrupt Due to Insufficient Funds

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we will have a discussion about morals. Anytime I think or discuss this topic, I instantly think of the movie Election where Tracy Flick (played by Reese Witherspoon) defines the terms to an annoyingly accurate degree. On an overall scale, she would land somewhere around solicitors in front of stores that…

Eating My Words

March 2014. I was working in Downtown Los Angeles, and a coworker and I decided to venture out to LA Live to go to Lawry’s Carvery for lunch. As we approached Figueroa St., we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by colorful creatures. “What the hell!?” I shouted as a pedestrian hit us with his 8-foot wingspan…

Things My Parents Were Right About: February 2017

Something my dad taught and continues to remind me of everyday is to, “Stay linear.” This is applicable in many situations, such as staying focused in school, pushing hard when job hunting, achieving any goal, or driving to make any dream a reality. Lately, I think about this quite often in the realm of social…

No Excuses: Gaining Purpose from History

Every now and then, I overhear conversations between people; when you are in areas that cultivate large groups, this is something that will happen. An issue that often comes up is people like blaming issues of their past to justify why they cannot do something today. Granted, there may be some sort of physical and…

From the Mind of an Educator: Why Betsy DeVos Would Be the Wrong Choice

The potential nomination of Michigan’s Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education spurred controversy not normally seen concerning cabinet positions. Education is near and dear to the hearts of many Americans, which is why this cabinet position—more than nearly all others—deserves a tremendous amount of scrutiny. President Trump has promised $20 billion will be spent on…

How Dat Werk?! January 2017

How Dat Werk? – I Don’t Need Feminism! This past election in the United States stirred up unresolved issues that are misunderstood. One of those issues was the subset of people who wanted to abolish the 19th Amendment. Quick history lesson: the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920 through the dedication…

This is a (Wo)Man’s World!

profeminist adjective men in favor of or supporting feminism   On January 21, 2017, women and men marched side by side in arguably the largest protest in modern history. Known as the Women’s March on Washington, the event occurred in numerous cities across globe in an effort to bring light to ongoing fight for women’s…

Eastman Meets West: Episode 001

Welcome to our podcast, Eastman Meets West! This week we discuss the inauguration, what the next four years will present in America, and what we as a country can learn. RO and LHO

Sleepless in New York

Over the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday and my birthday, I decided to spread my wings and make my way to the Big Apple to visit family and escape the disgusting heat of Southern California (why it remains eighty degrees during mid-November is beyond me). Flying Virgin America, my boyfriend, his youngest brother, and myself embarked from…

Healthcare for All. Healthcare for All?

From December 7-8, 2016, I attended a seminar through my work put on by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement. All of the workshops I attended were great, but one in particular stuck out in my mind. The workshop was titled “When Tragedy Strikes, Will You Be Prepared?: Insights and Stories from Orlando Health.” For those…