Happy Thanksgiving, and RIP To All The Delicious Turkeys That Gave Their Lives

Last Thanksgiving was my first with a new kidney, so naturally I was grateful to my anonymous donor. This year I'm just thankful to be alive and breathing. Okay, I admit that sounds totally lame—and vague as hell—but it's really how I feel. Honest. Maybe because I've been through so much hell pre-transplant, I'm somehow … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving, and RIP To All The Delicious Turkeys That Gave Their Lives

Sharing Writing Advice: Choosing a Point of View in Narrative Writing

Point of view is the perspective that a writer uses to narrate a story or any particular scene in the story. Most narrative writing employ either a first person or a third person point of view. Another point of view—second person—is less common but has begun to gain more popularity recently. Along with other main … Continue reading Sharing Writing Advice: Choosing a Point of View in Narrative Writing

Native Erasure: CNN Labels Native American Voters as “Something Else”

Just by Googling "Native American vote 2020," it becomes obvious that the erasure of the Indigenous populations of America is still underway. CNN had a graphic that labeled Natives "Something Else." The irony of the graphic is that they clearly labeled Asian voters, who are at 3 percent, and neglected to do the same for … Continue reading Native Erasure: CNN Labels Native American Voters as “Something Else”

Would Socrates and Jesus Be No-Platformed If They Were Alive Today?

I recently read Teresa M. Bejan's "The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech.'" She raises some good questions about the First Amendment, free speech, Facebook and Twitter, and no-platforming. She also makes mention of Diogenes the Cynic, a Greek Philosopher who told Alexander the Great to "get out of his light" and apparently "lived in … Continue reading Would Socrates and Jesus Be No-Platformed If They Were Alive Today?

Balancing Being a Parent and Being an Individual

When I was much younger, and admittedly, at times throughout my adult life, the phrase "loving myself" has elicited some immature and inappropriate jokes. I'm beginning to think that this was just a defense mechanism to laugh away the fact that I didn't actually love myself. I'll spare you the jokes. Growing up, being kind … Continue reading Balancing Being a Parent and Being an Individual