SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (December 2016) – I remember the text message I received from my supervisor asking me to meet him for lunch one day in October. This couldn’t be good, I thought. Any time this happens, I’m usually bribed by my favorite sushi into a heavier work load. However, much to my surprise, as I was unsuccessfully attempting to stuff an Ahi Tower into my … Continue reading West Coastlines and Christmas Carols
I came across a letter to the editor titled, Men’s basketball win reinforces UTA pride, while reading UTA’s student newspaper, The Shorthorn. The author and UTA alumnus, Jason Silva, explained how he graduated from the university in 2000, when support for student athletics was modest, at best. He recently attended the National Invitational Tournament quarterfinal on March 22 at College Park Center as the Mavericks played … Continue reading Student Athletics – To Support or Not to Support?
Sometimes you may read or hear something that doesn’t resonate because you’ve never experienced it. I enjoy reading poetry, but I’ll admit there are some poems’ meanings I am unable to grasp, and I believe it’s because I haven’t experienced what the author has lived. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have connected with this poem. I would have read those 20 words and continued scrolling until I … Continue reading The One I Will Never Have
When you think of addiction, what comes to mind for most of us is drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. But in the 21st century-in 2017-addiction has broadened its form of psychological and physical habits to, wait for it… Social media. On April 30, 1789, our first president of the United States, George Washington, was inaugurated. Communication by the president to citizens was limited to letters, newspapers … Continue reading Twitter and Trump- A Presidential Problem?
On Wednesday, March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights, according to Wikipedia.com. All around the world, men and women paid tribute to the accomplishments of females from the past, to women we respect in the present and those whose future we support. There is a total of around 7.4 billion people on our planet and nearly 3.7 billion of … Continue reading Wilder Than The Wind
By definition, popular culture is “cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people.” Pop culture entertains us, but it is also a powerful influence on the clothes we wear, films we watch and even the politicians we vote for. Democrats, republicans and independents are aware of pop culture and, at times, may base their judgment or solidify … Continue reading Pop Culture and Politics – Spotlight on Media
We weren’t allowed to dance at my senior prom. I know, I know–there are far worse things about being a teenager than this, but for me, this was up there. I mean, it’s almost a right of passage to let loose on a dance floor with your best friends after completing 13 years of school (kindergarten was tough on some of us). For my last … Continue reading Her Longing Heart Cried Out
The word “feminist” tends to frighten some men. At least, that’s how Robert Jensen, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, felt until the age of 30. Then he decided to face his fear by studying the feminist critique of pornography throughout graduate school. Nearly 30 years later, a confident, and sometimes objectionable, Jensen stands in front of audiences speaking on behalf of radical … Continue reading From Fear to Fostering Feminism
To understand love (to the extent anyone really can), I’ve learned you must first grasp the concept of what it is not. And love is not comprised of conditions. I learned this painful, but indispensable lesson from a previous relationship. A healthy partnership requires communication, respect and boundaries–not lectures, contempt and control. I agree that a well-balanced relationship involves give and take, meaning many times your own desires are … Continue reading Kind of Like That
Photo source: https://twitter.com/littleredfoxdc On February, 16, Matt Carr, owner of the Little Fox Restaurant in Washington, D.C., read a note left behind by his kitchen staff. Three of his prep cooks had taken initiative to prepare food, taking care of business to participate in the strike, “A Day Without Immigrants.” “We’re a very small business, and without them we would not be able to open today,” Carr … Continue reading A Day Without Immigrants – Mutual Respect