Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Like many young girls, I used to dream of being a veterinarian. Then, of course, I learned that vet school required far too much math, science, and handling blood--none of which I consider my strong suits. I later realized I wanted to be a writer, but I still love animals and often wish that our … Continue reading Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Change the World, One Step at a Time

For every tragedy or major political event, I spend hours reading the news. Headlines and Twitter threads become my bedtime story; my heart breaks for people I will never meet, and they become my prayer. And so often, that's where it ends. I whisper kind words and send happy thoughts out into the universe, and … Continue reading Change the World, One Step at a Time

March On, Sisters

This post was inspired by Samantha Chaffin's blog post about the Women's March in LA. The title is not meant to exclude the wonderful men or gender non-conforming people who attended marches, and I love each and every one of you who showed up to support the cause. November 8, 2016:  Election Day. It's finally … Continue reading March On, Sisters

Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

I am not a journalist, but I have always loved newspapers. How could I not? After all, I had learned about newspapers from one of my favorite people in the entire world: my father. Every morning, without fail, Dad would drink his cup of coffee and read the paper. He'd stop reading to give me … Continue reading Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

Reading List: Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon

I have never been one for New Year's resolutions. I'm not sure if that philosophy is due to my previous failings or some deeply rooted cynicism, but every year is the same: while everyone toasts to the new year and announces their goals, I stay silent. If I say anything at all, it's more of a hypothetical … Continue reading Reading List: Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon

Words, Words, Words

This year's election has been one of the most divisive, tumultuous races in recent history. Many of us are still battling shock, fear, or a sinister combination of the two--but we are determined to keep fighting. While petitions and protests have dominated my Facebook feed, I have also heard the rally cry of my fellow … Continue reading Words, Words, Words

Land of the Free

My first real introduction to politics was the year 2000. I was eight years old. Our teacher had just given a lesson about the two presidential candidates: George W. Bush and Al Gore. He then handed us a worksheet with a short, kid-friendly version of each candidate's platform. I didn't know anything about those two men, … Continue reading Land of the Free

Modern-Day Abolitionists

This post is written by Xan, who I am honored and blessed to call one of my very best friends. She is also one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. When I asked if she would be interested in writing a blog post, she decided to write about human trafficking, a global crisis … Continue reading Modern-Day Abolitionists

History is Happening

To say that this election year has been stressful is an understatement. On top of the campaign trails, 2016 has seen countless other horrors, from terrorist attacks to justification of rape culture. The more I watch the news or scroll through my Twitter feed, the more I wonder, How can this be happening in 2016?  It's absolutely heartbreaking. … Continue reading History is Happening

love is love is love is love is love

Once again, our country is mourning. My social media feeds are filled with calls for prayers, information for blood donors, and political debates. I know any status I share or any blog I write will just be a blip on the vast space we call the Internet, but I am writing this because when I feel helpless, words … Continue reading love is love is love is love is love