Reclaiming Valentine’s Day

For someone who proudly claims to love love, I am incredibly cynical about Valentine's Day. Once upon a time, it was a holiday of innocent, childish glee. Every year, I trekked the aisles of Target, searching for the perfect Valentine's Day cards. Spongebob or Disney princesses? Puppies or zoo animals? Chocolates or lollipops? Then, I labored … Continue reading Reclaiming Valentine’s Day

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for such a time as this

Image from Huffington Post As an American citizen, the bulk of my education revolved around our country's history. We started at the beginning--or at least, what we were told was the beginning: Christopher Columbus discovers America. The Pilgrims come for religious freedom.  Did you know they became friends with the Native Americans on Thanksgiving?! Soon … Continue reading for such a time as this

Guest Post: Some Thoughts From a Former Charlottesville Resident

 Many of you may remember my friend Ben, politics and journalism extraordinaire!  He was kind enough to offer to write a guest post for my blog this week regarding the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read his article below--if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia … Continue reading Guest Post: Some Thoughts From a Former Charlottesville Resident

Art, Activism, & Apathy

I was once told that I have emotions seeping out of every pore in my body. It doesn't take a plethora of scientific studies to prove that artists are sensitive (though many studies have). At risk of sounding incredibly cliche, I find my own sensitivity to be a blessing and a curse. If you are … Continue reading Art, Activism, & Apathy

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

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