The spring of 2014 found me living in Washington, D.C. – a long-time dream of mine. I was on the cusp of my 30th birthday and enjoying success in my job. Part of the reason I moved from my hometown of Charlotte to the even bigger city of D.C. the previous year was that I had just come out of a very toxic relationship that had ended as a result of him cheating on me. It was time for me shake the dust off of my feet and start a new chapter in my life. Needless to say, I was not looking to date anyone but sometimes life changes our mind. Continue reading
By Cece Flores
Dolly Parton, a name that evokes mental images of big hair and even bigger bosoms, is a person of far greater substance than her image might suggest. From a limited point of view, Dolly is nothing more than sex on parade. But to the open mind, she’s a vital part of the feminist movement. At this point in history (or herstory) feminism has become a sort of umbrella under which exist many categorizations and variations of the common, universal goal: freedom and equality. I’m sure not everyone will agree but here are some reasons why I think Dolly Parton is an important feminist icon. Continue reading
I was in sixth grade when September 11th happened. I don’t remember a lot from that day, but I do remember the feeling of being scared. I knew the adults were scared. I knew something bad was happening. I didn’t know what the Twin Towers were or what terrorism meant, but I knew everything was suddenly going to be different.
When I went home that night, my Dad told me to write down my feelings and what had happened that day. You’re going to want to remember this, he said. I didn’t follow his advice, but I regret it now. I wish I could remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling that day. Continue reading
I started running cross country in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer season. That was my singular goal and purpose. Not to race competitively, or to smash PRs, or to lose weight, or for any other reason. So, it was as much a surprise to myself as it was to anyone else when I discovered that I genuinely loved the sport. I adored my teammates and found that meeting up to cover 6 miles after school was fun. We bonded over long runs where we had nothing else to do but talk. And of course, team dinners and getting out of school early to head to meets only added to my newfound enthusiasm for the sport.
Even after graduating, I continued to run. Just for the heck of it. Throughout college and into my early 20s, I signed up (and sometimes even trained!) for half marathons. I appreciated the time that running allotted me, to think, destress, and reach endorphin fueled highs. Continue reading
We all know that 2017 is guaranteed to be a powerful one, and with inauguration week coming up I look forward to participating in the Women’s March On Washington. Whether you’re traveling to our nation’s Capitol or standing ground in your home city, one thing is for sure: the day will be filled with passion, empowerment, activism, and very specific do’s and don’ts. Fear not! Homeland Security might take our oversized toothpaste, but they will not take our style! Continue reading
I’m just going to lay my feelings out: I’m still shocked, I’m still in denial, and I’m still unsure how I will wrap my mind around the next 4 years of the Trump Administration.
The American People (well, slightly less than half of American voters, if we’re being honest) spoke, so I get it. The votes were counted and the rallies were staged, yet while I promise to remain respectful, gentle, kind, and protective of my fellow Americans, especially those who live in the margins of society, I’m not going down silently.
I haven’t decided what I will be doing on Inauguration Day this Friday, which is why I’ve put together a list of 10 alternatives. Pick one, pick ‘em all. Just keep that mind of yours looking forward! Continue reading
By Jackie Ellin
I haven’t decided whether or not I will watch Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. I can’t watch it live because I’ll be at work. But he’ll be on the news, on the radio, on the internet. He’ll be everywhere. He’ll be everywhere the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that for next four years, at least. Continue reading
This has got to be the worst time to be alive.
That’s the thought that runs through my head every time I turn on the news, or open Twitter, or have a conversation with anyone about the state of the world.
And it’s not just because of the clusterfuck known as our current political landscape, it’s the fact that I’ve been dealt such shitty cards. Why couldn’t I have been around for the Women’s Movement? Or the Civil Rights Movement? You know, something with substance. Why does my defining historical moment have to involve a reality TV show host turned psychopath? Continue reading
There are certain people you could write books about.
Certain people who bring out stories inside you. They fill you with words and hopes and dreams. They inspire and awe you. They fill you to the brim.
My father is one of those people. He is a person worthy of a novel.
So to try to encapsulate him in a blog post seems frivolous. I need more than 800 words to describe the man who taught me about life and the way I want to live it. You can’t sum up your father in a blog post. You can’t describe a parent in an essay. Especially mine. Continue reading
With winter in full swing, we’re often craving something hot to satisfy our appetites and nourish our bodies. While we have our tried and true go-to dishes that we make year after year, we’re always on the lookout for new recipes to add to our seasonal menus. Enter the MVP for the coldest months of the year: Soup!
These 10 delicious recipes are perfect way to warm up on the chilliest of evenings: Continue reading