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It’s the era of BEE — Boss Employee Energy

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So, I accepted a job offer the other day.

Ah, yes. Thank you! Thanks so much! I appreciate it.

That’s just me covering my bases. I figured I’d account for the social reflex of the obligatory “Congratulations!” that usually follows any good news. And, granted, getting hired is good news…


Being explicitly clear that we also play a role in anti-Asian racism is a necessary step in my solidarity

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

When I caught wind of the dramatic spike in violence against Asians, a thought came to mind: how much of the violence and assaults have come from Black people?

Initially, to avoid confronting reality, I didn’t bother to find the answer. I preferred to stay in my ignorant bubble where…


Humor

Not all two ‘Cents’ on living a long, perfect life are created equal

By author

Centenarian

One who is 100 years old or more. A catch-all for anyone who’s made it this far.

Centurion

One who is 100 years old or more and led Roman legions through bloody battlefields, survived mutinies, and avoided execution by Julius Caesar to exceed the average centurion lifespan of 42. The secret…


The androgyny of the most powerful Pokémon was the first crack in my binary gendered world

Image by Chris Maguirang from Pixabay

We’re two months into what’s set to be a year-long epic celebration of Pokémon 25. Today is actually the franchise’s 25th birthday. Normally, I’m the last person to get sentimental about Pokémon because even as a purebred 90s kid, I had like no enthusiasm for the cards, show, or game…


This month, I go back to the dawn of humanity to honor our Black Mother

Art by my sister Alexia Amar

I’m ashamed to say I’ve never given Black History Month the honor it rightfully deserves. Instead, I’ve been apathetic, pegging it as the obligatory public school lesson plan each February so America could check off the “See? We’re not that racist” box.

But, really, my apathy came from hurt. Knowing…


The film villanized him instead of exploring the often neglected journey of the non-birthing partner

Screen capture of Netflix’s ‘Pieces of a Woman’

Spoiler Alert: Major plot points are revealed

As a childbirth mentor and doula in training, I’ve learned that people’s first understanding of birth plays a role in the decisions and outcomes of birth. Often their first understanding comes from a movie they watched once upon a time. …


No country is exempt from the fragility of Democracy

Image from the official Twitter page of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic

Regarding the Capitol's chaos, I feel too detached to have the same visceral reactions splattered on every corner of my Facebook feed and YouTube comments. Blame mental fatigue of waiting with bated breath for the next shoe to drop every couple of months this past year. Since I had nothing…


“…the last shall be first…”

Photo by Boston Public Library on Unsplash

Honestly, I’m not comfortable joining the collective sentiment declaring this year as the shittest year on record. Having had health, food, and shelter for me and those I love, I feel way too privileged. …


Humor

A Holiday poem

Photo by Wicked Monday on Unsplash

‘Twas some days before Christmas when all through the net
Capitalism was booming along with personal debt.
Online shopping carts are stacked virtually high
In hopes ‘Arrive before Christmas’ is not just a lie.
The couriers boasted they’d live to the feat;
The knights to save Christmas from 2020
Delivery workers, they all slaved away
Through…


It makes the absurdity of the movement much easier to forgive

Photo by Kyle Ryan on Unsplash

I was raised by an aunt clinically diagnosed with schizophrenia — a woman I owe my life to. After twenty years of being a hopeless bystander to the ravages of mental illness, words like “crazy,” “insane,” or “lunatic” that easily roll off the tongue in this baffling political climate ring…

Jessica Trésor

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