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What a gun auction taught me about ‘middle America’

This is the truth: parallel worlds really do exist in America, and when each collide with the other they do just that – collide. For those of us who straddle these two worlds, we battle a constant identity crisis, because there’s no longer a common language or vision of what America can and should be.

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An open letter to the men who feel attacked by #metoo

I’m not attacking you. I’m just being honest. I’m just telling you what my life has been like. I’m just asking you to listen, and imploring you to act. Begging you to feel as uncomfortable and outraged as I have my entire life.

Why you should watch Beyonce’s “I was here” before 2017 ends

"Can I have a mid-life crisis at 26?" I ask myself; standing opposite my reflection. The usually warm glow from my vanity now feels like harsh a spotlight.

How to avoid having a mental breakdown in the airport

If that mom in front of you with a screaming baby isn't freaking out, you shouldn't either. And also, don't be that guy. You know, the Giants' fan. 

The Day Has Come: Saudi women can drive

It happened.

Shared: Why do expats live in bubbles?

Expatriates the world over are often seen as existing in cosseted bubbles – but the reality is complicated

What the Irish can teach Americans: Resiliency on a national scale

In 7th grade, Mrs. Fyke taught our class about the Irish potato famine through an experiential exercise. Like a real-life Mrs. Frizzle (minus the amazing school bus), she encouraged us to step into the shoes of a contemporary historical subject;... Continue Reading →

The Power of Words: Thoughts from Maya Angelou

As we all deal with the blowback of the recent events in Charlottesville, and the reactions from political leaders, I urge caution in the words we use. And caution in our actions so that we don't add to the fire of hatred, but find ways to effectively and systematically counter it. 

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