“I wanted my poem to be, like, inspiring, ya know? For other girls. Cuz they gotta learn, but also it’s not always gonna be easy. So I changed my poem a little bit from my own story. Like, with … Continued
Baring It All Shameless. You’re shameless. Good girls? Don’t do that. You were asking for it. You don’t deserve that. You’re not worth it. STOP talking. …. This is for my sister, my mother, my female professor For the … Continued
“WOOF. Smells like teen spirit!” are my first thoughts entering the room. Which couldn’t be more accurate. It’s midday in a cramped middle school classroom. On a San Diego September afternoon. During the Santa Ana heatwave. Inhale too … Continued
I’m not the same person I was a week ago. On a physical, karmic, and seismic scale. Magnitude 9.0 Life is in session. I feel deeply shaken. Torn open. (Uncomfortably) unsure. And treading, cautiously tip-toeing beside newly unearthed fault … Continued
I know these deliberate invasions, these extremist attacks strike us all and can tear open wounds of pain and fear. What outwardly may explode quickly causes an inward implosion of one’s world, psyche, sense of well-being. I also know and firmly believe such moments catalyse a profound wave of compassion and deep empathy. A re-awakened awareness that we are not, in fact, so very separate or alone at all.