American Writer, Photographer, and Website Designer. Former career Fire and EMS Lieutenant. She/Her/Lesbian.

Tag: Society

  • From Ties That Bind To Freedom: How I Escaped The Cycle Of Codependency

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    For many years, I lived in a constant fear of being abandoned by the people around me, so I did everything in my power to keep them happy and close by me. That strategy worked fine until the day I found myself standing all alone without anyone else to turn to. My earliest memories are…

  • I Prefer To Avoid The Trappings Of Modern Life


    I don’t have a television, a radio, or a newspaper subscription. I have a Facebook account and a Twitter handle, but I don’t use either platform very much. You might say that I’m living in the past, but I’m actually living in the present. I’m not avoiding modern day life, I’m simply choosing not to…

  • 1984 By George Orwell


    The novel is set in Oceania, one of three intercontinental superstates that divided up the world after a global war. Orwell used England as a model for Oceania, but every other country was somehow involved in its creation: he based Eurasia on Russia and Eastasia on China. He created a new language called Newspeak to…

  • The Gender Binary is an Unnecessary Construct


    If you’re unfamiliar with the gender binary, it refers to the idea that there are only two genders and everyone falls into one of those two categories (male or female). It’s an idea that causes unnecessary strife in our society. While the concept is nothing new—people have believed in the gender binary since before we…

  • Animal Farm By George Orwell


    George Orwell’s Animal Farm may be categorized as an allegorical novella, but it’s far more than just an entertaining piece of literature. It’s considered one of the most important books to come out of the 20th century and has been cited as one of the most influential political novels ever written. The story follows a…

  • What It’s Like To Be Born With Female Pseudohermaphroditism


    My name is Thomas, and I was born with a condition called female pseudohermaphroditism. My condition means that while I was born with normal male genitals, I also had a functioning female set of internal reproductive organs. After a doctor encouraged me to intentionally cause myself harm because, as they were concerned, “people like you…

  • Is Intellectualism Dead? A Provocative Question For Our Times.


    In the last twenty years, intellectuals have been receiving increasingly rough treatment by the public and the media. The title of intellectual has, over time, become associated with negative stereotypes such as elitism, disengagement from reality, immorality and more. It’s worth wondering whether intellectualism has been driven to extinction or if it can experience another…

  • The Cult of Ignorance: How I Became a Victim of the Isaac Asimov Phenomenon


    Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass A few weeks ago, I was having a discussion via Twitter where the person…

  • The World Is On Fire: Why We Should Be More Concerned Than Ever


    No matter where you look, the world seems to be on fire. We are witnessing a political nightmare in the United States, terrorist attacks in Europe, school shootings throughout the United States, protests and civil wars in the Middle East, and a rapidly-changing global climate that will affect millions of people across the globe. While…

  • The Beat Goes On: How Allen Ginsberg Inspired Me As A Writer


    Allen Ginsberg, one of the most famous poets of the 20th century, was also a dedicated mentor and advocate of emerging writers, including me. My experience as Ginsberg’s protégé taught me valuable lessons that I apply to my own careers in freelance writing today. So, I’d like to share some insights into what it was…