From Politics & Culture

Do The Work: Disability

“There is no neutral body from which our bodies deviate. Society has written deep into each strand of tissue of every living person on earth.” — Aurora Levins Morales When the U.S. president mocked physically disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski at a rally in November of 2015, he yet again showcased an astounding lack of empathy…

Sound Byte: Discipline

Lately I have been thinking a lot about discipline. I used to pride myself on my ability to work long hours in the library and “sacrifice” my social life for my homework. Although this unrealistic work-life balance resulted in the neglect of my social self, my ability to engage without distractions has diminished as I…

Do The Work: Mental Health

“Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power are always an index of how much is not understood about a disease.” — Susan Sontag Mental health professionals across the United States have seen a significant increase in patients struggling with post-election anxiety. With imminent changes to the Supreme…

Sound Byte: Chasing Phantoms

“I was so beautiful before grief” – Amaal Said Sorry about the radio silence. It has been a whirlwind. I have been falling in and out of love with time, space, and myself. I have been contemplating small shit and forgetting big stuff. I have been trying to commit to myself with an effortlessness that…

Do The Work: Reproductive Health

“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.” — Michelle Obama If you didn’t already understand that the American president doesn’t care about women’s bodily autonomy from his infamous “grab her by the pussy” line, there are plenty of other signs of impending legislative doom for…

Do The Work: Healthcare

“The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself.” — Johanna Hedva Although the American president and his administration were unable to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare), affordable healthcare coverage will continue to be under fire in the coming years. Accessing healthcare and health…

Love Voltaire Us Apart: An Interview with Author Julia Edelman

Less than two years after finishing her undergraduate degree, 23-year-old Julia Edelman has published an internationally selling book, Love Voltaire Us Apart: A Philosopher’s Guide to Relationships. The book recently made it to the top of Amazon’s charts, went to number one on Reddit, and has gained her some super famous fans. We sat down to talk to…

Do The Work: Protect the Environment

“The environment isn’t over here. The environment isn’t over there. You are the environment.” — Chief Oren Lyons With the American president intent on denying climate change, dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and gutting the Environmental Protection Agency, the already precarious future of our planet is in even more trouble. Without a livable earth, politics…

Things I Learned in Preschool

I work with young children. It happened by accident. Someone was needed to temporarily fill a teaching position, and I was available, and here we are. My kids (yes, I call them my kids) are a handful. More than once, I’ve wanted to join in on their tantrums and then curl myself in a ball…