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The Universe is One Being

The Universe is One Being

There is a quote that I highlighted in neon yellow about four years ago. It rings true for me today more than ever before.   “The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of 

#BlackoutBestsellerList

#BlackoutBestsellerList

Books offer an easy way to momentarily step into someone else’s shoes, to see the world from someone else’s perspective. This week, June 14-June 20, as part of the Black Publishing Power Initiative, everyone is encouraged to purchase two books by black authors so the 

The Hero Within

The Hero Within

“A hero is a real person or a main fictional character who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage, or strength.” Today we’re told our new heroes are nurses and doctors, custodians, and grocery store clerks. Before this virus, we 

We Are All on the Same Team

We Are All on the Same Team

As I was scrubbing dishes and listening to the audiobook titled Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry, I had an epiphany.  “There are specific networks in the brain devoted to determining whether an individual is one of 

Thoughts About This Week’s Thoughts

Thoughts About This Week’s Thoughts

Imagine sitting in a room. You are tied to a chair that is locked to the floor. And you notice the walls slowly but surely inching closer and closer towards you. Your whole body enters fight-or-flight mode, but there is nowhere to flee and no 

Dishonoring the Promise of DACA

Dishonoring the Promise of DACA

Seeking asylum is a human right. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) proclaims in its first paragraph: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution” (Oxford Academic).

Letter #1: Girl, Stop Apologizing

Dear Michele, It is past midnight as I write this, and I should be sleeping. But I had to first write to you about this one book, which I recently picked up: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. I read this title and felt as 

Book Review: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

Book Review: We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

We are All Good People Here. The title beautifully captures the essence of this book. Each character in this book would claim that they are good people trying to do what is right. Except, as this book brilliantly demonstrates through the lives of Daniella Gold 

BOOK REACTION: The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman

BOOK REACTION: The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman

“What are you laughing about?” my brother inquired curiously as he passed by me sitting on the couch reading and chuckling to myself. I put up my index finger in the air to signal him to wait because I could not peel my eyes off 

About Mistakes

About Mistakes

I made a mistake. Mistakes are inevitable, after all. I tried to play it cool, not to overanalyze it. I will not let this bother me, I tried to convince myself. But like a small pebble stuck in my shoe, it bothered me. I had 

On Beauty

On Beauty

After I carefully mask all of my flaws, I observe myself as someone compliments my appearance. The positive feedback is intoxicating.

The Elusive Tomorrow

The Elusive Tomorrow

Today I spent yet another day cleaning already clean baseboards, scrolling through inspirational quotes, and making countless cups of coffee. And before I know it, I will fall asleep convincing myself that I simply had no time to work on my to-do list today.  But 

“Social Distancing” DOESN’T explain the full concept of protecting one another

“Social Distancing” DOESN’T explain the full concept of protecting one another

“Social Distancing” DOESN’T explain the full concept of protecting one another

“Which box would you check? What have you done to earn your box?”

“Which box would you check? What have you done to earn your box?”

These are questions Jose Antonio Vargas, in his memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, presents to the reader. At twelve years of age, he was flown from the Philippines to California to live with grandparents. At sixteen years of age, he found out, 

Letter #3: About Book Proposals

Dear Michele, Speaking of book proposals, I recently started working on my very first one. And let me tell you, this may be the most challenging part of writing a nonfiction book. Being a complete newbie, I realize there is plenty that I have yet