It’s been over a year since the pandemic descended upon the globe to wreak havoc and fear.
I don’t know about you but this year has felt like a really messed up time warp. I should clarify that I’m using messed up to remain polite, but please substitute messed with the most egregious and atrocious bad word you can think of and even that doesn’t come close to the most accurate description.
Although the pandemic has taken a major crap on our parade called life, many life happenings took place for me during this evil wormhole: a major job change…
Over the last few weeks, as communities across the nation have braced themselves for the continuous impacts stemming from the current pandemic, there’s a message that’s been widely circulated by elected officials and media outlets — “The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate.”
Although this statement holds true in a biological sense, it is largely inaccurate from a societal perspective. After weeks of our ‘new normal,’ we can clearly see that the impacts from the coronavirus are largely disproportionate, much of those impacts falling along racial lines.
I keep reflecting on the mantra, “viruses don’t discriminate,” but yet every day we witness even…
The other day I had the opportunity and honor to facilitate an online learning lab focused on bias. Teaching others about the impacts of bias and especially racism, is part of my daily life and work. Thinking about inequities that continue to plague society is always at the forefront. But this piece is not about that work.
What I wanted to share with others is a heartbreaking comment stated during the close of the presentation. It went something like this — “I was hoping that you would talk more about age discrimination that is happening because of this pandemic. Many…
This is a challenging, but necessary piece to write as I contemplate the microscopic enemy that has suddenly shifted our lives overnight creating havoc.
As if mothering weren’t already challenging on all levels, this pandemic bringing with it new and overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty.
These are difficult emotions to deal for any human being, but as a separated mother of four, everything feels compounded and heightened.
As we are deep in this pandemic and learning to re-shift and reorganize our lives, I wanted to take a moment and share a few of my thoughts with others…
I don’t know how many other women around my age would agree with me or not, but no it’s not a compliment when someone says the following to me:
“Wow, you look great for your age.”
“You’re how old?! You don’t look it at all.”
“I want to look like you when I’m that old.”
There are many other f@%ed up versions of this offensive statement.
I know that on the surface, the said individual who makes such a statement to me, or any other woman around my age, thinks that they’ve paid a great compliment. But, come on! Grow…
With the Western New Year, I keep thinking about two of the most important things I need to do if I really want to achieve my yearly goals and create greater change in my life — break up with Netflix and significantly reduce the social media habit. I realize that going cold turkey is probably not the best route and would surely result in relapses, but admitting there’s a problem is the first step forward in getting out of this mess.
I don’t know about you, but if I evaluate my productivity rate over the past couple of years, it’s…
2019: You’ve been a rough one and so I can’t say I’ll be sad once you’re a thing of the past. In fact, I’ll be relieved once you’re gone.
But, with only days to go until 2019 is over and done with, I am reminding myself of the importance of reflecting on this past year. Even though it was a tough one, I need to reflect before I rush to making my new resolutions. I actually like to use the term goals, instead of resolutions. …
I can’t believe I’m writing about this, but I can’t sleep and this piece keeps ‘haunting’ my brain, pun definitely intended.
As a mother of teens and a tween, I’m constantly learning new terms and trends, some that I’ll never understand.
I clearly remember one of my teen girls talk about this trend of ‘ghosting.’ When I first heard it I was like — “Qué? What are you talking about?”
The said teen continued to explain how it’s this thing now to just stop responding to someone, like cold turkey, especially used in the context of dating or potentially ‘talking’…
I write this one with my heart on my sleeve.
Just a few weeks ago, one of my friends passed on from this life and is now on her journey to Miktlan (the place where we undergo our greatest transformation). As human beings, death is the most difficult of relationships. Although as a former scientifically trained individual and biology teacher, I fully understand what it means to be a living being — if you are born, then one day you will die. That is the blatant and harsh truth for us all.
As I continue to move through the stages…
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