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August 28, 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you can’t fight fire with fire.” In context, it typically suggests we shouldn’t fight negativity with negativity. When the mean boy in school teased you for playing with a Tamagotchi, your retaliation (kicking him in his mean ‘ol shins) landed you in detention. As an adult, after working your ass off and interviewing for a promotion at your job for which you were qualified to later find out it was offered to your colleague, talking shit about them behind their back lands you in your boss’s office to discuss “ethics and behavior in the workplace.” As...

August 17, 2016

"Black Lives Matter." A simple phrase, sure, but one that has shown us all via social media, the news, and conversations overheard by the couple at the table text to us that racism is still stronger than ever in our free world. The two sides, ignorantly separated by church and state (and institutionalized racism as a result of the two), passionately express their differences for two very different reasons. Black people and their allies fight for justice, equal rights, and the privilege of not being shot or thrown in jail for being mistaken as someone who has a warrant out for their a...

August 11, 2016

It’s a few ticks before noon on a Sunday morning. There’s a strong, stale tobacco smell lingering in your hair from the night before. You rub your tongue over your teeth and grimace, as they're still wearing plaque from the countless sugary beverages you consumed. You reach for your phone and wake the screen, hoping to find a text from your friend to piece-together at least a fragment of the preceding evening’s events. About a quarter of Carly Rae Jepson's E•MO•TION album has played as you’ve responded to texts, flipped through awfully hilarious Trump memes, and s...

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