Books, Philosophy, Product Reviews, Reading, Reviews

American Gods Analysis: Exploring What It Means To Be American

“If you are to survive, you must believe…Everything.” Faith is certainly an integral theme in Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award-winning fantasy novel, American Gods. The earliest immigrants arrived with little more than faith, and it was their belief in the new world that has made this country what it is. In what can only be described …

Beauty, DIY, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Makeup, Nails, Product Reviews, Products, Reviews, Style

Good Deals At Julep This Month And Two-Toned Manicure Tutorial

I sometimes do affiliate marketing using shareasale.com. If you’re a blogger, I think it’s the easiest way to connect with brands and also get free stuff and discounts, so sign up. I’m sharing this post from Julep because they’re giving away lots of free stuff this month. **Remember, Julep is a subscription box. Sign up for …

Entertainment, Fashion, Style

15 Of The Worst Coachella Fashion Trends

Coachella just happened, and that meant lots and lots of ugly random fashions. Festival fashion is rarely stylish; usually, it’s vapid and stupid. It also promotes rampant cultural appropriation, which sucks. Listen, if your headdress upsets indigenous people, don’t wear it. Because native Americans have been through enough, and they don’t need eager concert goers …

Entertainment, Philosophy, TV

Musing On Metamodernism

My latest obsession is metamodernism, which is basically the artistic, aesthetic, and philosophical culture emerging from (and reacting to) postmodernism. It’s a way to describe how we feel. And, it’s post postmodernism, which was a time when we felt antagonized, ironic, and insincere. Metamodernism is like postmodernism, but there is a waning sense of irony …

Travel

Universal Studios Florida In A Weekend

My BFF Tracy and I were desperate for a weekend getaway, but it’s cold here so we had to head south. My daughters gave us their blessing to head to Universal Studios Orlando as they’d already been, and are basically the kindest kids on the planet.  We were going to stay onsite, but opted to …

Entertainment, Humor, News, Politics

Ken Bone, Mustachioed Man Who Asked A Question In Red Sweater, Did A Reddit AMA And The Amount Of Money He Made From Viral Fame May Surprise You

From KnowYourMeme.com: “Ken Bone is a man who asked a question during the second 2016 United States Presidential Election Debate, which had a town hall format in which selected undecided voters ask questions directly to the candidates. Bone asked a question about the candidates’ energy policies, but because of his name and appearance, he immediately …

Blog, Current events, Entertainment, Humor, Social, Twitter

All The Crazy Dirt On That Woman Who Freaked Out On The Kissing Couple, Anna Storelli

Like everyone else, I sometimes become obsessed with memes. Case in point is the viral video “Restaurant freakout in Santa Monica.” I watched the video like two hours after it was posted on Reddit, and am not surprised it’s gone viral. What does surprise me is the lasting impression the video has left on me… …

Books, Poems

Poetry Analysis “I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing” by: Walt Whitman

**I wrote this for a class, and thought I’d share it here.** “I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing” is a short lyrical poem from Walt Whitman’s poetry collection “Leaves of Grass.” To understand its meaning, it’s important to read all the poems from the section “Calamus,” which are poems that exalt the “the manly …

Books, Reading

Story Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues”

**This is a piece I wrote for a “composition in the humanities” class. I figured why waste my papers when I can publish them here. Spoilers ahead.** At its core, James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” is about the suffering that is native to everyone, and how there’s healing in talking about it (Baldwin). The …

Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

Happy New Year 2017

In a lot of ways, 2016 is not a year I’m sad to close the door on (there was an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, all the great celebrities died, and Trump got elected); however, I learned more than I have in years passed and that makes me hopeful for 2017. It’s the five year …