I remember the first time I was sexually violated. I was 13 years old and just out of middle-school. While I was “in love” with a boy in my 8th grade class, I had no idea what sex was. I do not recall ever having a “sex-ed” class at school. As far as my young mind was concerned, sex was kissing a boy with an … Continue reading Oppression – My Story About Being Female
What does it mean to be meaningfully self-aware? And, how can I incorporate meaningful self-awareness in my daily routine to ensure I am practicing anti-oppressive behavior? “People see what they are socially cued to see.” My ask to myself is to not succumb to my social cues; to not take the easy road for the sake of its ease. Instead, my ask to myself is … Continue reading "Oppression" – Jimmy Santiago Baca
When I drove into the parking lot of the drugstore that day I had no reason to think the visit would be any different from any other visit I had made to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. This particular drugstore’s parking lot on the Westside is a regular hotbed for the local homeless community. I think it has something to do with the … Continue reading Dirty Blanket
…and if you would have asked me even just a few days ago how I was feeling about not leaving, was there FOMO, or heartache of any kind, I would have emphatically told you I’m fine. I’m totally fine; even though I wasn’t. You see, my husband and I decided a year ago on the last Saturday of Burning Man, as we watched the sun … Continue reading For the Last Four Years at This Time I Was Leaving For Burning Man.
Two-weeks ago while driving home with my step-daughter we had a moment together that will stick with me for eternity. As we made our way home for the evening we approached the last major left-turn we had to make before arriving at our home. Arriving at the intersection, the light in front of us turned red and we stopped. Being the lead car in the … Continue reading Moments That Matter
Last night, K and I had the honor of presenting to the University of Southern California (USC) Reach Club on campus. It was an intimate setting, with students representing all years of the school. Most strikingly, the group represented an extremely diverse background of majors and interests – social media, philanthropy, data science, theater and even government. Overall, a pretty good snapshot of the student … Continue reading We Are Here From the Future