When I moved to Argentina, there was much I had to learn not only about the country and the Latin American region, but also myself. At the romantic, idealistic age of twenty-two, I bought my one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. I was prepared to volunteer teaching English, finish the novel I'd started the year before, become … Continue reading Buenos Aires: A Time of Struggle, Awakening, and Transformation
Today I was reading through my personal Facebook feed and found some men questioning the purpose of International Women's Day. What, should we stop what we're doing simply to revel in women's beauty for an entire day? Um, excuse me?! This is only one of many issues that irk me. Women are not here on this earth … Continue reading International Women’s Day: My Heroines
The thought of international travel seemed a wicked, impossible taunt just months ago. My passport lay abandoned and forlorn in my nightstand drawer, gathering dust as I struggled to crack the mold of weariness that enveloped me. I had spent over a month in LA working and visiting old friends, rearranging my life's unrecognizably morphed puzzle … Continue reading Taiwan: The Call of Liberation
Stir-crazy I sit here Wanting to be there, anywhere, everywhere I’m a caged lioness A stadium-raged bull A wasp in a jar An alien in the womb An elephant in a plastic swimming pool I am A voice unheard A word unwritten A breath unreleased A future untold A trip not taken- A moment ready … Continue reading Boxes are not My Reality
Sitting here in the cafe, an old, obese, grey haired man with a plaid flannel shirt and holey sweatpants hobbles in past me, the pungent smell of body odor, alcohol, and days-old-underwear suffocates me. He sits down, scribbles something on a piece of college-lined paper, holds it up to the light to focus his eyes upon it, and … Continue reading Random Thought of the Day- Bukowski’s Fragrance
Well, the Daily Post today prompted: "Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do." It took me awhile to come up with something that I'd advise a friend not to do. After all, I'm of the "better to regret what I've done than what I haven't done" types. … Continue reading Lessons Learned: What I Wouldn’t Do Again
Although change can be quite irksome when it is unexpected, it is also sometimes necessary and refreshing. Getting a haircut, throwing out that pager, donating the Hammer pants to the goodwill, you know what I mean. It's good to keep up with the times and know that Pakistan is no longer part of India, that … Continue reading Make-Overs
I've been thinking a lot lately about body image and how, in this society, thin is beautiful. Ironically, the larger you are, the more invisible you become. After gaining a ton of weight over the last few years, I have noticed how differently people treat me. Not only is it strangers- men have given me significantly less attention- but also … Continue reading The Beauty that is Me- Woman.