Fake Friends, Digital Assistants, and Ray Bradbury

I was listening to a story on NPR the other evening about children using at-home digital assistants and the blurred line of technology versus friend, and all I could think about was the short story by Ray Bradbury (one of my all-time favorite authors) “The Veldt”. Continue reading “Fake Friends, Digital Assistants, and Ray Bradbury”

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No is a complete sentence.

I’ve gotten myself into so many tough spots because I didn’t want to say no to someone. Not because I didn’t feel like I was allowed to or because I was afraid of what would happen if I did, but because I didn’t want to let someone down. I didn’t want to hurt their feelings or disappoint them. But then, when I agreed to something that I couldn’t follow through with, I actually did let them down, and I became anxious about it and distraught. Continue reading “No is a complete sentence.”

Why I Deleted Facebook from My Phone

I did it. It happened the day after the school shooting in Florida. I found myself getting into arguments with people about stupid things and I noticed my anxiety getting higher and my threshold for bullshit getting lower. I knew what I needed to do, thanks to the encouragement of my best friend, and I did it.

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Absolutely Disgusting

The other day, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw a picture of a friend’s daughter that she had posted on her page. Her daughter is maybe three, at most. She’s a super cute little girl with bright blue eyes and her hair in a little ponytail on the top of her head. This isn’t anything unusual to see in my newsfeed. I would say the majority of my friends, especially those with whom I am acquainted on Facebook, have children. Some are older and in high school or college, some are newborns. What caught my attention and really bothered me was the comment made by another mutual Facebook friend. Continue reading “Absolutely Disgusting”

No, I Will Not Participate in Your MLK Day Sale

I’m not sure how widespread the incredible work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is known across the world, but if you don’t know who he is, allow me to give you an extremely abridged history lesson. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a southern Baptist minister from Alabama who worked tirelessly to help end segregation and racial injustice toward black Americans during the 1950s and 60s. He worked with President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964, led the March on Washington where he gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech (which you can listen to here), and was working on ending segregation in housing when he was assassinated outside of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray in April of 1968. You can find out so much more about his work and his life by searching his name on Google or checking out his Wikipedia page.

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