“STAY GOLD, PONYBOY, STAY GOLD.”

March 31, 2020

  Dear Ponyboy, You’re my hero. You’re the hero of every teen who strives for a sense of belonging while shining through individuality. You’re the hero of every person who ever felt misunderstood, or underestimated, or boxed into a preconceived category just for the fuck of it. You’re the...

ISOLATION 101: MY 5-YEAR EXPERIENCE

March 25, 2020

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past awkward years, it’s how to stay at home for days, even weeks at a time without going out (or losing my mind in the process, at least not entirely). I never thought my unhealthy lifestyle could result in useful insights for...

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GROWTH: Why My 7-year Relationship Works

March 17, 2020

Because we put in the fucking work. We don’t fight. We don’t nag. We don’t whine. We don’t get caught up in nonsense because we have shit to build together. Read that again. This is what I’ve learned about unconditional love, healthy relationships, and mutual growth throughout nearly 7 crazy years...

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FOOD ON THE TABLE

March 10, 2020

FOOD ON THE TABLE He locked his screen with a heavy sigh. Another night working overtime. Another night catching the last train. Another night without seeing his 10-year-old daughter’s angelic face before falling asleep. He loosened the collar of his wrinkled shirt and stared blankly across the platform. The...

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I DISCOVERED HIP HOP CULTURE IN OUR BREAKING & STREET DANCE COMMUNITY

March 3, 2020

Hip hop has undeniably, irrevocably, tremendously changed my life for the better. If you’re part of it in any way, I’m certain that the same goes for you. But my on-and-off rollercoaster with rap music is a mere fragment of my experience within the greater culture. And to be honest,...