Abortion Stats vs. the Holocaust – REALLY?

Note: I’m bringing up the Holocaust because that’s what I saw being talked about; I also bring it up because it relates to me culturally; so I may be biased in that respect.  But I think the sentiment definitely applies to every significant historical human tragedy.   I know I shouldn’t react so strongly to…

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (2017)

I remember reading that Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 album Tango in the Night was meant to be a collaboration solely between Buckingham and Mcvie, the band’s guitarist and keyboardist respectively, who’d remained close friends despite the various personal crises which shook their band.  Then the others got involved (namely Stevie Nicks) and it became a Fleetwood…

Five Reasons to Smile (Activity)

I first heard of this activity on my favorite young writers’ website.  Every so often, we tag each other to share five reasons why we’re smiling today or why others should too.  Sometimes, the reasons I come up with are far too personal to share online, but that doesn’t stop me from tallying them up…

Shirred Eggs

Photo credit: Annette Young, licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic. I recently discovered the recipe for these magical, pillowy, cheesy baked eggs while researching more interesting ways to make them for breakfast. The Dough Mama shared this recipe on HuffPost, and I’ve adapted it to suit my needs (e.g. I changed cream out for…

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Originally posted at ATW. Usually, I’ll encourage people to read a book before watching its film adaptation, or just read the book exclusively. I’ve had a very hard time getting my head around Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, mostly because the plot is sooooo long-winded and monotonous, so I did the unthinkable and watched…

Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Note: This will eventually get posted on ATW. Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday.  (All Scythes take on new names, after “Patron Historics,” aka historical personalities, when ordained.)  Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to…

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

I won’t bore you with a brief rundown of the plot in my own words; I’ll just tell you what I thought of it: The movie, in its 2-hour glory, is basically eye candy of a tasteful variety.  Lots of colors and dancing and aesthetics and good-looking Hollywood people.  I’m not saying that’s a bad…

Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

The first time I heard this album (on a vinyl record, at that), I was thoroughly weirded out.  Let’s just say listening to music you like with headphones on is a completely different experience than having it blare out of an old stereo system where all the non-ELO-loving nerds can hear it. I just realized,…

Unpopular Opinion: “[Wonder Woman is] Still Way Too Over-Sexualized”

I saw this on Twitter today, and it’s an unpopular opinion from a free-thinking young woman about the Wonder Woman movie: "Why don't you like Wonder Woman?" *takes breath* (its cool if you like it, and it's fine that I don't. We all have different heroes.)🙃 pic.twitter.com/gV7ianMHy8 — Anna Joy (@aj_annajoy) June 8, 2017 I…

Body Confidence, Modesty, and Gender Inequality

The following are some thoughts on body confidence and modesty (seemingly conflicting ideas) which have been flying around my head for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of female news reporters and talk show hosts conducting sit-down interviews in really, really short dresses. I’ve also observed that they all sit the exact same way…