Changing Lives: Women’s Illiteracy

Hey guys, I know social issues are usually Donovan’s domain and Thursday is my Changing Lives day, but let me assure you that this post on women’s illiteracy is in the right place. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting about service projects, charities, and fundraisers that all support ending illiteracy for women. Before I start sharing those, I thought that I would open your eyes to this problem we will soon start solving. Most of us in the U.S., especially those who are reading this…

Playground Politics

When two groups of children refuse to play together on the playground, we teach them to “play nice” and let go of their petty animosities; it’s a lesson we all learned as we grew up. When two groups of adults refuse to play together in Congress, we call it politics and leave them be. Not Good Listeners George Washington warned us about partisan politics. He warned us that two fiercely divided parties could tear the nation apart, but we didn’t listen. We like to divide ourselves into groups, it seems.…

Tijuana Flats and The Dog Park

This week has been a bit eventful, including the brief period of time when I was unable to work on the blog. That was quite torturous. However, in better news, Donovan and I did manage to have some fun. The two adventures that stuck out to me was our lovely dinner from Tijuana Flats on Monday and the Dog Walk on Saturday. Tijuana Flats On Monday as I was scrolling through our Instagram feed I came across a sponsors post: Tijuana Flats, $3.99 Burritos, Monday only. I immediately took a…

A Reluctant Writer

If you’ve read any of my previous writing, you might find it hard to believe that English was always my most hated subject. Well, it was. Growing up, I was always more of a math and science kind of guy. Numbers were beautiful; they were clean, precise, and if you knew what you were doing, you could always get the right answer. English was the opposite of that. It was too free form, too abstract; it was supposedly open to an infinite amount of interpretation, but according to my English…

The Father’s Day Mishap

  Hey guys, As I’m sure most of you remember, this past Sunday was father’s day. Now I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. When I was little, my dad traveled a lot for work, and I wasn’t able to see him very often. The time we spent together was very special. One of the things I share with my father is a love for boating. Many weekends were spent out on the water, sitting at the front of the boat, while my dad stood at the helm. So, when father’s…

Under 18 Does Not Mean Unimportant

It’s no secret that there are plenty of negative stereotypes surrounding today’s teenagers. We’re always on our phones, we’re bad drivers, we’re immature, we only care about ourselves; the list goes on and on. Like most stereotypes, these are not completely false; there are plenty of teens who can’t put down their phones or be bothered to think about anyone other than themselves, especially when driving. These teens are not the majority, but those selfish, inattentive few have unfortunately come to represent my age group in the eyes of many…

The Politics of Protecting Americans

It has been over a week since the Orlando tragedy, but the horror of the worst mass shooting in United States history is still fresh on the minds of all Americans. It seems that we all agree that some sort of action should be taken, but that is where our unity ends. As a result of differing beliefs and partisan politics, we find ourselves divided over the two main courses of action that have been proposed – banning Muslim immigrants or banning assault weapons. So, when the split between the…

Seizing Control of Anxiety and Depression

Talking about anxiety is confusing for most, mainly because there is a huge difference between anxiety and worry. I’ve been worried plenty of times before, and it’s never bothered me. It’s a natural part of life. Anxiety is not natural. It does not present you with that same logical “cause and effect” relationship that worry does. When I was worried about my final exam for chemistry, I knew that it was my fear of receiving a poor grade that was causing my distress. When I found myself twitching uncontrollably on…

Foodies: The Blondie

There is the saying- Blondes have more fun. While I don’t necessarily agree with that on the basis of people, but for desserts, aka blondies, I do. Last Friday, as I was driving home from work, I found myself suffering from a major sweet tooth. Normally, I would just wait till I got home and then make a batch of brownies or cookies, but I was feeling a bit lazy. I was on the was to Donovan’s house, and during the drive, I passed by an Applebee’s. It was one…

Cars, Give Us a Brake

There are so many things I love about working at a grocery store. I get to meet tons of nice people every day, I earn a good bit of money, and I’m friends with plenty of my coworkers. Oh, and I almost get hit by a car every few minutes. That’s gotta be the best part. A big portion of my job involves helping customers take their groceries out to their cars. That, along with retrieving used carts, leads to me spending a lot of time in the parking lot. You know who…