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MY MISPLACED APOLOGY

I’ve never guessed my presence as anything considerable or comforting, but it’s always brought about an energy that feels like a safe space. When you came to me with everything you’ve suppressed for so many years, all of the hurt and anger that had been bottled and contained inside that big heart of yours, I welcomed it. I watched as you caught your breath between tears to tell your story, just to...

ESSAY BY E.L. DUBOIS

My silence was deafening…  I was a naïve young woman, not yet schooled in the ways of the world. One raised in a relatively conservative Southern family where my only exposures to domestic violence and abuse were through television and film. I did not know true monster’s like the ones I witnessed on screen existed in this world, until I found myself in the clutches of a truly sadistic one.  I lear...

DIMMING YOUR LIGHT, DIMS YOUR SUCCESS

As my story goes, I never wanted to be married with children. I wanted the big career. I wanted to explore the world. I wanted success; although as a child I had no idea how to measure that aside from money. In our home, finances were discussed often and passionately. I remember being around 10 years old and sitting on the stairs listening to my parents worry about money. I remember clearly how th...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – SEPTEMBER FEMALE ARTIST FEATURES

  MONTE: Get into MONTE’s face-melting rock goodness! The female-fronted power trio seamlessly blends rock & roll, punk and pop into a signature sound that is simultaneously unique & relatable. They’re a sassy, pissed-off punch in the face and a quintessential, feel-good rock riff-machine. Inspired by classic punk and metal, MONTE’s fierce lyrics and shredding guitar riffs are cleverl...

COSMIC LOVE

    The painting shows a contrast of light and dark colors.   The broken planet resembles how something can be beautiful even after being broken. The shattering stones resembles as the broken pieces of someone who can still bloom without it.                 Author: Marzia Ali Email: marzia.sayyad@gmail.com Author Bio: I’m Marzia Ali, Bor...

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHAT IT DOESN’T

I’d say I’m a bright woman, I have some senses and some wits and let me tell you   there is nothing more believable than when you’re all wound up on nerves and whiskey and you tell me how you feel.   I believe you like I believe in a punch to the stomach. There is a hunger here, wanting to be the one who gets hurt and survives it.   I’m a bright woman and I know when the time is up....

FALL BOLDLY AND FLOURISH

With the school year starting up, my social media feeds will soon become flooded with the newest learning and teaching styles. While visual learners might connect with infographics more than physical exercises, each learning method shares a common thread. I have yet to meet someone who grew from success. It’s true that success breeds success which helps grow a business, sure. However, how much do ...

THREE QUICK WAYS TO MAKE NETWORKING PART OF YOUR ROUTINE

You’ve heard it hundreds of times: You need to network! If you want to build your client base, get referrals, establish your brand and be a better professional, networking is required. But when you’re already busting your tail to do your job, being involved in your community, staying somewhat healthy, and maintaining your personal relationships, networking often falls to the bottom of the list. He...

NEW MEANINGS

I’ve used the same language all my life Tapping keys on a keyboard Or pushing a pen along the thin lines of loose leaf Vocabularies and definitions shifting with age, experience, perspective Pulling me under an ocean of language   I’ve been so hung up on this word Change Stuck to it as if it belongs to me Change As if the agency I’ve had in the past still applies in the present Change A way o...

I AM NOT MY HAIR

“I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, I am the soul that lives within.” – India Arie There I was, standing in the shower in disbelief at the clumps of hair in my hands. At first I thought nothing of it, but as the days went on and the clumps of hair continued, I thought something was seriously wrong. This cannot be okay. As someone who does not like white coats (what I...

TRANSPARENCY

Transparency It is more than just having access to your phone Or being a friend on social media Or knowing where you are and who you are with. It is about respect… Respecting me and my position In your life. Would you like to be in the dark? Wondering? Pondering? Hoping? That you are not with someone else, Or in a ditch somewhere, hurt and helpless. Transparency is about seeing you, Knowing you, F...

GETTING TO CUBA

My obsession with getting to Cuba starts with my Aunt Suzanne, who unexpectedly died in the summer of 2015, which was very hard for everyone in the family. But of course, it was the hardest for her husband, Mike; they had been married for 40 plus years. We all saw how a part of him died the day Suzanne died. After Suzanne passed, Mike became more obsessed with traveling. I think the depression of ...

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