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PUZZLED

Puzzled   She need not find herself for she was born with all the pieces pieces put together in the dark bargained into place by faith fooling love and sharp reprieves bits of sky squashed to ground a picture not quite finished for she can change it she has spent long days and longer nights enslaved by wishing and finally wishes have stepped aside she has stepped forward.   Name: Tarnee Watts Email: tarneewatts@gmail.com Author Bio: Published poetess at the age of 13, I took some time off to learn about life, boys, heartbreak and how to do my taxes. Now I am a writer, currently calling Cape Town home and calling out to the words each day to let me wrangle them into the shape of a poem. Link to social media or website: ...

WHY ARE WOMEN HARDEST ON EACH OTHER?

I like to watch a lot of bad TV. Really bad TV. I’m talking 90 Day Fiancé, Real Housewives, Kardashians, Vanderpump Rules — basically, anything on E! or Bravo. In other words, Andy Cohen and Ryan Seacrest play larger roles in my daily life than I’d like to admit on a public forum such as this website. Ah, but what a glass of Ramona Singer’s pinot grigio will do. On one such afternoon, whilst watching yet another episode of Vanderpump Rules, I noticed some pretty typical girl-on-girl hate. She can’t come to my party. You can’t be one of my bridesmaids. She broke up someone’s marriage. Don’t talk to her. She’s a whore. Blah blah blah. Admittedly, none of this is abnormal for the show, but it got me thinking. All the men on the show have screwed up at one point or another — usuall...

CAPTURING MOVEMENT AND POWER

Samy Ruby is a Brooklyn based Professional Photographer. For work, she shoots families and weddings all over NYC. On her own time, Samy loves creating intimate portraits and using her work to explore movement. This piece is titled “Capturing Movement and Power.” Photographer/Artist: Samy Ruby Email: samyruby@gmail.com Link to social media or website: http://www.samyruby.com https://www.instagram.com/samyrubyphoto/  Photos of Jessica Ray, Artistic director and producer of dance into deliverance www.danceintodeliverance.org

BREAKING THE BROKENESS

With swollen, bloodshot eyes and tear-stained hollow, withered cheeks, she made her way to the porcelain sink. Her cracked lips burned as the dry air brushed them, and her thinning strands of hair stuck to her face as if they were adhesive. “You are worthless. You are a piece of trash. So pathetic.” The voice in her head tore her down and the girl looking back through the reflective glass was empty. Hollow. Broken. With trembling hands, she splashed cold water across her pale face, wiped the flaking mascara from under her eyes, and pulled her brittle black hair back. No one would ever know, and that is how it was going to stay. This scene played out on a daily basis for me. I had gotten so used to the routine of bingeing and purging that it had become a part of me that no one could h...

WE CAN HAVE PRAGUE

About a year ago, I used to want you to taste life with me. I wanted you to experience a rogue summer. I wanted to show you how to let all cares escape and bask in the moonlight. I wanted to make you drunk Off my intoxicating persuasion.   But, you have been gone overseas for a while. And I’ve been living life on spur moments. Not much has changed. But, maybe that’s the point? Our souls only rekindle and fixate on each other For brisk moments, and disconnect before life starts.   Regardless, we sit. Today we sit in each other’s presence on a train To a faraway land, for one last chance at tasting life. Only so we can say, “We will always have Prague.”   I will be with you in a foreign city, And maybe Prague will be where things can change. Maybe you can be the person I wante...

HOW THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN INSPIRED ME

These past few years I have had the opportunity to go to Afghanistan.  I cannot even begin to describe the relationships that I’ve built or what I’ve seen. I’ll do my best to capture it for you. So often we see this country and we only see war. Our troops have died and sacrificed their lives to protect us and the civilians. We associate what we think of this country with what we see on social media. I went to Afghanistan with an open mind and with some reservations just like anyone else. All I can tell you is that valleys are magical, the mountains gorgeous with their snowy peak tops, the food delicious and best of all, the people inviting, warm and friendly. I look back at these times with fond memories for the women I met that inspired me and with a sense of frustration...

AMBER VITTORIA – ILLUSTRATIONS

It was second grade, we were drawing our self portraits with crayon. The boy across from me stated, why do you make the arms and legs so long, that is wrong you know. I looked down at my masterpiece and back up at him and said, that is how I see myself. Title: Low-key Botanist Title: Prettiness is Not a Rent Title: On or Off Title: One of the Guys Title: Burnt Author: Amber Vittoria Email: amber.vittoria@gmail.com Author Bio: Amber Vittoria is an illustrator living and working in New York City. Clients include Saks Fifth Avenue, Teen Vogue, Lenny Letter, Man Repeller, Interscope Records, VaynerMedia, Victoria’s Secret, and Sony Music Entertainment. Link to social media or website: http://ambervittoria.com instagram.com/amber_vittoria so...

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S NON-RESOLUTION TO YOU

January brings us into a new year. Did you know that January is named after the Greek god Janus? Janus was often depicted with two faces, one looking back and one facing forward. Although being two-faced is often seen as a bad trait, it could prove helpful at this time of year. As we ring in 2017, we have the opportunity to reflect on the year behind us, and look forward to a fresh year ahead. By now the drone of Christmas carols has given way to the fervor of New Year’s Resolutions. Are you going to resolve to lose weight, get out of debt, unplug, spend more time with the kids or finally learn how to play the harmonica? Recent statistics tell us that of the 45% of Americans that usually make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% are successful in achieving their resolution. So I resolve not to ...

A SEASON OF SADNESS

As the holidays have swirled around in their usual color, carols, and consumerism, I’ve seen a drastic split in the socially expected cheerful mood and how the people around me really feel. Many of my wonderful friends and family members have been very sad. This year, a dear friend of mine is mourning a miscarriage. Another is missing a husband while he is in drug rehab, while another marks her calendar as the anniversary of her husband’s imprisonment. This is the time of year when my closest coworker’s father died, bringing him a wash of grief every December. My own family has recently experienced a tragedy, leaving us all feeling a little too shattered to be raising spirits bright. Maybe it’s the polar opposite of the emotions the holiday season is supposed to invoke, that makes my loved...

SELF AWARENESS

Sunday scaries meet holiday scaries! You’re here. Right smack in the middle of the holiday craziness. You might be post Christmas, mid Chanukah and pre New Years Eve and let’s be honest there is just A LOT going on.  Maybe you’re feeling post holiday blues and the ever pending new year anxiety already kicking in. Well, Harness babes.  I want to remind you that to it’s okay to feel all of the things you are feeling at this current moment. If you’re overwhelmed, anxious, grateful, stressed, lost, happy, sad (insert any emotion you may be feeling at this very second) that is OK!  So often we are taught to repress how we feel and just power through. That we, as women, are weak if we are too emotional, or feel things too strongly. That we are bragging if we boast about how happy we are. However...

SELFLESSNESS

To be selfless, in simple terms, is to put others first and have little or no concern for yourself. There are plenty of ways to be selfless- this article, in particular, focuses on service for others. Most people find that during the Holiday Season, participating in acts of selflessness is their responsibility as a part of society. It’s sometimes difficult to do this when we are all caught up in the daily hustle and bustle, even more so during the Holidays when there are 1,000s of other things on our minds. What gift am I going to get Grandma? What size shoes does my nephew wear? Why do I have to get a gift for my brother’s cat? We forget that there are people and places that rely on us during this time to lend an extra hand, that are waiting for our altruistic characteristics to shi...

THE DAY I MET THE DEVIL

I was seventeen years old, and I just wanted to have fun. Snoop Dogg called it being “young and wild and free,” and when I decided to meet up with some guys with two of my best friends, I thought I was doing just that. The beginning of the night was fine— I thought perhaps I had made three new friends with these teens who so kindly invited us over to “party.” As the night progressed, it became evident that I was holding the attention of one of the guys in particular, John, and I have to admit, I liked it. He didn’t seem like boyfriend material, but I didn’t mind the boost of confidence he was providing. My biggest mistake was leaving the kickback to be alone with him. I was getting tired, and he said he wanted to watch a movie. He only lived minutes away. I trusted him— a stranger, and bei...

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