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Keep dreaming

Do you ever take a moment to take a step back and think about how life can steer you off track? Because the person I am as I sit here and write would be unrecognizable to the person who tried to write songs and live life, the person who would fight for any and all […]

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Grow & let go

Forever 22

It is October! (I need you all to know that I was really going to try to write an actual lede that’s mysterious and powerful and draws you in, and I went with this anyway.) Actually, it is October 2. Today marks one full month of living in California. Since arriving here exactly one (1) […]

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Honestly…

Honestly, I feel trapped between not knowing what to write, not wanting to write, and not knowing what people want to read. Honestly, A lot of what I say feels like sugar-coated bullshit. I just spew out words I think you all want to hear without thinking about whether it’s what I want to say. […]

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Grow & let go

“You care a lot about what people think. That’s a problem.”

She’s back and she’s got a therapist! (who is to be credited for the title of this post) I have officially lived two full weeks in California. And I still don’t know what to blog about. That’s not entirely true, actually. I have a lot that I want to write about but no idea where […]

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the creative process

how can I write, inspire, create, when I’m not driven by sadness and hate? is it possible for me to say how I feel when saying ‘I’m happy’ feels so unreal? because contentment is a hell of a drug, but it isn’t like the other ones. the ones that leave you sad and down, feeling […]

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You may not be wrong but you are probably mistaken

No blog in three weeks makes Jack a dull boy. (See what I did there?) But honestly y’all it has been a minute. I’m sure you’re thinking my hiatus was because of the usual cocktail of anxiety and depression but boy do I have great news for you. It wasn’t! I’ve been very busy and […]

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humanhumanehumanity

Isolation’s effects sit heavy on my chest, generalizing strangers and vilifying friends, sending me into a depressive state spiraling signaling virtues that never extend past advocacy. Stagnant social media activism offers the same bitter aftertaste as the injustices it supposedly opposes and when nothing improves aside from the number of humanitarian hashtags we bask in […]

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What in the world?

Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power

Today is Juneteenth. A day when, 155 years ago, the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out about their emancipation. A day that came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had already freed them (on paper) from slave owners. Today, amid police brutality, rampant racism, the lynchings of black men deemed […]

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Exhaust your opposition, not yourself

The last three weeks have been hard. Between the horrific instances of police brutality, the global protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and the breakout of proud racism and ignorance in Buffalo, there’s been a lot to take in and a lot to stand up for. And I am so proud. I’m so proud […]

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Learn more, do more.

I don’t know what to say. But I know I need to say something. And it’s important that you know that this post isn’t for people who know that black lives matter. This one is for those of you who are on the fence, who don’t understand, who think the protesters are the problem. Since […]