Beyond the Mainstream: YouTube
I get pretty tired of the radio. Not the content so much as the format of it. They take a good song and proceed to viciously stomp its every beat and tempo switch into your brain to entice you to keep returning to that specific radio program—which, yeah from a business standpoint, I understand but as a music lover, it just kind of makes me tired. So most days I actually connect to my phone Bluetooth and cruise some channels on YouTube that I stumble upon at home when I've got the proper amount of time to coast the search results for whatever music style I'm digging at the moment. I've come across some real gems on YouTube, and I always suggest these channels to my friends when they admit to wanting to find some new music different from the overplayed "Top 40 hits."
Have Yourself a Non-Capitalist Christmas
Christmas is a worldwide holiday, known as a time of cheer and family. I haven't really seen it as that in a long time though? I do see, however, tons of adds from big stores lauding great deals for toys and decorations to be the bigger, better Christmas celebration from the time the clock hits 12:00 a.m. on November 1st. That's all it is, for two months up until the actual celebration. Get more light-up deer, get a huge tree, get tons of presents, BUY TONS OF THINGS.
So You Have Writer's Block
The cursor keeps blinking on the screen of your laptop. The pen (or pencil if you dig those old school vibes) lays idly on the side of the notebook; sometimes you pick it up, thinking the feel of it will inspire some reflex that sparks up an idea before you lay it back down in defeat. You keep tapping the screen of your phone as you open up a tiny Notes app hoping at least a word will strike you.
Lifeguard: Five Things I Learned From It
I live in the beautiful sunshine state, Florida. Compared to others, I may have gotten into the life-guarding gig a little late (I started at twenty-two), but I figure every person who lives in a state with beaches lining it up and down ought to try being a lifeguard at least once in their life. In the city of Orlando, there are a lot of water parks, and I happen to work in the newest one: Volcano Bay. Not only was I getting used to being a lifeguard, I also had to contend with the struggles of a major theme park opening. If you've clicked on this because you too are contemplating joining up, then I sincerely hope what I offer can help you make a better informed decision. If you have opened this up on a lark, then it might just give you a good chuckle or two.
Let Kuri Be Your Friend
#KuriStory #HeyKuri The sun shone brightly, a sharp contrast to the chilly wind that nipped at bare skin. It forced shoulders to hunch and steps to quicken as scores of people walked to classrooms, restaurants, or dorms on the university campus. Fall had erupted on the grounds with an explosion of oranges and golds, leaving fallen leaves like so much flotsam to litter pathways and adorn car windshields in the parking lots. In front of the science building, the parking lot was mostly empty save a few cars here and there. Most people had taken advantage of the space to park far away from the tree lined sidewalks to avoid the trees. However, on the far right of the parking lot there was only a single car, parked right underneath a large tree. The leaves were falling rapidly from this particular specimen, creating a brightly hued blanket for the hatchback.
Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur (Pt. 2)
In the first article of this series, I introduced the book Milk and Honey, a book mixed of poetry and an autobiography. The stark truths were hard to swallow as they came relentlessly and without embellishment. Plain, concise, and simple the truths were hard hits that compelled me to continue reading. Now, for the readers, the next section will be reviewed and hopefully give even more reasons to go and pick up that book from the shelves. We continue, with the loving.
Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur - Part 1
(WARNING: This book does touch on subjects such as rape, abuse, and other sensitive subjects. Read this, and the book, with caution and care to your mental well being)
When I Realized I Am Aromantic
Never have I ever felt a fluttering in my tummy relating to another human being. Never have I ever looked at other couples and felt a gaping wound at my side, as if realizing I was without an important limb everyone else had. I've honestly just...never really felt inclined to date anyone. I've never even had a crush. I'm twenty-two-years-old and have never once dated and, though it's never bothered me, the solo act, I have often wondered why I wasn't feeling the urge for it. Why did I never call up my friends, bemoaning a lack of significant other with which to cuddle and snuggle and lose myself in romantic overtures with?