I'm usually narrating books for Audible or writing romances, but writing in any form is my passion. My hobbies are focused on the written word. I also love to cook and travel. I live with my husband and two kitties in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Which Apocalypse Personality Are You? This Movie Has Them All
As a movie, this one is low on plot but high on comedy. Within the first half hour, all of the characters' personalities (and some of their secrets) as well as the catalyst for the apocalypse are revealed as these four couples sit down to brunch. It quickly becomes clear that their dysfunctional relationships with one another are simply not strong enough to withstand this external crisis...or are they?
The Girl With All The Gifts Would Survive Coronavirus
Are you sitting at home, wondering if the projections of COVID-19 mortalities are going to be anything like reality? And if so, are we doomed? Well, I happened upon "The Girl With All The Gifts" on Netflix and was drawn to the parallels between Melanie, a young girl with promising genetics, and our own pandemic.
Coronavirus: Our Own Personal World War Z
You may have seen the movie, and its own way the movie attempts to cover the same principles as the book. It focuses largely on the politics, economic consequences, and measures that first allow an extremely contagious pathogen to first spread, then be eradicated. However, I highly recommend that if you want a very accurate, highly probable assessment of our global response to a pandemic, read the book by Max Brooks.
Coronavirus Made Us All Competitors In Our Own Hunger Games
If you went to a supermarket (or really, any place that sells non-perishable items and toilet paper), then you've lived through some of the milder challenges that Suzanne Collins captures in The Hunger Games.
Can You Please Address The Racism?
Dear Mr. President, I am very concerned that as COVID-19 becomes more of a pandemic in this country, it will serve to fuel the already-present pandemic of racism that has swept our nation for years now. I fear the words you use when you refer to this virus as "the Chinese virus." Mr. President, viruses do not have an ethnicity. But people do. And your speech links this virus to people of Chinese descent (and really, all Asians worldwide). In fact, you normalize the fear of individuals who are as American as you or I by categorizing a virus as being "Chinese."
Girl Power and Hamentaschen
To Jewish people everywhere, a hamentasch is symbolic of the holiday Purim. The holiday falls in late February to mid-March. Originally celebrated to commemorate how the heroine Esther saved all the Jews of Shushan, Purim is a time to dress up, play games, and eat the fruit-filled cookies known as Hamentaschen. They are triangle-shaped, to remember the hat of the story's villain, Hamen (hence "hamen-tasch"). Hamen wanted to kill the Jews and advised the king of Shushan that Jews were not to be trusted. But just in time, Esther pleaded to the king, her husband, not to kill them. At great risk to herself, she revealed that she was in fact Jewish as well.
Five Self-Care Tips We Are Never Taught
Maybe I should begin by saying that self-care was never high on my list of priorities. I've been teaching for over a decade, I've normalized "holding it" for the whole morning and worked straight through lunch regularly. Once, I worked for a charter school that gave us five days off a school year. And paid us bonuses if we didn't use them. But self-care is a real thing that some of us millenials forgot to learn in our eagerness to get ahead. Or, if you graduated right around the recession like me, you did just to get a job at all.