hold my hand and we can jump straight into the cold unloving sea
The Break Up Playlist My Middle School Best Friend Made Me
I grew up in China, so I had no Youtube. No idea of the pop culture wars that went on in the outside world. The only thing I knew about Britney Spears was that she had a song about hitting people. Blissful ignorance. I grew up on CDs my parents had bought of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and even occasionally (gasp) the 90s, but also from the 1600s, the 1700s, and the 1800s. Taylor Swift's Fearless was the first time I realised that music had continued to evolve beyond the Eagles (although I didn't actually hear it until 2011). So when I experienced a break up (we had only been dating for like, I don't even remember, 2 weeks?), my lovely friend made me a playlist that was far, far more angst ridden than my actual breakup.
A Homemade Pumpkin and a Hand Sewn Prom Dress: A Mother's Love
When my sister was little, she wanted to be a pumpkin-witch for Halloween. Now obviously, such a costume is curious—what is a pumpkin witch? And thus, my mother had to create her a costume. She fashioned a jack-o-lantern suit with a witch hat from the same orange PVC fabric. And ta-da, a pumpkin-witch was born.
Bring Back Layers
At this point in time, nearly every trend has come back. Glitter and mom jeans were predictable. A bit less predictable were corsets and full Victorian skirts. I definitely did not think scene coming back, but there are niches where people teach others to do scene hair! But the one that stubbornly stays out of trends? Layers.
Direct Action: Tree Huggers and DAPL
When I say tree-hugger, what do you think? Is it some hipster with long, unwashed hair who loves the environment? It's probably used derisively, someone to be scoffed at as their heads are in the clouds. But this is an inaccurate idea of environmentalism.
Does Sustainable Banking Exist?
A few months back, I saw a couple sustainability influencers post about this ‘sustainable bank’ called Bank of the West. This article will take you through the good, the bad, and the ugly of this bank and what we can learn from this.