Butler was a fascinating writer and an inspiration to many. Raised by her mother and grandmother, she was born a black woman in 1947 California. As if they could be simply pushed away, Butler disregarded the social structures and ideologies potentially holding her back. At a young age, she was inspired to write science fiction novels and short stories, and so she did. The parables that Octavia E. Butler wrote reveal undeniable parallels to real-world power structures that we interact with on a daily basis. Among her long list of achievements is the MacAurthur Fellowship award, or "Genius Grant" awarded to Butler in 1995, the first science fiction writer to receive this award. Science fiction fan or not, these titles aren't your typical sci-fi books. In no particular order, I give you ten of Octavia E. Butler's best books and must- reads.
It may surprise you to learn that the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide is depression. According to the World Health Organization, a staggering 300 million people suffer from depression. And that’s just diagnosed depression. Even more so for men than women, depression is deeply misunderstood and still widely prevalent. Although many indicators of depression in men and women may be similar, the disease will always manifest itself in different ways in different people. In a stigma-filled society, men can be especially vulnerable because like many of us, they may be resistant to observing and acknowledging the signs of depression and then seeking help. Depression is treatable, and it can be overcome. These key signs of depression in men are critical to recognize; it may just change your life.
...Do you mind if I call you that? I’ve never been much of a “political person” which I think explains why I’m following the events of the past few months so closely. Rather than politics, I feel like I’m watching a scandalous soap opera, complete with massive contradictions, dirty lies, and a few grossly egotistic characters. The problem is, the show is no longer keeping anyone guessing.
With a history potentially dating back to the 8th century, there are probably quite a few interesting things you didn't know about vodka. Vodka and some of its most famous producers like Absolut, Smirnoff, Grey Goose, bring back fond memories, or sometimes lack thereof, for many of us.
They’re tiny and overpriced but nonetheless delicious “gourmet” treats. America's cupcake obsession is spread long and far. I’m not sure if it's the trendy shop itself or perhaps the huge variety of mouth watering flavors that make cupcakes so tempting to the passerby. All around the country in virtually every city and town you are sure to find one of these trendy cupcakeries, a bakery dedicated to producing cupcakes. And it’s not just a fad anymore; with 669 million cupcakes sold from October 2010- October 2011, we have to admit that this obsession is serious. From Georgetown Cupcakes to Magnolia Bakery, we know the names well and there is certainly no shortage of cupcakes to fuel America’s obsession. So where did this cupcake obsession come from anyway?
A clean bong is severely underrated and keeping up on that cleanliness can make all the difference in your next smoke sesh. Nothing ruins the intricate flavors of that quality weed more than smoking through a thick resin build up. A clean bong is crucial for maximum airflow and circulation, full bud flavor, and of course simple respect for your sweet Mary Jane!