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Despising Yourself, Positively is Moving!

I’ve had a good time running Despising Yourself, Positively (formerly The Magic of Writing, formerly formerly BastardsArentMassTurds on WordPress) with ChicagoNow. It’s been a while. I pitched my blog idea to CN back in 2013, wanting to gear it toward interviews with authors and artists while sharing some stuff hanging around my brain. I did... Read more »

Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

Can Money Really Buy Happiness?
Have you ever read “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence? It’s a short story about a boy named Paul who wants to prove to his mother that he’s lucky because she once told him that only lucky people make a lot of money, and the green paper is something mama bear never has enough of.... Read more »

Veganism: The other V word that makes people cringe

Veganism: The other V word that makes people cringe
Veganism. HOOO BOY. What a humongous topic, right? It’s a natural segue for me since I became a vegetarian a little over a year ago. Actually, I would bet that if you knew that I recycle, compost, drive a fuel efficient car and own a Mac, you’d say I was a breathing vegan stereotype. But... Read more »
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Free bookish resources for students, parents, and teachers amid COVID-19

Free bookish resources for students, parents, and teachers amid COVID-19
This is a tough time for everyone. Even as someone who is very much a homebody, I’m finding it difficult to keep myself and my previously adorable but now solely needy fur-babies entertained. After getting emails about free bookish resources being offered during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic for students to use, I decided to create a... Read more »

What I've learned since my apartment was burglarized

What I've learned since my apartment was burglarized
I’m going to cut to the chase, my apartment was broken into. I was burglarized. My privacy was violated. My security has been ransacked. Words are muddling into one, but the synonyms seem to all make sense. Tomorrow will make two weeks since this happened. This is how my March began and yes, now the... Read more »

How your good habits lead to better ones

How your good habits lead to better ones
I want to talk about habits today, and how many habits–productive ones, let’s not get crazy in thinking your habit of swearing at your neighbor’s dog each morning is a good one–lead you to building on them with better ones. I’m sure you’re either up to your eyeballs in trying to create good habits in... Read more »
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What reading 57 books in 2019 taught me and my favorites

What reading 57 books in 2019 taught me and my favorites
Woah, 57 books. I had a moment earlier during which I fell pray to comparison looking at other Goodreader’s aspirations and books vanquished but then I was like, hey, I think I only read half this number in 2018 and books are not dragons so 57 is freaking progress. I’m not going to jot each... Read more »

Gratitude: the answer to our spoiled mentality and behavior

Americans are babies. We are spoiled. I know that starting a sentence this way makes them fighting words but I promise I don’t mean them that way. Well…not completely and of course this doesn’t apply to everyone. Fellas, prepare yourself for a TMI moment or kindly skip a paragraph if menstruation speak disturbs your delicate... Read more »

Here's What's Wrong with Using Race to Sell Books

Here's What's Wrong with Using Race to Sell Books
Has anyone else noticed that the focus on diversity in publishing is being taken to an entirely new, and dare I say, deceptive level? If you’ve read some of my more recent posts, you’ll understand that I’m all about diversity. As a librarian, book reviewer, and POC, how can I not be? I’ve just noticed... Read more »
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Why The Crazy Cat Lady Stereotype is Detrimental to Cats

Why The Crazy Cat Lady Stereotype is Detrimental to Cats
I know you’ve been waiting for the tide to turn, for someone to tell you that there is no such thing as a crazy cat lady so that you can go out there and adopt your 22nd cat. That is why I’m here, to tell you to go on with your bad self and get... Read more »