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Hate Is Not an Opinion: A Lesson About Listening

  In the aftershock of the 2016 election, it is not surprising that the average, modern-aged American is taking to social media in order to rant and rave about the turnout of the event. Weeks […]

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The Audacity of the American Consumer

Thanksgiving Day found me folding onesies in the maternity section of a large clothing store. To say that I was filled with gratitude for the futility of my task would be a broad hyperbole, but […]

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Shine Theory: Making Your Voice Heard

Networking has a negative connotation. Perhaps it’s because when we think of the word, this image comes to mind: entering a room with an agenda to meet an intimidating group of perceived successful business leaders […]

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The Realities That Come With Achieving Sustainability

Recently, I sat in on an excellent lecture on sustainability by Dr. Kathleen Smythe of Xavier University. In the discussion on sustainability, Dr. Smythe was very specific in culminating decades of her experiences, and the […]

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Why I Stayed: My Domestic Abuse Story

— Trigger warnings: physical violence, rape, mental illness, abuse — I used to judge people in abusive relationships.  I would think to myself, “They’re stupid. Why don’t they just leave? If a man ever put […]