I heard about the shootings in Georgia. I saw a picture of the shooter. And then I saw #stopasianhate all over social media. And I have still subconsciously avoided the story about the Asian women who were murdered. Why? Because I’m Asian and I’m not.
Wait. What? How can I be Asian and not? Because I am Hapa: Half Filipino and Half Caucasian. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in America. My mom is Filipina and my dad is caucasian, a white guy born and raised in Southern California.
When I was a teenager I would get…
Employment services: resume writing, training, and job searches
There are several programs to help individuals with Homeless prevention by the way of employment training or finding housing: transitional, temporary, or permanent. More often than not, these programs also have a food pantry or a soup kitchen where someone can receive groceries or a meal.
During the pandemic, food pantries were showing an uptick for those needing help with groceries. For many, the pandemic meant job loss and therefore a loss of steady income. …
Author’s Note: This article has information specifically about finding vaccination schedules in Maryland and Washington, DC. However, towards the bottom, I list universal sites, tips, and tricks that can help you find a vaccination appointment no matter where you live. Happy hunting!
Did you know that Maryland and Virginia do not have residency requirements to book a COVID vaccine appointment? I didn’t know that until I helped a friend from Washington, DC schedule an appointment. She had specific requirements: it needed to be Pfizer and it had to be somewhere close enough to take Metro and/or Uber. …
They’re coming! Are you ready? The 17 year cicadas are due back between April and June this year. They are called Brood X or Great Eastern Brood. Billions, yes billions, of cicadas will grace us with their presence for about six weeks.
According to meteorologist Justin Berk’s official social media page, “Ground temps appear to be warming faster than expected, meaning they could be here sooner.”
West Virginia University Biologist, Matt Kasson, tells the New York Times:
They are ready but waiting for the soil to be warm enough. The ideal soil temperature for cicadas is about 64 degrees. For…
Lately, on my social media feed I’ve been seeing the quote, “Choose your hard” and it is pissing me off. You’ve seen it, too, haven’t you? If you haven’t, give it time. It’s one I’ve seen several times over the years. But here it is for your perusal:
“Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.
Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.
Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard.
Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard.
Life will never be easy. It will always be hard…
On March 25, 2020, I began cancer treatment for my HER2+ breast cancer. I remember all of the trepidation and fear. We also just entered into the pandemic and school was on hold for two weeks as our school system readjusted.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. My kids were supposed to be in school, my dad would be dropping them off and picking them up, and my husband would sit with me during my first 6-hour treatment. But it didn’t happen the way.
With the pandemic, we couldn’t have anyone help us. We left the teenager in charge…
It’s been 365 days in the pandemic. I remember the last few days before our state shut down with vividness:
My older children, my husband, and I finished WandaVision. If you are a Marvel fan, I definitely recommend the series. It was really well done with a bit of a twist or two.
If you know the story of Wanda Maximoff, she is also known as the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel series. No spoilers, but there is a scene that is similar to the Salem Witch Trials. A witch is on trial, but not be the townspeople, but by other witches which made me think of a recent social media post regarding “witches stairs.” Have you seen the post?
It’s like the Hunger Games trying to get a vaccine against the corona virus. People are up at all hours of the day and night and logging or calling to try to get secure an appointment for the vaccine. In a word, it’s bananas. It shouldn’t be this hard. But there simply isn’t enough vaccine to go around and there are people who are desperate to get it. So desperate, that they’ve found a way to cut the line and get vaccinated before those who are more eligible.
However, with the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine states have…
Can you believe that it’s been almost a year since we’ve been in this quasi surreal state of masking, physical distancing, and lockdown?
One year ago we were heading into the pandemic but had no idea. We were living our lives, carrying on as if the pandemic wasn’t going to reach us; that it was happening everywhere else, but here.
A friend recently posted on social media “Words/phrases I did not use one year ago”: