It’s October again! Okay, technically, it’s the middle of October now, but in my defense, there is a pandemic going on, so time’s been extra-wacky lately.
Still, we are officially in my favorite month of the year, a month that marks the start of everything I love: warm scarves, hot tea, leather jackets, combat boots, golden leaves, longer nights, and…my birthday!
This is not a rant. This will be concise and to the point.
Since June, a Twitter storm swirled around J.K. Rowling for her tweets regarding transgender issues. Three months later, the storm is nearing Category 5. I won’t detail the timeline of this storm, but here is a link to the tip of the iceberg. You can decide if you want to dig deeper.
So what is the point of this post? The point is, I followed the Twitter storm.
The Harry Potter books are more than just books to me. They are the reason I started writing, since they inspired me to write my first fanfiction about 15 years ago. The Patronus Charm from the books got me through many nights with my inner dementors. So, I read all the tweets, I read J.K. Rowling’s lengthy blog post defending her stance, I read the criticism, and I struggled to separate the creator from the creation, the nostalgia from the reality, the fangirl from the human being.
One of the best friends, who works in local government and community affairs, decided to take the knowledge she’s acquired and create an accurate and easy-to-understand guide explaining absentee voting. This way, every one of our voices can be heard in the crucial, upcoming United States election on November 3rd.
Since the best friends and I are New Yorkers, the following guide will only be applicable for New Yorkers, specifically for NYC. The absentee voting process works differently outside of NYC, i.e. for Long Island and Upstate New York.
The leaves are on fire, The wind tastes like ashes, The oceans are drying Into trenches and gashes, Slashed across the surface Of a dull, blunt stone That used to be beautiful But now, it dies alone.Read More »
Yesterday was Blackout Tuesday, a day promoted to observe, mourn, and spread policy change in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death (read more here). For many, that meant posting a black square on social media with the hashtag blackouttuesday. For others, myself included, that meant posting resources on where to donate, where to sign petitions, and other related information. I believe silence is violence, and just blacking out social media doesn’t seem to be enough. Today, I share this message with all of you on my blog as well:
Take today to do more. There are numerous ways we can make more of a difference.Read More »