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Remember – A Poem for Women’s Day

I was asked to write a poem about Women’s Day and while I believe that it is pitiful to celebrate Women’s Day and pretend for one day that we live in an equal society. But my feelings aside, the words came, and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to deliver it this morning. 60 years of “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” 60 years of “Help” “I’m sorry” “No” “Please don’t” 60 years of “You must have liked it” “You should have covered up” “You asked for it” “Shhh, don’t tell anyone” 60 years of inequality fear betrayal pain The end of the facade The rise...

It’s One Day Until My Birthday and I’m Conflicted

I love my birthday. Every year I wait expectedly, counting down the days, getting unnecessarily excited. I was told that once I get older the excitement for my birthday would wane, but even though I might not hold it to the same pageantry that I did when was 16 perhaps, it constantly shines as highlight on my calendar, a day I look forward to. But last year was different, last year I took a good, long look at why I was so obsessed with my birthday, why I had 80 day countdowns, why I felt the copious need to remind others that my birthday is coming up, why I went...

WasteHerTime2016: Learning to Let Go of My Precious Time

I recently bought myself a watch, the first time that I have owned one in years, and I had to reacquaint myself with the more traditional way of reading time since I’ve mostly been working with digital clocks. I mainly bought the watch for decorative purposes because it has a Mean Girls quote on it. A photo posted by Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) on Jul 4, 2016 at 9:56am PDT If anything the watch has made known to me my obsession with time and constant fear that I’m wasting it. I usually wrote this quirk of mine off as being productive, being ambitious, being an overachiever, but recently my constant exhaustion,...

Review: The Cathedral of Cliffdale by Melissa Delport

Synopsis: Beyond the limits of mankind’s understanding there exists a City, created as a sanctuary for the survivors of a brutal and bloody war. Within the city of Summerfeld the last mythical creatures live out their days in peace, fiercely protected by twelve immortals: brave defenders known as the Guardians. A Guardian is dead. For the first time in one thousand years, no replacement has come forward. Following the murder of her twin sister, Quinn Harden abandons the Guardianship in order to take care of her sister’s children in the modern realm of man. Shortly after their second birthday, the children are taken, against her will, in an attempt by...