Book Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls by Sam Maggs

Quirk Books never disappoints! After approaching their booth in 2017's ECCC, I have yet to find a geeky subject that they cannot deliver on. Impressed by the witty nerdy references and narration of Geek Wisdom and The Geek's Guide to Dating, it followed that purchasing this guide book would not only be entertaining but provide... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer, Part 6

There's always a calm before the storm. The tumor's original scan. Isn't it impressive? To think that unevenly shaped - multiform mass had caused all this drama! I can't believe it's already December. Wow! Never in a million years did I think mom would be in hospice care at this age, much less waiting for... Continue Reading →

Just Hit Send: How the Social Media Revolution Has Shaped Global Policy

Originally handed in as a TMBA Global Business paper. INTRODUCTION According to Richard Florida’s analysis of global business published in The Atlantic Monthly in 2005, the world is not round – it is spiky. Globalization has all but erased the geopolitical boundaries of our third grade social studies course maps, enabling information and people to... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer, Part 5

I need time to stop. For the seconds to slowly trickle and the minutes to last a lifetime. I'm not ready to see days turn into nights, to be closer yet farther away... Was this it? The last time I would see her? I found myself on an red eye flight to MSP,  connecting through... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer, Part 4

She's not herself anymore and this time, she is not bouncing back. Watching the situation from afar is dumbfounding, and I can't even imagine how my family must be feeling dealing with mom directly. Six weeks ago she was talking, walking and making plans to conquer the world. Today, she sits in a hospital bed... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer, Part 3

She can't cook. She can't read. She can't drive. When I got back home to the PNW, I realized mom needed some type of neurological rehabilitation routine and we never received confirmation from the doctors that this retraining was available. Weird. It's been two weeks since we left the ICU and there are still no... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer, Part 2

"Lilo is coming?" She kept asking me where my sister was as she stalled for time to remember my name. The gorgeous smile that came with that question had a hint of quiet apprehension, because I wasn't supposed to be there and she knew it. My presence wasn't unwelcomed, nevertheless she must have realized something... Continue Reading →

F@%k Cancer! (Prologue)

62 years. Is this all we get? She was supposed to grow old and gray. Maybe even die peacefully in her sleep at age 102, after reaping the rewards of the years she saved for retirement, for our colleges, for grandma's funeral. Damn! She even saved for the grandkids that life never meant to deny... Continue Reading →

The Introvert Experience

After a while being out and about with friends, road tripping and the like, it dawned on me that folks don't really understand the introvert experience as it pertains to the human condition. Being able to engage live audiences and communicate eloquently and frequently with living "rational" beings, especially via online media, does not automatically signal... Continue Reading →

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