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Book Review: One Day

Dexter and Emma meet on 15 JULY 1988, the night of their graduation, for a brief romantic night. young and wondering what the future entails. It’s within the first few pages of this book that you are drawn into these two characters trajectories. It is fascinating to see the consequences of their pride, carelessness and miscommunication inspire the wedge of separation as they let time and distraction guide them. However, they never lose track of each other and for “One Day” in a year, play catch up.

On the side, Emma writes poetry in an “expensive new black leather notebook with a stubby fountain pen.”

My favorite “One Day” ends up being a disastrous night out on 15 JULY 1995, when Emma tells Dexter that she loves him but no longer likes him. I think we can relate to this. There’s someone out there right now. We  love the person dearly but cannot stand to be near due to their despicable belief of no belief and/or personality.

Again and again, Emma and Dexter nearly come together. But it’s not until 1999, 11 years after their first “One Day”, that Emma finally tells Dex, “When I didn’t see you, I thought about you every day, I mean every day, in some way or another.” “Same here,” he replies. Unfortunately, the belated confession accompanies the announcement of his engagement to another woman.

“Love and be loved,” Emma tells herself, “if you ever get the chance.”

Among many other things, this story is a very persuasive and endearing account of a close yet far-away friendship – the delight of being cared about, the flirting and the banter that hides resentment and yearning, the way a relationship can shift and evolve as a human being goes through life.

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My Checklist for April 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Learn how to better prevent sexual violence during this month.  Use this month to have candid conversations with the people around you about the best ways to work together to stop sexual violence. No one should ever be subject to this kind of treatment.

Write during National Poetry Month
With a whole month dedicated to reading, writing, and learning about poetry, it’s the perfect time to stretch those creative muscles. Here are 30 ways to celebrate! Have fun with it and let me know what you do.

National Walk to Work Day: April 3
Walking is an everyday activity for most people, but you probably didn’t realize that walking comes with many health benefits. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s 2012 Urban Mobility Report, the average American commuter spent 38 hours stuck in traffic in 2011. Besides, walking isn’t just good for your health, it’s good for your finances, too. Save your gas $$.

World Health Day: April 7
This year, the World Health Organization is using World Health Day to focus on food safety. Here are 10 facts about food safety. Check them out and spread the word or start a discussion at your next Happy Hour.

Equal Pay Day: April 14
Another important event for women, worldwide! Even as women continue to make progress in the fight for equal pay, there’s still work to be done. Always, #Ask4More!

Tax Day: April 15
It may be scary or boring, but it’s one of those things must be checked off. Finish filing those taxes and then treat yourself! I suggest making a night of tuning into Amazon’s Transparent. Brilliant show!

Celebrate Emma Watson’s BDay: April 15
Emma has had quite the exciting past couple of years as she wrapped up her Harry Potter days, graduated from Brown University, and was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. In her honor, support HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality, with a tweet or encourage someone to join!

Mother Earth Day: April 22
Go on a bike ride, plant a few flowers in the yard or just simply appreciate how beautiful our planet is by taking some time to watch the sunset or sunrise. Take in the scenery and breathe.. It’s our turn to lead! If you’re in Washington, DC, be sure to attend Global Citizen on the Mall, Saturday April 8th. Hope to see y’all there!

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Days

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

Philip Larkin, ‘Days
*Poem found in David Nicholls’ novel, One Day
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Book Review: The Alchemist

Santiago, the Shepard boy from Andalucia, has a dream about finding treasure in the Pyramids of Egypt. He encounters an old man, claiming to be a king,  who advises him to pursue his dream. “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation,” the king says to Santiago. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Encouraged by these words, Santiago sells everything and travels to Africa., where he meets a merchant, an Englishman, the Alchemist and his love.

On his journey, Santiago is expose to the greatest and eternal alchemy of all–love–Santiago thinks he has found the treasure. My favorite part of the novel was the experience Santiago has with the elements of the world, in order to convert him entire being in the wind.

My greatest take-a-way is about the Personal Legend. The king brings an interesting perspective concerning a person’s Personal Legend, in that “people’s inability to choose their own Personal Legends.” The king says this idea is common because people come to believe “the world’s greatest lie“–that we all lose control of our own lives and must let them be controlled by fate. And that basically, alchemy is all about pursuing our spiritual quest in the physical world as it was given to us. It is the art of transmuting the reality into something sacred, of missing the sacred and the profane. This was a deep, deep novel. I highly recommend it.

Favorite quote: “When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you, and even men can turn themselves into the wind. As long as the wind helps, of course.

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International Women’s Day

When:  March 8
Where: Everywhere
What:   International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2015 is “Make it Happen”! On International Women’s Day – and EVERY DAY, too – we have a responsibility to stand united and work together in the ongoing struggle for the rights of women and little girls worldwide so that they can live full, healthy, and productive lives.

To honor International Women’s Day (#IWD2015), I wanted to reflect on the powerful voices and movements speaking up on my Twitter feed for women’s rights. Check out some of my favs:

https://twitter.com/feministabulous/status/574736174826188800

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Book Review: Not That Kind of Girl

For my birthday, my brother bought me a copy of Lena Dunham’s autobiography, Not That Kind of Girl. My dear sibling knew how Lena had recently become a new favorite writer and most of all, a voice of a generation (agreed, in my head). Just finished it today, there were some parts I liked and some I didn’t but overall, I enjoyed getting to know why she is the way she is and how she processes things. For example, to me, Lena seems more than a little self-obsessed and neurotic. Which I’m totally okay with because I find that relatable and welcoming. This book is so readable because of Dunham’s writing style. It has a conversational feel. 🙂

Written in the wake of the tremendous success of her HBO series Girls (unfortunately, I still haven’t seen the show), it is subtitled “A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned.'” The chapter that tackles Dunham’s sexual assault and rape is brutally personal, highlighting some of less spoken of parts of the process of dealing with the trauma of rape while still remaining respectful. My favorite section, ‘Love and Sex’, documents her past relationships. Finishing this section, reminded me a lot about the experiences some of the girls in my high school and university were going through.

I wasn’t a fan on the section of Friendship. I didn’t glean any meaningful and trustworthy interactions with any of the people she mentioned. Felt more like passerby’s in an underground party scene, that I know nothing about nor ever will. Which is okay, that I don’t fully appreciate this section. I was hoping to read about “testy” friendships being all about unconditional love.