Miles of Experiences

Featured Painting: ‘Landscape of Many Colors’ by Uzma Rizvi Observations and reflections while driving through the countryside, the back roads, and the small towns of America. . . . Travel by road is always liberating and exciting. You are driving towards the horizon, winding through valleys, farms, and towns you never knew about. We, as…

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On The Road To Burnout

Featured Illustration: Creative Bloq There is a statement I have become all too familiar with: “There are two types of people in quarantine: one person who has accomplished so much, and another person who regrets not being the former.”  When the chaos commenced in March, my early days were spent scrolling on social media comparing…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Listening

Featured Illustration: Ruby Jones In this pandemic, many of us have had only ourselves for company. We come to terms with many important things when this happens. Taking the time to really get to know a person, ourselves included, is something that we should all do with interest and sincerity. There is even more to…

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Who Are You?

Featured Illustrations: Bahar Bayraktaroğlu When I asked people this question, most of them said it was difficult to answer. It was only when I answered the question myself that I realized what they were saying was true: not only because this question was personal, but also because most of us really don’t know. And even…

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Stay Strong, Be Vulnerable

Featured Image: Heather Ford “You’re so strong!” It’s interesting how we use this phrase as an affirmation to our loved ones. Sometimes we may say,  “I can’t believe how strong you are!” We may even tell ourselves that. When I feel proud or am in awe of how people cope with pain, I tell them…

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Quarantine Workaholism: A Different Beast

Featured Illustration: Raz Latif Ever since quarantine began, it seems that everyone is pushing themselves to new heights. Comments like, “You should be writing the next great American novel!” and “If you wanted to start a business, now is the time do it!” never fail to send a spike of anxiety down my spine. Of…

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The Black Diner Experience

Featured Image: Saimon Ma My grandma owned a diner in D.C. called “Mary’s Place” for over 30 years. Every summer as a kid, I found myself tying an apron around my waist to help sweep and deliver food to customers’ tables. As I weaved around customers, trying to sweep every piece of trash and drop…

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