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How to Help People Affected by Harvey: An Updated List

  I’m currently hundreds of miles away from my adopted home state of Texas. It feels weird. I feel helpless. However, I also know there is not much I can do right now other than donate money. You might be feeling the same way too–helpless. And you may be wondering the best way to donate […]

35 Ways to Find Happiness From Someone Totally Unqualified

Follow these easy tips and you’ll have your shit together in no time. I’m not an expert on anything, except for maybe naps (they’re really, really good for you), but because I’m a Writer on Medium, I’m actually an expert on everything and today I’m going to share with you 35 foolproof ways to find happiness. Stop being […]

Should We Punch Nazis?

Let me start off by getting this out of the way: I’m a liberal, an activist and a pacifist I’m also Jewish However, I admit that I don’t know the correct answer to “Should we punch neo-Nazis?” Therefore, this essay will have more questions than answers And it’s not about the ethics of punching a […]

Please Remember: Love Will Outnumber Hate

Words have escaped me lately. This is, in part, due to the rapid fire of unfortunate, heartbreaking, terrifying events that have plagued America recently. Like many others, my brain is in a frenzied state and is having difficulty keeping up; every day is a fight not to go down a path of self-preservation numbness to […]

I Will Trim Your Trees at Night

  Once in awhile, as darkness falls, I will sling my trusty hedge trimmers over my shoulder and march up and down my street looking for neighbors whose brush encroaches on the sidewalk. I will snip, snip, snip as fast as I can and hurry off to the next offender. Before you think I’m that […]

Yesterday a Homeless Friend Gifted Me Lunch

  I have a friend. His name is Tyrone. Tyrone is homeless. We’ve been buddies for years now, and we have each other’s backs. Our favorite pastime is to hang on my front porch, chewing the fat on the troubles and joys of this beautiful and sometimes hateful world. I could write a novel on […]

Unbarlievable, the new racist bar in Austin

This morning social media in Austin lit up with talk about a circus-themed bar on Rainey Street. However, the talk wasn’t about how kitschy the theme is, but rather about the plethora of cruel and hateful responses the establishment has left for customers, in addition to racist comments from the owner, Brandon Cash. Here is just […]

What Happened When I Went on a 4,000-Mile Road Trip with My Cat

Originally appeared on my Medium page.  Last year, I took in a six-year-old feral cat with three teeth and mouth herpes. We named her FatFace, and she has become the center of my universe. When I say she’s become the center of my universe, I mean I’m obsessed with her. Like, people keep telling me I should have […]

The Little Cat That Could

                                                                 FatFace before and after One year ago, everything changed. A filthy, ragged feral moved into my home. She was apprehensive at first, and […]

Please Keep Your Implicit Racism Off NextDoor

I joined NextDoor in September of 2015. At first, I was thrilled to have an additional resource to help me get more involved in my East Austin neighborhood. NextDoor was a great way for me to discover urgent matters, when the next neighborhood association meeting was, what volunteer opportunities & meet-ups were available and which neighbors […]

If You Haven’t Been to Meow Wolf Yet, Go. RIGHT NOW.

  For almost a year, I’ve desperately wanted to visit Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I finally had the opportunity to do so two weeks ago. Oh Lordy it was better than I could have ever imagined. I initially wasn’t going to write about my experience at Meow Wolf because I figured everyone […]

Zappos helped adopt out 150 pets in Austin, Texas

Sponsored by Zappos So, I went to the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show a few weekends ago, and it was amazing. I got to watch sweet doggy after doggy get adopted out to new families—doggies like Princess! Princess now has a forever home! I also got to oooh and aww over adorable workout gear with […]

Why I Can’t Focus on Anything But the Fight

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, I’ve had difficulty finding words. Words are my job, but when I sit down to my computer, all I want to write is FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK over and over. In fact,Show More Summary

Our National Parks Are in Trouble & Need Our Help

I imagined a National Park Service employee sitting at a metal desk in a one-room office somewhere in small-town South Dakota saying to no one, “F this. I’m going rogue, y’all.” And when Death Valley National Park tweeted yesterday about Japanese internment camps on the same day that Donald Trump used executive order to build […]

Want to adopt a furry friend? Let Zappos pay your adoption fee.

Sponsored by Zappos Friends, I usually don’t do sponsored content, but a partnership opportunity from a socially conscious brand that I’m a fan of came my way, and I was excited to get involved! As some of you know, I love me some animals. This year I took in a feral kitty, FatFace, and she has […]

My 2017 Resolutions by Theodore Roosevelt

(This is my first McSweeney’s rejection. Please enjoy! No, really. Please enjoy it.) —— My dearest 2017, Your predecessor was a challenging year for both me and my country, and I aim to put 2016 to bed like the bear I shot through the eyes on my last trek to the wildness of Wyoming. In […]

What I Learned Traveling 20,000 Miles of America

The bison of Yellowstone This year I’ve seen 20,000 beautiful, ugly miles of America. 13,500 from the window of a car. 6,500 from the window of a train. In 23 states I saw the endless cattle that feeds us The horses that serve us The bison that inspire us The birds that supply us our […]

To the Woman at the Diner, I Saw You

I saw you walk into the diner with your husband. Your back tired from years of living; your face pointed to the ground. I saw you walk into the diner and I thought to myself I don’t want to get old. I don’t want to sit across from my love and sit in silence because […]

Small businesses you should support this holiday season

I have a lot of friends and acquaintances that are crafty and creative, and I wanted to share their products with y’all so you may consider them for your holiday gift list! ——- For the Win Inc. If you dig patches, pop culture, horror films & mythological creatures, check out For the Win Inc. ($1.99-$4.99) […]

The End of the Year Seems Like a Good Time to Let Go of the Rage

I try to be a nice person. When discussing controversial topics, such as the 2016 election, I ask questions so I can hear all sides of view. I never say “F you!” to anyone, online or IRL. When I don’t agree with someone, I smile, I listen and I try to understand. All this means […]

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