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Why I am not Charlie

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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January 10, 2015 at 1:05 am

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Braids Appreciation

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I think I look pretty darn good with Marley twists 😊






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January 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

Tonsillitis Blues

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I’m home sick this week because I was completely rundown by this new bout of tonsillitis. I have no energy and it’s very difficult breathing. When I went to the doctor’s office he was so amazed at the sheer size of my tonsils that he had other nurses and aides come in to take a look. Sigh, just ridiculous. Now stuck at home on various throat and cough medications I’m trying to figure out how to stay sane. Between stressing about my terrible job and how my supervisor would love to see me go for good and the tiny pay checks I now have to worry about my position at this unionless company being stable because of my absence. I’ve spent a decent amount of time looking up other employment options and applied to a number of them but there isn’t much out there this time of year. I need connections!

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January 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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I want to BE Ororo Munroe. She is a goddess, a pillar of strength and intelligence. Her character and design is so overwhelmingly gorgeous in every series of X-Men that I find, no matter the artist, her image always stands out the most. Do you think it would be ok for me to color my hair white?


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December 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Employment and The Holidays

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I have become a new person. In the last 6 months I’ve graduated from a four year private university with a bachelors in medical anthropology. I didn’t immediately find work but when I left school it was straight back to the good ole NYC and straight into the summer youth program working for minimum wage. I consider myself pretty lucky considering right at the end of the summer youth program I was interviewing for my next position and got a full time job in a physical therapy office. To be honest, I never thought receptionist work was in my future. It was truly heartbreaking to assume the dull, eventless routine working for people of equivalent character. My position has been hard for me, there is nothing I look forward to lately aside from quitting and moving on to bigger and greater things.

Employment wouldn’t be the centerfold of discussion if not for the time of year where I find myself in need of a position. It is almost impossible to find a job of significance during the holidays which is only making the season even more miserable for me. Seriously, job searching is not how you want to spend your holiday. I’d much prefer having a glamorous time with friends or a significant other but the end of school also marked the end of whatever type of social life I thought I had obtained. Not that I don’t try every so often now and then, but it’s been more dud then fun. I was even talking to a guy or two these last few months and I lost whatever energy I had left for foolishness. I would really love to sit and chat about my failure with finding an interesting and appealing member of the opposite sex but I would really need my friends around for me to be successful with my complaining.

The most important thing for me right now would be admission into the JET Program that I applied to earlier this month. That would give me the chance to teach English in Japan. And did I mention that it would be in Japan. Japan has been on my mind so much these last 6 months and it’s insane that with my constant thoughts my line sister, Dana, actually sent me an email randomly advertising the program. How does one really change the game of life? By leaving the country in my opinion. It’s a thrilling and frightening proposition but I would literally jump head first into it. What a leap towards satisfaction and happiness. This adult life is not (yet) glamorous, it’s not exciting and not progressing dramatically enough for me. I need to go to Japan.


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November 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I’m in Tampa

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I swore I would never come here. Actually, I swore that I would never even think of visiting this place. I wanted only for my mother and sisters to come up for me, and they did once during the past fall semester and it was very nice but I was not supposed to set foot in Florida. Well I’ve done it and here I am.

It wouldn’t be all that bad if I knew how to drive but considering that I can’t it has been miserable for my sisters and me while my mom is at work during the day. We’ve been spending our time on Netflix and playing lots of Mario Kart and other Wii games. I’d really like to say though that I would love to return to school next semester with a driver’s permit at least. I don’t know why it hasn’t happened for me yet, when I speak of not having one I get the most demeaning stares I want to cry. The way I’ve been “optimistically” seeing it is that even if I got my permit and moved on to get a fancy license I still would not have a car to drive and probably would not have one for quite a while.

Now as for my life as of now. I’m going into second semester of sophomore year at the University of Richmond. I’ve gotten over the fact that I will not be transferring nor will I ever get better at any type of Chemistry. Still want to be a doctor though, sorry. I’m trying hard and learning a lot about myself; like the fact that I am not a very good student. I don’t know why it is. I know that I want to succeed and accomplish great things and go very far but it is so difficult for me to concentrate as I see other students at my school do. I’ve noticed that I will sit in front of my books and shortly after catch myself staring into space instead of working, accomplishing nothing. It has happened all semester and it really frustrates me. I’m doomed to never achieve a good gpa at this rate.

Love life: zip. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I would really enjoy some romance, however, it is not happening at Richmond. I think it’s a lack of my type being present generally. I don’t find many of the guys attractive at all, not that their not good looking but that they don’t grab my attention. At all. It has just been very boring. The personalities are boring. And I’ve found that quite a few people are thinking I’m kind of weird. Again. I hate getting situated only to be presented the fact that I’m “strange”. I always end up feeling embarrassed for things I might have done that were freaky in someone else’s eyes, though I know I shouldn’t care. It kind of makes you feel like a loner when no one is getting you.

Before I sign off I know there is something important I want to talk about here. Aha! I got my septum pierced last week right before I missed my flight to Tampa and had to take another flight 8 hours later and got caught up in a line from 4:30 to 6 am. This whole piercing experience has been hilarious because apparently I have been freaking everyone out with my sudden dive into getting them. It started with the two microdermals I got on my collarbone back in summer and then half way filling my ears up and now this septum piercing. I just find that all of the piercing I have a very tasteful and  I don’t mind going for more. Not because of the pain but because of the result. It’s great! I actually had my septum pierced a month before by my sisters friend who does her tattoos but he did it so severely crooked that it was almost coming out the front and the pain was so excruciating I was regretting it immediately. So I let it heal up, because of course I still wanted it, and I went back to where I got my microdermals and tragus piercing over at Sacred Tattoo on Canal and Broadway and Star did it for me and the pain wasn’t nearly s bad at all. I wanted to kiss her it was over so fast and now I’m obsessed and want new jewelry to experiment with. Pics as soon as I can…?


Danielle <3

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December 26, 2011 at 4:19 am

Summer Vacation Update

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What I want to do today is write a simple update about my time away from school staying with my aunt and sister in New York. So my mother moved with my little sisters to Tampa, Florida in March or April or something. It really was spontaneous, as she tends to be when she sees fit. My mom has always wanted to move to Florida so although I’m upset that I was left behind to fend for myself (which I’ve basically been doing since the summer before I started college) I’m happy that she’s gotten this chance to live somewhere she has always wanted to live. Me on the other hand, things haven’t been going so great.

I got a job at the nearest Friendly’s, and by near I mean an hour and a half bus ride into Long Island everyday. The money is satisfying, however, it is the most stress I have ever been under besides finals week. The people are either nice or ridiculously rude and the people I work with are all nuts. Not to mention if you get sick one day you might as well jump off a roof because they are going to be super pissed and threaten to fire your ass if you don’t come in even though you are going to have to get your aunt to come in and drag you out late in your shift so you can spend 6 hours in the emergency room on an IV drip. Oh, yes, it might just happen. But the money is satisfying. I haven’t saved enough because of the expenses I have while I’m here but it should be enough for my upcoming book fees and such. Such a ridiculous amount of money I have to spend when I get back to school.

I have this whole plan in my head it’s so perfect and real I can just taste it already. You see, I have always wanted to be a doctor, no joke, since I was about 6 years old. My mom and I used to watch TLC together all the time when all they had were hose medical shows and this one doctor, she was a pediatrician, hear name was Andrea Pennington I think, I always told my mom I want to be a doctor just like her. And so far my dream hasn’t changed, the type of doctor I want to become has changed a little but it’s still same ole’ with me. For the past 2 years maybe I’ve been thinking pediatrics and obstetrics and I can do it surely I mean what kind of rules are there for how many roles as a doctor you can be? Simply put, I settled with aspiring to become an OBGYN, obstetrics and gynecology. Sounds fun eh? I just really love babies and I get to learn more about my own body to boot. What I’d really love is to become one of those lifelong doctors, you know, like be the doctor that delivered you and became your pediatrician and so on and just stick with you. Like a family. I don’t know how popular that is but I know I’d really enjoy it.

So as part of this plan states I will do absolutely stellar next semester and bring myself way above that 3.0 gpa. I will exercise every morning now that my new dorm room is situated right outside of the gym. I will also spend my time wisely studying in the day and sleeping at night (duh). And as a side task I will fast on the weekends for enhanced spirituality but mostly to practice self control. All very doable. I’m a realist here. The excitement has been building up in me, so even though this hasn’t been the greatest, or worst, of summer vacations I have total confidence in how happy I can be once school comes around. I have a goal, not to strict and I WILL stick to it. I think this blog post was more to reassure myself than anything else but it’s nice to get down proof that I’m out there trying to improve my life.


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July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

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