My Recommendations for 10 Must-Watch Documentaries on Netflix – Watch them before they’re gone!

If you, like me, rely mostly on Netflix for entertainment, I’d like to offer recommendations for some of the best television that you may be missing out on. Documentaries, or non-fiction films, are a fascinating genre. It isn’t the “factuality” of the content that attracts me and many others to this style of film, but ratherContinue reading “My Recommendations for 10 Must-Watch Documentaries on Netflix – Watch them before they’re gone!”

Trigger Warnings & Safe Spaces, Pt. 2: Reframing warnings for the classroom

Since I wrote my last blog post on trigger warnings and safe spaces, the terms have lost much of their original meaning. Now, they’re mostly used as insults, usually when speaking about liberals, leftists, progressives, “sjws”, feminists and the like. And, more recently, they are being used by some in response to any reaction from anyoneContinue reading “Trigger Warnings & Safe Spaces, Pt. 2: Reframing warnings for the classroom”

On Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

I am not a fan of trigger warnings*. I’ll admit it. Personally, I find them unnecessary and, based on my experiences and research on mental health, trauma and distress, somewhat counter-intuitive. However, I understand others’ desire to provide them and that they serve a need for some that I cannot relate to, so I don’t mind them. Furthermore, despite theContinue reading “On Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces”

How I Survived My Master’s Thesis: Productivity Tips and Research Hacks!

Writing my Master’s thesis was an immense undertaking and I will continue to reflect on the process over the next few weeks because I realize that it doesn’t “end”, one only stops writing it. I enjoyed the process, as strenuous as it was. There were moments when I was awash with a sense of triumph afterContinue reading “How I Survived My Master’s Thesis: Productivity Tips and Research Hacks!”

We need to talk about Pokémon Go

  So, I had a whole other post written up, but taking the lead from Pat Thompson, I’m going to, instead, “go where the energy is.” We need to talk about Pokémon Go. Yes, this post is about Pokémon Go, because Pokémon Go has become a cultural phenomenon, and like any cultural phenomenon it isContinue reading “We need to talk about Pokémon Go”

Yes, that Video is an Example of Cultural Appropriation -Sincerely, An Indian Beyoncé and Coldplay Fan

  Funny because this is the same face I made while watching the video, “Ugh” indeed! I can’t believe I’m writing about this again. I am actually kind of mad at myself right now because I shouldn’t care that people can be this blasé about their own lack of knowledge on this or any other topic. ButContinue reading “Yes, that Video is an Example of Cultural Appropriation -Sincerely, An Indian Beyoncé and Coldplay Fan”

“We teach girls to shrink themselves…”: 6 Keys to Assertiveness in Professional Settings

The line in the title was spoken by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Tedx talk “We Should All Be Feminists”. You may have also heard these words while jamming to Beyonce’s  “***Flawless” (which you so obviously do!). Adichie’s words speak of the pressure to be thin and physically small, but they also draw attention toContinue reading ““We teach girls to shrink themselves…”: 6 Keys to Assertiveness in Professional Settings”

The 5 Books That Changed My Life

I miss having time to read. Actually, that’s a bit misleading, I suppose what I should be saying is: I regret not using the free time I do have for reading. One major downside of graduate studies or work that involves copious amounts of non-leisure reading is that it can leave you sapped of anyContinue reading “The 5 Books That Changed My Life”

The black dog, the blue period (Part II): Coping with Anxiety

In the first part of this series, I detailed my experiences with clinical depression in high school and early university. I had the second post completed and ready to go but the response I got from the first post was nothing short of overwhelming. I received messages from approximately 40 different people over text, e-mail, andContinue reading “The black dog, the blue period (Part II): Coping with Anxiety”

The Black Dog, the Blue Period: My Experience with Clinical Depression (Part 1)

Image: 1902–03, Femme assise (Melancholy Woman), by Pablo Picasso from his blue period, so called as he sunk into a deep depression and only produced monochromatic works, primarily in the color blue during this time. To me, they are a brilliant representation of life in depression. Ever since I can remember, I have felt different,Continue reading “The Black Dog, the Blue Period: My Experience with Clinical Depression (Part 1)”