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“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.

—William Faulkner

Winding Down the Blog

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. —Billy Cox My dear subscribers, readers, and supporters, I wanted to let you know that I’m back to college again, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, while finishing up the fourth round …

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9/11 and its Impact on Minorities

On a wet and windy day, during her junior year at high school as Najma Khan was holed up in the library, a photo flashed on her phone. It showed a beheading by Islamic State militants along with a caption in red letters: “Go back to your own country.” Najma reported the incident but the …

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A Vaccine or My Family: Children of Anti-vaxers Caught in the Middle

When she went to get her first dose of the vaccine, Anya, 27, told her parents she was going to get her Friday fix of samosas and rasmalai from Bharat Bazaar, the local Indian store. Her parents (family friends of mine) whom she was staying with, in Yuba City—while working remotely —believe that Covid 19 …

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Does No One Want To Work Anymore?

Baby Boo is making a face that means she might soon begin to cry. Priya’s neck is sweating. Her armpits are sweating. Chef Rajiv Bhatia, Owner and Head Cook, of one of Los Angeles’ finest Indian restaurants, Bombay Grill, yells, “Pick up for Table number 6, ready!” as he swiftly ladles goat curry fragrant with …

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COVID-Complicated Graduations: In-person or Virtual?

Her first reaction after receiving the email from the University announcing that commencement would be conducted online was to cry. Across Southern California, larger colleges were announcing plans for in-person graduations—so why not hers? Then, twenty-two-year-old Anya dried her tears and turned to Instagram, asking: If Vanguard University hosted an in-person graduation, would they attend? …

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