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Heavy On My Heart

In the International Development academia world, we are sometimes criticized for our studies… (Before reading everything, it would only be fair to warn you that this blog is written from a place of sadness for me… I am writing about external criticism, the material here is heavier… you’ve been warned.) ;) 622 more words


Lis Harper's role in the victimisation of Varshnie Jagdeo

When former First Lady Varshnie Jagdeo spoke out in 2009 about what she called hi-tech domestic violence, she spoke of her fears and insecurities living in a country where her oppressor had his hand in every facet of the day to day functioning of the country. 679 more words


A very good shusher

Then I read
And it hit me harder
Right in the gut
Right where I live
where I am
in this place where

I’m just supposed to shush… 383 more words



Originally posted elsewhere, November 20, 2013

I’m a geeky girl. A nerd. I kind of always have been, in one way or another.

A social misfit. 1,209 more words

Bystander Effect

Day 26


Now to detail my exciting day of travel:

I set my alarm for 6 AM so naturally I got up at 8 AM (on the WRONG side of the bed and with a random new slice in my thumb which I have no idea how I got) and jammed all of my clothes into my duffel bag, fought with my sister, and left for the airport. 463 more words

Remembering Daniel Kirkwood: We are the Watchers, The Reckless Youth

Today marks a week since teenager Daniel Kirkwood died of head injuries after a brawl outside a nightclub in Coventry. His death is especially chilling, not because Daniel died alone but because he was surrounded by people who did nothing to help him, and instead Snapchatted his final moments. 361 more words

This Crazy Life

Slander Tactics

Stripped of context, the victim’s reactions appear to be unprovoked—as if out of the blue and without reason—with deceived bystanders, unaware that they are being used as pawns, hopping onto the bully’s bandwagon as a possible result, strengthening his position and making his victim look like the wrongdoer. 186 more words