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Stop Playing Around with Labels Like “Gamer Girls” (Plus Halloween Bonus Game!)

So, I hear there’s this whole thing about “gamer girls.” This implies that girls, no matter the circumstance, will always be inferior and less-knowledgeable video game players than their male counterparts. I’ve grown up around video games and have been playing them since I was pretty young myself, but I don’t think I’ve come across it in person. Though, there have been times … Read More

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The Pros and Cons of Our Consolidating Culture

In 2005, I came across an Apple advertisement juxtaposing an iPod with a stack of CDs.  While iPods are immensely popular today, Apple was still trying to get stragglers on their bandwagon.  One of their proponents: consolidation.  As the advertisement portrays in its Apple-esque … Read More

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Why Some of the Funniest People Battle the Darkest Demons

After Robin Williams’ death this past summer, it appalled me to see people shocked that a comedian would commit suicide. What, why?! He seemed so happy. He was so funny. First of all, we don’t know what inner turmoil he was going through. Second, the fact that he was a comedian … Read More

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Minimalism Is Not ‘Emptyism’

Last March, I dipped my toe into the minimalism pool with this post on how to purge clutter and embrace simplicity available on my What Mandy Thinks blog.  A year and a half later, I've moved locations again (my reason for starting this minimalism kick), rearranged my wardrobe … Read More

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4 Things I Learned Volunteering in a Hospital

During my college career, I did a lot of volunteering. It was my bread and butter, really. I enjoy meeting lots of people, and I like that I’m helping out and (hopefully!) leaving a positive impact. As a result, one of my favorite volunteering programs was UCLA Care … Read More

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Tales of the Tremor: What I Learned from the South Napa Earthquake

Last month, from the 22nd to the 25th, a group of us drove from San Diego to Napa for a friend’s birthday celebration.  While it was a great time of friendship and community, everything radically shifted on the morning of the birthday.  If you follow the national news, you know … Read More

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Healing is a Love Affair with Yourself

Stop what you're doing. I want you to try this: 1. Put your left hand on your right shoulder blade. 2. Put your right hand on your left shoulder blade. 3. Now squeeze. You just hugged yourself. I didn't. That's important. It's about you now. We waste time being … Read More

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Are Beauty Pageants Relevant to the 21st Century?

What is the purpose of beauty pageants today? To make money for the media? To entertain the masses? To affirm beautiful women of their beauty? To celebrate female beauty? As beauty pageants have sparked many debates over the centuries, let’s take a deeper look at the evolution of … Read More

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Reconciling Remakes

If you’ve not seen already, Disney released a trailer for a movie adaptation of Into the Woods. If you’re not familiar with the Sondheim musical I definitely hope you check it out, it’s an awesome story about the lessons fairy tales were originally intended to teach. I found this … Read More

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Why It’s Important to Unplug

What does it mean to "unplug" today?  It means staying away from all electronics and technology to get back to yourself, the nature around you, and the people close to you. I went camping recently, something I haven't done in nine years.  Camping was always a summer constant … Read More

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Virginity Should be a Big Deal to Boys Too

Whatever your beliefs or upbringing is, it’s pretty safe to say the idea of virginity mostly weighs more on girls than boys. Granted, abstinence and safe sex is held against both genders until a certain age but this is definitely emphasized more on girls. This does date back … Read More

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Can We Learn Through Mere Imitation?

Child prodigies is always a topic of contention amongst classical musicians.  To most, people are wowed by how someone so young could “master” a professional sound.  In fact, that’s what most of the Youtube videos showcase: “The little girl sings like a pro,” “Amazing young … Read More

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5 Interesting Ways to Handle Paranoia When Dating

Paranoia Case #1: You love it when you two exchange text messages more often.  But each time he sends you one-liner or one-word messages, a lot of thoughts come into your mind.  Is he okay?  Did I offend him?  Should I send him a follow up message to explain what I meant with my … Read More

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