Becoming Resilient

December 22, 2020

Two boys playing.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Resilient: A person able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Throughout our lives, we are all exposed to trials and unexpected events that will ultimately impact us. These adversities can be anything from daily struggles such as an alarm not going off or an argument with a friend. To life-altering events such as […]

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A painting of a tree in front of horizon, sunset.

Reading Time: 3 minutes “We can live without food for three weeks, without water for three days, and without air for three minutes.” I always prided myself in being able to swim underwater for a whole length of a pool or more, so when I read that sentence the other day, I took a few deep breaths and timed […]

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An painting of a young man of color, with a Star of Devid necklace, riding the subway with his eyes closed.

Reading Time: 3 minutes “A nation built on greed is not a nation, it is merely a legal framework for rape and pillage, slavery and exploitation, theft, murder, genocide.” (Rivera Sun) Organized protests serve to cast a light on injustice. As injustices mount so do the protests. The current protests were initially organized as non-violent demonstrations. When violence purposefully […]

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A mixed-medium piece of artwork featuring two pale, white people with dark nets covering their faces.

Reading Time: 4 minutes “White supremacy won’t die until White people see it as a White issue they need to solve rather than a Black issue they need to empathize with.” (Dwayne Reed) Whenever confounding events of blatant racism come to my mind during a discussion or newscast, I feel it in my gut. It seems to take over […]

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A bright painting of two nearly identifical girls.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I visited Budapest while studying abroad in Vienna and it brought home some ancestral recollections in my 5/8 Slavically Jewish memory. I came across a stylish neo-Renaissance house that was built on Andrassy Street, a picturesque boulevard not far from the Danube, in 1880. For decades the building served as a venue for pleasant social […]

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A portrait of a face that falls somewhere between cubist and impressionist.

Reading Time: 5 minutes You aren’t going to want to hear this. You’re headstrong, stubborn, independent and determined. These are all qualities which will be useful later in life, but—you should hear me out. I write this because I know what happens next. I know what you were forced to do, how you suffered then and for so many […]

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