The Lady: Part 4

Dearest Shu Lien,   You will be happy to hear that Monsieur Fontaine has arrived. Both Dear Leon and Madame Begarde were surprised to hear of my invitation to the Marquise. My explanation was the simple truth; that the Monsieur’s personal chef is the greatest mind in all of culinary France. I told them that…

The Lady: Part 3

Dearest Shu Lien,   I am ashamed. My plan almost fell to ruin and I have no one to blame but my own emotions, and myself. The first week of the Begarde’s stay was one of he worst periods of my life. Madame Begarde insisted on jumping straight into the work of party planning. Being…

The Lady: Part 2

  Dearest Shu Lien, Today I was graced by the presence of three individuals. Dear Leon was away for some hurt, so I had the honor to receive them. How could I not be honored, when they accepted my invitation? The first two, Madame and Mademoiselle Begarde, came together, much like a duck being followed…

The Lady: Part 1

Dearest Shu Lien,   I found myself in the company of a feeling that was most foreign to me. It was an emotion that I often felt directed toward my person, but for it to be born from me was an experience that I dare not repeat. It was breakfast, and I was enjoying myself…

One Nation, Under Litigation

When I was a senior in high school, my advanced-placement government teacher, Roni Cline, assigned us a final project in which we had to redesign the American dollar bill. Of the minimal changes I made, one of the most prominent ones was removing “In God We Trust” and replacing it with a new slogan. I…

Jenner & Cruz

Election years have, and always will be, a maelstrom of ideologies and arguments that mash together into one big conundrum. Maybe that’s why whenever we hear any type of public figure show support for a high-profile candidate, there is a proverbial hailstorm of backlash from the media and public. Sometimes, there’s a reason people take…

Democratic Presidential Candidates on the Back Burner

When the Democratic debate was advertised, it was made out to be a grandiose event, in which two heavy hitters would go head to head against one another on the political battlefield. The matchup of Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders was more talked about than a theoretical bout pitting Tyson and Ali. But there exists…

Long Road to Come on Gay Acceptance

For as long as there has been a society, we’ve had social issues. Whether it be civil rights or universal suffrage, there has always been a cause that dominates the progressive minds of the world. After the good fight is fought, there remains a great deal of time in which people focus on “how far…

Protest & Prejudice (08/31/15)

From 1963 to 1967, George Wallace served as the governor of Alabama (also 1971-79 and 1983-87). During the ’60s, Wallace was known for his vehement defense of segregation, going on the record saying, “… and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” during his inaugural speech. Wallace went on to have a combative relationship…

An Era of Division (08/25/15)

Throughout my adolescence, I have grown to loathe the season of political campaigning, in which the various political A-listers come out to vie for the attention of the voters that can either make them or break them. The reason I despise this most bureaucratic pastime is because my own family has a nearly 50-50 split…

The Hunt for Judicial Righteousness (8/03/15)

There is one word that is tossed around continually. From a child’s birth to her or his adulthood, there are persistent lessons and teachings about the word “respect.” Whether it is respecting your parents or the lifestyles of your fellow humans, the presence of the word is one that has been one of uncontested understanding….