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Jury duty is dreaded and avoided by all. A civic duty that our justice system is blessed with, but an inconvenience to most. So what is jury duty like in California when in a pandemic? Let me tell you.

You get your jury summons in the mail, telling you your assigned group, date, and time. Depending on your group number, you either are required to come in person for a half day or you are on-call for the week. I was in group 2, summoned to come in on a Monday from 8:30 to 1:00. The day of the actual…


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I’ve always wanted to be that barista girl. The one that customers secretly have a crush on who remembers their regulars orders and knows how to perfectly execute every single drink in the coffee world. But alas, that wasn’t me. I was on the other side of the counter, ordering the same chai latte that I did every time too scared to branch out into something new. But maybe that dream was closer than I realized.

Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters is a small local coffee shop that opened in 2014 in my hometown, Newbury Park. A hub for all ages, it…


one of my two new swallow friends :)

I got my first tattoo for my 18th birthday. It was a matching tattoo with my sister, who paid for it as her gift to me. It was both of our first tattoos, so we hid it from our parents. It wasn’t until a couple months later, my sister accidentally showed my mom hers and so I came clean about mine. Fast forward to the summer after my freshman year of college. After a family reunion my aunt, two cousins, and my sister and I got matching tattoos. My parents, still not fond of the idea, became slightly more lenient…


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CONTENT WARNING: contains themes of anxiety, depression, and suicide that may be triggering to some readers.

Saying goodbye is the hardest thing. This past week I had to say goodbye to a part of my life that I won’t ever get to experience again. Oregon, George Fox, Undergrad.

I moved home to southern California, far away from Fox, far away from my life there. In the beginning I was embarrassed, ashamed, and I didn’t tell anyone. If people asked me what I was doing home I’d lie. I’d say my school went online or that it was due to financial…


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In psychiatry, a psychopath is defined as someone with antisocial personality disorder. ASPD describes an individual who shows patterns of manipulation and violation to others and someone who goes against society, rules, and other behaviours that are more commonplace.

According to the Hare psychopathy checklist, a psychopath can be identified with 20 characteristics:

• glib and superficial charm
• grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
• need for stimulation
• pathological lying
• cunning and manipulativeness
• lack of remorse or guilt
• shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
• callousness and lack of empathy
• parasitic lifestyle
• poor behavioral controls
• sexual promiscuity
• early behavior problems
• lack of realistic…


Today was my cat’s 15th birthday.

I remember when we first got her as kitten, I was 6 years old so the idea of having kittens blew my tiny mind. We adopted her along with her brother Boots (named because he was all black except his white paws.) My family always liked to get cats in pairs because it would help them entertain each other, and it also increased their chances of survival outdoors. Survival? Well, cats in our house didn’t just get the luxury of being inside. Their job was outside as well. Killing mice or rats or any…


An airport during COVID is the most eerie thing.

Seats are spaced out and labeled “do not sit here” in order to create social distancing. Only one security station open, only one bathroom open, restaurants closed. Everyone nervously glancing at each other checking to see if they’re wearing their mask or staying 6 feet away.

Some people are acutely aware of the pandemic, covered head to toe, hood on, wearing masks, face shield, goggles. …


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I was walking through goodwill browsing the glassware section, dreaming of all the different things I could decorate my house with. Vases, platters, jugs, jars. My eyes stopped at a large jar and that’s when it hit me like a cartoon light bulb over my head. Kombucha. I snatched the jar and some other glass bottles and went on my merry way. I was stoked, already imagining the amazing kombucha I would make. Only problem? I have no clue how to make it. But that’s what youtube is for, right?

When making kombucha there are four very important ingredients.

  1. 9…

There are so many different options out there as a woman for birth control that you can try. There’s the pill, the IUD, the ring, and the implant, just to name a few. If only there were that many options for men! (But that’s a whole other can of worms we won’t open in this post). Today we’ll be focusing on the pill that so many women take daily. Birth control can be a taboo subject, I know. But here’s the story of me and that darn fricken little pill.

I grew up in a Christian household, where birth control…


The first time I saw a man in a crop top was Johnny Depp in the film “Cry Baby.” Since then, I never thought twice about my attraction towards it. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in this feeling, with the crop top phenomenon blowing up Tiktok’s For You page. I grew comfortable in the statement that men in crop tops are hot. It wasn’t until this past summer that I realized this was not a universal thought.

My guy friends couldn’t believe it when I told them I liked a man in a shirt that stopped above his waist.

“What do…

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