What Is Masculinity, Exactly?

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Image courtesy of Beyonce’s Instagram

I recently read an article about Jay-Z and his Blue’s choice of Halloween costume this year. He dressed up as a Ken doll, for his daughter.  With his wife, Beyoncé.

And people had the nerve to call into question HIS masculinity.

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My First Mothers Day With No Mother

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Mother’s day just passed and it reminded me that it has been close to a year since I lost my mother to suicide. This was my first mother’s day without her and I will be honest, it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I believed that I would spend most of the day being sad and reminiscing on her memory.

But for some reason, I didn’t do that…

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How to Get Back Up After Being Knocked Down

how to get back up after getting knocked down

Multiple times…

The last 12-18 months have been very difficult for me. In January of 2014 I discovered a lump on my neck and soon found out it was a growth on my thyroid. By way of WebMD and 3 “suspicious” biopsies I figured cancer and death must be imminent. After the nodule doubled in size in only a few months and I found out that the doctors were unable  to properly diagnose me, I got half of my thyroid removed. As a result of my thyroid surgery, not having a job and still not knowing what was wrong with me, I became very depressed ( a combination of unbalanced hormones and just being sick of being continuously knocked down). Continue reading