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Writer, editor, poet, and visual artist based in the PNW. Founder of The Blossoms (
Cherry trees bloom in front of a pagoda. Tall apartment buildings can be seen in the distance.
Cherry blossoms at Busan Citizens Park, 2019 (photo is author’s own)

In the spring of 2017, I found myself at a crossroads. I had just gained admission to the graduate program of my dreams at one of the nation’s most renowned art schools. I lived in a dream state for a few weeks until my financial aid information arrived in the…

Joe Biden talks to campaign staffers on an Amtrak train in Cleveland, OH during his Build Back Better Express Tour.
Photo by Adam Schultz / Biden for President on Flickr

In light of their failed attempt to make Hunter Biden’s laptop a credible scandal, it appears the GOP is scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas to bring down Joe Biden in the remaining days before the 2020 election.

At least the former scandal held just a morsel of…

Senator Marsha Blackburn speaks at a podium at CPAC 2016.
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr

On Tuesday, October 13th, Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tweeted “The word abortion does not appear in the Constitution,” insinuating that abortion is therefore unconstitutional.

This incredible logical leap should bring us all a collective sigh of relief. No more arguing over Amy Coney Barrett, no more defending or decrying…

An adult elephant nudges a baby elephant towards a watering hole. Rays of light are shining through the trees.
Image by Comfreak from Pixabay

I was in first grade when George W. Bush won the 2000 presidential race. Ceremoniously, my class held a mock election right before the real one.

In our simulation, Al Gore won, which is not surprising given I was raised in a large suburb outside of dependably progressive Seattle. …

A manipulated photograph caricature of President Donald Trump giving a thumbs up sign against a gray gradient background.
Caricature of Donald Trump by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.

1. Equality

You can’t claim to be a champion of equality and cast your vote for a man who, by all accounts, is not. Look no further than the Supreme Court and Trump’s potential replacement of the late women’s rights champion Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Amy Coney Barrett, a proud member of…

The United States Supreme Court building is photographed from below, showcasing its Greek architecture.
The United States Supreme Court. Image by Mark Thomas from Pixabay

Amidst the national grief over the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th, there has been another overwhelming emotion in the heart of many Americans: anger. …

Smokestacks at an oil refinery release harmful greenhouse gases into a dreary gray sky.
Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

If you follow climate-related news, you’ve almost certainly seen a particular fact regarding corporate emissions floating around the past couple of years. …

Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash

Back in April, when Bernie Sanders announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign, I tweeted “Tell me why I should vote for Joe Biden. I won’t accept ‘he’s not Trump’ or ‘he’s better than Trump.’ How? Tell me. Why should I trust anything he says? …

Alexandra Hastings

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