The country of me, or the country of we?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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Will these words be in vain? Are the foundations of democracy and the United States unraveling due to our admiration and prioritisation of individualism?

Last week, my brother and I got into a discussion about the concept of “single…

How food remains one of the constant reminders of where we come from and where we’re going.

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about pizza? Probably Italy. How about soul food? Likely the south. Tea? Probably Asia but also the United Kingdom. Food throughout different countries and cultures isn’t just a way we associate them with their geographical location, they’re an intimate look into a culture and country’s identity.

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. ”

The quote above was professed in 1852 by French gastronome…

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Although our actions, dreams, and vision may not always line up with those around us, whether it be society’s understanding, or the commonality around us on a daily basis of our lives, who is it to say we are astray, and whose perspective is justified and by what? Just because we’re not seeing what others are seeing, we’re not wrong or doing things the wrong way.

This leads to an interesting philosophical view composed by Nietzsche, Perspectivism. I’m not going to dig too far, however Perspectivism is “The idea that all ideations take place from particular perspectives.” And I truly…

How I’m learning to live with PMDD.

PMS as described in the dictionary seems pretty straightforward and culturally accepted as a difficult time before a woman’s period involving lots of chocolate, tears and carbs.

noun ; Pathology.

a complex of physical and emotional changes, including depression, irritability, appetite changes, bloating and water retention, breast soreness, and changes in muscular coordination, one or more of which may be experienced in the several days before the onset of menstrual flow.

But what if it’s an entirely different dimension of difficulty, and your body and mind feel like bombs ready to explode at any given moment for any duration of…

Why one of your greatest struggles can become one of your biggest teachers.

Although we are in a great pandemic on a biological and viral level of COVID-19, it almost seems like we’re in just as big of an international pandemic of anxiety.

Is it just me, or does it seem like every other self-help or psychology article is about anxiety, and how we can really beat it with some strong and good free-will? For me personally, this is wrong. …

I am in my first long term relationship and have no plans for my life to reach a second. While I was growing up and especially turning into a teen and young adult, I had a strong feeling that I wouldn’t have the messy back and forth dating life that much of my generation has. It wasn’t that I thought that I was better than that in any way, but I had no desire. I wanted a strong love and I didn’t mind if i’d have to wait for that.

Fast forward to now, and i’m a year and a…

Growing up in a generation that is being torn constantly between honouring tradition, and pushing a new path, I have and am living the example of what many would call the “millennial dilemma”. Having a family and situation as many would call the all-American life, and seeing the normal route that the “older kids” would take, that family members and even my parents had taken, everything almost seemed to take care of itself.

But then as I got older, discovery happened, growth happened, the personal and global crisis happened, and I began to learn and see between each and every…

Olivia Ellis

Writer, Global Citizen, Storyteller and Food Lover.

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