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I'm halfway through what has been, for me, one of the worst days this year after Pulse. I'm rallying. I have thoughts. I need to put them down on paper and mull them over in the coming weeks. This is terrible writing, but it is massively therapeutic.

Do we need protesting? Yes.
Do we need change? Yes.
Do we need activism? Yes.
Do we need an army? Absolutely. But let's talk about that.

We the people make up this nation and we elect specific people from within our numbers to keep our democratic republic in check and maintain the business…


Thinking Through Anger to a Place of Understanding and Compassion

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I’ve spent the last couple days trying to understand the outrage around Kaepernick’s actions, and also wondering why no one is getting outraged over the Native American fight against the new pipeline, but that’s another discussion for another time. I see so much value in understanding what makes us tick as human beings since it gives perspective to the issues we face and allows empathy and connection to have a place in our dealings with each other.

If you aren’t sure who Kaepernick is or what the fuss is all about, google it and get up to speed. I’ll be…


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In which I ramble about what I think my brain is doing.

Have you ever watched the show “Miranda”? If not, I’ve included a link to it at the end of this piece should you care to check it out. “Miranda” is a British sitcom done in true sitcom style in front of a live audience with the typical cozy sets that never seem to change too much but always leave you feeling like you’re watching something filmed inside a really big dollhouse. …


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Most of my twenties were spent doing the growing up I never got to do in my teenage/post-college years and, in many ways, it feels like that process hasn’t stopped. I was incredibly lucky to have the right people around me including the woman who adopted me (unofficially but no less important) at 21 and is now someone I call my mom because of all the ways she has and continues to impact my life. …


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Unpacking thoughts around body image

If you know me, you are aware that I probably have some not-so-healthy body image issues. Also related, if you follow me on social media at all, you know I’ve been anywhere from sporadic to almost consistent with my gym attendance and general fitness goals. I’ve even seen some great progress, only to see it derailed three months later. Consistency is a challenge for me and that includes staying on top of feelings of disgust and hate towards how I look and the choices I’ve made that got me to that point.

None of this is foreign to most of…

Shawn Carter

Unapologetic coffee addict, geek, and New York City fanboy, educating myself through photography and infrequent bouts of writing. | www.shawncarternyc.com

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