I had a cyst removed from my pelvic floor on November 13, 2019. That’s the literal explanation. I never post about my health or much about my personal life on social media. Outside of family and my closest friends, most people (who I will send this to) will have no idea how serious and traumatic that surgery was — a surgery I’ve only hinted at on social — until now.

I’m revealing it now.

I’ve known since 2001-ish that I had what’s called a duplication cyst in my rectum. “Duplication” because occasionally, in utero, the body makes an extra organ…


I feel very conflicted about being at home right now. As much as I feel like I should be outside, blocking streets, making space for Black people as they reclaim these very streets: I simply can’t. I live in a household where a COVID-19 infection could be deadly.

Pre-pandemic, I was trying to hone down the amount of time I spent on social media. Obviously, we’ve all found ways to connect digitally. For that, I’m grateful. …


Don’t bug your black friends right now. Do not ask your black friends to “explain” anything to you right now. Don’t email them and ask them for advice on how to “fix” your racial bias issues. Don’t call them unless the only words that are about to come out of your mouth are: “Are you okay?” or “I love you”. Then, and this is very important, shut the fuck up and let them talk.

Don’t ask them to sit with you while you download your failings as a white ally. …


I know a lot of you are new to working from home. There’s so much information going around right now, that I put a FAQ together because I’ve been remote working and consulting for over 15 years.

It’s only fair that I share my expertise and experience with all of you.

Work from Home FAQs:

How should I decide what to wear everyday when you work from home?

This is an excellent question.

First, sort through the pile of clothes on the floor next to the bed.

Try making separate piles for sports bras, sweats/yoga pants, leggings, short and long-sleeved tees, hoodies, and cardigans.

Or don’t.

Mostly, just grab anything that doesn’t horrify you with any smells…


Dear Ms. O’Hara:

The only time I was starstruck during my entire 20-plus years of living in the world’s entertainment capital was when I met you.

I I lived in L.A. for about twenty years. I didn’t work in the business, but I was a creative professional (I worked for start ups mostly) and all my friends, barring only two, do work in the industry. Before our awkward meeting in a Beverly Hills hair salon (and more on that below), I met plenty of famous people. Fame is to L.A. what rain is to Seattle. I saw Rita Moreno’s Oscar…


The college admission scandal has had me thinking, namely because one of the most notorious students in the scandal attends (for now, anyway) my alma mater, the University of Southern California.

My time there and my experiences there are a perfect storm for a lot of issues that get discussed in the media right now: privilege, race, college sports, and the cost vs. the value of an education.

Firstly, let me clarify one important detail. I unquestionably value that education. My college experience was nothing short of a life-changing gift. I’m deeply grateful for every second I spent there.

I…


Truth? I don’t often write like this stylistically. Thank you for humoring me. (Shout out to watching the inspiring and utterly brilliant Amazon Prime series Lorena for triggering this…whatever it is.)

Untitled, By Rachel Parker

I’m tired of spaghetti strands of wet hair. I’m tired of lips parted with anticipation. I’m tired of us, looking out at you, as if my only merit is measured by your invisible desire staring back at me.

I’m tired of slender midriffs. I used to have one of those. I brandished it often, and I liked it. I liked showing it off. …


Memphis, TN, April 4, 1968. An unnamed man attempts to scoop Dr. King’s blood into a jar.

On September 20, 1958, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was autographing copies of his then-new book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, his personal account of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. A mentally ill black woman named Izola Curry emerged from the line, called his name, and drove a pearl-handled letter opener deep into the chest of America’s most prodigious and prominent civil rights leader and activist.

King’s words:

“The next minute I felt something beating on my chest. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman. I was rushed to Harlem Hospital. It was…


Source: The New Yorker

It’s been a week since the 2018 midterm elections and moderates and progressives have a lot to celebrate. Democrats took back the House and had nearly historic down-ticket success in deeply red America. We are witnessing a rebirth of progressivism in regional and national politics for the first time in at least a generation.

The morning of November 7: Missouri democrats were all feeling anything but relieved. We lost Claire McCaskill, our single democratic senator to an unpopular, insurgent “outsider” who also happens to be Missouri’s scandal-plagued attorney general.

I lived in California for 25 years, over (but nearly) half…


Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

Voting Guide: Nov. 2018 Midterm Elections

St. Louis Metro has a crowded November 2018 ballot. There’s a good reason that you keep hearing that this is the most important election of our collective lifetimes.

Look, I get that people reading this may not entirely agree with me on all issues, but we should all agree that there’s a lot at stake right now.

Both the United States Federal Government and the State of Missouri are being run by a super majority, and by a party that gives short shrift to working people. All of our state’s resources and our country’s priorities cannot continue to advantage the…

Rachel Parker

Content writer and marketing strategist, sometimes playwright and crafter of language, activist, proud St. Louis resident, lover of social justice.

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