Finally Living

A response to a poem written by a colleague, Said Dibinga, after a conversation we had. Sometimes, when I grab a soul spilled on paper, I see black lines intersecting, standing so close they might as well kiss. I climb up to their peaks and slide down their arches, searching for answers I’m not sure…

3 Concerns Millennials Are Not Worried About

By Monica Sanchez Just like fashion, values and trends recycle themselves, which is why Millennials have inadvertently become the new hippies. That’s probably why society is so obsessed with and shocked by them. All that deviation from traditional values, obnoxious optimism, kale and other green stuff rings a far too familiar tone of the past…

Be Kind

The people who help us deserve our respect and appreciation…always. There’s a taco place on the corner of the street where I live, and I hardly eat out, but that rumbling in my stomach was pulling me towards food that tasted like home. So I greet the cashier, place my order, and wait. A mom…

Letter to the Reader

Dear Reader, I seem unable to stop batting my eyelashes and blushing as I read your second response to yet another article of mine.  A writer always wonders if anyone reads their work or the extent to which their work has an actual effect on people. Wherever you are reader, I want you to know…

Street Performer in Barcelona

Thinking of La Rambla; written after reading Sandra Cisneros’ poem “Mexican in France” You  are just one among many in a lineup of beggars with tin cups and buckets  clinking from loose change tossed in by passing snickers and idlers, whose hyena cries release falling dominoes through the growing crowd. And the phones, and the…

Are These 5 Grievances About Millennials Character Strengths?

By Monica Sanchez Millennials are the worst, right? They’re annoying and overbearingly doing some kind of action that irks the dark recesses of society’s soul. What must be done about this incessant Millennial problem that is spreading its infectious ideology across the globe? It’s rather difficult to come up with a wholly effective solution to…

No Preference

A fluid identity makes me indifferent. How should I pronounce your name? Sing it to me in the music of my father’s tongue, or hit me with the harshness of my birthright. Both are me. -M. Sanchez

3 Aspects Of The Millennial Dream And Why To Adopt Them

Different Expectations Lead to an Improved Standard of Living By Monica Sanchez Earlier this year at a MOTH storytelling event in Silverlake, an elderly participant, after an unfortunate incident with her husband, claimed that “the American dream was dead.” And yes, essentially, the get married, have two kids, and live out your days in peace…

Tired of Trump

Who else is tired of hearing about Trump? By Monica Sanchez I know this entire rant is ironic, and I am inevitably continuing to the debate about this ridiculous, orange, lunatic, who was somehow released from Willy Wonka’s custody without his consent. I’m just tired of listening to the sound of his name: like nails…

Why Employers Want Millennials With Social Media Skills

Socializing on social media is a way of success By Monica Sanchez In the age of technology when social media is king, millennials are the most sought after job candidates. For many though, they certainly don’t feel that way. The moment of truth hits millennials when they finally walk across stage and gracefully accept that…

What Women Want

A response to Kim Addonizio’s poem “What Do Women Want?” I want respect. I want to command awe and create a series of symphonies of “Yes ma’am” with a flick of my wrist. I want it mixed with a bucket of admiration and a pinch of groveling, so no one ever questions whether I deserve…