Mom,

Happy 32nd (lol) birthday!

I’m not going to make this long or too mushy because you know that kind of stuff makes me kinda wanna throw up.

BUT

I hope you enjoy your special day as you bask in the sun far away from home. I know you were upset that I couldn’t make it to CA for Thanksgiving, but I’ll see you sooner rather than later. Thank you for being one of my biggest supporters, cheerleaders, and providers. If no one else deserves a day to feel special on, you do.

I know everyone always says they have the best mom, which is cute and honestly quite laudable, but I think I have the best. It does feel weird to not be with you today because I’m so used to us spending most of our birthdays together, but hey, like I always say, “Ya win some, ya lose some.”

Anyway, I hope you’re having fun and grab a tissue because I’m 100% you teared up.

I love you,

Sonnie

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Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the site, so I wanted to again thank you for subscribing/following and give you an update.

Sophomore year is starting off well and I’ve since declared my majors/minor. I’m a Psychology and Theater double major and an Architectural Studies, which is totally different from the Neuroscience major I thought I’d be declaring at this point, but I’m much happier with what I’ve chosen.

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I don’t write for FreshU anymore, which was a tough decision because I loved writing for them and had tons of topics in my database to get started on. I send a huge thanks to those who always read my articles and asked when I would write more- your support is greatly appreciated! I’m still writing though, and you can visit my blogger profile through my Conn’s Communications department to stay updated on my newest writings.

I was recently involved in our first mainstage production here at Conn, Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein, as the sound designer, which was a very new thing for me. It was, however, a rewarding experience and I will be writing an article about it soon (a shot from tech week pictured below)

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I’ve also been cast as Wilson in our next mainstage production of bobrauschenbergamerica by Charles Mee. We’ve begun rehearsals about a week ago and so far, it’s been amazing. Pictures and my character work will be coming soon!

I have not been reading nearly as much as I wish, mainly due to lack of free time that I can use to sit and read. I’m currently in the middle of and on the first few pages of several books right now, so “What I’m Reading” will not be updated for Sep-Nov of this year. It will hopefully be up and running again in December closer to my winter break as I finish a few.

That’s about it for updates. I’m pretty busy, so as you might assume, I won’t be posting on the site as frequently as I used to, but I’ll try to be more active than I have been since September. I’ve updated What I’m Listening To and most of it is relatively new music, so check it out!

Since I haven’t posted a Song Of The Day in forever, today’s Album Of The Day is called Diary of Me by Mahalia, an R&B artist from the UK I just found out about via Twitter. Give it a listen if you have any free time (click on the picture below to listen)!

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Be Kind,

A.T.

In the recent months, due to my increasing knowledge and eagerness to learn, I’ve become much more passionate about social issues than I’ve ever been. That being said, I don’t normally speak up much on topics like this (to avoid political debates), but I gotta say something about this one.

To the “White Nationalists”, White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and other alt-right/right-wing protestors that are fighting to “take their country back”, give it a break. It is not your country alone, as it also belongs to your everyone else around you- though you may disagree.I can only hope and pray that you’ll soon switch sides and understand how the internal sickness sparked by ignorance and fueling your hatred is tearing this country apart (more) each day. I’m less disheartened by your actions and more at your ignorance.

Also, tiki torches? Forreal? Like, the ones you get from Home Depot? These!?

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To the counterprotestors, keep fighting. You know what’s right. You know who’s wrong. Thank you for putting your lives at risk for people like me who are nowhere near the in-your-face threat you’re facing. Stay safe and spread love.

To the 19 counterprotestors that were injured and to Heather Heyer, I’m sorry that your lives were affected in this way, but thank you for your fight. We all love you. Rest in Peace, Heather.

To The Trumpinator and his staff

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I don’t even know where to start.

To President Obama and Vice President Biden,

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To everyone on the outside, keep fighting. Keep learning. Keep teaching. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep spreading love.

Be Kind,

A.T.

*Click here to read more about what “alt-right” means, and click here to get a better idea of political leftism and rightism in America.

It’s been a while since I’ve published something on FreshU, but my newest article was just published a few minutes ago. This one, as are most of my articles, is personal as it concerns my experience with my roommate. (Click here for the article.)

Please take the time to read it, share it and give me feedback. I appreciate all the support.

Be Kind,

A.T,

One of my favorite artists, Daley (UK-based R&B/Soul artist), just dropped an album today called The Spectrum! Most probably know him from his song with Marsha Ambrosius called “Along Together”.

A few years ago, my mom and I got a chance to see him in an intimate show at the Apple Store in The Loop. We got to request songs and ask him a few questions. If I can dig up the videos, I’ll add them to this post. I haven’t gotten through the whole album yet, my favorites so far are “Slow Burn”, “Sympathy”, “The Only One” and “On Fire”. Knowing his older music, this seems like a new sound for Daley, and I like it.

I’ve gotten through the whole album and my favorites so far are “Slow Burn”, “Sympathy”, “The Only One” and “On Fire”. Knowing his older music, this seems like a new sound for Daley, and I like it.

If you haven’t been introduced to his music yet, start with this album! I promise you’ll like it.

As always, Be Kind.

A.T.

The Spectrum on:

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Amazon Music

 

 

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

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Hey everyone, hope you all had a safe & enjoyable holiday.

If you’re looking for something to get you over Hump Day, consider watching this video of Lenny Kravitz doing a Prince tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This is one the best tributes I’ve seen yet!

Also, if you don’t know any of Lenny’s music, I highly recommend it. Mr. Cab Driver and Black Velveteen are two of my favorites.

Be Kind.

A.T.