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My Story About Surviving Sexual Assault – Mark Samala

The man who sexually assaulted & raped me in January 2017 was a paparazzi at one time... ...who lost his driver’s license chasing after Britney Spears when speeding in his car. (which was exactly why for most of our friendship -- I drove him around.) His name was Mark Samala. He went to California State … Continue reading My Story About Surviving Sexual Assault – Mark Samala

Stepping Outta Line as a Thug Ass Bruja Goddess Advocating for Social Change

Don't be afraid to step outta line as a thug ass bruja goddess advocating for social change. They said I wouldn’t be able to graduate unless I took a required class ONLY offered during the day. It happened to be the class you HAD to take to write for the school paper. I pointed out … Continue reading Stepping Outta Line as a Thug Ass Bruja Goddess Advocating for Social Change

My Chilean grandmother, ancestral trauma & alcoholism.

Estela Maria Flores Briones, 1973, right before her death from liver cirrhosis My Chilean grandmother was a “nervous woman” who would shake profusely when she’d talk in front of people. ...at least, that’s what I was told recently. After my mom died, a family friend asked what she could do for me. I told her … Continue reading My Chilean grandmother, ancestral trauma & alcoholism.

Fried Chicken & Champagne

This Mother’s Day I spent all day cleaning out my mom’s apartment to help her move into Assisted Living. …NOT something I thought I would be doing that day. When I was packing her stuff, I found a photo of her I hadn’t seen before. This is her, sometime in the late 1970’s / early … Continue reading Fried Chicken & Champagne