12 Actions That Ruin a Relationship Before it Starts

Spoiler alert: You’re going to have to be yourself. 

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How to Wrap Filipino Egg Rolls (Lumpia) According to My Mom

Lumpia has been a longtime favorite among Filipinos and Westerners alike. My mom makes her own version and is surprisingly more particular about the technique of rolling than she is about what goes inside the lumpia. During my last visit home, she decided to teach me how to properly roll lumpia.

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I tried the new Bird Scooters in KC for the first time and here’s what happened

I grabbed an early dinner this week with some friends and caught wind of the new dockless electric scooters sweeping through Kansas City. If you haven’t heard, Bird is an electric scooter rental service. It’s like a bike share system, but with electric scooters. And you don’t have to return them to a station. You…

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10 of My Favorite Artists Served up By Spotify

About a month ago I had a total meltdown over how much I love Spotify. It’s one of the few things I pay for on a monthly basis that doesn’t piss me off to the core, (like buying gas). So here’s an exhaustive list of my favorite artists I wouldn’t have discovered without the help of Spotify.

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Why Screenwriting can make you better at prose (and vice versa)

A good writer is a versatile one. This is a phrase I come back to again an again. As a writer, it’s my mantra. Writers ought to practice all types of writing under the sun, as each style presents its own challenges. Poetry asks for brevity and concision, the short story asks for focus, novels…

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Forget the Incredibles 2 – Bao is the film you need to see.

Bao successfully illustrates the delicate balance between distance and rejection that exists between immigrant parents and their children. Shi dances on our heartstrings, bringing the mother-child relationship to center stage. As the first female short film director in Pixar history, Shi stole the show.

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Why We Should Let Pop Poetry Have its Moment

Short, snappy poetry posts have become increasingly popular on Instagram, as they fit perfectly into a square frame and generally require less than .08 seconds of rumination from the reader. Reposting with proper credit to @iwrotethisforyou.me 💜 A post shared by Button Poetry (@buttonpoetry) on Jun 12, 2018 at 1:33pm PDT On one hand, this…

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Don’t Be a Dud: Here’s What to Talk About on a Date

Why can’t you find someone interesting to talk to? You’ve gone on a handful of dates and found each of them stunningly boring. “What’s the matter with people these days?” You wonder. It only takes another handful of dates to realize that perhaps it’s not them. The common denominator here is you.  How can this be?…

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Dear Writers, Quit Letting Genre Define You

To stop ourselves from writing a serious piece because we’re supposed to be working on comedic skits is a damn-near tragedy. 

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