Cultural Criticism

The author. Photo courtesy of Christian Klipert.

People need to realize the impact of their assumptions

Blurred purple photo. Photo taken by the author.


The author's family chats outside. Photo courtesy of the author.


View of highway, blue sky, and distant traffic from the author's ride home. Photo courtesy of the author.

The new goodbye

A stack of books in front of the author's window. Photo taken by the author.

Playing pretend

A firework in a dark sky. Photo taken by the author.

Love is like Legos

The author and his quiz bowl team. Photo courtesy of the author.

Reflection and Acceptance of Failure

A graphic of several women with different skin tones. Image courtesy of Coffee Bean on Pixabay.

Brown or Black — You Decide

A collage of text messages the author has received questioning her Hispanic identity. Graphic by Maria O'Malley.

'Not being Hispanic enough'

A bouquet of yellow narcissus flowers. Photo courtesy of Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash.

It whispered change

A lawn sign that reads "You are worthy of love." Photo courtesy of Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

Learning to love

A black-and-white photo of water droplets falling into an open hand. Photo courtesy of Geetanjal Khanna on Unsplash.

Mental health in the Latino community

An illustration of two figures, with one telling the other that, "You can do anything you want." ILlustration by Xochitl Tai-Dawson.

Finding the one teacher that understands you can change your life

Digital graphic of a person covering another's face, with two more faces pointed toward them on each side. Illustration by Nathan DeJesus.

Unconditional Love: v2

A pile of polaroids featuring the author and various experiences she's had. Photo by Kasandra Wilcox.


A meme image of Spongebob looking disapprovingly at a piece of paper. The paper is captioned "You need to take breaks." Meme by Justis Porter.

Why I appreciate having a busy schedule

A collage of photos showing off the author's new hobbies including painting and inline skating. Photos by Bethany Soto.

COVID-19; Finding Myself

The Writing through the Distance logotype.

Black women need more mental health support

A collage of photos of the author with a rainbow pride flag. Collage by Maria O'Malley.

Coming out to religious parents

Children in a Classroom. In the back of a classroom, are children about 11 years old with a female teacher talking about the subject - "If Someone in Your Family Has Cancer." Photograph by Michael Anderson, photo courtesy of the National Cancer Institute on Unsplash.

The one-size-fits-all model of public education is failing its members

A student uses a laptop to watch a YouTube video while also on their cell phone. Photo courtesy of Teens in Print's library.

Adolescents and internet access

Grey and white click pen on white printer paper with multiple choice test bubbles on it. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash.

Colleges shouldn’t require standardized testing

Photo of a child and elderly adult walking together on a beach. Image courtesy of Vidar Nordli-Mathisen via Unsplash.

Bridging generational divides

Photo of a red neon sign that reads, "with love." Image courtesy of author.

Relationships hurt, especially in a pandemic

Still from a black and white film with a non-Asian actor depicting an Asian character. Image courtesy of author.

We should watch movies despite Asian stereotypes

A comic-style illustration of a food desert. Art credit to Shirley Cannon.

Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

Person standing and looking out towards a lake at sunset. Photo courtesy of Lukas Rychvalsky on Pexels.

Mental health and the economy

Photo of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Alfagih at Arabic Wikipedia - Transferred from ar.Wikipedia to Commons., GFDL,

The relationship between Saudis and Americans is ticking away

View of the Boston skyline's buildings lit up at night, reflecting on water. Photo courtesy of Osman Rana on Unsplash.

Boston's gentrification problem

A street lined with local storefronts. Photo courtesy of Mariah Solomon on Unsplash.

Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

Two people sitting on individual park benches. Photo courtesy of Jessica Yap on Unsplash.

For no longer strangers!

Small white dog with long hair in a tie-dye shirt stands in front of a protest line, where people hold signs that read "NO MORE FACTORY FARMS." Photo courtesy of Jorge Maya on Unsplash.

Vegans just want more positive change

Black and brown dome machine. Photo courtesy of Charlie Seaman on Unsplash.

Alien bedtime story

White thought bubble illustration against a hot pink background. Photo courtesy of Miguel Á on Pexels.


Photo of a portion of a clock with its minute hand near "5." Photo courtesy of Adam Kring on Unsplash.

Go enjoy life

A blue lotus flower. Photo courtesy of Cupcake Media on Unsplash.

Lack of focus

People grilling marshmallows on sticks over a wooden fire. Photo courtesy of Josh Campbell on Unsplash.

June and July

A needle on a pink, blue and white record on a record player. Photo courtesy of Lee Campbell on Unsplash.

On music

Photo of the author on her bed, watching her computer screen. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Hey, Arnold, what’s it like to know you’re loved?

A FaceTime screenshot of the author and her best friend, Alex, holding a plastic frog. Photo provided by the author.


Black and white photo of "Reputation" by Taylor Swift. Photo courtesy of Raphael Lovaski on Unsplash.

All due thanks to Taylor Swift

Black road surrounded by trees. Photo courtesy of Taneli Lahtinen on Unsplash.

Elizabeth Keen's journey

A white firework at night. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Dear Love, from Romeo

Woman holding mirror against her head and face in the middle of a forest, with the green forest reflecting on the mirror. Photo courtesy of Tasha Kamrowski on Unsplash.

To all the stories I’ve read before

Bubbles floating up to the surface of blue water. Photo courtesy of Jong Marshes on Unsplash.

Get over this nightmare

A monarch butterfly on a pink flower, against a blue sky. Photo courtesy of Camerauthor on Unsplash.

Butterfly effect

Photo of the author at seven years old in hockey gear. Photo courtesy of the author.


A photo of part of North America on a globe. Photo courtesy of Sigmund on Unsplash.

Language is the key to a voice

Woman wearing yellow jumpsuit stands in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Photo courtesy of Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash.

Berlin and I

A white and red striped blanket crocheted by the author. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Yarn to masterpiece

Photo of author making a half-heart shape with their hand, with the moon in the background. Image courtesy of author, Mabel Chen.

Dear diary

A segment of glacial ice slowly melts on the cold beach of a glacial lagoon in Iceland. Photo courtesy of Joseph Vary on Unsplash.

Why should we stop global warming?

Photo of a person looking in the mirror. Image courtesy of Rex Way via Unsplash.

Be yourself

Photo of a person holding a makeup palette with many different colors. Image courtesy of Laura Chouette via Unsplash.

How hair and makeup can empower women and girls

A Sabbath dinner table, including Shabbat candles, a loaf of Challah, a guidebook to celebrating Shabbat, and a glass of wine. Photo taken by the author.

Lonely star

A snowy view from the porch of the author's house in Jamaica Plain. Photo taken by Lauren Johnson.

Money shouldn’t be a taboo subject

A vortex made of books. Photo courtesy of Pixabay on Pexels.

What choice do I want for myself?

A person using a laptop computer on her bed with a dog in their bedroom. Photo courtesy of Samson Katt on Pexels.

What online friends taught me about maintaining relationships

Three pairs of shoes — one large grey pair of Vans with brown laces, one white pair of Vans with white laces, and one baby-sized pair of black and white sneakers. Photo courtesy of Lisa Fotios on Pexels.

Same blood, own soul

House with a straw roof and "Love" written in hot pink cursive on the outer wall. Hot pink bicycle in front with flowers in the front and back baskets. Photo courtesy of Bernard Hermant on Unsplash.

Love languages

Statue of a blindfolded woman with one arm raised, holding weighted scales. Photo courtesy of Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash.

The mock truth, the whole mock truth, and nothing but the mock truth

Three signs behind a fence that read, "Don't give up," You are not alone" and "You matter." Photo courtesy of Dan Meyers on Unsplash.

Have conversations about mental health

Three yellow balloons with smiley faces on them against a grey backdrop. Photo courtesy of Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

Take mental health disorders seriously

Photo of hand-drawn typewriters on a yellow page, with the text, "Stop bullying." Image courtesy of Dee @ Copper and Wild via Unsplash.

Bullying against immigrants

Photo of the author's bunny, courtesy of Rebecca Soto.

Owning a pet aids mental health

Black iPhone 4 with a folder marked, "Social media" open, displaying Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Are you influenced by social media?

Cars in a strip mall parking lot in Madison, WI, with flooding water reaching the height of half a wheel. Photo courtesy of Jim Gade on Unsplash.

The relevance of climate change

Image of a message written in multicolor, "Our education system can [be] better." Photo courtesy of author, Francesca Attis.

How can school be better for teachers and students?

Image of a young Black person with their eyes closed leaning against their hand, posing against a white background. Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash.

The struggles of Black women and young Black girls in America

Image of a person lighting fireworks in the street at night. Photo courtesy of Tyler Donaghy via Unsplash.

The rules of life

Statues of a woman and young children at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall Monument depicting the fear and violence faced by Chinese civilians during the 1937 massacre. Photo of of Judy Katz via

Justice for the victims of Nanking

Antoni Gaudi's curved, beige concrete "La Pedrera" building in Barcelona, Spain. Photo courtesy of Florencia Potter on Unsplash.

Pandemic travel with my family

Flag of Honduras. Photo courtesy of jorono on Pixabay.

Hurricanes in Honduras

Multicolored "Shonen Jump" anime wallpaper. Photo courtesy of Wallpaper Engine.

Anime: Is it a "weird" or "kid" thing?

Woman in a red long sleeve shirt sitting in a grey chair. Photo courtesy of Cottonbro on Pexels.

Procrastination and you

Syringe inserted in a bottle that reads "Coronavirus vaccine, COVID-19, Injection use only." Photo courtesy of Hakan Nural on Unsplash.

The vaccine of the year

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Giving back to the community

Holding a petri dish. Photo courtesy of Drew Hays on Unsplash.

What my parents want for my career

A multi-colored beach ball floats in the pool. Photo courtesy of Raphaël Biscaldi on Unsplash.

Experiencing racism in Chile

Photo of a hand writing notes in pencil. Photo courtesy of Green Chameleon on Unsplash.

Take college courses in high school

Woman with headphones in, staring into space. Photo courtesy of Siddarth Bhogra on Unsplash.

Why we need boredom

A study room at the Boston Public Library. Photo courtesy of Daniel Brubaker on Unsplash.

Libraries and why we need them

Neon sign of an Instagram "like." Photo courtesy of Prateek Katyal on Unsplash.

What social media can do to all of us

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Boxing fans upset: should YouTubers be boxing?

Shelves of multicolored library books. Photo courtesy of Zaini Izzuddin on Unsplash.

Class struggles in the United States

iPhone home screen displaying a folder of social media apps — Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Photo courtesy of dole777 on Unsplash.

Passion away from the screen

Photo of bobbleheads depicting Jesus Christ, Barack Obama and Donald Trump on display in a novelty gift shop. Image courtesy of Stephen Mayes via Unsplash.

Stop celebritizing our politicians

Photo of several "I Voted" stickers scattered on a white background. Image courtesy of Element5 Digital via Unsplash.

The downfall of the great Donald Trump

Photo taken by Tamara Bitter that shows the PS5, which is the main scalping product. Image courtesy of Unsplash.

Scalping should be illegal

Photo of a person with dreadlocks facing a white background. Image courtesy of Romina Farías via Unsplash.

I will still be me

Photo of baseballs on a mound. Image courtesy of Mike Bowman via Unsplash. 

I wanted to play baseball

Image of a phone laying on a patch of grass. Photo courtesy of Noizy Bull via Unsplash.

With my Android, it was my time to get roasted

Silhouettes of people walking along the beach at sunset. Photo courtesy of Jael Rodriguez on Unsplash.

Friends that go the distance

Empty blood tube with positive coronavirus label. Photo courtesy of Prasesh Shiwakoti on Unsplash.

My family's fight with COVID-19

Statues of people carved into a building in Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of Carlos Ibáñez on Unsplash.

My classics aspirations

The author with his head in his arms in front of a computer screen. Photo taken by the author.

Who's to blame?

A hand holding out box braids. Photo courtesy of Armin Rimoldi from Pexels.

My box braids and their meaning

Two kids near the water. Photo provided by the author.

What we deserve to choose

Black Android phone displays a calendar app in a dark room. Photo courtesy of Ales Nesetril on Unsplash.

The nightmare of LinkedIn

A small Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and holly berries. Photo courtesy of the author.

Snow Nostalgia