A poem

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Pretty girl, with a smile most becoming,

Whose becoming more in the springtime’s humming —

That of birds which nest in blooming trees,

And of cats who purr around one’s knees,

And of smaller kids playing “Mummy,”

Who rub rubber babies against their tummies.

What will you do when they see your beauty,

When they smile your way and call you “cutie”?

Is it what you wanted, to be treated like that?

A thing that’s cute, just like that cat,

Or the babies, or the birds, which will grow and die,

Like all those pretty things which dwindle…

How the music we consume as children can affect us in the long run.

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Some of my earliest memories are of waking up early on a Saturday morning and hearing my mother sing: “Wake up! Wake up, you sleepyhead! Get up! Get up! Get out of bed! Cheer up! Cheer up! The sun is up! Live, love, laugh, and be happy!” The music she sang was the same sort that had been passed down to her by her father. It had generational significance, a catchy tune, and a seemingly happy message. It was also incredibly, horribly racist.

The song in…

How much of Wednesday’s events are Evangelicals’ fault?

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Since Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump has done everything in his power to overturn the election — from asking the Georgia secretary of state to “find 11,780 votes for him,” to vaguely threatening lawmakers and governors if they didn’t help him. But on Jan. 6, he did something no president in the history of America has done: he called upon his supporters to “show strength” against the Senate, which was largely in favor of Biden’s victory.

“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Trump said. …

The events of Jan. 6, 2021 have left Americans shaken, but there is a silver lining.

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Since the Declaration of Independence was published in 1776, white men have had the rights of freedom, now granted to all United States Americans. Among other things, they had the right to freedom of speech, the right to free press and the right to vote; and because they had these rights, they believed America was great. …

The coronavirus has changed much about daily living, but is normalcy possible for 2021?

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It was a cold night in November when I first questioned what “normal” was. Since March 2020, people have been saying, “I wish things would go back to normal,” and I would nod in agreement, then wash my face masks, and sit in my room and be alone. I had no job, no friends I could visit, no places to go, and nothing of value to do. But I felt the need to try to maintain a sense of normalcy anyway.

I painted portraits — that…

Brenda Covarrubias

Brenda Covarrubias is a freelance writer and editor. Her writing focuses on people, communities and the situations that drive them.

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