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4 Reasons I Love The Holidays (Even Though It’s Late)

Hey all! Hope everyone is having a Winter Break- and the semester is approaching way too soon…but I did forget to post an annual holiday article!
Honestly, my family was never a “holiday kind of a family.” We never did the classic eggnog and the lights, and even though we exchanged gifts, It never felt like it was supposed to. I know, crazy right? But ever since I left for college that has all changed. I look forward to hearing Mariah Carey on repeat, and eating cookies and candy until I feel like the big red guy himself-among other things.  I also make a ‘Book-mas tree’ out of all of the books I read during the year. So here’s my (hopefully nice) listicle for the holiday season!

 

1. EVERYONE IS IN A GOOD MOOD.

I’m serious- you know that grumpy neighbor you’ve lived next door to- the one who never says hello and complains about the garbage, the fences, and your porch lights at 6PM? Chances are, he’s wrapping gifts and making lists, and ready to bust out his dancing shoes, and a smile…just this once. It’s the holidays after all, right?

2. The Festivities bring everyone closer together.

My friends that I don’t get to talk with as often will find a way to meet up- and we’ll all work around our busy schedules to celebrate with each other. Even the friends I can’t see in person that live across the country will tune into a Face Time call to catch up- and hear the wacky stories and all of the good things that have happened! I miss them dearly, but knowing they are having an awesome time

3. The Peppermint flavored beverages. Need I say more?

Anyone who knows me is certain I cannot drink coffee, but while I don’t necessarily load up on caffeine, I do love a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. Unfortunately, I am kind of betraying the New Englander in me for choosing Starbucks over Dunkin’ Donuts. Although now you’ve all got me thinking about Dunkins.

4. There’s countless opportunities to make amends, and make start bring the best to a clean slate.

When you fall out with friends, or get into a fight with a parent or sibling, it may seem like the end of the world. But during Christmas and New Years, everyone is focused on making the best of the holidays, so it brings out the best in ourselves, too. The holidays are the time to say things we normally wouldn’t, be extra sweet, and find it within ourselves to love even the people we don’t like to be around- because the Christmas spirit, and pep that you’ve got stored away for the New Year? That is why we wait all year to have the prettiest lights, and the happiest times. No one can take away the memories we make, or the feelings we share with others that we care about.

So go on, put the star on your tree, and hang the mistletoe, and take a chance with that guy with the gorgeous eyes and ugly Christmas sweater. And take a lesson from me, watch Love Actually or Bridget Jones Diary way too many times. Happy Holidays, and the happiest New Year to all!

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

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Why Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane

 

Imagine yourself huddled in the corner in a room about the size of a small bathroom. The door is locked, and the bare walls are driving you crazy. You have been stuck in that same room for hours on end. There are people all over the world who actually have been trapped in a solitary cell in prisons for extended periods of time.

A picture from the society pages shows how cruel staying in an solitary cell can truly be. A 3 x 5 cell, and basically no human contact. Depending on what sort of facility it is, time spent, conditions and effects after the individuals are released vary.

In prisons across the US, the average time for a prisoner to spend in solitary confinement is one to three months. Even though this may sound like a relatively short amount of time, studies show that people placed in such environments have negative effects on their mental state in less than fifteen minutes. Prisoners are locked in this room for twenty-three hours a day and are allowed one hour Some inmates reported feeling dizzy, depressed, and had heart palpitations. 47 percent of inmates reported hallucinations.

As solitary confinement is a method widely known to be used in supermax and high security prisons, eerily similar methods are used in other environments such as wilderness programs, and therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens. These methods are considered ‘treatment’ and are highly controversial. There have been countless reports filed with the government, and the GOA has neglected to do anything. A source with some inside information states, “Solitary confinement is used widely in these programs, including wilderness programs, where children are left alone for weeks in the wilderness. Some programs place children in solitary rooms. Other times, ‘code silence,’ or ‘comm block,’ is used, which means that the child is not allowed to speak, and the other inmates must ignore them and pretend they do not exist.”  

It is a known fact to the scientific world that humans need basic contact and interaction to thrive or in the very least stay sane- but these people are kept in solitary cells which limit their contact and relationships with others. We are depriving these humans of their rights and basic needs; people cannot make any sort of connection, and if there were already mental issues present in an individual, this sort of punishment would only exacerbate the problems present. Autopsies of deceased inmates show shrunken parts of the brain, specifically the hippocampus, and scans from former inmates show reduced brain activity, and scientists and doctors have speculated that these individuals have less stem cells in the cerebellum than a human who has not been exposed to confinement.  If this issue is thought about with any empathy, we are not letting humans have control over their own emotions. The Smithsonian magazine wrote, “isolated inmates are seven times more likely to hurt or kill themselves then inmates at large.”

  This kind of punishment is technically against the law, although many have weaseled around the fine print. The Bill of Rights, and the eighth amendment states that the use of cruel and unusual punishment. Not only is this type of punishment inhumane and cruel, but unfortunately this sort of confinement is used much more than one would expect. Therefore, the continuous use of solitary confinement is violating numerous laws in our society.

Some argue that it may be easier to “control” and keep watch on an inmate placed into a solitary cell. While these inmates may not be able to hurt other prisoner or leave their cell, this treatment is a worse fate than any prison fight or injury. These people are going crazy trapped in their own minds. Studies have shown that the brains of the prisoners placed in solitary have less stem cells, and brain waves are less frequent. It is unimaginable to imagine staring at the same space over again, never to see any other landscape, let alone room. This is a fight that legislators should not back down from. Prison is punishment enough; we should not torture those in prisons and facilities. Instead, we should offer care to the inmates to try and fix the problems they already have. Therapy, and treatment where security could still be prominent. If we have lost hope on these people already, how can we try to make our society and future better? Solitary confinement is cruel, and no individual should ever be subjected to these horrors.

Hopefully, in the future the debate of solitary confinement will be argued from a point of view that embodies the values and morals of what humanity and our society should stand for.

 

Works Cited:

https://thesocietypages.org/pubcrim/2010/04/13/1150/

Bill of Rights, and the Eighth Amendment

 

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/11/30/a-new-report-gives-the-most-detailed-breakdown-yet-of-how-isolation-is-used-in-u-s-prisons

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-solitary-confinement-180949793/

 

http://solitarywatch.com/facts/faq/

 

https://medium.com/@sneii748/the-troubled-teen-industry-the-politics-of-abuse-within-therapeutic-boarding-schools-d343435e5d36

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/332442-midwest-academy-solitary-abuse/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_confinement#Troubled_Teen_Industry

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/students-recall-a-school-run-like-a-prison.html

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Why and How You CAN Stick it Out Through Finals!

Hey, hey, hey to all of the college students out there!

If you are in school right now or have been previously, you may understand the dreaded time during the end of the year. Honestly, finals in college are different than they were in high school, and the grades count so much more- plus in certain cases the grade is cumulative.

I haven’t been posting in about a month, and as much as I hate essays and exams, I’m glad I finally found time to post about some topics that matter to me.  I’ll hopefully be posting more on politics, and the current situation in the US, as well as globally over break.  Which brings me to my main point: doing what you love is the most important thing in the world. It’s obvious that I wouldn’t major in Math if I hate it- and while I do come up with some pretty mean solutions to slope/ equation problems, I’d miss writing too much! You have to find time to do what you love- even if you don’t have any time at all. There’s a quote out there, and while I am not sure who said it, the message remains:

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Some great advice- that’s why I majored in writing.

So find a way to connect what you’re doing now to the future! Even if you are a Chemistry student slaving away in the lab…your future career revolves around science. Are all of those hours spent in front of microscopes, complicated textbooks, and your dimly lit desk lamp worth it? Will it make you happy?

You don’t deserve anything less than what you love. That’s why you should try to be curious, and even if it is a long exam, look at the end goal. For me, it’s a journalist. For you? The world is your oyster.

Go get em’ tiger!

Xo,

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4 Things That I Didn’t Expect About Adulthood

Hey all! Happy Friday- I bet everyone is BEYOND ecstatic to get out of classes and sleep in, relax, and have fun. I’ll mostly be doing schoolwork, and sleeping (thankfully!) and if I’m lucky, I may be able to squeeze in an episode or two of Supernatural…

Anyway, I’d thought I’d make a post about what it feels like to be a college student, and more importantly, what it feels like to be an adult. I wish I could tell you I didn’t feel any different, but in some aspects, I really do. These may be true for you, or maybe it is completely different.

  1. You have more obligations, and feel the need to commit:

OK, since I started college, I’ve had a ton of different assignments ranging from creative essays to projects that require a ton of prior planning. As I’ve had to organize all of the due dates, and outlines, I realized that I had gotten way better at keeping track of my files, and assignments. I was honestly a bit of a mess in high school…really. I needed a file cabinet…desperately. Thank god there’s a Staples near campus!

2. The homework in college isn’t rocket science. There’s just…more.

I thought when I stepped into my first college classroom, I thought writing essays and mathematical equations would suddenly turn into problems I couldn’t solve. I was thinking complicated, stressful and unimaginable types of work that I would have to work hours on end to solve. When you get to college, the homework isn’t a million times harder (Unless you’re actually majoring in Rocket Science or Engineering.) it just accumulates faster.  The due dates are spaced out, but turning assignments in on time is a lot more crucial. Plus, exams count for a high percent of your grade…unfortunately.

3. There’s less time for the “fun stuff.”

As I said, there is work to do for class, so not only is it amazing I am actually still trying to keep up with this blog, but it’s kind of a bummer that I don’t have time for other activities I want to do. I love being able to plan my day, but I still have schoolwork and other jobs I am required to do unfortunately.

4. Surprisingly, I didn’t realize how much more I am much more in control of the ‘little things.”

This is one of the best feelings, despite all of the weight being put on us young adults to make the right decisions. There’s no, “Hey mom, can I go out this Friday?” Here’s my cliche: ‘Ya’ just do it!’ A few months into my first semester of college I wanted to dye my hair a few shades darker, (No pun intended. Just no.) and for a second I was like, “Oh wait, my mother said-” Nope, wrong! I laughed so hard at myself for forgetting that I was an actual adult. I mean, I was responsible for paying for the color, but ultimately the choice was mine to go through with it. (You may notice that I had helicopter parents.)

Whether you spontaneously buy a motorcycle, or leave for a 10 month backpacking across Europe, these major and minor decisions are all up to you.

As a kid, people always told me that being an adult was overrated; and quite frankly, it TOTALLY isn’t! We now have the chance to amazing things with our lives. We can travel, make mistakes and get stuck in random skeevy places on accident, and discover that maybe we aren’t as observant as we had thought. Good and bad things happen to everyone. Even though the responsibility is on us, that’s also a really great thing. Now, when we do something great, it won’t be added to our high school resume.

It will finally be classified as life experience. Our life experience.

So make it count, and give em’ Hell.

XO,

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Five Things I Irrevocably Love

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Hey all, Happy Monday! It is the first week in October…and we’re finally at Columbus Day Weekend! How many cups of coffee did it take to get YOU through the week?  It’s a good thing I don’t drink coffee anymore….I’m not sure how my body would survive if I did.

This weeks listicle is actually an assignment from one of the classes I am a Teachers’ Assistant in. Today I’m gonna do a simple list of five things I really love.

I LOVE…

1. Fried Clams!!

I am a Boston girl, what did you expect?

2. My Friends

No, I don’t love fried clams more than my friends, so oddly this should probably be listed as #1…

3. Basketball.

Ever since I stepped into my high school’s gym and shot my first free throw, it stuck with me. I better get to #4 before I go on a rant about how love the Warriors…

4. THE WARRIORS!

Okay, I have this under control, I’ve got this… Steph Curry is AWESOME!!! THE NBA ROCKS PEOPLE- GO, FIGHT WIN!

5. The Ocean

I love taking trips to the beach, even though I haven’t been down to the shore in a while.

 

I haven’t had much time to write about topics I actually want to write about, but I’m gonna keep posting as much as I can. Hopefully, I can get some politically debatable topics in here eventually!

XOXO Always,

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Why Global Warming Is Truly An Issue

Hey all!

Hoping everyone has had an eventful week- I sure have. ( I was supposed to write this a week ago, BTW.) While catching up with friends and enjoying the summer, I have also been progressively working on my memoir, which is coming along slowly. More importantly, I have taken the time to read a few articles on global warming, and environmental issues.

The hard truth is: The world is in the toilet.

I’m writing a piece on global warming because I didn’t just want this blog to revolve around me. Although my opinion does hold a bit of substance now that I am FINALLY an adult, Global Warming is a serious concept that needs to be addressed. So here are some facts:

  1. It is majorly caused by US.

Whether you threw your soda can out the window on the highway, or just missed the garbage and were too lazy to pick up your mess, you had a major effect on the environment. That’s right- people not cleaning up after themselves has major consequences. This is also an issue on a wider scale- take a look at the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Over 82,000 animals and variations of marine life died after 200 million gallon spilled in to the Gulf. That was us as people being careless, and we need to be held responsible. Not only the significant numerous oil spills into our oceans, but other things like how we dispose of our trash. What about the giant piles of garbage floating around in the ocean? Staten Island is basically floating on a pile of trash. What’s worst is there is there isn’t a beach on this planet that is completely free of trash. It’s pitiful- which brings me to number 2:

2. The temperature of the planet is rising steadily.

Summer isn’t the only season that is getting hotter. Wintertime is warming up at a frightening pace. Th polar ice caps are melting, and polar bears are floating to London! I believe I have made a reference to this terrible event; and as it may seem ironic in a few ways, the reactions people should have are terror, and fear. If a polar bear, from the Arctic, drifted over on a chunk of ice, doesn’t that raise at least a few questions? It’s common sense. The ice caps are breaking apart. They’ll continue to melt until there is nothing left. What about the other species of mammals and animals in the poles? All over the planet? We need to take action because we are hurting animals and beings on the planet. The truth is we aren’t taking care of our planet. You can say it any way you want, but there isn’t a way to justify it. Littering to Global Warming, and to our use of energy and gasoline.

So we’re all hurting our planet. What are you going to do?

Comment or message me on what you think could happen in the future or with ideas to help better our planet, and save places and things that need our help.

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

My Fall 2018 Bucket List!

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Hey, all! Happy Sunday!

It’s the beginning of the week- which means I’m in full power and ready to go! On Friday, I finished a five page essay for a Summer class I’m taking. Assigned for American Poetry, I analyzed The Hollow Men, which is a brilliant poem by T.S. Elliot. Writing and dissecting his work was grueling, and intense, but worth it in the end! So here’s a fun article I wrote on my bucket list for this upcoming season.

  1. Spend a Day in a City I haven’t been visited yet
  2. Try a new drink (I’m rooting for a Manhattan..)
  3. Visit the Beach (Seriously, my campus is 20 minutes away from the shore!)
  4. Spend more time with my friends
  5. Do seven brave things
  6. Meet new people
  7. Ride on a motorcycle
  8. Keep of at least GPA of 3.5
  9. Write about something extraordinary
  10.  Finish my memoir (I’m almost there- I’ve got 40 pages!)
  11. Take a Law or Politics class (I signed up for International Relations!)

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to message me- I also will link my instagram account. Pardon the pun:

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DM or message me if you have ideas for new articles!

Love always,

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My Fall 2018 Bucket List!

Hey, all! Happy Sunday!

It’s the beginning of the week- which means I’m in full power and ready to go! On Friday, I finished a five page essay for a Summer class I’m taking. Assigned for American Poetry, I analyzed The Hollow Men, which is a brilliant poem by T.S. Elliot. Writing and dissecting his work was grueling, and intense, but worth it in the end! So here’s a fun article I wrote on my bucket list for this upcoming season.

  1. Spend a Day in a City I haven’t been visited yet
  2. Try a new drink (I’m rooting for a Manhattan..)
  3. Visit the Beach (Seriously, my campus is 20 minutes away from the shore!)
  4. Spend more time with my friends
  5. Do seven brave things
  6. Meet new people
  7. Ride on a motorcycle
  8. Keep of at least GPA of 3.5
  9. Write about something extraordinary
  10.  Finish my memoir (I’m almost there- I’ve got 40 pages!)
  11. Take a Law or Politics class (I signed up for International Relations!)

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to message me- I also will link my instagram account. Pardon the pun:

_poppinmollyyy_

DM or message me if you have ideas for new articles!

Love always,

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Five Things I Want To Do This Autumn

Happy National Shrimp Day all!

As a New Englander who loves seafood, this is the perfect intro to a crazy holiday…as well as summer going into Fall! Here’s to creating bucket lists, going to the beach, and sipping those yummy Pinā Coladas’ and Daiquiris!  As for me, I have created the ultimate list for some fun things I hope to do this fall…besides keeping my grades up!

  1. Go to a Bonfire Party

As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rock and Roll music AND parties. The king of partying, Andrew W.K., may have me beat by a few years and even more venues, but that won’t stop me from attending a bonfire! Better get those matches, s’mores and that whiskey…(P.S: What happens at the bonfire, stays at the bonfire.)

2.   Go Paint-Balling

OK, this one I might actually have trouble finding friends that actually want to join in, but I have never actually gone and I do think it would be great outdoor activity– especially to kick off the school year..minus the possible welts and bruises on my legs!

3. Take Some Really Great Landscape Photos

There’s a kind of rush you get from taking a great photo. Maybe it’s the fact that you stood there to document it, or that the view of the sky that day is seared your brain forever. The beach and forests are my favorite, even if it’s cloudy, For real: the ‘scapes deserve to be captured on camera!

4. Learn a Bit of a Lew Language

Since I wasn’t able to go international during summer break, and I’ll be stuck on campus for classes, I thought I’d learn and pursue something strictly because I wanted to. I’ve been working on my French, but I really have always wanted to be able to speak Arabic. Learning some basic phrases on my own time might be a great way to pass some time!

5.  Write/ tell a story worth remembering.

I’ve got my blog I’ve started, and I’ll keep working at it,  but there’s always stories that need to be told. I want to find something great to tell the world. Maybe an expose, or somethings simple that has turned into a complicated one. Let me know if you’ve got ideas, or if there’s a story you think is worth telling!

Whether it be dancing in the middle of nowhere, hiking to the summit of a cliff, or floating around in the Atlantic with a giant grin on my face, I want to make the rest of this year amazing. I’m a big fan of the unforgettable- so here’s to making the Autumn of 2018 the best that we can.

Hope everyone has a great rest to their summer and Fall!

 

Love always,

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5 Ways To Be More Confident

Hey all!

I had taken a break from blogging for a bit to bring back my focus, but I’m back! Today’s blog post was inspired by my looking at old photos from high school. Honestly, at my first glance at a few photos from basketball, and moments with friends had me staying “Oh my god. I look terrible!” I mean, isn’t that what every girl says at least of the time?  Looking back, I realize that I was really hard on myself. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every one of those moments, but some of them that I look at now make me think that I would have had a very different opinion back then. So isn’t that what everyone needs? More self confidence? Here’s a listicle (my new favorite word) on how to make that happen.

  1. STOP SAYING YOU LOOK TERRIBLE IN PHOTOS! 

    You know it, I know it, even your cousins’ boyfriend knows it. We all do it. We judge photos of ourselves down to the pixel on the screen. If it’s less than perfect, we snap another picture. We do so over and over again until we finally get one that we are satisfied with- or our fingers are frozen from the snowy background. I cannot say how many times my friends and I have gone through the “OMG. I look so fat. This is awful.” Not only do we look at ourselves like Regina George is standing beside us, but most of us lack the ability to even say ‘Hey, I look good- ‘ which is really kind of sad.  It’s not narcissistic to be confident. Plus, it was you on the cover of Fashion Weekly last winter, wasn’t it? Be proud of that!

  2. Don’t Be Afraid To Call Someone Out On Their Bullshit:

    People make derogatory remarks, or passive comments and a lot of the time we choose to ignore it. Not starting a fight is smart, and I am definitely not saying go punch or yell at your BFF because they suggested you add a necklace to your outfit, But when someone makes a comment about something you are passionate about, it is always okay to calmly confront the situation. Even if you hear a rumor, go straight to the source. Something like a, “Hey, I heard you said XYZ yesterday. What did you mean by that?” Standing up for yourself and what you believe in is never a problem, and should be done more often.

  3. Start Taking More Risks:

    A great step to improving yourself esteem and confidence is to get out of your comfort zone every now and again! Whether it be facing your fear to get on a looping roller coaster, or asking that hottie out for coffee, you’ll find it refreshing to do something you normally wouldn’t. Even if you end up screaming after both, you still tried!

     4.  Reflect Often, But Not Too Often:

It’s always great to take a few minutes to think back on mistakes and see how we can improve, but if you overthink the little details, you’ll start to be fearful of things you know you can do easily! Stay in the moment, and smile often; don’t let life pass you by!

 

     5.  Always Strive To Be Your Best Self!

Oscar Wilde had it right- Everyone else is taken- we need to be proud of who we are and we people we have become. We live and make mistakes, and try our best to succeed and accomplish our dreams. Always be proud of how much you have changed; and keep changing! I’ll admit I hate the general idea of change, but without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Keep on going, and always love who you are!

xoxo,

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