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SELF-TITLED

I miss the good old days when I was given a title. The title came neatly packaged with a full description mapping out 50 to 60 hours of my week. A one page present of convenience. When living in the corporate world explaining what I did for a living was never worrisome. When someone asked, “What do you do?” I didn’t have to think. The answer was written for me. I was a coordinator or a specialist or senior account executive. It was even typed out on a 2 1/2 x 3 inch card in case I forgot. When uttered, these titles were often accepted without explanation. It was an easy exchange. Titles, particularly job titles, are a funny thing. They can hold immense weight in the description of a person. It can determine salary and how close you park to the office. It can determine the...

PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME

As a lifelong writer and performer, I have never experienced such a powerful moment on stage or on the page as I did recently. I’d love to tell you about it – and the room where it happened. The Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, is one of those irreplaceable New York treasures that I hope everyone has heard of. New York City’s oldest house has the kind of history one might expect: an important Revolutionary War site that, through history, housed famous (and infamous) founding fathers and dignitaries, as well as being a focal point of numerous hauntings. Lin-Manuel Miranda helped put the mansion into the spotlight recently, having written a significant portion of the Broadway sensation Hamilton under its eaves, in Aaron Burr’s old bedroom. The recent PBS Hamilton documentary featured the...

SOCIAL MEDIA: QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

Social Media is becoming an ever prevalent figure in today’s society- numbers of followers, likes, retweets and shares far outnumbering any other measure of popularity. But the credibility of this is something which is to be debated. I, for one, know that if I were shown two fashion sites on twitter and I were to find one had 12.1K followers and the other had 100, I would be far more likely to follow the first, simply due to numbers. Surely that many people couldn’t be wrong? I would then exit the second, no further thought gone on to the subject matter. But is this just shallow? Am I just judging something based on an initial impressive performance? I could find that the brand I followed – whilst having such a vast number of followers – actually receives no interaction from an...

RAINBOW WARRIOR – A SONG, A VIDEO AND AN IDEOLOGY

This is 2017. A year that may invoke fear in the hearts of some. For others, it is a year that invokes a sense of responsibility to be creating music to combat such fear. Introducing: TOMBOi – a three piece set of heartthrobs from Jacksonville, Florida. Really, this trio is an all-female queer band that has been creating music for the past three years in this band, but have been playing music for over a decade. TOMBOi just released their first LP: SPECTRUM. Alongside such a powerful project is the premiere of the music video for the track “Rainbow Warrior”. TOMBOi is made up of Alex E. on vocals, keys, digital programing and guitar, Paige McMullen on guitar and Summer Wood on drums -> each player just as unique as the sounds they create. I caught the band in the middle of their mo...

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT

The day Donald Trump because our President, I was terrified. I was convinced all my rights were going to go away. I have always been unafraid to speak my mind, but as soon as Trump came in the Oval Office, I was silenced. Until I saw my 14 year old cousin, my aunt, and my mother. All of these women are strong, powerful women, and I thought to myself, “Where did I go?” I was already heavily advocating for help for drug addicts and those with mental health issues, but I added women’s and human rights to my list. I wanted to make a world better for my 14-year-old cousin. So I went from a woman to a BAMF. Every time I saw someone comment on abortion rights and the defunding of Planned Parenthood, I defended it. I started being open and honest with myself about previously being sexually assault...

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED)

Author note: This is the last tidbit I am going to release of the book I’m writing. I hope you’ve enjoyed Adelaide’s journey thus far. If you’ve missed the first few pages, search “Chapter One – World Unknown” on Harness Magazine or click ALD at the bottom of the page and it will take you to my writing. Adelaide’s journey is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where she ends up.  XX A.L.D., @harnessmagazine @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED) ✪ “I don’t believe we’ve had a formal introduction.  I am Finn, your grandmother’s protector.” Protector? What in the world does that mean? My head started to buzz. “Hello, I’m Adelaide.” I started to move forward to shake his hand. As his palm touched mine, I felt a sudden su...

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN

Author Notes: I’ve wanted to write a book ever since I could remember. Pages filled with fantasy, wonder and excitement. About a year ago – I decided to take that plunge and start writing. Life has gotten in the way and the pages remain unfinished. I am hoping by sending this out into the universe – it will somehow breathe magic and life back into this goal. I hope you like this excerpt from Chapter One. XX A.L.D. – @harnessmagazine – @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN ✪ Click. Pop. With the flick of the wrist and fiddle of a hairpin the mysterious door popped open. I stood there in complete awe. The entire room was filled with mirrors – antique mirrors of all shapes and sizes. Nothing else hung on the walls. No rugs on the ground. No curtains to camouflage ...

ECHO CHAMBERS

Until very recently, if you had used the term “echo chamber” I would have thought you were talking about some vast, dark space that nightmares are made of, or that constant, repetitive voice in my head that nightmares are also made of. But after the recent political events, it became very clear to me that I was living in an actual echo chamber. One that is a truly vast and dark space filled with me and all my liberal friends panicking at the same pitch. A tiny light has been lit in the middle now, so I can almost see where I am. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I have not found a way out. In all gospel truth, I may be digging myself deeper into the hole. The more I try to justify the voices it seems the further away I am from the light. And if I try to drown out the voices, I go nowh...

WE ARE ONE AMERICA

WE ARE ONE AMERICA No matter our background, our color, our gender or political views we are all Americans. We need to start acting as one. ALL THE HATE. All this protesting and what really is being done? No matter if one likes it or not, the President of the United States of America is Donald J. Trump. There is not a thing anyone can do to change that at this point. But what can be done – is America can come together as one. We are taught from a young age that, although we may not like our teacher, we still need to respect those in authority. That same mentality has carried into many aspects of American’s lives. We may not like our boss, but does that mean we don’t respect him/her? No, if we treated them with disrespect and hatred, we would lose our jobs. So why are we, as Americans...

SOCIAL MEDIA: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF EXPRESSION AND SELF OBSESSION

How many times a day do you check your social media? I know I personally check it more than I would like to admit. Just the other day I gave myself a little pep talk. I told myself I needed to be as productive as possible. Ten minutes later I was on the couch scrolling through Instagram. Okay, yes, there are worse habits to have, but imagine if you calculated all the hours spent aimlessly scrolling on social media. I would rather not know how many hours I spend on each platform. As much as I pretend to hate it, I love social media. Mostly because I feel like it keeps me connected to the world. If I don’t check Twitter — I won’t know Trump’s most recent tweet. And then how am I supposed to chime in when people complain about it? Basically, it’s just blatant FOM...

WHAT THE KROC

X: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean” The Loud House is a Nickelodeon animated television series. One of the hallmarks of the series is it’s the first ever portrayal of a same-sex couple in a Nick show. Harold and Howard McBride have received praise for representing a same-sex couple in a casual way. There is no bold print screaming: THEY ARE GAY!! There are no asterisks denoting *depiction of same-sex couple. Breaking with tradition in this way is considered pretty monumental. The show follows primarily Lincoln Loud, the middle child of the eleven child Loud family. In my first viewing of The Loud House, Lincoln receives his very first job. It’s a job which requires janitorial work-sweeping, wiping, washing etc. The manager of the establishment catches the novice wor...

LIFE BECOMES THE GRIST

One blank page remains in my notebook. Three other notebooks are nestled into my bookshelf, spines blank but creased from being opened over and over. They are nothing fancy, but they contain the past five years of my life. I wasn’t always a fan of journaling. I kept a few diaries as a kid, writing with purple gel pen about my day in school. I enjoyed it, and continued through my teenage years. But when I was sixteen, my family moved, and as I packed up my room I flipped through the notebook that had served as my thus-far teenage journal—and I threw it away. I wanted to forget about my awkward years. Anyway, what was the point of writing down all this stuff? Wasn’t that a waste of time, especially when I could be writing something better, like stories or blog posts, things other people coul...

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