Author: The Opinionista

Stop The Insults. They’re Wrong & Ineffective

A couple of days ago, I got a notification congratulating me on my Twitter anniversary. Has it really been six years?! I don’t remember my life before Twitter. Hasn’t it always been there?  Also, how can I have stuck it out for six years when I find the 140-character limit ridiculous, especially now when there’s so much to say? Well, that’s not important right now. What’s important is that I’ve been noticing a dramatic change on Twitter lately.  The change is that everyone seems to be going crazier by the day. Let me explain. While Twitter has always had...

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What Happened

What happened should have never happened, and now we don’t know what will happen. I tweeted this recently after finishing Hillary Clinton’s latest What Happened. But before going into the review, I want to point out something. This is not Hillary’s blame game as it has often been portrayed in the media from Donald Trump, right-wingers, and even some on the Left. Before the book even begins, at the beginning of the Author’s Note, Hillary writes: Writing this wasn’t easy. Every day that I was a candidate for President, I knew that millions of people were counting on me, and...

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No Is Not Enough

I bought Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough, just published in June, on Thursday and read it in two sittings. By Friday night I was done. While Klein is an award-winning journalist, author of various books including This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, I had never before heard of her. I picked up her latest book because: I liked the title. I liked the description on the inside flap which begins “This is a book about how we arrived at this surreal political moment, how to keep it from getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can...

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Kindle vs. Books: My Family’s DeKindlelization

First, it happened with my two teenage boys a couple of years ago. I gave each one my husband’s and my old Kindles after buying new ones for us. They were thrilled. Six months later  I found the Kindles in their night table drawers gathering dust. When I asked them why they weren’t using them, they told me that they preferred to read real books. I didn’t, couldn’t, understand them back then. I’ve been a Kindle customer since the very first one came out. I loved, still love, the idea of being able to buy a book and start...

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It Might Be Writer’s Block Or Plain Desperation

Wow, has it been one month already since I last wrote? I was under the impression that it had been two weeks. I’m having somewhat of a writer’s block. I say “somewhat” because, to me, writer’s block is not being able to write at all. I have been able; I just don’t like anything that I write. I tried writing about “13 Reasons Why” three times and ended up trashing each version. I’ve always been critical about my writing, but never like this. On the one hand, I believe that I have to improve the quality of my writing....

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