I freelance so I can write on many things, so try me. But lately: tech, women's interest, movies/tv, NASA, public affairs/national interest, Kentucky, language/translation, the Great American Eclipse.
Since I freelance, I'm not restricted to set areas. If it's something I don't normally write on, you may have to explain why I should. But I'll still listen to see if a story's there.
Welcome to It’s Complicated, stories on the sometimes frustrating, sometimes confusing, always engrossing subject of modern relationships. (Want to share yours? Email pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.) “Are you typing right now?” my then-boyfriend yelled. He had just called on his way home from work, afraid he’d get fired after losing a major client. He was halfway through his story when, suddenly, I decided to check my email. As an emotionally intelligent adult, I understand why he was peeved.
When I was a child, my father got me a lunch box covered with Coca-Cola logos from around the world. I’d ride the bus and stare at it, looking at how the signature swoosh sort of lost its shape in Arabic, how in Hebrew the italics made the logo look like it was dancing. It amazed me that no matter what language you wrote “Coca-Cola” in, you knew what you were getting. That red and white trademark was as dependable as my dad himself.
Do you speak a second language fluently? Sort of fluently? Or maybe you partially remember high school Spanish? Well, show up with the right friend at the wrong hospital and you too can be a medical interpreter: Let them know you can say a few words, and the job can be yours. It sounds insane—that a hospital would give you a job you’re not remotely qualified for, especially one that could have serious repercussions for someone’s health.
@izzieg17 This is a much longer debate than is possible on Twitter, but if we want rural and/or Southern states to get behind gun control, those in favor of it need to better understand the culture. If you understood Marshall Co at all, you'd already know the answer to that.
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