Author Archives: tbraunstein

Trust the mamas

Have you ever sniffed rubbing alcohol to prevent vomiting? Steeped ginger root in hot water to cure nausea? Rubbed lemongrass oil on mosquito bites? Well, you know who has? Mama Pearl. And so have I, thanks to her. Real quick: If you ever find yourself in a similar situation as what follows, don’t feel badly. […]

An open letter to my family who voted for Trump

You voted for a man who embodies the opposite of every single value in our family covenant. Now it’s time to take a stand.

5 Trips Everyone Should Make in Their 20s

The Twenties are the years of exploration, both geographically and introspectively. And nothing beats when the two go hand in hand.

How a fitness challenge turned into a lifestyle change

I started Krav Maga for a fitness challenge. Now it’s a whole new way of living and feeling empowered after being raped.

This is how it feels to hear #AllLivesMatter

A few of my friends have confessed to me that even though they support #BlackLivesMatter efforts, they don’t really understand the problem with also asserting that #AllLivesMatter. Well, there’s an analogy going around that I think does a good job of trying to put it into perspective: Imagine you’re out to dinner with your friends, […]

#BlackLivesMatter is about fighting racism, not racists

#BlackLivesMatter is not about trying to take down or challenge every individual racist in our country; that’s impossible. It is not about proclaiming that all white police officers are racists; that’s ignorant. It is about combating institutional racism in our country; that’s doable.

How much should race factor into interracial friendships?

Is it worth ending a friendship when one friend disrespects the collective struggle of the other friend’s race?

I looked at what each of my Facebook friends is saying about Black Lives Matter and this is what I found

Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to look at the recent posts of every single one of my Facebook friends, hoping for a glimpse into who’s actively participating in this conversation.

You’re actually safer than when you were a kid… unless you’re black

I’m the last person to try and “do math” to make a point. Even so, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to conclude that while the risk of facing violent crime has gone down for most, Blacks face a uniquely treacherous threat that the rest of the population does not: the threat of being targeted by the very people who are meant to be our protectors.

The one who got away

Once upon a time, I fell deeply in love with a person who I thought was my soul mate. We weren’t perfect, but we were perfect for each other. And then, we started talking marriage. For better or worse, I realized that committing my life to this person would be the most significant thing I’d ever […]

Some thoughts on writing

Life is getting in the way of my writing.  I tell myself it’s because I need to save my energy to focus on my romcom—one of three novel concepts that are consistently fighting for space in my mind stew—so that I can make a solid effort to actually accomplish a goal for once in my […]

What if we hijacked fear to promote good?

What would happen if we hijacked an overtly racist and fearful campaign to highlight kindness and good in our world?