Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash

After the riot in Washington D.C. on January 6th that resulted in 5 deaths and countless injuries, the chickens have come home to roost for the Trump administration.

Since the riot, Trump has been muzzled by social media giants with his accounts and accounts promoting his rhetoric receiving bans from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Google, Pinterest, Twitch, Reddit, and Youtube. The bans strike a well-deserved blow to Trump’s ability to influence and communicate with his followers, hopefully decreasing the likelihood of future violence. …


Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash

COVID-19 has disrupted the lives we once lived and made gatherings a thing of the not-so-distant past that feels like a lifetime ago. With the holiday season in full swing, it has been hard to not feel the impact as I tell my family I won’t be able to come for Christmas because risking a viral virus is just not worth it.

I was all set to spend Thanksgiving alone this year. Then, I was given a whole turkey. Being the practical person that no one knows me to be, I decided that I could not eat the entire turkey…


Image for post
Image for post

41 days ago, I was hit by a truck while riding my bike.

The truck slammed into me and suddenly, time seemed slower. My body, entangled in my bike, disappeared underneath the truck. In those moments, I knew the end was near so I accepted my fate and said a prayer.

Then, the sun bore down on me, and I soaked in its warmth more fully than ever before. For what seemed like minutes but could have only been seconds, I laid alone on the road feeling the hot pavement against my exposed skin. The sun was soon hidden behind…


Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Dimitri de Vries on Unsplash

An average of 135,000 children are adopted each year within the United States⁸. Adoption, which has existed in America for more than 150 years, is a messy process even in the best of circumstances, and nearly every child who is adopted has experienced trauma in one way or another³.

It comes as no surprise that adoption is a hot topic on the internet; hundreds of adoptive parents share stories about the children they have adopted — a practice that many adoptees feel is exploitive and a clear invasion of the child’s privacy.

A glaring example of this is the recent…

Emy Deshotel

Writer. Cyclist. Weirdo.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store