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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Tips on communicating with someone who has recovered from an eating disorder

"How's your new diet going?" I hear one woman ask another at the playground.  "It's hard. I've been eating the shakes and the bars. So...

This Valentine’s Day, let go of expectations

 My dad’s carelessness drove my mother crazy. Without fail, each time he would leave the house (giving himself not a moment to spare), he...

A new way of connecting with students during virtual learning

A recent survey asked students what would be most helpful to their learning during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds agreed that more interaction with teachers...

Everybody Can Be Talented

“What a great writer!” I remember my second-grade teacher praising me for my daily journal. I must be really good at this, I thought....

A worthwhile New Year’s resolution: Let go of guilt and shame

  There’s a pair of best friends that can always be found together. They go by the names of Guilt and Shame. Some of their...

The Milpitas Beat launches 21st Century American Writing Contest

As The Milpitas Beat has grown in recent years, we’ve become increasingly motivated to support and amplify the arts, and one of our first...

We will get through these lonely days

Have you ever eaten a tiny piece of raw chicken just to see if your body could take it? Driven with your eyes closed...

The eternal importance of speaking truth to power

It was in 1969 or 1970. I was in Junior College. I was a volunteer in The College Readiness program, an on-campus effort to...

Are the holidays making you want to reach for a drink?

“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, so have a cup of cheer.”  Ah, yes. The “cup of cheer.” If you’re like many Americans, you’ve...

A heart of Thanksgiving

It was during the third trimester of my second and most challenging pregnancy when the “gratitude journal” craze started to spread online. Back then I...

America! We forgot to complain about Daylight Savings!

Every year around this time I look forward to the passionate complaining of friends and family about the unnecessariness of California’s participation in daylight...

Proposed VTA cuts will harm essential workers, students, and seniors

As a high school student who hasn’t experienced being packed like a sardine with other children on the bus to school for over half...

How COVID-19 has shaped our Milpitas city experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes, but one that doesn’t usually come to mind is the shift in the way we interact...

Staying inspired in pandemic times

We all know the old saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” But, what...

The importance of voting as a Muslim woman

Women’s suffrage has come a long way, but it’s still shocking to accept the fact that women could not vote in every country that...

Stand by your man: a suggestion for America

Ah, the long-term romantic relationship – I’m not talking about seeing a guy or girl from Tinder three times in a row…I’m talking one...

Making Public Comment useful for Milpitas City Council

COVID-19 has certainly turned things upside down for everyone. It has even affected city council meetings in ways that no one expected. But, Milpitians,...

Spotify should let Joe Rogan speak

I love watching people try to cancel Joe Rogan. To my memory, in the past year, they tried to get him for voicing a...

Blue skies & cool breezes: the Bay Area can breathe

At press time, Milpitas air quality is reading in the Green. Translation: “good.” Translation: no smoke. Translation: hallelujah! Have you watched the air maps over...

Perseverance

Is it just me, or are the shorter days feeling a little…long these days? As the smoky curtain of powerlessness hangs heavy over all...

Personal maintenance in the age of COVID-19

I am training to hit the Olympic standard in the marathon, not for 2021 (if the 2021 Olympics is not just another far off...

A letter to my sons: How America got into this COVID-19 mess

Dear Benny & Henry— I write to you in the midst of what is shaping up to be one of the most staggering crises in...

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