The Netflix documentary Room 2806: The Accusation examines media, the criminal justice system, and the treatment of sexual assault victims.

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Note: This article discusses a sexual assault case and includes sensitive details that some readers may wish to avoid. Also, most people refer to the alleged assailant as DSK. This sounds a little too familiar and affectionate for me. Since I’m not a fan, throughout the article I refer to Dominique Strauss-Kahn as Strauss-Kahn.

Netflix just released a four-part documentary about another shattering sexual assault case. News of an attack on an employee at Sofitel, a five-star accommodation in Manhattan…


They also want to ensure we don't steal their oh-so-rare iPhones even when we have enough money to buy 1,000 of our own.


Having been raised on the East Coast, Texas offered a sultry and seductive culture I’d never experienced before, and I loved every minute of my time in the state.

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My laptop goes wherever I go. Here, it’s on the chair next to me, so not it’s pictured but it’s definitely there. Also, the person I’m smiling at is a dude named Jeff, my dear husband and the love of my life. Picture Provided by Author.

I wrote my first short story with a ballpoint pen on ruled paper when I was in eighth grade. It was a romance. The boy’s name was Lorenzo and the girl’s name was Mimi. They were in love, I think.

I don’t remember anything else about the story other than my English teacher liked it, and that I really enjoyed the experience of writing. …


If you’re having a hard time getting prospective employers to respond, here are a few simple fixes you can make to your resume to stand out in an ultra competitive job market regardless of your profession.

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In January 2020, the U.S. economy was living its best life as unemployment stood at a phenomenally low 3.6%, according to an article published February 7, 2020, in the New York Times. The result — an amazing market for job seekers.

Fast forward 11 months later, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts unemployment at just under 7%. This is an improvement, especially since employment rose as high as 14% in April, 2020, reports Pew Research Center.

The reality is that this could be the toughest economy most of us will ever experience in our lifetime. With millions of people…


People across the United States and worldwide should continue following public health advice because it will take time to achieve herd immunity.

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There is light at the end of the tunnel. One of the COVID-19 vaccines, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, rolled out across the United States to cheers on Monday, December 14, 2020. In the United Kingdom, nursing home residents and healthcare workers began receiving the vaccine one week prior.

Throughout the pandemic, one of the consistent challenges for many people worldwide has been compliance with public health recommendations to keep safe, specifically wearing a face mask in public.

Videos showing adults of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds getting into fights and being thrown out of business establishments for not wearing a…


I learned a lot during my two-year plus relationship with my cat.

Sheffield Wednesday is our dusty orange tabby ex…cat. He used to be our cat but due to a series of events my husband I planned, that we believed to be in his best interests, he left us, never to return. Shef, as we affectionately called him, was born to feral mom on our property sometime in November 2015. He had a twin sister, who we named Hello Kitty because she was just so darn cute, but she’s not the subject of this particular story.

Unlike my husband who’s definitely a cat person, before Shef came along, I never paid much…


Kenyan shoppers, forced to embrace the government’s plastic bag ban, can buy reusable shopping bags for a few shillings from street hawkers.

If you’ve arrived in Kenya by plane lately, you might have heard the captain or head flight attendant kindly ask you to leave any plastic bags you acquired in your travels on the plane because carrying plastic bags in Kenya is illegal. Anything illegal is a crime, so you might be worried about being arrested if you get caught with a plastic bag. Here’s the skinny on what’s going on with plastic bags in Kenya.

Sometime in February 2017, the government outright banned plastic shopping bags. Retailers had six months to ease the public into the idea that plastic bags…


The internet is bursting at the seams with online get-rich-quick schemes. You might think it will be easy to make money online while living abroad, but surviving solely from online earnings can be extremely difficult.

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I especially “love” all these YouTube videos and courses that encourage people to “just” set up a travel blog, add affiliate links and voila, you’re making enough money to travel around in style. Sadly, this type of content is nothing more than clickbait.

Somewhere along the way, somebody, or a bunch of people at the same time, figured out that almost everybody needs money so how-to content about making money can be the ticket to endless streams of revenue.

People click to find out how they can access financial freedom even when it’s clear that the writer knows nothing more…


Oprah’s well-received speech at the 2018 Oscars left many of those who watched wondering, is this a preview of an Oprah run for president of the United States?

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Oprah gave a rousing speech at the January 7, 2018 Golden Globe Awards. She received the Cecil B DeMille Award, a lifetime achievement award, and during the speech she touched on several people and topics many Oprah watchers have heard before, from Sidney Poitier and Steven Spielberg, from the Civil Rights movement to the #MeToo movement, and from Stedman to Gayle.

Frankly, at least half of Americans are looking for a ray of hope anywhere they can get it, so I understand the enthusiasm, but as a lifetime Oprah watcher, of all the public roles I’ve imagined her taking on…

Chira Lois

Journalist, world traveler, foodie. Two decades of experience as a freelance writer/editor.

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