Woman looking out of a window
Woman looking out of a window

Here’s what impostor syndrome is like: you scroll through job posts, and think to yourself,

Nope, I’m not qualified enough…

Nope, I don’t think I have enough training for that…

Nope, they might ask why I’m applying when I don’t fit the criteria…sigh…

I should just continue with what I’m trying to learn so I can be an expert on it…

They might discover I’ve been faking it…or maybe I’ve just been lucky.

Do these sound familiar? Yes, that’s one aspect of impostor syndrome.

THAT’S ME.

I’m constantly second-guessing myself when I look at job postings. …


How a Gambling Addiction Can Ruin Lives

Man playing cards in a casino. Cards on top of casino table
Man playing cards in a casino. Cards on top of casino table
Photo by Aidan Howe on Unsplash

Do you love someone with a gambling addiction? Here’s what to expect.

You lie on the bed, eyes wide open, unable to sleep, anxiously waiting for the sound of a familiar car engine or a key turning in the lock of the front door. You toss and turn, praying to fall asleep, praying that he would come home and that maybe he’d just forgotten to call, and was out with some friend. You continue praying desperately. Finally, you stand and peer out the window and sigh…nothing. You go back to bed, careful not to wake your sleeping child. …


I work for a hotel…a hotel that’s half a mile to Disneyland and within a 5-minute walk to the Convention Center. Just imagine the number of people walking through the lobby on any given day, and more so during a big convention.

Summertime? Halloween? Christmas? Uggh!

When Disneyland was overflowing with people, the hotels in the area would be prospering. Lines of people waiting to check-into their hotel rooms, stressed housekeepers bustling about cleaning their assigned rooms, front desk staff with their smiles pasted on their faces helping guests, and salespeople being asked for more revenue, more groups, more PRODUCTION.


One of the many canals in Amsterdam lined with cars, gabled houses, and trees
One of the many canals in Amsterdam lined with cars, gabled houses, and trees

I LOVE Amsterdam! There — I said it! I love Amsterdam.

Why? It’s beautiful, the people are helpful and friendly, and yes, almost all of them speak English!

My dream is to live there for months on end and soak up the culture. I’ll probably have to get a bike. I didn’t see too many options for parking a car. But then again, I mostly walked or took the tram while I was there.

Thanks to some union workers strike, our flight to Paris was canceled — which happily left us with an extra day to wander about in Amsterdam…


COVID 19 has brought so much tragedy. So many deaths, illnesses, and unemployment.

Do you know anyone who hasn’t been affected in some way by this pandemic? Who would’ve thought that we would be living like this?

Wearing masks and gloves, social distancing, panic buying?

Who would’ve thought that seeing rolls of toilet paper in Walmart would give you so much joy or a sense of triumph?

Going out for a grocery run is akin to preparing for battle.

No, I don’t intend to go to war for that last package of toilet paper or snatch that bottle of Clorox…


or How we went to the shelter and chose our dog

We first noticed her when we were walking around the shelter as we oohed and aahed over the dogs.

Living in an apartment, we knew what we wanted. Just a small dog — easy to care for was what we were looking for. One little guy caught our eye as he stood forlornly at the gate of his kennel. But a sign on his door though said that he wasn’t ready to be adopted. Then there were the barkers and the indifferent ones.

Then we saw her.

She was…

Jackie Parra

Dog lover, freelance writer , Virtual Assistant

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