There’s an Instagram post that’s four pages long. It’s a list titled Good News for People Worried about the Earth. None of the bullet points use capitalized words. It implements the words “stuff” and “like,” taking a casual approach to communicate these laws, motions, and plans that various countries, celebrities, and big corps are incorporating.

This article takes the points on the list focusing on countries’ and cities’ action plans. I want to know more, so I’m researching each of these points to understand these plans, laws, and declarations.

Through my research, I found actions that countries and cities are…


NYC’s Chinatown holds a long a rich history. Stories of immigration, combating racism, community, and success.

Just in time for Lunar/Chinese New Year! This year would’ve been the 22nd Lunar New Year Parade in NYC. But Chinatown has been around for well over a century.

As we walk down the streets of New York’s Chinatown, we see women and men selling ethnic produce on the streets. It’s the perfect place to get reasonably priced lychees or pomelos in the summer. And in January, red decorations are hanging in every other shop in preparation for Lunar New Year. The area is filled with bubble tea parlors and famous hole-in-the-wall spots like Super Taste. …


The immigration of Soviets to this small Brooklyn neighborhood is a story of struggle, desperation, chaos, discrimination, survival, and community.

Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach is a gritty neighborhood full of character. It’s a lesser-traveled-to part of Brooklyn that photographers find “far from typical,” like John Vetromile, who I take around the area.

Man going for a winter swim, Brighton Beach (December 2020) — Photo by John Vetromile

Brighton is also known as Little Odesa because of the many ex-USSR families who move there. While walking down Brighton Beach Ave., there are older women selling piroshki to the public. Many awnings are in Russian or reference the culture in some way. And if you know where to go, you can find a few Russian bathhouses. Almost every cashier, business owner, and resident is Russian-speaking. …


Central Brooklyn holds a huge Afro-Caribbean population, making it particularly interesting to move here the weekend after George Floyd’s death.

Caribbean man in BLM, Black Lives Matter march, in Brooklyn New York City
Caribbean man in BLM, Black Lives Matter march, in Brooklyn New York City
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Immigrants from the Caribbean accounted for 30 percent of the foreign-born population, with the largest numbers from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Economic Snapshot of Brooklyn, June 2018

The weekend after George Floyd’s death, riots sprung up all over the city. And then peaceful protests began in this neighborhood and beyond. When you go to Williamsburg or Clinton Hill, for example, the BLM protests are mostly white people. But go a little further south to central Brooklyn, Afro-Caribbeans are organizing peaceful protests. From June 1st up to election day, I’ve witnessed more power from one neighborhood than ever…


Bees were thought to slowly be going extinct, which is not good for our economy and planet. With the effort of organizations and people, their endangerment is being slowed down.

There’s an Instagram post that’s four pages long. It’s a list titled Good News for People Worried about the Earth. None of the bullet points use capitalized words. It implements the words “stuff” and “like,” taking a casual approach to communicate these laws, motions, and plans that various countries, celebrities, and big corps are incorporating.

The list is long. I include a fair amount of research in these articles for the benefit of my readers (and myself). Therefore, I have decided to split all the information I found in at least three parts.


Marketing at its best.

Buying water is a ridiculous concept. We can go for more than three weeks without food. But cannot survive after four days without water. It is cruel to charge humans for something we need to survive. Clean water is easily accessible for most. Yes, there are many parts of the world where people do not have access to clean water. I’m talking to the people who do.

If I do manage to convince you to drink tap over bottled, please check the quality and safety of your water source. …


Words from a domestic cook.

I know it’s summer and hot as all hell, well at least here in New York City, so no one is really thinking about cooking in their hot ass kitchen. So now we face a new challenge in the kitchen, how to cook with minimal stove time. I’m excited to make all the delicious salads and cold soups this summer. The same way I was excited to try making Irish stew this past winter that ended up being one of the best things I have ever made in my life. Nothing can stop me from cooking. It’s cheaper, it’s experimental…


The choice to live a difficult but fulfilling life

This video is of Andrew Scott reading Edith Sampson’s speech “Choose One of Five.”

It is geared towards recent graduates giving 5 choices for how to live their lives. The first choice is the extreme end of the stick; a choice to conform, be ignorant, have no opinions, read very little, and essentially be blocked off to new information. The third choice is another type of ignorant; to fall into the world of the super intellects that also create barriers with parts of society. The second and fourth choices are middle points on this spectrum presented to us. And…


With awareness, understanding, space, and comfort, we can have an open dialogue with our families about racism. We get over the obstacles and discomfort of having difficult conversations such as these.

It’s uncomfortable to have conversations about human rights when it feels like the opposition will never change their minds. Or it’s hard to not lash out in anger when your folks say something we think is cruel and stupid. But if we learn to communicate with each other, we can open a lifetime of conversations. Points of view can change; people can progress.

“This is not a moment, but a movement.”

https://dribbble.com/badasi_maria Design by Maria Badasian, simple messaging, gif, loop, Love over Fear
https://dribbble.com/badasi_maria Design by Maria Badasian, simple messaging, gif, loop, Love over Fear
Designed by me (Maria Badasian) — Love Over Fear

Learning to talk to your own family about racism builds a stronger bond and brings us further away from a divided family. …


Andrew Scott is attractive because he plays charismatic roles that reflect humility, anger, passion, understanding, and happiness. The characters he plays reflect what he stands for as a person and actor.

It’s hard to talk about Andrew Scott without mentioning his “hot priest” role in Fleabag. It’s not his face, height, or body that is sexy. We weren’t taught to think that men that look like Andrew Scott are hot. The way he carries himself and his roles is what makes him attractive. And his looks come second. His looks are heightened because of his personality.

Andrew Scott (left) and Pheobe Waller-Bridge (right) in the final scene of Fleabag Season 2

If we look around, there are many more examples of men and women who are not traditionally good looking but are very attractive because of their beliefs, their roles, most importantly, their talent. This positive…

Maria Badasian

I write research-based stories; about art, design, food, travel, environmental issues, human rights, & human experience.

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