I have struggled with the theme of “Black Lives Matter” in the protests against police killings of Black men in America. I totally agree with the sentiment, but I have just had trouble with the message that seems so basic and demands a low bar.

Egg freezing is being marketed as the new and hip thing to do among New York and Silicon Valley socialites. Freezing one's eggs is touted as a means of delaying motherhood for the sake of one's career.

One hundred and two open letters to President Barack Obama, undocumented youth risking arrest and deportation each time they occupied offices of members of Congress; parents who participated in direct actions and sit-ins in front of the White House; countless immigrant activists and organizations rallying the president and Democrats, all came down to Nov. 20, and excitement over the long overdue and much publicized executive immigration action announcement.

So many people are prisoners of their own devices, as they refuse to set themselves free. Life can be sweet when you’re involved with the right person. Every day seems so bright and full of promise. He or she can be your lover, friend, confidante, your everything.