Beautific Creations (Ch. 23) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 023

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bionic-Bug-Episode-23.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:26 — 20.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 23. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on September 30, 2018. Just a quick intro today before we get to Bionic Bug. I spent the last few days visiting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I met with a number of scientists and experts to talk about nanotechnology, synthetic biology, additive manufacturing, and artificial Read more…

The Police Station (Ch. 7) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 007

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-7.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:17 — 36.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 7. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. First off, I have a quick personal update. Project Gecko, Book Two in the Lara Kingsley Series, came back from my editor last Monday. Good news: He likes it. Expected news: We can make it even better. As many of you know, I’m working with a developmental editor, Clark Read more…

So, you want to live in a democracy?

All of this politics stuff is stressing me out. Seriously, my anxiety has been running higher than normal for several months. I don’t know if I can continue staying engaged for much longer without burning out.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’re pretty stressed too. And I bet that you’re sick and tired of all the political rants and articles being posted on Facebook and wish that we could return to pictures of cute kids, puppies and cats. Me too. Life is busy with jobs, bills, mortgages, kids, dogs (and cats I guess), Read more…

Is this Gerry Mandering’s Fault?

How could this happen? How could we take such a big step backwards, away from the values of our country, away from the guarantees found in the U.S. Constitution. I think it might be, at least in part, due to false perceptions of majority versus minority groups facilitated by the practice of gerrymandering. As we enter a dark period in American politics, in which it has become acceptable to speak words of hate at the highest levels of political office, it’s becoming apparent to me that we are going to have to fight for our democracy. It’s not just our Read more…

Something Rotten?

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark –Hamelet, William Shakespeare As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, it might feel somewhat bittersweet. I’m definitely with you. I’m feeling less proud of our country this year. And I’m feeling worried about the future of our political system. As the fireworks explode, I smile and cheer. But in my gut, I feel a growing unease about the state of affairs in our great nation. I fear there is something rotten in the state of our Republic. Over the past decade, American politics seem to have taken a rather dramatic turn Read more…

What Happens When a Dream Dies?

Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night. There is a loud crash in the living room downstairs. You turn on the light and grab for your phone. You hear movement down below and know that there is an intruder in your house. Some people might reach for their guns, while others will dial 911 (including me). After making contact with the dispatcher, she assures you that help is on the way. You breath a sigh of relief when the cops are at your door because you know that they have arrived to help you. If you’ve traveled Read more…

Greener Pastures

  Chapter 2 – Greener Pastures My quest for greener pastures began in 2011 when I was compelled to leave Chinatown, the only home I knew in Washington D.C. I was forced to move due to rapidly increasing rent prices, $400 per month in just 2 1/2 years. In 2011, I was spending about 40% of my income on rent and utilities. Things were tight. Given my student loan payments and higher costs for everything else as a resident of DC, the cost of rent did not leave much room for travel, entertainment or anything else that was unnecessary to Read more…

My Journey to Chinatown

Once in a while, I will use this blog to take on an issue of great importance and use my voice for those who have none. That time has come…this story is not really about me, though it is written through my own lens. I am writing on behalf of my good neighbors in Lamond Riggs, a family-oriented, working class neighborhood located near the Fort Totten metro in Northeast District of Columbia. I will speak for any resident of DC in similar circumstances in a series of posts over the summer. I know there are many… If you ask me to Read more…