Lemon Theory

Lemon Theory A powerful digital website (lemontheory.com) dedicated to mental health awareness, lifestyle and photography stories of humans. Founded by Sarah McKinnon.
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06/09/2019
Very thrilled to be debuting Lemon Theory's "Wellness" section, due to the wonderful contributions of Madonna R. Bacorro...
06/06/2019
Forces of Nature: Being Aware of The Aftermath

Very thrilled to be debuting Lemon Theory's "Wellness" section, due to the wonderful contributions of Madonna R. Bacorro, MD (a Family Medicine physician in the Philippines). Please take a few moments to read her thought-provoking first piece, "Forces of Nature." You can enjoy her work in the evenings on Wednesday's and Saturday's every week.

https://www.lemontheory.com/wellness/2019/6/5/forces-of-nature-being-aware-of-the-aftermath

Being aware that we are not alone in such a situation by socializing and not being indifferent towards our co-workers, when at work, our substituents, when we are at the employer position, and other people we deal with in the community, would greatly help us stay focused and deal with menta

Great timing, Kirk L. - the re-booted story of "Swamp Thing" just debuted on May 31st by DC Universes as a television se...
06/05/2019
Searching for Meaning in a Broken VHS Copy of the 1982 "Swamp Thing" Movie

Great timing, Kirk L. - the re-booted story of "Swamp Thing" just debuted on May 31st by DC Universes as a television series. While unrelated to the events, Kirk brings an (as always) humorous approach to self-perspective and the dating world.

https://www.lemontheory.com/lifestyle/2019/6/5/searching-for-meaning-in-a-broken-vhs-copy-of-the-1982-swamp-thing-movie

I love Swamp Thing. I can track this love to a VHS I had as a kid of the first episode of the (very short-lived) Swamp Thing cartoon. It was an episode called “Swamp Thing vs. the Un-Men,” and yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. I  loved it, watching it over and over until I had it memo...

"Guest Writer, Tamam Kahn, takes a different approach to an article submission. A powerful piece of poetry that depicts ...
06/04/2019
Free Nasrin Sotoudeh: The Story of a Brave Lawyer Who Faced Prison

"Guest Writer, Tamam Kahn, takes a different approach to an article submission. A powerful piece of poetry that depicts an event you most likely may have never heard about - the sentencing of a lawyer by a judge in Tehran, Iran"

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/6/4/free-nasrin-sotoudeh-the-story-of-a-brave-lawyer-who-faced-prison

You are a woman, a human rights lawyer. You are working for fairness and the rights of others to live a free and reasonable life. You passed the bar exam in 1995 at the age of 32. You have to juggle the ups and downs of restrictive politics—to represent others who have lost their human rights. You...

"Hadir arrived in Berlin, utterly exhausted, in late November 2015. He, his cousin and two friends had taken a high-spee...
06/02/2019
The Definition of Patience: An Afghan Refugee Living in Germany in 2019

"Hadir arrived in Berlin, utterly exhausted, in late November 2015. He, his cousin and two friends had taken a high-speed ICE train from the German/Austrian border to the capital. Out of decency, the ticket conductor policing the carriages had allowed the four of them to travel free of charge; she even wished them good luck as they stumbled onto the platform. As the only English speaker among them, Hadir led the group to the police station at the Hauptbahnhof, where they declared themselves as refugees."

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/6/2/the-definition-of-patience-an-afghan-refugee-living-in-germany-in-2019

Hadir arrived in Berlin, utterly exhausted, in late November 2015. He, his cousin and two friends had taken a high-speed ICE train from the German/Austrian border to the capital. Out of decency, the ticket conductor policing the carriages had allowed the four of them to travel free of charge; she ev

"If you think of JK Rowling’s’ Dementors as fictional monsters, just look around your local TV program guide.  I don’t k...
05/26/2019

"If you think of JK Rowling’s’ Dementors as fictional monsters, just look around your local TV program guide. I don’t know where Rowling got the idea from, but there are creatures that consume human emotions all around us. Every day we are offered a smorgasbord of sadness, rage, jealousy, resentment, and lust, just to mention a few. Reality TV depends on provoking and displaying strong feelings and the audience seems to lap it up."

https://www.lemontheory.com/lifestyle/2019/5/25/dementers-the-emotional-impact-of-the-entertainment-business

“The overcrowding and extreme poverty are bad enough, but there’s also an invisible layer of disturbing intensity: The a...
05/21/2019
Snapshot Decision: The Reycling Conflict in Manila Philippines

“The overcrowding and extreme poverty are bad enough, but there’s also an invisible layer of disturbing intensity: The atmosphere is thick with the exhaust fumes of trucks on the main port road, and the reek of rotting refuse - the recycling of Manila’s garbage.”

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/5/21/snapshot-decision-the-reycling-conflict-in-manila-philippines

Guest Writer: Ann van Wijgerden; Philippines

What is it like being an addict? I don’t know. Maybe I do. Perhaps like the rest of the world, I have human ties to the ...
05/20/2019
Letter From The Editor #003

What is it like being an addict?

I don’t know. Maybe I do. Perhaps like the rest of the world, I have human ties to the most basic of things; sugar, greed, and lust.

https://www.lemontheory.com/letters-from-the-editor-1/2019/5/20/letter-from-the-editor-003

But what I may be addicted to is the idea that these vices are about decision making. While in certain circumstances, this is true, everything involves some element of choice. But humans of all ages have had this addiction-ridden life forced upon them, even in infancy, of which they must walk a path

"It was September 11th, 2001. At this point the first plane had struck the first tower, the second plane had not come ye...
05/19/2019
Motivations: Joining The Air Force

"It was September 11th, 2001. At this point the first plane had struck the first tower, the second plane had not come yet. Thinking back, I am surprised they had put TV’s in the halls before things started to become, obvious. At this point, most people still figured it was a big accident. I wonder if the teachers understood more than us students. I remember staying in the hallway for quite a bit. I don't know if I skipped a class or not, my guess is most of the teachers did not care. During my time in the hallway, the second plane had hit the other tower."

https://www.lemontheory.com/our-troops/2019/5/19/motivations-joining-the-air-force

Sitting there in that room, waiting. I had all of my paperwork sitting in front of me. I was sitting at one of those wooden desks. The ones that somehow are comfortable, and uncomfortable at the same time. With just enough space to write on, but no more than that. I was sitting in the middle of the

Lemon Theory's Marketing Manager, Abiran Raveenthiran (Abi Ravi), decided to rightfully bring awareness to a 26 year-lon...
05/18/2019
Doves Don’t Rise from Ashes of a Phoenix: The War of Sri Lanka

Lemon Theory's Marketing Manager, Abiran Raveenthiran (Abi Ravi), decided to rightfully bring awareness to a 26 year-long war that is often under-discussed in media.

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/5/18/doves-dont-rise-from-ashes-of-a-phoenix-the-war-of-sri-lanka

Peace, a concept of societal friendship and harmony that we strive to aim to achieve. Peace, an ideal that I was brought up believing that my country nurtured and cultivated. Peace, a paradise that our ancestors fought for us to enjoy the fruits of. Peace, a state in which no blood is shed, but hatr

"I was in fifth grade living with my mom, a single mother, in Chicago’s integrated South Side Hyde Park neighborhood. Th...
05/17/2019
The Divided States of Fear: A Conversation on Race and Violence

"I was in fifth grade living with my mom, a single mother, in Chicago’s integrated South Side Hyde Park neighborhood. Throughout my young life my mother never said a discouraging word against any group. She called me to watch television when civil rights marches were on the evening news, explaining both the reasons for the protests and the addled reasoning for the subsequent violence against the demonstrators."

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/5/17/the-divided-states-of-fear-a-conversation-on-race-and-violence

When the four young African Americans approached us on Chicago’s Red Line subway, feelings I had long forgotten came rushing back. It was midafternoon on a weekday. We were checking off an item on my wife’s Chicago Bucket List: to ride the elevated, aka the “L.” My wife was raised

"I grew up in Wakefield's biggest council estate, Wakefield being a relatively small city in West Yorkshire. Most counci...
05/15/2019
The Intimacy of Politics: How Do Politics Effect Someone's Life?

"I grew up in Wakefield's biggest council estate, Wakefield being a relatively small city in West Yorkshire. Most council estates in Yorkshire have a factory or a closed coal mine at the fringes, the rest of the estate sprawling off it. The one I grew up in was no different; a plastic factory only a street away churning out black smoke on a daily basis, occasionally setting on fire every now and again. Like many people who grew up on a council estate, I lived in a deeply unequal household that I've only been able to comprehend the depth of in retrospect."

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/5/15/the-intimacy-of-politics-how-do-politics-effect-someones-life

I grew up in Wakefield's biggest council estate, Wakefield being a relatively small city in West Yorkshire. Most council estates in Yorkshire have a factory or a closed coal mine at the fringes, the rest of the estate sprawling off it. The one I grew up in was no different; a plastic factory only a

"Personally, the assumptions and bias from people about the medication isn’t what makes it hard — it’s the process. A pr...
05/14/2019
Nightly Rituals: The Process of Anxiety and OCD Medication

"Personally, the assumptions and bias from people about the medication isn’t what makes it hard — it’s the process. A process we don’t talk about simply because many of us don’t know or are told about by the medical system. We are not commonly given lectures in heath class about mental health resources, medications or options. Therefore we are left to analyze the conversation among our friends, family and occasionally doctors."

https://www.lemontheory.com/mental-health/2019/5/14/nightly-rituals-the-process-of-anxiety-and-ocd-medication

Medication has a stigma behind it. Some people see the transparent orange-tinted bottle resting on my sink and glance at me nervously. It makes them curious; it causes them to worry, and they sometimes look at you differently. It’s not usually with malice but can lead people down a path of presump...

So, "WTF" might become my crucial new opener or slogan…do I see a tagline in the works? Probably not the most profession...
05/14/2019
Letter From The Editor #002

So, "WTF" might become my crucial new opener or slogan…do I see a tagline in the works? Probably not the most professional move. But, I need some slack, this week has indeed been a whirlwind of new experiences. One of them being the hate that lives on the internet. Another has been sitting in fear of making the correct choices, and what it actually means to listen to people around us.

https://www.lemontheory.com/letters-from-the-editor-1/2019/5/13/letter-from-the-editor-002

So, "WTF" might become my crucial new opener or slogan…do I see a tagline in the works? Probably not the most professional move. But, I need some slack, this week has indeed been a whirlwind of new experiences. One of them being the hate that lives on the internet. Another has been sitting

Lemon Theory is changing their relationship status from "single" to "team" - sorry to all the prospectives out there :) ...
05/13/2019

Lemon Theory is changing their relationship status from "single" to "team" - sorry to all the prospectives out there :)

We've grown this past month. Please check out our new Staff, Editors, and Writers on the Team Lemon page.

https://www.lemontheory.com/team-lemon

Check out the article regarding the power dynamic of women.Photographer: Sarah MckinnonSubject: Fatima TurayHair and Wra...
05/12/2019

Check out the article regarding the power dynamic of women.

Photographer: Sarah Mckinnon
Subject: Fatima Turay
Hair and Wrap Design: E.h. Petropulos
Makeup Artist: Jennifer King
Face Paint Artist: Chun Park

A few members from the Lemon Theory Team took some time today to shout out their Mother's! Don't forget to show some app...
05/12/2019

A few members from the Lemon Theory Team took some time today to shout out their Mother's! Don't forget to show some appreciation to your Mom, or Guardian, in your life today! Jose 'nene' Calil Abi Ravi Paolo Piccolo

"Here’s my question: Is it possible to interact with people first as humans, and only afterward as men and women? "https...
05/11/2019
Eye of the Beholder Part One: Why Do Men Catcall?

"Here’s my question: Is it possible to interact with people first as humans, and only afterward as men and women? "

https://www.lemontheory.com/sweet-sour-politics/2019/5/11/eye-of-the-beholder-part-one-why-do-men-catcall

Call me male-ish. Men are supposed to like guns, but I’m not really a gun guy. As a boy I wheedled a BB gun for Christmas with the solemn vow not to shoot birds, which I did at the first opportunity. “You’ll shoot your eye out” runs the refrain from the movie  Christmas Story , and at l...

A few of our followers shared their #MyLemonTheory this week. It’s been a true privilege being able to talk with you reg...
05/10/2019

A few of our followers shared their #MyLemonTheory this week. It’s been a true privilege being able to talk with you regarding your mental health experiences and stories. Conversation is how stigma stops.

In honor of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth -- one of the most important pieces to date, Michael Carini, shares a personal s...
05/09/2019
Michael's Note: The Suicide Note My Father Never Left That Was Almost My Own

In honor of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth -- one of the most important pieces to date, Michael Carini, shares a personal story about his past that is sure to inspire anyone; even good can come from some of the most vulnerable and hurting places in our lives.

https://www.lemontheory.com/mental-health/2019/5/9/michaels-note-the-suicide-note-my-father-never-left-that-was-almost-my-own

In August 2012, at the age of 28 and on the precipice of homelessness, I was reconnected with the biological family I never knew. At that time, I learned that my father, also named Michael, did not die in a car accident as I had always been told. Rather, I came to find out that he took his

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About Lemon Theory

The Start of Lemon Theory (www.lemontheory.com)

Lemon Theory was created on two foundational values; 1. everyone has the ability and right to live a happy, healthy and connected life, despite the challenges and stigmas of mental health. 2. life isn't just two sides, one kind of person, culture, background, sexuality, gender or ethnicity. There is more to our story, and as humans, we can be a bit messy and raw, and that's alright.

This concept is where the term, Lemon Theory, was born. A refreshing take on the modern generation that hits some sour topics that aren't easy to talk about; but should be discussed. Blended with the modern age of social media; prose, poetry, blogging, podcasts, visual art, photography and videography, Lemon Theory will grow into a community of those devoted to learning more about themselves, and what it means to be human.

Founded by an imperfect human being and suffer from multiple mental and physical health problems, Sarah McKinnon strives to produce uplifting, genuine and versatile articles as she navigates her way transparently through young adulthood, read more below.

About Founder and Writer, Sarah McKinnon:

While maintaining a caffeinated and humorous personality, Sarah McKinnon is currently a full-time student at Penn State University and a young-adult-in-training living full time amidst the lights New York City. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Letters, Arts and Sciences majoring in Professional Writing and Minoring in Psychology. She also attended The School of Visual Arts in New York, New York, and Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. Additionally, she is a one-year early high school graduate, who was then engaged in competing and placing in screenwriting festivals, multiple awards, and internships. She currently works freelance in music video production, editorial photography, graphic design, photo, and video editing and creative directing/producing. She is now working on the poetry and prose novel, The Confessions of The Color Blue to be published in 2019/20.

Regardless of all the resume-talk, Sarah drawls her inspiration from her childhood and upbringing. A hard path in finding herself and her passion amidst a sea of bullying, anxiety, depression, physical disorders, moving and rejection. Due to the blessings of supportive friends and family placed her life (a soulmate and power Mom, a movie-loving and joking Dad, a food driven golden retriever, and a bookworm grandmother) her world is saturated in the desire to understand everything it means to be human and love.

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