I’ve noticed that many people, especially women are so concerned with documenting their every move on social media that they don’t have time to even enjoy what they are doing.

I admit I used to be guilty of this myself. It started when I began traveling a lot with my ex-boyfriend. We were having so much fun and taking pictures of all of all of our adventures. At one point we posted over 70 pictures of one of our vacations. A friend of mine responded on Facebook about one of these pictures saying that we made her sick. At the…


I never reported it until now

I decided to write about what happened to me because I’m tired of being disrespected and feeling powerless. Some of these people with money, power, and fame think they can do whatever they want to the rest of us, with no repercussions at all, and I’m sick of it!

What Cuba did to me that night, has really been weighing on me for a long time. I’m tired of being disrespected and feeling powerless. It’s hard to explain how it feels unless it’s happened to you. …


I recently read an article about how some of Billie Eilish’s LGBTQ fans were so furious when they found out she was dating a guy that they accused her of queerbating. This is unfair. All that Billie owes her fans is good music, who she dates, male or female, is none of their business.

These special interest groups that have been valiantly fighting so hard against exclusion don’t win by becoming the most exclusive of all. Switching from “your canceled if you are gay to you are canceled if you are straight” is NOT progressing. …


It all started with a cheese burger. Just a few days ago my boyfriend, Jason and I decided to stroll down the street from where we are staying in Hollywood and go to 25 Degrees, the famous burger joint located in the Roosevelt Hotel. We had heard that the burgers were very good there and I also wanted to go because I’m an old movie buff and have always been fascinated by the Roosevelt Hotel and its connection to classic Hollywood. I was intrigued by the the rumors that the hotel was haunted by Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, who…


“Painting By Joey Peterson”


How did 25 years go by in the blink of an eye?

Time is crazy and it really does start going by faster as we get older. I’ve been in the process of moving and going through old pictures. It’s wild to see how many different things I’ve done and people I’ve known since I moved to this incredible city. I can’t even begin to count all the lifetimes I’ve had here and what a wonderful adventure it has been!


For freedom, to say what I think and to express myself without fear of being ridiculed or judged. I joined Medium to become a part of a creative community that can support, inspire and encourage my artistic endeavors.

We artists should stick together. The world needs us for beauty, insight and so much more.

Joey Peterson

Bicoastal artist, writer, photographer, traveler, music lover, adventure seeker, cat connoisseur on a quest for enlightenment and spiritual renewal.

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