At first glance understanding graphs can seem like a daunting concept (at least it was for me), but I’ve found graphs to be fascinating and incredibly relevant data structures. Once you learn about them it’s difficult to stop seeing the world as a collection and network of graphs. This article will attempt to remove some of the abstraction around graphs and dare I say it, make graph traversal fun. Let’s jump right in!

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Javascript, recursion, and a conceptual understanding of data structures are helpful — but don’t let that stop you!

First off, what is a graph?


In years past, New Year’s Eve would be an evening of communal sharing, gathering with friends and loved ones to commemorate another year gone by; a celebration of the year’s accomplishments and a euphoric toast to greater things ahead.

To say that New Year’s Eve 2020 looks wildly different would be an understatement. …


I don’t have many fond memories of Christmas. Something always seems to go wrong — family relationships become strained, financial stress is heightened and, behind the candy canes and smiling Santas, there’s a melancholic loneliness. As an adult, I’ve found that Christmastime has lost most of its magic and instead symbolizes a season of stress, loss, and grief. By the time the first Christmas songs start playing on the radio I feel a cold numbness that signals the impending holiday blues. …


I’m realizing that it’s one thing to believe in God but it’s another thing entirely to trust in God. Belief can be a mercenary convenience. It’s easy to believe without committing your heart. It’s easy to attribute the good in life to God and express gratitude when the yoke is light. But belief is not enough to get you through suffering and the hardest times of your life when your entreaties and prayers are answered with heavy silence. If belief is all you have then that’s only half of the equation. The other half is where trust comes in.

I…


Of all the figures in my life, perhaps the one most difficult to adequately define is also the one who’s played some of the most fundamental roles in my life. My mother. The main example of nurturer and disciplinarian, and a case study on the resiliency and break down of the human spirit, my mom is living proof that people are tremendously complex and ever-changing.

Our relationship is difficult to describe. I love her ferociously as all children love their mothers, but we’ve also hurt each other, we’ve withheld things from one another, and there are parts of our lives…


Yosemite is a transcendent place, especially during the winter season. Awe-inspiring, magnificent, mammoth, glorious, inspiring. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the majesty of eclipsing, towering sheets of rock and ice, glistening waterfalls that appear to be moving in slow-motion from a distance, crystal clear lakes casting perfect reflections of the surrounding mountains in the mirror of their still waters. …


How does anything in the world get started? Simply, it takes an idea plus execution. Of course the gap between idea and execution can be wider than the Ganges, which is why the majority of our ideas never make it off the cutting room floor. If you’re like me then you may be guilty of being a serial dreamer, of both the day and night persuasion, with ideas ranging from the absurdly ludicrous to the potentially lucrative (often simultaneously depending on the number of drinks in your system). …


They tell us that being a woman means being held to a different standard. A standard by which people won’t respect you or treat you equally, a standard by which the terms of your happiness won’t be dictated by yourself or your dreams, but rather by the whims or powerful bends of men who try to tell you explicitly and unconsciously that they’re better than you.

They teach us that being a woman means recognizing forms of abuse — verbal, emotional, physical — are weapons of meaningless construct, cowardly attempts at dominance and control.

They tell us that being a…


‘What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have…’ Oprah Winfrey

As I watched Oprah accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes, I sat spellbound as the first black woman to receive the distinction made history and conveyed a message of hope and endurance.

The words were timely, crucial to the headline dominating dialogue of sexual harassment, gender norms, and racial discourse — but more importantly they spoke to the condition of the human heart, in that we are all longing for reconciliation in our shared experiences…


I recently tried my hand at skiing for the very first time. Though I grew up in the Pacific Northwest I lived vicariously through friends who regaled us with snowscapades detailing the beauty of the mountains and the aftermath of s’mores and hot chocolate next to a cozy fire. In adulthood this curiosity continued to rear its head, so when the opportunity arose to go to Aspen, Colorado with a group of friends, it seemed like providence.

Being a complete beginner, I signed up for lessons to make sure I would have the fundamentals in place before tackling any moguls…

KhC

Tech industry by day, founder of That’s What She by life. A perpetual student, teacher, seeker. On a mission to empower women through storytelling.

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