April 17, 2017

Tonight, I took part in the candlelight vigil for the victims of the April 16th shooting, which happened 10 years ago. I was only 10 years old then. I hardly remember 2007-- I remember my fifth grade teachers, I remember which of my classmates I was friends with, and I...

April 11, 2017

This weekend, I went home to Northern Virginia because I had an interview scheduled in Washington, D.C. I never went to D.C. much as as kid, even though I live about an hour outside the city, but recently I’ve made more of an effort to explore it with friends. The day...

April 11, 2017

I always have a fair amount of apprehension before going to any sort of English-y event. I touched on this in one of my last posts-- usually it’s because I’m too afraid to compare myself to fellow (uber-talented, I might add) writers. But I also sometimes just find the...

March 27, 2017

Everyone has a comfort zone or two… or a ten. It’s not an inherently bad thing to have them; it’s perfectly human to be drawn towards familiar, comfortable things. It only becomes dangerous when we never leave those things. Lately I’ve more readily admitted my own comf...

March 20, 2017

La La Land’s Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) 

It is rare that a new movie comes along and earns a spot on my mental trophy case of all-time favorites. Most of my favorites are classics that came out years ago, like Mary Poppins or Lord of the Rings. But I...

February 28, 2017

Alex R. Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in Moonlight (image credit: Rotten Tomatoes)

I’m a huge sucker for movies. There are so many that make me weepy. Some are more understandably emotional— big sweeping epics like Lord of the Rings or heartstring-tuggers like The Help. Th...

February 21, 2017

Anne Lamott is one of my new favorite authors (she’s been writing for a while— I’m a little late to the game), and this quote of hers is also one of my new favorites: “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by get...

February 15, 2017

 Photo: Jayne Ross

I have this yellow cardigan that I bought a few months ago from Target, and it’s by far my favorite article of clothing that I own.  In recent weeks, friends have started to point out just how I often I wear this cardigan. One of them jokingly calls i...

February 7, 2017

Photo courtesy of Paul Dinkwater (NBC)

About a month ago, actress Meryl Streep made headlines for the scathing speech she gave in response to receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony. Well, some would call it scathing. To others, it was genius....

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