Road Trip: Philly Edition

I live for a good road trip--being on the open road, seeing the changing backdrops as you drive through varying terrains, listening to music, playing car games, and then immersing myself with the locals of my final destination. As an unlicensed driver, I can't legally drive anywhere without at least one other person, which means... Continue Reading →

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A Birthday Memory

Today, I'm remembering my mom on her birthday. To honor her this birthday, I'm thinking about the things that made my mom so special to me--the aspects of her that I carry with me daily and that bring me so much comfort as I navigate through this new(er) journey without my mom in physical form. For... Continue Reading →

Show Me Your Mussels

For my 20th birthday, I had a few friends over for a sophisticated party. Nothing too wild, the party was an afternoon affair. I had a few friends over for a light meal and opening presents. My mom made mussels, one of my all-time favorite meals.As my mom was cooking the mussels in the kitchen,... Continue Reading →

4 Things I’m Focusing on in 2018

I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. In fact, a couple of years ago when I noticed that many of my sentences about my life began with "if only..." and "when X happens, I'll be happier," I made a life-changing decision to stop wishing my life away and live in the present. Instead of... Continue Reading →

2017 In Review: My Year In Books

In a year marked by tragedy—both personal and political—I turned to books, as usual, for solace, answers, escape, and laughter. I had set out to read 20 books in 2017 (I'd forgotten about this goal until I recently logged into my Goodreads account) and ended up reading only eight books. Better luck next year! Despite... Continue Reading →

The Spirit of Mr. Rogers

The other day, during indoor recess, I felt cold in my classroom, so I decided to put on a zip-up sweater. I happened to be standing over a table of students who were playing a card game of which I had never heard. Intrigued, but also cold, I put on my sweater while monitoring the... Continue Reading →

A Year End Reflection

The end of a year inevitably brings reflections, varying top 10 lists of the year’s best and worst in every category imaginable, pop culture trivia games, and the ritual taking stock in your life followed by setting goals for the new year that beg to be broken by February. Instead of coming up with some deep... Continue Reading →

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