A Bit of Old for the New Year

Dear Reader, Did you have book fairs at your school growing up? I went to a public elementary school in the US. Once a year, my school district would host the “Scholastic Book Fair” to visit the school and turn the gymnasium into a little market filled with tables piled with books and other colorful […]

Thoughts from the Flotation Pod

Dear Reader, It is the very last day of the very last year of the decade. Today, I am simultaneously looking backward and forward. Ten years ago, I was a teenager in high school. I had never left the country (save for a few hours on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls) and I had […]

Hindsight is 2019

Dear Reader, 2020 is just around the corner. New ends in sight and new beginnings on the horizon tend to leave me feeling pensive. This past year has been full of ups and downs. While some of these highs and lows have been out of my hands, there are many things I’m sure I have […]

Happy to be Home

Dear Reader, Did you get a break this holiday season? I was lucky enough to get some time away from the office around Christmas and I have a short schedule this week around New Year’s. While the break was nice, I must admit that my brain is having trouble adjusting to work life and my […]

Dark Green and Leafy

Dear Reader, As the year draws to a close, I find myself repeatedly reflecting to help myself map out a course for 2020. I always make New Year’s resolutions and I’m excited to finalize my list for the 2020. One thing that I would like to improve is my overall health. In particular, I want […]

Insert Two Tokens for Fun

Dear Reader, It has become a cliché to criticize today’s technology in favor of older and simpler activities. How many times have you heard phrases beginning with “kids these days…” or “back in my day…” from your elders? Often, these preludes are followed by some statement, which glorify the simplicity of youth without handheld devices […]

Little Latin America

Dear Reader, How often do you drive by the same places without ever stopping to check them out? Today, I visited a little café on a familiar street corner near Pittsburgh for the first time. The place is called “Cafe Tu y Yo” and it is a family-owned business that sells Latin American coffee, pastries, […]

Around the World in 30 Rooms

Dear Reader, It is Christmas today in the United States, but it is not Christmas everywhere. A few days ago, I visited the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh, PA. The Cathedral of Learning is an academic building owned by the University of Pittsburgh and is home to many classrooms, offices, and program departments. Built in […]

Merry and Bright

Dear Reader, The winter holidays are finally here. Hanukkah is in its midst and Christmas Eve in the U.S. is being observed at the time of this writing. With the winter solstice just days behind us, we are in the middle of the darkest time of the year. However, during the holidays, the night is […]

Dreaming of a Flight Christmas

Dear Reader, Have you ever travelled over the winter holidays? As one may expect, holiday travel is busy, however, to me, if there are no problems, it can be the most exciting time to travel. My boyfriend and I are taking a trip this season. We got to the airport this morning to see serpentine […]

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