Archives for October 2013

Go Ahead, Scare Someone

In the canon of mainstream American holidays, Halloween stands out as more than a little odd. Whereas Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even Valentine’s Day or the Fourth of July are all happy celebrations, Halloween is a holiday devoted to something most people would rather forget: fear. Around this time of year, though, it’s all about scaring […]

Write Your World Series

Tonight is a very special night for baseball fans: it’s the beginning of the World Series, baseball’s last hurrah before going into hibernation until spring. This year, those pesky Boston Red Sox will battle it out with the St. Louis Cardinals to see who will claim the title of the best in baseball. Personally, I’m […]

Lose the Big Game

The smell of fall, the taste of Budweiser, hanging out grilling burgers in the trunks of cars…this can only mean one thing: football is upon us. In the midst of all this fall, we’ve got the glorious reminder that some people are incredible athletes just waiting to show off their stuff. Football, football, football. There’s nothing […]

Friday 5: Five ways to be a Better Friend

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Jessica Cohen, our  contributor and a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double-majors in political science and Spanish. Jessica is an avid writer, and her poetry and essays focus on examinations of the human condition, the intricacies of life, and the fulfillment of human happiness. Through her […]

Be a Tree

I cannot get over trees. Standing there with their immense beauty, their fingery branches, their stoicism. This time of year is an especially amazing one for trees, when the shades of green and yellow-green and green-yellow that their leaves have been boasting morph into this gorgeous array of reds and oranges, almost giving the trees […]

Embrace The Change (Of Season)

I’ve started sleeping with the windows closed, and since I’m the kind of guy who enjoys a gentle breeze, that can only mean one thing: fall has arrived. But I know it won’t be here for long. Fall always occupies a short gap between a hot, humid summer that stretches too long and a bone-chilling […]

Cast a Spell

I always thought of Voodoo as some sort of pin-related revenge practice involving dolls. But while visiting New Orleans, I learned that there is so much more to this complex and ancient religion than I ever imagined. What struck me the most on my travels through the mysterious incense-filled Voodoo shops and Museums in the […]

Friday 5: Five Steps to Standing Up to the Stigma of Mental Illness

Recently, a shooting in the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C. took the media’s center stage. Gripping the country in the whirlwind of debate about gun control, that is, until the words “mentally ill” and “hearing voices” were sprinkled on top of this story.  Mostly, mental illness is simply an extra fact that seems to […]

Good Poet, Bad Father

If you are brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain, does it matter that you screwed up your relationship with your kids?  If you screwed up your relationship with your kids, does it matter that you are a brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain? Those are some of […]

Put Your Head In The Clouds

I saw the castle build from miles away. Tall, rippling white pillars shot upward, reaching like giants’ arms far above the steaming pavement of the street. They grew higher and crowded together, spreading out into hands that seemed to hold up the sky itself. I caught one last glimpse before they disappeared behind the wide […]