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 […]

Compare The Incomparable

What do Shamu the Whale, math, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners have in common? Well, not much. I mean, you could make the argument that Shamu and the members of the ’80s one-hit wonder band are all mammals, which is true. I’ll even admit that they’re all performers, though I don’t know if the Runners’ live […]

Share Your Secret Spot

Ever since moving here two years ago, one thing has always impressed me about New York City: it is a very big place. According to The New York Times, the most recent calculations show that the city sprawls over 304.8 square miles. With all that space spread over five boroughs, each with their own unique […]

Celebrate Your Own Holiday

I’m sure you’re in the midst of preparations, but just in case it slipped your mind, September is the “Great American Low-Cholesterol, Low-fat Pizza Bake Month.” As a holiday, it’s right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving in terms of the importance of eating. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving, which emphasize sharing large amounts of delicious […]

Put Your Writing In Hyperdrive

Be focused. Do your work. Don’t be fidgety. Probably since Socrates taught Plato in ancient Athens, students of all ages have learned these mantras as the keys to success in the classroom. In recent years, though, it seems a new saying has joined the time-honored group: get treatment for ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can […]

Exercise Your Anticipation

Count your pencils and pack your lunches, because school, alas, is starting again. This time of year is always bittersweet: it spells the end of the long and languid days of summer, but it also means seeing old friends and brings the promise of new experiences and knowledge. No matter how much I prepare, the […]

Put Some Rhythm In Your Writing

This summer I interned at Zumic, a music news and media website based in Brooklyn, and it was hands down the best job I’ve ever had. Why, you ask? Because I spent my workdays listening to music and writing about what I heard. What could be more relaxing and interesting than that? I enjoyed it […]

Young Migrants: Reflect On A Childhood Journey

Happy International Youth Day, everyone! The holiday, which draws attention to issues affecting young people around the globe, is now entering its thirteenth year since its creation in December 1999. This year’s theme centers around “youth migration.” Although often overlooked because of their age, there are plenty of young migrants out there: about 27 million […]

Order Up A Character

I don’t know what it is about slices of meat, cheese, and bread that is so delicious, but man, a good deli sandwich is truly something special. Luckily for me, I live in New York, which is basically a deli-lover’s paradise. Although certainly not the most upscale or glamorous of dining options, the humble delicatessen […]

Look Through Two Different Lenses

From an early age, I’ve always found photography to be an especially compelling art form. The whole process is just so cool: click a button, let the light in, stick the film in some chemicals, and voilá, you’ve got yourself a picture (well, a negative. Making prints is a bit more complicated). Photos have an amazing […]