Put on a Tie, Would Ya?

One of the things I love about being a woman is that I’m exempt from having to wear a necktie. I don’t think I want to be strangled by a decorative piece of silk fabric. Seems unnecessary. Though I guess we ladies aren’t ones to talk, we pluck our eyebrow hairs out and then draw […]

Run the Opposite Direction

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, so we should take this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve in the military. People in the armed forces amaze me. If you ask me, there is nothing more terrifying than war. The idea of having to kill someone is almost as horrific to me as the […]

Imagine What They’re Doing Up There

Ed Goldsmith attended our Thursday afternoon workshop at the 14th St. YMCA for over ten years. He almost never missed a workshop, and almost always read his piece first. His regular seat at the corner of our big table was so empty last week,  his death giving way to a host of emotions from his […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Is there anything more stressful than moving? I moved last week, and by the end of the ordeal I was just about ready to get the tape, crawl like a spider into a cardboard box, and ship myself downtown (while eating my own hair…and also weeping). It’s cleansing, however, to pack everything up. I found […]

Write Something Hipster

These days, there’s a lot of talk of hipsterism, and I’m never quite sure if it’s something positive or negative. Swirls of question marks abound. Is it a fashion term, a music term, a gentrification-related term? What I do know is that people don’t really take kindly to you calling them “a hipster“–the term seems […]

Run 26.2 Miles

With the Write-A-Thon right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about marathons. I could probably never run one–I have trouble making it up the stairs to miss the train–but there are people in this world who CHOOSE to run 26 miles and 385 yards without stopping for bathroom, food, or naps. That blows my […]

Ride the Freytag-Coaster

In sixth grade, I was given a handout of a stick figure on a roller coaster (Oh, English Teachers.) The bell curve of the roller coaster was labeled with five stages: the start of the ride was the “exposition,” the inclined slope was the “rising action,” the peak of the bell curve was the “climax,” […]