Category: Life

Poetry: Tomorrow It Will Be Okay

Tomorrow It Will Be Okay One hundred years ago and the dust filled the sky Filled up the lungs of every man, woman, and child Because they’d ripped up the earth with the teeth of a plow Until dust darkened their days as it rose from the ground Swapped grassland for cropland and the soil screamed, No! And then the wind galloped in, and she started to blow You could choke on that air, so heavy with grit Through cracks in the house, through coughing fits But it was time to get rich on corn and wheat Besides, the...

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Why I Still Buy Physical CDs: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Haim

Sometimes I look back on my childhood with a ridiculously high level of nostalgia. Back then, entertainment was not at our fingertips (on demand!) the way it is now. No, when I was a kid, if we wanted to watch a TV show, we sat down at the show’s designated time slot and watched it, ad breaks and all. And if a show were a favorite, and we were going to be gone when it aired, we popped a VHS in the VCR and we set it to record (and sometimes we mixed up AM for PM and came...

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Totally Blown Away in the Path of Totality

If you don’t understand the fervor and fever over Solar Eclipse 2017, I get it. Twenty-four hours ago, I was with you on this. But that was before I made it to the Path of Totality to see a TOTAL 100% solar eclipse. Last month, when I heard that people were traveling from around the world to see it, I thought they were a little crazy. I was wrong. Two days ago, I believed that a 95% eclipse or a 99% eclipse would be almost as cool as a total eclipse. I was wrong. Because yesterday morning, during those...

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Reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin in New Orleans

During my junior year in college, I took a literature class that focused on short stories and poetry. There were three writers/pieces that I still remember feeling deeply moved by at that time: 1. The poetry of Sylvia Plath 2. The dark and unsettling short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor 3. An excerpt from Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel The Awakening I don’t know why I never went back to read the book in its entirety… until now. I’m in New Orleans at the moment working on the film Louisiana Caviar. There isn’t a...

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The Thrill of Armchair High Altitude Mountaineering on Everest

Three years ago, it was one o’clock in the morning, but I could not go to sleep because there was a traffic jam at the Hillary Step on Mt. Everest and I was afraid the climbers were all going to die. Okay, I should clarify a few things. I am not a mountain climber and I have never been on Mt. Everest. I was watching Discovery Channel’s documentary TV-series Everest: Beyond the Limit from the comfort of my own couch and warm living room. But that’s a minor detail, really, because halfway across the globe, there was a traffic...

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