10 Tips I Wish I Heard Before My Wedding

  It’s wedding season! Daniel and I are in 3 weddings this summer, on top of the others we’re attending, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers, etc. I’ve been thinking about what advice I might give to friends who are in the wedding planning season. When I was planning my own wedding, I read through hundreds of articles—everything from how to pick the right registry items … Continue reading 10 Tips I Wish I Heard Before My Wedding

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Whatever Happened to that New Year’s Resolution?

Remember that week between Christmas and New Year’s? Loaded down with gifts, parties and sweets, you were looking forward to getting back into the normal swing of things. Thus, you made a New Year’s resolution (or maybe two or three). The question is, did you keep it? The statistics for New Year’s resolutions are pretty grim. According to Statistic Brain, of the 45% of Americans … Continue reading Whatever Happened to that New Year’s Resolution?

How Much Blood Does the American Flag Cost?

For the last twenty years, since I was two years old, my family’s 4th of July tradition has consisted of the same events. We first attend our neighborhood carnival, which includes the ferris wheel, the giant slide, and cotton candy. Next is our street block party with hot dogs, American flag shortbread cookies, and basketball games. Finally, the classic Flag Day event, the fireworks. For the last few years, … Continue reading How Much Blood Does the American Flag Cost?

Writing as Art

During my final semester of college, I’m taking a class called “Vision, Voice, and Practice.” The painting and poetry professors have teamed up to teach it, and it’s offered for either upper division Art or English credit. That’s where the “Vision” (art) and “Voice” (writing) parts come from. The class has afforded me a wonderful opportunity to study that strange being known as the Art … Continue reading Writing as Art

Starving, Going to War, and Giving Thanks

The images that come to mind with Thanksgiving are typically related to food: turkey, gravy, stuffing, a slice of pumpkin or apple pie. Family may also come to mind, along with the occasional Pilgrim. We don’t usually think of bloodshed, cannons, civil war, and patriotism. Yet these were the circumstances under which Thanksgiving became a national holiday. As with other holidays, memory is vital—in order … Continue reading Starving, Going to War, and Giving Thanks

A Time for Everything: Changing Seasons

Last weekend in Los Angeles, we had 90-degree weather. On Saturday, I wore shorts and flip flops; on Sunday, a sun dress. I am very tired of the summer. Don’t get me wrong—one of the reasons I love living in Southern California is the near-paradise weather. We rarely get rain, bask in 80 degrees in January, and shudder at the winter frigidity of 50-degree nights. … Continue reading A Time for Everything: Changing Seasons