Savannah, Georgia: The Capital of Southern Charm

From its sleepy Spanish moss to its 24 sprawling squares, Savannah, Georgia is the capital of Southern charm. The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah boasts architectural beauty and iconic historical sites like the cobblestoned River Street and French-inspired Forsyth Park. It’s no wonder that Hollywood has courted this Southern belle time and again. With its…

I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My List

Banff National Park, Canada Isle of Skye, Scotland Positano, Italy Kauai, Hawaii St. Lucia, Caribbean Lapland, Finland Block Island, Rhode Island Machu Picchu, Peru Faroe Islands Olympic National Park, Washington Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Patagonia, Argentina Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland Provence, France  Yosemite National Park, California Hallstatt, Austria  Lake Tahoe, California…

My World in Words

“She’s the pieces of the quotes that are splattered in ink in her favorite books… She’s full of dreams, and I hope they one day come true.”  

New Year’s Resolutions

Be happy, right where you are. Whether that’s in the country or the city, single or in a relationship, working your dream job or working towards it. The future is beautiful, yes. But you know what else is? This moment. Right now. Say “yes” to spontaneity. Stay true to who you are, but don’t be afraid…

The Spirits of Greenport

The ‘citiots’ are coming. Having spotted a herd of fanny packs on the horizon, I sent a fistful of golden chocolate doubloons raining down on the throng of incoming tourists. Beside me, my classmate, Dory—named, ironically enough, after the fishing boat—bellowed “Ahoy, matey!” in a quasi-pirate accent. Adjusting the feathers on my skull-and-crossbones cap, I…

(Re)visiting Princeton

The whistle sounded behind me as I retraced my steps from the train station to Whitman College, lost in memories of a magical weekend. For two days, my younger sister, Angelina, had stayed with me on campus. That weekend, there was no such thing as homework—the only item on my agenda was to have fun with my best…

You May Say I’m a Dreamer

For the past three years, I’ve kept the same slip of paper pinned to the bulletin board in my dorm room. It reads: “I think guitar groups are becoming passé.” – Record Company Executive in his 1962 rejection letter, one of many sent to the unsigned Liverpool-based band known as The Beatles.  In 1963, The Beatles…

9.11.01

This one was different from the rest. Huddled in our nest, my brothers and I marveled at the funny green leaf, beaks agape at its rectangular shape and exotic squiggles. When Mama returned from the river at dusk, she told us about the city that our treasure had blown in from—a land of tiny wingless…

Winter Break

To an onlooker, it must have looked like I was auditioning for a Life Alert commercial—“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” With a sickening crack, my right foot twisted beneath me, sending me tumbling to my dorm room floor. Curling up in pain, I played the sound over and over in my mind,…

“The Road” to Hope

In a bleak, monochromatic wasteland, a “banished sun circles the Earth like a grieving mother with a lamp” (32). For the inhabitants of this barren, post-apocalyptic world, man’s bravest feat is waking up in the morning—mornings that are met not with symphonic sparrows and songs of the world’s awakening, but with the all-encompassing reality of…