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Piano

Perhaps you know this, or perhaps you are unaware: I was trained in piano for ten years. The summer I was eight, the four of us climbed into the car and drove to a piano warehouse, where we purchased a repurposed and gorgeous Kawai. That piano has received countless compliments over the years, for its […]

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My Favorite Things About Christmas

Everyone has their traditions surrounding the holidays. As I am Catholic, I only celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and Epiphany around this time of year, and I don’t have much knowledge about any other traditions. And, as you have probably been aware since before Halloween, Christmas is coming up very soon now. I’d like to share […]

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Reading

In addition to rewriting the book I started, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Some of it, unfortunately, has been rereading. But, sometimes you just need the company of an old friend. Mine are Rilla Blythe and Harry Potter. The new books I’ve been reading (or, at least, new to me) are Tony’s Wife […]

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Update

Hello, everyone. I realize it’s been awhile. I honestly have no good explanation as to why. I’ve been working on the novel with Vivien, whose name is now Cora. I’m entirely rewriting the thing. Of course, I haven’t deleted anything of the old version. I’m keeping it. I worked hard on it, and I don’t […]

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Walking the Walk

Well, I do a really good job of talking the talk. I’m trying to actually walk the walk. Yes, you guessed it. I’m writing. Well, I do write every day. But, I bounce around projects as I am inspired to write them. Sometimes I create even more projects for myself, which is silly, since I […]

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Chicago and Aloneness

A few weekends ago, thanks to the immense generosity of a friend, I flew to Chicago. I was there for two reasons: to visit my generous friend, and to visit the boyfriend, who was passing through the city with work. Of course, seeing the two of them was the best part of the trip. But […]

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

(DISCLAIMER: Spoilers!) I recently saw the sequel to Mamma Mia! And boy, do I have a lot of feelings about it. Some are positive, some are negative. Let us begin with the title of the movie: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. At first glance, this is simply a clever way to name a sequel […]

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Unintelligible

Since I got to UNCG, I’ve intended to submit some writing or photography to the Coraddi, the on-campus student-run literary and art magazine. I picked one up at the festival on Tate street this past weekend, and just sat down and raced my way through it. But now that I’ve consumed the whole thing, I’m […]

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Boston

This past weekend, I was on fall break. I drove home to D.C. after my last Thursday class, then up to Pennsylvania. The next day Ben and I drove up to Boston to visit his sister and his brother-in-law. We stopped in his tiny hometown in Connecticut and had a fantastic brunch, and he drove […]

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My Writing – Again

I don’t know what to write. I want to write – I always want to write. What is it about putting words on paper that I love so deeply? What is it, exactly? Is it the baring of my soul in the form of a story or just an essay? Is it the representation of […]

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Shallow Is Important, Too

I feel there is a pervasive school of thought that believes that people should only nourish their deeper selves. While it is important to nourish the finer thoughts and feelings one has, it is also important to nourish the shallower parts of the person. For example: you aren’t with your partner (if you have one) […]

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MBTI Reflection

I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test twice in my life. When I was fourteen, I was an ENFJ. Since nineteen, I have been an INFP. The letters of INFP stand for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. The opposite type would be ESTJ, or Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging. INFP types are known as “the writer” […]

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Family Stories: Ellis Island

My great-grandparents were born and raised in a small town inland of Naples, Italy. Mariglianella was a small community of farmers at the time. My great-grandparents, Pasquale and Carmela, likely didn’t have anything past an eighth-grade education. In the 1920s, Pasquale came to America, and Carmela joined soon after. They sailed from Naples into New […]

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My Bedtime Routine

(DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored.) Everyone should have a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines can really help you to fall asleep and maintain a healthy sleep schedule, or any sleep schedule at all. This is mine, and it’s worked like a trick for years. First, I take off all my makeup, every bit of it. […]

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How to Maintain a Happy Long Distance Relationship

Some of you may know, I have been in a relationship for almost three and a half years. For about two years of that time, this relationship has been long-distance. We’re still rock-solid, so I thought I might share a few of the tips and tricks that have worked for us. Some of these tips […]

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Fall Date Ideas

Go pumpkin- or apple-picking. Pumpkin or apple picking are essential fall activities. Go pumpkin picking with your love, and take the pumpkin home for carving. Two activities in one! Or, go apple picking, and figure out something to make or bake with the apples you pick. Again – two activities in one! Explore a corn […]

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Autumn Playlist

Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran I See Fire – Smooth Progressions Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine 40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer Where Are You Now […]

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15 Facts about Me!

I am a synesthete. (See earlier post on synesthesia.) My favorite color is cerulean blue. To me, the color represents joy and excitement, and the warmth and relaxation of the beach. Starting from a very young age, I was obsessed with the Titanic. I even met Bob Ballard and got his signed book (thanks mom!). […]

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Fall Essentials

Hello, fellow basic white girls. Our favorite season is upon us; smell it, see it, most importantly, feel it. Fall, glorious fall! These are my must-haves for this wonderful season. They involve clothing and beauty products, as well as a few miscellaneous items. I hope you enjoy!   CLOTHING and ACCESSORIES Scarves Scarves are a […]

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