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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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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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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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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How to Be a Good Friend

Though social media and technology keep us more connected than ever, at least in some ways, there are other ways humans are losing connection with one another. By the way, I by no means believe that social media or technology are the downfall of humanity. This post is just a comment on how things have […]

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Why “Perfect on Paper” Doesn’t Always Work Out

Sometimes, when everything should work out, it doesn’t. Just because something looks perfect on paper doesn’t mean it’s actually flawless – especially when it comes to romantic relationships. Of course, paper can’t account for chemistry. But it goes deeper than that. Sometimes, that person who has the same exact background as you – same religion, […]

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