25 Hours in Ithaca

For all of the traveling I’ve done so far, I have done very little of it in my own backyard. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that are right in front of you, but I have been trying to make myself more conscious of that. Ithaca, located in Central New York, is known for its colleges, gorges, and waterfalls. The bustling city has been piquing my interest for some time now, and it just so happens that my friend Lex currently lives there—which gave me the perfect excuse to hit the road! Read More

Documentary December: Into the Inferno

Once upon a time, my older sister and I watched a lot of random 90’s movies together. One of those was Mick Jackson’s 1997 disaster film, Volcano, in which Tommy Lee Jones’ character tries to save the city of Los Angeles after an earthquake hits and causes the formation of a deadly volcano. For whatever reason, the film’s images of molten lava flowing through the city streets are still clear in my mind. Read More

Documentary December: The Ivory Game

The year I traveled to Spain and Italy over spring break, I purchased two small figurines as souvenirs for myself. One was a colorful mosaic tile elephant, inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s style, from Barcelona and the other, a bright blue Murano glass elephant from Venice. The following summer, I inherited an elephant charm from one of my best friends and hung the beaded strand from my car’s rearview mirror. There was never one particular thing that made me fall in love with elephants. It just happened. Read More

Documentary December: Before the Flood

As a writer, I have always been a huge fan of fiction. There is some truth behind all of those imagined stories though, and while it may be much easier to hide in that make believe, I don’t want to ignore the truth anymore. My ever-growing list of movies to watch has lately been filled with documentaries. I decided to devote some of my time this month to watch some of those documentaries, and to learn. Read More