Why I’m Abstaining From Social Media in 2021

With the start of a new year, many find themselves committing to new years resolutions. Following the unprecedented year we all experienced, this year’s resolutions will likely reflect the lessons we’ve learned and the smaller improvements we need to make in our lives. I know mine does. If I’ve learned anything from the past year,Continue reading “Why I’m Abstaining From Social Media in 2021”

Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” Review

For the second time in under six months, Taylor Swift has surprised fans with a new album, evermore, released on her 31st birthday. The sister albums, folklore and evermore, were written during the excruciatingly long quarantine period in 2020, and demonstrate Swift’s innate artistry, her confidence in identity, and her established position among a long tradition of American folk musicians.

Socially Distanced

Under Edward I, Jews were driven out of England with the Edict of Expulsion of 1290. For nearly 400 years, Jews were essentially nonexistent in England, meaning that the English Anglicans had no conception of or experience with a real Jew during those four centuries. Because of this, great works of literature, including William Shakespeare’sContinue reading “Socially Distanced”

“Plastic Hearts” Review

As someone growing up watching Miley Cyrus’s attempt to find herself in the public eye, “Plastic Hearts” is an answer to my prayers. While her early 2010s attempt to shed her Disney/Hannah Montana reputation caused quite a stir, Cyrus’s public performances and music releases at that time were clearly a preamble to her current sound,Continue reading ““Plastic Hearts” Review”

The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore

In recent years, many have wondered why award shows like the Grammys have recently lost viewership. While the ubiquity of online entertainment is partially to blame, the utter lack of award-worthy music nominated for Grammys is another legitimate explanation. Upon reading the nominations for this year’s Grammy nominations, I was especially shocked by the nominationsContinue reading “The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore”

On Banning Books In 2020

The other day, I joked with my boyfriend about banned books, remarking that it’s only a matter of time until books like To Kill a Mockingbird, an American classic, are banned out yet again. Because we live in a cultural moment where social-media users can “cancel” just about anything, I decided to research whether orContinue reading “On Banning Books In 2020”

Personal Responsibility in Health and Fitness

I was cold, and I didn’t want to do it. It was a winter night, and the water pipes were not as well insulated as they would be in the summer. The air was cold and biting, and I cowered in the shower like a toddler, telling myself it was okay and I didn’t haveContinue reading “Personal Responsibility in Health and Fitness”

Fitness in the Time of No Gyms

My goal for 2020 was to squat 225 pounds, which would be almost more than 100 pounds more than my bodyweight. That didn’t happen, since March 2020 was the thing of nightmares, causing my gym–my happy place–to close indefinitely. I’ve always been athletic, participating in a variety of sports since elementary school. In college, IContinue reading “Fitness in the Time of No Gyms”

Stay Calm or Stay Informed?

As a newly minted adult, I’ve been introduced to the importance of staying informed. In one of my last classes of my college career (via Zoom–thanks, Corona), my professor encouraged all graduating seniors to stay informed on current events, and even recommended some reputable news outlets. Prior to graduating, I was excited at the prospectContinue reading “Stay Calm or Stay Informed?”

Can We Just Talk About “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”?

Legend has it that George Harrison decided to write “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as an experiment regarding his theory that “that everything has some purpose for being there at that given moment” (Harrison).  He opened a book to read the words “gently weeps,” then set out to write the song; the product did exactlyContinue reading “Can We Just Talk About “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”?”