How Cable Television Secured All My Adolescent Insecurities

My family didn’t get cable television until I was in the sixth grade. Until then, I resented my parents for depriving me of this simple luxury. It was unfair to me that all my friends could enjoy a buffet of television options whenever they wanted while I had limited choices which included weekly airings of Wishbone and Full House.  I didn’t realize it then, but the lack of options made it so that television was never part of my routine and rarely my first choice for entertainment. Instead, I’d opt for writing stories or doing art projects…

The Gift You Need to Get Yourself This Holiday…Whether You Want It Or Not

Last Wednesday, I rushed off to the grocery store after work. I ran through a minimal grocery list in my head: “What are the most basic items you need for the storm?” I asked myself. My plan wasn’t a unique one. Lines of people extended from the registers far into the aisles, their baskets filled not with kombucha and kale, but with water and matches. I whizzed through the market crossing items off my list, eager to get in line then get home.On a normal day, my grocery trip consists of…

4 Things I Couldn’t Admit To Myself Until I Turned 25

I turn 26 this week. In some ways, twenty-five flew by with little to report. But in others, it transformed me: I got to know the person I will spend the rest of my life with. While this is unsurprising given my age, it is surprising given that I do not have a significant other. The last fifteen months comprise the longest I have been in the same place with the same job ever. Because my world was too-frequently-changing before (semester to semester, rotation to rotation, city to city), because I…

Ten Thoughts on Turning 25

I initially felt kind of weird about the fact that I’m turning 25 this year. Then I learned that California Raisins, Koosh Balls, and Photoshop are also celebrating quadranscentennials. And that changed everything. Here’s a mostly unordered, stream-of-consciousness-type list of things that come to mind when I think about the milestone. 10. The real world is only going to get more real After receiving a 5 on my AP Psychology Exam, I, a hubristic college freshman, waived the recommended introductory psychology course in favor of a Neurology course. I wouldn’t be…

“Don’t confuse symmetry with balance.” -Tom Robbins

If you’ve ever watched a toddler try to walk across a room, you know that it’s a comical scene. As this new walker waddles the distance, each step is taken with extreme caution and deliberate thought. The child is hilariously focused on matching each right-step with the left. Once in a while, he’ll get too ambitious and try to run, which of course, lands him on the floor with that deer-in-headlights acceptance of inevitability. Then it’s back up again to reinstate the purposeful balance. As we walked to dinner two…