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Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Instead of my normal #FridayReads post, I thought I’d do a run-down of one of my favorite annual Pittsburgh events: City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s Jazz Poetry Concert. This is a concert that gathers some of the top jazz musicians and top poets and writers from around the world and brings them together for a unique...

A gift from the New Zealand sky

A gift from the New Zealand sky

The first time I touched the universe, I stood outside the Paparoa Marae near the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, surrounded by dozens of people I barely knew. I was thirteen and almost ten thousand miles from home on a three-week trip with People to People Student Ambassadors. After our traditional Maori dinner of...

A recurring existential crisis

A recurring existential crisis

I have this recurring existential crisis wherein I feel like if I only try harder and do all the things (specifically all the things I’m NOT currently doing) success will fold open for me like an origami flower. Mostly this just tires me out and gives me a migraine. I know that’s what’s going to happen....

#FridayReads: “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell

#FridayReads: “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is coming to Pittsburgh next month (I already have my ticket!) so I’m binge reading all her books. Eleanor and Park is a heartbreakingly depressing story about two misfit kids who find themselves in each other. Eleanor’s family is screwed up—her father is a deadbeat and her stepfather is worse. She doesn’t have...

Clawing out of the overwhelm

Clawing out of the overwhelm

In Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When Nobody Has the Time, Brigid Schulte explores how we use our time and why we feel overwhelmed with insightful, deep reporting. This book has completely changed the way I think about spending my own time, and more importantly, how I experience my time. Schulte deftly deconstructs the American...