Pause Pause Frugal

I’m a natural saver. So much so that my mom loving calls me [pause] [pause] frugal all the time. The pause pause part is important here. I’ll tell her I would buy a new car but I’m trying to pay off my student loan first. I would move into a nicer part of town but […]

Zosia Mamet is an inspiration.

Girls came into my life when I needed and connected to it the most: right after I had graduated from college, with no job, dwindling savings, and a writing degree. Although I never named myself the voice of a generation, I felt deeply connected to the struggle to figure everything out: your passion, your social […]

Carl Sagan is right: Books are astonishing.

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly […]

As Abe Simpson says, one tiny change makes all the difference

After we had decided to see The Grand Budapest Hotel after dinner at Carrabba’s I was asked, “Why don’t you seem more excited?” I know, I know, Wes Anderson. Life Aquatic and all that. I said, “With that many people in a movie, doesn’t it seem like it doesn’t give most of them time to […]

Does money or quality define seriously good art? And who said art had to be serious?

The clash of art and business is a mighty one. It’s one that hits close to home as well. My mother wanted to be – and is, to be fair – a professional artist when she was growing up. But, like any responsible parent would do, she was told that the life of a professional […]

Black. Female. Millennial. Invisible.

My sister and I were (subconsciously) always tasked with being examples. As the youngest of a generation on one side of the family and the oldest on the other, we were in an interesting spot where we somehow provided an example of what could be done with our genes, our bodies, our last names. “It’s […]

The value of not getting a STEM degree, from someone working in STEM

Coding is a skill. If you want to become a developer, then sure, go to school for information technology or computer science and become a database administrator at a software company. However, I work in the IT department of a tech company and did none of that.  My areas of study at the UA: journalism, […]

What George Clooney and Steve Jobs taught me about how life, art, and innovation intersect

On a day just like any other, where I scrolled through links on the Internet, consuming a mind-numbing amount of media, I read a George Clooney quote . “And with the end of a country’s culture goes its identity. It’s a terrible loss, down to your bones.” And it started me thinking on my own […]