Stephanie Meyer’s four book and five film franchise, The Twilight Saga, has been beloved by young teens and middle-aged women alike. The story follows the love affair of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan with one twist: Edward is one of seven vampires who live as a family in Forks, Washington, passing as human because he … Continue reading As Gray as the Weather in Forks: The Twilight Saga and Colonialism
The day after I returned from spring break my favorite professor told me she is leaving Conn at the end of this year. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried. In fact, I became so distraught that I had an intense out-of-body experience that led me to the beach at Watch Hill. I … Continue reading I Was Told I Would Be Having A Good Time But I Feel Attacked
Confidence is what I developed by going to the movies by myself.
I was nine when Juno was released in 2007. The trailer played during a commercial break on ABCFamily and I was blown away by the cinematography and witty dialogue that were presented in less than a minute. Though I did not have the specific jargon at my disposal to express why I was captivated, I … Continue reading Rated R for R You Kidding Me
In the best English class I ever took my teacher told her students that Mia Farrow hates my high school because of one student’s reaction to the Woody Allen and Soon-Yi scandal. While the story is an entertaining one, I would not do it justice here. It really requires a dramatic reenactment. It is worth … Continue reading Crimes and Misdemeanors: Thoughts on Woody Allen
I was nine and a half years old when my father turned thirty-nine. My mother threw him a surprise party in the back room of a local Italian restaurant. She sent out gorgeous invitations, which she had framed, and bought him a baseball shirt that had ALMOST 40 embroidered on the back. I catalogued that … Continue reading Portrait of a Mother: Litchfield County’s Martha Stewart(s)
There is no greater comfort than a slice of banana bread fresh out of the oven on a snow day. As the snow covered Connecticut today, I decided to make a fresh loaf of the best banana bread I have ever had. I do not cook or bake with sugar. I use natural sugar substitutes, … Continue reading Basic Banana Bread
I find myself fixated on Ainsley Hayes and her political views.
On December fifteenth I visited the Museum of Modern Art for the first time. MoMA currently has a fashion exhibition featuring clothing as basic as a Champion hoodie to sculptural dresses fit for alien bodies. As my bestie Amelia and I wandered through the maze created by the displays, we pointed out which pieces we … Continue reading Portrait of a Mother: Runway Model
Adrienne Brown is a lucky woman. As of 2012, she has not been responsible for creating the annual family Christmas card. That duty has fallen to me, her eldest and prettiest daughter. Every October I am charged with shooting photos to be uploaded to Snapfish and put into a holiday card preset so my mom … Continue reading The Nightmare Before Christmas Card