Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

#70: Will I Become a Coffee Drinker?

This week, a wave of nostalgia struck when I realized that I’m officially halfway done with my college experience. (I’d say that I’m “over the hill,” but fortunately, I go to Ohio University– I’m going to be walking up a hill for the next two years of my life.) I took a mini break from studying […]

The Poky Dot

Restaurant: The Poky Dot Address: 1111 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 What We Ate: Chicken Wrap, Jalepeño Burger, Doughnut Specialty Shake If you’ve logged on to Facebook for even 30 seconds over the last several months, you’ve more than likely been pulled into the time-sucking trap of colossal food videos featuring creations like Black Tap’s $15 milkshakes piled high […]

One Year Later…

Inspiration has always struck me at the most inopportune times. I have piles of notebooks filled with half-finished stories and nonsensical elementary school ramblings jotted down in the dark as I tried to clear my mind before falling asleep, and my high school swim coach once bought me a waterproof notepad so I could spend my […]

The 65 Degree January Day

Just when I started to feel a twinge of restlessness because it’s been entirely too long since my last adventure, Mother Nature decided to put my Netflix watching to a halt by gracing us with an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon. Ah, Global Warming! Turns out you are good for something after all. Feel free to […]

If I Had But One Day Left of Break…

There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a pair of shorts, breathing in perfectly chlorinated air and basking in the glory of an 80-degree natatorium while the rest of the world faces the 10-degree January afternoon with thoughts of windchill and frostbite. I’ve spent more blustery winter days at the pool than I can […]

Free Hugs

On a chilly Thursday afternoon following my final class of the day, I shoved my hands in my coat pockets and began my usual speed walking routine, eager to dump my backpack on my bedroom floor and trade in my jeans for a pair of sweatpants. I had reached the end of a week-long marathon of […]

Haikus for the Mid-Semester Blues

Fifteen weeks and yet Why do all big assignments All take place at once? Week Seven will bring Papers and projects and tests. Instead, I will write. Procrastination? I refer to it as a Survival method. Haikus clear my mind As the week’s stress takes over; I should go study. I remember when Poems were […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

Five years ago, convinced that I would spend my entire summer replacing brain cells with chlorinated water and not otherwise engaging in productive activities, my grandma thrust an Amherst Public Library calendar in my hands and insisted that I find an event or two to attend. I glanced down at the list of caricature drawing classes, […]