Remembering and Re-framing Disney Princesses

I was watching the Disney Channel (sometimes Girl Meets World is the only thing I can process after a day at camp) when I saw the network’s latest campaign targeted towards empowering little girls within the framework of Disney princesses. The clip featured current female Disney Channel stars telling them (presumably the little girl viewers) to claim and show off their “princess power,” juxtaposed against … Continue reading Remembering and Re-framing Disney Princesses

Balancing Act – Some thoughts on making choices

I rediscovered this piece I wrote after leaving my undergraduate studies for the real world. I’m surprised by how much has changed in three years, but also by how much remains the same, especially considering the political climate three years ago, and the political climate now…. “I practice yoga, but I never learned how to relax. And though physically I train my body to become … Continue reading Balancing Act – Some thoughts on making choices

Don’t read the comments. Ever.

Don’t read the comments. It’s my mantra when I enter the Internet void without a distinct purpose like researching universities or job hunting. Comments are scary. The comment section of any article is like the dark place under rocks where people assume they have either the entitlement or anonymity to say whatever they like regardless of any notion of polite public discourse. Hate, stupidity, ignorance, … Continue reading Don’t read the comments. Ever.

Physics and Literature: Kissing Cousins

The basic laws that govern the universe—Newtonian, those of the thermodynamic variety, gravity, etc.—are not so fundamentally different from the laws that govern literature.* But Roxanne, you ask, surely literature has no rules? Surely literature is an organic, artistic outlet that allows authors to explore with guaranteed freedom the nuances of the world that surrounds them? Just as light exists both as particles and as … Continue reading Physics and Literature: Kissing Cousins

A musing: In the land of blind patriotism, is the critic traitor or king?

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. – Theodore Roosevelt America had a big weekend. A birthday on Saturday, a win on an international stage … Continue reading A musing: In the land of blind patriotism, is the critic traitor or king?

“Lives are no longer feeling like stories” (Douglas Coupland)

They’re feeling like a lot of things: like problems and disappointments, a holding place, a position of observation; impotent, monotonous pleasantries as reality drifts past, but not stories. Nothing really touches us, transforms us. We are so busy trying to look good that we forget to feel it, making us more craftsman than character: creating a likeness of a world when we should be the … Continue reading “Lives are no longer feeling like stories” (Douglas Coupland)