Returning to Mossflower Country: An Essay

By Michelle Anya Anjirbag “Winter had muted the earth…” I remember reading those five opening words for the first time when I was about eight or nine years old in the Town Campus gymnasium while at a youth program trip during one of the school holidays. The sound of sneakers squeaking across basketball courts faded. I finished more than half of the book that day… Continue reading Returning to Mossflower Country: An Essay

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

Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

A friend of mine used to joke that her skin tone was “library-pasty”, and I had to sympathise. Life as a literature student means that for nine months of the year I potter around library shelves, sit at my desk for eight hours at a time with several books and a laptop open in front of my nose, or contentedly amble in and out of … Continue reading Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

Wet Hot Stressful Summer Moving/Καλοκαιρινά Ραντεβού με Μετακομίσεις

A couple of weeks ago I helped my cousin move to a new apartment. It was while folding some of his clothes to pack in a box that I realized this was yet another summer I was involved in a move. Seeing the packing tape, the cardboard boxes, the empty shelves, it all brought back memories from when, not so long ago, I was the … Continue reading Wet Hot Stressful Summer Moving/Καλοκαιρινά Ραντεβού με Μετακομίσεις

Only a Phone Call Away…

About a year and 11 months ago, I landed in Edinburgh sleep-deprived after a flight filled with crying babies and a trying time in Heathrow. Meeting new friends on the flight from London to Edinburgh and seeing Highland Coo and sheep from the sky entering Scotland, it didn’t really register that I had made a huge life change until I traveled up to the top … Continue reading Only a Phone Call Away…

Food for Thought and Show

Unemployment gradually led me to spend a lot of time in front of the television, to save myself from the painful overthinking a job search generates. One day I found a Master Chef marathon and decided to sit through it. I was hooked. Pretty soon, I had tracked down all the cooking shows my cable offers and structured my whole day around them. Gordon Ramsay’s … Continue reading Food for Thought and Show

Should I stay or should I go? / Να μείνω ή να φύγω;

One cold—or to be more precise, freezing—morning of last February, 16 km outside of Luxemburg, while I was stoically waiting at the bus stop, I was hit by an overwhelming sense of despair. I wondered why I was so many miles away from home, away from my family and friends. Every day I had to wake up at 7 in the morning and walk all … Continue reading Should I stay or should I go? / Να μείνω ή να φύγω;