pressing play: volume two

Spring in Cleveland is a contradiction within itself. Rather than rays of sun and buds emerging on trees, you get lots of rain and frustratingly cold temperatures. Although the vernal equinox already hit the northern hemisphere, the dresses in my closet are impatiently waiting to be worn again, tights be damned, and eager brunch-goers are…

the city so nice they named it twice

People go to New York for a lot of reasons - the main ones being love and success. There are countless stories about the young and the old moving to the city to make it big - as writers, actresses, artists, lawyers, doctors, you name it. People go to New York in hopes that they'll…

practicing & mastering the art of self-love

"Loving you was like going to war. I never came back the same." - Warsan Shire When you start to  love someone more than you love yourself, you don't realize it until it's too late, and if you don't love yourself first, you become a hard person to love, and gradually stop being the person…

strong women writers: may we read them, may we become them

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. In high school, it was Sylvia Plath.  I read her poetry religiously and I would write down quotes of hers in my notebooks. I thought she was the only person who understood me when I…