It’s Time to Start Thinking About the 2016 Presidential Election

President Barack Obama’s election into office on November 4, 2008 was a momentous occasion. For the first time in American history, the United States had a president of color. Since then, Obama has signed the Affordable Health Care Act in 2010, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ended the war in Iraq and restarted war when…

Controversy Over Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Tissue Research Increases

Much has changed since the Women’s Rights Movement. We have the right to vote, have equal opportunities for employment—though we’re still working on obtaining equal pay—and more freedom to choose what we do with our bodies. With a mission to provide health care services and educational programs for women and men so they can take…

It’s a Love-Hate Relationship Between Siblings

Does anyone remember that 2003 movie, Cheaper by the Dozen?  It’s the one starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and a teenage Hilary Duff. In the movie, Steve and Bonnie have 12 kids and they move from the country to suburbia for Steve’s dream job. The entire family has trouble with relocating and the film ends with…

All Aboard to Hogwarts!

Almost every year my family takes a trip to Florida to visit my grandparents. This year we decided to fly down, not for a family visit, but to vacation in Orlando. As we planned our trip, I told my mom and dad that we had to see Harry Potter World. Harry Potter is my favorite…

How to Get Advanced Reader Copies

Imagine this: You just picked up the first book to a series. You start reading it and become immersed in the characters, the world and the plot line. All too soon the story comes to an end that, while immensely satisfying, leaves you yearning for more. When you look up the release date for the…

Television Goodbyes and Hellos

Television is one of those things I both love and hate. Sometimes I can get so invested in a show and its characters, it almost seems real. As each season comes to an end, I’m left feeling relieved and anxious for the next, but with the invention of the DVR and Netflix, I can get…

Celebrating Earth Day

As Earth Day arrives, I’m reminded of a riverside clean-up I participated in when I was a member of my high school’s Environmental Club. With a group of thirteen others, I spent two hours walking along the water’s edge picking up garbage. I was astonished by how much of it there was and disappointed at…

Driving Off the Map

When I was in high school, I always dreamed of taking a road trip with my friends the summer before we began our freshman year of college. Unfortunately, this never happened. But I still feel the urge to traverse across the country. I can just imagine driving in a car with friends, music blaring and…

Let’s Drop the Plus

The first week of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week finished on February 19 in New York City. I had watched the shows online with rapt attention as designers expressed their creativity and innovation through fashion. Soon after, I saw a post with the hashtag, #droptheplus. I wasn’t sure what it meant, but I became too…

10 Easy to Make and Easy on the Budget Meals

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw I have to agree with Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life. I love food, any type of food at all, really. I will say that I’m nowhere close to being an Iron Chef,…