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We Try It: Duolingo

Being Hispanic (we can debate the term later), does not automatically guarantee certain characteristics that are associated with the group. You can be culturally Hispanic, but you can be pretty pale. You can be raised in a city that is at least sixty percent Hispanic with parents who speak Spanish fluently, but still not be […]

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Movies

Why “Kung Fu Panda” Rules: A Movie Review

I still remember when the promos for the movie Kung Fu Panda came out. I was sitting in the movie theater with my parents, probably a year before the release. I was around thirteen years old and was just hitting my stride of jaded teenager who snorted at the thought of seeing anything goofy or […]

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Pop Culture

The Death of Bunheads

Does anyone remember Bunheads? It was this quirky little show about ballerinas by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) that I remember actually first made me want to write for Persephone. I saw the many television show recaps through Persephone that drew together fans of shows and had great conversations and I wanted to do that too. […]

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Style

Glasses, I Do Love Thee

My dad has glasses, and growing up I never really understood the stigma of glasses. I never encountered it truly, except for one episode of Arthur when Arthur the Aardvark got glasses and everyone called him “four eyes.” But I do remember when I started to need glasses. When I figured it out, I kept […]

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Movies

World War Z Reviewed

Several years ago, I was told to read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks because I was a huge fan of zombies. Also, because the book has apparently good writing. The book did me justice, and I soon found out that a movie was in the works and […]

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Pop Culture

Tweeting TSwift Feminism

I am a Twitter junkie, and this led me to see a retweet by Upworthy of the Twitter account “Feminist Taylor Swift.”

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Life

Free Milk

The other night, my father, brother, and myself attended the premiere of the excellent movie World War Z. It was a good choice, because the theater was pretty dead due to the NBA Finals (seriously), and we had all read the book and are major zombie fans. We had to see it. That movie by […]

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Books

Reading Choices

As a kid, I could easily be described as a voracious reader, someone who accidentally incited a note home about reading a book in between words during a spelling test (note: I wasn’t cheating, I was utilizing vital reading time).

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Pop Culture

Who Hates Gatsby?

By Gatsby, I mean the Great One. You know, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby. The Great Gatsby. So here we are. I read The Great Gatsby junior year in school. I even had the good fortune of an English teacher who chose to show us the 1974 movie version. My opinion of the book was not […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Independent or Family-Owned Restaurants

So I’ve noticed that I’ve begun frequenting independent or family-owned places more. Coffee shops mostly, but a few restaurants. I know that it’s from convenience, but also because I find I enjoy them more than the ubiquitous Starbucks or Olive Garden or any other chain. The family-owned or independent places do always seem to lack […]

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Perspectives

Distance Friendships — Sometimes, Add Effort?

Ever since my father put me to the Internet, I have been figuring out how to make, and maintain, long-distance friendships. I can tell you now that the first distance friendship I had some semblance of control over started in third grade. I can also tell you that in ten years, I still am no […]