Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just think: "She's Driving" ........

I have always been known to answer the phone on the second ring. I have always been known to answer a text within the same minute of receiving it. I always have my phone on me.

And the funny thing is -- when I don't answer the phone or message right away, my friends and family think something is wrong. They automatically assume, "her phone must be dead" or "someone kidnapped her" or "she's in the shower or at the gym."

But when Massachusetts passed the "no texting while driving law" I made a conscientious effort to keep my cell phone at a distance. I kept it in my purse or even left it on silent while I was driving.

However, as the months started rolling by and the law wasn't "news" anymore, I noticed how I started picking up old habits; making useless calls while I was sitting in traffic or reading texts at stop signs or lights.

I've never been dumb enough to write or read a text while I was driving 55 mph  on the highway or when it was dark outside, so I still considered myself a safe driver & texter. But there was one thing I never asked myself while sending a text -- Will your friends and family handle it with the same caution?

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow


I love the snow.

I love snuggling up by the fire and watching it fall from my window. I loved jumping in it when I was a little girl. And I don't even mind shoveling it at six in the morning before my commute to work. It's a great way to wake up.

And I want to make you love it too. The following are some pictures and poems that will help get you excited for this snowy winter season.

Poem

THE SKY is low, the clouds are mean,
A travelling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.

A narrow wind complains all day
How some one treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.

- Emily Dickinson



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's Your 'Professional' New Year's Resolution?

New Years is nothing more than excuse to set a start date on all the goals you have been procrastinating about: lose 15 pounds, take snow boarding lessons or finish reading that 1,000-page-book sitting on your desk .

But let's be real -- New Year's resolutions only last the month of January (because by then, everyone is tired of trying).

So my trick to succeeding in New Year's resolution is to make a goal that you legitimately care about.

For example, I am proud to say that my 2010 New Year's resolution was a success! My resolution was to reconnect with my family -- specifically my sister, who is six years older than me.


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Great Minds .....

Just wanted to share something I found eerie, yet artistic......

I was checking out Snowy Scenes on The Big Picture and came across a picture of the gondolas in Venice during the winter time. What is "eerie" about this is that I had taken the exact same picture, in that exact spot during the Spring time.

See for yourself......




Great minds think a like!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"A Secret Kept" Reveals an Awful Truth

No family is perfect.

That is probably the strongest message the reader will take away from "A Secret Kept." This book is probably going to go down on my top ten favorite books; not because it had romance, mystery or suspense -- but because it was real.

Tatiana de Rosnay touches upon the realities of marriage, rebellious teenagers, sex, love and life. Every experience a "typical" 13-to-50-year-old female or male could possibly live through is mentioned in this book. And once again, these experiences are not sugarcoated.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Next Trip.... London!

I love traveling. I've been to Prague, Budapest, Jerusalem, Edinburgh, Barcelona ....everywhere. But my next trip will be more of a return to a place I called home for four months -- London.

Enjoy the pictures from this incredible trip. If you ever have a chance to go abroad for school, work or pleasure -- DO IT. You'll never regret it.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is all about giving thanks to G-d for (once again) giving the Jews the strength to defend themselves and defeat their enemies. It's also a celebration of miracles because a one-day supply of oil lasted eight days.

Hanukkah has always been my favorite holiday because of this: It combines action with miracles. The Jews and G-d work together.

The Maccabees did all the fighting and proved themselves to G-d; just as G-d made Himself known and put faith back into His people. It's one of the very few holidays where there is a partnership between G-d and the Jews.

I think this type of holiday is so important, especially in today's economic difficulties. It's extremely hard to see any positive in today's society, and it's even more difficult to believe that there is anyone really looking out for us.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gifts for Journalists


Thanksgiving is over and Chrismukkah is here!

If you're like me, then you LOVE gifts. Even more important, you love giving gifts. I honestly think that is the best part of the holidays; you get to spoil the ones you love.

One of the trickiest people to shop for include journalists and writers. Your immediate thought would be to buy a notepad and some cool pens, but seriously, that is boring.

So here are a few ideas that will leave your writer happy and thankful they have you as a friend:

Laptop Fan or Pillow
This is an easy and simple gift to buy -- but USEFUL. Buying myself a laptop fan with a pillow was one of the best purchases I ever made.

A laptop fan with a pillow gives your writer the opportunity to relax on a bed or couch comfortably. It physically hurts when your laptop heats up, and it's not healthy for your skin or your computer.


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Friday, November 26, 2010

"The Red Queen" Rules!

"The Red Queen" by Philippa Gregory is suspenseful and fascinating. Unlike most of the royalties Gregory introduces her readers to, Lady Margaret Beaufort is a religious, passionate and innocent woman.

This book is key in filling in the missing pieces from "The White Queen."

This is Book Two of the series Gregory calls The Cousins’ War (the original name for the War of the Roses, which pitted Lancaster against York), and the starring role is played by Lady Margaret Beaufort. A Lancastrian descended from Edward III (and thus in line for the English throne). Margaret soon discovers that her family tree will determine her entire future. This pious and intense child doesn’t see why she can’t become Joan of Arc, or a nun (preferably an abbess), or at least marry for love. But to be strategically “wedded and bedded” is her lot.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Guest Blogger/Writer Wanted

I enjoy blogging for myself and expressing my own opinions. However, I enjoy writing even more when it gives me the opportunity to meet with new people and learn about different things. That is the best part about journalism.

Lucky for me, I can do it for work too!

I am a web content writer and enjoy speaking with a variety of business professionals, researching purchasing trends, and connecting with other business blogs and writers. That is why I am putting it out there that if your business blog is looking for guest writers -- I'm your girl!

My previous affiliations give me an unlimited amount of resources in the health, business and technology industries. If there is something your business has been wanting to write about but haven't had the time to, allow me to help! If your writers are out of ideas, allow me to brain storm ideas and write for you.
Honestly, how can you lose?


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself....

This blog has shifted from journalism to writing, to books, to music to everything. However, I wanted to reiterate what this blog is and will always be about.

Written On is my medium between life and the written word. I'm sharing what's going on in my head and putting into text; whether it be a post, poem or rant.

This blog may have the occasional tips on health and fitness -- but that is only because I believe that when you have a healthy body, you have a clear head -- an essential tool when it comes to writing.

Regardless, I will always keep the post topics to journalism, blogging, articles and any other story-telling channels.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

My Weeks in Pics

I love photojournalism. I may not be the best at it but I certainly enjoy it! So I thought it would be fun to sum up what I've been up to in my life via TwitPics:

During the weekday, I'm at BZ from sunrise .....


Just watched the sun rise at work. on Twitpic

until sunset ......

Love watching the sun set :) on Twitpic


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Growing Up but never Growing Apart

"There is a comfort in revisiting the things we loved when we were young......"

I have had the pleasure of spending the past few weeks visiting my closest friends. One lives down the street. Another lives down south. And one lives a car ride away.

Each of my three best friends represents a part of me that I hope to keep alive forever. As I read books or watch movies, I'm always subconsciously looking for a friendship that resembles one of my own.

I often find what I'm looking for in poetry. This is so because poetry captures an "emotion."


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Events I'm Still Thinking About .....

Life is keeping me busy. So I apologize for the lack of blogging.

I would like to make it up to you by presenting a few articles, videos and pictures that have made my jaw drop -- either in a good way, bad way or just plain weird way.

Enjoy!

Articles

Apparently you should believe in 'love at first sight:' Falling In Love Takes Less Than A Second


I still think the stork makes a delivery: Girls Want to Talk About Sex — With Dad?


Good to know 4 years of studying journalism won't go to waste: The case of the accidental tweeter


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5 Tools Your Blog NEEDS to Have

I have been a web content writer for 5 months now. In those 5 months, I have read, researched and reviewed over 100 blogs. Some blogs were done right -- and some were done poorly.

Instead of keeping my thoughts to myself, I will offer 5 tips on how to make your blog "Viewer Friendly." Please consider what I am about to say because I am probably going to be the nicest viewer your blog comes across.

For real.

I go on blogs hoping that they are good so I can write a good review, post a positive comment or even share a post with others.

But what I've been finding lately is that many blogs are lacking a few crucial tools that are necessary in the blogging world.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Reading List

Summer is officially over and Fall is here! I love the chilly weather and I can't get enough of the leaves changing. But I am also looking forward to my new reading list for the season.

Here are a few books that will get me to New Years:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex and another with Jo.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"The Confessions of Catherine DeMedici" Review

The Confessions of Catherine De Medici gives insight into one of the most fascinating European time periods. The author, C.W. Gortner, does a great job combining historical fact and fiction into this novel.

The book is about:
At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici, last legitimate descendant of the Medici blood, finds herself betrothed to the King Francois I’s son, Henri. Sent from her native Florence to France, humiliated and overshadowed by her husband’s life-long devotion to his mistress, when tragedy strikes her family Catherine rises from obscurity to become one of 16th century Europe’s most powerful women.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Remembering Our Soldiers

I love photojournalism. I love how a picture can truly tell a story in a single frame.

Since I was too busy/sick last week, I would like to catch up on something I meant to write about.

I recently watched The Hurt Locker. I know I'm a little late in saying it was a great movie. However, I am happy to say I thought it was an amazing movie.

I enjoy war movies because it gives me a tiny taste of what our soldiers are experiencing in Iraq, Afghanistan and who knows where else.

In the same respect, I find it helpful when photojournalists depict soldiers' experiences with the click of a button: Afghanistan, September 2010 

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Headlines Shouldn't Be Heartless

With the good, there always comes the bad. The Internet is bringing news faster -- but at what cost?

People don't have hours to spend reading each and every article that pops up in news feeds. As a result, web editors have gone to extreme efforts to make sure their articles aren't overlooked.

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed just how much editors have tried to catch readers' eyes. Here is the proof:


Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart A 'Bigot,' Jews Run CNN & All Media
All I read is a bunch of charged words mixed into one.

Man, Good Thing Hitler Didn't Have These! Government takes invading privacy to a whole new level.
I was disgusted by this one. Yes, let's look back and brainstorm what Hitler could have done with today's technology. Maybe he would have killed everyone.


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Friday, September 24, 2010

What's Your News IQ?

If you thought the tests were over because you graduated college -- you're wrong.

I recently had a job interview for a reporting position. I went into the interview with the same confidence and optimism I always bring to an interview. Two minutes into the interview, that confidence was gone.

This interview wasn't just a meet and greet.

I was tested in three areas: my quick thinking skills, my knowledge of current events and my writing & editing skills.

I felt comfortable with the writing & editing test because I took Editing 711 at UNH (which I encourage every journalism major to do). The quick thinking test was 100% fair and I did my best to think quickly and answer correctly.

But the current events test left me dumbfounded.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's Your Writing Style?

Did you know that Shakespeare created around 10,000 words that we still use in the English language?

For real.

If he couldn't find the right word he wanted to include in his plays, he would just make one up. The majority of the words we still use today:

abandon, baby, cage, dance, easily, fabulous, gold, haggard, index, jealousy, key, lame, magic, naughty, object, paint, quarter, ramp, safe, tackle, unhappy, vain, wait, zealous

It was quite ballzy -- but genius -- of Shakespeare to invent a single word. What's even crazier is how over 10,000 of these words still circulate through everyday conversation.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

Yom Kippur



Starting tonight, all the Jews in the world are going to get a bit grumpy.

You see, tonight is the start of Yom Kippur -- the Day of Atonement. Aka: The day when Jews fast for a full 24 hours.

We do this so we can literally cleanse our bodies and start fresh physically (and hopefully mentally) for the new year.

I like the idea behind this holiday, but obviously I am not a huge fan of the fasting part. However, I do take it seriously and try to reflect on my sins and promise not to repeat them again.


On Rosh Hashanah last week, the Rabbi at my temple gave an incredible sermon. Like most Rabbis, he encouraged the congregation to reflect on their. However, my Rabbi took it a step further and offered some advice on how to do that -- and this little piece of advice has stuck with me for a week:


"In order to find the deeper 'you,' you need to crush the idea you already have of yourself."

Like WHAT?!?!? How do you "crush" your self image? Is that even safe?

But then an hour later, it hit me, and I realized that is the best piece of advice I have heard since my father told me, "just suck it up and do it."

So I really wanted to materialize the Rabbi's advice -- and this is where the writing came in. I sat down and wrote a couple words and phrases I would use to describe myself:


funny, flirty, passionate, trustworthy, loyal, heartless, cold, defensive, aggressive, caring, honest, better friend than sister, better mentor than mentee, better follower than leader, spiritual but realistic, has 100% faith in G-d but accepts when things don't always work out, motivated and determined ....etc.

So yes, I was pretty honest. I wanted my faults on the page as much as the positives. Once I got a list I was satisfied with, I "crushed" it' -- I literally rolled it up and threw it in the trash.

It was one of the weirdest things I have ever done. But, it led to my epiphany....

None of the characters in the books I read posses the qualities I listed. They are different. They do things I wish I could experience for myself.

Now don't get me wrong -- I have zero regrets in life and I am very proud of the person I am today. But, there are areas of my personality I have yet to unleash. And those are the characteristics I want to list on paper next year.

So that's my goal for this coming year: try to make my list a little longer, and something I don't want to throw away.

And I suggest you do the same.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to Block 'Writer's Block"

Writer's block is worse than a bad cold. It's worse than a bad hair day and it's certainly worse than an injury.

It's an irritating and frustrating sting you feel in your head. And of course, it comes at the worst time.

But have no fear! I have found five tricks that can help you overcome writer's block.

1) Engulf yourself in poetry, songs or quotes

When you can't think of anything clever to write or have no inspiration, put yourself in a 'writing mindset' by reading other literature.

For example, when I want to be witty, I read Anne Sexton's poetry. When I want to be insightful, I read quotes. When I want to be funny, I read funny jokes (or listen to Dane Cook).

And 1 out of 5 times this works.

Just take five minutes to explore another writer's creative energy and you will feel their vibes penetrating your mind.


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Where Were You On 9/11?

September 11, 2001 always brings me back to my final year at Cohen Hillel Academy.

When the airplanes struck the Twin Towers, I was on a train with my classmates -- in New York.

I remember the conductor saying, "We have just been told that an airplane went through the Twin Towers. We don't know much now. We will keep you updated."

I remember the confusion and hysteria erupting on the train. I remember my teachers freaking out thinking, "What are we going to do with these kids?" And I remember complete strangers all around me becoming family by the minute.

In an instant, everyone was united by an attack to our nation.

It's true what the adults say, 9/11 is my generation's Pearl Harbor. To me, the date will never mean anything different than the day my world turned upside down.


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rosh Hashanah

Blowing the Shofar
to bring in the new year
Happy New Year!

Well, for the Jews anyways. Tonight at sundown Jews everywhere will start celebrating the Jewish new year -- Rosh Hashanah. This year marks 5771 in the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashanah has always been one of my favorite holidays because it marks a fresh start to another year; a new year of making friends, spending time with family and quitting bad habits.

Most importantly, Rosh Hashanah is all about reflection.

Unlike the secular new year, when people think about their "New Year's resolutions," Jews think about the previous year.

Did I mend that rocky relationship? Did I spend more time with my younger sister? Did I lose 20 pounds like I promised?

You see, the Jewish new year isn't about popping a bottle of champagne and getting wasted. It's about taking the time to think about yourself and cleanse your soul.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

So this week was all about making moves in a more peaceful direction....if that's possible. So here are my picks of the week.  

Articles

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Begin as Both Sides Lay Out Hopes, Expectations
Politics Daily


Obama in Oval Office Address: Iraq War Combat Mission Over
Politics Daily

Blog Post

Analysis: Peace in the Middle East? Probably not.
GlobalPost

Neither the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have the support from their respective constituencies that they would need to provide the courage to make a lasting deal.


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Writers Worth Reading

War is not an easy topic to discuss, write about and especially report on. Particularly because it's a challenge to avoid any type of voice.

However, there is a journalist I have come across who has done a great job -- David Wood.
Wood writes about war for Politics Daily. In 30 years of covering conflict, he has filed dispatches from dozens of battlefields (alphabetically, from Afghanistan to Zambia) and has embedded many times with U.S. Army and Marine Corps units as well as with guerrillas and brigands in Africa. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on conflict, national security and foreign affairs.


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Monday, August 30, 2010

"The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud" breathes life into Marblehead

I just finished a great book: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.

This book wasn't originally on my summer reading list but it got great reviews and was even made into a movie. But really, the main reason I wanted to read this book was because it was set in Marblehead, Massachusetts -- my home town.

Now, I'm going to be honest, I was extremely hesitant and skeptical going into this book. I was curious to find out what Marblehead milestones would make it into the book as well as what famous headers would get a shout out.

To my surprise, none of that mattered from the second I read the first page.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

Let's talk about sex.

Well, that's what everyone was talking about this week anyways.

Between Tiger and his sex scandal to Fantasia and her almost fatal affair, the media covered a lot about everyone's favorite topic.

The following article and blog post are two examples that went about it from a different angle.

Articles

Scientists Study the Ubiquitous 'Booty Call'
ABC News

The topic of this article blew my mind: the booty call??

They talk about it like it's a recent scientific discovery that hasn't been around for decades. However, the article finally gets interesting in the middle when the reader learns the history of the booty call.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Home is Where the Heart Is

I love my home -- Marblehead.

I'm not a college graduate who is racing to move out and never look back. I'm gradually coming into my own and figuring out when is the right time to leave my roots behind.

In the midst of thinking about when that time is, I have written about what it is keeping me there.

I've narrowed it down to three places and here's why:

The Atlantic
The waves hit against the shore. The white foam on the rocks tickle my toes as I slip right in. Goosebumps pop out of my pores and my fingers begin to purple.

I don’t care. It's going to be my last visit for a while....

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Monday, August 23, 2010

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" delivers

This book delivers a great read from start to finish.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading this book as feverishly as I did the first. The plot is engaging, the characters are entertaining and the ending is satisfying.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is about.....

Lisbeth Salander -- the heart of Larsson's two previous novels -- lies in critical condition. She's fighting for her life in more ways than one. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority. And,


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fast Forward

I've been seriously slacking this week when it comes to posting new content. However, I blame it on the following questions that have consumed my mind.......

Where is journalism really going?
Should Michael Phelps even bother with the Olympics in 2012?
Is Young Money's success going to last?

I'm going to have to be patient and see how things play out but until then, the following articles give me a taste of what's to come in the future.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Writers Worth Reading

I start every day of the week by reading the news.

I usually read The Salem News first to see what's going on in the North Shore area.

Then I check out The Jewish Journal Boston North to see what's happening in the Jewish community.

Then I go to my twitter news feed to catch up on what's going on both nationally and worldly.

What I've started to notice is that there are a few writers, reporters and bloggers who I look forward to reading every day; that these writers keep me entertained from headline to end quote.

That's pretty serious.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Travel -- One Story at a Time

I love traveling.

I was fortunate enough to take advantage of my passion when I went to London to study abroad through UNH's London program.

I traveled to France, Scotland, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

Each trip opened my eyes to cultures I knew nothing about. I was also lucky enough to travel with people who pushed me to do things I wouldn't typically do.

That's what I love about journalism ; it gives you the opportunity to travel different places and meet people you probably wouldn't have met in other circumstances.

For example, one story took me to Ipswich, MA to talk about the meals on wheels program. Another story gave me the chance to interview a coyote expert, and another introduced me to the next generation of Einsteins.


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Friday, August 13, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

Sometimes I honestly think the world is coming to an end.

I am Mayan, so I want to believe that they are right in predicting the end in 2012. However, I am also realistic, and know we aren't that lucky.

Regardless, the news keeps reporting bad news -- and for once, it's not because the public wants to hear it. It's because that's all there is to report.

So for today -- Friday 13th -- I would like to focus on some bad --yet important --news.

Articles

We can never get along.......

Hillary Clinton for Vice President in 2012? Biden 'Trade Talk' Murmur Could Swell


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

#WriterWednesday

"You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It's the playing that's irresistible. Dicing from one year to the next with the things you love, what you risk reveals what you value. I sat down and scratching in the ice drew my own square of innocent noughts and angry crosses. Perhaps the Devil would partner me. Perhaps the Queen of Heaven. Napoleon, Josephine. Does it matter whom you lose to, if you lose?"

The is an excerpt from the The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, the only book from my college experience that I didn't sell back.

Why didn't I return this book?

Simple, this writer's writing blew my mind.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

What's Your Writing Muse?

In the movie Shakespeare in Love, Shakespeare meets his muse -- Gwyneth Paltrow. In the movie, there was something about Paltrow's character that inspired him to write Romeo and Juliet.

This made me think, do all writers have a muse?
Do you know what inspires you to write?

After thinking long and hard, the only thing I could pick as my muse is Lauryn Hill. Not her personally but her music.


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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ryan Lochte is No Longer Second Best.

SwimNetwork.com
When I got the text message from Swim Network informing me that Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at the 2010 National Championships last night, I almost choked on what I was eating.

Nowadays, you never hear that Michael Phelps has lost a race -- but last night proved different. Last night proved that Ryan Lochte is capable of bringing down Michael Phelps.

I honestly didn't think it was possible.

Lochte's easy going attitude and "rad" behavior makes fans think that swimming isn't his life and that he doesn't take it seriously. However, this meet has proven that Lochte is all about business and that he is physically and mentally prepared to come out on top.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

Sports ruled just about every news station this week.

Bret Favre announced he was retiring (again).
The Celtics welcomed a veteran to the team -- Shaq.
Michael Phelps broke yet another record.

The sports world was in over drive this week. Ranging from the Garden in Boston to the pool in Irvine, California, athletes were making headlines.

Here were some of my favorites of the week:

Articles


Swimming
I was really happy with the coverage leading up to
the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships. Media stations covered everything swim fans were looking forward to: veterans vs. fresh meat, Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps, and old suits vs. world records.


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Who's the Boss?

Girl Power
When you think of the role of an "editor," do you picture a man or a woman in the position?

I'm going to be honest, my first thought is a man. I've worked with two male editors and two female editors. I've never compared the roles in terms of sex but recently it has been brought to my attention that women might play editor better.

According to Stieg Larsson, women were made for the newsroom.

Well, at least he depicts this in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The boss lady? She is none other than Erika Berger.


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Monday, August 2, 2010

Poetry Doesn't Always Have to be PG-rated

As stated before, one of the things I love the most about poetry is the truth that comes out in every stanza.

Poets are unofficially given a license to write about whatever they want however they want -- and the dirtier the better.

This is so because poets in general have a talent to materialize emotions a person feels every day.

For example, a person might walk in the forest and think the nature around him/her is gorgeous but not know how to express it. If this person doesn't know how to share nature's beauty, then he/she will be the only one to enjoy it.

That's where the poet comes in. A poet like Robert Frost can share nature's beauty in his language.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Multimedia Immersion Rap

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

My best friend Rachel Leamon knows what my two passions are: music and journalism. So because she is the best, she shared this hilarious -- yet great -- music video with me.


I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.....

In celebration of the kick off of the NPPA Multimedia Immersion workshop in Syracuse, N.Y., Evan Vucci and Matt Ford produced this silly music video about being multimedia journalists.


Multimedia Immersion rap from News Photog on Vimeo.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics


A lot of good things happened this week and a lot of bad things happened. The common thread in this statement is they both came at a huge price.

It has been said that this month has been one of the most violent in Afghanistan. It's been nine years since September 11 but it seems much longer than that.

Reporters struggle to be creative in delivering soldiers' stories and the public lacks the interest to read them because it never gets easier to comprehend.

But we must try as journalist to make them listen.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Writers are the Best Kind of Loners

Have you ever heard the term, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"?

Yes, well, writers invented that phrase.

The only difference is that for writers, the phrase really means "what doesn't kill you only makes you write about it better."

This can best be applied to poets; they have the natural ability to transform pain, pleasure and every emotion into beautiful pieces of writing.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Be a Super Journalist

Lois Lane
Super Journalist
I've come across some incredible tips, articles and posts that fellow journalists have written. They offer so much information about how to become the "Super Journalist" you are striving to be.


How to Tell a Journalist from a Blogger
This is extremely helpful, clear and full of valid points. In today's society, it's easy for a journalist to turn into an opinionated writer via a blog post. But there should always be a clear distinction between the two.

1. A journalist is trained in journalism.
Whether in the hallowed halls of higher learning or in the less-hallowed halls of a professional newsroom, the journalist has been trained as such. The journalist’s work has been pruned mercilessly by the red pens of professors, peers, and editors.

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, media studies, mass communication, or some similarly named program along with at least a few years under the tutelage of editors is the best preparation for calling oneself a journalist.....


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dedicated Reporters

Does anyone feel like the weekends are never long enough? I know I do.

Well, no worries. Here are two videos to keep you in good spirits. They are a good distraction from thinking about heading back to the office or newsroom tomorrow....

Reporter Owned By Sled:


Reporter Owned By Sled - Watch more Funny Videos

Reporter Owned by Skateboard



And I would just like to say, these two reporters are clearly dedicated. They kept reporting even after their embarrassing moment.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

This week's news was all about how important it is to educate yourself.


Whether you are trying out new software, testing the waters with Twitter, creating your first multimedia news story or learning about the latest political debate ....


keep educating yourself!


This week's news kept reiterating how important a well-rounded education is. And more importantly: that the schooling doesn't end just because college does.


(Why the picture of Renee Zellweger from the movie Bridget Jones's Diary? Because this movie teaches us that even though learning the ways of the world is tough, you always come out with a better understanding of who you are and what it is you want)


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Curves, Cleavage and the Kardashians

Work off the calories, but not your curves.

J.Lo started it but the Kardashian sisters have taken it to a whole new level. The sisters have given a new perspective on how to stay healthy and fit while also staying sane and sexy.

Kim and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney have given hope to curvy women around the world by promoting a new body type -- one that is more realistic.


In an article from Life & Style, the sisters share what works for them when they are trying to lose weight; And more than that, they admit that they are human and indulge themselves in their favorite treats.


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Definition of Writing

I've been writing a lot lately. Not just for this blog, but for work and my own pleasure. One could say a wave of inspiration hit me this week and I just can't seem to put my pen down or close the lid to my laptop.

And it's wonderful.

I can't remember the last time I felt so clear that the words in my mind automatically migrated to the screen. In addition to this experience, I have been coming across insightful quotes and poems that try to explain what "writing" is.

I would like to share:


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Friday, July 16, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

This week was booming with social media news. All the news, blogs and pics seem to revolve around the public's new obsession. So here are my picks for the best coverage of the week.

Articles

-ABC Good Morning America

A lot of people are creating Twitter and LinkedIn accounts -- but not a lot of people know how to use these social networks. For every profession it's different.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" ....not so hot

I'm genuinely upset. I was looking forward to the second book so much because the first one absolutely blew my mind. But all I have to say is The Girl Who Played with Fire doesn't hold a candle to the first one.

First, let's start off with the plot that reads well but wasn't an entertaining read:

Michael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficing operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.


The book starts off great because the reader is thrown into an interesting investigation about Sweden's sex trafficking that is fascinating as well as disturbing.


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