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.


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.


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.


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....


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,


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


"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.


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.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ryan Lochte is No Longer Second Best.
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.


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:


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.


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.


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.