Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“ “Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.” “Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“ “Or twice-“ “A minute-“ “All summer-“ … Continue reading Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

A Cello for Your Thoughts

Writing doesn’t come easily to me. Thinking about writing is a piece of pie, but when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and trying to hash out my thoughts, I have a hard time. I get distracted first, and then I have trouble staying focus, and then I lose my direction and drive. My writing gets interrupted time and time again by sporadic thoughts, passing … Continue reading A Cello for Your Thoughts

Daily Tidbit – Quote of the Day

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” — Martin Luther … Continue reading Daily Tidbit – Quote of the Day

Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

I stumbled upon Unsplendid Magazine on accident, actually. I was looking through a list of online literary journals and saw Unsplendid on the list. Intrigued by the title, I Googled the name, found their website, and was greeted with the front cover of their latest issue. Its description: “an online journal of poetry in received and nonce forms.” I clicked on an issue and began to … Continue reading Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

Bach Underground

Johann Sebastian Bach is coming back to life this weekend. From March 18th-21st, musicians will be performing at public train stations across the globe to share the under-appreciated beauty of classical music with the public. Every year for Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on March 21st, a community of musicians unite to share and express the beauty of classical music by performing in public train stations. … Continue reading Bach Underground

Daily Tidbit: Idiom

“Once in a blue moon” English has lots of moon-related idioms, including ‘to be over the moon’ (to be delighted) and ‘to ask for the moon’ (make excessive and impossible demands). The phrase once in a blue moon refers to something that doesn’t happen very often. A blue moon doesn’t actually refer to the color of the moon, but when we see a full moon twice … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Idiom

Crossing the Bridge – How to Write Effective Transition Sentence

In comparison to the sentences of evidence, commentary, and analysis that make up the bulk of any academic essay, transition sentences make up a slim proportion. If an essay is five paragraphs long, then there may be as little as five transitory sentences overall. Because of their seemingly inconsequential role, these sentences are often regarded as unimportant and tend to be neglected throughout the writing … Continue reading Crossing the Bridge – How to Write Effective Transition Sentence

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

August 2016. Returning from a grueling nine weeks of intensive Japanese classes, I decided to spend the remaining four weeks of summer break by lounging on the couch eating noodles and catching up on all the books I hadn’t had a chance to read during the school year. After three weeks reveling in all the stress-free goodness of break though, I discovered to my dismay … Continue reading The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

Mindful Awareness at the Hammer Museum

Home to dynamic exhibitions, live performances, and more, the Hammer Museum is the ideal space for anyone searching for cultural and artistic enrichment. There’s always something new to look forward to, as the Hammer Museum hosts a wide variety of speakers and events almost every week for audiences and participants of all ages. While you may be aware of the Hammer’s contemporary art displays and … Continue reading Mindful Awareness at the Hammer Museum