Capitol idea on a Friday morning

Sitting around for the last few months while job hunting, I realized there are so many things to do around the city during the day that I could never do when I had a full-time job. So when I’m not freelance writing, working part-time in a retail store, or interviewing for that dream job, I…

Beyond Ellis Island: Immigration after 1954

I’m embarking on a project that has been on my mind since 2008 when I first visited Ellis Island and had my first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. I wondered, what was the process for immigrants after Ellis Island closed in 1954? For immigrants like my grandfather? In 2008 when I first thought about…

Classic Christmas Flix

Before Hallmark, Netflix and Lifetime filled our heads with fairytale romances with awful scripts and the same plot, Christmas movies featured a variety of themes, genres and plots. Some funny, cute, dramatic, and all heartwarming enough to cool even Scrooge’s cold heart, they provided a variety to choose from that you would be hard pressed…

Atlanta’s Art for All: Outdoor Art

Art is an opportunity to open the eyes of its audience to perspectives and ideas they can’t envision without the creative experience. Atlanta may be a city that is known for tearing down and rebuilding, but it is also becoming known for its outdoor art. Whether you’re in a park or just outside of a…

Thankful

I am thankful to have family all over the world. I am thankful that I was able to visit my family in India two years ago with my parents. I am thankful that just this past year, I have visited family in Louisiana (twice!), San Diego, Las Vegas, New York and now, Tucson this weekend….

Movies That Moved Me

Movies have been an integral part of my life. At one point in high school, I wanted to be a film critic. I did a study abroad program through the University of Georgia that allowed us to write critiques and reviews of films, plays, concerts and art shows. I worked at Blockbuster Video for 3…

(North) Georgia On My Mind

With the last calendar year filled with trips, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself at home for a long weekend. Since January, I’ve been to New York City, New Orleans (Mardi Gras), Pittsburgh (work), San Diego (family trip), Washington D.C., New England (Boston, Maine & Vermont), Las Vegas, and have another trip to NYC…

New England To New Opportunity

When I left Atlanta Tuesday morning, the low was 72. the high in Maine was 75. When I returned early Sunday morning, Atlanta was a high of 89. What better time to go to New England where the highs are in the 70s and low 80s? Stats: 1294 miles traveled 6 ice creams 5 days…

Museums and Monuments for Memorial Weekend

In every city I travel to, I have a favorite building or place. In New York City, I love the Morgan Library and Museum and the City Museum of New York. In New Orleans, it’s Jackson Square. In San Diego, it’s La Jolla. In Washington D.C., it’s Arlington Cemetery and the Library of Congress. Books…

History in Atlanta’s Backyard

Last night, I attended the D-Day Commemoration at Atlanta History Center, kicking off my week of commemoration of American military. I may start calling this Memorial Week instead of Memorial Day. I also had a chance to do a behind-the-scenes tour of The Swan House, part of the Atlanta History Center. The D-Day conversation was…