I see children as kites. You spend years trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you are both breathless... They crash... You patch, comfort, and assure them that someday they will fly.
Finally, they are airborne. They need more string and you keep letting it out, but with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadn
What is work? A job – a monotonous, persistent pursuit of promotion? Is it sitting at a desk, eight hours a day mulling over some characters on a computer? Is it speaking into a microphone for four hours a day to an unknown source of people? Is it smiling at the camera, waving goodbye to millions of people? Or is it pointing the camera at such persons?
So recently, against my will, I was sent off to the University of Pennsylvania for an 'internship' in a lab. This was most likely to push me in the direction of a science career. While it may have seemed like a good opportunity, the effort for me to reach the campus was unreasonable. UPenn is located within the city of Philadelphia, while the lab, located in the dental school, is not near the train station. Ess
When summertime comes around, everyone has one destination in mind: the beach. The beach becomes an annual trip during the summer of every year, in which my family takes three or four trips in a month. I enjoy the waters, the feeling of freedom, and the numbing sensation as my lower body loses circulation in the frigid ocean.
Washington D.C., an iconic touristic attraction, captivates the American spirit like nothing else in the USA. White, speckless monuments, wide-eyed students on field trips, and the repetitive ring of ice-cream trucks. Nothing resembles the American culture more than this snapshot. As an American, it is nearly a must to visit DC, whether it be with a summer camp or in one’s spare time. In this case, it meant an eight-h
I never was a big fan of rollercoasters. Due to a small stomach and an immature little kid, I really didn’t enjoy the loopy-de-loops. But, eventually, I grew over that fear luckily in elementary school, going on Space Mountain, and many Disney rides guaranteed a quick learning experience. By middle school, the school district partially expects all students are okay with rollercoasters. However, it was not committed to
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was a West Virginia native. However, she went to China at an early age due to her father’s occupation as a missionary. She spent her first forty years or so in Jiangsu and Anhui of China excluding her education in Randolph-Macon Woman's College and Cornell Univ. for a few years, eventually returning to Green Hill Farm in PA.
March is madness (haha, get it?). So far, March is mostly related to spring. However, the snow is now a common guest around the Spring Equinox in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
The funny thing is, that the snow hinders people’s movements. Yet skiing is probably the fastest way of motion I can achieve. The feeling of going so fast that you are on the brink of flying is extremely exh
You know, Longwood Gardens kind of feels like a tradition now. It has been, what, three straight years of seeing the park in the holiday seasons? Correct me if I’m wrong, but this place is beginning to grow on me a bit.
Most of you may ask why Longwood Gardens haven’t gotten duller through the years. Instead of answering, may I ask you a question? Why does Christmas never get old? Really, if
Today was the first day that the sun decided to actually do something. People always say the California coast is summer all year round. They are very wrong, as wintertime brings chilling winds and biting sun glare in Los Angeles. It literally takes a chunk out of your spirit if you stay out too long.
Well, those days are over. Instead of a cruel glare freezing my soul, a b
The movie industry in L.A. is something special. With Hollywood just around the corner, Universal Studios hanging about, the films and shows made here are broadcasted all over the world. But the films have to be taken somewhere, and that somewhere is Warner Brothers.
To movie producers, the Warner Bros Studio is paradise. With multiple sets and an infinite supply of props, ther
California has provided the country with a ton of celebrities and very important people. They dominate the big screens to the news, the government to the halls of fame. Yeah, California has given or housed some of the most important figures in the present day and even history.
Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. Being a Californian, he quickly m
The funny thing is, I'm usually not home when celebrating Christmas. Last year went down south to Maryland, and this year, once again, it would be some places in Southern California where this is written. Los Angeles, the exotic tourist destination, seemingly blended Christmas cheer with its everyday life, such as areas in downtown
What's in Los Angeles? Now that I think about it, all it seems to be is a city, with a name, and beaches.
Christmas break this year for school was an all-time short. In total, the students received a whopping nine days off, and they were all required to return on January 2nd, the next Monday after the New Year of 2107. Not only does it force the students to think about
New Hope sits on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River, where literally anyone can see, across the river, the rival New Jersey.
It was at this Delaware River where many people believe the turning point of the civil war occurred. On a freezing day in one of the coldest winters in American history, Washington led the Continental Army across the river into Pennsylvania
When vacations begin, it's so exciting, thrilling, and most of all, anticipated. Not to sound spoiled, but a month-long trip to Northern Europe doesn't appeal as much as it should. Maybe the enormity of stress has played the cause in the effort or the simple fact of how every trip starts the same way. This is why I was not excited to travel.
Money can buy you many things. But, as the saying goes, it can’t buy happiness. What it can buy are things that make happiness. Such items as a cell phone, food, or a mansion, all bring happiness. As for the Kaufmanns, a rich family that owned a chain of department stores in Pittsburgh back in the 1930s, their excessive amount of money could afford a great house, buying not only a home but also a
Ohiopyle State Park is located in Pennsylvania. It sounds weird, doesn’t it? But it should be an interstate park between PA and Ohio since it allows many different kinds of fun to occur. Unfortunately, our time at the park was short, and all we really did was eat lunch. However, the limited schedule did not stop us from viewing its beauty.
Pittsburgh is a great city in Pennsylvania that is commonly overshadowed by the great Philadelphia. Come to think of it, the City of Champions is just as good if not better than the City of Brotherly Love. Pittsburgh has fabulous architecture and a spectacular skyline, as well as old money and natural resources. Not to mention sports teams that actually are meant to play in the major leagues. In f
In general, the word “indigenous” is used to describe a subject that is native to a specific location. Going back in time, the root-derived from the Latin indigent, meaning “a native”. Add the English part of –ous to its end, and there you have the word. Hopping back to the present, New York is a melting pot of cultures on earth and has some indigenous characteristics that, well, the small county of Montgomery of
Maryland houses the one thing the nation prides itself on. Well, technically speaking, it isn’t in Maryland, but I’m not that technical. No, it’s not the winner of the NFC East (screw you Eagles!) or a decent basketball team (screw you 76ers!), but the nation’s capital. No one passes through Maryland without thinking about the stately White House and the craftiness of a politician and Donald Trump, and mom and I w
I’m not the biggest fan of flowers. Every spring, they take me through pollen torture that kills, and hopefully, that’s a good enough reason. Well, after today, it might not be, seeing the Brookside Garden in Silver Spring of MD.
For the past few days of Christmas, it had been like my math test scores. They sky-rocketed into the seventies, then plummeted down into the fort
The holiday season is not over yet. The Washington DC Temple we visited yesterday was hosting a unique performance at 7 o’clock in the evening and it was famous in the area. Accompanied by dazzlingly decorative lights, it’s called the Festival of Lights and a nice way to end our Christmas celebrations.
I fell asleep on my way in. So when it was time to get out of the car, I was