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An Ode to Freckles

Just like curly hair and big boobs, I always wanted what I didn't have. Adding freckles to the list of attributes I never ...

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Postcards from France: Part I – Paris

It's been nearly a month since we've returned from our three-week trip to France yet I continue to find myself missing it ...

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The Jewel of Syracuse’s Crown: The Landmark Theatre

Within the first few steps inside The Landmark Theatre I instantly felt its magic. Just the lobby itself is brimming with ...

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Chameleon Portraits

Remember the scene in Garden State when Andrew Largeman, (Zach Braff) is sitting next to his aunt at his mother's funeral ...

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Human Beings I Admire: Maira Kalman

Whenever I read or see anything by the artist and illustrator Maira Kalman, I tell myself, "that's precisely how I want to be when I grow up". Maira has it all figured out. Half her head in the clouds, yet meticulously observing the world around her.  What I admire most is her ability ...

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That Family Portrait Holiday Card

There's a beautiful park situated right behind my apartment decked out with fountains, bronze statues, trees that bloom ...