Check out this interview with Jake Choi about an upcoming film with a working title of “Yellow Fever” – but only if you can handle the sass. See the article on Daniel Magazine.
Check out this interview with Jake Choi about an upcoming film with a working title of “Yellow Fever” – but only if you can handle the sass. See the article on Daniel Magazine.
You will follow our day-old footprints.
We would not
Let you in
Even if you had
The soles of your boots
And held your breath
When your ears popped
Three times on
The dirt path up
To our gate.
Do not bother to knock.
Our gold-speckled eyes,
Sagging glass panes
And dust-burdened drapes
Remember too many
Dappled journeys to Oma’s
Under black trees
Spearing black dirt
With a basket
Tugging at our arms.
Your eyes were always too bright.
We do not care
High and tight hair
Atop pale skin
And politician lips
Cemented in a thin,
Grim smile as stony
As the gargoyles that
Guard us. Turn your
Lying coal gaze
Away and return to
Your cobbled streets.
Do not think we have forgotten.
We count the lambs
Every evening, now,
And the hens
Circling them close
When the buzz from
Your Stadt drones past.
Cowbells ring in
Warning and we
Fade into the clover
Like our buzzing,
While you strain
To find our
Dark curls tangling
In the breeze.
You saw only a flash of amber.
Our nights reek
Of myrrh and evergreen
With a crisp waft
Of snow teasing
The fire in our
You thought you heard
A hundred dusky voices
Slide up a minor scale
That time you
Camped beyond the trees
We did not see
Your shadow cast
Across the bangles
Gathered at the edges
Of our skirts.
Do not fall asleep before we do.
Heavy bells announce, “enter.”
Stumble in, safe from the drizzle, or maybe it was fog.
Down cement stairs so cold they were wet
Or so wet they felt cold through New Balance sneakers.
Tug up matching, lace-ruffled little girl socks.
Follow into a grease-stained, fluorescent hum.
Shadow silhouettes cast, on walls the orange of crusted pizza sauce
Tower above, reeking of stale smoke and fresh beer and old leather and garlic.
Silent, but somehow alive and throbbing.
Not shadows, but black holes bending wavelengths of light
To devour and hold in a vat of potential energy.
Murmurs and low rumbles of sports scores and sex scores.
Too short to see more than the gum plastered beneath the counter.
Relics of a hundred mouths and a thousand words;
The DNA accumulation of this season’s tourist flock.
A twenty-dollar-bill disappears and transforms into a
Steaming cardboard box, searing and hot on small hands.
The world is a hunched, cotton-clad shoulder
Framed by a grey beard.
Are the walls teeming?
An insect invasion
Tunnels tracked across
Buzzing doors and floors
The world is rippling
It could be my eyes
My strained retinas
Horses bridled, trapped
Rip free from my skull
Those silver flashes
Are not shards of moon
Rather, cracks in my
Fractures and fissures
From torn corneas
You will never get a job. Your degree is worthless. You will live in your mom’s basement forever.
With all this noise on the ‘net , it’s a little daunting to begin your job search. I would like to reassure you that jobs do, in fact, still exist, and that you can, in fact, secure one. It just takes a little more effort and ingenuity than it may have in the glory days of the middle class.
The best advice I can offer you (coming from someone holding two jobs and six internships at once) is to invest in your marketing strategy – that is, put time and care into how your portray yourself. This means you have to 1. Do awesome things and 2. Tell people you do awesome things. I can’t make you do the former (though, you know I’ll tell you to volunteer if you want to pick up some experience), but I can give you some pointers on the latter.
I recently offered a resume workshop through Girl Effect at VCU, where I put together a presentation (here’s the Prezi for your use here) and gave a lecture on ways to use my (and/or your) PR knowledge and past experiences in applying to jobs to develop a stronger resume. While this can’t guarantee you a job, it can only work in your favor to clearly articulate to employers exactly how you are qualified to work for them.
In addition to offering the presentation and lecture (available on YouTube, and the links below), I accepted more than two dozen resumes for editing advice, and edited them in a single weekend. I love editing, and so many people have really great experiences that simply aren’t “shining” on their resume.
Let me help you. I’d be happy to.
Use my contact info to get in touch with me for personal edits, or ask your questions via comment. No cost, just help. Happy job hunting!
The River City is a breeding ground for creativity and alternative lifestyles. We love our indie music, our weird habits and our city’s hidden treasures. These top five obscure restaurants can give anyone a taste of the city’s subculture. Check out the Top 5 Hipster Hotspots.
Imagine you’re in college (like me) and just got your first “real job” (me, two years ago).
Heck, imagine you’re you and already have life experience and an awesome job, but want to overhaul your image and class it up in the process.
You already heard from me about some of the golden rules for business casual. Now, I want to talk about a basic shopping list for a functional (yet reasonably-priced) intro-to-business-casual wardrobe.
If you acquire items of good quality that fit well, they become the building blocks for you to expand your options over time.
I suggest obtaining five different pairs of pants as the most essential and basic outfit components. I recommend pants that are high-waisted because they tend to fit better and you run little risk of embarrassment when everything is covered.
The most abundant item in your new wardrobe should be an assortment of tops. You can get away with wearing your black dress pants all week, as long as you pair it with a new top each day. Grab a few in each of the following categories.
Your jacket or blazer is the item that adds a sense of completeness to your outfit. It frames your neck and face, and often does most of the work in defining and flattering your curves.
Love your feet; they’re what hold you up. Shoes are my guilty pleasure, but I’ve narrowed it down to the essentials.
Some fun and funky jewelry can be the defining factor that breathes life into your wardrobe of “basics.” These are the pieces you shouldn’t go without.
My favorite shopping locations are local thrift stores (often, the business clothes are in the best condition), dressbarn, Ross and Forever21. If I could afford it, I would buy everything from dressbarn because their sizing works well for me and I usually like the styles – a dressbarn sale is my kryptonite.
Don’t worry if you can only afford to add one piece per paycheck. It can take a long time to amass this basic set of clothing, but it’s a huge relief when you do. Take your time, and remember to look for clothing that is neutral, structured and durable.
Is that even a question? Of course, you should dress for the job you want (and deserve!) Perhaps even more important, you need to consider what your clothes say about you during an interview.
Anyone who’s spent any small amount of time with me has heard me say at least once that your appearance is a backdrop for your words. Your outfit should take a professional, demure backseat to the brilliance and wisdom that spews forth from your mouth.
If we’re staring at the candy-apple-red cocktail dress or ripped jeans you’ve dragged out of your closet, we aren’t giving your ideas the respect and attention they deserve.
So, how do you dress for success? What do you wear to that interview? That presentation? That super-important meeting tomorrow?
While it’s a pain to admit, we do live in a society that places value in appearances. If you want to be taken seriously, the safest route for daily professionalism is often that misunderstood classic: business casual.
What is business casual? Who knows. It’s a weird hybrid between professional wear (suits, ties and uncomfortable shoes for all) and casual (jeans and a polo).
For men, it’s pretty easy to pull off by mixing and matching dark slacks with various button-ups and ties – the more fashion-forward can, of course, shake this up with sweaters, sport coats and dynamic layering.
However, ladies, it can be a little more difficult to blend personal style and still adhere to the pesky traditions of business casual, office-appropriate style.
Your clothing choices are an easy way to emphasize the skills and traits you list on your resume. The world of “business casual” is, indeed, a little boring. However, I urge you to embrace it, because the style allows you to shine through.
I’ll put together a shopping list for business casual basics soon. Cheers!
Looking for a fun, educational opportunity to get your child interested in nature? Check out the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s upcoming Environmental Education Conference, featuring field trips and lectures to teach kids about the flora and fauna in Virginia as well as career opportunities in STEM fields. Hurry – the deadline to register is tomorrow! Read more on Science Matters>>
We know the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is a hot item when the weather starts to cool. For many, its reappearance on the menu marks the return of fall. Pumpkin might represent the essence of autumn, but you don’t always want a jolt of caffeine. Here’s a PSL-inspired menu so you can get your pumpkin fix for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
You might want to stock up on cans of solid-pack pumpkin; it isn’t just for pies anymore. Check out these pumpkin muffins from The Blissful Table. Feeling daring? Add a swirl of cream cheese and let me know how it goes. If you don’t have pre-made pumpkin pie spice handy, just combine ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to taste.
That latte you ordered probably has a few more calories than you would like. Take it easy for lunch and choose this healthy pumpkin soup from Amazing Soup Recipes. You can use chunks of frozen pumpkin for this recipe, but consider using a fresh pumpkin. Remove the seeds, toss them in a little olive oil and salt and roast at 375° until light brown. They turn into the perfect afternoon snack.
Pumpkin ravioli are a hearty way to stay warm as the temperature drops. Give this recipe from Evolving Motherhood a shot. The recipe is flexible enough that you can adapt it for your dietary needs by leaving out the sausage or using a different type of flour. While the dough is a great addition to your culinary toolbox, the recommendation to try wonton wrappers gives the recipe a tasty twist.
There isn’t enough space to talk about the range of pumpkin-inspired desserts you could make, but I found a recipe for one of my favorites. Try these baked pumpkin doughnuts with a maple-cinnamon glaze from Taste and Tell. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, just pipe the batter onto a greased cookie sheet to make your own doughnut holes.
Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest. I collect the best fall recipes on my newest shared board, Falling for Autumn.
Where can local families take kids to learn about healthy food, visit a gourd petting zoo, meet the Butterfly Fairy and paint pumpkins?
Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is hosting a whole month of activities for children, including the yearly tradition, Goblins and Gourds. Check it out on Science Matters>>
No, it didn’t.
It changed it.
While these prophets of darkness present several valid points about how the web impacted our word consumption, I would like to humbly propose it’s not that bad.
Note: this rather long article contains my opinion on the print v. web debate in reference to reading and writing. Feel free to disagree.
Our electronic environment actually offers us ways to improve and evolve our understanding of media, reading, writing and editing. True, we have the option to skim a thousand senseless entries about People of WalMart or Perez Hilton or the delightful time drain that is Imgur, but I would wager many of us occasionally depart these sites and ingest some news or culture items we might not pick up in hard copy.
I would contend that, while our consumption of trash has increased, so has our consumption of other uses of the written word. Sure, you might merely be skimming a dozen headlines on Yahoo! News in between meetings, but if we time-traveled backward twenty years, would you really be using that time to read the newspaper in detail?
Interspersed with the trash are a few gems I think we should at least acknowledge; it is often too easy to vilify a new technology and lay blame for the ills of society on a newcomer to the party.
The flexibility of this new medium of expression has opened the doors to not only the spread of trash – but the spread of culture. Highly specialized interests that before would not have garnered an audience of a sufficient size to warrant publication can now be shared across oceans.
What you choose to cull from the wealth of information available is up to you.
Yep. Some blogs are total propaganda. Some purposefully skew facts. Some are just bad. The internet troll exists purely to – pardon my lack of grace – “screw up” someone else’s experience and understanding.
However, we can do the same in print. As a student of journalism, I think this new age of information accessibility is simply a reminder that you should always question your source – print, web or otherwise. Should I trust information more simply because it is printed on a page rather than a screen?
While some innate esteem can be granted to a work that has made it through an editor and publisher and into hard copy, not all publishers are agenda-free. At this point I would encourage everyone to take a step back and focus on the real issue: media literacy. No matter whether words are flashed on your iPhone or chiseled into the wall of a cave, their truth-value is not guaranteed.
It is, true, easier to plug a query into Google and pull up nonsense – but, in the same motion, you can check and cross-check the facts you receive. Your willingness to use the tools at hand determines the quality of information you find.
Now, anyone can log into WordPress, and, with a half-hour of effort, put together a page on any topic they please, including cute cat gifs.
This democratization of media allows authors to share their words with the world for valuable feedback, citizen journalists to report on issues they find relevant and an army of fashion and food bloggers to shape the season’s fads. In some circles, this exponential increase of content production detracts from the old, reliable, standby outlets for this type of information.
However, I believe the “good” ever-so-slightly outweighs the “bad” when the people are able to truly own and shape culture. These publications become social spaces where people gather and actively engage in a discussion of topics they find relevant.
I confess, I don’t always agree with what popular consensus dictates to be of importance, but the main positive factor remains that many minds are working as one to develop our new reality.
It’s easy to blame the technology, but perhaps we should also consider the external factors that mold the user.
About as different as the written word was from the days of spoken history, and as different as the printed word was from the written. See the timeline?
Most new technologies are greeted with some degree of trepidation, particularly when the consequences could ripple through academia. This, I agree, is not an unreasonable reaction.
However, what I think is most important to realize is that we do not possess any sort of crystal ball that allows us to know what the future of writing is “supposed” to look like. What if – and I use the idea of predestination loosely – we are meant to become a telepathic race that speaks in pictures and draws from a collective pool of memories so that we no longer require any sort of record-keeping apparatus?
Ridiculous, but stranger things have happened.
I’m not championing the web over print; I will always prefer a dusty, dog-eared paperback on a Sunday afternoon to the irritating load screen of a Kindle and the uncomfortable feeling that the pixels on my laptop are more like ants dancing across the screen.
Instead, I suggest we view the web as an entirely new, separate platform, more so than we seem to understand now. Too many newspapers, magazines, bloggers, journals and other publications attempt to move to web, only to set up shop in exactly the same rectangular, linear pattern as before.
With web, we can create new art objects: books that talk back, blogs that sing, research journals that weave together via links to create complex histories that lead to new research. The harbingers of doom are right: READING ON THE WEB IS DIFFERENT. But that’s ok; we shouldn’t treat it like print.
Our verbal imagination is no longer bound by the confines of a page. No, Google isn’t making us stupider. It’s just changing our understanding of how to present information. If we embrace the capabilities of the web, we create new forms of word art and open doors of creativity not available on a static, printed page.
Consider the difference between experiencing a PowerPoint and a Prezi: the latter, used imaginatively, holds endless possibilities for engaging, poignant and exciting presentations, integrating multimedia with ease. This doesn’t mean PowerPoint doesn’t have a time and place; the two platforms fulfill different roles for presentations.
Print and web, too, must fulfill different roles in order to coexist. Yes, we skim when online and don’t always read the most intellectual content. But perhaps our ideas of what the web is for are what need to be updated. The computer screen is not a sheet of paper, so it is unrealistic to expect to use it as one.
Change is hard, but we have an opportunity to reinvent the joy and dynamism of language using an incredibly versatile, adaptable technology.
In short, perhaps we should wage war on technology a little less fervently, and redirect that energy into finding ways to improve upon our use of that technology so we explore its full potential.