Tag: essay

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Laying in my bed the Friday after Thanksgiving, recovering from southern comfort foods eaten in excess and online shopping, equally overindulged in, I watched Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The animated series reboots She-Ra: Princess of Power, which aired during the 1980s, a spin-off of the He-Man franchise. The series follows Adora, who has ...

Essay of the day: “Autumnal Tints” by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau loved the natural world and held a deep respect for the organic changes brought by the seasons. This essay is a perfect read as fall sets in and we admire the multi-colored foliage. Thoreau enjoyed a good leaf-peeping as much as many of us do now, confused by his neighbors in Concord, ...

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night: A Tale of Africa and Aviation

Reading Beryl Markham’s memoir West with the Night, I was swept up in a fantasy of a dream life in early 20th century Kenya. The book paints images of a childhood running through the farms and plains of Africa, hunting with indigenous people of the region, an independent young adulthood as a horse trainer and ...

Rereading Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

When I first read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” in my 11th grade American Literature class, the ideas he presented resonated with me- a teenager searching for identity. The need for individuality stirred inside me and “Self-Reliance” was the perfect doctrine. Like many at that age, I hated conformity and had begun training myself to ...