An Ode to Flower Language – Merel Langeveld

(source: http://www.416-flowers.com) Ever since I first started writing fiction, I’ve been interested in the symbolism of flowers. For little 10-year-old me, nothing sounded smarter than naming one of my characters after a flower that symbolised their personality or character development. Even now, I am occasionally guilty of doing it. And who can blame me? TheContinue reading “An Ode to Flower Language – Merel Langeveld”

The ‘then leave’-Mentality and the Death of American Optimism

America, like any place on earth, is problem-riddled, and has been from the start. No matter where we claim that beginning to be; whether it’s the moment Pangea split open and the world unfurled into its current shape, ravenous magma regurgitating up out of cracked tectonic plates; or when the first homo sapiens crossed theContinue reading “The ‘then leave’-Mentality and the Death of American Optimism”

Can we communicate dreams?

Morris, R. C. (2013, July 26) I have always been a dreamer; both during the day with my teachers yelling at me to pay attention and during the night, where I fly through the sky or run from a herd of elephants. Frequently, I wake up and remember the dream, sometimes clearly ‘scene for scene’,Continue reading “Can we communicate dreams?”

Expectations, List-making and New Beginnings.

Edward Hopper, Lee Shore, 1941 Now that we are getting deeper into winter, I am left with the same feeling as usual. I always feel like December is the nice part of winter. The season is still new, the first frosts are beautiful, Christmas and New Year are still ahead. By mid-January, things tone downContinue reading “Expectations, List-making and New Beginnings.”

Caffeine Curiosities 

Laiana Farias. July 22, 2022. If you are anything like me (and the majority of the population of the world) you probably consume some amount of caffeine on a daily basis, let it be from a nice cup of coffee or tea or any other caffeine-containing substance. As a coffee lover, I am guilty ofContinue reading “Caffeine Curiosities “

Coincidence or Probability? 

Thompson, Keith. Coincidence?. 2022 Over the last couple of weeks, several of my friends have shared stories with me about specific coincidences they experienced and their take on dissecting their meaning. This, in turn, led me to start questioning my own beliefs when it comes to coincidences. Personally, I have never been a particular believerContinue reading “Coincidence or Probability? “

Everything Pop Culture Got Wrong About Dracula

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) A few months ago, I was mostly unaware of the entire plot of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Of course, I had acquired some basic knowledge through pop culture and was convinced I’d know what was going to happen. As it turns out, I was wrong. Somewhere around the beginningContinue reading “Everything Pop Culture Got Wrong About Dracula”

Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Temple of The Dog, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan– a short list of covers you must hear. Miley Cyrus as a Guide Through The Classics of Rock Music.

Miley Cyrus at iHeartFestival 2019, all credits in the image  When I was younger, I hadn’t yet learned to appreciate legendary artists such as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. I have heard their songs often on the radio at home, but I was not passionate about finding out more about them.Continue reading Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Temple of The Dog, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan– a short list of covers you must hear. Miley Cyrus as a Guide Through The Classics of Rock Music.

The magic of the fifth of December 

I remember the excitement as a kid. The joy of the mystery and the wonders of secrets and traditions. Not just on the fifth but the days leading up to it. I don’t believe there is a thing as being too early for a holiday. That’s what makes it exciting, that is what fills youContinue reading “The magic of the fifth of December “

A Footnote On Heartbreak

Photo by Lhya Munive In her poem “The Lover as Tapeworm,” Olivia Gatwood asks: “how is it / possible / that you / are both / my joy / & the taker / of it?” I’ve been thinking about these lines every day for the past month. Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about theContinue reading “A Footnote On Heartbreak”