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Postcard: Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia (Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett) I took my first big trip by myself just before my 25th birthday. It was a trip to Turkey. I was living in New York City at the time, and I had friends who were well traveled. They inspired me to get out and explore the world. I… Continue reading Postcard: Istanbul

Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Art, Music

Press Play: Simple Gifts

Like "Oh Shenandoah," "Simple Gifts" is a traditional American song that I first learned during my choir years. It's another folk song that has stuck with me because I still find it beautiful. "Simple Gifts" is a Shaker dance spiritual that was written in the 1800s. I love its catchy melody and message of freedom,… Continue reading Press Play: Simple Gifts

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Art, Music

Press Play: Oh Shenandoah

https://soundcloud.com/user-759499852/oh-shenandoah The first time I heard "Oh Shenandoah" was at a concert when I was in elementary school. The boys choir sang it, and I was enchanted. They hit the high notes beautifully, and I instantly loved the melody. "Oh Shenandoah" is a North American traditional folk song with origins in the early 19th century.… Continue reading Press Play: Oh Shenandoah