• Bright Places,  Wander

    The Corner of Westwood and LeConte

    Here, not thirty feet away from the bus stop, there is a raised garden. By ‘raised garden,’ I mean a brick box that ends about four feet off the ground. It holds a large eucalyptus tree and some miscellaneous plants. The walls of this raised garden provide an ideal sitting place for anyone who’s looking for a rest, a thinking…

  • Be Lovely,  Bright Places

    WriteGirl

    Sisters are doing it for themselves! WriteGirl is a Los Angeles based program for young female writers founded by all-around creative Keren Taylor. Founded in 2001, the program features experienced and accomplished female writers giving guidance to young women in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, play and screen writing, and journalism. According to the program’s website, they were…

  • Bright Places,  Wander

    I’m Happy Wandering

    As a native New Yorker, there are so many places that are special to me in Manhattan. I feel like they’re a part of my DNA. The East Village reminds me of high school and getting into shenanigans with my friends. Times Square reminds me of hours and hours spent going to movies, loitering in stores, and enjoying the occasional…

  • Bright Places,  Wander

    Wandering Through Oconomowoc

    I opted to wander into downtown Oconomowoc – right out onto a boardwalk and gazebo overlooking Fowler Lake. It doesn’t seem like much of anything, just a small town area. It seems pretty ordinary, and at this time of year, the entire area is covered in snow and ice. It’s really quite beautiful, especially if the snow hasn’t been disturbed…

  • Bright Places,  Wander

    The Heron’s Home

    Houston does not fit the stereotype of your typical Texas town. The image of dusty streets with tumbleweeds rolling by does not apply in the slightest. Houston is an incredibly urban city. Concrete, highways, clusters of buildings towering towards the sky, these endless expanses of city seem to stretch forever. As a large city, it is a center for culture.…

  • Bright Places,  How To

    Finnish Pulla Bread Recipe

    The baking of Pulla is a holiday tradition in my household. The Collman kitchen transforms into a Pulla factory, and flour and cardamom cover the floor like spiced snow as we bake loaves for each family that we anticipate encountering during the Christmas season. This subtly sweet bread is fit to serve with an afternoon cup of coffee or for…

  • Bright Places,  How To,  Life,  Personal Life

    Cranberry Chocolate Bar Recipe

    If you have been sitting around and wishing for an awesome new recipe to try, then look no further.  These sweet and tangy bars have been my go-to snack for countless girls’ nights, family vacations, and movie marathons since high school. I will warn you, though: they are highly addictive. I recommend doubling the amounts below because otherwise you’ll only…

  • Bright Places,  The Truth About

    The Truth About Mean Girls

    It was right after lunch one high school afternoon when I was a senior. I was a popular girl on campus – captain of the basketball team, Homecoming Queen contestant, honor student – yet I was the target of mean girls. To be specific, mean cheerleaders. They were younger, a new “clique” that had entered our high school the year…

  • Bright Places,  How To,  Lit,  Lit Art & Song,  Lit Tips & Interviews

    New Art From Old Photos by Olivia Rivers

    So I sort of have a ridiculous amount of jobs. I’m a high school student, a college student, a literary agent assistant, an indie author, a traditionally-represented author, a staff writer for Germ Magazine, and a cover designer. Sounds insane? That’s because it is. I rarely have free time, so when I feel the need to relax, I try to…