May and June: an assortment of novels

May and June: an assortment of novels

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve reached the middle of my 52 book challenge, and at 33 books, I’m well ahead of schedule. (I’ll attribute that to my newfound love of graphic novels.) I’ve exposed myself to a plethora of new authors and subjects, including the assortment of novels below. This collection is somewhat obscure; the only commonality among them is the fact that […]

Summer Reading: 5 graphic novels

Summer Reading: 5 graphic novels

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 | No Comments

Welcome to my latest obsession: the graphic novel. I’ve realized that the combination of illustrations and text to tell a story is not only reserved for superheroes, children and fantasy. Lately I’ve been reading a selection of (mostly) non-fiction graphic novels, intended for adults. Not only are these stories interesting, entertaining and well-rendered, but they’ve inspired […]

The House of Animals

The House of Animals

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 | 11 Comments

            -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

I hate polo shirts. Polo shirts remind me of soggy french fries floating in dirty dishwater mixed with hamburger grease and crusted hot fudge. They remind me of running around with plastic baskets of chicken fingers, wearing chunky black non-slip shoes with M&Ms shoved in the cracks of the soles. When I started working at Friendly’s, I was […]

It rained in La Boquilla.

It rained in La Boquilla.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

A couple weekends ago, it poured in La Boquilla. The rain pummeled down in one giant burst that lasted an hour, flooding the main road with a stagnant pool of brown liquid. I had plans to meet my friend at the beach, but instead, I stayed put. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in Colombia, […]

a lesson about pants

a lesson about pants

Posted by on May 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

As I was sitting across from José, devouring a Mediterranean-style crepe, I shifted in my seat and felt a thin layer of sweat underneath my bare thighs. I was wearing a dress, and the air conditioner had stopped functioning in the restaurant. I thought about something that had been bothering me. “Yesterday I wore a […]