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 […]

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

Posted by on May 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I took my map obsession to the next level by enrolling in a free MOOC on Coursera titled, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. In the first week, we discussed why we use maps. I personally use maps in several ways, the most obvious being to navigate new places (even though I’m […]