where have i been?//one day in savannah, a video diary

I wanted to blog regularly over the summer. I wanted to write a long blog post about why funding at the University of Missouri is so important (in short: because otherwise, people like me wouldn't be able to afford to study journalism). I wanted to write a review of Netflix's OZARK, particularly since I grew …

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budapest

Budapest is better than Paris, I think. It’s a city of two million people (Budapest, not Paris), which is about one-fifth of Hungary’s total population. It spreads out across the Danube, because it was originally two cities: the rolling hills of Buda, once belonging to the Romans, and the flat land of Pest, too sandy …

rambling from my journal in hungary: les jours tristes/szomorú nap/smutne dni

Art museums are some of my favorite places. I like staring at pieces of art that tell a story about a certain time and place in history, and I like filling in the blanks with my own ideas. In Kansas City, I'm always within twenty minutes of  the Nelson-Atkins. That museum's gallery of American paintings is something …

thoughts on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the invasion of poland

September 1, 1939: Seventy-five years ago today, when my grandparents were twelve years old, Adolf Hitler invaded their country. My grandparents lived in a village near Lwow in the eastern part of Poland.  Dziadziu (my grandpa) had been in love with Babcia (my grandma) since kindergarden, and, according to stories from my mother, his preferred courting …