Belonging

Photo by Bianca Bucu By Bianca Bucu Whenever I think of the word neighborhood it’s synonymous with the word belonging. The meaning of belonging shifted for me gradually as I got older. That word sometimes became a synonym for good, bad, and everything in between. But above all, that word became known as a never-ending…… Continue reading Belonging

Hometownless Hero

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo My parents really love to move. So much so that I’ve lost count of all the houses I’ve lived in. The funniest part though, is that the only thing they love more than moving away, is moving back. I say this because although I’ve moved around a lot,…… Continue reading Hometownless Hero

The Good Neighbor

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes I’ve never been a really good neighbor. I’m always too shy and awkward to even wave hello to my neighbors. I usually avoid eye contact and pretend I’m busy doing something or that I didn’t notice them so that I don’t come off as rude. They probably still…… Continue reading The Good Neighbor

Anti-Fall

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Francesca Bernardino This time of the year is always characterized by my pure denial that the cold, damp, dark part of the year is quickly approaching. For about a week now, I’ve been waking up for my 8am class to utter darkness. As I eat breakfast, I hope to catch…… Continue reading Anti-Fall

Teen Spirit

Photo by Jacquelyn Rodriguez By Jacquelyn Rodriguez An analysis of teen spirit when you feel like you never really had it. Turning 19 felt different than turning any other age – and I don’t mean that in an I-suddenly-woke-up-feeling-more-mature-type-of-way. What I mean is that turning 19 made me realize that I had entered my last…… Continue reading Teen Spirit

Duwende

Photo by Bianca Bucu By Bianca Bucu “Tabi tabi po” is what my yaya taught me to say whenever we see a small hill in our backyard near the water tank. By saying, “Tabi tabi po,” it’s roughly translated into saying “Just passing by, or excuse me” as a sign of respect. My yaya told…… Continue reading Duwende

An Ode to October

Photo by Sydney Stoddard By Sydney Stoddard There’s an understanding to the air of October. Like it gets it. It gets that the world is dark and scary and terrifying – but also full of wonder and potential and magic. It urges you to see both – both the ghosts behind closet doors and the…… Continue reading An Ode to October

The Ghosts of Our Lives

Photo by Ash Fuentes and Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Okay, I know it’s October and not December, but how can we talk about spirit and ignore three iconic spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future? Because let’s face it, what can be scarier than the Past and the Future? Nothing haunts me…… Continue reading The Ghosts of Our Lives