Miscellaneous

IT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT THE MATCHING TOWELS (BUT IT ALSO KIND OF IS)

When you hit your mid-thirties, you realize a lot of things. Hopefully a lot of good and useful things, like, cleaning the kitchen before going to bed is always a good idea, as is making your bed and having clean sheets and towels on hand. You know that getting a latte everyday seems a bit frivolous, but it’s your money and your life, and it brings you joy. And things that bring joy are things you hold close. Sometimes the best choice is to buy three of the same shirts in different colors if you love it. To spend a bit more money on the sweater or shoes… To assert yourself at work, because you’re the only one who 100% cares about your future. To spend time with the people that matter most, and stop making so much effort to “stay in touch” with people who don’t make the same effort. W...

LIFE LESSONS FROM OUR TOWN AND STAR TREK

When I was eleven, a televised version of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” aired. Since props were expressly minimal, actors had to work extra hard. They often had to mime actions. Viewers were forced to use their imaginations. At the time my parents got three channels, I’m not sure what it was that glued my eleven-year-old self to the story. “Our Town” starts like most stories: boy falls for the girl next door, they marry, an unfortunate tragedy strikes and she dies giving birth. Unlike most stories, Emily, the newly deceased girl next door, is allowed to go back in time and revisit the day of her 12th birthday as an unseen observer. I was heartbroken as the desperate, time-traveling Emily tries and fails to communicate with family and friends. Sadly, she returns to he...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: MAY FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Visit Women That Rock’s new website, https://www.womenthatrock.co and follow WTR on Instagram at @womenthatrock to stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Hollie Col Hollie Col is an Australian singer/songwriter officially on the rise. With finger-picked melodies, palm-muted groove...

APRIL SUPERWOMAN: ALEXIA WINFIELD, FOUNDER OF THE COLUMBUS BOOK PROJECT

I walked into the open space, artwork of all kinds hanging on the exposed brick around me. The concrete floor was empty aside from a folding table and the chair where Alexia sat, and two books stacked on the table. It was a welcome emptiness from the humidity outside. The books were black and white, and the spines aligned to read “COLUMBUS.” That’s exactly what’s inside of them: the city of Columbus broken down into its artists, restaurants, the fashion scene and more. Alexia Winfield is the founder of The Columbus Book Project, which was conceived out of a move from Florida to Columbus post-graduation. Alexia said she often gets asked why she traded Florida with its sunshine and beaches for Columbus, Ohio, I was wondering the same thing myself. “Coming to Columbus, I saw a grittiness that...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: APRIL FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women much like Harness Magazine. Women That Rock is dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Visit Women That Rock’s brand new website, https://www.womenthatrock.co and follow WTR on Instagram at @womenthatrock to stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Emily Afton California-based Emily Afton’s voice is transporting, powerful ...

BINGEABLE TRUE CRIME PODCASTS

This month’s “bingeable” list will feature different True Crime podcasts. The True Crime podcast genre has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, due to the popularity of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, HBO’s The Jinx and of course, Serial. There are many different formats of True Crime podcasts – serialized, where one story is told week after week, or non-serialized, in which a new story (or even multiple stories) are told each episode. The style of the podcasts can also vary – some are more casual, where the host(s) will joke and chit-chat with each other, while other podcasts take a more serious tone, and leave the comedy out of the story-telling. It all depends on your personal preferences, and one format isn’t necessarily better tha...

THE UP AND DOWN LIFE OF A TRUE MINNESOTA VIKINGS FAN

As Kermit the Frog so famously says, “It isn’t easy being green.”  Well, I am here to tell you it also isn’t easy being a Minnesota Vikings fan. A few years ago, our team was in the depths of despair. Struggling through each season. Enter a new head Coach, Mike Zimmer. Minnesota was skeptical at first, and we have now grown to love him.  He is a defensive-minded coach and he has built up our defense to be one of the best in the NFL. After the defense got beefed up, my team also acquired a new quarterback, and then a new running back. Strike one: Quarterback gets hurt (scarily hurt) in a practice. That was two years ago, and he was finally able to step back on the football field late this season. Strike two: We acquired a fast, promising new running back this season, and very early in the s...

MARCH SUPERWOMAN: KRISTA SUH, CREATOR OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

The image is hard to forget: women standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity as they marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., an army donning bright pink knit hats with cat ears. Pussyhats. The Pussyhat immediately became a symbol of the Women’s March and the women’s movement as a whole, and it’s hard to imagine that the creator of The Pussyhat Project had trouble finding the confidence to use her voice for change. But Krista Suh, now the author of “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World,” admits that it was something that she struggled with. “Honestly, it was perfection,” said Krista on what was silencing her voice. She had ambition, but she harbored a fear of messing up. Krista felt that the Women’s March was time to speak up after self-p...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: MARCH FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com!   Sharkmuffin Sharkmuffin is a duo of Brooklynite sirens Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, both bred from the waves of the Jersey shore. Their music has been dubbed “opti-mystic g...

HOW TO RESEARCH A FICTION WORK

Creativity in itself is both an art and science of some sorts. When we make attempts to study or just browse through literary works or an essay, we get awed at how complex the human imagination can get. Our curiosity is immediately drawn to the details that make the book or article stand out. There are times we are asked to find out more about a literary work from a list of recommended works to read. Or we just get curious and want to learn more about the backstory of the literature. Like some of us, we are looking for inspiration to create something unique ourselves, so we turn to those who’ve written similar good stuff in that field. Either way, we turn to various methods to look for that little detail that will crown our task. The internet is a good place to start. It is especially help...

BIRDCAGE

Birdcage is a continuation of my on-going work exploring the complex way in which our society views women and its relation to beauty. These mixed media pieces—employing wax pastel, chalk pastel, and acrylic— place idealized women in isolated, domestic environments, the bright colors and alluring surroundings helping to mask their confinement. With the renaissance of mid-century home décor, the furniture and plant life depicted challenge the viewer to question whether this is a scene from the 1950s or of modern times, further illuminating the recurring nature of a woman’s plight. While creating these works and incorporating furniture and plants from my home, I came to the realization that my own daily routine—hours spent in solitude working in my home studio—in some ways mirrored the isolat...

3 I’S IN LIFE: IDENTITY, INTEGRITY AND THE INTERNET

It’s 2018, and it’s safe to say we have officially launched ourselves into an entirely new way of living. Our everyday lifestyles are now heavily influenced by technology, along with a gift and a curse known to us all as the internet. With online platforms such as Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and more, our lifestyles have changed in response to the glamorous, laid back and fun lifestyle that is so commonly broadcasted by celebrities and popular individuals with large followings for no clearly credible reason. It’s hard for anyone to argue that the internet is a place they know nothing about or don’t visit often, especially when it’s so easily accessible and undeniably mind capturing. With so much of our time and energy being devoted to either indulging in the online world or creating conten...

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