Not-So Secret Garden

The weather here in New York has been all over the place these last few days (thanks, autumn) so I was thrilled when this Wednesday the skies were clear and sunny for my first-ever trip to the Botanical Gardens.  It’s actually pretty lame that I hadn’t been before. “The Botans”, as the cool kids call it, are literally across the street from the Fordham campus in the Bronx. I was there for about an hour or so, meaning I only got to see a bit of the grounds. Regardless, it is beautiful.

Okay, I really tried to limit myself with the number of pictures I posted here. And obviously, they don’t capture the beauty of it all. The Botanical Garden is this wonderful oasis – you would never guess you were in New York City, let alone in the Bronx! I honestly felt really zen there, which I realize sounds ridiculously cheesy. All the green is just soothing. I love that while everything is well-maintained, the flower beds and all aren’t overly manicured. It gives some parts of the Botans a rustic feel. It’s the perfect locale for an Alice in Wonderland-themed photo shoot. (I did see a rabbit scurrying around after all!) I can’t wait to explore it more once the leaves change and maybe even after the first snowfall.

~ Sarah

*Oh hey, throwback post! This is originally from early October – whoops!

Link Love

This week’s Link Love is pretty extensive. It’s a collection of way too many articles and blogs that caught my attention during my hiatus. Enjoy!

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A moving, introspective column by Roger Ebert on the internet and  all the lonely people.

Via Fashion Smashion, really cool things you didn’t know about sleep.

For my fellow New Yorkers, 50 reasons to love living in the City– perfect for those days when you miss the subway.

I’m not the biggest fan of fan, but this post made me re-evaluate autumn.

For all those techies out there, did Apple kill the CD?

The South and football: even debates over mascots get intense.

Really cool, creepy and beautiful abandoned ruins.

Life lessons we can learn from Thelma & Louise.

It’s only the second week of November, but it’s never too early to make Oscar predictions.

The election is over (and if you follow me on Twitter, you know not to get me started), but this statement about women and politics released by Congressional candidate Krystal Ball still resonates.

An ode to terrible school photos– awesome.

And finally, you can read my first-ever theater review on the Broadway musical Brief Encounters here.

Video Love 

“Falling Slowly” from the movie Once is just one of those mellow, melancholy songs I can listen to on repeat. Perfect for a rainy day. 

With all the recent press coverage on bullying, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made this video to remind people that “tomorrow will be better”.

It all started with a mouse, and an adorable one at that. (Side note: did anyone else see lots of Minnie Mouses this Halloween? Just me?)

What not to do during a live newscast. At least at Fordham Nightly News, we’re better than this!

I love the latest Sara Bareillis video, King of Anything. The song is fun and catchy, and her outfits are pretty awesome.

Which links are you loving this week?

~ Sarah

Remember September

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I never saw the Twin Towers. In fact, I don’t even think I was aware of them until September 11th.

That Tuesday was my generation’s equivalent to the day JFK was assassinated. It finally shattered our innocence, even though there were already cracks there. (By that time, the children of the ’80s and ’90s had already witnessed the Oklahoma City bombings, a presidential sex scandal and Columbine.)

I was in fifth grade. In my memories it was a rainy morning and sunny afternoon, though I don’t know for sure. I remember classmate after classmate being called to the office for early dismissal. At first it seemed like a strange coincidence, but then there were rumors of a serious storm. My teacher was reluctant to say anything, but she eventually told us a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I guess she hadn’t seen the news yet, because after she explained to our class what the WTC Towers were, it sounded like it was just a small plane. That it was an accident. It wasn’t until my mom turned on the news after school that I became aware of the reality- that terrorists had turned two jetliners into missiles.

The attacks were of course a defining moment in American history. Life has been split up according, before-9/11, after-9/11. I never got to see the old New York, with its stunning skyline. Sure, the city has moved on and is as energetic and insane as ever, but I’m sure it’s not the same. I can only imagine how it feels to be a real New Yorker, especially one that lost someone or had to walk by the site everyday. When I first came to New York, in 2004, I did have the chance to visit Ground Zero. It remember it being so striking and overwhelming because in a city of millions it was so empty.

Tomorrow, the 9th anniversary (already), has in a way been tainted by recent controversies. Namely, the proposed mosque in downtown New York and the plans for a small Florida church to burn copies of the Qur’an, the central text of Islam. For different reasons, both of these issues had ignited firestorms. However, they are obstructing the real matter at hand – honoring those were killed on September 11th, and those survivors and families whose lives have forever been changed. I feel like the victims wouldn’t want the rest of us spewing out such angry and hateful words. To quote Love Actually:

“When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge- they were messages of love.”

Tomorrow, we need to keep those affected by 9/11 in our thoughts and prayers. But maybe more so, we need to remind our loved ones about how much we care, because we might not always have the chance.

~ Sarah