Category: Culture

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

The ache for homecoming. That’s the origin of the word nostalgia. And, as we all know, home is where the heart is. So, where are the hearts of my generation? What do we associate with “home?”

The reality is I don’t think we know. We were all born to a transitional period in global history, one that has yet to slow. By the time I was 18, I was longing for the feeling of an old Polaroid camera or my childhood film cameras. For me, photography is a primary way of keeping track of time, and the days of film cameras and going to Eckerd’s to develop the film is one of the last times I felt social stability.

Living in the sentimentality of nostalgia grounds me, and lets me look to the future with less despair, and maybe even outright hope.

Turns out, I’m not the only one. Nostalgia has been cited as a way to combat depression and increase optimism for the future. A bona fide coping method we millennials, and our successors, are ascribing to full throttle. To what do I refer? Let’s break it down.

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Celts, Customs, and Costumes: Halloween’s History

Celts, Customs, and Costumes: Halloween’s History

It’s Halloween, the time when ghosts, apparitions, spirits, other-worldly beings come out to play. They scare us, mystify us, and keep us in the dark. Almost everyone knows what they are and while not many have had experiences with them, at least 18% have. Or, at least, say they have. So, who’s to say they are – or are not- real?

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin.

Spice.

And everything nice. These are the ingredients to make the perfect Basic Girl.

But everyone accidentally decided do this one thing:

Put in everything.

*Kaboom*

Thus, the pumpkin spice movement was born, selling in stores everywhere: bakeries, coffee shops, home goods stores and…halloween stores?

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Not Just a Vagina Monologue

Not Just a Vagina Monologue

Naked except for a small bikini bottom and the juice of a fresh mango flowing down my chin onto my chest, onto my hands, onto my arms. That is the image I conjure when I think of my childhood. I remember the baby blue bikini I loved with little bees printed all over it, and I remember it was my uniform for the pool, the beach, and mango season.

I remember standing on stage for a summer performance and having the only two-piece swimsuit; I remember the first time I had to buy a one-piece swimsuit for a swimming class; I remember the awkward tan lines; I remember feeling too shy to wear such small bikinis during puberty; and I remember never deciding what swimsuit to wear based on other people.

I don’t know about you, but I believe we should pick our swimsuits (and other clothing) based on what we think about it, not what others might think. I believe that it’s okay to go topless at the beach, and I believe I will never be okay with doing that myself.

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Fear Fest: Top 5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

Fear Fest: Top 5 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

If you’re a movie nerd like me, you probably love a good horror flick. It can be about werewolves, vampires, zombies or even ghosts! Just give me something that makes me afraid to walk to the bathroom alone in the middle of the night. Luckily for you, I’ve done all the hard work and taken my top five favorite Netflix horror movies and given you a handy list. I did my best to choose cult-classic, probably aired on SyFy only once, B movies. You know, the ones you’ve never heard of before.

Caution, there may be spiders, *erm* I mean spoilers, ahead…

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