Saturday, November 28, 2009

Archives: Topping my List

As I look forward to the upcoming holiday season, I'm excited about the media's retrospectives on 2009. Toward the end of each calendar year, I immerse myself within the plethora of year-in-review magazine issues and television specials. I even incorporated my quirky interest into my college admissions essay, which remains my favorite writing piece of all time to this day. Read this updated version of the essay, and check back here for continued coverage of the Best and Worst of 2009 (and the Best and Worst of the 2000s!)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday and "Best of the Year" Seasons Begin!

With the arrival of Thanksgiving next week, the holiday season begins! I'm so excited about all of the annual traditions to come in the remaining weeks of 2009. Among my favorite things to do at this time of year, I enjoy immersing myself within the plethora of year-in-review magazine issues released and television specials broadcast. I even incorporated this quirky interest into my college admissions essay, which remains my favorite writing piece of all time.

These past two weeks, Oxford University Press announced its choices for Place of the Year and Word of the Year. It's been a great experience interning at OUP, and being a part of the dialogue related to the company's choices for Word and Place of 2009 have been especially fun for this list enthusiast.

I'll share more links and commentary related to "Best of 2009" and "Best of the 2000s" compilations as they develop, and also choose my own picks for the bests and worsts of the year and decade. Until then, I hope you enjoy reading about Oxford's choices for Word and Place of the Year! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I Keep Writing

Dear Readers,

With Thanksgiving arriving next week, I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. Ideas for posts, some latent for months, others drafted in fragments in a master topic word document, remain in my mind as I wait for the next moment when they will gain fleeting cultural relevancy once more. Hopefully that moment will fall on a day when I have a half hour to express my thoughts in a coherent, candid post.

This fall, I've started promoting this blog to friends and family. Sharing my writing can be challenging, because good writers by nature are required to reveal their deepest anxieties and dreams. As someone who has struggled with shyness over the course of my life, sharing these types of emotions has never come naturally. Writing has been my haven of self expression and comfort, dating back to those elementary school journals in which I described field trips and soccer games, then often experienced standing by the wayside. Over an adolescence, journaling has given me the confidence to think for myself, develop my own opinions, and voice those opinions to my family, friends, and, most recently, to my emerging professional network. Nonetheless, my personal writing has primarily served as a thought organizer for forthcoming conversations. Aside from term papers and scattered op-ed pieces for school newspapers and MFT, I've never shared it with anyone.

The fear that others won't like what I have to say, especially after the time I have spent writing and the courage I've garnered to publish my work, seems daunting at times. It's a fear that I feel has hindered my progress as a writer in the past, particularly within the blogosphere, where the condfidence of successful bloggers ranging from Arianna Huffington to Perez Hilton is evident. Nonetheless, I can't stop dreaming that some day others will identify with my opinions, inspired by them in a way similar to how my favorite writing has affected me. Therefore, I keep on writing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Start Spreading the News...

Today as I sit at my computer, whittling away at my job and graduate school applications, I am in good spirits. I am certainly excited about all of the possible opportunities that could start just by clicking the "send" button on my computer. Yet the primary reason for my giddiness is the New York Yankees Game 6 7-3 win last night, which led my favorite team to their 27th World Championship!

Yankee Stadium - August 2009
Growing up in the greater New York area, I've supported the Yankees since childhood and was fortunate enough to watch them win 4 World Series between the years of 1996 and 2000. I've always felt so proud and fortunate to be a member of the Yankee community, given the team's rich (no pun intended) history, with such accomplished players as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle, and countless others who have shaped America's pastime.

My adolescent years as a Yankee fan were frustrating at times. After watching those late 1990s teams succeed so naturally, I experienced the first disappointments of a baseball fan whose team has lost year after year, not quite able to synchronize their playing. I understood what fans of other franchises had gone through, and my appreciation for my team's past accomplishments deepened. I continued supporting the Yankees when it was most challenging, notably, when they lost the pennant to the Boston Red Sox in 2004, a loss that transformed southwestern CT into Red Sox Nation just in time for my college years in Massachusetts.

For the record, I forged great friendships at Holy Cross with fans on both sides of baseball's greatest rivalry. It's interesting, though, that the Yankees did not win another World Series until after I gradauted and moved back to the tri-state area. Furthermore, they won in the final year of this decade, at their new stadium, inaugurated this season. Is this a sign I should stay in New York City? Is it safe to include Fairfield County in Yankees Universe again? What will happen in seasons to come? I wonder. I know for certain, though, while team destinies may come and go, team loyalties are forever.