“the gift of grace”: happy easter sunday

by Esther J. Santiago Happy Easter Sunday to those who celebrate! I love the tranquility of an early Easter morning when the sun hasn’t risen entirely, and the sky is a soft blue-grey. Cherry blossoms and tulips are in view. The warmer breeze. Birds singing. Then, I hide Easter eggs all over the house. AndContinue reading ““the gift of grace”: happy easter sunday”

love song micropoetry

by Esther J. Santiago Ah, Valentine’s Day—sips cup of hot cocoa—the one day to splurge on yourself or a loved one. It’s also the one day when it’s tolerable to be cheesy. No? There’s no excuse for being cheesy?  What do you think? Throughout  the first half of February, we are bombarded with roses, chocolates,Continue reading “love song micropoetry”

stay home this christmas, and send a poem to your loved ones

by Esther J. Santiago My grandmother refers to social-distancing as an “act of love.” This way, you protect yourself and others. We try our best to stay healthy these days by staying six-feet apart, wearing masks, washing hands, foregoing hugs, etc. As positive cases for COVID-19 continue to rise, we must take upon ourselves extraContinue reading “stay home this christmas, and send a poem to your loved ones”

an introduction to cosmology: reading and listening recommendations

by Liz Sankey Ever since I was a little girl, I found myself lost in books and worlds far away from my own. Imagining faeries, sprites, and all kinds of little magic creatures, or watching humans on spacecrafts fly from planet to planet, exploring millions of different ecosystems. Space and the universes beyond were fascinatingContinue reading “an introduction to cosmology: reading and listening recommendations”

defining dreamy lit: journeys to magical stories

by Lilia Shen I’ve built a shelf for a well-loved collection of writing that I call “dreamy lit,” a loose collection of stories that deal in magic, plus intimacy, myth, youth, yearning, hidden interconnectedness, and more. They are stories about worlds built just on top of or just beneath our own. They read like aContinue reading “defining dreamy lit: journeys to magical stories”

synesthesia and coffee: aurora reading playlist

by Esther J. Santiago I can’t remember the last time I sat at a café with a croissant and a white chocolate mocha next to my laptop, just listening to soft tunes as I wrote for hours. Whether it was for work, school, or simply writing for myself, letting time pass away at a caféContinue reading “synesthesia and coffee: aurora reading playlist”