Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Fiction, Storytelling, and a Mirror to the Real World

Posted by Contributor on October 2, 2020 in Novel Ideas, Personal | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett hen I was in the sixth grade, I had all but convinced myself that I was basically Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I wanted so badly to be exactly like her; I learned how to do the signature braid, wore a “mockingjay” necklace religiously, and even developed a very middle school […]

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Late Night Thoughts

Posted by melissa kandel on June 23, 2020 in Guest Post, Personal | No Comments

By Heatherly Grace Shepherd  As my air conditioner is broken, I’m kept up at 2:00 in the morning by the summer heat seeping through my windows, and thoughts of my resiliency and what that word actually means. So … why? I was raised in a military family and resiliency was a big word that was […]

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Pipeline to a Cure

Posted by melissa kandel on July 14, 2019 in Orange County events, Personal | No Comments

I’ve learned a lot by giving back. I’ve learned there’s happiness in selflessness and that even one person with a will to create change really and truly can. (I’m not referring to myself, although I hope to one day be such a catalyst for charitable revolution. I refer instead to Judy Burlingham, chairman of Pipeline […]

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On Earth Day, In Style

Posted by melissa kandel on April 22, 2019 in Personal | 1 Comment

This week I found surprisingly profound wisdom in the words of Tim Gunn. Yes that Tim Gunn, of “Project Runway” fame, who effortlessly sashayed around dozens of frantic designers, imploring them in his characteristic, frank timber to “make it work.” Him. I read his book, “A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style” over the weekend as part […]

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The Incredible Lightness of Cleaning

Posted by melissa kandel on March 2, 2019 in Personal | 2 Comments

I recently attempted to #KonMari my house to make it a more inviting, simple, joyful place. In reality, I have no actual idea how the method goes (full confession) but instead, just asked myself with every item: “Does it spark joy?”

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Message for a New Year

Posted by melissa kandel on December 31, 2018 in Personal | 5 Comments

What’s a late-December blog post without a few words to take with you into the new year? Nothing, I tell ya! Nothing. So, here are mine:

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Grape Expectations (Or When Doing Good Goes Bad)

Posted by melissa kandel on October 4, 2018 in Personal | 7 Comments

I’m on a mission. Navigating the waters of my existence like a swashbuckling sailor, I’ve let feelings guide me instead of following some reliable, boring North Star. And what I’ve discovered along this mission is that it feels good to make someone else happy. So, with my boat lilting against the early autumn wind, I took off […]

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They Call Me a Narcissist

Posted by melissa kandel on February 4, 2018 in Personal | 22 Comments

I almost didn’t write this post. I almost didn’t hit the “publish” button and almost let these words disappear into lost-prose obscurity. Then I thought, “no.” I told myself to do it. Others out there might be having these same doubts, my inner monologue said. Others may too be dealing with a stranger who comments […]

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In Which I Interview Myself

Posted by melissa kandel on January 15, 2018 in Personal | 11 Comments

Hello. My apologies for the hiatus, I haven’t forgotten about you, life has been busy and honestly, little word studio has always been this place of uber-creativity for me and I haven’t felt all that inspired to write something worthy of this blog. The plan for little word studio in 2018, just so you know, […]

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To Understand My Mom

Posted by melissa kandel on November 8, 2017 in Personal | 107 Comments

That morning I ordered waffles, which I almost never do. Funny I can recall the waffles with such clarity (syrup-soaked, dense) and next the walk home along a Chicago street bordered by pudgy brownstones. It was a sunlit April day, the bitterness of Midwest winter finally releasing its grasp. My phone rang — “book the […]

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