You started the year with so much going for you, or so you thought. You moved back to your beloved city on a humid August day to a beautiful loft apartment shared with three kind friends. You were excited to reconnect with classmates and impress the freshmen with your seniority. Most of all, you couldn’t wait to spread the good news: In a week you would start an internship at a small literary agency, an internship you’d acquired all by yourself, no connections in hand, and one that would propel you forward in your career path of choice.
We started watching Gilmore Girls soon after graduating from college. Our summer roommate, Elisabeth, had season two on DVD, and one sticky summer night, we stuck it in the DVD player, unaware of the magic we were stumbling upon. Soon thereafter, it became our Sunday night tradition—stability in a season when everything was changing. We’d make homemade buffalo chicken pizza and curl up on the couch for an episode or two (or three) to round out each weekend. We’d laugh, we’d cry, we’d critique Lorelai’s horrible outfits, and we’d philosophize about which of Rory’s boyfriends was the best (Logan, and don’t try to tell us otherwise).
Taylor Swift’snew albumis out, and dogsdressed upin costume at Tompkins Square Park yesterday. If that doesn’t start your week off right, just remember that fall back happensnext Sundayand an extra hour of sleep is headed your way. In other news…
1. New York, New Jersey, and Illinois have announced strict quarantines for those returning from working on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The White House thinks the guidelines go too far and is working onits own set. (viaUSA Today)
Katherine's journey to Europe continued with a visit to France. Keeping with her visual inspiration of design and color, the fusion of bright white stone and light blue accents caught her eye and begged her to document the experience.
We’ve all had days when celebration seems inconsistent with our true circumstances: when merry-making and festivities may be alright for them but is a misrepresentation of how we’re truly feeling that moment. When this happens, we find ways to opt out, to stay home, to withdraw. And why not? We don’t feel like joining in.
A few years ago, I flew down to South Carolina for my grandmother’s birthday party and surprised my whole family there. I jumped out from behind a pillar as my parents were arriving, and seeing their faces was priceless. I have long loved surprises. It could be the simplest thing — like a new pen or dark chocolate bar from a friend — but if it’s a (good) surprise, I love it.
How about you? Do you love surprises or hate them? Any stories of a time a surprise went really well or time it was a total disaster? We'd love to know!
As a child growing up in Southern California, my experience of seasons was limited. Passing time was marked by a new school year and a new soccer team, little else. It wasn’t until I moved away at eighteen to pursue a liberal arts degree in the Midwest that I saw my first snowfall. It was October 16, 2002, and on that day I became hopelessly smitten by the novelty of changing seasons.
Laura and Madison are on a fall break trip with friends, and their days have consisted of more jokes and pumpkin beer and less news and opinion. No Five & Five today. Hope you had a great weekend, and we'll catch you next week!
In her recent venture overseas, Katherine was able to capture the unique vegetation of the Scottish Highlands and English landscapes. The natural beauty stretching for miles with its rugged, moody landscapes inspired her creative eye to contrast the differences between the wild Scottish forestry and the serene English countryside.
Madison Peace and Avery Reed are the tag-team duo who make the inner workings of In Earnest happen. The friends plan and edit content, reach out to authors and illustrators, connect with different artists, and make each day at IE happen. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how In Earnest is run.
For more than the last 365 days, I’ve been taking myself more seriously.
I’ve been making art.
Madison “Editor-In-Chief” Peace emailed me on May 31, 2013, and pitched an idea to me for a series on their yet-to-debut magazine, In Earnest. She said she would like someone to handwrite a vocabulary word to demonstrate IE’s value of learning. I’m sure she asked me because she knew that Ginger Oakes and I had been practicing our calligraphy for a while. So I agreed. It sounded like an invitation to do something and to be a part of something special.