Time-travel with your nose in a book

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The other day I found my mom sneezing continuously. “Mama, is the scent of my shampoo too strong?”, I hollered as I sat watching TV with a towel wrapped around my hair.

“It’s the smell of the book I’m reading”, she replied. “Is it an old book?”, I asked, thinking perhaps it’s her dust allergies. “No, it’s the one I got the last time your father and I went to the bookstore”, she replied with another sneeze.

My mom went on saying that surely the chemicals used in books during their printing process are no good for the human body…

A glimpse into where the magic happens

A dimly lit room with an old typewriter on the desk and plants on a faraway table
A dimly lit room with an old typewriter on the desk and plants on a faraway table
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Most articles and books that provide writing advice share ‘how-to’s based on techniques used by successful writers. They tell inspiring stories that offer insight on the what, the how, and the why of a certain writer’s writing process. Yet I’ve often wondered if there’s also value in learning about where and when they write.

In his book Write Like the Masters, William Cane explains that the place a writer chooses as their writing space can affect not only the number of words they produce but also the quality of their writing.

Back in the day- before the conjoined usage of…

Melatonin and Vitamin D’s correlation to sleep

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Sleep deprivation is a silent epidemic that existed long before COVID-19. Three years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 1 in every 3 adult Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis. For the business world, this translates into a sleep aid industry worth more than $70 billion dollars. For the average joe like you and me, the fact that such a thing as a sleep aid industry even exists should be a wake-up call.

Two of the most commonly prescribed — and marketed as harmless- hormone supplements are melatonin and Vitamin D. Did…

The unglamorous story of an actress who started a business from scratch

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The girl in movies you see wearing a bikini and kicking ass is how Jessica Alba describes how most people perceive her. It’s an unsurprising depiction of her Hollywood persona. Alba is an actress best known for starring in blockbuster action movies like Fantastic Four and Sin City. In 2007 British men’s lifestyle magazine, FHM named her the Sexiest Woman in the World.

However, in 2015 she graced the cover of a different type of magazine. Wearing a sleek power suit and a confident smile she fronted the cover of Forbes Magazine, making it into the list of America’s Richest…

Mariel Kim

Writer | M.S. in Professional Writing at NYU, Student

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