by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers! Ever since that fateful day three years ago, when the thick impasto of paint and the glory of the frozen narrative was revealed to me , I’ve explored and uncovered the dynamic (and sometimes disturbing) world of art history.  Gobs of literature were thrown at me as well, and… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Although sifting through thousands of words and paragraphs is pure ecstasy for me, I’m not the fastest reader in the universe. I often have to read slowly and then reread several times phrases, whole pages, or even entire chapters until the gist of words becomes crystallized in my memory. I’ve noticed that… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Upon entering the cramped atrium, I was assaulted by a precocious family of 23, an impatient hostess dolled up in condescension, and a meadow of hand painted Spanish tiles. Of course, I am referring to The Columbia, a homegrown culinary legend and the oldest established restaurant in Florida.  Although my first impressions… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Since I have spent way too many thoughts about Anna Karenina, I have a solid sense of each character’s personality, including their behavior in “Society” versus in the domestic realm, their aspirations, and their manner of speaking. Some characters, such Anna, Levin, and Varenka, I immediately gravitated towards because of their striking… Read More