Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Triumphant?? Return of Reality by Rach-My Marathon Journey

"Let's go for a run" is a phrase you'd absolutely 100% never hear me say! I hated - no, what's stronger than hate - loathed running. So you can imagine the shock of those around me -and honestly, I think I even shocked myself-when I signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. 

 I played soccer growing up and while I enjoyed the short sprints up and down the field, running a long distance was something that never crossed my mind to do -  and it is certainly not something that seemed enjoyable. So, when I met my now-husband in college and found out (once I was already too far into the relationship to turn back) that he ran 5K's and 10K's for fun, I found this information mind boggling. After cheering him on at a few races, he finally convinced me to run a 5k with him. I begrudgingly agreed and with minimal training set off one foot after the other to run my first race. Things were going great until after I crossed the finish line and ended up having an "athletic" induced asthma attack! I was 40 pounds overweight at the time and thankfully, after a few minutes, my lungs stopped turning on me and finally let some air in.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Netflix Series And Movies I'm Obsessed With

In the vast world of streaming services, web series, and tons of cable shows(for those of us who still overpay for a bunch of channels we don't use) it can be hard to sift through all the content out there. Ever since I took novel and film during my junior year of High School I've wanted to to be a movie critic. Like old school flip open a print newspaper and read the review for a movie you were looking forward to seeing because it was $5 back then, (which seems like a bargain these days!)and you didn't want to waste your money, kind of film critic. So thanks to the wonders of the internet I get to hop on my own platform and hopefully help shut out the noise and offer up some fun and enlightening content to binge watch!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Renewal of '13 Reasons Why' For A Third Season And Its Cultural Relevance

With the second season barely having a chance to settle into its streaming home, Netflix has renewed controversial teen drama '13 Reasons Why' for third season.

And while the renewal comes on the heels of an uproar from the angered public over the graphic scenes portrayed once again in the series it seems note worthy to address why this conversation the show has started needs to continue.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

America's Fascination With American Crime Story

With the newest installment of American Crime Story, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace debuting of FX this week it has many fans asking the question:

Will it mesmerize audiences and critics as much as the first installment of the anthology series, American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson?

The first thing to keep in mind is how drastically different this season of American Crime Story is compared to the first.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Having Difficult Conversations

Talking about grief is never easy. Perhaps that's why we don't talk about it. I mean like at all. For me, I think it was always this fear that I projected onto to others that I would make them sad if I talked about how I felt. It turns out, the only person I was hurting was myself. I don't think I ever fully realized the toll that losing both of my parents so close together would have on me.

But then suddenly I had this huge epiphany. this sort of WTF moment where I realized that it was finally manifesting itself. I was having panic attacks, feeling overwhelmed ( oh yeah, that's anxiety) and somehow had been living in my own time warp as I had no real grasp on how long ago they had passed away. But now I can say, as hard as it is that it's been seven years without a Dad and four without a mother. Which is wild because to be honest I didn't think I'd still be standing once they were gone. When the two people that brought you into this world are gone how can you feel that you still exist?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Interview With Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman

After the election I felt pretty disheartened about our current political climate. Not simply because 'my side lost' but rather because I felt like for the most part people wanted to just sit back and share their thoughts on social media without necessarily digging deeper into the bigger issues or wanting to get involved.  So I reached out to Pittsburgh City Councilman, Dan Gilman and he was kind enough to set aside time to meet with me to answer questions I had about my city but more importantly we went in depth on how normal everyday citizens can get involved on a local level and make a difference.  Check out our full interview below!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Female Energy Radiates At 'The Big Game'

In an evening most reserve for all the dudes in their life the 'Big Game' was surprisingly and beautifully female oriented this year. So I, like most of Americans tuned into to the Superbowl expecting the expected (outrageous commercials, an overly produced halftime show and of course a sub conscious desire to eat Doritos). However I got more much than epic football game this year. While everyone had Tom Brady's amazing comeback on the brain I couldn't help but to think about the female power at this years games.