My Favorite Course This Semester: The Economic Development of Latin America

As a college student, I can attest to loving some college courses and not loving others. However, this past semester I had one of my favorite course since the start of my college career. The course was based on the political and economic development in Latin America because this region of world despite its vast resources, the region still lacks economic and cultural prosperities.

Historically, Latin America was colonized by several European countries that sent resources and goods back to their countries without compensation to natives. This put the region in a disadvantage when it came to early economic power after revolution from their colonial masters because their resources were still in the control of the colonials via land grants or money for the goods that did receive payment vs. the native who worked the land. Those that held the power on the resources took advantage of these infant governments and made the governing to their advantage despite the cut ties to their European ancestors. This continued the viscous cycle of the average population not receiving benefits of more open trading and economic opportunities in the world. A cycle which still is in effect today.

Mr. Max: Little Piece of Japan Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tucked away behind a donut shop and insurance company is a nondescript strip mall. When you step out of your car, you can see the odd blinds covering the windows along with the crinkled poster listing when the are open. Past the unfinished wood door is supposedly one of the top 50 restaurants in Dallas called Mr. Max, but nothing on the outside would lead you to believe it. However, I promise you that with a leap of faith you will find a little piece of Japan that will transport miles away from the Texas heat.

Opening the door, you are greeted by the smiling hostess while shuffling to the side of the tiny hallway so guest can pass you. Peek around the bend to see, tatami tables full of guests speaking a variety of languages, and a long bar in front of the kitchen where you can watch the kitchen bustle out orders. The walls are covered in vintage Japanese poster along with Japanese Kanji listing the offering for the menu with tiny English handwriting underneath for those who do not read Kanji. Find the little figurines throughout the place that give the restaurant a homey feel. Just on appearance alone, I was beyond excited. This bar looked like it came off the streets of Tokyo but it was actually in Irving, Texas. I was convinced I entered my Japanese happy place.

Stitch Fix: Shopping for Fashion Reimagined

On the news and in the papers, I have been seeing more shopping malls closing. It seems like the world is closing up shop on the brick and mortar stores. So what will happen to shopping for clothes? All my life, when you shopped for clothes you went to the mall and spent all day browsing hundreds of stores looking for the one or two pieces that you need. The stores are filled with an overwhelming amount of clothes and styles that may or may not work for your body type. I do not like going to shop at malls because of all the negative body, bamboozlement of colors, and overload of choices. I often myself leaving the mall with items of clothing that I needed but no idea how to pair them with my existing closet. So frustrated with traditional shopping, I started searching for a new way to update my closet. I was happy to find Stitch Fix!

Letter to Dad

This father’s day I have decide to publicly write a letter to my dad, the man who raised me and helped me grow into the woman that I am. To my dearest father,

Thank you for loving me over the years and raising me to be who I am. You raised me to be strong and proud! You taught me how to throw a ball even though I have zero athletic ability. You made sure I knew what was right from wrong. You taught me what love should look like and to never accept anything less from anyone. You drove me to every practice and game I signed up for even though you were busy with work. You taught me to drive even though I was terrified. (Sorry about giving you grey hair from it!) I have realized I have a lot to be thankful to you for over the years!

Dior: Paris to the World

In the world of fashion, haute couture is the highlight of every season. If you are not familiar with haute couture, here is a quick definition creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. There are many fashion houses that offer these masterpieces but very few have the reputation of making some of the most cutting edge piece along with the history to back them up. It just so happens that the Dallas Museum of Art hosted a special exhibit featuring some of the fashion house Dior’s greatest creations along with piece of the house’s historical archive. So let’s dive in to the world of haute couture and discover Dior: Paris to the World. 

Baseball: As American As Apple Pie

There are few things that bring the diverse population of America together. Food and sports seem to be the over arching things that bring us together. However, one sport has ingrained itself into our lives outside the field as much as baseball. When we see the picture of an idilic childhood in the movies it is that of a parent throwing a baseball back and forth with their child. Early on in school, we learn the cheerful tunes of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. We study historic figures in baseball’s hall of fame that hallmarked the merging of a more diverse and accepting place.

Dog Agility Continued ….

Feet pounding with eyes glued to the red streak behind me. She clears over the bar before dashing into the curved tunnel. She pops out with her tongue hanging out before glancing quickly at me before dashing ahead to clear the next tunnel  and the next jump. This is our playground. Nothing can take her smile or mine away. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you are missing out on the joys of dog agility.

Bored Dog = Bad Dog

Dogs are amazingly smart creatures. So how does an owner tap into a dog’s natural talents in order to mentally challenge them?

Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Forgotten

History has often wiped away the impacts of women from their pages. However, many are trying to write about that wrong by rewriting history to include them. The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the few trying to fix that by doing a special exhibit for Berthe Morisot.