Arts, Entertainment, and Food

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Seven best Halal restaurants in Greater Boston

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5 Tips for phone photography

My list of scary movie recommendations

How to learn to solve a Rubik’s cube

Two cartoon couples standing next to each other. Photo and drawing courtesy of the author.

Queerness in anime: It’s rarely present

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How to become a better softball player

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4 Anime you should definitely watch

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Upgrade your fashion

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KDramas I recommend to new watchers

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Tips to improve your baking

Digital art of a girl holding a beverage. Drawing and photo courtesy of the author.

6 tips and debunks I wish I knew when I began digital art

Digital drawing of a lion with a crown. Drawing and photo courtesy of the author.

5 simple steps to becoming an artist

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8 movies to watch when you’re bored

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5 places to watch movies and tv shows for free

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What you need for a successful road trip

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How to take down a video game boss

Collage of different first-person shooter games.

6 tips to improve your FPS Skills

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A beginner’s guide to crocheting

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Bingeable anime you can watch in a day

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Animes you should watch

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How to get into anime and the different genres

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Snowboarding and Patience

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Art changed my life

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Real Dreamers Change The World

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Your style can help your mental health

Looking through a clothing rack. Photo courtesy of Becca McHaffie on Unsplash.

Why are fashion trends dying out so quickly?

Meme of a person holding a credit card, demanding to cancel heteronormativity. Meme by the author.

Why is being straight the default?

Fashion research in the form of photos and drawings spread out on a desk. Photo and edit by the author.

FashGen — don't judge someone based on their clothes

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It's not the “damn game”

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“The Dark Knight”: What superhero movies should aspire to be

Painting on the side of a building. Photo courtesy of Maria Bobrova on Unsplash.

Connect the dots

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Ketchup, mustard, and a change of taste

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It's not just clothes

Photo at a One Direction concert from the crowd. Photo taken by the author.

What One Direction means to me

Two girls playing chess in a cozy room. Photo courtesy of Monstera on Pexels.

I don't need to "act my age"

Penguins diving into water from rocks. Photo courtesy of Sebastian Seck on Unsplash.

Birthdays, penguins, and fireworks!

Yellow caution tape that reads, "CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS." Photo courtesy of Kat Wilcox on Pexels.

A week in the life

Greg from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" sleeps while thinking about the information in his diary. Meme created by the author.

I'm a pisces, after all

View of the author watching "My Hero Academia." Photo taken by the author.

Diary entries from Deku

Photo of the "The Song of Achilles" book cover. Photo taken by the author.

Some reading recommendations

Photo of the author's planner. Photo taken by the author.

A word a day keeps the doctors away

Photo of the sky and clouds between green plants. Photo taken by the author.

Summer days

Stacks of pages of open books. Photo courtesy of Free-Photos on Pixabay.


Two side-by-side figurines of Batman and the Joker. Photo courtesy of Patrick Collins on Unsplash.

Why do I like the Joker?

Photo of the author as a young child and her younger brother amongst twinkling lights. Photo courtesy of the author.


An empty study room in the author's local library. Photo taken by the author.

The importance of my library

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Q&A with Emily Hsieh

A view of festival-goers at Boston Calling. Photo taken by the author.

Music festivals and everything in between

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Six overrated classic movies to avoid

A screenshot of a squishy community the author participates in. Screenshot by Alena Tran.

Five tips to starting a squishy collection

Street art in Graffiti Alley. Photo courtesy of Maria O'Malley.

Exploring Boston and its hidden gems

Book displays at Brookline Booksmith. Photo by andtheywerebookmates via Instagram.

Seven things to do to make reading a real habit

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The best things to bake

A still from Moonlight. Press photo from A24.

Nine coming-of-age movies you need to see before you graduate high school

One of the author's plushies, BunBun.

How to become a plushy enthusiast

The box for the Harmony Ashcroft case in the Unsolved Case Files series.

Four games to play when you are having a family game night

A Jaiden Animations video on the author's laptop, against a closed windowsill. Photo taken by the author.

Jaiden Animations is the reason I’m in therapy

An open book with words written in Spanish next to a drink in a clear glass. Photo taken by the author.

A tale of two "hobbies"

Sunrise over the author's tree-filled Minecraft world. Photo courtesy of the author.

Something about video games...

Silhouettes of two people playing guitar on the beach at dusk. Photo courtesy of Mike Giles on Unsplash.

You've got a friend in me!

A painting of a silhouette of a free with branches, roots, and birds flying near it, against dark green and yellow-green background. Art painted by the author.

Painting vs. perfection

Photo of an empty chair against an outdoor wall, on front of a desk full of textbooks, notebooks and a laptop. Image courtesy of Jaeyoung Geoffrey Kang via Unsplash.

Looking back at the last year

Photo of a birthday cake with lit candles on top. Image courtesy of Richard Burlton via Unsplash.

Holidays during COVID

Photo of a lamp and wall art against a light-colored wall, courtesy of author.

Given the circumstances

Still from a black and white film with a non-Asian actor depicting an Asian character. Image courtesy of author.

We should watch movies despite Asian stereotypes

A comic-style illustration of a food desert. Art credit to Shirley Cannon.

Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

Photo of a person wearing a mask looking at produce outdoors. Image courtesy of Gabriella Clare Marino via Unsplash.

Local business leaders reflect on surviving one year of COVID-19

A street lined with local storefronts. Photo courtesy of Mariah Solomon on Unsplash.

Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

Small white dog with long hair in a tie-dye shirt stands in front of a protest line, where people hold signs that read "NO MORE FACTORY FARMS." Photo courtesy of Jorge Maya on Unsplash.

Vegans just want more positive change

Black and brown dome machine. Photo courtesy of Charlie Seaman on Unsplash.

Alien bedtime story

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A needle on a pink, blue and white record on a record player. Photo courtesy of Lee Campbell on Unsplash.

On music

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Hey, Arnold, what’s it like to know you’re loved?

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Elizabeth Keen's journey

A white firework at night. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Dear Love, from Romeo

Woman holding mirror against her head and face in the middle of a forest, with the green forest reflecting on the mirror. Photo courtesy of Tasha Kamrowski on Unsplash.

To all the stories I’ve read before

A monarch butterfly on a pink flower, against a blue sky. Photo courtesy of Camerauthor on Unsplash.

Butterfly effect

Woman wearing yellow jumpsuit stands in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Photo courtesy of Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash.

Berlin and I

A white and red striped blanket crocheted by the author. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Yarn to masterpiece

Photo of a person holding a makeup palette with many different colors. Image courtesy of Laura Chouette via Unsplash.

How hair and makeup can empower women and girls

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What online friends taught me about maintaining relationships

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Things to do to stay productive at home

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8 fun different activities you can do during a snow day that is during a pandemic

Photo of a sunrise with a purple and pink sky, courtesy of author Mabel Chen.

Top 4 things to do in quarantine

Photo of a dark mug on a coaster with steam coming out of it. Image courtesy of Tim Foster via Unsplash.

Foods that will keep you warm in the winter

Multicolored "Shonen Jump" anime wallpaper. Photo courtesy of Wallpaper Engine.

Anime: Is it a "weird" or "kid" thing?

Writing through the Distance logotype.

"Z Nation" is a show you won't want to stop watching

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in "The Mandalorian." Photo courtesy of Disney Media Center.

'The Mandalorian' delivers on action and suspense

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Come eat with us

A study room at the Boston Public Library. Photo courtesy of Daniel Brubaker on Unsplash.

Libraries and why we need them

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Boxing fans upset: should YouTubers be boxing?

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Scalping should be illegal

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I wanted to play baseball

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With my Android, it was my time to get roasted

People using escalators at a busy mall, with disco balls hanging from the ceiling. Photo courtesy of Victor Xok on Unsplash.

The world's most oblivious robbery

A fleet of Storm Troopers. Photo courtesy of Agnieszka Kowalczyk on Unsplash.

My "Star Wars" marathon

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The great hotdog debate of 2020

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Music, my passion!

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Woman laying on her back and resting her foot on a boombox. Photo courtesy of Eric Nopanen on Unsplash.

The music of our lives