Writing

Below is a sampling of journalistic pieces I have written for independent projects and coursework at university.

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Fighting Sugar with a Knife, One Meal at a Time

A learn-by-doing and non-judgmental community health and nutrition program based in Princeton, New Jersey.

PRINCETON, NJ - Every Monday morning, about a dozen people gather in a home kitchen to cook lunch. One is a practicing psychologist, another the executive chef of a school district, and someone used to keep birds at the Bronx Zoo. Others are teachers, amateur cyclists, and retired audio engineers. Above the whirring blenders, tap-tapping of knives against cutting boards, and simmering chili on the stove, they talk about yoga, cats, and reading glasses. The kitchen fills with smells of ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, fennel, and chili. Occasionally, a blender mishap spews snow pea sauce into the air, covering the white window curtains with a silky green liquid… [more]

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A Lifetime of Persistence and Free Education

Siv, like any other tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap, has seen the looming Angkorian temples hundreds of times, but unlike the others, he has another job after a long day of driving: teaching English for free to more than 200 children in his community.

In progress.

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A Court of Intention, Giving Back to Its Community

In New York City, Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court, shows how a court can effectively solve — rather than cause — neighborhood problems.

NEW YORK CITY, NY - The fourth nor’easter to hit New York City in a month was a cold start to spring, but at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, warmth and energy prevailed like any other day. Judge Alex M. Calabrese was in his black gown by 9:30am, and court attorney Edna McGoldrick was on her feet, shuffling manila files between offices and the courtroom.

Most defendants had shown up, including a young mother and her four-month old baby, despite the flurry of snow outside… [more]