Possibly The Most Exciting & Difficult Challenge I Have Ever Taken On And I Recommend You Do Too

“Who died for your sins and saved your life?” The crowd was bursting with flashes of light and I could make out the tail-end of my name through the stampeding hands and raucous cheering. “Jesus Christ!” “I baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” The first view I ever had of the inside of the church was from … Continue reading Possibly The Most Exciting & Difficult Challenge I Have Ever Taken On And I Recommend You Do Too

Bathroom Readers: The Grand Canyon

Two weeks after the plane ride back to California, we took off again. What? You can’t blame us for having itchy feet! Fortunately for our funding, this place is just an eight hour drive away yet is still one of the top world destinations and completely free. I’ll give you a hint, before I actually saw it, I always imagined it would look something like … Continue reading Bathroom Readers: The Grand Canyon

Expressions of A Mexican Griot

The Jackson family arrived safely back in Long Beach yesterday morning to an empty, echoey house. We setup a few mattresses on the floor and huddled together, because this weather is absolutely freezing! I haven’t felt the lick of seventy degrees in ten months, and let me tell you, after living under a ripe sun and rice-cooking humidity, this is a bit of culture shock. … Continue reading Expressions of A Mexican Griot

Hasta Pronto, Playa Del Carmen!

Happy June! After our Jackson family see-you-soon shindig yesterday night, we have been busy rolling up our belongings to travel back to California for the summer. Departure is in two days, and all my belongings- except for my library of books- I packed into two bags in less than half an hour. Meanwhile, hurricane season is on the brink of its return and the sky … Continue reading Hasta Pronto, Playa Del Carmen!

I Know Why A Dead Bird Can Still Sing

30 of May Countdown: Four Days until departure Marguerite Johnson was thrust into the world on April 4, 1928, nearly 71 years before I was even a thought. But as young Marguerite traversed the temperamental tides of life, a new identity began to shape; the strong-willed woman shed a skin of abuse, silence, and racial discrimination, the sound of her indomitable voice culminating in a … Continue reading I Know Why A Dead Bird Can Still Sing

Paradise, Pastries, & Paranormal Activity

Before I scare you with the video chronicling our run-in at an abandoned, haunted hotel on a secluded beach where the ghosts of past guests still checking into their desiccated rooms can be heard, let me share about the goodies I’ve been baking! As you know, my family went organic, plant-based vegan almost four years ago, but that doesn’t mean we have missed out on … Continue reading Paradise, Pastries, & Paranormal Activity

The Liebster Award (That I Just Learned Exists)

6 of May So since I was nominated for some blogosphere award, you, my faithful yet small amount of readers, get to learn a little about me, as part of the rules of the award. Read at your own risk. “The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community … Continue reading The Liebster Award (That I Just Learned Exists)

A Condensed History of The Mexican Spirit

5 of May Feliz Cinco de Mayo! On this historic Mexican holiday, we look to the past and remember the great Mexican victory won over the French (who were angry because Mexico didn’t pay their bills.) On this day, 1862, a band of ragtag natives lead by Ignacio Zaragoza and armed with meager artillery valiantly defended their land with a spirit that has enraptured the … Continue reading A Condensed History of The Mexican Spirit

Road Trippin: Palenque & San Cristobal

Day 1. Saturday, April 12. And We’re Off! + Hostel Yaxkin Loaded up the car with our bags, Christy, Andrew, Clayton, and the Jackson clan. We took off for Palenque at 9:30, and had been driving for eight hours when our rental van broke down. We stopped at a mechanic in one of the twelve building villages, who gave the fuel pump the ol’ German … Continue reading Road Trippin: Palenque & San Cristobal

Xplor (Forget Disneyland)

6 of April Well, I am here to tell you that the attraction park Xplor right outside of Playa (off the caratera, aka freeway) is a must for vacationers and residents alike! Yesterday my family, cousins Kristine and Kennedy visiting from San Francisco, and our young friends Asha and Raina all made the trip down the caratera to explore Xplor (sorry, had to.) Residents: you … Continue reading Xplor (Forget Disneyland)

Bladder Rain Dances (And Other Social Reforms)

2 of April From Saturday to Sunday I spent my hours in the hospital, so I had a lot of time to lay back and think about all the things that bother me and are, inevitably, wrong with society. My bacterial infections, parasite, and rotavirus had kept me from food for 36 hours, so naturally this was the first thing that I noticed had gone … Continue reading Bladder Rain Dances (And Other Social Reforms)

Grit and Grime: Exposing The Streets

28 of March Vivian Maier. Add that name to my list of People-I-Love, right in between Sylvia Plath and Banksy. A sort of real-life Hannah Montana, Ms. Maier spent her days working as a “Mary Poppins” type nanny in Chicago and New York, all the while accumulating a massive archive of her photographs she took on the streets with a modest Kodak Brownie with one … Continue reading Grit and Grime: Exposing The Streets

100 Dresses

23 of March Hi, I’m Maia and I’m a holdon-aholic. Hold On-Aholic (phrasal verb of hold): 1. One who continues to keep things in their possession that are no longer required and are unnecessary to an extreme extent. For many months, my mind was stuck in a perpetual, cynical fog that hovered like dust particles above every stray thought I had, waiting patiently to settle … Continue reading 100 Dresses