Climbing Out of a Rut: The Infinite Struggle

I’ve been having a rough time lately. School and life got a bit overwhelming for a second and I lost a lot of interest in sharing myself with people. I felt uninteresting and that my life was monotonous. Most of my free time has been spent studying math. I graduate college, finally, in May. But I have to pass math first, which has proven to be the mother of challenges. I’m a right-brain!

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I’m thinking about switching my blog platform to Wix. My only qualm about making the switch is that Wix will make sarah On The Go! more of a generalized website and less of a blog. Okay, so what? Well, I like connecting with you guys. WordPress allows me to reach so many people so easily. Thanks, Reader! I also love comments. Even when they’re telling me I’m wrong. I learn a lot from you all. It’s just so cozy over here on WordPress. If anyone has suggestions on how to jazz up a premium template, help me out. Because right now all I can do is change the font. ZzZzzz…

Anyway, I’ve got some big things planned this summer and I want to post about all of it! I’m going to Wisconsin, Maryland and Denver again for Phish shows. There’s also a three-day festival the band’s putting on. Also, my friends and I decided to try out Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. So that’s up first. My poor body… it’s takes such a beating in the summer. No complaints though, I live for live music.

I’ve been working on opening my Etsy shop. I have been crafting custom jewelry in my free time. Ironic, because I was just bitching about being so busy with college life, and math, and being uninteresting (that takes up a lot of time)… over-analyzer in the house! I didn’t know I liked making jewelry, though, and it’s new and fun and that’s a fucking good feeling. New and fun. Say it with me, now: NEW AND FUN!

Alas, I still love to write. My graphic novel series is almost done. It’s dark and depressing at moments, but life has a lot of that. I want to tell you guys more about that when it’s almost complete. It’s been my baby, my absolute obsession. I cringe at the thought of trying to get published.

Not posting anything on here for so long hurts. I love to write for the interwebs. Thanksfully, I feel like I’m crawling up out of the rut and back into the world again.

Love to all!!!

 

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Looking to Interview Recipients of Charity

My last semester of college started on Monday and already I’m knee-deep in planning for projects. In my my magazine writing course, my professor handed out an article from December’s New York Times: What Happens to Letters to Santa Claus From New York City Children?

You can read the original story here but the gist of it is about letters to Santa Claus that are answered by members of the United States Postal Service. Operation Santa is not a charity, but rather a gesture of good will by employees of the USPS who have been responding to letters in the New York City area for over 70 years.  letter-to-santa

After digging into the Times’ article, searching for potential follow-up stories on USPS operations, salaries, etc., I thought an interesting piece (and more happier) would be to focus on a child who got a response from Santa, the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, so on and so forth.

Is there anyone out there who, as a child, received any type charity or warm greeting (gift, card, visit, phone call) which had a lasting impression on their life? You do not have to be a recipient of Operation Santa, perhaps any charitable association who positively (even negatively) impacted your life heading into the adult future.

If you are willing to share your story, please comment below and let me know! Your name will be changed if you wish. Any story I produce will be for mine and my professor’s eyes only.

If you want to contact me anonymously, e-mail sarahmastroni@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Andrea Stella, a volunteer with Operation Santa, choked up while reading children’s letters to Santa Claus with Mike Catsam at the James A. Farley Post Office Building in Manhattan. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times