The Brazilian Love Affair with Whatsapp: a Case Study for U.S. Communication

An absurdly continual predicament: I unlock my phone to check a few messages from a close friend from Mexico or a business contact, both of whom I only communicate with through Whatsapp. My friends peer over my shoulder, and what awaits me is a discussion I’ve never been able to evade. “What’s that app?” saysContinue reading “The Brazilian Love Affair with Whatsapp: a Case Study for U.S. Communication”

Buena Onda Continues St. Augustine’s Vegan Legacy

A new wave has washed over St. Augustine, bringing a tide of Latin spice, healthy eating, and a bright, comfortable atmosphere. Buena Onda, meaning “good vibes” or literally “good wave” in Spanish, opened its doors in early February. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as a full-service café featuring espresso drinks, plant-powered lattes, vegetarianContinue reading “Buena Onda Continues St. Augustine’s Vegan Legacy”

A Lesson Learned: Sephardim, Social Media, and Conversion during COVID-19

It sounded like muscle memory, if that’s possible. As the rabbi lit the final candle, the blessings he sang soared through my ears like birds in echelon, landing somewhere previously untouched. He had definitely sung them a thousand times before, and sang so nonchalantly that for a moment I felt like I knew them fromContinue reading “A Lesson Learned: Sephardim, Social Media, and Conversion during COVID-19”

Deaf Chicago Artist Bridges Sign Language and Art Online

“It’s not very well-made,” said Quinn West, grinning down at their first photography book, displaying black-and-white photos desperately bound in a half-inch black binder. “For a lot of us in class, it was our first time making a book.” They leafed through pages textured with braille, which West learned in the process of creating theContinue reading “Deaf Chicago Artist Bridges Sign Language and Art Online”