Live and Let Love

This month's Porcelain Ashes column is a sole contribution by Krystal, inspired by a conversation both columnist recently had. Krystal: Let's talk about love. But let me start out by saying that I've...

The Art of Imitation!

Yako: I love memes! Two years ago, I did not even know what a meme was. According to Wikipedia, memes have been around since 1976! And the word “meme” is short for “mimeme,” which is from Ancient...

The Strength in Sadness

Krystal: Let’s face it. There is no shortage of things to be upset about these days. Whether it’s grief from the loss of a loved one, a breakup, losing your job, not finding a job, losing a friendship, or...

Black History Is About The Future

Yako: Black History Month is coming up. When I first arrived in New York from The Netherlands some 10 years ago, I was of course not very familiar with Black History Month. Soon after my arrival, I started to...

Christmas Cringes

Krystal: It’s that time again. The holiday music in almost every public space, the good-natured laughter among friends, family and co-workers, the heightened utility bills from decorations, and ridiculous...

Woods and Weather

Yako: You must have seen that Geico commercial. The one where four people are running around in the woods trying to hide from some evil slayer. This is their conversation: Male 1: "Let's hide in the...

Brooklyn Blues

Krystal: Yako, I know you've been around the world enough to be able to relate to different types of communities. You can probably relate to this -- when it comes to the direct relationship to the...
FOMO

FOMO Fatigue

Yako: Do you sometimes also feel that urge to flake out? And when you do and give in, what is the reason that you give your friend, who is particularly excited about whatever you had planned? Before you...

Digital Downgrade

Krystal: I can't help but notice how much of a beautiful day it is. Summertime is beckoning me from my windows. The wave of humidity has finally subsided, the breeze is calm and soothing, and the sky is a...

Tumbleweave

By Yako Boren and Krystal Brown Yako: You know what I think is so odd? When I walk down Fulton Street, I always see clumps of hair rolling down the pavement. What is that all about? I mean, there must be a...