Caps off to you!

By Leo Bulaev, intern

Graduation is upon us, whether it be from high school or college, it is certainly a huge life milestone for many students For those graduates who may be pondering the path forward, here are three books that are perfect for the class of 2016, no matter the age. Whether they are contemplating what to major in or what the next steps will be in their budding career, these three books are sure to inspire.

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My year (as an intern) at Bright Sky Press

By Aries Jones, intern

Before I started interning at Bright Sky Press, the only impressions I had about the publishing world came from movies like 13 Going on 30 and The Proposal: I imagined people frantically running about from desk to desk, trying to get to meetings on time, hundreds of deadlines that would need to be reached, piles of manuscripts that would be scattered about the office, and phones continuously going off the hook. My reality check came when I walked through the door to find that Bright Sky Press is a lot (and I mean a LOT) more peaceful than that. Of course, everyone here still has their meetings, deadlines to reach, manuscripts to read, and phones to answer, but the women who work here work together to make sure everything that needs to be done, gets done—no anxiety included. Naturally, it’s started rubbing off on me. All of the big and challenging objectives I have, both inside Bright Sky Press and out, seem miniscule in comparison to what I would have considered them before. I guess that’s the biggest takeaway I have after being with these lovely ladies for a year. I can now take on challenges under a time crunch with stride, without even stressing. Deadlines? Bring it on!

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

By Sara Boyle, intern

Hola and happy Cinco de Mayo! Everyone knows that Cinco de Mayo is an excuse for Americans to drink margaritas and indulge in too much queso. What one may not know is the history behind the day: it celebrates Mexico’s unlikely victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This calls for celebration! Here is a refreshing horchata recipe from Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico for you to enjoy Thursday night:

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How to Learn History

By Sara Boyle, intern

As an English major and humanities nerd, I am fascinated by history. It was never my favorite subject in school because I had trouble putting the sequences of events we were taught into relevant context. However, in recent years, through documentaries, plays, and historical fiction novels, I have discovered that I love history for one of the same reasons I love a good story: fondness for a complex character. Whether it’s Julius Caesar, Emma Bovary, or even Walter White, a character with contradictions leaves me thinking about them long after I finish reading (or watching). One character I have learned about extensively in the last few months is Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States.

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An Easter Feast!

By Amanada Barsky, intern

Easter is coming, and for some, that means a religious holiday. But no matter what your religion, Easter is a celebration of spring and renewal, a time where everyone can gather with family and enjoy the flowers, food, and sunshine.

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Rodeo Reads

By Sara Boyle, intern

March in Houston means two things: spring break and rodeo season. During a week-long break from classes, what better to do than gorge yourself on barbecue or take in some mutton bustin? This week as you and your family partake in the festivities, read one of these picture books celebrating the spirit of Texas each day.

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Saucy Spring Cocktails

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Spring is around the corner, which means warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers, and new life all around us. It’s also a time of year that many of us enjoy relaxing outside on the patio with a refreshing drink. Along with a variety of delicious food recipes, The Sauce: A Celebration of the Flavor That Changed Everything also shares unique cocktail recipes that utilize Fischer & Wieser’s Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, lovingly nicknamed “The Sauce.”

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All in the Family

By Sara Boyle, intern

I love a good family story. Maybe because it checks all the boxes that grab a reader: true grit, fascinating characters, and thrilling plotlines. The storyteller in me not only loves finding out more about where my family came from, but hearing about other people’s roots as well. Growing up with my Irish father and southern Jewish mother, I can’t help but be fascinated by genealogy and the tales unearthed with a little bit of research on one’s past. 

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Trolls and Fairies and Sticky Toffee Pudding, Oh My!

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Fairy tales often ignite our imaginations while also teaching valuable lessons. Thistle Downe follows the enchanting story of Tyson, a young troll, in his quest to overcome the hardships of his early life in order to better himself and to be with his love, a fairy named Amelia. Set in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, a place rich with folktale culture, this story demonstrates that you can rise above any obstacle with determination and creative thinking (and maybe a little sticky toffee pudding).

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To Love or Not to Love?

By Casey Froehlich, intern

Many magazines and self-help books will claim that they can give you a guaranteed, step-by-step plan to make any man fall in love with you. They want you to believe that love is simple, and that you are the only one who doesn’t know embarrassingly obvious secret to romantic bliss. You might even begin to believe them as you hear friends and family talking about big plans for Valentine’s Day while you are on your own, or maybe in a relationship that has lost a little of its heat. But don’t.

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