December 19, 2014

The 12 Days of Flashbacks: 7

12 days of photos looking back on the past calendar year


Happy memories this month.

December 18, 2014

The 12 Days of Flashbacks: 6

12 days of photos looking back on the past calendar year


I most remember going home in June, and spending time with my family and friends. I especially remember sitting on the lawn in Boston, eating pastries from Modern Pastry and talking with my former high school peers. It was a joy to reunite.

It makes me wonder how we can keep certain memories. That view may be framed incorrectly, though: the page discussing long-term memory on the website "The Human Memory" actually suggests that some people doubt whether it's possible to lose a memory. Instead, according to those people, the issue is the difficulty of retrieving the memory. This kind of retrieval is dependent on the strength of the connections between neuron networks.

December 17, 2014


Saint Saens. Conversation about language, movies, and science over crackers and cheese. Writing. Cleaning. Walking around the Village and ending up in Union Square and the Flatiron District, and finding my way back again. Re-discovering and finding comfort in old music. Pumpkin waffles and lemon gelato. Seeing evidence of the holidays all around. Great coleslaw from a tiny Middle Eastern restaurant. Getting excited about all the changes I'm going to make so very, very soon.  

December 16, 2014

The 12 Days of Flashbacks: 5

12 days of photos looking back on the past calendar year


May had its highs and lows, but I choose to remember the high points, like warm weather, a day off spent enjoying Manhattan, and award season. My photos tell me I spent a lot of time in parks, which made me happy.

December 15, 2014

The Week in Photos

The 12 Days of Flashbacks has been moved forward one day this week to allow for a "Week in Photos" post. 

12/1/14: My new bag.
12/2/14: Morning coffee.
12/3/14: Seasonal sign.
12/4/14: Seasonal sign, part two.
12/5/14: Yes.
12/6/14: Morning jitters led to gratefulness.
12/7/14: My favorite trio.

December 12, 2014

The 12 Days of Flashbacks: 4

12 days of photos looking back on the past calendar year


April grew warmer with time, my memory says. While I longed to usher in summer, I really enjoyed the sunlight, flowers, and evening walks that month, my photos tell me. I also traveled around Brooklyn and Manhattan with my camera in hand. I loved playing Beethoven in chamber music rehearsals. I treated myself to a crepe and a chocolate shake after cleaning my space. I tried my first-ever iced coffee and baked cake. I ran my first-ever 5k and delighted in Central Park.

According to an article on UChicago's Student Health and Counseling Services website, it naturally becomes harder to recall information as one ages, though memory retrieval problems have to do with the emotional state the person was in when forming the memory and that person's attention or concentration when forming the memory. Well, that would help explain why I remember my 5K well! While I certainly want really happy memories, over time, I think I'd rather have an even month regularly enough than be flooded with too many emotions or memories. 

December 11, 2014


Thankful for music that I've carried with me through the years. For the upcoming weekend. For an upcoming day off that I plan to use to the fullest. For plans to redecorate my room and my life. For simple things, like how refreshing a haircut can feel. For inspiration from my past. For a good book to read on the train. For quiet moments.