Friday, January 31, 2014

The days are getting longer. To pass the time until the warmer days all I can do is have movie nights, reminisce till 2 in the morning, and plan out the summer with my friends. Still, the Winter sunsets are really quite extraordinary.


[Photos by me]

Saturday, January 25, 2014


A poem written by me - 1/22/14

"And there are songs that fill you up until you could burst
and you have to move or run or drive either alone or
with the people that make you glad you're alive.
And sometimes words are not enough because today's
supernatural and life is extraordinary and mere moments
burst before me immense and dazzling like a sacred firework
in the summer."

- RAY 

[All photos by me] 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter is upon us, winter break is behind us, and the holidays are over. In all honesty, I haven't been super productive but I've been entirely alright with that. I write when I'm full of words, I draw when I feel I should, I'm in an almost constant state of foraging for the magical, fleeting moments that come along, but most of my time is spent with people. Not just any people though, people who I really feel comfortable with. If there's one thing I learned in 2013 it's that you have to be content with the choices you make and simply do the next thing. Because who cares if all I did this weekend was watch movies with my bro's, drive around in a car full of friends listening to Young the Giant loud enough that we can't hear our loud and proud voices, or that I stayed up till 3 AM talking about the future and the summer and recapping Lollapalooza? When I put it like that the fact that I didn't get my "to-do list" done this weekend melts away because I was with people that I love and the time we spent together fills me with endless energy. I know not everyone is as equally introverted and extroverted as me, and that some don't gain quite as much vivacity after being around people for several days. But for me, I've learned that you must cease beating yourself up for what you didn't get done and instead know yourself and be happy with your choices. And I've learned to be happy with mine.


[All photos by me]

Friday, January 10, 2014

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New Year's Eve was a beautiful, unexpected occasion. It was a small and mellow party and everyone was having such a great time talking and eating (and smoking) and just generally enjoying each other's company that we were was shocked by the time it was ten till midnight. I love that surreal, excitable, restless feeling of counting down and watching the ball drop with the people I love most in this world. It was magic when the confetti exploded and rained on all of us as we yelled and laughed, hugging and reeling in the new year. We also danced for two hours after midnight and my (very white) friend rapped for us and it was fantastic. I know this all sounds really normal and ordinary for a New Year's Eve party and it happens every year and blah blah blah but really....this year's was just really wonderful and extraordinary.