Archive for ‘Writing Sample’

April 6, 2010

Don’t Pump Your Gas: New Jersey, a Forgotten Destination

Assignment: 1000 word Place/Travel Feature

“Jersey City is the garbage dump of Hoboken.” I shouldn’t have said that, but I did.  I spent a weekend with my family who live in a four-story house on a street of deceivingly large homes crammed side-by-side.  Over the years—as I indeed make annual visits—the sidewalks of the block known as Romaine Avenue have developed more cracks and splits, just the way a face earns wrinkles over time.

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March 25, 2010

Summer Descent at Baga Beach

Assignment: 500-700 word human interest piece.

In the summer of 2007 I was strapped to a harness on a boat resting on the waters of the Arabian Sea.  The day’s heat stung until the coastal breeze swept the skin.  The Goan afternoon sky was a motionless reflection of the vast, blue water.  My parachute was multicolored, but I barely remember the colors.  I was tied to ropes that held me to this world, but eventually physically disabled me for the rest of my life here.

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