Personal Essay: On “The Force Awakens”, generational storytelling and movie magic

This personal essay was my final assignment for my storytelling structures journalism class at Northwestern University this fall. The prompt was simple -- describe one distinct moment in your life. Enjoy! On the evening of December 17, 2015, there was only one place for a Star Wars fan to be — the movie theater. The … Continue reading Personal Essay: On “The Force Awakens”, generational storytelling and movie magic

Fight Till The Finish: My Experience Running the 2021 Chicago Marathon

Last spring, I penned a reported personal essay about my experience training for the Chicago Marathon, from the moment I got the fateful acceptance email to the end of my training in June.  Plenty has happened since then — not least of which, the marathon itself — and it’s about time for an update. My … Continue reading Fight Till The Finish: My Experience Running the 2021 Chicago Marathon

Oral History: Behind the Scenes of Braintrust Productions

Nicky G. Bum Squad. Oh We Rollin. The following article is an oral history of the Braintrust Productions (a.k.a. Wootton XC videos) and their impact on all those involved over the memorable span of three years and six films.  Each section (with the exception of the conclusion) contains a YouTube link to the corresponding video.  … Continue reading Oral History: Behind the Scenes of Braintrust Productions

Excerpt: Track and Trail, My Welcome-to-the-Big-Leagues Race

This excerpt is taken from my memoir about my freshman cross country season and is about my first invitational meet, the Track'n'Trail Invitational. Though it was technically the  second race I ran in, this was the one that gave me the welcome-to-the-big -leagues moment.  Being in the top ten for Wootton opened another door later … Continue reading Excerpt: Track and Trail, My Welcome-to-the-Big-Leagues Race