Marisa is a pastry chef by day and a writer/poet by night. She lives in Asheville, NC with her hound dog, Riley. Her first poetry collection can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble titled "Love & Labor".
After 24 years, I know my life's purpose
There is so much left in this world for me to discover. So much left to wonder over. Sometimes I forget this notion, trapped in the sludge of the regular work week. I forget to look outside at the grass and the trees and the sky. I take my dog's love for granted and it is only when the wind blows to I remember to look up. To wonder, to love, to discover.
Blowing the Whistle on the System
You ever have that teacher that didn't want you to take notes - so they printed off the slides for everyone in class? And every class period she would pass each student a minimum of 5 sheets of paper?
Shadow and Bone vs A Court of Thorns and Roses
Spoilers for the Shadow and Bone trilogy AND the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This piece is the opinion of the author who does not claim to be an expert in the field of book tropes or whether an author’s writing is believable.
A Shift in the Mindset of Health
**I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or doctor of any kind and I am not recommending any sort of health products or fitness regimen
Snippets of a Journal
The truth of it is that writing is hard. Much harder than it seems given that we spend most of our educated years writing.
A Beautiful Day
Part I Flies run rampant, buzzing by my face, zooming past me, as if they have better things to do. I turn my face up towards the sky
Why We Drink Coffee and Have Pets
The taste of coffee is fleeting. I find a cup of coffee + oat milk creamer to be extremely comforting. A moment of peace. The coffee is bold, hearty, robust while the creamer is soft, balancing, and has just enough vanilla to make it sweet without needing sugar. Coffee is a wonderful drink I will forever be grateful for. Times I most enjoy a cup of coffee are slow mornings with a good book or sitting at my Gram’s dining table or just after a hike with my mother. I enjoy the solitude or togetherness a cup of coffee can bring. But it never lasts very long and I’m always chasing after those feelings. Coffee is a lot like happiness. There and gone in the space of a few minutes. That’s why we get dogs or cats or fish or rats. Animals bring us perpetual joy and strife and love and frustration. They are our reason for living. Much in the same way we get up in the mornings for a cup of coffee. A moment of peace and zen before the whirlwind of the day’s demands.
Love in a Bubble
To go outside is to breathe ash and radiation. Instead, most of what’s left of humanity lives in special tent cities that were erected in the major hubs around America. Some people still brave the outside with homemade radiation suits, oftentimes they don’t make it to the tent cities. I know because I’m part of the scouting crew that goes out to find survivors. Rarely do we find anyone.