Culture According to Abby

photo by Caroline Hurley

Hoop Earrings: Power Through History (July 2021)

Hoops are more than just earrings. They’re a symbol of inner strength and confidence. Hoops can transform one’s mood for the better. Suddenly a simple tee shirt and jeans can turn into a fabulous expression of style. I couldn’t help but wonder, What gives hoops their power? Is it their rich history? Or is it…

It’s a Kardashian World and We’re Just Living In It (May 2021)

Cancel culture is arguably a product of boredom. It’s kind of funny that we have the audacity to end someone’s career by initiating a twitter thread. When I consider famous people who’ve been cancelled, one family comes to mind: The Kardashians. Everytime we think they can’t get any bigger, brighter, more influential…they surprise us yet…

Fierce Femininity (March 2021)

When someone says the word ‘feminine’ to you, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you think of makeup? High heels? Dolly Parton’s illustrious career? Well, what if I told you that all of those answers are right and all of those answers are wrong…This is because femininity cannot be defined…

20 Lessons for 20 Years (October 2020)

On October 20, 2020, I turned 20 years old. I guess entering a second decade isn’t a huge deal for everyone, but I really appreciate this milestone in my life. Over the past week, I have taken some time to reflect and formulate this list of lessons. I guess this is an open letter to…

That Really Good Playlist (April 2020)

I recently read a New York Times article titled, “How to Make the Perfect Playlist.” The writer Tyler Hayes began the piece by stating, “Life is just one playlist away from being perfectly soundtracked.” I absolutely agree. Music can turn any situation into a memorable one. I often remember times in my life based on…

Navigating “Social Distancing” (March 2020)

COVID-19 is obviously terrifying.  There are endless unanswered questions. In the attempt to keep the virus from rapidly spreading, the CDC has encouraged us all to practice “social distancing.” This means limiting our social interaction by staying home and not going to see people. What a heartbreaking time for this madness! We have all just…