Author: Matthew Coomer

Last Night

“When you’re looking up there, do you know how to tell a planet from a star?” While walking under amber streetlights, a friend noticed me staring overhead. I said that I didn’t know constellations; I meant to learn but they escaped me. With a broad gesture and the easy grace of a performer, he took me […]

Isolation and Connection

It’s tough to think that I’ve been here for two months, as I am still collecting my thoughts about this internship and tracing its lessons to my goals. Hawaii has made me feel both isolated and connected. When hurricane Darby soaked our house and whipped the trees outside last weekend, it seemed like I was stranded. On a […]


Tourists in a moving metal box, cameras and boogie boards in hand. They’re ready to snorkel around America’s best beach 2016: Hanauma Bay. The fish there are spectacular and unafraid; bus people look uncomfortable. Whispers in Japanese, and German conversations around the intern in between. Getting dropped off means walking towards our office along the […]

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