How I fell in love with reading books again (and how you can too)

Martha Lewand; Scotch Plains, NJ— Hello readers.  This week, I will be answering the Advice section’s “Summer Prompt:” What’s one thing you did this summer that you recommend everyone does? Tell us a story. Write us a three-or-four-sentence-long pitch explaining your idea, your story and why others should try it out. You can pitch usContinue reading “How I fell in love with reading books again (and how you can too)”

The future of journalism: my expectations, fears and hopes

Martha Lewand; Scotch Plains, New Jersey— To the reader: One of the questions in the “martha speakZ” submission form said: “What are your expectations for the future of journalism and your fears going into it?”  I initially felt overwhelmed about answering such a loaded question, but that concern and apprehension quickly evolved into feelings ofContinue reading “The future of journalism: my expectations, fears and hopes”

How to use quarantine to create a lasting exercise routine: Advice from a former student-athlete

Martha Lewand, Advice Editor— This past March, my 13-year-long swimming career came to an end. I put away my swim cap and goggles one last time and officially became a retired competitive swimmer (alternatively known as a “swammer” in the swimmer world).   Immediately following my retirement, COVID-19 hit the United States. My home state ofContinue reading “How to use quarantine to create a lasting exercise routine: Advice from a former student-athlete”