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December 14, 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I had a revelation while standing at a podium.  It wasn’t the time, the place, or the situation for any new thoughts: I was presenting an art history paper I’d written a year before at an Undergraduate Academic Conference. Everything was supp...

November 20, 2018

Dungeons and Dragons: Insight and Gratitude

"Okay, let’s set up the scene. You run across the group of bandits.” The dungeon master looks at all of us. “In fact it’s the same bandits that jumped you at the beginning of the session and killed those commoners. They’re all...

November 19, 2018

After hopping off a bus in the small town of Drumnadrochit, a friend and I stood awkwardly huddled together on a cold February night in the Highlands of Scotland. We looked from her phone and up to the house in front of us, checking and then rechecking that the address...

October 28, 2018

Wanting to become a writer is an easy choice to make in theory; it could be a wild thought that decides to stick with you throughout the rest of your life or until you get bored. Desiring to write about any topic or career however, is not such an easy choice. It takes...

April 29, 2018

When trapped within a dire situation, only three options present themselves: fight, flight, or adapt. Up until recently, these reactions had been nothing more than a list I memorized in my middle-school biology class. They mattered just as much as the difference betwee...

April 14, 2018

I didn’t come here to do a snarky bit about why the Fifty Shades series by E. L. James sucks. Because I don’t think it’s funny. This series fills me with rage on so many fronts. There’s a lot of discussion about how this “love” story promotes abuse and sexual violence,...

October 25, 2017

Every September, Bookmans stores across Arizona fight censorship with a few programs, one of which is the Save-a-Book program. Books that have been banned or censored are wrapped in paper and sold blindly; the only information given to the customer is a short descripti...

December 26, 2016

It started out as a normal Flagstaff day, blinding sun with high speed icy winds. I had recently been hired at a new retail store, and my father, the amazing wonderful man that he is, gave me a crisp one-hundred-dollar bill. Even though shopping wasn’t my favorite thin...

October 13, 2016

Stories are not something to be read. They are told. They are lived. Appreciated. Experienced. The storyteller connects to the audience through their evocative words. These words touch the lives of the experienced and fledgling human alike. People listen and relate to...

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