1/4/19 Stream of Consciousness Video Blog

Greetings! This afternoon I was compelled to just talk to whoever cared to listen about my thoughts on applying to graduate school, my psychology, literature, poetry, Simon Ortiz, Proust, Dostoevsky, Martha Witt, Walt Whitman, Russia, Trump, childhood and adolescence, et cetera. This is part of my effort to be a more open, and productive blogger… Read More 1/4/19 Stream of Consciousness Video Blog

Akhtar’s and Dostoevsky’s Examinations of Freedom, Reason and Faith

“There is nothing more seductive for man than the freedom of his conscience, but there is nothing more tormenting either” –The Grand Inquisitor (From Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov 254)   “…an attempt to liberate the more heartfelt metaphorical version of religious experience from the literalist dogma of the orthodoxy…”                                     -Ayad Akhtar (From The… Read More Akhtar’s and Dostoevsky’s Examinations of Freedom, Reason and Faith

Personal Essayist and Memoirist Elissa Washuta Combats Stereotypes and Promotes Wellness Via Her Indian Identitity

-My Senior Capstone Essay   A 2008 experiment was conducted to gain a sense of the impact that stereotypes surrounding Native Americans have on Native American children.[1] Considered stereotypes “include[ed] the Cleveland Indian mascot, Disney’s Pocahontas, [specific] negative stereotypes [such as] dropout rates, rates of alcohol abuse, and depression rates.”[2]  The researchers discovered that “exposure… Read More Personal Essayist and Memoirist Elissa Washuta Combats Stereotypes and Promotes Wellness Via Her Indian Identitity

Academia

“When I see these brave forms of expression, so alive, so profound, I do not say ‘This is well said,’ I say ‘This is well thought’”  -Michel de Montaigne, “On Some Verses of Virgil”   I call the university my temple, holy place, sanctuary, haven, oasis, paradise, Shangri-La, et cetera…   Academia quenches my thirst- a… Read More Academia

Exclusive Interview: Activist Philipos Melaku-Bello Sits In Front of the White House In His Wheelchair Every Day to Protest. He’s Been Doing It Since 1981.

Activist Philipos Melaku-Bello, who says he is “past my mid 50’s,” sits on his wheelchair in front of the White House every day, sometimes for as long as 16 hours, according to an ABC report.  The Daily Mail reports that Melaku-Bello has been doing this since 1981. Melaku-Bello’s protest is part of the William Thomas Memorial… Read More Exclusive Interview: Activist Philipos Melaku-Bello Sits In Front of the White House In His Wheelchair Every Day to Protest. He’s Been Doing It Since 1981.