Three Things Maya Angelou’s Childhood Taught Us About Adulthood

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Maya Angelou’s autobiographical masterpiece I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a one-of-a-kind work of literature that is sure to grab a firm hold on readers’ hearts. It is a whirlwind of a story, leading readers through her encounters with racism, sexual abuse, teen homelessness, motherhood, and a slew of other trials and tribulations at an early age. After reading her story, it is easy to say that even just throughout her childhood, Angelou…

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A Reflection on the Spirit of Thanksgiving

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As the cloud of emotions from last week’s election starts to clear, we begin to move into the holiday season. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, we can all agree that the past few weeks, even the past few months, have taken a lot out of us. This election has been draining for everyone. It has been hateful, and it has been emotional. The negativity that has been seeping from…

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My Life in Six Songs

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 I am a musician and a music therapist; almost everything reminds me of a song. I recently saw a meme on social media that reads: “If you can’t handle me randomly blurting out song lyrics that relate to what you just said, then we can’t be friends.” This line made me laugh out loud, but it truly resonated with me, especially considering my line of work. Part of my job as a music therapist is…

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Our shared past and present: a faculty statement of support

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In 1873, Drury was founded by Congregationalists, many of whom were abolitionists, to “help heal the wounds of the Civil War” and provide a strong academic education in the liberal arts. Springfield, Missouri was chosen, in part, as it was an area that had been so scarred by the war; it was a place in need of continued healing. The university’s founders envisioned an institution that would offer students, including women, Native Americans, and those…

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