Earth Day Every Day: March for a Purpose

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To many today, our annual recognition of Earth Day seems like it has been a part of human history for ages, when in fact the opposite is true. The founding of Earth Day and the first day to fall under this name was on April 22, 1970, only 47 years ago. While people tend to view the 70s as a time for peace and love, it was also a time for realization. People recognized that…

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Speaking about Women When Talking about Abortion

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Last week, two Missouri lawmakers joked on the Senate floor about women going to zoos rather than a clinic to obtain an abortion. Senator Bob Onder opposes a tax hike that favors the St. Louis Zoo because the city has decided to become what he calls an “abortion sanctuary city” by banning employers and landlords from discriminating against women who have had an abortion. He and Senator Wayne Wallingford quipped that it would be safer a…

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Invisibility is Everywhere

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The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, opens with the narrator, stating, “I am an invisible man” (Ellison, 1). The narrator is “invisible” because society cannot see him for who he is; people only see the color of his skin. The narrator goes on to elaborate, “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me” (Ellison, 1). Its people’s inability to see past their prejudices that has forced him into invisibility. The narrator is…

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The Importance of Language

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Merriam Webster defines language as “a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings.” While I do love that this definition includes not only the spoken language, but also those unspoken languages, I prefer to define language in a simpler way; language is expression. Language allows a form of release that nothing else can match. Whether it is in a speech, a letter,…

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