At the Table: The Importance of a Meal

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When I was a child, my mother and I ate dinner at the dining room table each evening. Sometimes we would have lively conversations; other times we would sit in comfortable silence. Slowly, as I grew older, we began to eat more meals on the living room couch. My mother and I would sit in front of the television instead of having a conversation. Sitting and not communicating was a way to destress after our…

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#dresshowyoulike

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It’s eight in the morning. My alarm rings. I hit snooze a few times before I throw back the covers and roll out of bed. Then, I go through my morning routine to get ready for another day of classes. I usually pick an outfit to wear that makes me feel confident, comfortable, or lately, warm. Getting ready for the day is a habitual and rather thoughtless process that—until last week— I had not thought…

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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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“Stel-lahhhhh!”: Reading A Streetcar Named Desire Today

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My American Literature class just finished our reading of A Streetcar Named Desire. This play was first performed in 1947, and it was produced as a movie in 1951. Whether or not people have read the play or seen a production of it, most will still recognize the famous cry of “Stel-lahhhhh!” that echoes in pop-culture references (Williams 41). Even if Stanley’s plea doesn’t ring any bells, most individuals will recognize the renowned play solely…

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