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A New Way with Words

My dear friend Hannah was visiting from out of town this week and I always love listening to her talk. She uses words that I haven’t heard since studying for the GRE, like “caustic” or “amalgamate.” I complimented Hannah on … Continue reading

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Like a Tightrope

I’ve been speaking a lot about the power of vulnerability lately. One thing I’ve noticed when I ask the audience a question, they freeze like they just took the polar bear plunge. I remember being that audience member myself, avoiding … Continue reading

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Days at UC Davis

I’m writing surrounded by the swaying trees at UC Davis that I can see from my bedroom window.  The sun is peeking through their branches, giving my bed that dusty glow. It’s peaceful, quiet. Perfect. What a beautiful little secret … Continue reading

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KONY: Finding the Facts First

Edmund Burke famously said, “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.” An exemplary quote to live by but I think it needs a little adjustment: “All that is necessary for evil to … Continue reading

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What 26 Hours of Dancing Does

$450,000. That’s a heck of a lot of money. That could buy a house (maybe if you live outside of California), more than enough cars, heck—it could pay off multiple student loans. But if you ask me, that money is … Continue reading

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Finding Out the Secret

While I still haven’t picked up the Hunger Games yet—a serious crime I know—there is a book that has caught my eye the past few days—The Secret. I know it’s been around for a while but for some reason, I … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with Ingersoll

I love my classes this quarter. I even like my THREE HOUR lecture on theories of persuasive communication. We read Robert G. Ingersoll’s piece, “The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child” this week and it was one of those texts … Continue reading

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It’s Time We Know the News

Can you name the nine Supreme Court justices? I was asked this question in class the other day and it surprised me when no one in the class raised their hand—including myself. Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t know all … Continue reading

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The Santa Stealer

Growing up, Santa was one of the most magical parts of the Christmas season. Even to this day, Miracle on 34th Street is my favorite Christmas movie and I still love making sure kids have a faith in Santa Claus. … Continue reading

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Breaking Dawn Breaks it Up

Breaking Dawn is sure to break the box office this weekend. I know I contributed to that sum as I went with my friend last night. But what did I think of it? I’m still trying to figure it out. … Continue reading

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