Book Reflection: Tales of the Horse

Rural towns everywhere have an older generation that shares stories about how they grew up farming, mining, and other professions that are either phasing out or converted to rely on technology to the point the job doesn't resemble the version predating World War II. Often the elderly converse with good humor despite how ludicrously harsh …

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Book Reflection: “What Went Wrong?”

What Went Wrong: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis Reflection: After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe entered the termed "dark ages" of inward warfare and cultural intolerance, and the Middle East entered the Islamic "golden age." Between now and then, Europe has developed a diverse but …

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Pink Rhinos and Elephants?

Poisoning ivory horns tagged with pink dye to deter poachers. When I read this old news on Facebook, at first I thought, "How does this affect survival among other wild animals?" Then I remembered that this is limited to animals living in fence reserves and human kill far more than the lions do. Then there …

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Review: “The Invasion of Canada: 1812-1813” by Pierre Berton

My mom has been pestering me to read Pierre Berton's books for many years. Starting with the book of her choice, The Invasion of Canada: 1812-1813, I can see why he is a favorite among Canadians and history lovers in general. He strung together dozens of sources and put them in a narrative that reads …

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Voyage of the Turtle: Part I Human Dimensions

Likely the biggest decision I made this year, as superficial as it may sound, is join Goodreads—yes, a social media site. How did I let myself fall into the bottomless pit of neurotic status updates? Because books are cool. Duh. A function of Goodreads I take advantage of is the group. I joined a group …

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Chat in NaNoWriMo World

It is no secret that writers are frequently all-around nerds.  We research as much as we write, though preferably not in the middle of NaNoWriMo, because that's when we're trying to get 50,000 words into our length works of fiction that more often than not are novels. However, sometimes English and linguistic nerdism shows itself …

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Cognitive Distortions: the Term that had to be Out There

“Who would want to get even?” I was the only one to raise my hand, and after noticing that I withdrew it. Something was wrong. The mockery began. Fifth grade teacher and several students pfft and rhetorically asked what person would spend a genie-granted wish on revenge? Then it clicked. The words “get” and “even” …

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