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August 29, 2014 by Fatimah, 1 comment

In the fall of 2011, I embarked on a trip to volunteer as an ESL instructor in Nablus, Palestine, shortly after losing a close cousin of mine. She passed away weeks before her own trip to Palestine to volunteer as a medical student. Facing the most difficult time of my life, I knew I had to take this trip in Read more…

January 30, 2014 by Fatimah, 0 comments

I have spent too much of my life apologizing for various things: I’m sorry, but I have a question… I’m sorry, but I feel… I’m sorry, but I can’t do that… I’m sorry, I shouldn’t say sorry so much. I threw around the word “sorry” carelessly instead of reserving it for actions or words that necessitated a need for forgiveness Read more…

September 9, 2013 by Fatimah, 0 comments

Cup of coffee in hand and breeze forming around me as I sit on the fire escape, I pick up the first book on my windowsill, “The courage to be.” I thought twice about flipping through pages that may spur me to think too deeply on a light Saturday morning. Remembering that I’ve already read the first few chapters, I Read more…

March 12, 2013 by Laura, 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went to see a play by the Fine Arts department on campus. It was quite a treat, seeing as we hadn’t had a weekend off work together in a long time. The play was A Gross Indecency by Moïsès Kaufman, which is about the trials of Oscar Wilde during the 1890s. There was Read more…

February 19, 2013 by Laura, 1 comment

This past weekend (after trying to watch The Walking Dead and realizing that it was far too gruesome for me  – he cut off his own hand, what?!), I stumbled upon an oddball film which has been on my mind since seeing it. The Giant Mechanical Man focuses on two 30-somethings that have hit a rough patch in their lives – Read more…

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