Fracture

He promised to meet me at baggage claim. That was before. Six months later, I find my daisy-patterned luggage on my own and depart the airport hand-in-hand with souvenirs that I’ll keep. He drove me to the airport. We embraced each other in his car. He clung to me as if it was the last… Continue reading Fracture

Sugar, butter, flour: Waitress review

Usually when I write reviews, it’s about books. After reflecting on my manifesto, I opted to try my hand at theater review. I had the pleasure of seeing The Waitress by Sara Bareilles starring Stephanie Torns as Jenna and Jason Mraz as Dr. Pomatter. I like to be surprised by shows, so I steered clear… Continue reading Sugar, butter, flour: Waitress review

Manifesto for Oral Literacy

Storytelling and language are simultaneously cultural and cross-cultural. G.K. Chesterton states that “Literature is a luxury, fiction is a necessity.” All cultures tell stories and language is core to humanity, but various cultures tell stories in diverse ways and have unique applications of language. For example, Western culture is one that has traditionally valued written… Continue reading Manifesto for Oral Literacy

Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Every semester, Messiah College hosts a retreat called the RISE retreat to inspire these students who are children of immigrants and refugees by introducing them to higher education. The theme of this semester’s retreat was creativity, so some of my peers and I planned a poetry workshop for the students. The workshop began by reading… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Femininity Lost

Eve is the primary representation of femininity in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. There are other feminine characters, such as Sin, as well as concepts or objects given feminine characterization, such as light and the earth. Given the Biblical account of creation and Milton’s historical and cultural context, there is little reason, literary or otherwise, for… Continue reading Femininity Lost

Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

As the first African-American woman novelist, Harriet Wilson wrote in the shadow of two intersecting oppressions: racism and sexism. In the title page of her roman à clef Our Nig, she offers an alternative title: “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even… Continue reading Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

SoDak Must-Sees

Living on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, I am only a few minutes from the Badlands and a little over an hour from the Black Hills. I recently got the chance to explore both beautiful national parks, as well as some other places that have captured my heart. Here are just a few… Badlands… Continue reading SoDak Must-Sees