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

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Continued from a previous article. Every year on the anniversary of the genocide, the Trauma Clinic in Butare sees a significant increase in patients with symptoms of PTSD. The fact that trauma increases during the anniversary periods of the genocide proves that the post-traumatic stress in Rwanda is not healing with time, but leaving deep… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part II

Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

Three years after the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, a young girl was admitted to a medical clinic in Kigali. However, she displayed no physical symptoms. She reported feeling nausea, the sensation of insects crawling on her face, a strong smell of feces, increased agitation/fear, and vivid flashbacks of being attacked by men. “For months she… Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Part I

In Defense of Fairy Tales

My fairy-tale obsession started with Disney, but it didn’t end there. When I “outgrew” princesses, I found myself immersed in fantasy worlds, including those of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I made a full circle in high school when I read original fairy tales such as “Through the Looking Glass” and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In… Continue reading In Defense of Fairy Tales

Reconciling Teenage Pregnancy and the Church

The United States has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the western world. Due to conflicting religious and political dialogues, American society as a whole cannot determine any particular method of prevention or response to teenage pregnancy that is both moral and effective. However, there are a variety of organizations that attempt to… Continue reading Reconciling Teenage Pregnancy and the Church

Do you “shop” for pets?

My family adopted our dog, Daisy, when I was 10 years old. After nearly a decade of her being a member of our family, we still have no clue what breed she is. This has not stopped her from being my best friend and favorite fetch-playing buddy. When asked what kind of dog she is,… Continue reading Do you “shop” for pets?

Exposing the Meyerist Cult

Move over, Netflix original series. “The Path,” an original Hulu series, confronts controversial topics from cult practices to immigration through a delightful fusion of mystery and drama with hints of the supernatural. The show focuses on a fictitious system of beliefs known as Meyerism. Based loosely on Scientology, the Meyerist Spiritual Movement follows the teachings… Continue reading Exposing the Meyerist Cult

The Neighbors We Aren’t Serving

Are you an organized person? Maybe you like to separate your jeans from your shorts, and even keep them in different drawers. While that certainly makes it easier to find your favorite outfit in the morning, what happens when you come home from shopping with a brand new pair of jean shorts? Where do they… Continue reading The Neighbors We Aren’t Serving

Called to Unity

I attend Messiah College, a non-denominational Christian school. “Non-denominational” means “open or acceptable to people of any Christian denomination.” However, most non-denominational churches adhere to Protestant tenants, as do many of my peers. Due to my Episcopal roots, I struggled to spiritually plant myself at Messiah. The first time I attended Powerhouse, the student-run worship… Continue reading Called to Unity