Sublimity of Frankenstein

In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley confronts the sublimity of nature through the narratives of Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein. According to Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, “Whatever is in any sort terrible…is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the… Continue reading Sublimity of Frankenstein

Sage

Some send their prayers in smoke and open air. In that case, all it takes is grass and sage. And so, I write a poem as a prayer.   We set the sage to flame and with great care, To follow the traditions of great age. We send our prayers in smoke and open air.… Continue reading Sage

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

Akagera Safari

During the final week of my stay in Rwanda, my friends and I enjoyed a safari in Akagera Game Park. Akagera is in the east of Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. Most of Rwanda is mountainous, and is either rain-forest or jungle, but some of my favorite memories occurred in the small savanna of the east. Within… Continue reading Akagera Safari

Volcanoes National Park

In my final weeks staying in Rwanda, I traveled to Volcanoes National Park in the northern province of Rwanda. My camping site had a brilliant view of the volcanoes, which mark the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The best part of camping was the view at night. The stars in VNP… Continue reading Volcanoes National Park

Camping in Nyungwe Rainforest

One of my favorite words is serendipity – finding something valuable one didn’t know one was looking for. I never knew camping and hiking in the Rwandan rainforest was on my bucket list, but this weekend, I discovered a desire I never knew I had. On Saturday morning, I took a six-hour bus ride from Nyabugogo,… Continue reading Camping in Nyungwe Rainforest