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Thinking BIGGER and WISER

In this section, we will look at the brief history of South Sudan from the two main civil wars. The independence of South Sudan is one great achievement for South Sudanese. 149 more words

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International Film Critique

I recently had the chance to view Ip Man, an international martial arts film made in 2008 and directed by Wilson Yip. The film is entirely in Cantonese with English subtitles and stars Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Ka Tung Lam, Siu-Wong Fan, Lynn Hung, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Tenma Shibuya, Yu  Xing, Chen Zhi Hui, and You-Nam Wong. 1,276 more words


Guest Post: "Why Gender Identity? Why Now?" by Connie Dunn

I am honored and excited to continue this week of highlighting two ground-breaking children’s books in the areas of gender and sexual orientation identities (two topics dear to my heart since my doctoral research centered on them) by giving you a chance to meet another author and get to know her work: … 1,653 more words


Conflict, war, VOCABULARY on the news

Unfortunately war and conflict are common topics on the news and important issues to discuss.

I suggest you read the following piece about the Israel-Palestine conflict  69 more words


Division within the ranks

Republican party is destroying itself through a battle of the ranks.

Currently the GOP is divided between the Tea Party and the Establishment. Throughout the past few years; the people have seen a divided party in action during the budget talks as well as major elections. 598 more words


Love is what you make it to be even after he cheats

Recently, a friend of mine embedded a question in my head that I can’t seem to shake off — why did I remain with my boyfriend after he cheated on me? 1,163 more words

Highs and Lows

I’ve been here nearly a decade and the closest I’ve ever gotten to Mt. Hood’s summit was a friend’s 30th birthday in a condo with a view where I learned that drinking two glasses of wine has the unfortunate lasting effect of four (or seven) in the thin mountain air. 367 more words