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Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. And yes, I typically write about birds, but I’m finding it really hard to think about birding and happier times spent birding, when I know people are dying because of the color of their skin. Because people are still racist. Because they haven’t confronted their own privilege and how white supremacy makes… Continue reading Black Lives Matter

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Unacceptable

Targeting others whose views disagree with yours, spinning their words into something they aren't, essentially stalking them, and putting together hate portfolios of them while masquerading as a "concerned student group" who tries to look like an IUPUI-official group is NOT okay. We see through you. We know you aren't who you say you are,… Continue reading Unacceptable

Hand to God was a surprise hit in New York, but, more than that, it is a reflection of a dark and disturbing time in America. Random violence is at an all-time high. Presidential politics are reduced to schoolyard behavior. A loss of faith and civility dominate the social landscape. More often than not, fear causes us to lash out in our grief instead of seeking out the help needed for healing. Pressure leads us to bad behavior and unhealthy habits. The constant hate and violence that we witness causes us to search for a scapegoat. Hand to God asks the question: "Is the devil to blame?" But it also, perhaps more importantly, forces us to ask ourselves: "How do we share the blame?" - Bryan Fonseca, Producer
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Enough

It's been a long while since I've posted anything on here. I'm so sorry. It's been a busy several months, but once again I find myself horrified and nearly speechless at the actions of others. I just don't know what to think. I'm not going to talk about guns (though something needs to change) or… Continue reading Enough

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GA Adventures – Reflection: January 2016

This is a reflection I’ve written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here. Prompt Now that you've had a little bit of an overview and discussion on white privilege and inequality, take time to talk about what next steps for you might be. What was… Continue reading GA Adventures – Reflection: January 2016

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GA Adventures – Reflection: September 2015

This is a reflection I've written for the Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement Scholars I work with. Read my introduction to these here, and read the original post here. Prompt Based on the overview from our Community 101 Training, your review of the Quality of Life Plans, and your first few weeks working in FSNE (Family,… Continue reading GA Adventures – Reflection: September 2015

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On Understanding

This post has been in the works for some time. However, I attended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at my university Monday and listened to a fantastic keynote speaker before the service started. He stressed that we should think about making every day a service day and to serve others beyond a few… Continue reading On Understanding

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On Making Change

Every person has the ability to make change in their own way. Many people choose to use their voice. Some voices are louder than others. Some are more articulate and thought-through. Some are emotional. Some are timid. I know people who use their ability to captivate an audience to their advantage. They are able to… Continue reading On Making Change

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News and Nightmares

I'm one of those people who has at least one dream every night. Usually I average two or three, and I typically remember most details from them. For the most part, I have good dreams, but there was a solid two weeks where I had nothing but nightmares. I blame the news. My current living situation… Continue reading News and Nightmares

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On My Radar

I've decided to try and start a new series called On My Radar. Credit goes out to The College Prepster for the idea. These posts will consist of interesting links, articles, videos, pictures, etc. that I find throughout the week. It's been a great week. On top of working, I've been reading about all kinds of… Continue reading On My Radar