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  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Oct 2016
    ArticleBeing Trans In An Age Of Violence

    I grew up in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and learned to think thru my body and not only depend on rational thinking per se. As an always gender non-conforming person who later found a home in naming themself a non-binary Transgender person, I have always lived with a particular set of vulnerabilities. Read more. more...

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    Thu, 20 Oct 2016
    ArticleTransitioned

    It is well documented, and currently widely accepted, that the Vietnam Veteran generation was reviled and abandoned while serving on the battlefield and upon returning home. We were abandoned both individually and institutionally. We were unwelcome in the workplace and on the college campus. We were stigmatized in the media. We were,... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 20 Oct 2016
    ArticleVoting: A Petition To Save

    Dismantling the “white imagination” of what it means to be an American citizen, Claudia Rankine bridges visual aesthetic and contextual prose to expose areas of trauma. Rankine underlines the individualism assumed when internalizing societal commentary: “Slipping down burying the you buried within. You are everywhere... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 19 Oct 2016
    ArticleFuture Energy Is As Much About Human Energy and...

    As I landed in Astana in the snowy early morning hours, I thought about how far I was from home in New York and wondered what I was doing here. I have been to Kazakhstan several times, have experienced the hospitality of the Kazakh people and developed significant relationships with many government and community leaders, but with all the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleSeeking My Reflection

    I grew up in the UK during the era of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher’s ideal England was as traditional as the Adventist churches I attended every Saturday, and their shared social philosophy was our water and air. One of Thatcher’s legacies was a local government rule called... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleWhat Happens AFTER the Election?

    We didn't think it was possible, did we? But this past weekend proved we were wrong as our Presidential campaign descended to new lows. The tone of this campaign for the highest office in our land has become unconscionable. Sadly, the tone is set at the top. On Monday morning, the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune had a... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleFacts versus Truth

    I just read a screenplay as part of the upcoming Intersections Play Reading Series (more on this to come). The film is called “Nines” and is set in a futuristic world where societal functionality seems ideal until people start to question it. A line in the script inspired me to write this blog. A student, in the midst of a... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 7 Oct 2016
    ArticleNever the Victim

    Bridging the gap. A term veterans hear often, and yet we still continue to struggle to understand what it means to serve and what it means to be a civilian. I got out of the Marines in 2014, and after indulging in a lifestyle less than honorable — including working at strip clubs, cutting class and hanging out with less than... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 7 Oct 2016
    ArticleClass Service

    In 2013, I volunteered to support a soldier serving in Afghanistan. I am a civilian from a family whose last contribution to any war effort involved fighting Hitler and Tojo, but the lingering ramifications of 9/11 bothered me, in particular the wide gulf between the protected and our protectors. I adopted a soldier deployed to a combat... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 30 Sep 2016
    ArticleOn Being a Student Veteran

    A transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, or concept to another. For over a year, I have been living this definition. Where is my movement directed? Has my state changed, or if it does, will I fully grasp that it has? Conceptually, what does the label “student veteran”... more...

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