War Zone

Like sardines, we crowd into the cafeteria and library.Like sardines we huddle against the wall and each otherand we wait for the threat of heated violence to pass.In the back study room by the DVDs,I hold her in my arms; she is shakingfor fear of the flames. A moment ago,we saw them on the hillside.The […]

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Smoke Clouds

Less than twenty-four hours ago we received news that one of us, a Wave named Alaina Housley, was shot and killed. Now, some eighteen hours later, we awaken to plumes of smoke on the horizon, churning in the air as fire blazes towards us. We must force mourning out of our minds and focus on […]

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Driving Home for the Weekend

The sunset catches every speck of dust on my windshieldas I drive home for the weekend, my girlfriend sitting shotgun.It’s her first time visiting my hometown,and I can’t wait to show her my old haunts:the nature reserve a good bike ride from my housein which I find myself alone with God and prickly pears;the old […]

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Thousand Oaks Shooting

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Route 91. Pulse. Pittsburgh Synagogue.   So many tragedies that it’s become a list, a statistic, a common occurrence. Just one angry deed among many, occasionally worthy of momentary fame as tragedy gives way to normalcy for I am calloused to catastrophe. Why doesn’t it hurt me that somewhere someone is hurting? […]

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This is an Important Message

This is an Important Message from Pepperdine University. Malibu and Calabasas classes are canceled and offices closed on Friday the ninth due to wildfires. We are initiating shelter-in-place protocols. Relocate to the Tyler campus center or firestone fieldhouse now. To confirm that you have received this message, press 1.   It’s seven in the morning, […]

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The Fall in Review

A lot has happened this past semester. I want to take some time to share and unpack what I and my community have recently been through, and talk about my vision for my website moving forward. Academic Challenges The fall has been a step up for me academically. While I greatly enjoy majoring in creative […]

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It burns bright, makes you flare with passion, makes you fly with glee without realizing that it is also destroying you.   Fire warms, wards off the cold by destroying that which could have lasted and leaving naught but ashes in its wake.   Ashes, however, fertilize the soil; the charred remains of what once […]

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Tiny the speck of robust yellow, A soft sliver of green; purest victory manifest:   Lone, a blooming flower unyielding, relentless as it ascends against the smothering snow’s white weight, stretching to peek its head above the suffocating shroud, blossoming despite the storm.

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Ivy on the Wall

A wall looks beautiful when it is coated in ivy; full green leaves leave the ground behind as they snake their path along the rough-hewn stones stacked with care.   But that ivy, though beautiful, can wedge itself in the flaws of the wall, miniscule roots finding hairline cracks in what looks seamless, safe, impenetrable. […]

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