LIFE

Cancer Never Forgets Your Address

The movies got it wrong. That was all I could think about on my three-hour flight back home to Philadelphia. My parents and I had made an emergency trip to Dallas after a wallet size mass was found in my brother’s lungs. It was two weeks before my sophomore year of college when my brother […]

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CULTURE, POLITICS

Carving Out Indigenous History

The Story Behind the Black Hills   The Heart of Everything That Is is what the Black Hills have been known as to the Lakota, or Lakota Sioux, tribe. This location has been a sacred area for several indigenous tribes in South Dakota for hundreds of years. However, you might know this site as Mount […]

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POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

A Colonial Parable

A long, long time ago, some travellers from a northern country sailed into a bay to seek shelter on their journey around the world. They were weary from months at sea, hoping for fresh water, fruit, and vegetables, or even some kind of meat would be wonderful. They found all this, and more, in the […]

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LIFE, OPINION

What I Know Now

One of the benefits of having a birthday in December is that I can tie every year-end learning to every new age’s beginnings. As the classic post-grad, I have filled my free time reading books and watching indie films for the lost twenty-something finding their way. Most recently, I started reading Everything I Know about […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE, THE ARTS

The Partition

The Partition is known to be the world’s largest mass migration, displacing 14 million people and killing another million. Following the British Raj’s withdrawal from undivided India in August 1947, the Radcliffe Line was drawn between the newly independent nations of India and Pakistan. The task of demarcating the boundary between India and Pakistan was […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE, THE ARTS

Grief in August

And so I write to my Rabb this time… Whenever August rolls around I become numb.  From the Partition to Article 370, and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.  I can’t help but cry uncontrollably.  August is the month I pour my grief onto the prayer mat.  I stay there for hours until my tears turn […]

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LITERATURE, THE ARTS

Why Should You Even Care About Diversity in Publishing?

Diversity in the publishing industry is and has always been lacking. Examples range from a disproportionate shortage of diverse books to the willful ignorance of book influencers calling out problems within the industry.  In order to learn more about the need for diversity in publishing and what we can do to make a change, I […]

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