A Collection Of Thoughts

A Collection Of Thoughts

I've become re-inspired by the Beat's writing.
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This semester, I have had the great scheduling fortune to take classes that pertain exactly to the central focuses of my major concentration. Specifically, I've been able to revisit the writing of the Beat Generation and, with my time now dedicated to them rather than distracting me from them, I've become re-inspired by their writing. In response, I've begun writing spontaneous prose and have included some scraps of what I've done below.


I wonder if, should we think about today from a future perspective, we damn ourselves. Today, tomorrow, the next three years; if we daydream about them for all of five minutes, will they become just that? Am I seeing the future or putting a hex on what is to come? Will I know when I get there or will this all feel like deja vu eventually, an itch I’ll undoubtedly just shrug off?

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I keep thinking about driving home on Christmas Eve and looking up through the edge of the window as the light seemed to dance above like sentient beings. And I’m thinking of “A Last Reading” and laying on the floor of Dobbs and how I want to know how everyone else sees the world.

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“Came to Buddha in those hours the realization that all things come from a cause and go to dissolution, and therefore all things are impermanent, all things are unhappy, and thereby and most mysterious, all things are unreal.” -”Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha”, Jack Kerouac

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There is something cold coming over the tops of aging trees. There is a street I can’t name and the overwhelming desire to rest my head on someone else’s sweatered shoulder. It’s heavy and I’m afraid it’s going to fill the space behind my ribs, that it won’t thaw until spring. There’s Atlanta out the corner of the window and I’m spinning around Downtown until we found parking for biscuits. There’s Central Park in December that I left something behind.

I miss Audrey’s soccer games and my ugly bubblegum pink sweater. I miss the things that I’ve found because the skyline just beyond the trees is making me feel like they’re the very things I lost.

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“...you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away, because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.” - “All Over But the Shoutin’”, Rick Bragg

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(tonight seems to be the night I reconnect with all of my past selves, lined up on the windowsill in the breeze)

first, she exists with her feet on the wall beneath the open window. curtains billowing, voices trailing, and the sun setting behind the trees.

second, she sits in hot pink leggings at a white desk staring at the dusk setting on the world. beyond the edges of her house lies the immense weight of change, waiting.

then, hiding behind a baseball hat in a silent room, reading her eyes grew as stiff as the book’s pages.

then, in a study lounge at the turn of day.

then, alone in a room for two.

then again dancing at midnight surrounded by nothing more than herself.

it’s always a different view, a different window. but it’s always the same nagging sense one might get when something takes their breath away, something fated and comfortable. it is the whole world settling and the breeze drifting in. it is it is it is i am i am i am

Cover Image Credit: Emily Sharp

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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