My Old Typewriter is So Dear to My Heart Because It Shows Me Infinite Possibilities

My Old Typewriter is So Dear to My Heart Because It Shows Me Infinite Possibilities

Creativity flows best for me when I am given a challenge and what better challenge is there than typing without a backspace key?
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The keys sometimes stick on the best birthday gift I have ever received: a little turquoise typewriter. It was the early 1970s when my mother originally bought it, she wanted to be able to write letters from the bus she was living in. For how heavy it is compared to my laptop, it is difficult to imagine that back then it was considered travel-sized.

Running my fingers across elevated keys, I feel an energy. The smooth, plastic, white block letters radiate the words my mother used to write to friends, letters home and journal entries. There is life in this thing, more than I will ever come to know.

Watching as the keys trigger hammering motions that stamp each letter onto paper, I think about the incredible strides the world of communication has made since this device was no more than materials poured into molds. From a time when the margin of error was much greater for each letter punched to now with our inability to exist sans autocorrect.

The little-antiquated machine is a visual representation of humanity’s need for communication. While the world of communication has changed drastically, so too has the importance of it. In the Twitter age and a time of instantaneous messaging, as a writer, it is more important than ever to ensure that the information I put out there is powerful and factual.

I remember as a young girl standing behind my mother, leaning with small hands clasped around the back of her chair as she typed on the computer. I watched in limitless curiosity and fascination. Like watching her put on eyeliner, it was something I needed to understand and something I was completely memorized by.

On my 24th birthday, I was handed the dusty case that housed this piece of history. I was instantly filled with excitement for a new tool to write with. Creativity flows best for me when I am given a challenge and what better challenge is there than typing without a backspace key?

Whether it is from the mouth of Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr. or taken from pages of Ayn Rand’s mind, words, written or spoken, have the power to incite wars, silence a nation, save a person’s life.

It is because of words that societies form and ideas are shared.

It is with great confidence that I contribute everything I am today to my love for words. Whether it is the recitation of Shakespeare, an inspiring TED talk, the writings of Maya Angelou and of course Tina Fey, inspiration is everywhere, often found in places commonly overlooked and in this little turquoise typewriter, I find infinite possibilities.

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Cornell Fraternity Reprimanded For Hosting 'Pig Roast'

"Continuing to allow such students to prowl a college campus rather than face expulsion appears a rather questionable decision set forth by Cornell elites."
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After receiving numerous reports, recent investigations were launched leading to the uncovering of a rather appalling contest used to determine incoming pledges of Cornell University's chapter of Zeta Beta Tau.

The fraternity was found guilty of administering a competition in which pledges were awarded points for initiating sexual intercourse with female students. However, unlike many similar contests popularized through rushes hosted by fraternities across the nation, Zeta Beta Tau coined their particular competition the "pig roast" in honor of their unique tiebreaker ritual. Should two or more pledges find themselves at a tie, the one who sleeps with the largest woman wins.

After the university's investigations confirmed the legitimacy of their reports in January, Zeta Beta Tau has been placed on a two year probation period in which the fraternity is required to employ a live-in adviser in order to enforce the proper conduct of current members and regularly educate them on the issue of sexual assault. In addition, members will be expected to take part in a minimum of two campus events in recognition of Cornell's Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

The question remains, however, whether a slap on the wrist such as this has truly done the women involved justice. Or, perhaps, presuming the acts were consensual, these women were only victimized through the humiliation of being unknowingly chosen for such a ritual rather than the sexual act itself. Therefore, can one lawfully designate this an act of sexual assault?

If a woman consents to a sexual encounter, she has not suddenly fallen victim to her partner. Rather, in this case, she is suffering the consequences of sleeping with a perfect stranger whose motives remained unclear. A brief look at any news source today would prove that this aftereffect is seemingly minor in comparison to the many things that happen to women who make similar choices. Although, this is not to say that the women involved deserved to be used this way by any means.

While arguments from either side of the issue of victimization may very well continue to remain a matter of opinion, it can be universally agreed that the actions of the Zeta Beta Tau members were resoundingly wrong based on natural principles. Another's body is not to be disrespected and sexually exploited for one's gain. Thus, continuing to allow such students the privilege to prowl a college campus rather than face expulsion appears a rather questionable decision set forth by Cornell elites.

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Why Trump's Lawyers Don't Want Him Talking To Robert Mueller

President Trump’s lawyers and most of his advisers are cautioning him against this step.
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President Trump boasted earlier this month that he would be more than happy to engage in an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia’s election interference, and whether he obstructed justice. Now it is being learned that President Trump’s lawyers and most of his advisers are cautioning him against this step.

According to The New York Times:

“His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators.”

Whether or not Trump finally decides to speak to Mueller would be a very important point for the investigation, and no matter which way he chooses, the implications will be far-reaching. On the one hand, The New York Times also reported the following:

“Refusing to sit for an interview opens the possibility that Mr. Mueller will subpoena the president to testify before a grand jury, setting up a court fight that would drastically escalate the investigation and could be decided in the supreme court.”

Even if this is an extreme example of what could possibly happen, it will open up the debate of what exactly Trump has to hide and only lead to a further prolonged investigation that would only stand to hurt the Republicans at the 2018 Midterms approach. On the other hand, the concerns of Trump's lawyers in allowing this interview to take place are obviously not unfounded. Trump very clearly has a history of making entirely false statements; it is possible that he will not understand the gravity of the situation and make such statements and contradictions when speaking to the prosecutors.

Of course, not everyone on the Trump team is advising against cooperation. A few, along with one voice, in particular, are arguing for it:

“One of the few voices arguing for cooperating with Mr. Mueller is Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer whom Mr. Trump also brought on to deal with Mr. Mueller’s investigation. Since Mr. Cobb was hired in July, he has argued that the White House should do everything possible to cooperate with Mr. Mueller’s investigations.”

But the more dominant voices, such as that of Trump's previous personal lawyer John Dowd, disagree and strongly advise against any such meeting. Most of the Trump team, including Chris Christie, Dowd, and Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime attorney, state that no interview should take place unless there are legal mechanisms that force him to do so.

"Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey who led the presidential transition team until just after the election, bluntly said last week that Mr. Trump should reject a request to be questioned.

'I don’t think the president of the United States, unless there are credible allegations — which I don’t believe there are — should be sitting across from a special counsel,' he said on ABC’s 'Good Morning America.'

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump, echoed that advice.

'The idea of putting Trump in a room with five or six hardened, very clever lawyers, all of whom are trying to trick him and trap him, would be a very, very bad idea,” Mr. Gingrich said last month on “Fox and Friends.'"






While refusing to cooperate is not unprecedented, the only true example that comes to mind is the lack of cooperation from a sitting president during a special counsel's investigation of the administration. This presents a similarity to Nixon’s refusal to hand over tapes that incriminated him and others, and Nixon is never the example a president should really lead by.

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