Thoughts and Prayers

I was a freshman in high school when I first considered the possibility of a school shooting. Someone had made an off-handed remark about shooting his classmates. Regardless of his intention--a failed attempt at dark humor, or maybe deeply-rooted cynicism-- it was received as it should have been: seriously, and as a threat to our …

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Reclaiming Valentine’s Day

For someone who proudly claims to love love, I am incredibly cynical about Valentine's Day. Once upon a time, it was a holiday of innocent, childish glee. Every year, I trekked the aisles of Target, searching for the perfect¬†Valentine's Day cards. Spongebob or Disney princesses? Puppies or zoo animals? Chocolates or lollipops? Then, I labored …