Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

I am not a journalist, but I have always loved newspapers. How could I not? After all, I had learned about newspapers from one of my favorite people in the entire world: my father. Every morning, without fail, Dad would drink his cup of coffee and read the paper. He'd stop reading to give me … Continue reading Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

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Words, Words, Words

This year's election has been one of the most divisive, tumultuous races in recent history. Many of us are still battling shock, fear, or a sinister combination of the two--but we are determined to keep fighting. While petitions and protests have dominated my Facebook feed, I have also heard the rally cry of my fellow … Continue reading Words, Words, Words

Land of the Free

My first real introduction to politics was the year 2000. I was eight years old. Our teacher had just given a lesson about the two presidential candidates: George W. Bush and Al Gore.┬áHe then handed us a worksheet with a short, kid-friendly version of each candidate's platform. I didn't know anything about those two men, … Continue reading Land of the Free