by Donna D’Orio I do not remember a time when I was not drawn to utilitarian, traditional art forms. The texture of handwoven dishtowels, crockery bowls out of kilns from Kentucky and North Carolina, and hand-hewn axe blades were part of my everyday childhood world. It did not go by me unnoticed, the difference, when […]
by Jenna Preston My husband Zack and I can only be described as “music nerds.” Or at least that’s what we jokingly call ourselves. We met in music theory class at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Although we barely shared two words for the first six months of our acquaintance, we soon became […]
Originally published on January 30, 2014 in Sightline Daily.
by Anna Fahey
As I listened to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I admit I was encouraged and moved at times. But I couldn’t help giving each sentence Anat Shenker-Osorio’s passive-voice test.
Shenker-Osorio is author of “Don’t Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy.” She’s a language researcher and consultant and one of my favorite messaging gurus.
As she wrote in the Boston Globe a while back, when Obama—or anybody—uses the passive, they invariably fail to say who is to blame or why the challenges and problems and outrages they’re describing exist in the first place. This failure, in turn, leaves us with no good clues about viable solutions. If we don’t know how we got here, it’s hard to figure out how we get where we want to go.
Reiko Igarashi, interior design faculty at Marylhurst University, designed laser-cut hangers for the boutique Fogo Island Inn. This unique bed-and-breakfast resides on Fogo Island, which lies off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, and plans to open in summer 2014. How did she come to be a part of this design project? And what was that […]
I ask you to join me in gratitude for the life of Nelson Mandela, who died this afternoon. He was truly a "guardian of the future." I pray in thanksgiving for his sacrifice, his commitment and his vibrant insistence for justice. His deep love of his people and his leadership in world peace has led the generations.
Sheila O'Connell-Roussell / Associate Professor / Department of Religious Studies
Originally published in the November issue of The Solutions Journal.
by Jay Beeks
The year 2050 is a good time to look back on the major events in the United States since the turn of the century. There have been great hardships, but we have prevailed and achieved so much. Without question, our greatest challenges have been the unparalleled loss of life and the tremendous destruction caused by global climate change. Fortunately, what at times seemed like the inevitable obliteration of society has subsided to ongoing difficulties interspersed with moments of achievement. Given what could have been had we decided not to act, we have reason to celebrate.
We’re celebrating contemplation and gratitude all week long. Read more Thanksgiving reflections, by students, faculty and alumni, at The Gero-Punk Project.
by Erica Wells
Have you ever sat down with a box of photos, old letters or childhood possessions? Most of us come across these time capsules every so often, either during an intentional exercise to clean out storage space, or accidentally, such as that time you were trying to find your very important documents that were kept in a very safe place, which happened to be right next to some high school yearbooks…at least that what happens to me.
by Nancy Gibson I have been returning to El Remate almost every year since 1998. The people are kind and warm, and it was the first village I’d been to in Latin America that was passionate about education — both for girls and boys. Our first trip in 1998 was supposed to last only five days. […]
by Darwin Rose Riviere Excerpts from her Creative Writing Senior Thesis, “My Body Asunder.” Excerpt 1. I am full of self. I am in love. I am in anger and hate and the passionate pounding of bodies against cold white walls. I am in the center of all that I am. This is my own bible […]
by Dr. Pamela Kaval When I was just eight years old, I remember my brother catching a fish in the Passaic River of New Jersey with three eyes and another with two tails. Even though I was only a child, I knew that meant that something was wrong with the river. It wasn’t until I […]