Redemption Stories in Literature: East of Eden

*This year, I am focusing my reading and writing around the theme of redemption, and am inviting friends to join me, as well. As part of my blog series discussing the theme of Redemption as its found in pop culture and literature, I've recruited my friend Hannah Main as a guest writer to discuss the …

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Redemption Stories in Culture: The Lion King

As I mentioned in my last post, I am trying to treat the year 2018 as a sort of "year of redemption." I want the theme to consume everything I write about, read, and watch. Personally, I'm working on writing a series of short stories that focus specifically on the concept (more on those later, …

Be Someone: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

This past half-week has been, needless to say, life-altering for millions of people along the Texas Gulf Coast. On Friday, Hurricane Harvey hit the Corpus Christi-Rockport area as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds flattening towns and leaving many homeless. Then on Saturday, the same beast, now a tropical storm, plastered the greater Houston area, …

Together Strong: A Brief Review of the Planet of the Apes Reboot Franchise

Most people who know me know that I love movies and that I also love writing reviews for movies. So far: I've written one for Hacksaw Ridge and Silence, both starring Andrew Garfield. I very much hope to write even more reviews on a variety of different movies as time goes on. My most recent movie …

Why I’m Fasting This Inauguration Day (And Possibly for all the Future ones to Come)

I'm holding off a school assignment by writing this right now, so I'll make this short. These past few months, regardless of where one stands politically, have left a rather bitter taste in all our mouths. The obnoxious talking heads of cable news that I used to be able to flip the channel to ignore …