Do you remember college? Do you remember summer break? Do you remember not having a care in the world?
Do you remember parties? Do you remember Park Street? Do you remember waiting for the drunk bus?
Do you remember innocence? Do you remember bliss? Do you remember the good times, the fun times, and the wildest nights?
Do you remember lucky cigs? Do you remember late nights? Do you remember white lines laid fine across my iPad?
Do you remember heartbreak? Do you remember loneliness? Do you remember the hardest times of them all?
Do you remember your mistakes? Do you remember the ups and downs? Do you remember the lowest lows and the highest highs?
I heard my first cicadas of the summer.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve kept my ears open — listening for them, wondering where they were, when I would finally hear them buzzing among the tall trees.
Leading up to this summer, there has been much hype in the media about the impending swarm of cicadas, which has probably given me the false expectation of witnessing them far sooner than what is actually expected.
This year’s spawn of perennial cicadas has been labeled Brood X.
There are two varieties of cicada broods: annual and perennial. Annual broods emerge each summer…
What value does organized religion offer in a secular world?
11:33 p.m. — I think I just realized the hidden secret to meeting friends as an adult and/or parent…
Join a church.
After pouring a glass of whiskey and Coke tonight, I thought, why do people even get involved with a church community in the first place?
I can’t deny the prevalence or importance of religiosity and spirituality (and other equivalent moral dogmas) among individuals in contemporary life. But many would agree: Organized religion is obviously a simple comfort or vehicle for cynical ends (depending on your motives). …
Westerville, Ohio — Field staff for President Trump’s re-election campaign recently hosted an activist rally featuring Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH). Congressman Jordan addressed a sizeable audience, speaking in favor of the President. The event drew a large crowd of central Ohio’s most enthusiastic conservative activists, with the intent of hyping up the grassroots base as campaign activity escalates into the end of summer.
The campaign event — titled “MAGA Meetup with Jim Jordan!” — was advertised online under this description:
“Jim Jordan is the featured speaker at our MAGA Meetup at Ohio Trump Victory Headquarters this Thursday. We are looking…
Escaping into the wilderness for a weekend
It’s been a while since I’ve last written, so I decided to write about my recent experience camping during a weekend in early August. My girlfriend, Catt, and I went camping in southern Ohio — far south enough that we were adjacent to the Kentucky border. I’ve been camping here a few times before, so I knew it would be a good spot for me to take Catt, who had never been camping before in her life.
Before embarking on our road trip, we bought groceries and plenty of liquor, then took the…
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Disney’s classic film The Lion King tells the story of a lion cub named Simba who is heir to the throne of a kingdom known as the Pride Lands. Simba lives an idyllic life until his father is murdered by his uncle Scar in a coup; Scar convinces a grieving Simba that he is responsible for Mufasa’s death and must run away, allowing Scar to usurp the throne in Simba’s absence. …
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Throughout the High Middle Ages and Later Middle Ages, western civilization in Europe underwent a period of rapid cultural development, resulting in monumental advances in the fine arts and humanities. This era marked the incredible progress of European peoples away from the more primitive attitudes of the preceding dark age which followed the collapse of the Roman Empire, and toward a re-embrace of appreciation for intellectual and artistic achievement.
A renewed interest in the texts of ancient Greeks and Romans from the prior classical period sparked the beginning of the Renaissance, which…
This article aims to explore the inner microeconomic workings of terrorist organizations, as well as the underlying macroeconomics of terrorism as a black market industry.
Before beginning to examine the economics of terrorism in depth, some precursory background information is necessary to establish how the whole geopolitical and economic situation got to the point where it now is today.
After the radical Islamic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings on September 11th, President George W. Bush declared war on both Iraq and Afghanistan, thus initially kicking off the global war on terror. …
Continuing my 2018 midterm election coverage, we take a look at the data surrounding races for the House of Representatives.
Unlike in the Senate race, Republicans chances in the House race have not been looking too optimistic. As of writing this, FiveThirtyEight projects the GOP has having a 1 in 7 chance of keeping the House.
However, in the weeks leading up to Election Day, Republicans have seen polling shift in their favor. This is due in part to the momentum from the Kavanaugh hearing, as well as a home-stretch push by President Trump on campaign trail. …