Sunday Mornings

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life. I actually drive this mantra home way more often than I should. I might not post the straightforward, mind-numbing quotes on social media, but I certainly apply them in my mind. Guilty as charged. I love Sunday mornings. It’s when the rest of my family goes to church….

The motif of Water in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Water: a human being is incapable of living without water for more than three to five days. Almost three fourths of the planet is made up of water, and it is undeniably the most essential compound in existence. The importance of water from a biological and scientific standpoint is paralleled by its prominence and essentiality…

Matt Bruenig Revisited

A couple days ago, I composed a short little write-up on the Matt Bruenig Situation. The gist is that the left in the United States is divided. Any casual observer of American politics is probably thinking well, no shit. The left is terribly poor at mobilizing in the United States, and you can attribute it to…

Part II of III: Ancient Rome, Clodius, Cicero, and the Populares Label

Part I of this project established that widespread poverty in ancient Rome was a sustainability issue. Different leaders with different motives enacted different measures to counter poverty, and in this portion of the project the focus will be to examine and evaluate the success of the Roman elite as it pertained to enacting policies that…

Part I of III: Poverty & Welfare in Ancient Rome

Herein, the Ancient Roman topic that will be analyzed with regard to the sustainability-related issues it likely gave rise will be the topic of welfare. In Ancient Rome, of course, the focus will be on the implementation of grain supply practices that offered Roman citizens grain at subsidized rates, or, under certain leadership, completely free…

Shakespeare: Crossing Cultural Borders

Shakespeare’s plays express universal elements of humanity that cross cultural, historical, and artistic borders. This universality allows for Shakespeare’s plays to be presented in different settings and still convey the same human messages as his original plays. This helps viewers to realize that Shakespeare’s messages are timeless, and that the things that could be learned…

The Matt Bruenig Situation

This is a super geeky topic of discussion but I can write about what I want in this blog so here we go. There have been a number of articles written about the Matt Bruenig situation over the last few days, and if one wishes to try and get the full back story it has…

A Retrospect: Edward Snowden & The Big Picture

Wrote this up in 2013 post-Snowden. I feel as though these stories are important to revisit down the road, to remember how we felt then, and if we still feel the same now as we did then. In a recent Quinnipiac poll, over half of Americans consider Edward Snowden—the former technical contractor for the NSA…

Family & Assimilation in Native Speaker

Family and belonging are both very common themes in literature. Oftentimes, family is represented as an element of a story that brings elements of the together and provides an undeniable link between characters. Whether it be through familial issues that need to be resolved or family harmony, it is rare that a book is written…

Thoreau vs. Paine: Civil Disobedience & Common Sense

In America, individuals have always taken it upon themselves to right the wrongs that they see with society. This can be seen in our American roots, as our country exists on a foundation of rebellion and revolution. The revolutionary seeds from which our culture stemmed have given a revolutionary nature to the entire plant: the…