“Because Freedom.”

Last weekend I was at Indiana University’s homecoming. I was intoxicated, because freedom. My friends and I were leaving the apartment before heading out to the bars when we ran into one of the neighbors having a cigarette by himself. “How’s your freedom tonight sir?,” I asked him. “Uh.. my freedom?,” he responded. “Everything secure tonight?” I went on to say, by now at everyone’s annoyance.

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Pope Francis Shaking Things Up

As it is Sunday, and I’m a Holy Roman Catholic Chreaster (aka right now I’m only going to church at Christmas and Easter because I’m on sabbatical), I decided to write a blog about how awesome I think Pope Francis is instead of going to Sunday services. I know, I know, I’m a sinner, but after attending Catholic School for 18 years of my life and attending church twice a week, I feel like I’ve got a few extra Mass credits saved up. Not sure it technically works like that, but it works in my mind at least.

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Henry Molaison: The Man with No Past

The brain…the brain is the most intriguing organ in the human body. This magnificent organ is responsible for the most complex operations that help to make us “human” or “alive.” So with that being said, I would like to give a very overdue props to Henry Molaison. Henry was born on February 26, 1926 and died on December 2nd, 2008. Now you will not read about Henry in famous magazines or hear talk show hosts speak of him, but we are all forever in his debt. The very reason that made him famous within the science community is also the very same reason that destroyed his life.

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5 Instagram Accounts That’ll Blow Your Mind… Daily

With the average person spending 6-8 hours a day on their cell phone, there is no denying the fact that Social Media has the power to bring a sense of empowerment, or a sense of anxiety, depending on how you view the world. While many people follow accounts simply because the person is famous or attractive, I like to have my Social Media cater to my overall development as a human. I have chosen 5 Instagram accounts that truly inspire me in one way or another. What’s your top 5?

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Wanna Feel New? Quetico Canoe!

This past July I had the privilege of taking a 10 day canoe trip in some of the most pristine wilderness on our continent, Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Can you imagine being able to simply dip your water bottle in the lake when you were thirsty? It was a humbling remembrance of what modern industry and society has destroyed in the majority of lakes and rivers. Oh sweet boundary waters, so pure and revitalizing! And let me tell ya, there’s something about paddling ~65 miles with a group of strangers and portaging with an 80 pound canoe on your shoulders through the rugged Quetico terrain that really changes you.

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Fantasy Football

The roar of the arena gets into your spirit and you’re forced to join in with a Neanderthal-like shout. You react to the sound of two helmets crashing with the clenching of your teeth and disposition on your face. You just witnessed a man dehumanize another man, and you do not feel in the slightest bit empathetic. What the hell is wrong with you?! Absolutely nothing. You’re a barbarian, and you enjoy nothing more than watching gladiators spar until the clock reaches 00:00.

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Diamond Nation: Sierra Leone

I was not born in Sierra Leone, I have never lived in or visited Sierra Leone. The connection I have with that nation is that both my parents were born and raised in Sierra Leone. Therefore, I was raised in the ways of Sierra Leoneans: my upbringing, mindset, and basically the way I look at life is from that of a Sierra Leonean perspective. Sadly, Sierra Leone is a nation that has been bombarded with a lot of shortcomings including a series of corrupt government which eventually led to a civil war that took the lives of estimately 50,000 people and displaced a lot of its citizens to different parts of the world. Ironically, Sierra Leone is a nation that is rich in natural resources and their most notable natural resource is Diamonds. As a matter of fact, diamonds were used to fuel the war that lasted for more than a decade and deteriorated the educational system and the general welfare of the nation. The mining and selling of diamonds helped fuel the purchase of weapons that were used to mutilate and kill a lot of Sierra Leoneans. Propitiously, on the 18th of January 2002, the eleven year long civil war ended and left a lot of damage to the nation that my parents and their families grew up loving and treasuring.

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