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Becoming a Hero the Hard Way: On Unconventional Heroes and Everyday Heroism

Becoming a Hero the Hard Way: On Unconventional Heroes and Everyday Heroism

“This is a story of becoming a hero the hard way.” —Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon What defines a hero? If we look at the heroes of old—Greco-Roman heroes like Hercules and Odysseus, for example, or the Prince Charmings of fairy tales and folklore—a pattern of traits and skills linking these characters together...
Storytelling: The Skill Everyone Needs

Storytelling: The Skill Everyone Needs

Source: (Edited) Photo by Roman Bozhko on Unsplash. Sometimes we overlook the value of storytelling skills. I am guilty of this when I thought stories only existed in books, comics, manga, music, television shows, and films. We hear, tell, and share stories every time we communicate with someone. Whether if it is in our personal...
Love Under a Lens: Anna Karenina

Love Under a Lens: Anna Karenina

Photo courtesy of Focus Features Love. A four-letter word that stands for so much, but most of us are not sure what exactly for. What does love truly mean? And what does it look like? As someone who has had cups of water in her bedroom longer than has been in relationships, I am probably...
5 Comforting & Encouraging Book Recommendations

5 Comforting & Encouraging Book Recommendations

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship...
What Should We Do with Henry’s Freedom Box?

What Should We Do with Henry’s Freedom Box?

We need to persevere, like Henry, to fight for a world where we can all live comfortably without the fear of being oppressed by each other.
Coping with an Alien Lifestyle

Coping with an Alien Lifestyle

UNCERTAINTY. ALIEN. COPE. Three words float continuously in Lilith Iyapo’s mind when she awakens in a living alien ship: uncertainty, alien, and cope. She struggles to adjust to her new housemates, the Oankali, who claims to have rescued the “best” humans from earth to preserve humanity after a nuclear world war. You may be wondering,...