Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Moving On...

I've decided to switch over to my other blog, Favor the Brave, as my primary blog for the time being. Please visit me there and consider following to keep up with my adventures back in the United States.

Thanks for your support.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our Fear and Our Hope

I recently watched the movie "Invictus" starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon and it was phenomenal. It told the true story of the Springbok South African rugby team and their amazing World Cup victory, helped along by the personal interest of President Nelson Mandela and his visionary leadership. It made me think of this quote I picked up a couple years ago from the speech Nelson Mandela gave at his inauguration.

Our Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

The movie also centered on the poem "Invictus," for which the movie was named, and I thought that would be worth reposting here as well. It's not hard to imagine a work like this sustaining someone through trials, as it did for Nelson Mandela during his 30 year imprisonment. Works like this are the reason I write.


by:William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Loomings 2011 Release


After a long few months of work, I am happy to report that Loomings, Benedictine College's literary magazine, is avaliable to the public! We had a wonderful little release party earlier this afternoon where we recognized the award winners and heard some great poems from the magazine read. It was so rewarding to work on such a beautiful magazine, especially as Co-Editor in Chief. 
Best wishes to next year's editors!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Colorspiration: True Green

Colorspiration: True Green

Green has been my favorite color since I was in middle school, and these bright green items are so springy and wonderful! Check out some green flower earrings like the ones pictured in my Etsy store!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Getting Ready for Loomings!

We're counting down the days until Loomings (the literary magazine I edit) comes back from the printers! In anticipation of its release, I'd like to share a poem of mine that is included. Enjoy!


I couldn’t say for certain
why it is that I feel so
foreign to myself
when I speak about
the reigns of kings and the
mud most often used
for bricks in Kenya
but each time my mind
fights to understand those
things I do not know
my artist heart can’t help
but feel a little lost
about itself.
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