Gender Identification, Equal Rights, and Female Sexuality: The Bible vs. The Qur’an

In congruence with the recent terrorist attacks associated with [or attributed to] the Islamic extremist group(s) in the last two decades[1], prejudice toward Muslims and those adhering to Islamic doctrines has tangibly increased. With the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack or the November 2015 shootings at the Bataclan in Paris, Islamophobia continues to rise globally.…

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On Hemingway’s “The Cat in the Rain”

I am currently taking a course in my MLS program focused on the short stories of Ernest Hemingway. While much is known about his novels (For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast, etc), most people are not as familiar with the incredible focus and dedication Hemingway extended toward the craft of word economy. I’m…

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I had the unique fortune to visit the Genius Reserve in Winter Park today as part of an evening field trip for my class. While the indigenous and exotic flora were interesting, I’d say the strutting fauna definitely dominated the show. This guy, with his machismo display of feather and pomp, won me over. If…

First Semester = Completed!

On Wednesday, April 30th, I attended my final class of the spring 2014 semester at Rollins College. This was the first term of my MLS and I’m stunned by how quickly the term passed. I still remember my first day of class: I was overwhelmed, intimidated, and nervous. I felt under-prepared and worried (often) that…

And so it starts…

On Monday, the Spring 2014 term at Rollins College officially starts. I will attend my very first MLS class on Wednesday, January 15th. I’m nervous. Anxious. Excited. Prepared. I’ve been waiting for this day since the moment I exited the stage from my BFA graduation ceremony. In many ways, I feel like most of the…

My Last Publication in The Aviator!

The last chapter of my Full Sail University education has officially come to a close: The Aviator, the university’s literary journal, released their 11th volume today, marking my final publication with the school. I submitted work shortly before my graduation in October and I was fortunate to have both a poem and an edited photograph…