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How to Tell a Real Story through Photography

There are many photographers out there who have been capturing photos as they travel to various destinations around the world. Traveling and photography go hand in hand, and one cannot trek without taking pictures so that they can remember their visit to some of the most exotic parts of the world. However, it is the option of using such photos in a photography contest that proves to be exciting. This opportunity has given individuals a

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Destigmatizing Tarot and Wicca

A witch. A Satanist. When I talk about being Wiccan, people immediately assume those things about me. The word pagan is a worse word, invoking thoughts of blood and animal sacrifice. That’s because it’s what we have been led to believe that these religions practice, and unless you really research these religions, that is all you know of them. Until recently, I had no religious affiliation, and even when my mom’s friend read my tarot

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Weighed Down: America on Eating Disorders

  I recently read an article about the New York Time’s section called “Obesity: The Big Picture“. As I was browsing through the New York Times, there were some interesting, body positive articles but a majority of them were negatively assessing the increase in obesity and the pressure to lose weight. In one article, the commenter states that Americans choose to eat unhealthy foods because it tastes better. That this is despite the extensive healthy

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Humanities and the Arts Are Important — Especially In These Times

We are living in uncertain and ever-changing times. A place where there is a growth in nationalism, a spike in hate crimes, revelations exposing predators and sexual assaults pursued by the powerful. It has almost come to the point where one looks at a headline and is unsurprised if it is displeasing, and scary. There seems to be a tension that is constant. There has been an extreme rise of misunderstanding between people who have

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What Makes Us Human?

Out of billions of animals living on earth, seven billion are people. Now, we are most easily identified as people through our different anatomy. But what makes us human in terms of mind and behavior? How can we be sure that animals do not think, or do the same? We cannot. But we do not see animals being so curious, sentimental and capable that they are inventing, feeling, expressing, the way humans are. And so

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Stop Trying to Force Your Beliefs Down My Throat

Disclaimer: This article may make some people get into their feelings. That’s okay. In today’s times, we have all of these ideas being thrown at us. Different lifestyles being introduced. People learning to live their lives in ways that are unfamiliar to the world. Things that were never made so public, such as racism, homosexuality, transgender lifestyles, atheism, promiscuity, and so much more. These things are being forced into our societies, on our tvs, social

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10 Powerful Poems From Female Poets That You Need to Read

Throughout my time in high school, I’ve gotten to read and immersed myself in many amazing poems. Some of the most amazing and moving poems I’ve gotten to read are from female poets, these poems, I feel, are some that are underappreciated. Here is a list of 10 powerful poems by female poets that’ll leave you inspired and moved. 1. “Awaking In New York” – Maya Angelou  Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You, “You Wear Too Much Makeup!”

“You wear so much makeup!” “You look like a drag queen.” “Cake face!” “You’re so fake.” “When you wear all that makeup I feel like you’re lying to me!” “I prefer a more natural look.” Almost every makeup enthusiast, such as myself, has heard at least one of those statements before. It’s the most annoying thing when I’m walking through the halls of my high school, totally feeling myself because my eyeliner is sharp enough

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Turn Your Anger Into Art

When we look at those who commit crimes and commit acts of violence, it’s brought to our attention that they make have not had the best upbringings. Many individuals who commit crimes do it out of anger and pain. Many individuals make this world an uglier place due to their anger the hurt they have been through. However, that shouldn’t always be the case. When we are angry or hurt we shouldn’t act upon violence,

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What Is Beautiful?

Beauty is pulling an all-nighter to finish a project and finishing it well. Beauty is telling someone you love them for the first time. Beauty is sneaking into the house at midnight and eating breakfast at noon. Beauty is subjective. I believe beauty is whatever makes you feel glad to be alive. Whether that’s getting good grades, listening to your favorite band, going out for a run or for a night out, it’s beautiful. Whatever

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