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A few updates

Well, three weeks ago I finished “A Wreath on Sam’s Grave,” my sonnet wreath that I’ve worked on for months. When I began, inspired by A Wreath for Emmett Till, I had no idea just how much work actually went into … Continue reading

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Seeing Something for the First Time

 One of the sources I’ve been using during my research is a book entitled On Looking, by Alexandra Horowitz. In it, Ms. Horowitz goes on “lookings” with several experts of different fields (“expert” being a broad term; they can be anyone from … Continue reading

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Following a Scholarly Lead

One of the topics that came up in my talk with Dr. Aikins regarded a study about the effectiveness of video games – Tetris in particular – when used as treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Though he was not … Continue reading

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Brainstorming

I’ve got a thousand directions in which I can go for the end product with my PTSD research. I know what I want the final product to be, form-wise: a heroic crown of sonnets. That hasn’t changed. But there are … Continue reading

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Wounded Warriors

Sam Thacker was my friend. At 22, she had already served a tour in Iraq and been discharged from the U.S. Army. A month before her 23rd birthday, Sam died in a car crash in North Philly. She was in a … Continue reading

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