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Learn about Some of Our Experiences in “First Person” Personal Essays!

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

  Our senior staff writers explore a range of issues including: The loss of a beloved grandparent Learning that “when you’re a mixed-race kid with white skin, you get to see how ignorant and stupid people really are.” A sudden financial downturn that resulted in dramatic changes for everyone in one family A trip to Hungary […] Continue Reading…

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Tootsie Rolls in the Casket

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

Stomach cancer. The words were said over and over but they were just words, that is, until the day I went to the nursing home with my mom, dad, and grandma. My grandpa had stomach cancer. It was misdiagnosed for too long and it was too late to do much about it. None of the […] Continue Reading…

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A Very European Experience

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

On the heels of HCC’s trip to Spain where students studied abroad and with another Study Abroad class in Italy planned, this seems like the perfect place to write about my experience in Europe. I was not in Spain, nor was I there for school but I still learned quite a bit. Back in 2006, […] Continue Reading…

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Dealing with Job Loss

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

“Debbie? Jamie? Can you come here?” called my father. Jamie, my little sister, and I ran across the cold hardwood floor. Our dog, Kane, followed us, leaving a trail of his slobber behind. We run down the stairs to find our mother and father sitting down on the clean white couch. The lights were dimmed, […] Continue Reading…

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Body Shaming: Enough is Enough

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

You take a deep breath and look up at your mirror.  Reflected back at you is your naked body. You just stand there and stare, picking apart every little thing that is wrong with it. The reason no one likes or accepts their body is because they are constantly shown perfect bodies that are unattainable. […] Continue Reading…

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The Black Sheep

Posted on 21 April 2015 by

When I was a kid I had no clue I was different from anyone in my family. I didn’t know that I was white and they were not. Obviously I wasn’t color blind, I could see that my complexion paled in comparison to my grandmother’s. Half Black, half Cuban, my grandmother had beautiful brown skin, […] Continue Reading…

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A Brief Hiatus: Going Back to Get Ahead

Posted on 19 December 2014 by

Perception is reality, well maybe; at least that is what seems to dominate society’s outlook on others. There is something  innate in all of us that drives us to believe what we are told until proven otherwise. This belief may be the flaw in the universe that is holding back all the potential and possibilities […] Continue Reading…

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Read Our Special Thanksgiving Content

Posted on 24 November 2014 by

Just Added 11/26!   Learn about the Monday’s Thanksgiving Luncheon at HCC.   Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Atmosphere: How to Pimp Out Your Thanksgiving Table No Turkey, No Problem: A Vegetarian’s Take on Thanksgiving : Ever wonder what Thanksgiving was like for a vegetarian? Victoria Tomis gives her take on it and includes some tasty […] Continue Reading…

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Thanksgiving: For What It’s Worth

Posted on 24 November 2014 by

Full disclosure, and I think a lot people can in one way or another agree or connect with this, Thanksgiving at my home every year is nothing more than a straight shit show that usually by its end has utterly evolved, or devolved, into absolute Hell on Earth. This is not to say Thanksgiving is […] Continue Reading…

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A Novel in Four Days

Posted on 24 November 2014 by

How long does it take to write a novel? Every November people try to write one in a month. It’s called National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write 50000 words. It’s a simple idea and daunting at the same time. There are all sorts of tips and tricks but the mostly boil […] Continue Reading…