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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lost my health insurance
Posted Thursday, April 3, at 1:24 PM
April 1 I got a letter. I lost my TriCare eligibility March 18, the day before I turned 21. Of course, I didn't expect this, since I'm an unmarried full-time college student. I thought I was still technically a dependent. As life would have it, I developed a pretty nasty cold overnight. Since we have less than a month until the end of the semester, I have already exhausted my unexcused absences. Hopefully I won't take a hit on grades now, because I could NOT go to class...

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Raising a glass (of Coke)
Posted Tuesday, February 4, at 12:57 PM

Before I get into the meat of my thoughts, I'd like to point out a few things: 1. The bigoted comments are getting attention because we need to understand that these attitudes are very much alive in our country. 2. I will not respond to any uncivil comments made on this post...

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Sighs of relief
Posted Wednesday, January 22, at 2:31 PM

Today started off so good. I bounced out of bed early, completed a forgotten class project, grabbed breakfast, and found a GREAT parking spot for class. I was ready to learn, then bounce of to my new job, which I love. Then about 25 minutes before class was to end, a lot of people began piling into the auditorium where my class meets...

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An Exploration of Bullying
Posted Friday, October 25, at 1:38 AM

As I drove home from class tonight, a report on the warning signs of bullying came on the radio. My mind was transported to two things I've been stewing over regarding the phrase. First of all, we call too many things bullying these days. An honest criticism is NOT bullying, yet when someone disagrees with another person and vocalizes this disagreement, they are labeled a bully...

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It's more common than you think.
Posted Saturday, August 31, at 11:48 PM

I wrote a blog on this a few months ago, but decided I wasn't comfortable sharing my story just yet. But now I'm angry. I've let this sit in my heart for a few days, but instead of it settling, I've only grown more angry and hurt. On Wednesday, a 14 year old's rapist got off with a 31 day jail sentence. 30 days if you count the credit...

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Martin, Zimmerman and media culture
Posted Tuesday, July 16, at 12:29 PM

Ten days after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the first national story hit the wires. It came from Reuters, a pretty bare-bones, typical crime story. It relayed pretty much what the police report said and noted the family wished to press charges...

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Counting my blessings
Posted Wednesday, May 22, at 9:25 PM

It's been a crazy, crazy five days since I clocked out of my weekend job Sunday. Ryan and I hit the road for Hot Springs, Arkansas to see his family around 9:30 Sunday morning. When we got there, we were so busy getting lunch ready for some visitors and packing to go camping, I forgot to send my dad a message letting him know where I was...

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I love my job
Posted Saturday, May 4, at 5:12 AM

Going to classes and having a "normal" sleep schedule Sunday through Thursday while flipping that to work overnights on the weekends is tough. There are tougher jobs in the world, yeah. But this is tough. In October I took a job at a local news station as a writer. The position happened to be overnight. I figured it would just be a stepping stone as I continued to cultivate a print career...

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Love God, love your neighbor.
Posted Saturday, March 16, at 12:01 AM

In my religion and society class, we recently began our study of the Abrahamic traditions. Our professor broke down the 10 commandments into two sections: Ethical and Ritual commandments. He then discussed the holiness code of Leviticus, which contains 613 laws/regulations, which can be broken down into about 200 ritual laws and 400 ethical laws...

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An open letter to the Talkin' Tigers
Posted Saturday, February 23, at 5:23 AM

Last night I judged my first debate tournament since Jr. High Nationals in the summer of 2011. As I spoke with a discouraged freshman between rounds, I realized I had a lot I wanted to share with other high school students, particularly those in debate...

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Thoughts on gun control
Posted Friday, January 18, at 12:14 AM

Tragedies like Sandy Hook will never be preventable. We've heard it said a million times before: the people who commit atrocities have no regard for the law, and no amount of control can stop every person with ill intent. These kinds of tragedies have many different factors, many of which would have been easier to address and would have received less backlash than suggesting we narrow down the 2nd amendment. Look those up if you'd like. I'm not here to talk about that...

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The Reason for the Season.
Posted Saturday, December 8, at 7:31 AM

November 20-January 2 is my favorite part of the year. People are a little less awful to each other during the holidays. All anyone wants to do is snuggle up with a hot beverage and a cozy blanket, surrounded by loved ones and watching all the feel good movies they can handle...

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Is the presidential race the most important?
Posted Tuesday, October 2, at 1:43 PM

There is a very important fact in our government structure that I fear too many are forgetting. Sure, when I was younger, the president was an all-powerful man who made all the decisions. But that was just my perception. It stopped looking that way around the time I watched School House Rock's "I'm Just a Bill"...

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Why is journalism important?
Posted Wednesday, August 22, at 9:50 PM

For this post, step back from your views of "liberal or conservative media bias". Step back from allegations that all news publications are controlled by the government. In the last two days, something important happened at the Oklahoma Daily. An autopsy report containing personal details of the deceased's body was tweeted and posted to Facebook as a separate link. ...

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Brats serve too.
Posted Sunday, August 12, at 1:11 PM

My last entry apparently ruffled feathers, because apparently I'm an entitled brat who should not complain about her benefits because she didn't earn them. I earned them. "A recent RAND study commissioned by the National Military Family Association...

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Nonresident
Posted Tuesday, July 24, at 12:17 PM

I do not consider myself a resident of any one state, though technically Idaho is my state of residence (I think?). Rather, I'm a resident of the United States. As a military brat, I had no say in where I lived the first 18 years of my life. My parents didn't get a say either...

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The importance of photos
Posted Friday, June 22, at 11:55 AM

I read this letter a while ago after the woman who did my senior portraits posted it. I came across it again today, and I figured I should share it. It comes from http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/...

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Why I chose OU, why I still care about Mountain Home
Posted Thursday, May 31, at 2:33 PM

I figured here was a good place to talk about my decision in-depth. When I was getting ready to apply for college, my decision making had two fairly unique dynamics to it. 1. Cost was not really an issue, thanks to the G.I. Bill my mom and dad earned and gave to me (Thanks, Mom and Dad!...

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Can we please take care of our children?
Posted Tuesday, May 29, at 1:47 PM

At the request of the status author, the photo of the conversation has been removed This conversation bothers the heck out of me. (Basically, the conversation was about some kids who made a game out of having the cops chase them out of legacy park. One student said they were wasting their time and should go catch drug dealers, etc)...

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Life with an abused dog
Posted Sunday, May 27, at 12:57 PM

About four weeks ago, I adopted a dog from a local rescue. This has been the most fulfilling and frustrating thing I've done yet. Her name is Beanie. She's a three year old miniature dachshund. It breaks my heart sometimes, because I can't pick her up easily. I have to slowly approach her, scratch her chest, and ease my arm around her and then hold her tight, because she'll try to jump/run away...

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