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March 12, 2019

On Cafeteria Lunches and Economic Bullies

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It’s been, like, twelve years since I last did this. Not since my days in public school. Twelve years ago, I was a professional cafeteria navigator and a lucky recipient of Pennsylvania’s free lunch program for kids of families on food stamps. That...

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December 4, 2018

Advent, Atheists, and Why the Menorah Should Matter to You

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Last week at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, a menorah located on campus in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house was vandalized. Later that week, it was stolen. My younger brother is a freshman living on campus there and shared...

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September 17, 2018

What Is The Other Side?

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The “other side” is never composed of anything more than living, breathing, feeling, hurting, searching, complex, singular human beings. Subconsciously, we reduce them to a group, an entity, to an “other” status, because doing so is frankly easier...

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May 15, 2018

What Has Uruguay Done with Its Memories?

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They don’t talk much here about the dictatorship. But then, there are a lot of things Uruguayans don’t talk about. Fútbol and the heat are generally pretty safe talking points; it doesn’t matter if it’s 21 degrees Celsius – cheerfully complain about...

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