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Creative Writing #23 - Cain: An Alternative History
"What cannot be said will be wept" - Sappho Cain: An Alternative History        His
shirt, now dampened by the messy dew of the garden, clings to his chest as he stands
in the dawn’s dingy light. The heavy, wet air rises in thick clouds, drowning the
nightt...

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Creative Writing #23 - Cain: An Alternative History
Cain: An Alternative History             His
shirt, now dampened by the messy dew of the garden, clings to his chest as he stands
in the dawn’s dingy light. The heavy, wet air rises in thick clouds, drowning the
nighttime’s struggles in a layer of foggy sol...

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A Father and No Sons, Creative Writing #22
A father and no sons. Our father’s name will not be passed
on. Since the birth of the Occident, the lineage of a family has
been handed down and inherited by its men. Each son, sickly or strong, is a
link in a chain that gives order and hopefully honor to g...

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The Elder of the Desert (an imitation of the epic poetic style of Beowulf)
The Elder of the Desert An airy bone-beach engulfs the horizon Fears of destruction drift like the dust  Bare backs burn under a noon-day torch  Wary, weak, and withered.  An elder treads the gritty expanses  Rocks trip while sand whirls  A mile away a prou...

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Thoreau on Dorms and College Tuition
I stumbled across this humorous piece of criticism while reading  Henry David Thoreau's magnum opus, Walden ...  Would you agree with him?  Thoreau on Dorms and College Tuition  Context: After explaining in great detail how he built his own little hut by Wa...

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Social Media: Icon or Idol
                                My most recent paper from AP Lang/Comp. Constructive criticism is welcome!            There is a significant difference between a real painting and its reproduction on the web or in print. The “real thing” is more engaging th...

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Social Media: Icon or Idol?
My most recent paper from AP Lang/Comp. Constructive criticism is welcome!            There is a significant difference between a real painting and its reproduction on the web or in print. The “real thing” is more engaging than its flatter reprint, isn’t it...

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Creative Writing #21, The Concert and the Radio
Can the same sound have different sounds?  The band settles itself on the stage and the tuning begins—isolated sounds erupt into the air.  The clarinet and oboe murmur some sultry tones as the trumpet blares briefly.  The string instruments lazily harmonize...

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The Church Fathers and 1984
The Church Fathers and 1984  I finally read Orwell’s famous 1984 this semester for AP Lang/Comp. Although I did not find it particularly appealing, I cannot deny the genius of its author. Woven into the delicate paradoxes of the story are countless politica...

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Creative Writing #20 - The Komboskini
Creative Writing #20 - The Komboskini Α short piece I wrote for a scholarship application... (Fr. Justinius, the αγιοταφιτης of Jacob's Well) It all happened very quickly. I was standing next to the Well of Sychar in West Bank, Israel. A short little monk s...
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