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Yelang Valley of Masks

For 20 years, 76 year-old Song Peilun has been transforming an ancient valley in Guizhou, China, into a beautiful village of monuments. When visiting the United States, Song discovered striking similarities between the Native Americans and Guizhou ethnic minorities. After seeing the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, the world’s …

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The Sport of Horseback Riding

Quite often, to the point that every equestrian feels like throwing something, people close-mindedly claim that “horseback riding isn’t a sport” or “the horse does everything for you.” This is a common misconception among those who don’t ride horses. However, what they don’t realize is that the rider needs to do …

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds: The World Mourns

If the human race was a galaxy, it just lost two of its brightest planets. Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away only a day apart on December 27 and December 28, 2016. Fisher passed away after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los …

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Fine Feathers by Elizabeth St. Hilaire; used with permission
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Artist Study: Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Decorative calendars are one of my favorite things, and the Paper Paintings calendar that has been hanging on my wall for 2016 contains art that truly deserves recognition. Flipping through the months this year has been a source of great joy to me, because each time I am greeted with …

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History of the Necktie

Though it has bore witness to a significant drop in popularity in recent years, the necktie still remains a pivotal organ of our culture and wardrobe.  Neckties have legendary origins dating back to the 1600s, evolving over four centuries to the icon of today, cementing its place in fashion history. …

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The Declaration of Independence

In honor of the 240th Independence Day of the United States of America, here is the history of the Declaration’s conception. Beginning with the Proclamation of 1763 stating that colonists could not settle on the land that they had just fought an entire war to gain, the thirteen colonies of …

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Just try. Why can’t you do it?

It was the end of August 2015 when what everyone saw as a new beginning felt to me like the end to my ambitions. It was the first day of AP Summer Bridge (a week-long session to introduce the curriculum of some Advanced Placement classes), it was very hot and …

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Nancy Reagan- A Life Like No Other

On March 6, 2016, Americans and foreigners alike mourned the death of Nancy Reagan, former first lady, actress, and legend, who now remains buried beside her husband at the Reagan Library. As we honor her legacy, it is important to reflect upon what made her a true American hero. Early Life, Career, and Start …

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The Art of Dancing

Whether it be a principal ballerina on stage or an embarrassing uncle at a wedding, dance comes in all shapes and sizes. Ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, and tap are just a few of the many styles of dance. But really… what is dance? To begin, the dictionary definition of …

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Does Social Media Make You Inept or Tech Savvy? (Opinion)

I recently saw the new James Bond movie, Spectre, and it majorly inspired some social commentary for me about the nature of information sharing and the new commonality of public lifestyles. Although I digress on how advisable it is to base social criticism after a fictional story line about a …

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