Cruelty and Compassion, War and Peace

After finishing All Quiet On The Western Front, it was easy to think of so many questions that reflect our current society and lives. We had the opportunity to imagine a daily life filled with the unimaginable, constant fear, death, and shocking conditions. The novel makes you question the purpose of war and the lasting effects it has not only on society but the extensive damage, often physical and psychological, to multiple generations. It brings into question nationalism and pride, fear and bravery, and life and death. But most importantly it makes us question humanity. Evident in this book, how can we, as a species, be so destructive and so cruel? Will we ever change (is it even possible to change?) and are we heading in a downward spiral to our extinction? Are we calling into question our morality and is their anyway to change our behavior or alter our fate?

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McGrey’s Anatomy

I know. Two Grey’s posts in a row. But this one is from the awesome blog “A Cluster of Ideas” and it gives a look back into what makes up one of my favorite shows and why so many fans have fallen in love with these characters. Also, I just can’t stop thinking about the changes that are flying across my TV screen each Thursday night on ABC. These episodes are some of the most emotional ones yet and for die-hard fans of the show, each flashback and recollection is a reminder of how much the characters and their lives have changed (and are changing) over the course of the past eleven years. With the departure of Derek Shepherd I was hesitant to believe that this show would ever be the same. And I know that it won’t but I also believe that every memorable moment from previous shows will gather more meaning and more significance. We’ll remember and move on because “the carousel never stops turning.”

A Cluster of Ideas

Grey’s Anatomy consists of all of the following medical, drama, and romance. And it is by far one of my favorite shows of all. This show is something I can watch over and over and never get bored (I’ve watched some episodes at least 5 times). This post WILL contain SPOILERS. Little note, this might end up with me talking about Meredith and Derek cause they are AMAZING.

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Finding People Who “Get” You (Part 2)

Credit: Official EcoCityCraft Website & Forums

Credit: Official EcoCityCraft Website & Forums

So, in continuation of the various communities I’ve joined or found myself a part of, this post will be about the group of people who love to play the same computer game as me…Minecraft. But this community is more specific than just a game, it’s a Minecraft server called EcoCityCraft (ECC) built around the idea of creating a positive family environment with a community consisting of people of all ages, from kids to teenagers and adults.

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Finding People Who “Get” You (Part 1.5)


Growing up, I was never what most people considered a “typical” girl and even now I don’t like to do what everyone else or at least what every other girl is into or doing at the time. So, when my brother and his friends began playing Minecraft a few years ago, it immediately drew my attention. A game where I can build anything I want, interact with people who are interested in the same things as me, and who don’t care  about what gender I am or any other characteristics that usually end up getting me excluded. Sounds like a dream come true! And it was and (yes, I’ll admit it) still is. Can you believe it? A video game that might actually be “useful” and positive and not intended to be educational.

So, why do parents, teachers, and other adults always make video games the “bad guy”? Continue reading to find out why I and many others think this occurs and how they might even be potentially helpful later in life.

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Finding People Who “Get” You

Credit: Val W. (Please scroll to the bottom of this post for information regarding her fundraiser for Brainstrust or click here.)

The second most painful (literally) experience of my life happened about 16 months ago on June 28, 2013. Actually, it wasn’t so much painful, as frustrating and irritating and it often times still is today. But through this experience and even months before it, I found myself becoming a part of a community who all shared a common “bond”. And because of our similarities, we were able to help each other, provide advice, and very frequently support or provide a virtual shoulder to lean on.

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