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Words! Find your duty relieved. Commands the poet, ironically– relieved to find victory in concession. Overwhelmed by how much he has gained through theft, and forfeit.

Autumn Growing

It was like going to a city you’ve once known well, but everything is different. Actually everything is still the same, it’s you that’s changed. You struggle to fit back into your comfortable old self, like an old pair of pants that only looks good in memory. The words don’t come as easily. The concepts…

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What does democracy mean?

What does democracy mean? Elections and voting are the first things that come to mind. But if that’s where our thinking stops, we’re in trouble. Democracy is so much more than voting: democracy means participating in how your country/province/city is run. Did you vote in the most recent election in your area? What did you…

Why I Hate Talent Shows

I recently attended a talent show–put on by med students. As I sat there watching my classmates a voice beside me echoed the sentiments in my head when she whispered: “I hate him, he’s good at everything.” Of course, neither of us hates him; he’s an excellent friend and classmate. I think we hate ourselves…

That small book…

That small book held in her leather fingers, flaking paper weighted with verses written with smoother skin. Could she have imagined how far they both would travel? Performing before a camera, light glancing her cheek, before the ocean

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Magical Med Students

“You all are so _________, after all, you got into medical school.” You can fill in the blank with any combination of: hard-working, dedicated, smart, compassionate, well rounded. I’ve heard that sentence countless times from my lecturers since starting medical school and I’ve decided I don’t like it. These statements make me feel uncomfortable because…