By

Dana Ray
I told a friend last night that summer is a time when I find it hard to write. Robin Becker, a PSU professor and poet, said at a reading that her body and mind is trained now to write freely and deeply when the summer comes and professorial duties are at their least. I have...
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Julius CaesarFree and Open to the public7:30pm, Old Main Lawn, tonight and Friday nightImportant note: I will be applauding and recommending PSU’s production of Julius Caesar in this post. But there are several disturbing moments. Some trigger content: actors carrying real assault weapons, a blank shot fired at a prisoner in a black hood, sounds and...
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What is embarrassing for you doesn’t ever seem that bad to other people. But the feeling is real. The burn that starts in the stomach and shoots towards the face. The instinct to turn away, to curl up over your center. RUN. Tear your hair. Writhe. It all has so much power even months after...
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When my New York cousins visited my Georgia childhood home, the oldest boys brought some sort of game consul that they played without ceasing on the ancient tv in the basement. The games had monsters that fascinated and scared me to the point that I had trouble sleeping, or at least that’s what I assume...
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Before I left the west coast swing event last weekend, I re-introduced myself to a guy I had danced with sometime after midnight the previous day. His name was Logan and he was from Singapore. He greeted me with, “I remember you! That dance was amazing! Truly amazing!” I agreed. It had been a memorable...
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I’m stealing the form of this post from the Formidable Jade Perry over at www.jadetperry.com. Check out her post here.Everyone has their thing for what makes work go right. I have mine. Some of these are unique to me and some of them I’ve learned from other great creatives along the way. What are you essentials...
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Mostly Sarah Koenig. If you’ve been following my suggestions for podcasts, you’ve listened to “Serial”, created and hosted by Sarah Koenig. She’s a journalist with This American Life. Sarah lives in State College. Which makes us cool. She was invited to speak on campus. The auditorium was packed out of its 600 person capacity. 50...
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Yesterday, Bucknell had a protest in solidarity. I heard about it from the Writing Center Folks. So I pulled out my pillow and carried it too. It started at Columbia. A senior named Emma began carrying her mattress by herself to all her activities on campus. She was raped in her sophomore year. The perpetrator...
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This is a post to the people who believe and those who lead them. It is also something written in the middle of pain and about people who never had the opportunity to speak for themselves away from their roles on stage or in spiritual leadership. It is hard to walk with someone in pain,...
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Yesterday, I watched a man my age follow a woman my age, his friend, with a camera. The light was gold and she was beautiful. She had dark eyes against her gold hair. She stood with elegance. She did not want her picture taken. She did not like pictures taken of her. She said, “No....
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