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White Teeth – Side-Story – Millat

My response to the book White Teeth Zadie Smith recently includes imagining up a side story based on one of the characters for an advanced writing workshop. I’ve always found writing fan fiction and side stories great practice to writing fiction. The few previous times I have performed this task, the two works turned into […]
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The Risk of Trusting and The Strength of Forgiving.

  What’s worse than being betrayed is being betrayed without explanation, and by people who one trusted. To trust fully in people, then to be betrayed by these people feels like The Black Death.What’s most important for this individual is to forgive. A common saying goes, “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of […]
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To Be an Explorer, or How To Be an Explorer.

“Every morning when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!” – Thich Nhat Hanh That is twenty-four brand-new hours to explore new concepts, things, people, ideas, myself… I always wanted to be an explorer – go to outer space and discover new planets and lifeforms, wander some uncharted […]
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Solitude

Adam Phillips: “An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one’s affinity for certain other people.” In reality, many endure solitude, and some even choose it. Loneliness can be more prevalent around others than isolated from society. Or is solitude really loneliness? People aren’t ever truly alone – whether hiking deep in a wilderness with […]
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Culturally Empathic

To understand the emotions and experiences of people outside my culture, I must venture out of my circle and comfort zone to actually explore other cultures. If I can’t travel to other countries and continents to experience other cultures, I need only to open a book and read and/or watch a film. But diverse culture is all around me. […]
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Impulsive Responses Agitate Fire

I think everyone deals with opposition some point in his or her life. This includes dealing with difficult people (to be nice). What is the best way to deal with difficult people or a difficult person? For example, how does one go about dealing with people they know are being bias or jerks to him or […]
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Ghosts in Fiction.

Are ghosts terrifying or horrifying? Perhaps both. It depends on the ghost and the person reading or viewing the ghost, or whether the reader or even author believes ghosts are real or figure of someone’s imagination. In Richard Matheson’s “Hell House” when “Florence shrank into her chair as another serving dish began to skid across the table, headed […]
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Once Upon a Time Gothic Women

When the imagination is repressed, the mind is not in complete balance, because part of a healthy mind includes use of the imagination for creative thinking. I am no psychologist, but this just makes sense. Madness can occur as a result with the mind not being in right balance. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” […]
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So, you think you’re tough?

A person hits someone not expecting it. He picks a fight with someone who does not want to fight and who is not a claimed fighter. And this solves what?  It makes the attacker feel better about him or herself.  Literature has taught readers how protagonists rise against villains, who are a lot of times bullies […]
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The Silent Voice

When a person behaves as most people living in society, what might be considered normal, yet is still held in an insane asylum with no clear reasoning or evidence to keep her or him there, something needs to change. How does this change happen? First, it needs to be exposed to the public and politicians, perhaps. […]
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