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Your brain is a battery that sparks a powerful thing called consciousness, or for short, thoughts. These thoughts are what create your entire reality.
The brain…the brain is the most intriguing organ in the human body. This magnificent organ is responsible for the most complex operations that help to make us “human” or “alive.” So with that being said, I would like to give a very overdue props to Henry Molaison. Henry was born on February 26, 1926 and died on December 2nd, 2008. Now you will not read about Henry in famous magazines or hear talk show hosts speak of him, but we are all forever in his debt. The very reason that made him famous within the science community is also the very same reason that destroyed his life.
With the average person spending 6-8 hours a day on their cell phone, there is no denying the fact that Social Media has the power to bring a sense of empowerment, or a sense of anxiety, depending on how you view the world. While many people follow accounts simply because the person is famous or attractive, I like to have my Social Media cater to my overall development as a human. I have chosen 5 Instagram accounts that truly inspire me in one way or another. What’s your top 5?
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This past July I had the privilege of taking a 10 day canoe trip in some of the most pristine wilderness on our continent, Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Can you imagine being able to simply dip your water bottle in the lake when you were thirsty? It was a humbling remembrance of what modern industry and society has destroyed in the majority of lakes and rivers. Oh sweet boundary waters, so pure and revitalizing! And let me tell ya, there’s something about paddling ~65 miles with a group of strangers and portaging with an 80 pound canoe on your shoulders through the rugged Quetico terrain that really changes you.
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November 26, 1998 was the day that my love for sports was flipped upside down. I was in the fourth grade and just started playing tackle football. I began showing interest in watching Professional Football. I was at my Uncle’s house to celebrate the annual holiday of giving thanks (props) when we settled in to watch the Dallas Cowboys host the Minnesota Vikings. One minute into the game Randall Cunningham chucked the pigskin deep down the field and a purple flash ran under it and trotted into the end zone. At the end of the first quarter, I experienced déjà vu as once again Cunningham hurled the ball deep to the lanky receiver wearing the number 84 for another fifty-yard touchdown. Finally, as the third quarter was winding down, that same receiver caught a screen pass at midfield and literally ran past every member of the Cowboys defense for a fifty-six yard score.
Have you ever walked briskly down a busy New York City street on the Upper East Side at about the time it’s just starting to get dark and shuffled hastily into a glowing Barnes & Noble, only to ride the escalator you’re greeted with down into a haven of aesthetic ecstasy as thousands upon thousands of crisp, new books with perfect spines are arranged from left to right on shelves over fifteen feet high? I have, and, well, damn…
I was not born in Sierra Leone, I have never lived in or visited Sierra Leone. The connection I have with that nation is that both my parents were born and raised in Sierra Leone. Therefore, I was raised in the ways of Sierra Leoneans: my upbringing, mindset, and basically the way I look at life is from that of a Sierra Leonean perspective. Sadly, Sierra Leone is a nation that has been bombarded with a lot of shortcomings including a series of corrupt government which eventually led to a civil war that took the lives of estimately 50,000 people and displaced a lot of its citizens to different parts of the world. Ironically, Sierra Leone is a nation that is rich in natural resources and their most notable natural resource is Diamonds. As a matter of fact, diamonds were used to fuel the war that lasted for more than a decade and deteriorated the educational system and the general welfare of the nation. The mining and selling of diamonds helped fuel the purchase of weapons that were used to mutilate and kill a lot of Sierra Leoneans. Propitiously, on the 18th of January 2002, the eleven year long civil war ended and left a lot of damage to the nation that my parents and their families grew up loving and treasuring.