HIV/AIDS: One Story of A Positive Status
Dec01

HIV/AIDS: One Story of A Positive Status

The first HIV/AIDS patients observed in the U.S. in the early 1980s were treated as societal pariahs in many ways. The disease was misunderstood and seen as a time stamp on one’s life. Even today, as medical advances have allowed many to live and thrive with the virus, there remains a stigma. HIV/AIDS does not affect a single gender, race, class or sexual orientation but instead has the ability to affect all of us. As of...

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Divorce
Oct17

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Divorce

In August of 2011, Gordon Deming married the love of his life on her grandmother’s farm. Though storm clouds loomed in the distance, the rain held off for their ceremony and reception under the stars. The storm, it seemed, held off until after the honeymoon.  *** Gordon had a big night planned for the first Valentine’s Day with his first love, Lauren. Gordon found himself regularly going out of his way to do nice things for her just...

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My Experience in The Peace Corps
Sep05

My Experience in The Peace Corps

Cara Stuckel knew nothing about Morocco, the place she was to serve for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Nothing about the language. Nothing about the culture. Nothing. Yet, she was pumped to go. Until she got on the plane to leave. The fear of being gone for so long and that everyone would be different upon her return hit her. To be so far from her support system was terrifying. “I was a nightmare,” she said. “I cried so hard...

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