How Close Is Too Close?

Is it right to make money or a career off of other people's mistakes and private lives? Paparazzi and workers for magazines or tabloids do this all the time. People like me who obsess and pay attention to celebrities keep this industry going.
Is it any of our business? No. Their public accomplishments and industry accomplishments are our business and the business of anyone who can access the internet. As much as we like to keep up with their personal lives, some celebrities keep a tight fist around how much information gets out. It's their right, of course. I wouldn't want someone to reveal my personal information.
But somehow, "ordinary" people like me give a pass for them to be tracked because they're "famous."
Like it or not, as long there are celebrities, the industry that collects their information isn't going anywhere.
Some celebs will use their personal lives to gain success (see Jake Paul, Josh Peck, and other YouTube stars commonly know…

Review of Kesha's Praying

When I saw friends sharing the video for Kesha's "Praying" on the internet, I had to check it out. I was quite surprised by what I found. She uses bright colors and black and white to show her emotions. The song itself is most likely a reference to her struggles with her label and producer over the past year.
While she could have chosen to react in anger, she instead offers prayers for her abuser and hopes that he will change.
The music video shows crosses and a holy Bible. It looks like Acts 4 and Acts 1 are written on pages of an open Bible. As far as I could see, Acts 1 does not fit Kesha's situation. But in Acts 4, Peter and John speak to the Sanhedrin. Verses 16-20 could reflect Kesha's situation:
16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to an…

Review of Harry Styles' Sign of the Times

I heard that Harry was making an album, and I was excited. As I'd read online, I suspected every song would have a rock focus, since he enjoys old rock songs. I was pleasantly surprised by "Sign of the Times." It had strong vocals but also tender moments. I thought that it was too long. The bridge showed a lot of his range, and I had to wait for that while listening to the chorus again. Other than that, I have no critiques.

The Waiting, Not Dating Narrative

I was taught not to chase boys, but to wait for the "right one." I heard it from my family and some from my church as a teenager and have carried it with me into my young adult years. It's a passive waiting. I say, "I'm waiting for my future husband" to cover up the fact I'm not making much of an effort to meet men. I'm not dating anyone. I wait for them to come to me, but they don't.
From what I've learned this semester through hearing a speaker's story, that's not realistic.

Is there a solution? Is it a problem that leaders assure teens that they will find Mr. or Miss Right? Should they change the narrative? As one who grew up on Disney movies and rom-coms, is it possible for my siblings' kids to grow up with another narrative? It will take a conscious effort on the part of those who interact with children to change this. It could be difficult, but it's better for them than being blindsided later in life with the possibilit…

How to be Christian When You’re Different by G. Connor Salter

A theologian and a rock star walk into a kitchen. This isn’t a joke. In an event filmed by Fuller Studio, Bono (born Paul Hewson, lead singer for U2) visited Eugene Peterson’s home (author of the Message Bible) in 2015 to discuss their mutual love of the Psalms and what they see happening in Christian culture. 
Not only was this event interesting because they’re very different men – one’s a soft-spoken academic, the other’s never left his loud, blue-collar roots – it was also interesting because Bono seemingly has many reasons to avoid religious people.
While Bono’s a Christian, he’s always had a complex relationship to the church. He was born in Ireland to a Catholic father and Protestant mother not long before Catholics and Protestants began killing each other in the Troubles.
In his late teens, Bono teamed up with two Christians and a skeptic to form U2, and initially the three Christians sought Christian mentors and even joined a Christian group called Shalom in the late 1970’s.

Goodbye Girl Meets World

When I first began watching Girl Meets World (GMW), I was a freshman in college. I had seen few Boy Meets World episodes but was interested in a new story for a new generation. I enjoyed watching Riley, Maya, Lucas, Farkle, Zay, and Smackle grow up and learn.
While some episodes were purely for an entertainment value, others taught lessons such as appreciating your parents, dealing with liking the same boy as your friend, and handling a poor grade in a class. I learned to sympathize with Maya's life in a single-parent home and Farkle's insecurities.
There was something compelling about Riley and the stories.
Spoilers are contained in the following section.

I appreciated the last episode. It cleared up some lingering Boy Meets World questions about Mr. Turner's feelings towards Shawn and both actors playing Morgan. I liked the flashbacks with Cory and Josh and how they fit into the end of the episode. I did not like how quickly Lucas got over Riley's leaving, although I …

Excerpt from World of Shadows by Emily Rachelle

I‘m running, tripping, clawing at the trees around me to climb back up, losing my grip on the slippery moss. My breath rips out of my chest and throat, grasping oxygen desperately. I never look behind me—I‘m not running away, I‘m running toward. Toward what I don‘t know; I pray that it‘s home.
            A tree root catches my foot and I tumble down. My body flings arms over legs over feet as I fail to protect myself from the roots and twigs that tear my skin. The scant moonlight disappears as the sticks do, and suddenly I‘m rolling over cold, hard dirt with no light whatsoever and no idea where I am.
            I collide with a cool dirt surface. Light like that from candles reflects off the dirt around me, causing it to look reddish and alive. Slowly, I push myself off the floor and look around me. I‘m alone in a tiny dirt room that looks like a hollow cube, with nothing on each wall but a single tree-branch torch. In front of me a low-ceilinged dirt tunnel stretches out, with simil…