Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:03pm
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Living in a hyper-divided post-election nation, it’s easy to forget the feeling of unity that existed at the beginning of the pandemic. Whether it was rallying around our essential workers or sharing our desperate search for toilet paper, a common enemy seemed to unite us, if only for a moment. Perhaps my favorite example of this is the strangest. Throughout the spring and early summer, in Denver, where I am spending my semester, people let out their inner wolf for a minute each evening. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 12:28pm
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When I went to Traverse City, Mich., this past March to visit my grandparents, I was amazed by the beauty of Old Mission Peninsula. The green and orange leaves of the apple and cherry orchards line a landscape of rolling hills that provided me with a 360-degree view of Grand Traverse Bay. Rustic, red farmhouses and 19th century cottages made the landscape even more idyllic. The Old Mission Lighthouse that sits at the tip of the peninsula gave me a view of Lake Michigan that stretched over the horizon. Few places, outside of national parks, have such awe-inspiring vistas.

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 1:30pm
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As the apricot tree in my yard explodes in white flowers each spring and my birthday comes and goes, millions of birds fly over my little town, nestled on the banks of their ancient roosting grounds. Half a million sandhill cranes sleep and feed on an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River each spring in the heart of Nebraska.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:49am
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I shifted my car into neutral and drifted off I-80 in western Nebraska and into my hometown for a weekend visit. As he has done to thousands of travelers to enter North Platte, Neb., since 1963, a stern-faced Buffalo Bill glared down at me with a rifle in his hands from a 50-foot billboard. Behind him stands the famous Fort Cody, an imposing wooden building with plaster grizzly bears and mannequins guarding its doors.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:55pm
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After four hours of driving from my overnight stop in Des Moines, Iowa, I crossed the Big Muddy into my home state of Nebraska. The leafless gray trees paired with the overcast sky made the usually lush riverbank appear strikingly different from how I had always seen it driving to and from my mom’s apartment in Denver. The view was yet another change brought on by the coronavirus’s dizzyingly rapid transformation from something restricted to distant news reports to sending me home from school months early.

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:09pm
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As the iconic piano riff began to play, my mom, grandma and I looked at each other with excited grins. With the lights of metropolitan Denver twinkling over the stage, Dolly Parton belted out “9 to 5.” Seeing Parton perform the song alongside my mom, who worked her way through college as a single mother and her mother, who worked at Wendy’s for decades until retiring, made the song’s anti-corporate, pro-woman message hit even harder. We danced and sang along with the thousands of other people nestled between the stunning megaliths of Red Rocks.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 2:14pm
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It’s no secret that Ann Arbor is a bastion for pizza lovers. Smaller places — like New York Pizza Depot (NYPD) or Joe’s Pizza — offer some great options for paper-thin New York-style pizza, while places like Pizza House and Cottage Inn fulfill every other pizza lover’s desire. Everyone has their favorite place, memories of nights with friends and delicious pizza attached to each one.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:39pm
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I love Nicholas Cage. From his melodramatic performance alongside Cher in “Moonstruck” to his laughable screaming of “not the bees!” in “The Wicker Man,” his movies are iconic. While I am excited to see his new film, based on H.P.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 10:49am
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My adoration of tapirs began fifteen years ago after studying them for a second grade research project. They’re odd pachyderms with miniature trunks, panda-like faces and pig-like bodies that make them look like they belong more in a Dr. Seuss book than a real-life zoo. Few other animals match both the charm and uniqueness that tapirs embody. While seemingly plump and lazy animals, they are powerful swimmers that have to worry about anacondas as much as jaguars as they scour the rainforests for food. Adding to their troubles is the ever-encroaching, overbearing hand of humanity.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:14pm
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As I explored campus those first few daunting and lonely weeks of college, I discovered the Nichols Arboretum. A patch of historic forests and prairies sitting in the center of Ann Arbor, it’s arguably the most beautiful part of the city and a rare peek at what the area may have looked like 300 years ago. I’ve spent many of my days watching the wildlife scamper through the grass and fly about the trees and underbrush as I do my homework.