Archive for May 24th, 2012

May 24th, 2012

What would it be like to be in love with someone who was not repulsed by me?

May 24th, 2012

When Jay Leno Speaks I Die A Little- Zachary Lipez


There are books written
about models.

There are movies about poets.

There is a school of thought that

to be breathing past 40

is worthy of admiration
and I don’t think

that it should be condemned

certainly, good for them!

But plenty of people do it.
I am tired of waking up with perfectly functional descriptions of beauty

like I am tired of poems
about drunks

on the bowery,
or how the subways resembles

being underground.

If you’re afraid of love
then don’t go

to the supermarket
and wear more clothes,

because eventually,
if you’re not careful,

someone will love you,

and baby,
your poetry will suffer.

There is blind blind
danger out there.

There is string.
There are skyscrapers that,

when it rains,
reflect oceans,

and while I am not drawn
to people

who read books on aliens,

I admire their
refusal to be lonely. 

I love it when my friends tumblr my friends

May 24th, 2012

The university environment can be a challenging and highly experiential place for students. This…

The university environment can be a challenging and highly experiential place for students. This study is an in-depth look at the challenges and experiences of students who practice Earth-Based religions on Porpoise State University’s campus. The theoretical framework for this study draws principally from the work of Chickering (1969), Chickering and Reisser (1993), and Fowler (1981). These works serve as the principle scaffolding around which other literature on the subject can be interpreted and applied. Additionally, this study contains an review of literature relevant to Pagan beliefs and experiences. This study was qualitative in nature and focused on phenomenological methodology. Data were gathered through interviews, semi-structured in format, with students who identified as practitioners of Earth Based Religions and maintained full-time student status with Porpoise State University. Students, and their university, were given pseudonyms for their protection. Data analysis utilized grounded coding introduced by Strauss and Corbin (1997) and produced themes which were common to the experience of each student. The researcher concluded that Pagan students face a variety of challenges at Porpoise State. Conclusions were drawn about spiritual development in the sample, access to resources, campus atmosphere, and student interactions. The researcher also introduced several suggestions for best practice including the development of a designated worship space for students, the establishment of a full time university staff member to coordinate spiritual development, and the inclusion of specific information about Earth Based religions into Porpoise State training materials for new employees.