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Anxiety and What it Steals from Us

Anxiety and What it Steals from Us | Cory Copeland on dealing with the worries of anxiety

Have you noticed there’s a distinct difference between experiencing anxiety and simply being anxious? Yes, one describes the other (in theory), but when we say we’re anxious about something, that usually means there’s a certain situation causing us to be anxious. Maybe your classes aren’t going as well as you’d hoped or the thought of giving that huge presentation at work is causing nauseous.…

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Fighting with Tongues: Debating our theology and shutting up

Fighting with Tongues: Debating our theology and shutting up | G.T. Anderson on the arguments we fight for

“You hide them in the secret place of your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.” –Psalm 31:19-20 (NASB)

I’ve studied just enough Marxist critical theory and corporate finance to have a brain panting for oxygen. While the first discipline is theoretical, the other skills-oriented, each is dripping with ideology, and I have some…

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Watch: ‘Taken 3’ aka ‘Tak3n’ Releases its First Trailer

'Taken 3' aka 'Tak3n' has released its first trailer, and we bet you can guess what happens.

First, his daughter got taken and he killed a bunch of bad guys to get her back.

Then, he and his wife got taken (I think?) but he escaped and then he and his daughter had to beat up a bunch of bad dudes and rescue the wife again? I’m not sure.

Regardless, a bunch of bad dudes get their butts beat anytime a Taken movie comes around. And bad new, bad dudes: here comes Tak3n.

The third (and…

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Aretha Franklin Covers Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Aretha Franklin covered Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and it is glorious.

Arguably the most famous singing diva of all time, Aretha Franklin has made a name for herself with some of the most memorable performances ever. And now she’s taking it a step forward.

Ms. Franklin is releasing a new album soon called Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. I just got chills thinking about it.

As her first single, Aretha chose to cover our generation’s greatest diva,…

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Those Drunken Nights

Those Drunken Nights | Amy Francis on drinking away life’s frustrations

“Now, don’t forget: you owe this to yourself,” Bill Cosby says to his diverted audience. “You worked hard all week. It’s come to this.” Then he kneels down on stage over a chair that he pretends is a toilet and starts groaning. “Ohh, Jesus. If you get me outta this, I won’t drink again, long as I live.” The audience cackles knowingly.

I’ve got this stand up skit on replay in my head because…

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Be Yourself: Balancing Discretion and Vulnerability

Be Yourself: Balancing Discretion and Vulnerability | Kailtlin McDuffie’s insightful article for a tell-all generation

You ready? I’m about to hit you with some facts.

I listen to Céline Dion on purpose because “My Heart Will Go On” still gives me chills.
I watch Killers, the 2010 Kutcher-Heigl flick that’s a ripoff of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and I like it.
I read the last pages of a chapter from 50 Shades of Grey to see if the sex was really as bad as everyone said.
I broke campus rules and kissed my boyfriend when I…

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Listen: Lorde Releases First Track from ‘Mockingjay’ Soundtrack

Lorde has released the first track from the ‘Mockingjay’ soundtrack, and it’s pretty great.

When you think of good song titles, the first option you probably think of is “Yellow Flicker Beat,” just like Lorde.

And because she’s such a creative genius who should be appreciated even more than she already is, the young songstress has released the first track from the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, of which she is curating.

The song itself leans toward the Lorde sound…

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Joining Bedlam: A Call for Fall Interns

Interested in joining the Bedlam family? We now have intern positions open!

Bedlam is growing, y’all, even beyond our initial hopes and projections.

Because of this, we’re opening up a select number of intern positions for the Fall and Winter. Lasting 6 months, these positions will be editorial in nature and will provide consistent experience in writing, editing, and copy-editing.

As Bedlam is strictly a volunteer company at this point, these are not paid positions, but…

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Love: A Practical Magic

Love: A Practical Magic | Melissa Hawks on a different kind of love story

I had a Disney Cinderella book when I was a kid. I must have been extremely young because I started reading mysteries and science fiction at the age of six and left most of romance in the dust. That Cinderella book stayed with me, though.

Because of the prince.

In my mind, he was what every prince should be. Tall, dark, handsome. A good dancer. Pursued wild hearted Ella when she ran. All those…

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Daddy Issues: the wounds our parents leave behind

Daddy Issues: the wounds our parents leave behind | Kevin Garcia on the parents who abandon

“I don’t care! I don’t give a damn! He made his choice, and he didn’t pick me, and he didn’t pick you, he didn’t pick our family! So let him live with that choice!”

As those words left my lips, my voice shaking and my eyes bursting with a hurricane of tears, I fought desperately to choke back my whimpering. I held back the sobs that sought to claw their way from my lungs to the top of my throat.

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