Finding Thanks

Simon Kuang, Staff writer Walking through the Cal campus, I am occasionally greeted by laminated pages of letter-sized paper bearing the warm colors of autumn and cozy sans-serif reminders of the virtues of thankfulness. I read about studies that demonstrate how thankful people tend to be more satisfied with their lives than unthankful people; moreover, cultivating thankfulness renders us not only happier people, but better … Continue reading Finding Thanks

seek, pray, love

Lauren Hall, Guest Writer The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a big mission: Protecting Health, Saving Lives – Millions at a Time. – About JH Bloomberg SPH Millions at a time? What does it mean to “love your neighbor” when thinking at the population level, “saving lives millions at a time”? – TY Ivory tower standing tall, Who’s the most privileged of them all? Prior … Continue reading seek, pray, love

The Reaped Souls

Jacky Vasantachat, Staff writer Part II Dear Soul! Reaped Spirit! Your essence is mine! Dwelt darkness of shadows thoroughly thine! You roam, you wander, five senses no more, Though pain and sorrow ’rupt, feelings galore! Here now, heart self! I’ll draw you nigh to me. Put end stormy muses past! Look now—See!   There, over there, is a father who cares! There, over there, is a … Continue reading The Reaped Souls

The Reaped Souls

Jacky Vasantachat, Staff writer Part I What is a father? A figure that’s meant to kindle a hellish fiery torment? To shatter bosoms of mother, child? To fan consuming flames, Despair wild? Is it to heartlessly wreck, rip, remove, foundations which would otherwise behoove?   Ah! Traitor, betrayer, oh selfish scum Who forsook blood for more pleasure and some! Who crushed bright fragments Hope and Love … Continue reading The Reaped Souls

A Meditation on 1 Kings 19:11-13

Lauren Hall, Guest writer Lauren: the simplicity of age seven entailed insight of a seemingly undisputed sort – the sort that translates neatly to          boxes of a to-do list listing church, to be attended verses, to be committed to memory parents, to be honored things, to be neither stolen nor coveted rules, to be internalized boxes, to be checked off a … Continue reading A Meditation on 1 Kings 19:11-13

False Mystery, True Faith

Simon Kuang, Staff Writer Where do babies come from? Psalm 139 in the Old Testament praises God for the mystery of life: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”1 The psalmist implores us to marvel at this question’s answer (or lack thereof). But the ancient Hebrews surely had not thumbed through a 9th grade biology text, or visited the … Continue reading False Mystery, True Faith