Is PTSD Genetic? Can PTSD be passed onto my children?

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Is PTSD Genetic? Can PTSD be passed onto my children? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric ailment that affects many people around the world. This stress disorder can affect anyone and it is typically caused by uncontrollable or unpredictable traumatic events. In most cases, PTSD symptoms appear after several days or hours of certain event. However, there are times …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘Netherland,’ by Joseph O’Neill

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Why We Read An Annotative Essay on: Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill             Different books are read for different reasons. Textbooks are read so that we can be informed in what matters most to us: math, biology, philosophy, etc. Suspense and thriller books so that we can be entertained by what interests us: vampires, the mafia, war, etc. Romance novels so …

MFA Notes: Creating Compassion for Unlikable Characters

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Quick Notes: How to Create Compassion for Unlikable Characters Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to …

Blackout Poetry: Combat Action Badge

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This poem/post will probably be a little more controversial than most Blackout poetry posts. That’s because it involves Combat Action Badges, and the current debate regarding them, and when/how/if/under what circumstances they should be awarded. My position on this is somewhat unique, though I know I’m not alone… This article originally appeared in the Army Times and was over whether …

5 Rules for Vegan Camping

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The five things you need to keep in mind while camping as a vegan. As the days finally grow cooler, and the trees begin to change, there’s no better time to go camping then in late August or September. And there’s no better place to go camping then right here in New England. From the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the …

Blackout Poetry: Veteran Suicides

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In case you’re not familiar with Blackout Poetry, Blackout Poetry is the act of creating poems by blacking out words that appear in newspaper articles (or books, but typically newspaper articles). I was inspired to give it a shot after being introduced to it by Austin Kleon. I’ve got a six month subscription to The Army Times and I’ll be …

MFA Notes: The Art of Juxtaposition

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Quick Notes: The Art of Juxtaposition in Creative Writing Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to …

MFA Notes: Dialogue Across Genres

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Quick Notes: the importance of narrative dialogue Recently, I graduated from Lesley University with an MFA in creative writing, and I decided that I wanted to share what I learned in a series of blog posts. I decided to share for two reasons: 1) My notes, although not too detailed, could possibly  help other writers. 2) Rewriting my notes forces me to re-read and …