Well, it has definitely been a long time since I have shared my adventures here. I won’t bore you with the past…however many years, but just know that I’m back, and will have a hell of amount of stories to share.
One week and one day until I return to ye ol’ town of Blooming, otherwise known as Bloomington. I have to say, I have had one hell of a summer, but I NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL! Tick tock tick tock.
Artist Rachel Sussman is obsessed with very old things that are still alive. No, not certain members of the British aristocracy. Things like the Pafuri baobab, a South African tree that is likely at least 2,000 years old — and requires an armed guard escort to visit. Or the stromatolites of Western Australia, organisms connected to the oxygenation of the planet that began some 3.5 billion years ago.
Sussman has spent years researching the science behind each shot, tracking down researchers to find out what they know — and then figuring out exactly where she needs to head next. “I try to approach them as portraits,” she says of her images. “I want to differentiate them from landscapes or straight documentary; these organisms have so much character and in some way they are all individuals.” In these often quiet, calm images, it’s the story beneath the surface that counts.
Many of the…
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The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Psalms 145:15.
When will people realize that we are not really that different. There are no races, only one and that is the human race. The color of our skin is nothing more than a marker of individuality, just the same as the religion we practice, or the language which we speak. These things are just individualists among a species that is so a like. William Shakespeare once said, ‘If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?’ So you see we are all capable of the same actions and feelings. I am not that different from a human from China, Russia, or Cuba for that matter. We are all humans beings that come from different places and backgrounds and have individualities. I find these individualities to be something of strength, something that makes the human species so brilliant and beautiful. These are not hindrances, or weaknesses. With that said, I am Stephón Gilder, human being, citizen of earth, Christian, and a born child of the United States of America who happens to be black. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain
Well this weekend was truly my best weekend so far in college. It really reminded me of why college is so great, and why it can be worth it to go to college. This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Framing the Global conference held right here at Indiana University Bloomington. I was the only undergraduate student, and mind you I am a freshman, among the many professors and researchers and few graduate students from all around the world. This conference was part of the project called ‘Framing the Global’ which seeks to support scholarly research and publication that will develop and disseminate new knowledge, approaches, and methods in the field of global research. Everyone was amazed at how I was a freshman attending the conference. I got to talk to some interesting professors and made some great connections. It was a great learning experience. I went because I am curious about the global world and I am an anthropology major. I want to find what exactly I want to do with my anthropology degree after I graduate. Exploring such things could also help me find other things that I am also interested in or passionate about.
Another magnificent event I had the opportunity to attend was this year’s Bloomington Lotus Festival which is a cultural music and art festival. It is a big event here in Bloomington that has been going on for 20 years. It started with the kick off concert that I went to on Thursday night, and it was truly an amazing concert. I have never bonded with so many strangers like I did that night, but that’s the power of music for you. Every band was just so awesome and kept everyone dancing all not long (yes I danced, I know it’s not like me, but again the power of music). Then I spent almost everyday this weekend at Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse. If ever you visit Bloomington, I highly recommend going there. Great food, great service, and a great environment. Saturday I smoked a cigar for the first time, it’s the only thing I have ever smoked. I can’t say I am eager to do it again. It felt weird just because it was hard for me to remember that I am legally aloud to do that. However I will never smoke a cigarette or anythings else (too disgusting). Saturday I went to go watch the Lotus Festival Parade, but I didn’t get to watch it. I didn’t get to watch it because I was in it. Yea that’s right, I was drafted to be in the parade. Me and two of my friends got in this costume and danced in the parade. That was an experience like no other. I concluded my weekend (today) with a wonderful rainy day, church, homework, and cleaning. I great end to a great weekend.
Quote for the reader: ‘If ever faced with a challenge, challenge the force against you even greater.’- My best friend.