Feature Artist: Trish Smith

Born and raised in South Africa I have been drawing and engaging in artpractices since I was very young. To pass the time in the car during long family trips I filled the backs of my fatherʼs cigar boxes full of cartoon drawings. I entered a Fine Art Institute in South Africa and studied for one year before going on to study horticulture. My horticultural practices involved using live medium to create massive plant exhibits in a Victorian Conservatory in South Africa. I entered…

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Feature Artist: Cody Goodridge

In my visual art practice I work with a number of disciplines, with a heavy degree of overlap between them; I practice many forms of mark-making from dry media to pen-and-ink, as well as all manner of technical work ranging from serigraph printmaking to digital photography. My joy as an artist is to create unreal worlds and impossible landscapes, thematically grounded in human issues of mortality, conflict, relationships of power, the sublime, and the nature of beings. I delight in…

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Does Social Media Produce Tangible Change? by Lindsey Macdonald

Technology, the internet and social media are widely utilized, making them excellent platforms for activism and change. Social media is a useful tool for promoting ideas, as has been seen in the Occupy movements, the film Kony 2012, and the Egyptian uprisings as part of the Arab Spring. The Occupy movements primarily utilized social media to mobilize gatherings and protests, and Kony 2012 primarily used social media to gain support for a movement and spread knowledge, while the uprisings in…

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Hand Tools

A hand tool is any tool that is powered by hand rather than a motor.[1] Categories of hand tools include wrenches, pliers, cutters, striking tools, struck or hammered tools, screwdrivers, vises, clamps, snips, saws, drills and knives. Outdoor tools such as garden forks, pruning shears, and rakes are additional forms of hand tools. Portable power tools are not hand tools. Hand tools have been used by humans since the Stone Age when stones were used for hammering and cutting. During the Bronze Age tools were made by casting the copper and tin alloys. Bronze tools were sharper and harder than those made of stone. During the Iron Age iron replaced bronze, and tools became even stronger and more durable.…

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Yet the Gods Contrive by Elizabeth Crum

“But don’t you see Kreios? She’s a wronged woman! She has no rights, not only as a wife but also as a foreigner. She has been utterly abandoned by her true love and she seeks revenge. ““Kleio, that is a completely backward interpretation. Medea is a witch and heartless villain, a woman who murders her own children in order to exact futile retribution against a husband who is only trying to provide her with a life of comfort and stability.…

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Are Pets Good for Our Health? by Kim Davis

Abstract — Many studies have been done over the years on what effects a relationship with an animal has on our health. Besides the obvious physical benefits one gets from walking the dog there are many different aspects that have proven to be beneficial physiologically and psychologically. Interacting with dogs, cats, horses and birds and many other types of animals is rewarding as well as being very good for our health. Animals are being used in therapy for stroke victims,…

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Tonga (On Sunday Mornings) by Carol Hilland

On Sunday mornings we would hike in,parting oversized leaves and long-spiked grasses,hauling faded snorkeling gear andwater bottles stuffed into sweaty daypacks,following a path to the edge of quiet.Then sound would creep in, that low rumbleof water exploding through cracks and fissures,foaming up crevices into pools,partially filled with tenacious bits of lifeholding fast to their spots on carved-out wet rocks.Unperturbed, we would scramble overstone outcroppings, staggering down the beach trailinto a sudden blast of blindingwhite light, glaring through a translucent shimmerof…

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A Dog Named Cron by Jennifer Harrison

Ever since she was three years old she hated dogs. Not only hated, but feared with unreasonable obsession. Sarah repeated over and over to her father the scary story of Cron. Cron–who stood as tall as she did. Cron—who paced back and forth, baring his teeth, snarling behind the wood slat fence. Cron—who waited to ravage her as if she were a leather moccasin. Cron—who barked so loud it took her breath away. Her father listened, but only for so…

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Daughter by Danielle Kennedy

“Look how pretty she looks in her pink dress!”“She’s going to grow up to be a beautiful young lady.”“She’ll be turning all the boy’s heads.”“Look at this new truck we got him for his birthday! We got it in blue, his favourite colour.”“He’s going to be such a handsome man, just like his father.”“He’ll be a heartbreaker for sure.”From almost the second we’re conceived, we’re categorized into Joe’s and Jane’s; our destiny already picked out for us. He will be…

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