by Mackenzie Patel Interestingly, the wild idea for this post was conceived in the most unlikely of circumstances. Woefully scrolling through my online required class, bursting with selfish Buddhists, slave history, feminist mantras, buffalo art, and existential environmentalists, my boredom shattered the laptop screen and killed the excitement for collegiate learning. How does the Tao… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel I recently finished reading Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, a three part novel published by Count Leo Tolstoy in 1852. A fictionalized autobiography, this book tells the story of Nikolai Irtenyeff, a Russian aristocrat struggling with the thorny rosebush that is growing up. The three categories—childhood, boyhood, and youth—were depicted so fully and minutely that… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers! This was the month of Tolstoy, the month of declaring I was going to party hard and then staying home every weekend, and the month of discovering the amazing qualities of black leggings. Second semester of college high-fived me with an amiable “welcome home!” combined with “your classes are… Read More