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Arts Life Musings Peacebuilding

The Arts and Education Infographic

We need the Arts because the Arts teaches us how to be better humans. The Arts also teaches us how to be fully alive.

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Programming

The Rotation Braid

I started recording myself talking through the PEDAC method out loud, and it is a disaster. I know that I am not a verbal processor – I tend to write everything first or see it written in my mind’s eye. I even sometimes imagine that I’m writing a blog post as I speak. It takes […]

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Career Musings

Thank You to Teaching

We balked when the Career Counselor at my college told us that the average person changes careers – not just jobs, but careers – 11 times in their lifetime. I remember thinking that this number was a little drastic. However, in the decade since my college graduation, I have already had 3 different career paths, […]

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Programming

Creative Logic

It’s a sea of methods in Ruby.

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Programming

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock!

Breaking down a problem seems slower, but it helps speed up the process in the long run. I lived this firsthand when making the game Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.

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Musings Programming

Rubocop Musings

Rubocop helps standardize Ruby code. Rules give you freedom. It’s a paradox, I know. Here are some lessons I learned the hard way.

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Honduras Migration Musings

American Dream

Here is the story of a young woman I know who decided to go to the US undocumented. She is a young, very hard-working single mother who lives with her family, has a steady job as a teacher at a private school, and has a university degree. Yet she wants to go on this dangerous journey. What is wrong with this picture?

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Community Development Honduras Migration Musings

Reconsidering the Migration Narrative in Honduras

Is a lack of positive thinking the reason that so many people are leaving Honduras?

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Community Development Life Musings Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding Thoughts

“I just want to be able to provide for myself and my family, and be able to give back to my community.” The young woman looked at the group of young people surrounding her. They nodded, understanding. It is hard to provide for your family when you don’t have a job because you can’t get […]

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Career Life Programming

Why I Want to Be a Software Engineer

Silence on the other end of the phone. “Are you even good with computers? You don’t seem like a techy kind of person.” My friend was understandably incredulous of what I had just told her: I want to be a software engineer. I am an International Relations grad from a liberal arts college. What good […]