Articles by: Michael Barnett

Cheers! A guide to keeping the holidays happy!

Cheers! A guide to keeping the holidays happy!

Let’s face it: the holidays can be a bit hectic and stressful. Now, one of the best ways to alleviate your stress is to turn to¬†one of life’s simple pleasures, alcohol. A sip of dry bourbon, a shot of tequila, a long, slow gulp of your favorite wine after a[…]

by × December 11, 2017 ×

Let’s Get Lost: Exploring the World

Let’s Get Lost: Exploring the World

In my early twenties, during arid summers and dry, Southern California winters, I would drive the back country roads of my county with the windows rolled down and the music turned up (Think shoe gaze pop masters Ride, and queue the classic “Let’s Get Lost” if you can find a[…]

by × June 6, 2017 ×

Standing Up for a Better Tomorrow

Standing Up for a Better Tomorrow

At the beginning of any new administration, it is typical for a sense of uncertainty to pervade the air. The possibility of incredible change leads us away from the security of basic human understanding and towards a popular willingness to give in to fear of difference. However, it is important[…]

by × January 13, 2017 ×

The Sun Stands Still, Celebrating the Winter Solstice

The Sun Stands Still, Celebrating the Winter Solstice

The day begins late and ends early. A stretch of low light glances at an angle across chilled landscapes, some blanketed in ice and snow, others dry and brittle without the warmth of life we associate with the earth. The shortest day of the year may be dark or dreary,[…]

by × January 4, 2017 ×

Honoring the First Nations:  Literature written by and about Native Americans

Honoring the First Nations: Literature written by and about Native Americans

November, the month for many Americans which signifies the great celebratory day of Thanksgiving, has been designated the National Native American Heritage month since the early to mid-90s. Given the history of the United States and the history of the land upon which it calls it’s home, dedicating a month[…]

by × November 15, 2016 ×

As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

Fall arrives with a shift in the weather, a subtle tick down on the thermometer, a gentle breeze with a hint of icy breath at its edges. We reach for a light sweater, a knitted scarf. We watch the tree branches resist the air’s gathering attack, their leaves drying, browning…falling.[…]

by × September 29, 2016 ×

Understanding through Literature

Understanding through Literature

Why do we as humans fear what we don’t know? Why do we try to tear down what our own experiences have not allowed us to understand? Why don’t we respond to fear and misunderstanding with a search for knowledge? Could it be that equipped with knowledge instead of arms[…]

by × June 16, 2016 ×

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a remembrance of fallen soldiers in the US Civil War. It celebrated the memory of the thousands of Union and Confederate warriors who’d fought and lost all, regardless of their reasons or the ultimate outcome. By the late 1800’s the day became generalized as[…]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Think of bood red rubies, depthless emeralds, knife- sharp obsidian: these set into carefully worked settings, a filigree of delicate silver, a cup of gold, a band of carved wood. Much like the aching and precise work that goes into making a unique bed for a polished stone, the short[…]

by × April 4, 2016 ×