Stories from the Edge Blog

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History through Film

Films can educate us about our past but it can also twist it make it unrecognizable and distorted creating a myth that’s false or misleading. This is why I’ve come up with this category for the website. It’s a chance for me to showcase a film or a TV series (I’m a big fan of the series MASH) that is about our collective past as a country and as a people. 

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My First Witness to Tragedy

January 28th marks the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. I was 11-years-old at the time and in the fifth grade. I was also in the Young Astronauts Program—a program for school kids to get...

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9/11: 16 Years Later

The world changed 16 years ago today. As I write my annual 9/11 post, I’m sitting in the same room just a few feet away from when I first learned of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers. I was talking with a friend on AOL Messenger. The conversation that day is unimportant, though I’m sure it had something to do with Xena: Warrior Princes. I remember looking at an article on AOL about the attack and seeing a photo. I remember saying to my friend: that’s not a small plane. That’s a big hole.

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Fireworks: September 2016

These are not my best fireworks photographs. I was combating two evils: a lot of light and a busted tripod. All in all, they could have turned out a lot worse, I suppose.

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Disney & World War II: Education for Death

Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi was one of two shorts released in 1943. The other was, Der Fueher’s Face. The latter was more satirical and made more of a mockery out of Adolf Hitler than the former, which hit audiences the hardest it featured the indoctrination of Germany’s youth.

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Analysis: One of Ours

In Willa Cather’s One of Ours, a complex picture of an idealistic young man troubled by his upbringing and quest to find his place in the world emerges through the back drop of World War I. Written in 1923, the book is just five years removed from the end of the war.