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Indoctrination or: Education’s Failure

In my time amid the hustle and bustle of the Internet and in the company of people from any number of backgrounds, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: very few have the faintest clue what they truly believe, much less why they even believe it. It’s not so much that they’ve been avoiding understanding, but rather for centuries our culture has encouraged so many of us to lead insular lives. Traditionally, we surround ourselves with like-minded peers who simply create an echo chamber for our ideas, thus cutting off any need for the necessary critical discussion that brings about understanding.

On Conversational Courtesy

We should not be defined by our occupations. I am more than just a student. Sparky is more than just an electrician. Joe is more than just a plumber. (See what I did there?) Our occupation is often a point of stress, a matter of drudgery, something we dread returning to every Monday. What possible […]

Perpetual War

A drowning, pestilential rodent flailing about, dying in its own diseased filth, desperate for escape. That’s the image that has repeatedly come to my mind for the past few months. This administration has been caught with its pants down numerous times, and its sniveling supporters on both sides of the aisle have been outed. Those […]



After five years I have finally reached the point where I can no longer coax my MacBook Pro into handling the tasks I find myself now asking of it. Lightroom, Photoshop, video editing, and increased streaming are now simply too much for an old Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, and integrated graphics. So, […]


Reflections on DC

It’s been roughly half a decade since my last tour with a choir, and this year my return to the grand adventure was set in the area of our nation’s capital. Over the course of two days, we spent about six hours roaming the city on free time. I was very happy to finally mark […]


NCSU Choirs Spring Concert

On Friday, 5 April at 7:00pm, the State Chorale, Vox Accalia (NCSU’s women’s choir), and Singing Statesmen (NCSU’s men’s choir) will host their annual spring concert at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC. Each choral group will be presenting the best of the music they have rehearsed this semester. The State Chorale (my […]


Community Choral Celebration

On Tuesday, 26 February at 7:00pm, the State Chorale will provide the finale to the Community Choral Celebration at Edenton Street UMC in downtown Raleigh. Following several high school choirs, we will close the concert with Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Justorum animae” and three of Matthew Harris’ Shakespeare Songs: “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” “And Will A’ […]


Vox Clamantis In Deserto

[quote style=”4″ author=”-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead“]He was addressing everyone. He was addressing no one. He felt no answer, not even the echo of his own words striking against the membrane of an eardrum. His words were falling down a well, hitting stone salients on their way, and each salient refused to stop them, threw them farther, tossed […]


Hello all! You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting here often. Thanks to time constraints and for convenience I’ve been posting almost exclusively to Google+. I still try to post big items here, but for more frequent updates I invite you to find and circle me on Google+.

What If…

“What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interests? “What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and […]