The Big Bad Wolf

By S. Wright | December 4, 2021

Photo by Tahoe on Unsplash Remember “Little Red Riding Hood”? where the Big Bad Wolf was the villain and ate the grandmother? Nursery rhymes weren’t the only tales that cast wolves in such a dark light. There are many tales where wolves are seen as vicious predators thirsty for blood. One of the original monsters in our folklore called the werewolf is based on the savagery and blood lust of a wolf. The curse of a werewolf was also seen … READ MORE…

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A Dream Transformed

By Adrienne Kipps-Spanagel | December 4, 2021

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve kept a journal since I was a child, went through the obligatory bad poetry writing phase as a teenager, attempted short stories and even a novel or two. There’s not much that makes me happier than a blank notebook and a brand-new set of pens. The problem is, I have no creativity. None. I get out my notebook, uncap my pen and… nothing. Give me a research topic though, and I’m on … READ MORE…

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A Love Letter to the Things I Make with My Hands

By Kellen Welch | December 2, 2021

It started in middle school, a Christmas present from my sister – a kit with three skeins of mottled purple yarn, a petite instruction manual, a red plastic yarn needle I’ve since lost, and two wooden knitting needles. I laughed as I removed the last bit of wrapping paper. “Well, you did ask for it,” my sister huffed. And I had. As much as I was interested in learning to knit, I still had to approach it from a sort … READ MORE…

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The Big Bad Wolf

By S. Wright | December 4, 2021

Photo by Tahoe on Unsplash Remember “Little Red Riding Hood”? where the Big Bad Wolf was the villain and ate the grandmother? Nursery rhymes weren’t the only tales that cast wolves in such a dark light. There are many tales where wolves are seen as vicious predators thirsty for blood. One of the original monsters in our folklore called the werewolf is based on the savagery and blood lust of a wolf. The curse of a werewolf was also seen … READ MORE…

A Dream Transformed

By Adrienne Kipps-Spanagel | December 4, 2021

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve kept a journal since I was a child, went through the obligatory bad poetry writing phase as a teenager, attempted short stories and even a novel or two. There’s not much that makes me happier than a blank notebook and a brand-new set of pens. The problem is, I have no creativity. None. I get out my notebook, uncap my pen and… nothing. Give me a research topic though, and I’m on … READ MORE…

A Love Letter to the Things I Make with My Hands

By Kellen Welch | December 2, 2021

It started in middle school, a Christmas present from my sister – a kit with three skeins of mottled purple yarn, a petite instruction manual, a red plastic yarn needle I’ve since lost, and two wooden knitting needles. I laughed as I removed the last bit of wrapping paper. “Well, you did ask for it,” my sister huffed. And I had. As much as I was interested in learning to knit, I still had to approach it from a sort … READ MORE…

I am not Pocahontas. And I am not Dancing with Wolves.

By Cherokee Young | November 29, 2021

When I was a child and gaining consciousness of the fact that I actually was a tiny person walking the Earth (and not secretly a Barbie princess), a thought came from out of the blue and smacked me right in the nose. One, how do I become a Barbie princess, and two,  I don’t exactly look like Barbie… Then watching Disney’s Lilo and Stitch for the first time, a second thought came and slapped me in the back of my … READ MORE…

All the Small Things to Get Through Submissions

By Gavin Smith | November 23, 2021

This blog is for people (if there are any) that currently struggle with deadlines as an anxiety stressor, within this class or any other. This advice comes from my experiences as both an undergraduate and grad student that still struggles with anxiety and the ways I’ve developed an outlook which attempts to assert some form of control over something as rigorous and labor intensive as a twenty-paper research paper or even a five-hundred word blog. This advice comes with the … READ MORE…

Marine Conservation

By Haylee Adams | November 16, 2021

When I was younger, I would go visit my grandparents in Florida every summer. We would spend most of our time at the beach. Between swimming in the water, looking for shark teeth, and talking about different marine life, I found myself falling in love with every part of the ocean. My love for the ocean has only grown as I’ve gotten older. Learning that coral reefs are dying, and marine animals are becoming extinct, I realized I wanted to … READ MORE…

Finding Comfort in My Favorite Band

By Kirstie Hocker | November 15, 2021

Have you ever been saved by a band? I have. In 2011 I was going through a lot. My grandma had just been diagnosed with stage four liver failure, one of my best friends moved to a different state, and my job was incredibly stressful. I was at an all-time low and that’s when I found The Wanted. They were formed by Jayne Collins in 2009 but didn’t make it in America until around 2011-2012. Many people will remember their … READ MORE…

Motivation Bridge

By Bradley Wood | November 9, 2021

This is an idea I got from HowToADHD, a Youtube channel for those with ADHD or loved ones with ADHD. Dealing with ADHD is not something I’m going to talk much about, as it is a large journey with many stories. When it comes to doing anything, particularly things that require effort, people must cross the motivation bridge to begin the process. For many people, the bridge is complete or only missing a few planks, making the passage easy and the … READ MORE…

The Feeling of Freedom

By Alexys Davis | November 6, 2021

Growing up I never really had a strong male figure in my life. My dad passed away when I was 14, and never really had any male family members to really give me any sense to how men think or feel. I was surrounded by women. Not that that was ever a bad thing, I actually take pride in telling people that I come from a strong matriarch; being raised by my mother really made me understand that men aren’t … READ MORE…

Before It’s Too Late

By Korbyn Carter | November 2, 2021

There is this thing that happens when you grow old and no matter how hard you try, you cannot go back and you cannot stop it and one day you wake up and realize that  you are no longer magic enough. As a senior at UCO, I graduate in only a few short months, which I suppose that gives me some authority, or at least some credibility, to give the average college student a small piece of advice on the … READ MORE…