Mar 08

Happy Birthday, Leslie Marmon Silko!

On March 5, 1948, Leslie Marmon Sliko was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Silko is constantly breaking down barriers and creating a platform for Native American writers to be heard while attempting to define to herself and the world what it means to be a Native woman. Throughout her childhood, Silko and her family tied …

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Mar 07

A Little “Over the Top”: A brief question and answer with Over the Top editor David Scott Stieghan

Who wrote Over the Top Arthur Guy Empey Where was the Empey born?Born in Utah with a Canadian father and American mother, Arthur Guy Empey received part of his schooling in Virginia before the family moved to New York City. Did he serve in just the British Army?No, not at all. Lying about his age, …

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Mar 07

A Look at Trench Warfare in “Over the Top”

  Trench warfare is a type of war strategy involving both sides digging deep trenches to defend against the enemy. In the fifty years leading up to World War I (WWI), there were many technological advances in modern warfare, making WWI a war fought in fire power–more than any past war preceding it. On the …

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Mar 06

Happy Birthday Gabriel García Márquez!

Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day in 1927 in Aracataca, Columbia. Raised by maternal grandparents, he grew up as the eldest of an astounding twelve siblings. His grandparents raised him in such a way that filled his childhood with stories. They told tales of his family, about his grandfather’s military experience and his …

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Mar 01

Coming Soon! Turn Back Before Baghdad

A quarter of a century ago, Saddam Hussein was given the ultimatum to peacefully withdraw troops by January 15, 1991, from Kuwait before the United States and our allies took lethal action. Hussein failed to comply and Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm, in attempt to swiftly bring an end to the war over …

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Feb 27

Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Tell a Fairy Tale Day was born, and we are still excited about it. Fairy tales are characterized by fantastical creatures filling an equally magic-infused world with endless possibilities. The authors we love are the architects of these new worlds, and many pull from older …

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Feb 23

Today is Digital Learning Day!

  You may have heard about Digital Learning Day before because every year there are thousands of events to celebrate digital learning in the United States and worldwide. Digital learning is a new concept compared to previous teaching methods. It’s any instructional practice that uses technology to enhance the learning experience for students. Digital learning …

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Feb 21

Books We Love – Week 3

The Rebel Author: Albert Camus Genre: Sociology Vive la révolution? In Albert Camus’s book-length, sociological essay, he looks at the development of rebellion and revolution, particularly in Western Europe. Originally written in French, the novel explores the motivation for revolution based on basic human rejection of normative justice and the inevitable failure of attempts at …

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Feb 20

Presidents Are Authors, Authors Are Presidents

Being the President of the United States is much more than the average public government job. It’s an unfathomable responsibility that has only been held by forty-five democratically elected men. They are the forefront—the point men—of this great nation. Presidents, while they are historically educated, male, and rhetorically effective speakers, are also historically authors. Looking …

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Feb 20

“Over the Top” and Wartime News Reporting

On January 28, 2017, American special forces touched down in Yemen for what Financial Times is calling “the most significant antiterrorism operation since [the 2016] election.” While the raid resulted successful in the capture of crucial intelligence, several American service members were injured or killed. Taking place on a Saturday evening, news outlets gathered enough …

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