Author: Jodi Breneman

Challenging Us Versus Them

The airplane descended slowly to land, passing by mountains covered in cement homes, gravel and dirt roads, and the ever-present shanty town aluminum roofs. Nausea set in as our team exited the airplane into the dimly lit airport, gathered our…

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A Confessional on Body Image

On a beautiful fall day during a vacation to Portland, I was casually scrolling through the notifications on my Instagram feed. Somehow I stumbled upon my follower’s newsfeed for the first time. And the first thing I notice, of course,…

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Lady Gaga’s Quest for Truth in Joanne

Lady Gaga is known for crazy outfits (meat dress, Kermit the Frog) and memorable award show entrances (everyone remembers the egg!). Her tantalizing lyrics often aren’t safe for younger ears, and she is well known for her sexuality and pushing…

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A Reflection on Broken Dreams

As a child, fame and celebrity fascinated me. I bought Tiger Beat and Sweet 16 magazines as early as nine years old. Once I began getting CDs of my favorite artists, I checked to see if they thanked God in…

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Reflections on Pain

I never thought that, at twenty-seven years old, my primary bills would be medical, much of my time would be spent seeing multiple doctors and receiving multiple therapies, and my life would be defined by a seemingly incurable curse that…

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