Burying Nails

The nail in the photo is almost 2000 years old.  It comes from the fortress of Inchtuthil which was built around AD 83 and located in Caledonia (now known a Scotland).  A Roman legion was stationed there until some problems arose.  The Romans began to pull back and eventually had to leave Inchtuthil. They decided to leave nothing behind that could help their enemies.  They burned down every building, filled the drains with gravel and smashed every pot they couldn’t carry with them. ...
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Can I Overcome My Social Fears?

By Haley G I have spent most of my life as “the quiet one.” I probably said about 100 total words in school before the sixth grade. Talking to people terrified me. People would ask me questions and I would inaudibly mumble a response, hoping they might not hear me and also maybe forget I existed. I had things to say; I just couldn't seem to make myself express them. I thought that almost every person disliked me, all awkwardness was my fault, and people generally avoided me because of how bor...
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Why Choose to Believe?

By Brooke G Out of all the creeping, crawling things of the earth and all the blood-chilling events and activities available, some people seem to think my three greatest fears are a little irrational. And maybe they are! But biggest fears aren’t really about being rational anyways, right? So my three completely justifiable biggest fears are monkeys, getting shocked while opening car doors, and jumping. Although I am used to explaining the reasons behind all of these, let me delve into the ...
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How Can We Stay Calm During Crisis?

My favorite hymn is “Lead, Kindly Light”, because it reminds me how I should react to anxiety. When I sing it, the sentiments are mine. John Henry Newman’s words might have been written by me today, instead of in the nineteenth century. Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom; Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on! These lyrics imply that in unfamiliar territory, fear often takes over. I know I am vulnerable and need help. My husband and I k...
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Why Do Guys Struggle?

I don’t have to search long on Google (such as here, here, or here) to find studies that statistically prove that men are failing. The slump of masculinity is infecting boys and men at an alarming rate. There is a virus spreading through our schools, our relationships, and our workplaces. I really worry about what is happening to the definition of my gender. Are talent, intelligence, and expertise out of style? Did the idea of winning the loyalty and love of the girl of our dreams become insigni...
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Be Strong, and Know that I Am God

By Andrea B. Like all of us, I feel profoundly affected by the recent events of the Boston bombing. As I’ve tried to process such human tragedy, I have been moved by the overwhelming signs of love and support for the Boston community. One slogan that I have latched on to--which has become ubiquitous on buses, t shirts, Twitter accounts, and even the Red Sox Green Monster--is the phrase Boston Strong, truncated down to the charge to “B(e) Strong”. It is a clarion call to show resiliency in the f...
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