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On Writing

Memoir is the journey from protagonist to narrator and the distance between the two propel the book forward. I am only now beginning to understand this. All along I have been writing memoir like novel, trying to show arc solely within the protagonist. Writing is incredibly humbling because you are constantly realizing that there is

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Should Zoos Exist?

I have strong, yet contradictory feelings toward zoos. A zoo, at its ideal, serves not just as a place to see animals but to learn about them and the need to preserve their dwindling natural environments. At the same time zoos have a great moral failing. They are prisons to innocent animals. A polar bear

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Rising from the Ashes: Recovery from a Forest Fire Photo Essay

Last year 1,200 acres of the Long Island Pine Barrens burned during the regions largest forest fire in nearly two decades. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency and deployed New York State Police helicopters for water drops to assist the 109 fire departments that had already converged to contain the blaze. I hiked through

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Monsanto: A Beginner’s Guide to the World’s Most Dangerous Corporation

UPDATED VERSION HERE Monsanto has been around over a hundred years, and while it has a history of questionable ethics and practice—including helping to create and hide health risks associated with DDT and Agent Orange—its more recent trend toward pushing unregulated and unlabeled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into our food supply is what’s really alarming.

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Hello

One of the few constants in my life is my affection for the written word. I change jobs, nations and homes with a great deal of frequency but I always want to write, and always hope to improve—both my words and the world around me. In the fall I’ll be on the move again, this

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Local Blogger Got It Right

Editors note: This is from an anonymous former FEMA employee, written in response to “An Insider’s Critique of FEMA.” If any current or former FEMA employees have a story/ critique for this blog you may send as an email to j.a.dennehy@gmail.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After reviewing the main story and the following comments, and after serving in

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FEMA Critique Goes Viral

When I wrote “An Insider’s Critique of FEMA” earlier this month I had no idea it would catch fire. The post was shared in a nationwide mass-email to all FEMA employees and passed on to thousands of others. I knew that my experiences mirrored those I worked with but was surprised at all the messages

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An Insider’s Critique of FEMA

For three months I have worked 60 hours a week for FEMA, witnessing first-hand the inner-workings and organizational mentality from a wide range of inside perspectives. My initial placement was on a mobile, language-needs strike team that was based out of the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Forest Hills, Queens. I was later reassigned to

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