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VOTING PROVIDES THE POWER; BECOMING AN ADULT PROVIDES THE RIGHT

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We All Have the Opportunity to Join Together and Vote and Let our Voices be Heard “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world,” New York Times best selling author Sharon Salzberg once said. Many of us at Fresno Pacific University are facing this election year as

UTOPIA TOO MUCH LIKE REALITY THAN FICTION

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Amazon Prime releases their new show “Utopia” with mixed reviews Be advised! This article is not related to any actual, related or current events. This is a work of fiction.  Or is it? After a long day of Zoom-held classes, don’t we want to curl up on the couch, turn on a show, and distract

Historic Figure for Women: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away

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A true feminist in her own right On Friday, September 18, 2020, the news broke about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She died, at her home in Washington D.C., from complications of metastatic cancer in the pancreas. She was 87.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a very forward-thinking woman. I would even say she wasan

TULARE COUNTY FAIR NOSTALGIA AFFECTED BY COVID

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Traditional Fair Activities given a make-over this year There is something special in the air during a particular week in Tulare County. School has already started, and September quietly follows. You begin to see bracelet booths crop up, and that’s when you know. Fair Week is coming.The people of this outspread county come together to

The Legacy of Casa Pacifica

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Hear stories from members of the FPU community  Last week, I covered a story on the loss of our cabin, Casa Pacifica, to the Creek Fire. In the course of my research I encountered many who had stories to share about their experiences there. I had the honor of interviewing a few from the FPU

What is College without the Campus

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Virtual Experience can’t duplicate the concrete college atmosphere “This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.” Some of us here at Fresno Pacific might recognize these famous lines from T.S. Elliot’s poem “The Hollow Men”.  We may have  analyzed the poem for a college class, read it in

Cleaned out by COVID

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Nature’s reclaiming of public spaces in a quarantined world Living on-campus during the first few months of quarantine made me privy to an experience that others like me may find familiar: walking through the coffee shop, the green, and the forest and seeing no one there. I imagine that this is a far from uncommon

Zooming with the Sunbirds

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Students are waking up and getting ready for class, in front of their webcams. This is the new normal for us. Since classes have moved to Zoom, students have had to adjust to this change in learning. While it has allowed classes to meet without risk of spreading the virus, it has also drastically altered

Student Parents raising students at home

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10 tips to make your life easier This is a climate of uncertainty in our world.  It is disruptive and scary. The shelter in place and social distancing has made managing online classes especially difficult for the students here at Fresno Pacific. This situation creates added stress for students with children.  It has challenged our

Quarantine prayers and meditation

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Tips for finding God in social isolation “And a great and mighty wind tore into the mountains and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but

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