New Column Launch: “Sun’s Opinion”

I am so excited to announce the launch of my newest column, "Sun's Opinion"! Thus far my blog has been all about myself, what I have experienced, and the things that I have learned, and I think that it is time to turn my scope of writing to the outside world. I used to hold … Continue reading New Column Launch: “Sun’s Opinion”

A Week Among Midshipmen (USNA)

The summer before senior year I participated in the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar. I had no idea what to expect, except for something very different from what I have known. I had never been anything military before; I had no connections, no experiences, no education, no expectation. Going past the point where no … Continue reading A Week Among Midshipmen (USNA)

An Introduction to Neotropical Birds

To continue my series on rainforest ecology, let's take a look at the birds that live in this fascinating area.   Evolution Neotropical birds were evolved from dinosaurs from possibly up to 125 million years ago, having both inherited reptile features and feathers. From there, different birds, for example the chaffinches and the bramblings, were separated, … Continue reading An Introduction to Neotropical Birds

How the Sun Family Does Movie Night

After dinner, Friday night, while dishes are still being put away, the Sun family kids often are inclined to gather around the television for a civilized pow-wow. On our 10moons movie-streaming box-device, we scroll through pages and pages of movies with a slight worry that a decent picture will never be found and that we … Continue reading How the Sun Family Does Movie Night

Is Classical Music Dead?

Scroll through the average teenager’s playlist and you find Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, and the like. But there is usually a stark absence of, well, dead white males. While Bach’s Toccata in Fugue is immediately associated with Dracula in pop culture, and everyone recognizes the opening four-note motif from Beethoven’s fifth, the … Continue reading Is Classical Music Dead?

The Classification and Taxonomy of Life (+Amphibians & Reptiles)

This is more interesting than it sounds, I swear! Okay, first for some definitions. Taxonomy is the science of naming organisms based on one set of criteria. Classification is the sorting of a variety of items into manageable groups. And systematics is the arrangement of groups based on status/taxon in this case. So it's likely … Continue reading The Classification and Taxonomy of Life (+Amphibians & Reptiles)

Adaptation & Evolution: The Basics, Plus Some

Charles Darwin is overrated as much as Alfred Russell Wallace is underrated. Wallace received little money for his endeavors, yet independently formulated a theory of the origin of species very similar to that of Darwin, who had resources and was well off in comparison. Their papers were jointly published, but guess who gets the recognition … Continue reading Adaptation & Evolution: The Basics, Plus Some

What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

If I say that I'm a hipster, that means I'm not a hipster, right? Okay, so I'm not really a hipster, but sometimes I can point to a cultural phenomenon and say, I was into that before it got cool. Without further ado, here's a list of the things in life I innocently enjoyed before … Continue reading What It’s Like Being A Hipster (sometimes)

Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”

Known for his ability to recreate Russian life succinctly through representative anecdotes, Anton Chekhov creates female protagonists who uphold morals and expose flaws of Russian society through silent suffering and endurance. Due to their honesty and innocent malleability, these females are wronged and exploited as marginalized members of society. Olenka, Anyuta, and Vanda, from “The … Continue reading Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”