338 posts by AmandaRead

Perhaps one reason why it is easy to fall out of the habit of personal journaling is that we ascribe more emotional energy to it than it requires. If we assume every entry needs to be an eloquent and thorough reflection on the day’s events,

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I remember being quite frustrated to find that undergraduate school is not like what I knew about graduate school. It left me rather disillusioned with the structure of academia for awhile, and at Acton Institute 2013 my friend and roommate Amanda Achtman and I discussed

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The Citizens of America, placed in the most enviable condition, as the sole Lords and Proprietors of a vast Tract of Continent, comprehending all the various soils and climates of the World, and abounding with all the necessaries and conveniencies of life, are now by

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Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishment or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our

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The other day a dress caught my eye for its particular style and cut that I like to wear, but it wasn’t in my size or color palette. I recognized its thoughtful tag that was on a dress my grandmother bought not long ago. I

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Below is from a tribute I wrote in December 2010 upon my uncle’s return from Afghanistan: As children in an American military family, my siblings and I were aware of the sacrifice that soldiers and their families make during active duty – especially during war.

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