Summer Mix 2016

Summer Mix 2016

It’s the time of the year that I begin putting together my summer mix. As I’ve begun work on 2017, I figured it’s time to write about Summer Mix 2016. Distance gives you clarity, and even almost a year out from that summer, I find my take on the events swirling and shifting, the meaning becoming clear then muddy again. If you’d asked me at […]

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Summer Mix 2015

Summer Mix 2015

2014 moved along and so did I. Flash forward a year, and I was working at an engineering firm. Fun fact: most people have no idea how little most engineers evidently think of other peoples’ intelligence. It wasn’t the dream job, but it was a job. I adopted a puppy. I was steadily dating my S.O. of the time, going on a year plus of […]

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Summer Mix 2014

Summer Mix 2014

Every story has multiple sides The subjectivity of truth is something that I doubt I will ever get used to, and I’m skeptical of those who find it easy to bend their minds around the fact that there is no objective truth. As a historian, we are taught that every aspect of your history book is an argument. Western Historians are fond of rebuking Frederick […]

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Summer Mix 2013

Summer Mix 2013

Coming from a year in a foreign country, I felt more culture shock moving to Utah. Perhaps it was about expectations. I thought a place in the U.S., a quick 14 hour drive from Omaha, would feel more like home than a country in Eastern Europe. However, in that small town in Utah’s mountains, I felt more like an outsider. With a 98% Mormon population, […]

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Summer Mix 2012

Summer Mix 2012

Living abroad is an amazing experience. It’s a blessing and a privilege.  If I had to do it again, I would make some changes. I would be more forceful about getting into language classes; I would tutor more frequently; I would go to more ex-pat mixers; I would spend more time out on the town. I would focus on soaking up everything that Warsaw had […]

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Summer Mix 2011

Summer Mix 2011

Since my last post was three weeks ago, know I am at least three weeks behind schedule. So I’m going to try to shove the last posts into the next two weeks. Wish me lucky and productivity. With that small author’s note to hold me accountable, I’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program. Summer Mix 2011 The spring of 2011 was a roller coaster. I was […]

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Summer Mix 2010

Summer Mix 2010

Let me share an embarrassing secret. Sometimes I think I may be slightly psychic. A neurologist would probably have great explanations for all the little moments in life when you think to yourself, “Sam is going to comment on the state of my silverware drawer.” Only to have Sam comment on the state of my silverware drawer half an hour later. Usually these are tame, […]

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Summer Mix 2009

Summer Mix 2009

After my 8-week service project the prior summer, I had to work for cash moneys. And so in 2009 I obtained a summer position at the public power district. Paying $5/hr more than my awesome position at SuperTarget, I had nothing to complain about except for the general arrogance of the engineers I worked with. With an American Studies degree, you get used to the […]

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Summer Mix 2008

Summer Mix 2008

In 2008, I completed my freshman year at Notre Dame. Grant junkie that I’d become, I applied for and received a stipend to work at a homeless shelter in Omaha. The shelter I worked at is one of the largest shelters in Omaha, and it is a “wet” shelter, meaning it serves people, even if they are drunk or on drugs. It is a shelter […]

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Summer Mix 2007

Summer Mix 2007

Describing music is like tasting wine. The most amateur of wine tasters still feels the bitter, drying tannins, even if she’s unable to describe them. She can taste the sweet, the fruity, the oaky flavors, but she can’t identify their levels of complexity with the expertise of a seasoned sommelier. I’ve visited nearly all the wineries in Nebraska, and I’ve developed a moderate vocabulary in […]

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Summer Mix 2006

Summer Mix 2006

In 2006, the whole world revolved around me. I had been accepted to three different summer conferences—Cornhusker Girls’ State, the Notre Dame Global Issues Seminar, and the Colonial Dames of America Washington Workshop.* Between the weeks away, I labored hard (or hardly labored) at Super Target, with my ultra glamorous job of passing out food samples twice a week and restocking the meat department other […]

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The Anatomy of a Summer Mix

The Anatomy of a Summer Mix

My summer mix habit emerged in 2006. My first important CD compilation was the result of a brand new driver’s license. Naturally, I needed the best songs to blare out the windows and moon roof of an old, green Toyota Camry named Harold. Convinced that my close-knit group of high school friends enjoyed my musical selections (spoiler alert, this assumption was wrong) and still mad […]

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