Knowing When to Quit or Shift Gears, an Analysis of Pixar’s ‘Newt’

In 2008, before the release of Wall-E, Pixar announced an upcoming project called Newt. The film was scheduled to come out directly after Toy Story 3 in 2011, but was then pushed to 2012 to make way for a project called The Bear and the Bow, which later became known as Brave. Centered around two blue-footed amphibians named Newt and Brooke, Newt’s official press release … Continue reading Knowing When to Quit or Shift Gears, an Analysis of Pixar’s ‘Newt’

The Participation Trophy Generation (and My Unintended Involvement)

Written by Jonah Swinson I regretfully have made the realization that I belong to the participation trophy generation. We belong to a society that has become so focused on not offending anybody or leaving someone out that we have neglected to honor the people that really deserve the credit, and that is all that the participation trophy is accomplishing. Every little league team have the … Continue reading The Participation Trophy Generation (and My Unintended Involvement)

Unseen – Reflections on Death (By Someone Inexperienced in Life)

Written by Jonah Swinson There seems to be some sort of morbid fascination with death in society. What is unknown has always been a topic of discussion, and death is no exception. Many philosophers and theologians have explanations of what happens after death, but there are still many unknown factors that force people to look on the subject with fear and awe. Granted, there are … Continue reading Unseen – Reflections on Death (By Someone Inexperienced in Life)

30 Years Later, We Still Believe We’re Ferris, but We’re Actually Cameron

Written by Jonah Swinson The film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off recently had its thirtieth anniversary. If you look at the life of Ferris Bueller, he is probably going to be another local high school legend that peaks at the age of seventeen. Ferris doesn’t take his schooling seriously, he has no plans for the future, and he acts on every impulse that he has regardless … Continue reading 30 Years Later, We Still Believe We’re Ferris, but We’re Actually Cameron

Lessons of Greatness, Thoughts on the Confidence of Muhammad Ali

Written by Jonah Swinson The whole world seemed to take a moment of silence to observe the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, but to refer to this three-time world champion as simply a boxing icon does not seem to do the man justice. He was influential in the Civil Rights movement, an international advocate for peace, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of … Continue reading Lessons of Greatness, Thoughts on the Confidence of Muhammad Ali