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    A Love Letter to Whales: On Feeling Small and Full of Wonder

    A Love Letter to Whales: On Feeling Small and Full of Wonder

    Last month, in the middle of the Salish Sea, I fell in love with humpback whales.

    It was as whimsical and romantic as it sounds, surrounded by miles of water and the hazy perimeters of Washington’s Olympic Mountains and Victoria’s tall pine trees and yellow Scotch broom flowers. The only sound was the gentle lapping of water against the sides of the boat as it slowly rocked back and forth. Our whale-watching group waited, all of us perched on the top deck, scanning the sea for any signs of a blowhole. And then suddenly, before anyone had time to yell “There…

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    Identity Narratives from the Bathroom Floor

    Identity Narratives from the Bathroom Floor

    If you’ve never seen The Bachelor (though chances are you probably have), then you’ve missed some of reality TV’s best attempts to turn real people into caricatures. Whether it’s the intention of the contestant, the careful edits of the producers, or a combination of both, every person who steps out of the limo has a cohesive and clear-cut identity. Usually this is executed in the narrative portion of the show when we “meet” the contestant and get a nice video montage of her life, but it can also be done through behind-the-scenes commentary (“My friends all consider me the party girl…

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