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Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

Just processing Well, here we are. I thought my column this week would be my final printed column, which I would treat accordingly and make it special. It was going to be something beautiful about something great and then conclude in the most perfect way.

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Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

On Confidence Last week, I had a conversation with a homeless man. By “a conversation,” I mean a random man with a sketchbook approached my friends and I and started talking and drawing us. And by “a homeless man,” I mean a self-proclaimed former Disney

AMANDA BLACKMAN’S DARK PLACE

Feelings of failing Last week, I took the practice LSAT for the very first time. The resource I’m using to study projected me to get a 152 on this first go. (LSAT crash course: scores range from 120 to 180 with the average being a

Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

  Coming clean My husband and I had a conversation in which I released a burden I didn’t even know I carried. Since I told him then, I need to get something off my chest to you, my dear reader. Here it goes: I don’t

Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

My list of lists Recently, I got an email from Chegg with the subject line, “If you don’t procrastinate, are you really a college student?” I think I just stood there and stared for a second. I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator, but I’d definitely

Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

The truth of “seeing” Nobody ever sees a car crash. You hear the impact. Or you see the source of it after turning to react to that sound.   So when I say I ‘witnessed’ a fatal car accident, I feel like a fraud. I

Amanda Blackman’s Dark Place

Here’s to new beginnings If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time as a writer at The Sentry, it’s that people love to talk about themselves. I love hearing others’ stories, but there’s something to be proud of in my own.  For the past

Another brick in the wall

We’re elites? I was listening to the Vox podcast The Ezra Klein Show last week with guest Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, who wrote The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class. The conversation centered around class mobility and Currid-Halkett made a claim I found

Another brick in the wall

Election Update The pervasive media obsession with the 2020 presidential election may have led many to forget there were elections last Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voter turnout in odd-year elections is notoriously low. The Daily Sentinel estimated 39 percent of Colorado registered voters participated in the

Another brick in the wall

Ghost Town The first morning of the National College Media Convention, Oct. 31, was also the morning Congress voted on the impeachment inquiry: Halloween, perhaps fittingly.  I was up early that morning to meet an acquaintance for coffee in Georgetown, which was covered in Washington