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Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Being the youngest of four children has its perks and faults. As a kid, you get spoiled but are the servant of your siblings; you get all the toys your siblings grew out of but they’re old and broken; and you get to learn from

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I want to be a dentist!” I told my mom confidently, ecstatic that at age six I already knew my calling in life. Then at age seven, I was wiser. I had really planned my future; I was going to be a poet. Later, I

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

A dead body is still. It isn’t still like a sleeping body is. Sleeping bodies have personality, warmth, movement, life. A dead body is just still. Our brains aren’t used to seeing bodies lie still. When I saw her there, almost a year ago, her

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Last week, I got to fly to Dallas with three fellow editors to attend the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2017 Fall National College Media Convention. We attended panels, listened to inspirational keynote speakers, and had our newspaper critiqued by other universities’ media advisors. Working in a

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

My dogs Luna and Coco recently had a DNA test, which found that they are a hodgepodge of breeds—from toys to herders, and everything in between. But one breed in particular is a significant part of their makeup: American staffordshire terrier. Even knowing this, I

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

The word divorce has such a negative connotation. In our world, people are supposed to find “the one,” be with them forever, and live happily ever after. If they can’t do that, they’re seen as a failure. But why should life-long commitment be the ideal

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I recently decided to start a crochet, craft, and dog blog to post patterns, projects, and ideas, and donate a portion of my profits to organizations that help animals in need—like shelters and rescues. However, like with many new ideas, I have been procrastinating. I’ve

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

The random man in the car next to me is looking my direction, a look of confusion and concern on his face. I don’t stop though. You can’t just stop singing at the climax of “Defying Gravity.” Besides, why should he care if I’m belting

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Upon finding out I’m colorblind, people usually respond with gasps and remarks of amazement, as if it is some big revelation to find out that I perceive the world differently than them. But really, didn’t we already know that? No one perceives anything the same

Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

I’m always late to the bandwagon. Harry Potter was yesterday’s news by the time I picked up the first book, I have yet to read any of the Hunger Games, and I’m currently working on binge watching every episode of Game of Thrones before season