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Abigail

Wow, we’re already in November! This time of year is always a favorite of mine. The leaves are changing on the trees, the crisp fall air sends chills down my spine, and I get to wear comfy clothes. Yep, it’s a good time to be alive! Oh. Wait. I forgot that advising at Fontbonne also plays a part in the equation.

Well, although it’s nothing we (or at least most of us) enjoy doing, it is definitely an important part of the school year! Whether you’re new to Fontbonne and it’s advising system, or just plain don’t like GriffinNet, my advice to everyone is to just do it. If you’re stumped on anything at all, talk to your advisor and don’t be afraid to ask questions! They are here to help you succeed!

I know, I know, that’s not very good advice, but honestly, that’s all I’ve got. Creating a schedule for next year has mentally drained me for a while…if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to inform you with my wisdom—

Best of luck to all!

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Which Fontbonne course has made the biggest impact on me so far in my college career? Well, I must say that I’ve had many fantastic courses since my freshman year, but I’m going to have to choose my Art History course. I completed both Art History 1 and 2 my freshman year, and somewhat regret it, but only because I will no longer be taking that class again. I firmly believe that the professor has everything to do with the way you learn, and the one I had for Art History was nothing short of that expectation.

The professor I had was named Kevin Wilson, and anyone who has had him knows that he is truly one-of-a-kind. Not only does his sarcasm reign supreme over the course of the hour and a half, but his dry sense of humor really connected with me. He made the class interesting, and quite frankly, made me seriously consider having Art History as a minor. Because I’m already an art student, and took art history in high school, this class only verified the fact that I truly do love learning about how art has evolved through the ages.

Whether you are an art student, or a non-art student, I highly recommend you take this class, even if it’s just for the heck of it. I guarantee you will have humorous stories to tell, and more than likely learn more in one semester than you would in a year.

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It has been about twelve years since I was the flower girl for my second cousin’s wedding. Luckily for me and my family, we celebrated this past weekend with my other cousin, who just got married this past Saturday. It was an outdoor wedding, so, naturally everyone was worried as to whether the anticipated rain would hold off (at least for the ceremony). Thankfully, it did, and it was beautiful.

The main gist of my story is that it’s been so long since I’ve attended a wedding that I feel as if I just discovered (or “re-discovered”) what true love means. You see, I was too young to remember what the heck was going on during the last wedding I took part in, so, attending this one was quite refreshing.

As I was waiting in line for food, I eavesdropped on a woman talking to someone behind me. She was saying how amazing this whole wedding has been, especially with their love being “so pure.” It was after that moment I began to think what “pure love” really meant. Seeing the lovely couple look into each others’ eyes as they swayed during their “first dance,” and how the groom held the bride in his arms, you just knew that their love was “pure.” There were no words to describe the moment.

Pure love is around us all the time. In our families, our friends. Pure love means that you would rather suffer than see someone else suffer, or create suffering for someone. Pure love is about seeing the good in others, not the bad. It is unconditional.

What I witnessed this past Saturday has changed my point of view on life and love. Love is a beautiful gift from God. Treasure it.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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When someone hears the words “St. Louis”, there are many things that come to mind. There’s the decadent gooey butter cake, Ted Drewes, toasted raviolis, heck, even the Arch. But to most people,(especially those who live in StL), one thing tends to consistently pop into mind. That being, baseball. Ahh, yes, the Cardinals. And with me being born, raised, and still living in St. Louis, it’s only natural for me to be a diehard fan.

With the NLDS just around the corner, St. Louis is all abuzz. However, it’s not just the fact that most everyone in St. Louis loves baseball, it’s the sense of community that comes with it. I pulled into a gas station not long ago, and heard one gentleman playing the Cardinals game quite loudly in his car. The man pumping gas next to him asked, “Are the Cards winning?!” and the man replied with a “yep!” This kind of thing makes me happy inside. We may all be different people, but we share a passion that is spread throughout the country. Despite our differences, the community we form through baseball brings us together in many ways, and with another playoff appearance by the Cardinals, that sense of unity in St. Louis will definitely become stronger than ever.

Now, with the Cards in postseason play, one of the customers at my work stated, “It sure is a great time to be a Cardinals fan!”

It sure is! But then again, when is it not?

Good luck with the playoffs, Cards! We all believe in you!!

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The Book House, R.I.P.

by Abigail September 24, 2013

Imagine a 150+ year old house stacked from ceiling to floor with almost every book you can fathom. Now, imagine this plethora of books coming in varieties from mainstream, to used, to quite rare. Finally, imagine this house being haunted by ghosts (or spirits, call it as you may), one of a many being a [...]

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First Post Jitters

by Abigail September 23, 2013

Salutations my fellow blog-readers! First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Abigail, I’m currently a Sophomore studying Graphic Design, and have to admit, have never written anything for the public to read, so, let’s just say I’m a total newbie at this, and a bit intimidated…but just a bit Before I post anything, [...]

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