Paris, Lebanon, Baghdad- The World Responding to Tragedy

The world has seen a a series of tragedies over the past couple of days.

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 3.02.23 PMParis was attacked on Friday, in multiple locations all at roughly the same time. The latest news sources state that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for these attacks. The most recent death toll reaches 123 deaths and over 300 injuries.

On Thursday the 12th dozens were killed in Beirut, Lebanon by a double suicide bombing.

Also on the 13th, close to twenty people were killed at a funeral in Baghdad by suicide bombers.

Thanks to social media, the whole of the world became suddenly aware of all of these tragedies as they were happening and news and reactions have spread quickly.

President Obama speaks on Paris attacks: “We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond.  France is our oldest ally.  The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again.  And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism….We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share.  And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.”

People are calling for a global time of mourning, for retaliation, and for world leaders to step up their actions against IS.

Last night, I heard about the attacks on Paris while I was at dinner. Throughout the rest of the night, I stayed up to date on the news coming from the attacks, and I was horrified to see how it expanded and grew and the death toll rose as the night went on.

I checked to see that one of my classmates currently studying abroad and spending the weekend in Berlin was safe. He is.

I sent messages to two foreign exchange students my family had hosted from France a couple summers ago- both are safe.

I went to bed. I got up and came to work this morning and have periodically been checking back to see if there have been any updates. I read stories on tumblr of users who are in Paris at the moment experiencing the crisis as it is happening and doing their best to use the Internet to let people know they are safe, to make sure their friends and families are still alive, and to let the rest of the world know what’s happening.

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 3.32.14 PMTechnology has an amazing way of making the world feel so much smaller than it used to be. In an instant, we can be aware of events happening on the other side of the globe. In the course of a night, the Internet can become a storm of news reports and people offering condolences, shelter, and prayer in thousands of different languages all across the globe.

And yet it is still hard to remind myself that the events I’m hearing about are real. From my place on the other side of the globe I see only the ripples of such events. The tragedies seem incredibly distant, even as I hear about them more and more, especially those surrounding the IS.

Is is even right for me to say I mourn for those in Paris, in Baghdad, in Lebanon? Do I have any idea what an attack like that does to a person, to their homes, to their entire way of life? No, I know that I have no idea.

But I find that I cannot react any other way. I do not know the people involved in these events and I probably never will, but that doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to a loss of human life. Whether I knew them or not, the loss is still real and it will remain in my thoughts nonetheless.

The world must react, yes. ISIS and the other terrorist groups responsible for these attacks seem to be growing stronger every day, and the possibilities that go along with that are terrifying to say the least.

But I am no world leader. I have no power to change policies, to order armies, or to send millions of dollars to foreign governments in hopes that it will be used to provide aid to those who were hurt. And I refuse to be one of the people who uses the tragedies occurring all over the world to further my own opinions on political issues. (See this article from the New York Times on the subject).

And maybe that’s why this response by a tumblr account has connected with me so well. Read it. And Pray for not just Paris but all the places in the world where tragedy reigns on a daily basis. I know this is a downer of a post, but it didn’t feel right to talk about anything else until I addressed this properly. Thank you for listening. I’ll see you all on Thursday.Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 3.28.31 PM

(Written on Saturday 11/14- sorry if things have been updated since then and something in here is no longer correct, I’ll try to make sure it’s all still relevant before I post)

Winter is Here & Other Updates, Ramblings

Thursday’s video – check it out! Winter is here- the final installment of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I am so excited!

Vlogsgiving Week 1

It’s November and that means it’s time for Vlogsgiving! Yes, I know this is a day late. Are you really surprised at this point? 1 down, 3 to go. And choir tour coming this weekend so I’ll hopefully get lost of fun footage on that trip!

New Video- October Wrap Up, November TBR, & Vlogsgiving!

October Wrap Up, November TBR, & Vlogsgiving!

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(Roundabout) Do Not Underestimate Us

There is a gap between the generations. There always has been, and probably always be. The reason we have the unique and drastically different decades from the 50’s to the 80’s is thanks to the pendulum swinging back and forth, as one generation reacts to the one before it.

The Canadian Election took place this past week, and it is an excellent example of politicians and the media underestimating the power of the younger generations (read: post-baby boomer generations).

In summary, the Conservative party in Canada ran a ruthless campaign with their candidate Stephen Harper. Specifically, Harper promised countless changes to be made to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And all predictions, up to the night before, pointed to a Conservative winning the Prime Minister position. But shockingly, to quote the Huffington post article on the topic:

“Voters woke up on Tuesday morning to find that the most powerful people in their government were all under 45.”

Photo from 2015FOTOimage at Huffington Post
Photo from 2015FOTOimage at Huffington Post

Justin Trudeau had won. (Much to the dismay of this editorial’s author- reposted from the Chicago Tribune) Now I’m not going to get into the politics of this, because that’s not my field. But I do think it’s important to note the power that the younger generations had in this most recent display, and how dangerous it can be to underestimate them. No one expected Trudeau to win, barely even talked about him. And now Canada’s future is unknown. No one’s quite sure what Trudeau’s politics will be like, especially after Harper’s nearly decade long conservative reign, beginning in 2006.

In addition to the unexpected victory, it’s also important to note who Trudeau is. His father, Pierre Trudeau, was Prime Minister of Canada not once but twice- from 1968 to 1979, and from 1980 to 1984. During which time he helped to spearhead the forming of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Read more about that here. ) Pierre Trudeau passed away in late 2000. As the Huffpost article states: “[Justin] Trudeau’s not the same as a Clinton or a Bush running for President. It would be closer to a Washington or a Jefferson.” Mine in brackets.

Harper made many changes to Canada’s politics. And based on who they boosted into office, it’s safe to say that the youth aren’t too happy with the changes that were made. Thus the article title “Trudeau Won Because The Youth Want Old Canada Back.”

It’s not a coincidence that as Canada’s youth begin taking back their politics, here in the U.S young voters have also selected a champion: Senator Bernie Sanders. Check out these stories for more info on that topic.

Why Bernie Sanders excites students and young voters

Millenials “heart” Bernie Sanders: why the young and hip are #FeelingtheBern

Or simply search Bernie Sanders on Twitter and read through the hundreds of thousands of young voter voices supporting him.

As Canada’s new Prime Minister takes his place, and the U.S presidential election rages on, it is more and more important that politicians stop underestimating the generations that came after the baby boomers that they so often claim are “apathetic” and “out of touch.” That generation just turned over a Prime Minister election, they’ve been increasingly politically active in the online world, and they’re promising to turn out in droves for the 2016 presidential election. Maybe it’s time to start paying attention to this new generation, and what we are capable of.

Booktube Would You Rather Game 2.0!

This was such a fun video to film. Check it out, hit those like and subscribe buttons, and let me know your answer to any of the questions I answered down in the comments!

Roundabout- Adventuring and Always Exploring Me

One of my absolute favorite things to do when I have a free day is to go adventuring. To do certain things that I enjoy that I’m not usually able to do when I’m with other people. For example, playing country music nice and loud while I’m driving.

My morning consisted of laundry and continuing a weekend-long marathon of one of my favorite old scifi shows, Eureka. College life, right?


Today I went to one of my favorite bookstores, Elgin Books, and wandered around for a little while. There’s just something about being surrounded by books. And about wandering on my own time, without having to keep someone else’s schedule in the back of my mind.





I had lunch at one of my favorite cafes downtown Geneva. Have you ever had a pumpkin chai latte?! It’s possibly my new favorite discovery.








I then spent the evening with two of my very best friends in the entire world- Erin and Emily. What a joy to be reunited if only for a couple hours, with these wonderful two.


The night ended with grocery shopping and  watching Pirates of the Caribbean with Savannah.

I enjoy spending time with the people I love. I love spending time catching up and telling stories. But I also value the times when I can go adventuring on my own. Just because I have a boyfriend does not mean that I have stopped dating myself. I am still in a time of self-discovery, and I will be for the next 70-80 years. I believe all of us are constantly learning more about ourselves, discovering pieces of our own personalities we didn’t know existed. And that is incredibly important, lest we lose ourselves inside the personalities of others.

I’m not really sure where this post is going, and I apologize that it’s so much later than usual. But anyway, there’s that. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I’ll see you on Thursday!

Micah’s Goodreads

New Video- Best & Worst Book to Movie Adaptations!

Book to Movie Adaptions Video!

Hey there internet! Just a quick link for you to watch Thursday night’s video. Talking about my favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations. What’s your favorite? Which book do you want to be turned into a movie? I’m curious!

New Video- Fall Tv Shows!

Hello there!

So last night was a bit crazy- I ended up editing my video twice and uploading it three times… But it’s finally up! If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out!

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Becoming a Booktuber Booklr Bookstagram, etc. Roundabout

Becoming a Booktuber Booklr Bookstagram

Hello there Internet!

Sorry about the late night posting. It’s been a crazy weekend complete with homecoming festivities, a friends’ wedding, and an afternoon with my family.

Something I’ve been thinking about lately has been my presence on social media. I really enjoy using the Internet as a creative sphere that takes up little to no physical space. It’s a great place to be creative and connect with so many other similarly-minded people. The book-loving community has so many names all over the Internet, and through them I’ve been able to gather many ideas and bits and pieces of inspiration.

But there’s another side to the Internet for me as well. I really enjoying sharing my special moments online. Pictures of my adventures with my family or with friends. I know many people who are successful online create an image or a “brand,” and from then on that’s all they post about. And I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that- it certainly helps them get noticed and create a fanbase. But I’ve decided it’s just not me! I don’t want to restrict myself to just videos on books and writing- I want to be able to do tags and songs and silly videos too. And I’d like to be able to talk about my friends and family online as well- not just my favorite characters.

I’m aware that I’m probably the only person who’s been thinking about this topic, but it has been on my mind a lot. So as much as I would love to label myself as a booktuber, or a booklr (that’s tumblr- a fact I didn’t know until quite recently) I just can’t bring myself to stay under that one label!

I hope you will all join me as I continue to share my adventures with you in this space. For now, I’ll see you again on Thursday! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!



P.s. These are just a few of my favorite bookish-photos… some of which never made it to the Internet. Enjoy!
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