“Photographs lie. Even great photographs. Especially great photographs.” Tom Junod, wrote this in the September 2018 issue of Esquire Magazine. The famous photo he is referring to is called Falling Man, taken on September 11th, 2001 and the visceral image of a victim of the attacks of 9/11, …

The Springwater Corridor Trail in the Portland Metropolitan area spans 21 miles, and has housed upwards of 3,000 people experiencing homelessness at one time. In 2016, Portland State University (PSU) student and activist Lynn Hager was going through the trail handing out period kits, and was…

When I made the official decision to go vegan, it didn’t come as a complete surprise to most of the people who knew me, since I had been a vegetarian for nearly 10 years. My dad, sister, and some other close friends made fun of me and cracked jokes related to vegan stereotypes— one being tha…

When Trevor Lan heard about an upcoming school performance, he prepared by practicing in front of his TV at home a few weeks before the event took place. Performances would happen on a weekly and monthly basis at Tze Wen Elementary School in Taiwan, with students volunteering to entertain th…

Six feet stand on the rain-soaked grounds of Eugene, Oregon. Two belong to Molly Neher, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon. The other four belong to Reid, a personable labradoodle who helps Molly handle life with seizures in a way that nothing else can.

It’s an unusually hot February day in Eugene Oregon. Kara Huntermoon wears only a tank top, exposing the yinyang and labyrinth symbols tattooed on either arm as she weaves together willow branches into what she calls a “living fence.” The 37-year-old mother of two is a part-owner at Heart-Cu…

In the living room of Wynne’s tidy one-bedroom apartment, there is a glossy print photograph of her crouching defiantly behind two lions in a sepia-toned forest. The photo was taken on her family’s African safari vacation and reflects two sides of the 20-year-old rapper’s identity: a gutsy, …

Emerson, Manitoba: a town comprised of less than 700 people and flat as a board with swaths of tundra, is more of a place people pass through than stop and take notice of. The Pembina-Emerson Border Agency, located just a mile from city hall, is the second busiest crossing point between the …

As the sun comes out on any given day, you can find people swarming any of Eugene’s seven skate parks, coasting in and out of the giant bowls, shooting off ramps, or just cruising down a hill. But if you take a good look at who is there, you’re likely to notice one big thing: there are a lot…

I have sometimes wondered where humans derive their courage. There are times I have sat in silent contemplation observing people undertaking ordinary life and wondered whether we are born with courage inside of us or if we are just graced with moments of overwhelming electricities of emotion…