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Nathan Branson

Advice from A Popular Writer’s Handbook

Highlights from Stunk and White’s “Elements of Style”

Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” is perhaps the most commonly read handbook for anyone looking to improve as a writer. The first edition of “Elements of Style” was published in 1959 and the book has been read since then to help guide young writers and remind experienced writers of the basics. While the book does hit on some common . . .

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July 17, 2016

5 Digital Sermons That Have Shaped My Life

What shapes you as a person? What shapes your moods, character, thought processes, personality?

Friends, coworkers and family play a large role in shaping who a person becomes. But besides people, there are a multiple influences that shape who you are, how you think and how you respond to the world.

Sermons I've heard . . .

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July 03, 2016

Three Questions About Hipsters: Defining Hipster Culture, the Origins of the Sub-Culture and Why Many People Do Not Like Hipsters

Who and where are they?

The Millennial generation seems to divide themselves between hipsters and non-hipsters. I see hipster culture as having a large influence Millennial culture and values. While many people do not consider themselves a hipster, many commercials targeting Millennials, portray people in the commercials who look like hipsters. I've seen one . . .

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June 24, 2016

Does "getting over" someone who has passed away mean that we erase our memories?

My Brother and I were "Kindred Spirits" When it Came to Music

June 10th will mark 9 years since my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Suzanne passed away in a car accident. I am self-conscious of openly writing about this topic, in fear people will shake their heads thinking "Yea, Nathan just won't let it go," or "Nate is such a melancholy person." If I am a melancholy person, I . . .

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June 09, 2016

Psalm 139, Questions and "Being Known"

It is a human to want to be known. To be known in a way where the people around you understand the different parts of your personality, for some reason, brings peace of mind. To "be known" may not be as necessary as having food or water for survival, but it is certainly a part of staying mentally sane. I talk to my former room-mates . . .

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June 03, 2016

Three Methods for Brainstorming: Finding Creative Ideas to Write About

Finding a Place to Think, "Word Vomit" and Collaborative Brainstorming

If you are attempting to write something meaningful and cohesive you must have some method for accomplishing your writing goal. When we decide to write, we must have methods for A) getting an idea to write about or B) developing the idea we've chosen so that it is clear.

How do you write well in a loud, noisy, distracted world? . . .

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May 19, 2016

The Reasons People Give for Not Attending Their High School Reunion

A Reflection on My High School Reunion

"Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.” - Baz Luhrman

In the winter of 2012, the announcement was made that my 10 year high school reunion for the class of 2002 would be a joint reunion with the class of 2003. The East . . .

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May 10, 2016

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