Speaking at TEDxWWU

These motivational speakers from Singapore want you to follow your dreams

Motivational speakers Tay and Val say the Mandarin character for "dream" can be broken down into the words for "forest" and "at the end of the day." So, at the end of the day, their goal with #DreamsUnlimited is to help people plant the seeds to grow their own forests to make their dreams a reality. Did you follow all of that? (Courtesy photo)

Motivational speakers Tay and Val say the Mandarin character for “dream” can be broken down into the words for “forest” and “at the end of the day.” So, at the end of the day, their goal with #DreamsUnlimited is to help people plant the seeds to grow their own forests to make their dreams a reality. Did you follow all of that? (Courtesy photo)

By the time I was in sixth grade, I had amassed binders full of drawings and dreamt of becoming an animator. My dad even designed me a business card that read “Ana S. Knauf – Artist” under a border of purple clipart flowers.

But before long, my lola (that’s grandma to you) thought it was time to break some harsh news. According to her, art was not a real career and would never put food on the table. At 13, it was time I figure out a more realistic career path. My dream had been shattered.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

Divest UW students, including Alex Lenferna (rightmost), accompany divestment activists from Seattle University in a rally to support University divestment. (Photograph courtesy of Divest UW)

How to Divest Your University from Fossil Fuels

Last week Scotland’s Glasgow University became the first large university to completely divest from fossil fuel investments. The UW still has $15 million invested in fossil fuels.

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Categories: Education, Environment

Protesters carry a wounded teenager to a waiting stretcher after a protest in Hebron devolved into clashes between stone throwers and Israeli soldiers. (Photo by Tom James)

Shooting to injure: Israeli crowd control tactic crippling young Palestinians

While war in Gaza made headlines this summer, hundreds of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank were shot with low caliber rifles.

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Categories: Featured, Politics

Pastor George Everett speaking to Mercer Island Presbyterian Church about the Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Ebola crisis taking a toll on local Liberians

Liberian-Americans say they have the knowledge to help contain the outbreak in their home country, but they don't have the money

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Categories: Aid and Development, Columnists

A WWII era poster encourages saving food scraps to feed animals. (Photo from National Archives)

How to break our addiction to food waste

A WWII era poster encourages saving food scraps to feed animals. (Photo from National Archives)

Kirkland resident Gina VanLoon hardly has any food waste in her compost bin.

But that isn’t something she could brag about a few months ago. VanLoon knew she had a problem with too much produce rotting before someone in her family of five could eat it.

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Categories: Aid and Development, Environment, Featured, Food

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