Not Ivory!

Last updated: May 11th, 2018.

Header image credits: “Entryway to a Heart of Snowy Glass,” papercraft by me.

“Inside all of us is a light, but some beacons are darker than others, and some are so dark they never realize they are a form of light at all.” — Courtney M. Privett

Somewhere out in the real world, there’s an oft-repeated tale about the ivory tower. It’s a strange place said to hold an elite group bearing vast minds and even bigger books. Such fabled people are hidden from the rest, and know little of life outside. They may have various interests, the one thing binds them together. You know, an imposing yet gleaming, but oh-so-shiny, ivory tower.

Sounds ridiculous, but it’s a story I’ve been fed as a child. It’s a story I’ve had repeated to me, across many situations and experiences. Some of these were wondrous, others horrific. Despite these, I’m a theology major and completed a bachelors in psychology.

This fantastical tale is a challenge for me. Somehow, those same situations and experiences rejuvenate my song render. Studying psychology, particularly research, taught me the importance of not questioning blindly. In theology, I discovered what my most poignant quest would lead me into asking myself,

“Hey. Do you believe this world, too, is still beautiful?”

So I pursue the One who is said to be silent, but the silenced one is me. Life informs my studies, just as my studies interpret life. It’s not an ivory tower at all. I’ll call mine vinyl.

“Dremael. The Midsummer Night’s Dream. The light that shines deep within your soul. The place where you will find yourself again.” — Andrei; 2016.

I have full papers written within academic institutions as archived on this site, let alone my wealth of content that are products of my story. I take care to provide credits or references for others. I expect readers to reciprocate.

“Karina Calcabrina” is this site’s alias for Kariel Tejai.

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