Not Ivory!

Page last updated: October 24th, 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 bigger books. Such fabled people hidden from the rest, knowing so little of life out there. They may have various interests, but isolation is the one thing binds them together. You know, that imposing yet gleaming, but oh-so-shiny, ivory tower.

Photograph of Kariel Tejai by Mirko Petricevic of Martin Luther University College; September 2016. Permission granted to repost on this domain.
Sounds ridiculous, but it’s a story. It’s a story repeated across many situations and experiences. Some of these wondrous; others horrific. Won’t fantastical tales challenge and comfort you? Stories rejuvenate my song. Undergraduate study taught me the importance of not questioning blindly. In graduate studies, poignancy asked,

“Could you believe that this world, too, would still be beautiful?”

I pursue that One who is said to be silenced, but the quieted one is me. Life informs my learning, learning interprets my life. It’s not an isolation at all! I’ll make my tower vinyl. You can be assumed in an outside world a lot better with vinyl. People know you hear things. See things. People understand when you tell of a tornado shaking your haven. Your experience in smelling the wildflowers just by your windows is acknowledged. You, like anyone else may, taste the rain knocking for sanctuary.

“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 living and learning. I take care to provide credits or references for others. Readers are expected to reciprocate.

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

Master of Arts in Theology: Public Faith and Spirituality — Martin Luther University College, expected 2020.
Honours Bachelor of Arts: Psychology Research Specialist — Wilfrid Laurier University, 2016.

Pursuit? Listen and speak, wanderer-as-snow. My Lord bears your song rendered.

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