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UVM Adds an Intervarsity Poker Club

BURLINGTON VT—This week the University of Vermont launched a new Texas Hold’em Poker Club for amateur card players and aspiring professionals alike. The new collegiate program boasts over a hundred and sixty-six members (a decade-long record for intervarsity extracurricular participation). The founders of the UVM Poker Club have a unique spin on the game that […]

Culture Philosophy

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave & Its Connection to the Present

by Sean Dempsey1/23/24 Plato’s allegory of the cave is one of the greatest stories of philosophy. It allows us to understand how the Greek philosophers once perceived the world. The tale involves a metaphorical explanation in which a human is faced with raw knowledge and unfiltered Truth. In his allegory, Plato explains how the existence […]


Best Laid Plans

The best laid plans of mice and men— Are worthless then, now, and again. Man plans, God laughs; tides rise and ebb; For spinsters weave such gilded webs… The rain will come, despite his plans; Quakes will shake the toughest land; And though man tries to own his fate, A firm grasp of sand shall […]


The Interloper

By Sean Dempsey, 11/5/23 Who is this brazen Stranger—Who would DARE of freedom dream—To crave a land, of strife and sand,Be filled not with children’s screams? “Perhaps a stop to bloodshedMight slow the endless ring—Reveal God’s ken; we’re all still men!Let us see what love can bring…” But the Wisemen speak to fancy:“This war will […]


To War!

By Sean Dempsey, 10/09/23 Who threw the first punch?  It matters not. But I DO remember Today’s killing shot. — Some time ago… After he pulled my hair I kicked his shin His teeth were bared When he hit my chin I pulled a knife And stabbed his old dog So he grabbed up a […]

Short Stories

The Storm

By Sean Dempsey, 08/08/23 Seven year-old Anna was sneaking on her tiptoes to avoid the cottage flooring from creaking as she slipped out into the frosty air of the front porch. She was up remarkably early, startled awake by dark dreams she couldn’t fully remember. The morning light was just starting to dispel the night; […]



By Sean Dempsey8/1/2023 In ancient lands, where legends dwell,A tale of sorrow I now shall tell.Perceive the stone’s eternal path:To be pushed with mirth, or bathed in wrath. With futile toil, his bane and plight,Sisyphus still strives with all his might.See the stone escape his mortal hand,And tumble downward through the land. A cunning mortal, […]