Brendan M. Buckley, Bidoup Nui Ba, and You

Pine trees, Bidoup Nui Ba, Dalat, Vietnam
Pine trees at Bidoup Nui Ba National Park, Dalat, Vietnam
Say it with me. Bidoup Nui Ba. Bee-dooop nwee baah. It’s kind of like a background vocal for a Frankie Valli song, except instead of shiny cars with big fins cruising the Jersey Shore, think ancient forests as far as the eye can see—and perhaps they are enchanted. Continue reading “Brendan M. Buckley, Bidoup Nui Ba, and You”

Talking to Strangers

Elijah Manning

We are pleased to bring you this guest blog post from our 2019 high school intern, Elijah Manning!


Five years ago, if you asked me whether I would someday be writing and performing stand up, I probably would’ve said, “My mom doesn’t let me talk to strangers.”

I simply didn’t see comedy being a significant part of my future. Up until a year ago, the funniest thing about me was the way I looked. I had no desire to write or perform jokes. All that aside, the possibility of turning to comedy shouldn’t have seemed that far fetched.

Humor runs deep in my family. From a young age, I saw how humor could relax difficult situations, help us cope with loss, and lessen the pain and angst of life’s bad experiences.

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