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I H AVE NEVER FELT SUCH MUDDLED MESMERIZATIO N OF T WO OPP O SIN G FO RCES AS I DID WHEN STEP P IN G ONTO T H E GRO UND S O F THE POMPEII R UIN S IN ITALY. Walking onto the gravel, I instantly felt heaviness - as if I were melting into the ruins themselves and had become responsible for the stories they held. A city of Roman invention and so much promise held captive by the fate of Vesuvius. And at the peak of its time - VII B.C., they didn’t even know that the ever-looming mountain towering above them would lead to their destruction. Hell, they didn’t even know it was a volcano. In fact, volcanoes were yet to have been discovered. And here we are left basking in the amazement and wonder of its preservation. It was a hard thing to balance - for every trail I turned to see the volcano in the distance left me haunted with imagination of the day that lava poured from its mouth. I allowed myself to imagine the screams. Visualize the faces. Feel the chaos. Fortunately or unfortunately, you can’t get far without "IT FELT LIKE BEING AT feeling something - as the plaster casts of those who have died, in A FUNERAL AND CHOOSING the exact position their hearts pumped blood for the last time, are TO ADMIRE THE GREEN GRASS spread throughout the premises. INSTEAD OF THE COFFIN." Held in glass cases for public viewing. Sometimes you can even catch the expression on their faces. It’s just as captivating as it is sickening. A paradox of divine confusion. It felt like being at a funeral and choosing to admire the green grass instead of the coffin. It felt like choosing to see the glass as beautiful, half full instead of half empty. It felt like saltwater tears pouring into a mouth held open in awe. It felt like a lot of things. I dare you to walk around alone, and let the solitude produce thoughts of your own making. Let the emotions come. Don’t try to push them away. They will come and you have to acknowledge them and let them lead you down through the gardens where vegetation thrived, the markets where neighbors

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BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

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