Mindfulness and the Power of Meditation

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong mind·ful·ness noun: mindfulness 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition” 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as…

Continuing the Conversation on Suicide

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Tue 12/1/2015, 12:40 a.m. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but today marks the second suicide within one semester. I don’t even know what to do with all of this, right now … I’m writing you to let you know two things: 1. I want to apologize…

In Defense of the Coffee Bean

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong As I sit here quietly – almost bitterly – completely, utterly sleep deprived and eyes nearly shut, I take great comfort in the familiar scent of a lightly roasted breakfast blend brewing in the coffee pot. Indeed, as many overtired and overworked coffee lovers can relate, this seemingly…

For You, I Will Wear Pink Camouflage: A Poem

BY ADELLE LaBRECQUE Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Suicide survivor: my newest hated identity. 30,000 feet in the sky brought clarity to everything. As I stared at the moon, I saw what—in hindsight—was always present. The suspending clouds reflected vibrant, white light, unlike something I’d ever seen before. What an incredible sight from this bird’s-eye-view up…