As I reflected on my time at Fresno Christian, I have realized that the community has influenced me in so many positive ways, shaping me into the person I am today. I am incredibly thankful for all the faculty and students for pouring into me for 12 years.
To say that we are in "uncertain times" is an out-of-touch understatement. Thanks to COVID-19, everyone's daily life has been greatly impacted. We can no longer have public gatherings, go to school, travel or even go to the movies with our friends. The media and medical professionals have told us to stay inside, avoid contact and cover your face or people will die. For my generation, this is the first global issue we have ever faced. We have never lived through a world war, and are mostly too young to remember 9/11.
Usually during spring break, you can find me at Peoples Church involved in a week-long community outreach event called Breakaway. Breakaway gives students the opportunity to serve the people of Fresno, participate in impactful worship and hear powerful messages. But God had other plans for 2020. I was pretty bummed when I discovered that COVID-19 would prevent me from participating in my last Breakaway. I would not get the same opportunity to serve in my community that I annually do.
In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), national collegiate and professional sports, as well as many school districts and universities have suspended or canceled events over the last month. At a time when most entertainment is being postponed or cancelled, UK pop star Dua Lipa breaks the rules by releasing her second album, Future Nostalgia, a week early. With this release, I believe she solidified her name amongst the greatest pop legends and seems to channel past icons like Brittney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Madonna.
The album opens strongly with Into My Arms. This song brings memories of a long road trip to the beach and you finally reach the sea. The tune is accompanied by a music video, as well. It’s an absolute blast and will definitely be a go-to song for spring 2020.
It's been five years since we heard a full project from Tame Impala. His 2015 cult-favorite album Currents introduced me to the psychedelic rock genre. Its influence smothered not only pop music, but hip-hop as well. Genius even calls Tame Impala "rap's favorite rock band". Tame Impala performs as a band, but all writing, vocals, instrumentation and production comes from Australian singer Kevin Parker.
Millions of people from all over the globe, including me, have followed English singer, songwriter and actor Harry Styles closely since his debut on X Factor in 2010. After the rise and fall of One Direction, Styles has continued to release solo music while maturing in his style and sound. I thoroughly enjoyed Harry's previous self titled album, so my expectations were high going into Fine Line.
Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts over 35,000 creatures, representing over 550 species. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the aquarium offers a glance into the sea. The aquarium first opened its doors in 1984 after converting the Hovden Cannery, built in 1916. In October 2014, the Aquarium celebrated 30 years of inspiring ocean conservation through its exhibits, education, research and conservation programs.
After several years of preparation, Disney has officially launched its own streaming service that directly competes with entertainment industry titans such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. The ad-free service is available to stream on smart T.V.s, phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles, November 12, 2019.