About Stephen

Hi, I am Steve, the guy behind the Literal truth. I am a student at Jacksonville University, where I major in communications, and minor in kinesiology. Life’s journey has taken me all over the world. I started off in a small city outside of Boston, Massachusetts, called Waltham. It was in this city, I discovered…

The Value of Learning Culture

There are many advantages to participating in a study abroad program: including the ability to see and try new things, taste new foods, and to capture our own culture through a new lens. In addition, studying abroad helps give focus, and creates a sense of self-awareness and an increased maturity. This is my story, through my lens.

My Visual Presence!

I attended the meetings. I heard the lectures. I watched the videos. I even ventured off to YouTube to have a look at some videos on my own. All of these bits of information had one core likeness; they all showed Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast as a beautiful land full of rich history. Not…

The Ride Up

Fourteen years old, and the opportunity of a lifetime has finally come to fruition. The sun is shining on this warm August Day in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire. It is me, my mom, her new husband, Frank, and our faithful, perfectly toned, brown Golden Retriever, Jesse, together enjoying the solace of this…

Capri

Many people from all corners of the world choose to make Italy their destination of choice. The great food and wine from Tuscany, the fancy shopping at the world premiere fashion region of Milan, or the art scene that is spread throughout the entire country are a few of the reasons 52.4 million people come…

Anticipation

Traveling abroad, in the sense of the word, is nothing new to me. I have spent much of my adult life traveling around the world with a mission to be accomplished. This trip to Italy is no different. I have a mission—I am here to study Italian culture as it relates to multimedia Communications—however, this…

Ditch the Carbs!?

We are a society fixated on the latest trends, according to Psychology today. From the type of smartphone, we have, down to the shoes we wear and even the car that we drive, we are a society fixated by superficial artifacts that have little place or value in our daily lives. If this is true,…

The Five Greats!

Five Great Places to Grab a Craft Beer It has been a fun and liberating project blogging about the local craft beer scene in Jacksonville over the past few months. Not only do I appreciate the taste of a fine brew, but also the atmosphere, and overall experience that enhances the pleasure of venturing beyond…

Break time

Every now and then, I require a mid-week break from the hassle and stresses of school life. This week is certainly no different. With the oncoming of finals and the exhaustingly long list of tasks to be completed in the coming weeks, I needed a Wednesday night out. So, I took to the one local…

A Wicked Good Time

What a great week it is to be in the craft beer scene! It just so happens to be beer week in the large city known informally as D-U-V-A-L. And, like most beer drinkers, I was up to get my hands on as many different styles of beer that I could. For this weeks tasting,…

Thirsty Thursday

It is Thursday again, and time for my weekly trip to V’s Pizza and Brew Garden. What I find most appealing about V’s, is their weekly invitation for any microbrewery that wishes to promote their product, to visit and serve great tasting beer! This week, the guest was none other than Tomoka Brewing, a microbrewery…

Is it time for STEER?

The day’s schedule is full, but yet there is still lots to do. I have managed my time down to a tea, but yet I still find it hard to find the time to accomplish all tasks on the agenda. The long part of the week is passed, but all that seems to mean is…

[Lunch] Time?

  Today was an extremely busy day. I had a class first thing in the morning. As a result, I was late to my 11:00 AM interview that I had on the schedule to conduct, and I had to figure out how to format 45 minutes of video down to 45 seconds—and all before lunch!…