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Jul 29

Heaven

What if Heaven isn't a place? What if Heaven is the feeling as you leave this world, of no regrets and unsaid words? What if Heaven is the feeling of bliss as you realize your loved ones will be cared for and know you love them?

What if Hell is truly the realization that you didn't do everything you wanted to? The overbearing, heavy feeling that you didn't say all of your "I love you"s, you didn't take all the chances you should've, you didn't reconcile all the friendships you lost.

What if there is no place after you die; just the relief or regret you experience as you reflect on your past life? As your past choices and cherished memories flash by your eyes and are put to judgment? Whether by yourself or whatever higher being is out there.

Jul 27

Mists of Avalon and why you must read it

Published in 1982, The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley’s novel is a breathtaking book. It presents to us the intertwining threads, the questions asked and answered by religion, by love, by war, by doubt and the devil himself that weave into the fabric of perceived reality. Bradley’s fingers dance upon her keyboard like a loom. As she uses these very threads are used to weave us an age-long story: King Arthur and the Round table. 

Jul 27

A Youth's Response to the NPR article: Children as young as 12 work legally on farms, despite years of efforts to change law

A Youth’s response to the NPR article: Children as young as 12 work legally on farms, despite years of efforts to change law

To access the article: https://www.npr.org/2023/06/12/1181472559/child-labor-farms-agriculture-...

This article is written from the standpoint of a left-leaning “child” of thirteen years old working on a dairy farm located in Hartland Vermont.

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Jul 18

Now listen

Why doesn't belong here 
in court
with where what when how 
who 
decided why could be held in three letters
why is the opposite of definitive
not a date not an address not a time not a person not a crime not a rate 
it's a reason
a reason for pain
reason for falling into pits of bias 
of blame
of silenced cries 
why defines our actions our words
why is shaped by the layers of us
shaped by others shaped by those before us 
I wanna cus to those who pry who don't see
beyond sight and sound
reason is the reason for everything no action does not drive our world 
reason is the source of action 
why is us crying in corners 
and questioning why we do anything 
anything at all
why is what children ask you say
kids are the brilliance here
their superpower is question
children are dismissed for asking too much

Jul 05

Opinion

Jun 15

What we're missing

The biggest issue that teenagers face today is a lack of support.

There are so many problems that affect this age group, but the lack of support is the most important obstacle that can slow down a student’s learning capabilities.

A lack of support can also lead to poor mental health, drug addiction, low self-esteem, and more. Undoubtedly, the lack of support a teenager has can have an enormous effect on a teenager’s mental health. According to the American Counseling Association, teens who do not have a strong support system are at an increased risk of developing anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. A supportive environment that communicates and understands helps teenagers cope with the emotions they experience during this hard time in their lives. Additionally, teenagers who don’t have a strong support system can use poor substances as a coping mechanism for their struggles.
May 26
opinion challenge: Astronaut

We are not alone

Sometimes I think about how expansive the universe is. I don't like to think about it too much though, because I can't quite comprehend it all. For example, the universe is growing, right, but what is it growing into? If the universe is all there is, what is on the edge of the universe? And how will it die one day? How does something that is all there is die? It's a bit too much to contemplate. 

If I ever got the chance to explore it, I would find the edge. I would find the edge of all there is. I'd look out beyond the edge, and I don't know what I would see, but I think it would help everything make a bit more sense. 

I think that we are not alone. The universe is too big to house so little life. Or maybe the life that does exist, does not look how we think it should.
May 24
opinion challenge: Astronaut
Connor Gaine's picture

Going to Space

If I had the opportunity to go anywhere in space, I definitely would take it. The thing is, there's nowhere that would seem nearly as cool as Earth. On our planet, I could go deep into a rainforest, scuba dive in the ocean, and walk around the desert. In space, it is all empty. I think looking back at Earth and looking at other planets more closely would be amazing, but I think the experience, and being able to say I did this would be just as cool as looking at the planets. So assuming that I would survive anywhere I would go, I would want to take into consideration how long it takes to get there. I would really like to drift around in unexplored places, but I would probably die before I came back, and I still want to do all the stuff on Earth that I mentioned before. Knowing that, I would probably go to the Moon. First, it does not take that long to get there, so I would not have to worry about how much longer I have to live when I get back.
Apr 30

Forgiveness


Sometimes, it’s easier to forgive, 
than to hold a long lasting grudge. 
It makes it easier to live,
without a burden to judge. 
It’s not easy to always let it go,
but to keep my peace,
I won’t forgive just for show.
Apr 16

The Guns

"Bad guys will always get guns."

That's not the point, though, is it? Identity thieves will always find a way to hack your email, so what's the point of requiring a complicated password? Bank robbers will always hold up banks, so why lock the safes?

Because doing that makes it harder, it buys time for alarms to ring and attention to be drawn. Adding an extra layer of basic security keeps the local boy from trying to break into the village store. The point isn't to keep the "good guys" defenseless, but to keep the opportunist people from jumping on it.

This isn't a mythical James Bond villain acting out of the shadows, these are your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family. They aren't gathering these materials illegally; they are acting within the confines of the law, and all the safeguards that were there have been disabled by security because the employees could set them off.
Mar 25
opinion challenge: Bread
Hardy's picture

Bread


Bread. I love bread, and when I say that, I really mean it. Not in the way you love a show or a new pair of shoes. I really love bread. Bread is so versatile. Without bread, what would you do? Make pizza? Out of the question. Without bread, pizza is nothing, just a sad sauce with not enough substance to be considered a dish. What will you have for lunch? A sandwich? I’m sorry, but you're out of luck. With bread the possibilities are endless: butter it, make a sandwich and if you add the element of heat, toast. You can put butter on toast too, peanut butter, jam, whatever really, you can't go wrong with toast. Bread’s even better fresh. When you bake a loaf of bread and take it out of the oven, the smell floats through the room; it feels like a warm, soft and comforting hug. Bread is comforting, it's reliable, I trust bread, like a good friend.
Mar 20
opinion challenge: Movies
Emmett Terry's picture

Cocaine Bear Review

Movie: Cocaine Bear
Age Rating: R
Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Audience Score: 72%
My Rating 1-5: 5
Mar 18
opinion challenge: Love

Love To Me

I used to think that love had to involve sacrifice, because of the role it played in my family while I was growing up. I still remember the slamming doors and the screams, with little me just wanting to escape from it all. I remember thinking, "should I run away?" I never did, but at times I wished I had. I can still recall what it was like for my mom; she would give up almost everything just to be with the person she supposedly "loved." So, I thought that's how it was going to be in life - if you wanted to be with someone, you had to give up everything for them to stay with you. If you didn't, you could forget about them wanting to stay with you. I used to think, "I'm never falling in love!" And, to be honest, I never did. There was no one that I truly loved like that, even if they were crushes.
Mar 14

The Extinction Project

The Willow Project is a multi-billion dollar oil drilling project in Alaska.
The federal government plans to release 629 million barrels of oil and produce 287 million metric tons of CO2.
This project is extremely harmful to the environment and all the animals living in Alaska.
Half of these species are already at risk of extinction, and due to this project, over half of them will most likely be wiped out.
This oil drilling will cause even more climate change and damage to our Earth and environment.
President Biden has recently just granted approval for the continuation of this project to secure jobs for those living in the area.
Although many will receive jobs from this harmful project, the conditions they will be living and working in will become extremely polluted and dangerous. 
Our planet needs our help, and we are not providing for its needs.
We are doing the complete opposite.
Mar 14
opinion challenge: Movies

A Review: Yes Day


Movie: Yes Day
Tomatometer: 51%
Audience Score: 43%
My rating (scale of 1-5): 2.5
Mar 13
opinion challenge: Movies

Easy A: A Review

Movie: Easy A 
Age rating: PG - 13 
Rotten Tomato Score: 85% 
Audience Score: 77% 
Personal score: 65% 

Summary: “Prompted by her popular best friend to spill details of her boring weekend, Olive (Emma Stone), a clean-cut teen, decides to spice things up by telling a little lie about losing her virginity. When the high-school busybody (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation and spreads it all over campus, Olive is suddenly notorious but for the wrong reasons” (Rotten Tomatoes). 

Review: 
Mar 03
Meili Winchester's picture

The Ladder of Life

“Just one more rung,” I gasp, hopelessly looking up at the death trap gaping at me. I work tirelessly and use every muscle in my body. I don’t know how much longer my weak body can hold on. 
Life, remarkably, is similar to climbing a ladder. Everything I do, even the simplest things, drains energy. I have to use my entire body, whether it’s my mentality or my legs to move forward. I feel no end. I’ll be stuck on this ladder forever. I’ll stare up at the thousands of rungs above, each painting its own story, each waiting to be reached. 
Perhaps, there is a rung that is smooth and easy to grip, or maybe a rung with spikes. Either way, each is an example of how life can seem perfect and awful at the same time. Each rung connects to one ladder. That ladder holds all the answers, only if one dares to climb over the obstacle. 
Feb 27
opinion challenge: Teenager
Akvt's picture

2023 Teenager Experience

Being a teenager in 2023 is complicated, to say the least. While you can't say if it was better or worse in the past, you can say it is still a weird experience. Being a teenager in 2023 is a constant battle of bombarding opinions from both welcomed and unwelcomed sources. All of the fights, movements, and trials in the world are on display, conflicting views on the events being blown into your face whether you like it or not. Being a teenager in 2023 is an uphill battle for everyone. The need to choose and fight for a side on a topic you may not know much about is suffocating. Being a teenager in 2023 is a free daily dose of an identity crisis. Labels and peer pressure lead to questioning yourself, even if you are already happy and know who you are. Being a teenager in 2023 is a constant flow of relationships. Childhood friends grow cold and distant on one side, and new friendships blossom with the seasons.
Feb 24
monty's picture

Why refrigerators are so good


 I have apples, peppers, cheese, cucumbers and more things that I love. food it sits in my fridge waiting for me to eat it all up nothings better then when mom comes come from the grocery store and fill up the fridge with all the best foods and drinks the food gets kept cold and all the enjoyment when you find something you want it's the same feeling as when you ask for something and get it. There's all sorts of things allowed in the fridge. You can have meats, vegetables, fruits and more. It's the perfect spot for leftovers too. In the middle of the night you just wake up hungry and waddle to the fridge for leftovers then go bed to bed. It's the perfect night at that very moment. You wake up the next day, grab a snack from the fridge and walk your way off to school.
 
Feb 22
happyguy123's picture

Summertime

Summer is my favorite season because it’s warm and you don’t have to put on a bunch of gear to go outside. It’s easier to run around and play sports, like swimming. I like to play soccer in my backyard and swim at the beach. Also, the sun doesn’t set until late, so It’s a nice light and you feel so alive and light as a feather, just running around. There is no school so you get to sleep in every day. It’s easy to just go down to the park and play with friends. I like to barbecue burgers and chicken. I like going and getting french fries. I like to water ski, sail, and jump off high places into the water. When you jump off a high rock or bridge, it feels scary and like you’ll never hit the water. That’s how big the drop into the water is.