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Teen Ink Magazine, December 2012 Edition

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Articles from this Issue


A Walk in the Park By KK2013, Solon, OH
Counting Steps By StephanieRoro, Buhl, ID
Our Best Memories By Sarah A., Eagleville, PA
Pickling Salts By lexie.roo, Salem, OR
The Gift of a Smile By CoreyVernot, Hamilton, OH
Christmas Pines By MissAutumnRose, earlysville, VA
Area 1 By InEssenceDivided, Elmhurst, IL

Hot Topics

Community ServiceA Box of Gratitude By BearPawPrint, Fairfield, CT
Community ServiceGuatemalan Sunshine By shoxie95, Charlotte, MI
EnvironmentCaptive Killer Whales By Melissa S., South Mills, NC
HealthAppetite for Destruction By amandalewe, Chantilly, VA
HealthBreathless By allycat8213, Washington, PA
Letters to the EditorAlphabetical Disorder By MoonRaven, Brooklyn, NY
Letters to the EditorEducator of the Year By dwellingondreams138, Albertson, NY
Letters to the EditorHow I Became An Athlete By james S., oak bluffs, MA
Letters to the EditorI want to kill myself By Anonymous, monticello, IL
Letters to the EditorThings I'll Tell My Daughter Someday By Grace M., Oak Bluffs MA, MA
Pride & PrejudiceAll Together By SummerShadows, KZN, ZZ
Pride & PrejudiceNarrative of a Gay Asian Kid By noah9100, La Quinta, CA


MemoirOne Still Night By Trevor_Eakes, Dupont, WA
MemoirThe Kindness of Strangers By Anonymous, Berkeley, CA
Personal ExperienceAlisha By nazevedo, La Jolla, CA
Personal ExperienceBaby Baby Baby … No By Ellebelle8, Wyoming, MI
Personal ExperienceDefending My Non-Religion By mayajean, Cleveland Hts, OH
Personal ExperienceDirections To Where I Live By mailakahon, Old Saybrook, CT
Personal ExperienceHidden in Plain Sight By dubs59, Arlington Heights, IL
Personal ExperienceHow to Write a Poem By xobellaboo7, Madison, CT
Personal ExperienceI Got You, Sissy By SkellaWolf, Jericho, NY
Personal ExperienceMore Than That By Yannika L., Bellevue, WA
Personal ExperienceNever Seen By Philippa B., Franklin Lakes, NJ
Personal ExperiencePaper Ornaments By Anonymous, Tarrytown, NY
Personal ExperienceRejected By BandGeekAndProud, Burlington, MA
Personal ExperienceThe Ghost of Christmas Past By Spencer W., Prairieville, LA
Personal ExperienceWrapped in Blue By CassieThompson, Mesa, AZ
Travel & CultureJogging in Ghana By Avery148, Naples, FL
Travel & CultureMy Recipe for Family By purplemonkey95, Harleysville, PA
Travel & CultureThe Bull Pen By kspecht107, Potsdam, NY


You Stole My Obama Sticker By jgu95, Somewhere, CA
Technology Dependence By Anonymous, St. Paul, MN
An Introvert Speaks Out By Sophie F., Coronado, CA


Book Reviews13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher By Kestrel, Marshall, VA
Book ReviewsBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell By Brian R., Bedford, IN
Book ReviewsLife of Pi by Yann Martel By jackiee129, Kent, CT
Book ReviewsShine by Lauren Myracle By Silencewillfall, Blacksburg, VA
Movie ReviewsHouse at the End of the Street By writingchick, Huntington, IN
Movie ReviewsThe Perks of Being a Wallflower By Desmothenes L., cresskill, NJ
Movie ReviewsThe Tree of Life By keeperkeeper, Long Beach, CA
Movie ReviewsThe Wedding Singer By shshinshel573, El Dorado, KS
Music ReviewsA Fire Inside: Decemberunderground By Anonymous, Hampden, MA
Music ReviewsHeather Dale: Trial of Lancelot By TheCapturedBat, Los Lunas, NM
Music ReviewsJustin Bieber: Under the ­Mistletoe By Anlan.L.C., Cody, NE
Music ReviewsMormon ­Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta: Glad Christmas Tidings By AALetta, Lynn, MA

Art / Photo

500 x 500 By oldjoints, Singapore, ZZ
A Taste of Bengal By cmiley_freaky, Mississauga, ZZ
An Embroidered Crowd Waits for the Bus By chaseguttman, New York City, NY
Beach Gals By dundee, Kailua, HI
Bliss. By Karly.Wooten, norwalk, CT
Breakfast Time By little.linguaphile, Waxhaw, NC
Butterflies By PamelaReeseg, Rahway, NJ
dreamer By Darinochka, Donetsk, ZZ
Endless Choice By Camille0023, Warrenton, VA
eyes that love. By S.StarLeena, Medford, WI
Femme Fatale By Lavinia, Poughkeepsie, NY
Filipino Love By Qtyler, Rochester, NY
Fun At the Fleuve! By JelloAngel92, Dundalk, ZZ
Garden Of Daisies By Snazypants, North Branch, MN
Going Against the Flow By Vipymuss, Perryton, TX
Happy Holidays By Pikadventures, Durham, NC
Hollow By Plain-Jane, Grandview, MO
Justin Bieber By Tsalagi515, McDonough, GA
La Jolla Sunset By natethephotographer, valley center, CA
Midnight City By paigeelise13, San Diego, CA
Mighty Deep By Blythe, Montebello, CA
Morning of Bayside By BillHeLi, oakland gardens, NY
My Mirror Twin By KateLA, Everett, WA
Ocean By euegene, Roswell, GA
Peace, Love & Photography By Loretta, Bartlesville, OK
Reaching for the Sky By SamanthaKate, Ekron, KY
Reflection By loveleekat, Houston, TX
Request II By Tshuax, Oshkosh, WI
Ruby in the City By b.peinado, Short Hills, NJ
Serenity By GlowFlight, Taipei, ZZ
Snow Blown By Amy.J232, harvard, MA
Snowflake By , Cookeville, TN
SPRINKLES. By ViriGonzalez507, Northfield, MN
Stars in a Forest By ColtonMorano, Las Vegas, NV
The End of Momentum By StephenShutters, Lafayette, IN
The path ahead By Parrish_B, Goldsboro, NC
The Trees Whispered My Soliloquy By ruhama, Richmond Hill, ZZ
Tiny Village By Aye.Jay, ontario, CA
Untitled By AlexaJo, Boerne, TX
Wang Xin Yi By PhludArt, Shannon, ZZ
Winter Sun By ScottEvilton, Bayan Lepas, ZZ
Words in My Ear By sierramonroe, Ashburn, VA
Young Love By , Bolton, ZZ


A Still Winter Night By Fawny, Cheyenne, WY
Breadth By Murielle O., Rensselaer, NY
My Mother By MexicanClover, oak park, IL
New Year's Day By danceaudreydance, Henderson, NV
Paint By JustLetMeDance, Banks, OR
"Mr. Lamborghini" By lissa_, Salt Lake City, UT
1920s bar By wellfleetgirl, Chester, CT
9.7.12 By Skyyyler, Lawrence, KS
A Second Set of Stars By yellowcricket12, Bloomington, IN
AC Mind By AngelP, Miami Beach, FL
After-Thought By utility, Milwaukee, WI
alone By murkymurk, Miami, FL
Apricot Jam By ShelbyDeWeese, Chattanooga, TN
Artist By DanielleZ, Rochester Hills, MI
Baby Pictures By maddireigle, Lebanon, PA
Beauty By papagena, New York, NY
Blacker By Basya44, Brighton, MA
Blood Runs (Dirt-Like) By M_IML, Ganei Tikva, ZZ
Bruises By alligator6, Neenah, WI
Confession By actinglikeachilds, Chester, VA
Crossword Puzzle By intothegreatperhaps, Boerne, TX
Double L By JdnMC, Athens, GA
Duende By Emily W., Stockton, NJ
E-Vie-Anonymous By tatianadubin, new york, NY
Fairy Wing By elizabethjoy, Pittsburgh, PA
First Poem of September By molonlabe, Ellicott City, MD
Four Eyes And A Double Side By MaybeImCrazyButIThinkILovedYou, Mt. Washington, KY
Good Morning By Levana, Andover, MN
Grappling Frays By angstyteen, Midland, TX
Green isnt my color By ShelbyE, San Antonio, TX
how to build a house By UtopianSociety, Brooklyn, NY
I Am a Superhero By Boj95, Pittsburgh, PA
I Should Be Studying By aliciarae, Wright City, MO
Infinite Likeness By AlaskaFrost, Acushnet, MA
Jonah By sparksoflight, Lawrence, NY
Just a dream By VelaneDeBeaute, Sialkot, ZZ
Kanske By RedheadAtHeart, Mountain Home, ID
know-it-all By CyraAideen, Columbia, SC
lazy lotus pose By leMez, Chicago, IL
Literacy as It Comes and Goes By HarperLeeSarah07, Howard Lake, MN
literary romantics By IgniteTheAirwaves, New City, NY
Live in the Moment By Moniyka.Sachar, Fremont, CA
London By Moria C., Wylie, TX
Look At Me By EliHiebert, Surrey, ZZ
My World of Words By leatherina, Sicklerville, NJ
not summertime By snowybutterfly, Fremont, CA
Ode to Hair By Tigerstarz, Princeton Junction, NJ
On Beauty and Swans By jackolantern, West Lafayette, IN
On the Verge of Blue By zadiekatie23, Rio Rancho, NM
One Small Step By mariahstokes, new york, NY
orange hospital bracelet By sophias, Norris, TN
Our Moon By amethyst_novelist13, Lake Oswego, OR
Peach Trees By scribble_insanity, Royersford, PA
Penmanship By SilverStratavare, Salt Lake City, UT
Pickle Spear Theory By BeLoveToday, Manchester, NH
Rampant By C.Smoke13, Lowell, MA
Seventeen Years in Review By corallee, Newport Coast, CA
Sisterhood By ShadowPuppet, Durham, ZZ
Skies By Allie S., Avon Lake, OH
Small Things By mariahollis, Plainsboro, NJ
Soft By sharpquill, Brookfield, WI
Sometimes I Can Go Weeks Without Remembering … By Ariel S., Jericho, NY
Static Soft By AudreyM, Delaware, OH
Sweet Dreamer By AriShine, Norcross, GA
The Army of Monsters By Sam W., Rolla, MO
The Last Supper By Anonymous, Andover, MA
The Moose By Prometheus, East Aurora, NY
The Robot By Jacob G., Jenkintown, PA
The Snow Never Seems to Leave Me Alone … By dylanedwards, miami, FL
Time … By Adit S., Weston, FL
Tripping Over Infinity By perpetuallydancing, Prairie Village, KS
Variations On A Summer Day By ahcooperstone, Westport, CT
Walk Amongst the Winter Stars By sherrinford, Hong Kong, ZZ
war By lreeves, BALTIMORE, MD
Water Lily Drifting By juneday, Barrington, RI
What then shall we say to these things? By BiasRevolution, Corpus Christi, TX
Wishes By Airana Y., Rockville, MD
Without Wings By ChelleLynn, Cold Spring, NY
Zukor Park By Daniel W., New City, NY
Advanced By Kae25, Baytown, TX
Paradise By Ciarra, Glendale, AZ
The Ache of Never Forgetting By Birdsong, Vancouver, ZZ
Honesdale, Pennsylvania By floragj, Brooklyn, NY
Cleopatra By plebeian_dreamer, haverhill, MA
The New Year’s Song By MiscellanyCrop, Middlefield, OH
Play It Again By Amanda R., Belvidere, NJ

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