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The power of words
In reflecting on the events of my life that have impacted me, I returned to the night of August 1, 2006. I found myself in Row G of Radio City Music Hall in New York City sitting by my mother, not at all tired, although we had flown from Las Vegas... (more »)
Failing Successfully This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
My day in the sun had arrived – my magnum opus would be revealed. I had just delivered a memorized speech that I had labored over for weeks, and I was about to learn how the panel judged my performance. The polite but sparse audience leaned... (more »)
A Piece of Me This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
    Two years ago I lost a piece of my heart, a partof my life and a part of me. My father died. It was both a complete shock and expected. He was adrug addict and an alcoholic, but I'd always been Daddy's little girl. He lived with... (more »)
"The truth is opening your heart can be dangerous." My solution has always been to write it down piece by piece. Taking a deep breath and looking at an unfamiliar crowd, I let poetry speak the words that I normally would not say. I am usually... (more »)
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Ivan's Impact
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Living on the Florida Emerald Coast, one comes to view hurricane season as a common occurrence. It is not unusual for a family to have several full gas cans and an economy-size pack of bottled water stored in their garage all summer. Many people... (more »)
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Tall Chai This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
“Grande Cappuccino!” “Venti Caramel Mocha!” Caught in the coffee chaos at Starbucks, I stand impatiently in line waiting to order my chai latte. As I wait, I glance at the piles of low-fat blueberry muffins and stretch my neck to steal a... (more »)
My Greatest Teacher
To Whom It May Concern: A dog is a mans best friend. To some he is a faithful hunter and to others he is merely a couch decoration. To me, my dog is my greatest teacher. The beagle breed is known for it’s skills as a hunter, it’s... (more »)
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A Miracle in Dragon Form
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In the Scottish highlands, a young wizard plays the bagpipes for his deceased grandfather, a gentle elderly man brutally slain by the Dark Knight. Without warning, a stuntman in a rubbery dragon costume leaps out from behind a rock, his... (more »)
How the Dalai Lama rocked my world
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I first encountered the Dalai Lama in New York’s Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum among some cool cats of the past such as frizzy haired Einstein and the fatherly FDR. Drawn-at-first-sight, I was gravitationally pulled to the man dressed... (more »)
The Jungle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
I stood in front of the classroom like a specimen under the scrutiny of 23 pairs of eyes. The children were hunters on high alert, ready to pounce on any mistake I made. I began stuttering and gave wrong answers for simple math problems, only to... (more »)
Of Scouting and Life Changes
Four years ago, if you see someone shy, quiet, alone in a corner, and quite the introvert, that’ll be me. Now, if you see someone outgoing and friendly, that’ll be the same person. It was a drastic change of personality which happened... (more »)
The Meaning of Life
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I believe the meaning of life is to give life a meaning. Throughout my entire life, I have wondered what the purpose is. Why am I and every other human being even on this planet in the first place? That brings me to my next question. Is there a... (more »)
Academic Project
Unborn Pig Fetus Dissection. That is my academic project which has shaped what I want to do with my life. I partook in this project my freshman year. I already knew that I wanted to go to Notre Dame, after high school, but throughout the year I... (more »)
Flying This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The life-size castle had a slide and two floors; my daughter would have to have it. We were 10 years old and leafing through the Toys “R” Us catalog, picking out toys we would buy for our children. We sat on our knees around the coffee table,... (more »)
I tried to block it out, but my brain would not let me forget the inevitable, I was going to die. My palms were sweating, water poured from everyinch of my body. The people below me would have to get umbrellas to keep from getting soaked. All... (more »)
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I could identify the four types of sonnets as Shakespearean, Edwardian, Spencerian, and Petrarchan, elaborate on the Modernist works of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, analyze the epic poems of the ancient Greeks and recite the great Walt Whitman, but... (more »)
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