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Coffee, Work, and Connections
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Surprisingly enough, one of my favorite activities is working, specifically as a barista at Cabin Fever Coffee.  After two years and nearly countless hours, I decided that high school athletics were not for me.  Sitting around the house and... (more »)
Cooking For Teenagers
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“We have home base today, didn’t you remember? I groaned as I looked at the bright pink sheet that boldly reminded me how I’d have to volunteer that day. A week ago I had signed up to volunteer at Home Base a Phoenix shelter... (more »)
Hopeful Human Touch
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“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart" Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi.   If you ever looked into the eyes of an animal that has been abused, you will see the human... (more »)
When Worlds Collide This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I had never been asked if I was going to college. Instead, the question was always where was I going. I never understood the significance of this until the summer of 2013, when I learned that a 10-minute car ride is all it takes to enter a... (more »)
The Miracle League This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I hear his name over the loudspeaker as the announcer calls for each player to run up to the white line. I trot alongside Mitch as he joins the rest of his team. The field is longing for the game to begin. We face the American flag as the... (more »)
My Meeting with Isabella
“Ugh, a princess book?” she exclaimed as she tilted her head with wonder. “Yeah” I replied as my cheeks turned red as some sweet tomatoes “Why not?” They are great for girls…? Isabella was such... (more »)
Christmas in Need
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Christmas: the holiday that everyone loves and enjoys. Who doesn't love the holiday season? Everything about the month of December is thrilling. The twinkling flashes that cover the houses down the street and the green trees that shine... (more »)
The Best Loser
I hate feeling sorry for people because I hate people feeling sorry for me. I believe that in life you get what you put into it. Now of course there is exceptions when you play with the most energetic kids in a small church in New Orleans.... (more »)
Score Keeping
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“Shoot the ball!”              The crowd roared like a angry starving lion ready to devour the first piece of meat that came into view. There were coaches jumping up... (more »)
Family Struggle
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I've never seen so many homeless people in one place! Families, single women, teenagers and children with parents too! The only excitement for these persons was the meal of the day. South Phoenix, Arizona, is not such an inviting... (more »)
Friendly Reminder
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In one door, a life was given while in another door, a life was lost. Down one corridor, a first time mom is wheeled to the emergency room while down another corridor, a girl is biting her nails pacing back and forth in front of an operation... (more »)
Community Epiphany
I used to hate old people! That was my old thinking. I used to sit as a disgruntled folder while the other kids would head down to the Huger Center, a home for the elderly to live and be taken care of, with apparent happiness in their... (more »)
You’ll Learn Kid
“There’s beauty in a struggle” J Cole’s new album was destroying my eardrums as every hard beat would drop. I was aggravated, mad, and a bit stuck up while on the trip. School had been tough and I was looking up to the sky for answers,... (more »)
Finding Forgiveness
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"Her not my friend." Cue the blubbering five year old girl wailing about how mean the rest of the kids in the Phoenix, Arizona church nursery that I volunteer at, were. Having volunteered there for nearly six Sundays, in order... (more »)
Little Miss Sophie
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“On your marks, get set… GO!” the contestants jolted forward running to the best of their ability. Like lightening in their eyes but a steady pace in ours. They raced each other, each one smiling at the sound of their name... (more »)
Moving Forward Not Back
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“You remind me of my daughter.” The man who had been watching me from the corner of his eye finally spoke up. I was volunteering with my school at a local shelter, Andre House, in downtown phoenix. “Me?” I... (more »)
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