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Honour thy father and thy mother. A passage of Biblical scripture that, although my family is not religious in the slightest, adheres to in the strictest of fashions. Scratch that. In my house, the word “Honour” is replaced with... (more »)
Are We Living? (Get Worried)
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We take so much time calculating our every step, and watching our feet, that sometimes we trip over our rules and regulations of how things should be or how we think they should be, and we regress. Forgetting how to actually put one foot in... (more »)
Grow Tomatoes
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There is one thing that we prize above all: time. It’s constantly being  kept track of, whether it be through the rise and fall of the sun, an hourglass, or just a plain old clock. It’s also measured by a tick on a growth chart, the... (more »)
Reality's Pawn
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My chin is held up high My eyes are looking forward As I walk, the air greets me with the faintest touch With this, I know that today is when I will simply have to receive. All of me feels intense, so, very, capable Completely undaunted... (more »)
Not Men Nor Women, But People
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We all tend to classify ourselves as a man or a woman. I say, forget it! It doesn't matter if we're a man or a woman because that could change. Some people are classified as a man because they're born in that body, but they feel like they were... (more »)
You and Only You
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In my younger and more deceptive years, my friends gave me a reason to heal myself, inside and out. Looking out into the screen of oblivion, as if it were a green light, showing me the way to where I thought I needed and wanted to go. Every... (more »)
Life Begins at the Edge of Your Comfort Zone
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There is a lot of unspoken pressure to stay the same; like the same things you’ve always liked, dress in the same style you always have, etc. “Being yourself” has slowly altered into “be what everyone knows you as”. You should feel... (more »)
The Veil of Happiness
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We, humans, are so foolish. We let ourselves be raised under the title of happiness in which our elders write. We do not jump for the feeling of love or the study of ourselves. Instead we sit, learning the manuscript of joy that we have not... (more »)
The Face of a Clock
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The clock ticks away, the down beat as the tock and the upbeat tick. Tick tock tick tock the clock goes with not a care of the world it surrounds. All a clock knows is the role it plays in the life of the average person. Go to sleep, time to... (more »)
Progress in Today's America
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In today's America, we stand in two roads diverged in a Post-America world. We have the chance to attempt to maintain the status quo in the world and slip out of power or we have the chance to make progress in today's America.... (more »)
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There are a lot of people out there who want to be successful but aren't willing to put in the work. If you want something bad enough you'll be willing to take time out of your day, set some sort of goal and have a plan to achieve it. If you're... (more »)
Combatting Evil and Greed Through Sacrifice
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The day after the 2016 presidential election our English teacher read us this Gandalf quote: “Some people believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I've found it is the small... (more »)
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“You will never win unless you learn how to lose, “ said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Basketball is fun, but it isn’t always easy. Here are some things to help you through it. The main things in basketball are the gear, strategies,... (more »)
Baseball Mechanics
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The crack of the bat, the smell of popcorn, and cooking hotdogs--these are the things that define America’s pastime. Baseball - America’s game with its spectacular catches, hard hits, and speedy base running is for sure a great pastime.  ... (more »)
Changing the Face(book) of Social Media: The...
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I’d like everyone to take a second to imagine their lives without social media.  What would you do if you couldn’t ask a homework question on Facebook?  What if there was no YouTube to entertain you? Social media has... (more »)
Bursting the Bubbles that Divide Us
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One day in February my advisory and I went to Civic Center Park in Berkeley. Because the park draws a lot of homeless people, beforehand, we packed blankets, socks, sweaters, soap, food, anything a homeless person might need. We drove to the... (more »)
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