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Lost and Found This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
I liked being a mess. The desk that should have been clear so I could do my homework was always besieged with bowls of cereal and spoiled milk, old magazines, and Post-it notes I had forgotten to remember. My floor was a vacuum in itself, eating... (more »)
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Grandpa
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Going home is always the fourth or fifth phrase you hear when you're burying your Grandfather in the Christian Religion.That's what everyone said to me, the eleven year old little girl wearing a pink and green butterfly dress at the funeral of... (more »)
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Fresh Ice
By , Oak Lea Dr., OH
 My Dad adjusted the strap on my brand new Reebok helmet and gave me some last second advice as he scooted me out of the locker room behind my teammates. “Don’t worry! Just have fun out there! Most of these kids have been... (more »)
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Treasure of Waukesha County
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January through December, I coast on Highway 83 through Delafield without any thought to my surroundings. A Starbucks and Walgreens on one side, McDonald’s and Perkins on the other makes for a seemingly basic drive. However, in the midst... (more »)
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Days in America
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 “Ladies and Gentlemen, our plane is going to be landing in 15 minutes at the Kennedy International Airport, please buckle your seat belt…” The captain’s announcement woke me up right away.  I sit straight and... (more »)
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Dusk
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My feet are stained a surprisingly vivid shade of yellow. I do not know where my shoes are, and I do not care. Nothing is happening, and I am altogether separate from the world, isolated. People have been passing me by all day, and I do not... (more »)
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Finding Courage in Trials
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The morning was crisp and clear, a premonition to the warm day to come. The sun was peering through the tree tops and a cloudless sky hung above the horizon. A bright, yellow bus came around the corner and a team of students climbed in. The ride... (more »)
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Flying High
Two short years ago, just a few days after Christmas, I find myself wide awake at the crack of dawn, anxious about the day as my mind races in circles. I try to stay warm, bundled underneath the covers, but the chilly air outside my hotel in... (more »)
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True Happiness
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There are times in our lives when we find something good. Whether it be love or knowledge or what have you. That thing always makes you happy. Ok not always,but most of the time. Its that one single thing that can pull you out of the darkness into... (more »)
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Thank You Katrina
I sat down carefully at the empty table in the lunchroom. Wrapping my arms around myself, I attempted to cope with my never-ending anxiety. I wanted to go home. I wanted to be back at Mount Carmel. Yes, I looked calm and collected on the... (more »)
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#11
A Visit
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“I won’t pay your bail.” The man behind the glass had a shocked look on his gaunt face, a silent terror in his eyes, “Why not, honey?” he asked innocently, but she wasn’t fooled. Her eyes flashed, “ You... (more »)
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#12
Self Portrait
Waking up Thanksgiving morning, the first thing my eye caught hold of was the estranged Disney drawing book on the bottom of my book shelf. The azure blue of its cover was immediately appealing; resulting in me spending the majority of my time... (more »)
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My Blue Butterfly Ring
Lights! Cameras! Snapshots! Flashes! Action was happening everywhere. I pinched that little piece of skin under my elbow and ferociously blinked my eyes to make sure it was not a dream. “Jeanne-Marie! You have won! You can come up to the... (more »)
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The Swan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The warm house spreads an aura of holiday cheer throughout the crisp, cool air. Hoards of family members pile through the front door, with young couples stopping just below the archway for a little peck under the mistletoe. I leap out of my... (more »)
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A Day at the Zoo
The sun was sailing high across the sky on a crisp, April day in Washington D.C., as my father and I strolled through the National Zoo. Leaves crunching beneath our feet on the redbrick path, we noticed a variety of exotic animals held captive in... (more »)
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Blanket
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It was milk white and fleecy soft with silky smooth hems. It was most likely my first possession, as a baby. It was my blanket. In fact, it’s even still sitting on the top shelf of my closet. I used to take it with me everywhere and that... (more »)
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