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On Tangents This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Dearest: Do you recall the time we spent in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA at 5:40 AM on July 14, 2014? I remember trying desperately to shake the sleep from my eyes, recall you asking me, eyes gazing up at the brightening sky, how I felt... (more »)
PJ's for Patients: Happiness and Love... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Cancer- it’s among nature’s greatest equalizers, influencing one in every two men and one in every three women in their lifetimes. While the current state of cancer research is progressing at unprecedented levels, and new treatments are being... (more »)
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Why I Took Up ASL
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American Sign Language has been used as a method of communication for centuries. In fact, sign language was just beginning to blossom when Abraham Lincoln was America's president. It was, of course, originally for the deaf community, and... (more »)
I Give Up
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I thought I understood what it meant to fall in love. an inspiring poet once wrote "with love comes happiness and with happiness there' pain." My greasy nose and my short black hair makes everyone dislike me. My friends... (more »)
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 pm
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I'm not much in the mood to write, actually. Not after today. But I feel like I have to. It's just one of those things that can't pass without some sort of documentation. Especially since my first funeral to attend was for someone... (more »)
Confessions of a Paper Book Snob This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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In second grade, I would stop my mom from dog-earing the pages of the books we would read together before bed. If the cover of one of my paperbacks is accidentally folded or ripped, I’ll usually press it in between heavier books to make the... (more »)
Rebellion
By , Buffalo, NY
I tried. I really did. I felt guilty because when I prayed, I only felt the beating of my own heart and the immensity of the night sky fall on my shoulders rather than some connection with God. And when I prayed, I’d ask, ‘if you love people... (more »)
A Wave of Anxiety
By , carlsbad, CA
The dictionary’s definition of the word anxiety goes as follows, “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Anxiety is the most common mental disorder.... (more »)
The Unforgettable Tornado
By , homestead, FL
There are two types of people in this world. There are the ones that fly under the radar, and the ones that make the radar go off. You are able see the people that make the radar go off shine like a dime twinkling in the sunlight. You see I’m... (more »)
The 10 Things You'll Learn by the Time... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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1. "Smart" is not really a thing. You’ll learn this around the fourth grade, when you start to realize that even though you finish the mental math packets faster than the girl who sits across from you, that same girl can say the... (more »)
Failure Is The Key To Success
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Ever since the age of 8, I remember I loved to write my own books with short stories, then draw and cut out my own cover. As I got older, I started creating my own comic series, which I found out is not an easy thing to do, but that still... (more »)
Banana Pancakes
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I awoke to the sunlight sneaking in through the broken blind on my window. The school had sworn they would replace it, but it had been two weeks and I was still waking up and squinting my eyes as the unwanted sunlight told me that it was a new... (more »)
Webbed Map
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Your hands weren’t left aching after you typed this. They weren’t left bruised, stung, cut or throbbing, because they have already been that and anything else will just add to the stories. You are a human, a being, a headline to an article... (more »)
Fabulous Sushi
Every holiday, our family van pulled over next to the worn-down, burnt sepia building with the chartreuse roof at the edge of rural Chicago. When we pushed open the thoroughly cracked glass doors, we were welcomed by the sickening stench of... (more »)
A Surreal Africa
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I could not believe my eyes. There i was, amongst dignitaries from all works of life. I must have been the youngest in the bus. I was not sure how how i found myself there, but i knew that was where i belonged. Omotola Jalade had sat behind... (more »)
My Summer with Alex
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When looking back at the duration of my childhood, I always find myself thinking about one particular memory that gave rise to many frustrating, beautiful years filled with purple finger tips and old worn out music books. It all started at the age... (more »)
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