I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is... (more »)
Dear Laurie Halse Anderson,
My childhood revealed unpleasant events that a young child should never face, in fact my childhood grew into a burden, filled with violence and trauma. My father constantly got drunk and he always turned into a... (more »)
He looked like an alien. With a dirty work hat perched on his head and tight fitted jeans that were held up by a worn leather belt, he waited outside the door, hand ready to knock. My sister Nancy and I were playing catch by the side of the house... (more »)
Trey is the boy who climbs the mountains with me. He is the boy who swims the rivers and gets me lost in the corn maze every year we go. He is the boy my parents used to tease me about, all the time, because we have known each other since before... (more »)
I used to think I was a normal kid. The differences between most kids I knew and me were few, but major. I’ve always had an especially strong bond with my family, which to me, is my mother Stacie and my sister Celeste. My mom’s two husbands... (more »)
Of everything I've put my mind into, my family has never been a part of it. I consider it normal, there's nothing much in to think about. Two working parents two kids and a fine little home. Nothing could ever go wrong. Everything was... (more »)
I felt the room close in on me. It felt so fast and slow and painful.
I ducked my head under the covers of my bed as if they could shield me from the monsters that awaited me.
I cried until the sheets had absorbed my very last tear and I was... (more »)
They’re all watching. Can’t mess up. Can’t look back. Keep calm, I tell myself. Breathe in and breathe out.
They cheer my name, but the sound is numb in my ears. All I can hear is the sound of my shallow breath as I struggle to intake... (more »)
In my opinion racial harmony should be followed because you never know what it could do for you and people around you it could help them , strengthen them , and enlighten them to many things .A lot of people in this world do not show racial... (more »)
I took a moment to process what had happened. The first thought to run through my head was the unavoidable fact that my parents were probably going to kill me. Just two weeks shy of having my license for a year and I cause my car an unknown amount... (more »)
I know I’ve been telling you all about Daniel, and how I have the world’s biggest crush on him. But truth is, I have recently developed feelings for you too. I know this feels like Déjà vu to you and is something you don’t... (more »)
Identical down to the bone, my spitting image.
Glossy, plastic smiles meet us,
We both see who they think is prettier.
She smiles when they really say it,
She smiles mysteriously.
And that's it —
She's had... (more »)
I don’t know how exactly to deal with death, it seems like a quite routine task actually. I faced my first death when I was in fourth grade, it was my grandmother and I remember crying almost in an instant. After that experience I lost many... (more »)
The summer of 2007 was supposed to be the greatest summer of my life. It was one that I have been waiting patiently for since that Christmas. That was the year my little girl dreams of meeting all the princesses at Disney would come true. About... (more »)
$15.00. That was the price it would take to get from the mall back to SeaTac in the cab. We climb in the back and secure our seat belts. It is the first time I have been in a cab without my father driving and it is surreal, almost painful. My dad... (more »)
You asked me...do you miss him?
Listen closely. Actually listen. Don't just nod your head, or skim over this. I know this is long. Just, hear me out.
Do you remember the last time something was truly missing from your life? Think back,... (more »)