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The Science Behind the Enthralling Northern Lights
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Absolutely beautiful photographs of the northern lights hanging over mountains and rivers have spread across the Internet, fascinating and dumbfounding their viewers. In art and literature as well, the northern lights have always been depicted... (more »)
My Great Alaskan Odyssey
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“No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.” These powerful words were written by and about Chris McCandless, a young American traveler who escaped his family, friends, and... (more »)
The AmityVille
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The AmityVille was a very mysterious case. How it started was on November 13, 1974, In Amityville, New York Ronald Defeo burst into Harry’s Bar screaming his parents had been shot. However the unusual thing was that the bodies of 6... (more »)
Italy vs USA This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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In the weeks I’ve been back from Rome and Umbria, in central Italy, I’ve limited my pasta to just pad thai, and I haven’t eaten a single piece of pizza. There is a method to this madness, and it’s not a health kick;... (more »)
Grenada State of Mind This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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"Sir, are you in zone two?" My dad, simultaneously trying to coordinate our car rental and help my sister find her Mad Libs book, turned around to face the man who spoke. "Sorry, what?" "Is your family zone two?... (more »)
My Story This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It is 2008. A young girl with a perfectly pink outfit and a Dora haircut steps off of the plane. Whining about the heat, she yanks on her father’s sleeve as they enter the Arrivals Hall at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Minutes... (more »)
The Dangerous and the Beautiful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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When my aunt visited us in Guangzhou during summer holiday a few years ago, it was the most vigorous season of durian. When we walked on the streets, the scent of durians embraced us enthusiastically. Like a witch who tempted her victims to... (more »)
Parisian Exploits
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June 9, 2016 Paris Day 1 It looked like something out of a fairytale. The hotel room had a slanted ceiling, giving it an attic-like feel. There were two small balconies and when I stepped out on the first one I gasped. There was... (more »)
Trabajadores del Tabaco in Cuba This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The smell of tobacco was the first thing that hit me. It was as stale as an old attic but as promising as dank cellar soil. We stopped alongside a frayed frame secadero, or tobacco-drying house, and got out to explore. We were just outside... (more »)
Early Morning Orchestra This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The orchestra begins its symphony promptly at 5:30 a.m., summoning the new day. The first movement always starts with bells. Their powerful, metallic clanging resonates through the tropical air from all of the nearby temples. Rhythmic... (more »)
Louisiana Summers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Growing up, Louisiana summers meant Minnie guarding the door, the buttery smell of Coppertone permeating from her flour-speckled apron as she dabbed the tips of our noses and ears with the thick, sticky whiteness. We scampered past... (more »)
It Isn’t Always As It Seems.
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Stuffing the last cardboard box into the trunk of my Grandfather’s pale blue Buick, I wiped the back of my dusty hand across my sweaty forehead and breathed a sigh of relief after we had finished bringing the last boxes out of the house.... (more »)
Is This My Country?
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I'm sitting on a railing outside the dining hall after having cleaned as much as I could, waiting for it all to be done. I see the towns, nestled betweening rolling mountains, twinkling in their night life, the only stars I can see on the base... (more »)
Leap of Faith
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My heart rate increases as the elevation does. I am surrounded by a blanket of green. A cloak of fog surrounds us and our view is slightly tainted. However, it’s still mesmerizing. There is an eerie silence until the sound of an exotic... (more »)
Hamilaria: The Hamilton Phenomenon
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The world would forever more be divided into two types of people: those who have listened to Hamilton and those who are going to. My apologies for such a cheesy opening, but let’s face it, no accolades can be too cheesy for the... (more »)
Astrology: The Secret Code of Ether
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Have you ever thought that your life is controlled by some kind of external effect?   Astrology reflects to us the effect of the events above the planet-earth.  It can influence our thoughts, acts, decisions, feelings, and... (more »)
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