Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 10, 2013
I don't cry while reading books. It's not that I don't care about the characters. They just don't move me to tears, no matter how touching the story or how beautiful the prose. Tuesdays With Morrie changed that. In fact, it changed my outlook on the world.

In this memoir by Mitch Albom, Morrie Schwartz, an older sociology professor diagnosed with ALS, is told he has only a short time left to live. Instead of shrinking from his fate, Morrie accepts it with dignity and makes the most of his time to connect with people and share his wisdom. Mitch is one of these people.

Once one of Morrie's favorite students, Mitch had lost touch and become obsessed with work. After hearing about his professor's diagnosis, he decides to visit. These trips become regular, and every Tuesday, Mitch and Morrie talk about death, life, love, and compassion.

During these meetings, ­Morrie teaches Mitch the importance of appreciating the world around him and caring for others with the raw wisdom and perspective only a dying man can possess. He gives Mitch a wake-up call and a chance to re-examine his life and priorities, which Mitch shares with the rest of the world in Tuesdays With Morrie, his final “thesis” from Morrie's final “class.”

I read this book on a train packed with frustrated people hurrying to their destinations, just like any train full of strangers on any day of the week. But when I looked up, something had changed. Each of these strangers was important to me in a way I am ashamed to say they had never been before. And when I stepped outside, I experienced the chilly fall wind on my skin as if for the first time.

So that's how Tuesdays With Morrie gave me a new perspective on life. Morrie Schwartz touched my life even after his death through Albom's simple, elegant memoir. He reminded me how precious life is, the importance of love, and not to fear death.
And when I closed this book, the world somehow seemed a little … brighter.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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lexiibeale said...
Jan. 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm
Hi there! Sorry if this seems like a random comment but I question and wasn't sure where else to ask you. So I noticed this piece was published in Teen Ink's magazine, congrats by the way! So my question is: When you submitted this piece to the website did you immediatly get an email saying they were going to publish the poem in the magazine? Or did they wait to inform you?
BandGeekAndProud This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 7, 2014 at 9:24 am
Instead of getting a normal email saying it was posted, you get an email saying you got an Editor's Choice award.This originally got an Editor's Choice award and then a month or so later I got an email saying it would be published. I think that's always how it happens. Work with that badge goes into the pool of possible magazine pieces.
lexiibeale replied...
Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Ahhh, I see. Thank you for clarifying!
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