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Nov 11
AJS's picture

Donald Trump

Now that Donald Trump is president and our country is protesting against each other and split apart, we need to come together. I've asked some people, “Do you want Trump to be a good president?” Their immediate response is no but then they think again. I feel if Trump is a good president that is not going to do all the terrible things he said, people would be less afraid and come together. I'm definitely not saying I like Trump at all, but we can't have a civil war 2.0. 
Nov 09
Della's picture

Just Four Years

Like the white of the screen
Surrounding the map
So many states
Colored red
Like blood.

The realization creeps in
And I am trying not to understand
What this means.

My friends
Are quiet for once
Exchanging bits of information
That we all know
But wish we didn't.

Early this morning
At three o'clock a.m.
The Canada immigration site
Because so many Americans
Didn't want to be Americans anymore.
They wanted to move north.

Now this is the part
Where I'm supposed to say something positive
It's okay because it's only four years.
But hell,
I don't feel like being positive right now.

I just need to be upset
For a little while
Upset and scared for everyone
For me.
And then I'll shake it off
Because it's only four years.
I've lived for four years
3.25 times.
Nov 09
H Swett's picture

To My Future President

Dear Mr. President,
            As was clear during your campaign for president, you have a real talent for tapping into the emotions of others with your animated personality and your strong statements. You have a knack for accessing people’s insecurities, doubts, angers and fears. However, I am concerned that so far you have used these talents – coupled with stereotypes and generalizations – to encourage discrimination against other races, cultures and religions rather than to build connections and encourage empathy for others.
For example, during your campaign, you made statements about Mexicans as drug dealers or other criminals. Hearing these kinds of statements from you – a presidential candidate and now leader of our country – makes many people believe them. Also, saying that we should ban Muslims from entering this country ignores the complexities of the situation and encourages your many supporters to believe that all Muslims are evil people. I believe that instead of using your talents of persuasion in ways that make many Americans hate and feel uncomfortable with other groups of people, you should use these talents for inclusive purposes. If you did, I believe that many people would follow your example.
            One skill that I think many Americans need to work on is the ability to put themselves in the “shoes” of others, the ability to empathize. I believe that if you worked on and modeled this skill, many others would be inspired to as well. We must all remember that many of our country’s founders were outcasts from their original homelands. The population of our country is made up of people from all different countries around the world. We must all be able to imagine being in situations that we have never been in, in order to understand issues and challenges facing people in our own country as well as in other countries of the world. The president of our country most certainly needs to be able to do so.
            I recently heard an interview with Arlie Hochschild, a Berkeley sociologist and the author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. She described what she calls “empathy walls,” saying: “An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances.”          
            I can’t help but think that the literal wall you have proposed building between the United States and Mexico, and of the many “empathy walls” you seem to have also built. As President, you have an opportunity to help build “empathy bridges” rather than “empathy walls.”
            Please take some time to consider this idea of breaking down “empathy walls” and putting yourself in the “shoes” of others. Even if you decide that you must balance it with other ways of analyzing challenging issues, empathy should not be completely absent from your decision making. I know that this sounds cliché, but you have the power to change the world. You literally do. As the President of the United States of America, you are arguably the most powerful person on the planet. Use that power wisely, and please remember to feel empathy for others as you do. Your power can easily cause more harm than good, but I am hopeful that you will use it to do more good than harm.
            Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider my thoughts.
Nov 09

November 9, 2016

I went with my mom to the polls
early in the morning
to vote with her for the first woman president.
There was a line out the door
and she told me she'd never seen anything like this before. 

she let me fill in the bubble
and she tried to take a photo
but I stopped her
because I didn't want our vote to be discredited.

I proudly stuck my I VOTED sticker
onto my leather vest
and told everyone I saw
that I had filled in the bubble
for our president-to-be.

I watched my state turn blue 
and hand over its electoral votes
before anyone else
and I felt proud to be on the right side of history.

I went to go to bed
at a reasonable hour
and realized my I VOTED sticker
was missing from my vest.

Audio download:
November 9, 2016.m4a
Nov 09
essay 0 comments challenge: General
smcdonough's picture

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

The best candy in the world is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!  They make you feel joyful inside and they make your day better.  The chocolate and peanut butter makes you feel like you never had a miserable day. Also they are delicious with s'mores.  Even though they are tasty with   other foods, they are best alone!    

There are different factories that produce  peanut butter cups, but the company Reese’s  is the best.  Their peanut butter filling is delicious. Other company’s filing doesn't taste like real peanut butter.

Peanut butter cups also come in different sizes. First  there is a tiny size, which is good for a snack or to put on top of s'mores. Then there is a giant size, which is good for a treat if you’ve had a lot of fruit and vegetables that day.These are some reasons why Reese’s peanut butter cups are the best candy in the world.
Nov 08

I Vote Yes

I have always considered today as the day that I am most helpless and unheard.

The future which belongs to the children, now rests in the hands of adults who have only the future that they want in their minds.

While their future may be all well and good, the children who have been brought up in a budding new world in terms of advancements in inclusivity and accepting others have a very different idea for their future then the adults who have been raised in a different society altogether.

If anything the youth vote should be worth more seeing as our voice offers a fresh new position and encourages change where older people may not even know there is injustice to warrant it.

Silencing a voice because it is seen as inferior is not new to America. We had to add the voting rights of African-Americans and woman and so many more because of the ignorant people who controlled the majority.
Nov 08

A Tribute to Teachers

There are teachers who assign what seems like hours of homework every night, and those who never assign any. There are teachers who come in with a cup of triple-shot coffee every single morning, and those who are bright and energetic - perhaps too much. There are teachers who couldn't control a rowdy class if their lives depended on it, and those who can say a single syllable and command the attention of everyone in the room.
Nov 04

The Scivelous Rump

    Wittlers, Ruler-Benders, My Toeish Friends, I gather you here on this fraglescrup of a day to discuss a very pressing issue in our community: The Scivelous Rump!! Now, many of you have been aware of the recent Birder Winkle Eye Watch, which wilks with its woes to keep our community goody. Alas! It be not enough scramblin to keep our thrab, pee-wee chillins in safe! Thus! You do hear my gigifrumpous voice a-calling all my toeish friends! We thare must be huphulumping and scramin all together now, for that’s how we’ll manage to calm The Scivelous Rump!

    Not only will we calm The Scivelous Rump, we will cage it an let our littery light shimmer on in this humledy place! For don’t you, my toeish friends and famidibly, don’t you wish to live your goyflumping lives here with goodschnidel and not some fearsome badschnidel? I certainly do!
Audio download:
The Scivelous Rump.m4a
Nov 04
jessie.daigle's picture

An Ode to Breakfast

There is no doubt in my mind,
that breakfast is the best meal of the day.
Start with some coffee, but not the grinds,
and have some waffles, I pray.

Because, obviously, waffles are the best,
so add some blueberries or chocolate chips.
Get the syrup and forget the rest,
free the liquid gold from the bottle, let it drip.

Cereal’s pretty good too, I have to say.
Cheerios and Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops.
I would eat it all the time if I may.
Seriously, cereal’s probably my favorite food group.

Don’t even get me started on French Toast.
Homemade French Toast is divine.
Almost as good as waffles- almost,
but it’s delicious anyways, so I won’t whine.

As you can see, breakfast is the best part of the day,
Nutritious and delicious, and in no way pernicious.
Breakfast is here to stay,
because, unlike lunch meat, there’s no way it’s malicious.

Nov 04
Dayne.greineder's picture