Jun 03
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            I am hungry for knowledge. I alway want to learn. The only downfall is I want knowledge on thing I want to learn about. So if you tell me to learn about some I don’t want to learn about I am going to Half ass it. But when I learn some thing about a thing I like to learn about. Then I will keep digging for more knowledge.
           For example in first through third grade I was obsessed with anacondas which are a kind of snake. I kept learning. I was a computer of knowledge on anacondas. Now I am thirsty for understanding of World War two. From memwoirs to historical fiction I am continuing to read and inform myself on this horrific topic.
             I can’t compare to my hunger for knowledge to anything else.

Oct 18
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A Quiet Winter Day

The snow crunches softly beneath my boots as I trudge up the hill. Small delicate snowflakes land on my fuzzy hat. I tilt my head back to catch them in my mouth. Out of the corner of my eye, a male cardinal dashes from tree to tree, his red feathers bright against the white snow. When I get to the top of the hill, I pause to look around at the snow covered trees, and listen to how peaceful it is. Dropping my sled on the wet snow, I climb on and slide down the hill, going down easily on top of the smooth and icy snow. The cool wind blowing in my face, smiling to myself. Winter makes me feel serene and content.
Jun 28

Lights Out

On June 27, after a heart-warming dinner with the Young Writers Project board (thank you Kathy), after hearing (thank you Susan) the startlingly kind words sent to me from many of you and your predecessors on how much this little project and community has meant, does mean, to you, I shut off the office lights for the last time after 12 years as YWP's executive director.

To you and the 110,000 kids we have touched in that time, thank you for opening your souls; thank you for sharing your ideas and observations, your flights of fancy and moments of bewilderment. Thank you for taking such creative risk.

You have enriched my life. You've opened my eyes to what you see and feel and experience and think and believe. And you have enriched the lives of thousands upon thousands of others -- your readers.
Apr 17

Adam Toledo

He was my age. 
He could've gone to school with me. 
He could've had classes with me. 
He could've been my best friend. 

He was my age. 
He dropped the gun. 
He was just a kid. 
He was just a kid. 

I could be next! 
Who will be next? 

He was my age. 

Rest in Peace, Adam Toledo. 
Apr 16
Whiteflamingo79k's picture



My poem got published in the Addison Independent paper yesterday! Also, I'm the first person in Lincoln to get my poem published!

Words from 'The Dinner Party'

The Dinner Party uses a number of obscure words, but they are all real. This is a list of the odd words and their meanings (and a few pronunciations). Some of the words have multiple meanings and pronunciations, but I only included the meanings applicable to the poem.
Apr 16
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Would you consider graffiti art or vandalism?

One fact about graffiti is that most of the time when you see it, It's done without permission. Most people wouldn't want graffiti painted on their building without permission. If graffiti is done on private property I would consider it vandalism, but if it's done with permission it would be art. When people don’t have consent to paint someone else's building I would consider it vandalism. People who do graffiti with the agreement with the owner I would consider it art. People could be hired to paint cool designs or whatever represents the building that is being painted on.
Apr 15

Me and Autism (Part 3)

Hi everyone! If you haven't read Part's 1 and 2 READ THEM!!! But if you don't want to, here is an overview of both of them. I'm a 13 (almost 14!) year old girl living with autism. Autism affects everyone in different ways, for me it makes it hard to be in social situations and I have a hard time understanding if someone is being sarcastic or if they are being real. To people, I can come across as annoying and weird, because I'm not really open about it because I don't want to be known as 'the girl with autism.'
In Part 2 I talked about the (very, very, very,) awkward experiences and in Part 3 I'm going to talk about the good experiences that I've had with autism. You may be asking, "How can there be good things about having autism?" There are good things about everything sometimes you just have to look for them. 
Apr 14
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You know when you’re little and your family always did that thing that made everyone happy and now you look back and it’s like where has all this gone? I have so many memories and moments that I think of every once and a while and it’s like wow. The one that hits the hardest was watching TV, usually the Dukes of Hazzard the original show, not the movies or anything. My family has the first three seasons. I know every one of those episodes by heart and which DVDs is too scratch to even work in the DVD player. When my sister and I were ready to watch we’d make popcorn in an air popper because we never had a microwave, melting the butter on the stovetop in a little cast iron pot. We would always put the Cabot popcorn cheese on it. We would be so excited we would pull the coach out from the walls and put them in rows like in the movie theater.
Apr 12
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Happy Memories

Happy Memories

As I look back and think about my younger childhood years, I reflect on a number of happy moments involving the people who mean the world to me.
Within the rainbow of my memories, I gather these special moments that I would like to share with you. Come and walk with me down memory lane, as you recall your own special experiences, as I introduce you to some of mine. 
Do you want to build a snowman?...I must have watched that move “Frozen” at least a dozen times, while singing that tune at the top of my lungs. 
Apr 12

Me and Autism (Part 2)

Hey everyone!
If you haven't read part one, READ IT!! But if you don't want to, here is a brief overview of Part 1. I'm a 13 (almost 14!) year old girl living with autism. Autism affects everyone in different ways, for me it makes it hard to be in social situations and I have a hard time understanding if someone is being sarcastic or if they are being real. To people, I can come across as annoying and weird, because I'm not really open about it because I don't want to be known as 'the girl with autism.'
In Part Two, Three and Four I'm going to talk about whats it's like for me living with autism, the good experiences, the bad ones, and even the horribly awkward ones. 
 I have a more uncommon type of autism where you can't tell by looking at me that I have it. But sometimes it's hard because sometimes when I talk to people they take it the wrong way
Apr 12
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Spring Break: a Reflection on Vacations

God, it’s finally spring. I can feel my face burning as I read out on the patio this morning. I wish that spring meant something other than an unfounded, unsubstantiated brightness that threatens oblivion and a terrible headache. But drunken monotony is better when it’s sunlit. My thoughts move more freely under the blue sky. I don’t feel like my words have to reflect the view out my window. There's no window, only air, too much air to breathe. 

I’m barefoot, lying in my aunt and uncle's courtyard. I’m the only one on vacation, the only one for whom the city with its neat neighborhood blocks lined with cherry trees and people walking their well-bred dogs, is an escape. I’m the only one for whom the conventional American Dream is an escape.  
Apr 09
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Childhood Memories

My childhood was PBS Kids on weekends and rainbow goldfish for snacks. It was books and reading, warmth and love. I was raised by Chris and Martin from Wild Kratts and found comfort in books like Caps for Sale and The Snowy Day. I learned how to be myself from Fancy Nancy and Chrysanthemum. I fell in love with Mooch from the books Just Like Heaven and Hug Time, and wanted to be in the book If You Give a Pig a Party. My days consisted of Welch’s fruit snacks and pirate booty; of Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. Mornings were for Dinosaur Train and afterschool was for Word Girl. My love of science stems from countless hours looking through botanical books and my dad reading A Seed is Sleepy. I loved it all, from puzzles to soccer games, my childhood was the best. Sure, I always wanted to watch SpongeBob and eat Freeze Pops; but no, I had it best.
Apr 08
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It’s a clear day. The sky is blue. The grass is green. And we are driving down the highway. The journey is marked by spastic bursts of conversation and a chunkily categorized landscape. I press my nose to the glass and point. There go the suburbs, the farmlands, the mountains. We are squished between moments, reckoning with a folded horizon.  

A highway is a strip of land, paved over, with bold yellow stripes running down its center. It’s a dead snake. It’s everything it has crushed, everything it has pushed to its periphery. And it’s nothing, a vacuum with the sole purpose of transporting our consciousness from one location to another. A highway is a portal forced to exist in conventional space. It’s a portal stretched thin. 
Apr 08

Me and Autism (Part 1)

On the outside, I may look like a normal 13 (almost 14!) year old girl. I do normal things like listen to music and play sports. But on the inside, it's way more complex. Autism affects everyone in a different way, for me it makes it hard to be in social situations and I have a hard time carrying conversations. It also makes situations hard for me to understand like if someone is being sarcastic or if someone is actually being real. As I said, it affects everyone differently. 
Google's definition of Autism is: "a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior." This is a little harsh but honestly, it pretty much covers it. 
Apr 08
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A little bit about me

A little bit about me

I thought you guys and gals and in between would like to know a little about me. First of all, I looooooove drawing, 24/7, I like hiking, biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and I like playing video games. AND OF COURSE, I like poetry. I'm really into anime and manga, and I like ramen. I like TikTok and short funny vines. I love to have a laugh all the time.

Anyway, now that you know a little about me. I want your advice, should I post my drawings?

Any info is great-thanks

Apr 08
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Thank you all for the support in your views and likes!
I got word from the admin, that my poem, Old Warehouse, is possible for publication, in this week's Addi Indi Paper!

Wish me good luck, and have a great rest of the week!