Sep 24

Inaccurate valid Error

Your opinions aren't invalid.
in fact I think they are too valid,
So blatantly true that half the world might plug their ears,
Afraid of the truth.
And your statements aren't incorrect,
Just the opposite I feel,
They are too correct.
The slap in the face everyone is dreading,
Filled with cold seeping sorrow
From where the acceptance should be.
And I don't think your mindset is ignorant.
The exact reverse actually.
Too knowledgeable. 
Analytical, morally conscies, studied to a mastering level 
Of understanding.
The understanding people are too ignorant to understand.
Too shy to accept.
Your percent error must be inaccurate.
Because it is almost too flawless. 
It is so free of tangled errors people worry.
That percentage is so miniscule a microscope would need to squint to see it.
Because there is no error.
Sep 01


The COMMUNITY JOURNALISM PROJECT (CJP), now in its second year in the 2020-21 school year, offers writing and photo challenges, journalism skills-building, online workshops, and publication throughout the school year. Watch the site for weekly updates. This project is for students and teachers, inside and outside of the classroom.

Historic Times Call for Great Writing!
Apr 13

Time for appreciation

Our lives have all changed. Nobody was expecting this and it has uprooted people everywhere all over the world. There are so many unknowns right now and so many things that are causing stress. But within the anxiety and uncertainty there is still hope and love. People all over the world are showing thier support and doing their part to fight back. Of course there are small things that people are doing and then there are those who are doing so much. The first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and the teachers.

The teachers have all done so much to try and keep it normal for the students. They are trying to learn to adapt just as the rest of us. It has been just as hard on them as it has been on us. One of my teachers said, "I didn't become a teacher to see you through a screen." They are doing so much right now, providing support, food, so many things. They are truly remarkable people.
Apr 12

One Bizarre Easter

This year there was no family feast.
The kitchen was deserted,
There was no cleaning in the least
The house was not converted.
We did not grab the extra chairs
Or find the doily thingies,
No one went the extra mile
with dresses ties and ribbons.
We didn't drive to church today
I miss the wooden pews.
We didn't wear uncomfortable
shiny Easter shoes.
Today we didn't hug and kiss
our families, friends and neighbor kids. 
We didn't hunt for Easter eggs
in the park around the bend.
This year our Easter was bizarre
All traditons ruined,
We Zoomed with family instead
To church we had to 'tune in'
And through it all
in yoga pants,
stuck at home awhile.
This Easter celebration was
a bizzare sort of style.

Apr 12
CJP 0 comments challenge: Fifteen
makingwaves's picture

15 words to describe me


Apr 08

Caspers Take- Blog on Climate Change 2050

What up its ya boi Casper, welcome to Caspers Take and I'm back with another video blog documenting mother earth in 2050!
So for todays video I will be looking back at when this climate issue my generation is currently dealing with, or suffering from, have your pick, and basically show everyone how its impacted the 2050 peeps. Ok- lets role the intro!

Wait. Oh, I don’t have an intro. OK we’ll just dive right in then.
Apr 06
CJP 9 comments challenge: Fifteen

15 words to describe me

The Office fan,
Ready for anything.
Feb 10


It's yours.

We live in a world where expectations are high,
Forgetting how unique we are as individuals.

We live in a world of constant judgement,
Reminding us of our own insecurities. 

We live in a world of bias narratives, 
That craft the lives we live today.

We live as one,
walking our own paths.

We live as people,
guided by our own biases .

We need to be reminded that it's no one elses life.

It's yours.

Jan 03
CJP 0 comments challenge: CJP-Guns


We are taught from a young age how to hide from shooters in school, online we hear stories about shootings near us, we listen to stories from our classmates about their school shooting. We listen and listen but never act. They never teach us what to do when the PTSD happens afterwards, they don't tell us that the reason some shot up our school, is because they are mental unstable. But instead of getting the help WE NEED they only tell us how to hide.

They only tell us how they will prevent the next one, because if guns are available to anyone, there will always be a next one.
Jan 01

Where I'm 'from'

I have no idea where I’m “from.”
This question should be easy – I’ve lived in Vermont for nearly fifteen years. 
But when, like me, you define “from” as more than a place
– broader than a single pin on a map,
or one neat little zipcode –
it’s more complicated. 

To me, "from" is the idea of origin;
nothing to do with birthplace,
and everything to do with
what shapes our identities. 
I was born in Arizona,
yet my only archetypically southern traits are
a propensity to address groups of people as y’all 
and the strongly held opinion that cornbread should NOT be sweet.
This is my birthplace, but is this where I’m from?

When I was less than two, we moved to
my grandparents’ home:
NY state – not city; 
(a place is more than its cities,
eh Vermont?)
Shuttling back and forth between the suburbs
and a tiny mountain town.
This was my first experience of snow,
Nov 04

Descent: A Lyrical Performance by Kinetic Light

Before the performance, the stage is set: a giant 6-foot tall ramp specifically designed for the group, with two wheelchairs stacked atop each other like orbs. The background is dark, with dozens of stars and comets. It feels like the audience is staring straight at the Milky Way. The performance begins and the audience is confused. The performance is about two dancers who use wheelchairs- we had expected them to be in the wheelchairs the whole time, and move around with them. Instead, the dancers start without the chairs. They move around on the ramp, rolling, tumbling, sometimes perching on their knees or feet lightly. Their arm movements are the most expressive- wide, lyrical, sad and otherworldly. 

The background gives the feeling that the story takes place somewhere between, or in, the star-filled sky and ebbing waves. 
Nov 03

Kinetic Light: Descent - Review and Response

On Wednesday, October 30th, I had the pleasure of seeing a performance of Kinetic Light: Descent at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. The show is choreographed and danced solely by Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson. The audience watches as these two women perform incredible feats of strength and discipline despite physical adversity; ultimately shattering prior notions and assumptions of people who live with disabilities. 
Oct 24

Poetry and Politics

Camonghne Felix, a poet, works in communications for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. CreditAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Here's a great piece in the New York Times about poetry's relevance in our political dialogue: Elizabeth Warren Has a Poet on Her Team.
Oct 22

From YWP Tiny Writes

Think about the world you see when you close your eyes, and tell me, what scares you?

What scares me is that many people with the highest power can't seem to use it properly, and eventually our world will all come falling down.
- Graceful

Everyone who knows that climate change is real... but don't care. That don't get that we will all die, rich, poor, white, black, rainbow. If we don't educate and spread the word there will be nothing left to fear.
- ​fire girl
Oct 17

Elijah Cummings

[Photo Credit: Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times]
Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68
A son of sharecroppers, he fought tirelessly for his hometown, Baltimore, and became a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump.
Read the New York Times story:
Oct 10
dakoval's picture

Bare feet

A coin from a rich man,
A successful man, flutters into my jar,
A man with rich parents and wealthy uncles.
I served in the war. 
Almost lost the spark of life.
I came home a hero, bound to a wheelchair.
Impaired, I lost everything. 
No home. No family. 

I am an egg.
The world, a giant wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

No matter how hard I try, 
No matter how badly I believe, 
I am stuck. 
I am stuck in the cloud of poverty.
No food.
A vulture.

I am in a cloud, 
All while these self-indulging businessmen
With rich homes 
And pretty wives
Bask in a life of luxury.

They are birds
Soaring through the airs of success,
Born into a world of wealth, everything handed
To them on a silver platter.

“Why me?” I whisper to myself, 
Alone in this dark alley, 
With only the patter of rain for company. 
Oct 10
CJP, rant 0 comments challenge: Letter
finley.TM's picture

The Time is Now

Oct 06
Eloise Silver Van Meter's picture

Our ever-giving mother

How is it that we’ve achieved consciousness
in so few realms?
We fail to welcome Mother Nature’s intentions.

I dream of a world in which ALL coexist:
creature with creature,
plant with plant,
corporation with corporation,
corporation with land and creature,
and all possible combinations of the above listed.

We’ve stolen land and dignity from indigenous people ––
the wise teachers.
They know it is important to LOVE 
–– and are facing karma.

How is it that we have become so ignorant 
and self-absorbed that Mother’s role is 
no longer applicable to our toy-plastic-world?
Her walls keep giving
even with nothing in return.
They protect us, nurture us,
take care of us when our body needs healing,
and can provide us with the sweetest solitude.

And yet, we push her away.

–– we regurgitate her fruits
if not waste them completely
Sep 28

Community Journalism Project in the News!

Sep 21

This month from CJP

Every month, in The Voice and in newspapers around Vermont, Young Writers Project highlights the writing, photos, and art that are responses to the Community Journalism Project (CJP), YWP's new project that inspires and shares your voices on issues that matter to you.

This month, we feature the challenge: CJP-Climate1: Is anyone listening? Send an urgent message about climate change so people will sit up and pay attention.