Jul 22
Yellow Sweater's picture

To Lorca's Missing Grave, To Franco, To Those Who've Left the American Flag a Bloodless/Bloody Blue and Black

Okay, so I am a bit embarrassed because this is like the fifth ode to Lorca I have posted on here. But sometimes you need obsessions. They are something through which you can channel your passion. 

True patriots always die because it is dangerous to love something so easily set on fire.

(Love is something easily set on fire.)  

Oh, Lorca, you loved your country, but your country gored you on the horns of its bulls, 
of its sacred beasts of cruel geometry, who knew nothing of the ritual that created them.    

Can’t you love yourself and love your country and love the country that exists inside yourself? 
Can’t you love the dirt and love the water and love the wind that leaves new pollen in the streets? 
Can’t you love a man and love the church and love the candles that turn into burning pillars? 

Passion is more than its fiery culmination. Lorca’s Spain was more than its murder.
Jun 24

Fashion rules? There are none!

The pandemic has been going on for about two years now and we’ve been on lockdown for about 1½ of a year. But now as we emerge from lockdown, we find ourselves wondering things such as “What kind of clothing is trending?” and “What should I wear?” The answer? Wear anything you want. 

Before the pandemic hit us, the clothing and shoes you wore defined you, especially at school. I remember in 6th grade (before the pandemic) girls would compare who had better shoes. Some had Nike, some wore Gucci or Luvuiton , and others had Adidas. Personally, I think clothing and fashion isn’t something that defines us, and we shouldn’t feel limited. Instead, it should be something that allows us to express ourselves. 
Jun 02
opinion challenge: Opposites
mm2005's picture

Friendship of wind and sand

A friendship of opposites. At first thought, it seems unusual, yet possible. We have all heard the age-old saying, “opposites attract,” but does that apply to friendships?

Opposite friends are the best kind of friendship; an opposite friend is there to balance you, keep you honest. One is outgoing and loud, while the other is relaxed and calm.

The balance is needed, someone to tell you “no” or “that’s not the best idea,” your person to give you the advice you never even thought of.

Your weaknesses are your best friend’s strengths; if you need help with anything, you have the perfect partner to fix it.

A friendship of opposites is less like fire and water and more like wind and sand. Water and fire are mutually destructive; water will extinguish a flame, just as fire will boil water away to nothing. Wind and sand go together, yet are very different. They have things to each their own, the wind has air, while sand has earth.
May 24
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Changes

People change quite a bit. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Many people wonder what changes people. I think the people are the main reason people change. Judgement, opinions, words, thoughts, self-hatred, life changes, big events, and probably even more. I don't think that some people realize they change, but everyone else can see it. The change in their moods, their looks, and their attitudes. One little thing can change all of these on a person. I think change is good. Mainly. Something can happen in ones life and they can change in a positive way. They improve their self. Cut their hair, change their clothes, become more confident. These are positive changes. I don't think its good at all when people change in a negative way. Become anti-social, dislike people, and even hate the things they used to love. I think there is always room for improvement and people should lead their self towards filling that room. Don't make more room. Change happens all the time.
May 20
fiction, opinion challenge: Clicker
mm2005's picture

Life Remote?

The concept of a life remote is interesting; it is one that holds great power. With the ability to pause, fast-forward, or rewind, life would be drastically different. The weight actions would hold would be much less. I think the life remote could be used for great things, but could also hold many negative possibilities. A life remote would make “living in the moment” almost useless, if one could rewind and replay the same moment again, there is almost no reason to stay present when it is occurring. That being said it could make hard times better; like the first day at a new job or a big presentation would be less nervewracking. If the outcome was not as you wanted, you could simply do it again. Similarly, special days like weddings, graduations, and birthdays could lose their significance if one could repeat, relive, or rewind the day countless times. With the ability to rewind, meaningful moments could lose their meaning, yet tough times could become easier.
May 12
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Why Test-Optional is the Best Option

After four months filled with six cancellations, I sat in a silent, stuffy gym and finally achieved the quintessential high school experience of sitting down for 180 minutes to take the SAT. It was October, a month before my first round of college applications were due, and a few months after I had given up on studying. Around the country, many students experienced the same struggles: despite lockdowns and quarantines, the College Board reported that 2.2 million students still managed to take the SAT at least once in 2020. In a world where a global pandemic brought all events to a standstill, ceaseless police brutality caused racial tensions to boil over, and natural disasters ravaged the South and Southwest, standardized testing should have been the least of students’ worries.
May 12
opinion challenge: Maskless?
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Maskless

Everyone is SO excited about getting the vaccince...but does anyone else realize it has not been tested enough to know the side affects? You could literally get the vaccince then die in a year because of UNKNOWN side affects. 
Or has anyone thought about this: If you get the vaccince, you have a chance of getting the virus but not having to go to the hostipal but you can still give the virus to your friends and family so everyone should still wear masks.
Just remember if you get the vaccince there are unknow side affects and you can still get and give the virus to people.
Stay Strong Social Distance Wear Masks
Do your part in keeping the world safe and the people on it.
 
May 05

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Apr 21

The full story

Today, I was kidsitting for a girl who lives in my neighborhood. As we finished up our lunch, I noticed that she hadn't finished all her mac-'n'-cheese. When I asked her why, she responded, "because it has calories!" 
Two parts of this made me hurt internally. The first being that a six year old is concerned about calories. The culture of dieting and becoming thin is impacting the growth of children who need food to thrive. 
The second idea is much more complicated. 
This girl was misinformed about calories and the misunderstanding led her to believe that calories were "bad." 

She heard an incomplete idea that is now influencing her consumption of nutrients. 

Apr 21
opinion challenge: BLM-Verdict

Ma'Khia

For a few moments last evening, I sat back with relief. 
Finally, the man who murdered George Floyd was behind bars. 

Then, just as I thought we might enter an era of reform and accountability, a 16-year-old girl was shot by police in Ohio.
A girl who had called the police because she was being abused within the walls of her foster home. 

Tell me why, when I reach my eighteenth birthday, I should pay taxes to support the police. 
When all this pain, all this distrust, is because of law enforcement systems. 

Tell me why a young woman was murdered for protecting herself. 
Tell me why a uniformed officer shot her for being brave enough to say, "I need help." 

Tell me why girls in similar situations aren't going to feel silenced, rather than supported now that they've seen what happens to girls who speak out. 
Apr 09
mm2005's picture

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 05
poem, opinion, rant challenge: Repeated

Hate Worthy For The Gods

We were made for the gods, for petty entertainment.
We were made for the gods, we fight their battles. 

They will laugh their shallow laughs,
watch in amusement of our blood baths. 
We were made for the gods, sculpted and shaped. 
We died for the gods, in an attempt to escape. 
We were made for the gods, and learned to hate.
but
mortal wars are far worse
disagreement becomes a curse. 
fatalities and crying mothers
all because of hating others. 

human hate. 
​limp on a puppet string, dangling from perpetual power. 

How I wish it would stop. 


 
Apr 02

Philosophies and Other Musings

From what I have learned during my comparatively short life on this earth is that people tend to create ideas that comfort them in times of uncertainty. The common religious concept of an afterlife was created to console those who had lost a loved one, feeling lonely, unsure of what is yet to come. “The dearly departed watch you from heaven,” they were told. “They’ll wait for you up there until your time comes.” Do we actually know what happens when we die? The simple answer is no. Philosophies answer these burning questions that will never gain an answer, hopefully bringing peace to the distressed, however true they may be. Personally, I don’t believe in heaven or hell. I don’t believe that we know what happens when we die. And I am okay with that. This may seem like a blunt statement, but it means so much more to me. Although I am only 15, I have seen a lot from changing scenery every two years of my life. Life is meant for living. You aren’t supposed to know everything about it.
Mar 31

My Opinion About Global Warming

I have a LOT to say about Global Warming. It is a horrible, harmful thing. Many people are scared of it. But the thing is- it's OUR fault. We always want more, more more. Humans are greedy. Sure, we can be good. But so many of the bad things- including global warming- are caused by US. And that means it's our duty to stop it. To fight it. So many animals are being affected, hurt- even killed!! Because of global warming. And we HAVE to stop it. My dream is to be like David Attenburough. And I want to be an activist against climate change. Please, everyone, start thinking about climate change. Do anything you can- even if it's just usin gless energy- just do anything you can to stop global warming. 
 
Mar 23
mm2005's picture

Morning Rays

I like the mornings, the sun just starting to crest over the mountains. The way the sun rays peek through trees and dance on the motionless lake. I love the way the sun gently rocks me awake in the morning and the taste of the first drops of sun. When the sun shines in through all the different windows and my house has that welcoming glow, that’s the sun I want. Morning sun rays are different, the light is different, the warmth is different. They say the morning sets the tone for the whole day, and I think that’s true. There is nothing better than going outside in the morning, the air still dewy, with the sun melting all your thoughts away. The light shimmering across the lake and making it all the way up to your toes. Morning sun is the best because I know that it will only be perfect once a day, I know that the light is what makes everything prosper. The light in the morning is what hopes, goals, and challenges are made of.
Mar 12
opinion challenge: Unjust

Traveling in a Pandemic


I think we should be able to travel during Covid-19 virus without a Covid-19 vaccine. Here are the reasons why.

People all around the United States of America want to visit their family and travel so they are getting the vaccine. The problem is we don't know if the vaccine is safe. We should just get a temperature test before and after we travel.

    Also, isn't this country supposed to be free?! We shouldn’t be forced to do things. We should be able to make our own decisions by using common sense.  People have fought and died fighting for our freedom and now it’s being taken away. 

    It is important to see our family during the pandemic. I mean we can see family on the meeting program, Zoom but it would be better to see them in person. This is being taken away from us because of this pandemic. The government is taking away this freedom.
Mar 12
mm2005's picture

Dreams for You

Dreams. I dream of things far and wide; new things, old things. Dreams are where I see my creativity fly free. From floating through the air to beating a cheetah in a race, dreams are where you can do everything. When I dream I am invincible, I can do anything. Dreaming is freedom, it’s living life without consequences. Dreaming is like testing out your life before you really try it. Almost every dream is different, but occasionally the same ones slip through the cracks. Some say that dreams mean something, give you hints to the past or the future, but to me, dreams are an escape. Dreams are the adventure you didn’t know you wanted or needed. They are the opportunity to be whoever you want. Dreams are a time to let go. Dreams are a time to let your mind take over. There is no thinking or choice in dreams, you just let your imagination guide you along. That’s the best part; dreams are made for you, by you.
 
Mar 07
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Let’s Fight Back

We let them say everything that comes to mind 
but we,
aren't  even allowed to wear a thin strap crop top 
Does anyone see what's wrong with that statement?!?

women are being told what to wear when we aren't even the topic of the issue?
 

wrong

everything about that is terrible.

if we say something too 'feminist like'

we are looked at and criticized 
because we speak are mind


And it's the things such as comments like
"HI WOMEN"

"you suck at this"

"girls can't do this"

that we have stopped trying
the fight in us has burned out

fight back
i don't care 
even if it's another girls fight. Don't let her fight the fight alone
Our voice is louder together.

Feb 18
nonfiction, opinion challenge: Tone
mm2005's picture

SNOW DAY!

My eyes flutter open and dart to the windowsill, my lucky wooden spoon is still there from last night. I leap out of bed and nearly fall sprinting to the window, I feel the excitement start to rise as the snowflakes begin to fall. I watch each individual snowflake dance through the spirling winter air. I shoot down the stairs and rip open the door to be greeted by a gust of wind that carries the delicate snowflakes inside. I don’t even notice the freezing air and feel only the humming warmth of excitement inside me. It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. There is nothing that could smother my feeling of adventure in fresh powder and the euphoric feeling of the illusive SNOW DAY!

 
Feb 17
mm2005's picture

I am Not a Writer

To be told you can write anything makes it hard. The freedom gives you too much room. Seems easy, but really, the possibilities become overwhelming. I am not a writer. I write because that is what I am told to do. I am good at writing, but I don’t enjoy it. I write to impress, to satisfy, and out of necessity. I understand its importance, but I lean towards math and science. I would rather be given a math problem and be told to solve for x. I like to have a definitive answer, I like right and wrong; black and white. The problem with writing is that there is no end, there is no clear stopping point. When the math equation has been solved and the science experiment has been run, I know that I have done what was expected. I know that I have fully achieved the goal, I can feel accomplished. Sure, I can test for more trials or check my answer, but there is still a clear end. Writing, on the other hand, never stops, the endlessness of it is daunting.