Sep 27
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The Future Of Energy

I enjoy thinking of the future as a timeline rather than an unexpected jumpcut to a sci-fi-derived reality, which unfortunately is often the portrayed version of future human life in Hollywood. Everything in that realm of near dystopia was never appealing to me, even when designed to seem interesting. Though this future is unlikely, it makes my stomach churn to think of it.

A near inverse future that I can certainly get with, however, is a sustainable and carbon-neutral planet. This plan encourages continued growth in our ecosystems, fresh air, and efficient energy solutions that are accessible. These options bring hope to the rising threat of global climate change that puts the burden on energy companies to start innovating before it becomes too late.
Sep 25

My library

My library would be magical. Not like real magic, but it would feel that way. First of all when you walked in the first thing you would notice would be the smell. Old books and flowers. Not rotting old books, but the nice old book smell. If you read, you probably know what I mean. There would be an entryway, with coat hangers and a cork board full of poster and flyers for art shows, lost pets, cooking classes and more. The door would be big and wooden with big handles. There would always be a nice old lady at the front desk, sipping tea and reading romance novels. The kids section would have bean bags, lots of picture book and special events. The teen section would have big squishy chairs and all the newest books. Plants would be everywhere and so would families. The adult section would be upstairs and not as nice as the kids. When you left, you would always have an armfull of books. You would always long to go back, and dive into the books once more.
Sep 14
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Inspiring comment

To all you athletes I just want to say keep working hard and keep trying new things in your sport. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Coaches love when you ask questions, they now that you are a deicated player and are willing to learn.
Sep 07


This world and this life are so complicated. I only say this because i know it to be true.
None of my teenage years have been normal, or easy. And some of these complications, ive brought on myself.
but the funny part of that is that i brought those on for my own happiness.
so perhaps it is best that we live in a world of complications. 
My first complication was when i fell sick with lyme disease at age 12. 
That one took me 2 1/2 years to climb out of, and the moments of darkness and so much pain and wishing i wasnt alive anymore...
those moments are burned into my memory, leaving behind trauma i can never forget. 
Aug 14
opinion challenge: Writing 2022

The Great Oppressor

My fellow Americans, 

In months and years past, we have witnessed the most horrific incidents that no heart can endure and no ear can bear to hear. 

I speak of the Buffalo Shooting that occurred on May 14th, 2022. 

I speak of the California Church Shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church on May 17th, 2022.

I also speak of the Texas Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24th, 2022. 

I speak for those unwilling to speak out against the great oppressor or thus denied the power or chance to speak. 

I speak for all the tragic events of gun violence our nation has witnessed. 
Jul 13
opinion, rant challenge: Rights

What the heck is wrong with us?

There is so much wrong. 18 year olds are going out, buying guns, and shooting up elementary schools. Elementary schools. That means 5,6,7,8,9,10 year olds  dying. For no reason at all. Children who could've had a wonderful life, filled with joy and laughter. So many things to enjoy. Instead, they are dead. No chance at life, to experience the joys and sorrows, the things that other  children will get to do. And what scares me the most is that the Supreme Court is not doing anything about this. That means that this could continue to happen. And that is scary. But what scares me the most is that if our government cant or won't  do anything about this, then what about the other issues, like climate change? The children, including me, in this world are the ones who have  to have a future in a warming climate, the girls have to fear for their rights, and now the violence is getting worse. So many shootings. So much death, so much hate.
Jun 28

The avoided pond

I fold restless legs underneath myself and connect more of myself to the soft red pine needles and well-trod dirt, the rest of our group in similar states of settling down. The sarcastic comment as we viewed the dark pond sticks in my mind. “We aren’t walking through THAT are we?” I think of the abundant ecosystem the same pond provides, and yet the residue it leaves making it unpleasant and unwelcoming. I imagine getting into the water and the thought of it makes me shiver.

Jun 26

Rainy Days

The way the rain falls down the beautiful sky, feels amazing. 
It reminds me of the days I would play outside in the rain with my brothers. Having fun and laughing, like time would go on forever.
Now every time I look outside in the rain, I see my younger brothers having fun and laughing. Just like me when I was younger.

I can almost feel their joy and happiness while they play in the rain. I sometimes wish that could be me, having fun like I was little again.
Because I didn't have to worry about anything else except being a little kid. Sometimes I'm glad that I'm older because I know I can do much more then I could before, like cook, bake, sew, play piano, skateboard, bike, and so much more. 
Jun 24
opinion challenge: Roe v. Wade
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50 Years

For fifty years, people not unlike myself have been protected.
Fifty years; over thirty less than the average woman's lifespan.
This means that the average woman has not yet been able to live her entire life with control over her body.
Now, I won't be able to do that either.
My control over my own body has been taken from me.
Every woman in this country's control over her body is at stake due to the decision of five people.
They say that we must protect the lives of unborn humans,
but why should we do that when it puts the matured, active lives of their mothers at stake?
The decision to continue forward with a pregnancy should be between a woman and her doctor.
Why have we let majorly male politicians take that from us? What more could they know about the burden of birthing and raising a child?
They say it's religion, but it is in a way I'll never understand. 
Jun 01
Maria's picture

Warrior women

A warrior princess 
With golden armor 
And an aluminum core 
Told me to keep my anger 

Let it boil and let it rise 
Until the steam hits your tongue 
And when they chime how you’re too young 
Breathe fire from your soul 

Let your words be the embers 
Fallen at their feet
Don’t let your tears put out heat 
Watch it burn slowly 

Warrior goddess princess – queen 
With armor that’s both palpable and strong 
Teaches me how my anger is passion 
And my directness is professional 
Shows me that saying no is not being disagreeable 
Just as crying is not weak or womanly 
But humanly 

These lessons I know to be true 
If they are the only facts that I’ll ever know
Because warrior goddess princess queen
Is what I see

May 28
The ELM's picture


By Alex Gordon


To rely on another.

It would be impossible to live without others.

Without friends.

Without family.

Without interaction,

Life would be blacker than space.



Devoid of joy,

New experiences,


If ever you feel that you despise another person,

Truly hate them;

Just remember, 

They are the sole cause of happiness

For there to be enjoyment,

There must be displeasure.

For there to be good,

There must be hatred.
May 28
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By Multiple Authors

It flares up from the faintest ember to illuminate the darkness, to burn in spite of overwhelming odds. - Karen Hesse

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. - James A. Baldwin

Why did I become a writer? A bird's feather on my windowpane in winter and all at once there arose in my heart a battle of embers never to subside again. - Rene Char
May 28
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By Multiple Authors

A divine fire blazes within you. Don’t jump back like a coward. - Rumi

Blaze with the fire that is never extinguished. - Luisa Sigea

Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes. - Vincent van Gogh
May 28
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By Multiple Authors

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. - Rumi

Don't fear the light within. May it ignite the sacred flame in your soul. - Paulo Coelho

Deep down within anyone, there's a flame that maybe had gone dormant that can be fanned or ignited in case it had blown out. This is the flame of curiosity, the flame of wonder, of awe, of all the things that make you want to learn something more tomorrow than you knew today. - Neil deGrasse Tyson
May 28
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By Multiple Authors

The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. - Robin Williams

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. - Albert Schweitzer
May 25
opinion challenge: Go
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To Go

The temptation to just leave and go to a remote seculded location sometimes is really extreme. Havasu falls is a remote fall in Arizona. My mom has told me about it. She and a few of her friends went there and camped out. There is no road to the fall meaning you have to hike out. Not only that but it is required to be more than a one day hike. From what I hear the water is absolutely beuatiful. 

To be able to take even a day away from everything to spend at a place like that sounds like heavan on earth. I can just imagine waking up in the morning to see a sun rise worth more than gold, eat some oatmeal sitting in camp chairs with a few of my buddies or my family and just talking. A Bald Eagle flies over all of us, but none of us have our cameras so we just sit there and enjoy the experience. We then lie around playing cards, sleeping, eating, etc. Then we get ready to go swimming. 
May 23

Watching for omens

I often see omens in the natural world. I don't mean that in the weird ooky-spooky sense, I only mean that when I see a hawk, I like to think it's my grandma saying hi from the world to come. I see a blue butterfly and I wonder where it's headed – if it's on its way to becoming a sign for someone else. I'm sure I've missed or at least misinterpreted many signs from the universe in my life, but things always seem to have worked out anyway.
May 04


Happiness is when your having fun 
with someone like friends, family,
pets, etc. Happiness could be anything
good. Without that your upset and don't know 
what to do with it anymore. You show 
yourself happiness when you smile, laugh, 
etc. Happiness is something you need to 
have in your life even if you don't feel it its still 
their and it's not going anywhere.
Apr 28
opinion challenge: Dad


Happy Father's Day Dad,
Thank ou for being a great
father and for sticking up 
for us when we need the 
backup. Even though i'm
growing up doesnt stop me 
from being your little girl.
yes we may agree or even 
tend to disagree but I know 
by the end of the day your love 
is still strong as it'll always be.
So dad on your special day just 
know there is no one better then you.
I may not say it enough but I love you.
Apr 27

Yom HaShoah: My Heart Cries "Never Again"

Author's note: I feel like I write about the Holocaust a lot on this site, but obviously, it's for a good reason. Anyways, today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and I have a lot to say about it.