• Desdemona


    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;

    I am

  • Sub-minimum wage is legal on behalf of employing disabled workers because, “For thousands of people with the most significant disabilities, it means the difference between reaching their full employment po

    • Averi,
      I think this is really interesting. I had never heard of sub minimum wage before right now, but I think it seems to be a good idea. If it provides work opportunities I think it’s brilliant, and I think it’s a good way to keep people involved regardless of what they are and are not able to do.

    • Averi,
      This topic is one that I personally have experienced because my aunt had a disability and was paid sub-minimum wage. The cool thing about her situation is that she did not care about the amount of money she made, she just loved helping people and contributing to a work environment. Because of this, her employer was able to pay her less so that they could pay full time workers more. I really like the insight that you brought from this post and this topic is very interesting. Below I have included a link that could be of your interest.

      Many People With Disabilities Are Being Paid Way Below the Minimum Wage, and It’s Perfectly Legal

  • Megan Whatcott, who works with me at Hillcrest Care Center, a home for disabled adults, has a story I believe many people could find intriguing. On November 15, 2011, Megan and her friend, Jolley Gulch, went rock

    • Averi, this was a greatly written piece. Your use of descriptive words provides imagery for the reader. I could see the steepness of the drop, and how far up it was. I like how you directly quoted what Megan said to you. It gives the writing a narrative feel, and makes the reader feel a part of the story. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/survival-stories_n_5042718.html You should read this article about the top ten survival stories. I think it would be interesting to see if they blame their survival on their spirituality like Megan did, or if they think it was just good fortune.

    • Averi, I really enjoyed reading your post. It has really vivid imagery that completely captured my attention. I really liked how you incorporated what Megan’s quotes. I would love to have more background on Megan as well. Was she always spiritual? Did this experience make her a more spiritual person? Here is an article I think you’ll find interesting: http://www.history.co.uk/shows/alone/articles/famous-real-life-survival-stories

  • The United States has the highest rate of mass shootings in the entire world, which is why I don’t understand how we can stand here and accuse other countries of being terrorists. “The United States takes up 5% of

    • Averi-
      Thank you for writing this. This topic seems to be talked about constantly, especially after the Parkland shooting. Like you, I am frustrated. I am confused as to how this keeps happening and why there hasn’t been a substantial amount of change. As a student, there is an ever impending sense of fear instilled in my mind- What if a shooter comes into school? What if someone I love is shot? When is the next shooting going to happen?. Unfortunately, shootings are starting to seem ‘normal’. I think change is necessary and long over due. While I hope to see governmental action, the school walk out signifies that something is changing- and I’m here for it. If you’re interested, I found this article that talks about how ‘thoughts and prayers’ are not enough: https://www.shes-it.com/human-rights-we-dont-need-thoughts-and-prayers-anymore/

    • Averi,
      I think this post is really interesting. I agree, I think there’s a huge problem in the language we use, as a nation, to address people born in the USA who commit acts of terror. People in positions of authority are quick to call people from other countries terrorists, especially branding people from Middle Eastern Countries, but when an act of terror is committed in the US, like the school shooting that recently took place or say, the Las Vegas shooting, the language isn’t terrorist. The language used is “mentally disturbed,” or “terrible person.” The mind set about the word terrorist needs to shift from someone outside the country, especially the mind set around people from The Middle East, because the fact is that terrorist attacks happen in the US, and they happen by people who’s families have lived in the US for generation upon generation.
      I think schools walking out in March is a brilliant idea, because it’s a peaceful way of protesting, and if enough people are involved the media and people in positions of power are going to have to at least recognize that there’s a huge problem, even if they choose to ignore it. People’s voices need to be heard especially on topics like this.

    • Hi Averi,
      The worst thing we can do is having these people continue to have the ability to come into our schools. There needs to be a place for guns in society in america because a full on ban would not be effective but schools and cities are not the place. It’s not an issue of rights its an issue of trying to protect our people. there needs to be protections for those who need it. The laws need to change and putting pressure on lawmakers is the way to do it.

    • Averi,
      I am so glad your wrote on the topic of gun control because it is a big issue and is prevalent. I agree with you when you emphasized on the point where we need to protect our own people and educate them. After the Parkland shooting, many people our age have been speaking out against the issue of gun violence. I think this is our time to make a difference in our world and even if it’s making posters because the little things add up. I recently found this video of a student from Parkland and thought it was inspiring: https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/02/17/parkland-florida-student-emma-gonzalez-anti-gun-rally-fort-lauderdale-full.cnn Let me know what you think and thanks for writing!

    • It is unbelievable that there have been over 200 school shootings nationwide in the US! Averi, I am so happy that you chose to write about this because obviously there needs to be more discussion about gun violence. I cannot believe that there has been no change even though hundreds of people died, and numerous CHILDREN died without their parents for no reason. This issue is one of the main reasons I am losing my hope, confidence, and love for this nation. I specifically love your second paragraph, and how you started it with “A school shooting is an act of terror, yet, we still count how many lives that makes this time, and then hope for the best, without making any political change!” That statement is so strong and so important and I wish our government was smart enough to make change for the better. I found an interesting article about a “gun control moment” in America right now that discusses how congress and the government is under pressure with the Florida/school shootings issue. Here it is: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/us/politics/gun-control-congress-governors.html Thank you for keeping this a relevant topic and sharing!

    • I was just reading this when I got the idea to see if someone had written about gun control on youthvoices.live. I feel so lucky to have found your post!

      “A school shooting is an act of terror, yet, we still count how many lives that makes this time, and then hope for the best, without making any political change!” This is the sort of realness I think a lot of news sources have been missing. There’s this weird desire to stay neutral, but this isn’t really a neutral subject like a water line or zoning. Being outraged at there having been 200 shootings is perfectly natural, and the idea that we have to reach some outrageous number before people recognize that is ridiculous. There needs to be more overt discussion about this. This isn’t a party issue, it’s a bipartisan issue. To many of our lawmakers are afraid of the NRA. The power the SuperPAC is outrageous, especially when children have been the center of most of the attacks. The power of greed in out capitalist system is insane.
      If you want to find more about how people are currently covering gun control, why not check out the article I was reading? If you’re really passionate about this, you might find it interesting.

  • Thomas,
    Yes! Writing is a personal outlet, and even a data log for humanity’s experience. Throughout history scribes, and now what we call journalists have always been prevalent in society. Which is why I worry that people would choose to say ‘journalism is a dying craft.’ Because writing is critical for social analysis, and self-reflection.

    I…[Read more]

  • Averi commented on the post, Song of Myself 2 years, 4 months ago

    I love the message, and metaphor of your poem. It’s beautifully written. I’d suggest reading a poetry book called Milk and Honey, written by Rupi Kaur. There another one written by this author too, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.


  • How much do you expect to be paid once you are hired for a job? According to the federal law, you have the right to at least minimum wage- that’s $7.25 an hour- unless you are disabled. If someone suffers from a

  • America is not the land of the free, at least not the way many Americans believe it is. The United States is the land of 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. This statistic is shocking when you account that

    • Averi, I agree that the prison system in America is biased and takes advantage of the minority populations that it most often imprisons. On top of often horrible conditions they are forced to work and this is not okay. Prisons do nothing to help these people get better and make better lives for themselves. Instead they exploit them. I think that the examples you used and the way you wrote this article was very powerful and I really enjoyed reading it.

      Lastly this is an article on Norway’s prison system that puts ours to shame. I think they are a wonderful example of how we could do better.

    • Averi,
      This statement you made literally made a shiver run down my spine. “Since the 1960s America’s prison system has become a place of business.” That single sentence makes the validity of your post what seems to be a billion times stronger. I never would have made this comparison, nor have I ever heard anyone use this in speech. I think it truly is the most perfect description of the current state affairs with regards to the prison system in the US, both literally and figuratively. “…each U.S. resident is paying about $260 per year on corrections, up from $77 per person in 1980, thanks to the country’s annual $80 billion price tag for incarceration…” (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-high-price-of-americas-incarceration-80-billion/). People working in the prison system are making money off of it, but also those that are incarcerated are basically doing slave work. “The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, ‘except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.'” (https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/prison-labor-in-america/406177/). I absolutely loved your post, and it was extremely informative and brought many arguments to the table that I hadn’t considered.

    • Hi Avery!
      I really enjoyed your post about this topic. This is something that I haven’t thought about before and I really enjoyed reading about your ideas. One thing that really spoke to me was the stats that you opened your discussion with. It was really powerful to know that the United States only makes up 4% of Earth’s calculation. I thought it was really interesting how you talked about the Jim Crow law. Learning about it in school, we never really learned about what that law meant in terms of today. I also liked how you tied illegal substances in and Victoria Secret as well. Great Job!

  • My mind is blown. I don’t really understand why something being cute makes you want to squeeze it, but I have felt an aggression when introduced to a cute pet.That is so weird, and I’ve never really considered why until now.

  • Thanks Katie. To answer in regards of your advice, I don’t struggle with any mental health problems, which is why there was no need for me to share that, otherwise it wouldn’t have been true. I was more talking in regards of just having emotions (although, if a reader suffers from mental illness this would still apply to them), and how people…[Read more]

  • This a such a relevant topic right now, and something you could have highlighted was the stance religions have. Belief systems, like Catholicism, are very active in promoting pro life rather than pro choice. The Catholic Church does not believe in abortion, and they also do not believe in using any type of contraceptive. One of the Catholic…[Read more]

  • Hey!
    I like your last statement, in the third paragraph. “Why am I doing this? And does it matter?” This question has probably ran through thoughts of my own. When I am partaking in certain actions, or deciding between two things this has actually been a useful tactic I’ve used to analyze the “why’s” and “so’s” and “because” in my life.
    I think…[Read more]

  • I don’t believe it’s a matter of America needing “someone” to fix our problems. I believe racial issues grow within households, and communities first. There needs to be more conversations about how everyone has their own personal biases, and can sometimes begin to believe stereotypes that their family or society has breed them to believe. The…[Read more]

  • The distribution of knowledge has drastically changed. Major technological advancements have become revolutionary to our ways of distributing information and communicating. “Inventions of the telephone, telegraph,

  • Bobby,

    Now I know what’s going through your head when we see movies together haha! Your tone of voice was humorous, and made me laugh out loud! I agree with your explanation of rating a movie a 1/10… it is so bad that it becomes funny. Also, I agree with your statements about Adam Sandler. I do not find the delivery of his lines humorous or…[Read more]

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  • “Showing emotion is a sign of weakness”- this stigma has made us think sharing our feelings is something that we shouldn’t do. Think, how many people do you hear openly admit they attend weekly therapy sessions?

    • Averi,
      I agree that the stigma, showing “emotion is bad” is a falsehood. But I would still say feeling vulnerable is a not a good thing all time, it’s an unfortunate reality of life that not many will care, or they pretend to care, sharing what you feel to anyone is a dangerous game, so sharing emotions to the people that matter is a tricky line to balance. But when you do share what you feel it is totally worth it and find someone who cares, it is totally worth it. I bet you are loyal to the friends you have.

    • Honestly? This is amazing. I love this so much and I started tearing up when reading this. The only thing I would like to add is that it’s very important to show the things you’re struggling with (illness-wise) because although ableist people may discriminate against you, many people will still love and accept you

      • Thanks Katie. To answer in regards of your advice, I don’t struggle with any mental health problems, which is why there was no need for me to share that, otherwise it wouldn’t have been true. I was more talking in regards of just having emotions (although, if a reader suffers from mental illness this would still apply to them), and how people shouldn’t fear expressing those. I’m pretty honest about my feelings, I’ll cry in front of others, explain them with my words, or any other form of expression- I just notice that some aren’t as willing to do that. So I decided to write on it!

    • Averi!

      I love this. I agree with everything you stated above. Nowadays, especially, its really easy for us to make up our emotions or hide them behind the screen of a phone, or with a post on instagram, twitter, etc. Emotions are natural, and being sad or angry is just as important as being happy or excited. It is okay to not be okay all of the time. Emotions are good.

      Thank you for sharing(:

  • Averi and Profile picture of BobbyBobby are now friends 2 years, 7 months ago

  • Please post your results, I’m interested to see what people had to say.

  • Thank you for your feedback Sara!
    Yes, the fact is, nursing homes can be sad. But like I said, many of them have improved their living conditions. For example, I work in a care center myself, and we take them on outings for interactions outside of their living space. But, what I’m trying to communicate is that some of these individuals shouldn’t…[Read more]

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