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    A. PASSAGE:

    Desdemona

    4.3.27-35

    My mother had a maid call’d Barbara:

    She was in love, and he she loved proved mad

    And did forsake her: she had a song of ‘willow;’

    An old thing ’twas, but it express’d her

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    1 A. PASSAGE: Desdemona 4.3.27-35 My mother had a maid call'd Barbara: She was in love, and he she loved proved mad And did forsake her: she had a song of 'willow;' An old thing 'twas, but it express'd her fortune, And she died singing it: that...

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    Beth commented on the post, Bee Happy

    Chloe,
    This post made me happy! I enjoyed seeing something so positive today. I loved how you took something so simple and made it even more meaningful by explaining what happiness means to you. My favorite sentence was, “There are many synonyms, but sometimes ‘happy’ is the only way to explain something.” Everyone finds happiness in different way…Read More

  • Zach,
    This topic is something I care deeply about, and I thought you did a great job writing about it. Police brutality is a hot topic, and for good reason — “U.S. police killed at least 258 black people in 2016,” and the numbers keep climbing. Although many policemen do a great job keeping our communities safe, there is a clear group of r…Read More

  • Hi Jennifer!
    I loved your post. It was so personal and gave me an insight into your life and what makes you who you are. People put a lot of emphasis on the importance of a name, and it’s for good reason. When people talk about making a name out of yourself, they refer to the connotations your name carries based on how you represent it. Your last…Read More

  • Hi Sofia!
    In my oceanography class, we talked a lot about this issue in wake of the terrible hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. These storms and their extreme damage was unprecedented and absolutely tragic. There is a clear correlation between warmer water (warming occurring from climate change) and hurricanes: warmer water = more fuel for the…Read More

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    Beth commented on the post, In The Past

    Hi Janasia!
    I have heard a lot about the novel, “The Hate U Give,” and have been wanting to read it. Your post made me want to read it even more. One quote of yours really stuck out to me. You wrote, “Until this day I never shot any black kid or young black man. But if I did shot a black man, I would have got away with it anyways. I know this for…Read More

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    In the United States of America, even the toughest criminals have basic rights protected by our country’s Constitution. The rights of prisoners include the right to humane facilities and conditions, right to be f

    The Price of Being a Woman in Prison

    In the United States of America, even the toughest criminals have basic rights protected by our country’s Constitution. The rights of prisoners include the right to humane facilities and conditions, right to be free from sexual crimes, right to...

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    • Beth, I have to disagree with your claim that people don’t receive these rights, the US prison system mat not be first class seating but it does meet the basic rights. Thats a prisoner gets is the basic rights, they don’t get more thats why it’s prison. If you read, https://www.marketplace.org/2017/05/15/world/how-much-does-it-cost-send-someone-prison, you’ll notice that our tax money is going into our prisons and I don’t think many people are happy they’re paying to keep others locked up. The real problem, I think, we need to address is the hoe people get punished. There are so many problems with unjust punishment, and if we can fix that then we can lower the amount of those in prison, therefore lowers costs on people to help us take care of those who are justly in prison. Can’t wait to hear more from you.

    • Beth, in religion class we learned about the cruelty of the US prison system but they did not focus much on the treatment of women in prisons. its interesting to see the ways in which sexism impact lives even at the most fundamental level. I’m doing my project on drug use and I’m learning all about how unfairly the US prison system targets the poor and minority under the veil of being hard on drugs. the system results in trapping users in a cycle of repeat offenses without ever getting treatment for addiction. heres a site that details the difference between crack Vs. cocaine prison times. https://www.aclu.org/other/cracks-system-20-years-unjust-federal-crack-cocaine-law. thanks for the great post!

    • Similar to women in prison not receiving the necessary hygienic products that they need, pads and tampons, women who aren’t incarcerated also have a problem obtaining the menstrual products they need due to the luxury tax placed on them. If you read the blog posts made on, https://luxurytaxaintit.wordpress.com/, you’ll find a lot of information on why the luxury tax needs to be removed from women’ menstrual products. Here my group and I talk about how it is inhuman to make a women pay for being a women.

      In addition, similar to women who are incarcerated woman on a daily basis can not afford these products due to the tax and other expenses that they need to pay. We need to fight for the justice of woman’ hygienic needs and make sure that they are as available to women as possible.

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    Beth commented on the post, Crime in America

    Hi Simon!
    This post really interested me. After watching the Netflix documentary, “The 13th,” my eyes were opened to our corrupt criminal justice system. The American government uses ineffective punishments and has no desire to rehabilitate criminals, especially nonviolent drug offenders, like you mentioned. There is extreme inequality in our…Read More

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    Hi Hui!
    I loved your poem. It was a really unique way of expressing who you are and what makes you the person you are today. This was very personal and touched on many aspects of your life without being over the top, which I really liked. I look forward to seeing what else you write.

    Beth

  • Hey Olivia! This is a very interesting topic to me, and I think you presented both sides very well. I hadn’t thought of some of the points you had brought up, such as how they pay out of pocket for health issues. In a country with such extreme income inequality, it can be hard to justify someone making so much money, but like you said, there is a…Read More

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    Although many American systems are damaged, one that is often overlooked is the foster care system. Foster care, according to the National Adoption Center, is “a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for t

    Faces of Foster Care

    Although many American systems are damaged, one that is often overlooked is the foster care system. Foster care, according to the National Adoption Center, is “a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or...

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    • Hey Beth,
      I really liked the idea behind your post and how passionate you were about the issue. I like how you included others viewpoints as well as providing insight to your own as well as how you felt about these other peoples viewpoints. I found an article about foster care in Utah that talks about how people are able to get involved and what can be done to help.

      Foster Care

      All in all, I really liked the work you put behind your viewpoints as well as providing insight and supporting evidence towards the issue. I hope you continue writing.

    • Dear Beth,
      Really nice write up. This is an issue that is overlooked quite often, but is highly capable of leaving lasting effects on kids who get caught up in the foster care system. The quotes from others work really well to drive your point home. This is a hard problem to dissolve because of the scale and the lack of attention, however focusing on it could change so many lives.

      Here’s an article discussing the problem that highlights a campaign to rework the foster care system in America:

      A national campaign to improve foster care

      Really great post,
      Ed

    • Beth, great post! I enjoyed how you added statistics to back up your claim. I think people often overlook the foster care system because they don’t know enough information about it. They quickly look to adoption instead of fostering a child. I also liked Pamela Campbells quote when she compared the foster care system to an asthma attack- that really seemed to put it in perspective for me and other readers. I think another thing that steers people away from foster care is the fact that they are not paid actual pocket money to foster a child. It is expensive to raise a child, but it is also selfish to overlook children who need a loving home. Heres an article I found discussing the monetary aspect of foster care. https://adoption.com/how-much-do-foster-parents-get-paid

    • Beth, I really enjoyed your post. I agree that we tend to overlook the foster system and it’s ever growing numbers of family-less children. Your use of statistics to back up your claim was also well thought out but you made it seem more then just numbers, which it is, and that is important when writing about articles like this. I do wonder, though, why do you think the foster care children numbers are so high and are still increasing? I think finding a way to raise awareness is most beneficial because the more people know the more likely it is for a child to be adopted. If you read this article from the Spruce,https://www.thespruce.com/help-children-in-foster-care-27113, It gives more ways people can help lower rates in foster homes. Hope to see more from you in the future.

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    Beth commented on the post, Let Me Be There For You

    Hi Jazmym!
    Your organization sounds so amazing and thoughtful. I think having a safe place where kids can go when things just aren’t going as expected, whatever that may mean in each individual situation, is something so important that should always be available. I liked when you said you wanted people who utilize your program to think of you as…Read More

  • Hi Mary! I find this topic fascinating, yet terrifying, so I was glad to see you write about this. I think a lot of people partake in this “self-segregation” without even realizing it because they are afraid or being challenged, even though that’s what leads to growth. This is the reason why people can hardly even have a discussion without it…Read More

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    Handheld technology certainly has its pros and cons. The pros include easy communication, access to news, a platform for change, and much more. However, there are some significant cons to cell phones concerning

    How Does Cell Phone Use Affect Our Health?

    Handheld technology certainly has its pros and cons. The pros include easy communication, access to news, a platform for change, and much more. However, there are some significant cons to cell phones concerning your health. Both mentally and physically,...

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  • Hi Srihita!

    Euthanasia is a hot topic in today’s society because of how controversial it is, so I’m interested to see the results of your survey. People have very strong opinions about the practice, which makes it hard to come to a decision and create a law. However, it effects people around the world daily, and I think something needs to be…Read More

  • Hey Emma!
    This piece was so well-written. I think everybody can relate to a time of self-doubt and low confidence. Although I never kept journals, I can easily remember those times and the insecurities. I think all middle schoolers could benefit from reading this and to realize that you will grow into yourself and learn to love yourself, and that…Read More

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    Beth commented on the post, Venomous Water

    Hi Jayln! I had never even heard of the Flint Water Crisis. This is an urgent issue. I can’t believe how this is so serious (thousands of people without normal water) but barely talked about anymore. Thank you for bringing awareness to this major problem, and I hope you continue fighting for this cause because it’s extremely important. Check out…Read More

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    Annie,
    This is a beautiful post. I love how engaging and positive it is. I think everyone can relate with being self-conscious about one thing or another. It’s not always easy to accept yourself, imperfections and all, and I admire how overcoming that major obstacles in your life led you to realize your beauty. Turned lemons into lemonade! I look…Read More

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    The word “predator” is often associated with negative images, such as a big, bad animal attacking an adorable, tiny animal of prey. We may think of massive sharks, lions, tigers, or bears, who are usually des

    Yellowstone’s Wolves: Why Predators are Crucial to the Ecosystem

    The word “predator” is often associated with negative images, such as a big, bad animal attacking an adorable, tiny animal of prey. We may think of massive sharks, lions, tigers, or bears, who are usually described as something to...

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    • Beth, I was really happy to see your post. Lots of people are concerned about Bambi being dinner then how the whole ecosystem benefits. I went on search for an opposing view, and PETA did not let me down. https://www.peta.org/about-peta/why-peta/predator-reintroduction-programs/ is where they make a few good points. It’s stressful for animals to be captured, contained, and then let loose in an unfamiliar environment. They make a few not so great points about how prey animals are stressed because they are being hunted and leave it there, not exploring the greater benefit. If you ever run out of articles to write, you can do a sort of response to PETA. It’d be cool to see.

  • Hi Carter! I found your post very informative. I was unaware that the bigger problem of caffeinated beverages is the sugar, not the caffeine. I found these statements shocking: “Some Starbucks coffees contain up to 40 grams of sugar, and each can of soda you drink is packed with about 39 grams on average. That alone is your suggested daily amount…Read More

  • Hi Isa!
    I find your topic very interesting. It’s definitely something to wonder about, if animals can feel deep and complex emotions or just simple ones, and maybe even which animals are better at perceiving human emotion than others. My favorite quote was, “The four dimensions of canine personality: sociability, affection, emotional stability…Read More

  • Darrtell, I think this is a great topic! Our oceans are being contaminated with human waste, and this is extremely harmful to the marine life. I find this unacceptable, and I agree that we need to make a change. I found these two articles: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/great-pacific-garbage-patch-is-destroying-the-oceans/ and…Read More

  • Jerome, I was very intrigued by this topic because I have never heard this argument before. Personally, I’ve always felt that injured players will always be treated with the best care possible despite of their race, religion, or gender. However, I cannot speak for athletes all around the country. Do you think injury discrimination happens in all…Read More

  • I think this is a great topic. I often see posts saying “Why didn’t we learn this in school?” or “History books never taught us this” in reference to a minority in history. Many people don’t even realize they are missing out on so much of our world’s and country’s history because what we learn in school does not cover it all. It seems as though…Read More

  • Eduardo,
    I was intrigued by your post because your personal take on the issue drew me in. You told us what it’s like to be an immigrant, what it’s like to feel judged for your differences. I agree that immigration is not something to fear. My favorite part of your discussion was the conclusion: ” Something I would tell the leaders of America is…Read More

  • Trey,
    This was a great topic. It’s crazy how we all differ in what motivates us and in what we are motivated to learn about. Not only does this impact us in school, but it impacts our futures, too. I completely agree with you that we are motivated to do better in something we are interested in. People always say “follow your passions” because we…Read More

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    How would I be if I had different siblings?

    I know that siblings shape a person. Whether you are an only child, have one older sibling, three younger siblings, or are the middle child of five, the effects of

    The Power of Siblings

    How would I be if I had different siblings? I know that siblings shape a person. Whether you are an only child, have one older sibling, three younger siblings, or are the middle child of five, the effects of having...

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    • Dear Beth
      I agree with what your saying with sibling “one of the most profound effects siblings have on you is that area of conflict resolution skills, that area of relationship formation and maintenance.” Me and my 2 brothers and 1 sister are always fighting but we always love each other by the end of the day having siblings can ether make a family or break it.

      Arthadius Snaders

    • Hi Beth!! I have two younger siblings and am the oldest child and I found many connections between this article and my life. My younger sister id definitely the most adventurous of our family, but she also strives to be like me. It is quite possible I have never related to something more than the quote, “Children born second have the advantage of calmer, more experienced parents” because as the oldest child, I feel there is so much my parents don’t know. I thinl you would enjoy this article, https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-010-0618-7_3, about birth order affecting sibling competition. I look forward to what you write next because your writing is very good!

    • Hi Beth,
      I have three siblings and I think all of the points you made in your post are very applicable to my own life. As a middle child I think I can strongly identify with the “stereotypical” characteristics of a middle child. I think the quote “middle children often get the reputation of being left out… however, they benefit from the experience of having an older and a younger sibling and learning how to deal with peers of all age ranges through the differences of their siblings,” is very true. I think it is very interesting how our birth orders affect our personalities, and I really enjoy reading about it. I think if you were to expand on this topic you should research how being a twin or triplet impacts ones personality. Maybe even expand more on how being an only child impacts ones personality.
      Great Job!!!
      Tess

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