• Ben commented on the post, Nothing but Cold 2 years, 4 months ago

    I have never heard family love described like this but at the same time, it makes so much sense. I envision myself by a warm fireplace but I don’t feel at home until I have my family right next to me. It must be so awful that you had nothing to protect you from the cold! Just know that somewhere out there someone wants to be present and provide…[Read more]

  • For the most part, my inner voice was the same for most of my life up until the end of my sophomore year.  I grew tired of being slightly goofy while being very self-conscious so I took action and made a change.

    • Ben,
      I’m glad that you were finally able to get rid of that second voice that had been dragging you down for so long. I know that I also had a problem, but rather than getting down I would just hesitate before doing things because I was scared of what others would think of me. But as I got older, I realized that if they didn’t like me for me, then they weren’t really that close with me to begin with. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope to read more from you in the future.

  • Modeled after Sam Cornish’s “Sam’s World”

    a good friend of mine

    is such a joyful spirit so free


    has no concern

    of what in her others may see


    ignoring the social

    rules written by our


  • Ben commented on the post, Unwanted Letter 2 years, 4 months ago

    The message within this post is a phenomenal one and I think all high schoolers should see this. Under-confidence results in a very poor self-image and it is so unhealthy for anyone’s mental health. At the same time we need to make sure we don’t let this become over-confidence where we are arrogant.

  • What a great issue to write about! I think this issue is so important in our society today because depression can lead to traumatic things like suicide which devastates the whole surrounding community. The huge issue is that people are afraid to get help and they aren’t willing to go and get treatment. So this is what spurs my question – How do…[Read more]

  • This piece is extremely well written great job! I wasn’t expecting such a powerful story full of tender emotion like this. I completely agree with Vesna that the true pain can not be expressed but I sure felt betrayal from reading this. No matter how traumatic the experience, you never know how tough it can be until you are in the situation yourself.

  • Nice job! Coral reefs are another example of how most humans are naive and don’t realize their daily life is destroying the nature around them. I really hope that our race can become ore observant of what is happening around us and gain the courage to take action. I really like how you added links so the reader can further explore the topic.

  • Great job with writing this piece! GMO’s are a popular subject today and will play a key role in our future. Right now, due to the lack of scientific studies, laws and regulations seem to vary country to country like you said but I’m sure it may be subject to change. Once GMO’s have more research backing them up, I’m sure more and more people…[Read more]

  • Your argument is extremely compelling about tuition prices! I think the steep prices further spread the gap between the rich and the poor who may not be able to afford such opportunities(but there are obviously need-based scholarships too). The biggest point that I would like to add is that college is not the best option for everyone. Some…[Read more]

  • This is so great and I hope many more see this. Some parents just love blaming issues with their kids on public education when in reality, much of the blame may lie on their shoulders. The main issue is that the parents don’t even realize what their children are turning into. Giving love and care needs a balance because too much causes this…[Read more]

  • I love your point about how it is against the rules in religions to fight yet they do it anyways??? It is funny to see this because I think many read religious texts and then pick and choose what they want to believe. With this tendency, people can “justify” themselves to do anything. To sum it all up, I think religion can be good but as you…[Read more]

  • Oh, great river, how do you remain so humble?

    So great and ancient yet no ego to show
    No anger no resentment, even when covered in snow
    Present, content, happy, as the surrounding world may rumble

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