• Our podcast is about an immigrant, Marcelo Lucero being murdered by 7 teenagers in Patchogue, Long Island

  • Hello Tevy,
    I found this piece to be very inspiring especially since I am a teen. As a teen I often see many girls my age trying to fit in by being beautiful. I have also wondered if I am considered attractive or not and for a long time I would tell myself I wasn’t. After a while I started asking myself what do I think of myself and with that q…[Read more]

  • The book that I have just started reading is Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. In this book, once you turn fifteen you need to start working or else your food rations will be cut. The main character is Benny and his

    • Hi Monica,
      First of all, great post. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry sounds like a very interesting book that i would love to read. When you’re talking about what you would do in that situation I completely agree with you on how i wouldn’t want to harm/kill them just defend myself enough to escape. Great Work!

    • I am a pacifist and therefor do not condone any act of violence. But to be quite honest though, in this world where you put locks up because you are so afraid, even though the zombies cannot open even a closed door, and places like candy-land exist where a young girl will be hunted and harmed by humans for their own amusement I would commit suicide. I would have children if I needed to to help the population but I could not stand living in a world subsumed by terror because it is enjoyment and love that makes you human and how can you be human when you are so surrounded by death so much that it is literally chasing you, and every action is about survival not living?

    • I have never read this book, in fact it really isn’t the type of genre I usually read but I have to admit it sounds very interesting and I will check it out. I like how you put deep thought into this book, it shows your interest in it.

  • Lena,
    When I say that it’s a bit of both. One can be afraid of saying to much and another can be afraid of caving and I guess you could say getting stuck.

  • Dear Priscilla,
    I strongly agree with you on this topic. Many habitats of animals have been destroyed because of selfish people who only care about what they want. We treat animals very unfairly, the way we don’t appreciate the food that is given to us by them, and the way we use them as test subjects for perfume and other things. I remember w…[Read more]

  • I have just finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore and it has blown my mind. Throughout the book, Katsa is trying to overcome the fear of herself. She is afraid of accidentally hurting someone without meaning to do

    • Hello Monica,
      I agree with your last statement that people shouldn’t keep it to themselves and that they should tell someone. They need to tell someone because if you don’t it could eat away at you. I also agree with you that in our world people are judgmental. I don’t think it is because we want to be judgmental the sad fact is that the human race is judgmental. We compare them to ourselves to see where we stack up and if they aren’t like us then we quickly start judging them. Some people out there judge just to judge and to hurt people, but the majority of people that judge subconsciously will put those aside and look at you for who you truly are. When you are talking about how people are scared of themselves do you mean that they are scared of giving in and telling someone? Or are you saying they are scared of trusting someone?

    • I think that people are afraid of frailer. They see themselves as less than perfect and they are always trying to be perfect. When they see that they are not perfect, then they are afraid of themselves and they believe that they are the problem.

    • Hello Monica,
      I think you have brought up some very important topics in the piece. I agree, I think that it would be very beneficial for people to be able to open up and share how they are feeling and/or what they are struggling with. I think that keeping everything bottled up inside can weigh on a person, so in my opinion admitting you need some help or someone to talk to should be looked at in a positive way, not in such a demeaning and judgmental way. That is just my opinion on the matter, take it for whatever you think it is worth.
      Rylan Rawson

    • Hi Monica,
      I think you have addressed a lot of important issues in your questioning of how mental health is handled in society today. You are right–a lot of the time, people do not handle mental disorders very well, because they fear the unknown. You can look at a lot of different issues in America right now, along with other parts of the world, and see that in general, people fear what they don’t understand. However, we can end this misunderstanding with one person at a time. Be there for someone, and then they will have the ability to be more comfortable in their own skin. Depression, Bipolar Disorder and other mental issues are prominent in our society, and it is silly to ignore them. We need to use this to build a better national and global community. And this can start with you.

    • Lena,
      When I say that it’s a bit of both. One can be afraid of saying to much and another can be afraid of caving and I guess you could say getting stuck.

    • Hi Monica!
      This book sounds very interesting! The theme you are describing in the book seems so familiar to me- because it is unfortunately very common in media today. I think your opinion on how mental illness is handles in society is spot on- people treat you differently or become afraid of you when you tell them about your problems. This definitely leads to a fear of self- the question is, how can we overcome this? While i definitely do not have all the answers, my best bet is continuing to be open about your problems. For every couple people who turn away, there are many more who will offer you a hand and lift you up.

    • Dear Monica,

      I found your post quite interesting. I totally agree that this is an issue in today’s society. People tend to push others away because they feel like once people realize who they really are they go away. No one wants to be alone so they pretend to be someone they aren’t. People should be able to be themselves and be accepted. They need to know it’s okay to be different but others also need to understand that people will be different and that’s okay. I’m looking foward to see what you write about next Monica. Good job keep posting.

    • Everyone is afraid of something other then themselves, but I feel like at the same time everyone is afraid of themselves. This was really interesting to read and made me think a lot about what I am afraid of!

    • i feel like people are afraid of an image. With holding that image in fear of non acceptance or being within the realm of comparison.

    • This book sounds very good.The theme you are portraying in the book seems so relatable to me- because in my everyday life, you see people who bottle up their feelings, and not tell anyone how there feeling, as this leads to you maybe feeling depressed and yea… I think your opinion on how mental illness is handles in society is spot on- people treat you differently or become afraid of you when you tell them about your problems.

    • I find this interesting since this is a huge problem that is bigger than people think. In most cases, fear and depression is not a important issue until someone takes it into their own hands to end the pain permanently along with their life, and the news makes a story out of it. Then its back to normal like its not serious enough to invest time and money to help people. In my experience depression and fear of showing it almost always starts in the adolescent years of people and most the time never gets dealt with or resolved, which in fact is not the person with the problems fault since the problem is that they are afraid to deal with it. This is why people shouldn’t act like it’s not real because that’s exactly what causes the problem to get worse. No one wants to be in pain or invoke it to anyone else, but if we cold talk about it more maybe more people would understand that.

    • I like what you put for your post it was very interesting and i like how you connected the real world in explaining your book.

    • Dear Monica,
      I am intrigued by your post because many people suffer from low self-esteem due to fear of doing more harm to others than to themselves. Another reason, is the being afraid of losing someone as like a friend by saying or doing the wrong thing. Some people can lash out of anger and try to block out everyone. One thing you said that stands out for me is “people who suffer depression and bipolar won’t usually say they have anything wrong with them because they don’t want to scare people away.” I think this is sad because many people can get really bad depression. I’ve heard about people that suffer from bipolar take medication to help with their emotions. Your post reminds me of something that happened that happened to me. I didn’t suffer from bipolar and didn’t have bad depression but, when my parents separated it was a little hard for me to concentrate on school and i didn’t really feel like sharing my emotions to anyone because like as you said your character “Katsa” didn’t trust very easily because she wanted to show everyone she was strong. Even though i didn’t want to talk to anyone about it, i ended telling my friend how i felt and after i was done it felt really good to get it off my chest. I don’t think people should judge others because they never know what could be going on at home or in or out of school. Thank you for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because if feel you may have helped someone going through a really bad time with trust or suffering from depression or bipolar. Even if they don’t suffer from these things they might have got a different perspective of judging other people before getting to know them.


    • I love reading, and the fact that you liked this book so much it sparked your mind to write about it, means it is a good book. I also often write about books I have just read because they were great books. This sounds like a book I should read

  • Monica commented on the post, Impulse 3 years, 8 months ago

    I agree with you that you shouldn’t end your life. However, this is something that has affected many people and it isn’t easy to get rid of such negative thoughts.

  • The book that I am currently reading is Graceling by Kristin Cashore. In this book, some people are born with a Grace, which is like a special skill. You will know that you are Graced because your eyes will be two

    • Dear Monica,
      I am interested in your post because you show how your book connects to the real world. One thing you said that stands out to me is “I hope that people start realizing that they shouldn’t just right away judge someone because of their stereotypes.” I think this is interesting because that is exactly what people are doing everywhere. I believe that we shouldn’t judge people just because they are different. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Monica,
      I am really interested in the book you are currently reading. I and intrigued on how they have a special gift and how the main character’s grace is to kill. I would want to know what happens next with her uncle that is trying to make her kill.

  • Lena,
    I believe that global warming is real and we do have a huge issue on this. However, whether or not it is real I feel like air pollution is a huge issue as well. Our next President should have ideas on decreasing the amount of pollution that is being released into the air destroying our atmosphere.

  • In I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, there are twins-Jude and Noah-that used to be super close but sadly some things happen that start to ruin their relationship. Jude tells the later years, while Noah t

    • Dear Monica,
      I believe that your statement about siblings not talking to each other is very true. My sister and I don’t talk as much as we use too anymore. This is because technology is taking over our lives and we are relying on it for our social lives as well. Also, I believe that us as siblings don’t appreciate each other as much. Most of all, I thought your statement was very unique and a very good topic to come across. But, I don’t agree that families stop talking to each other as much because they are jealous; I think it is mostly because of social media.

    • I agree with this and can relate to this. I also have an older brother and I have noticed that as we have grown older we are not as close as we used to be, which is disappointing. As siblings I hope that we can rekindle our past relationship in this future. I also wish the same for you and your siblings.

    • Dear Monica,
      I agree with you and can relate on how siblings don’t speak. I have 2 younger brothers. The youngest I have a very great connection with and we get along so well. My other; we always clash, we are both 2 different people so it can be very frustrating, and I come to point at times that it would be okay not to speak to him. But hopefully as we grow up we grow closer together and not further apart.

  • I like the fact that you posted about handwriting. I’m very grateful for this because I, for one, have terrible handwriting. It’s so interesting that you’re supposed to use your whole shoulder and I’m pretty sure many people didn’t know that either. I’m glad you brought up the topic since I’ve always wanted to improve my handwriting. I will use th…[Read more]

  • In this book, the moon is in the center of it all. Here on “Luna” the people have the power to manipulate people or to brainwash them. So, you could envision yourself as the most beautiful girl or the most han

    • This book sounDS crazy yo! kINDA scary though I don’t think I’d enjoy living in that type of world but who knows

  • Dear Seth,
    I am interested on your post because racism is a huge deal in our society and I’m sure that not a lot of people know why it happens or even how it started. I never realized that there are two d

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