I hear my voice, even now, as I type out these words, formulated only a moment ago in my mind. I hear it in my thoughts, just before it sounds again when I speak. In many ways, I’ve never noticed a change. Just l
This is beautifully written. I love how you took a simple topic and applied values of poetry to make it unique and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and was captivated the whole time while reading it. I loved this piece and I especially loved how you said “My voice no longer follows and chases the voices of others trying to replicate them. It does not continually question itself before deciding to speak, wondering how it will be received. It is ever-changing, my connection to the world around me. At times it will falter, it will misstep, just as it always has.”. I think this shows growth, maturation, and confidence. Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more from you.
this is such a beautiful piece that you have written. I was able to resonate with it very well, and I agreed with many of your points and statements. Your writing portrays a very wise, educated, and eloquent voice, and I have every reason to believe that that is a perfect reflection of yourself. Well done, I loved reading this!
As someone who grew up with a dogwood tree in my backyard, I can absolutely appreciate your poem! I especially like your use of the word “dainty” as it is very fitting for dogwoods. This is a very nice piece!
I commend you for tackling this topic, especially as it is one that is so widely-discussed and controversial in our country. As a citizen who can only offer my take, I, of course, cannot suggest an all-encompassing solution to such a complex problem, yet I think it’s important for our generation to continue discussing it. First of all, it…[Read more]
I think you do a nice job here of exploring the ethical and economic issues involved with multi-level marketing, with substantial evidence to back up your claims. My question to you is, what should be done about these corporations who operate either with a “pyramidesque” platform, or simply blatantly use a pyramid scheme to recruit…[Read more]
That’s an amazing poem, Paul. I like how you have a deep insight to what you feel and how everyone has their own thought, making us different. I thought that examples of how things we perceive different were crucial, where they seem so rudimentary but it evokes complexity of thought as well as vast differences. Nice job.
I think you raise thoughtful questions on the perceptions and implications of love, and how love can be a relative concept with a multitude of different effects. I would question, however, the comparison between “love” in a personal relationship and “love” of money. While “love” may serve many purposes as a word, I think there is little overlap…[Read more]
Author Note: This paper is intended to provide a concise yet thorough overview of the cause and effects of climate change and what steps we should be taking now to address the issue. This paper, written to i
After reading articles about climate change, I think that I can situate most of the information found in my sources into two general categories: addressing the issue from a scientific perspective or from a
I think you do a really good job of providing an in-depth analysis of autonomous cars, and I agree, the safety benefits seem to hint that they are the future of transportation. You mention several of the statistical benefits of autonomous driving, but you also highlight the “anxiety factor.” In your opinion, what steps would have to be…[Read more]
Climate change has become a “hot topic” in the scientific and political community, but it remains a complicated subject that many do not explore fully before formulating an opinion. With news sources that inc
I liked your post, Paul. I agree that climate change is a big issue, but there isn’t enough data or research being conducted to portray the image of climate change. I also concur that there are immense amounts of simplification of such an intricate topic. Climate change may be a broad and complex issue, but to every problem, there is a cause, and most people point to greenhouse gases. I feel that humans aren’t doing enough to fix it. I like how you raised awareness about the issue. Keep it up.
I respect your choice to analyze such an in-depth and controversial topic and think you do an excellent job of evaluating both sides of the dilemma. I agree with you, that people should have the right to determine their own course of life and how to proceed in cases such as being faced with a terminal, often painful, illness. As…[Read more]
I am impressed by how thorough your argument is; it shows a significant amount of in-depth research and reading about the subject of Dark Matter. I think you are absolutely right that modern physics, which has only become significant in the relatively recent past (last 60 years) has revolutionized our approach to modern physics and…[Read more]
For years, we have expanded our technological advances within our own atmosphere and beyond it. Now, it is time to analyze the atmosphere itself. The accelerated rate of air pollution, rising sea levels and
We are constantly surrounded by contact. Thoughts, people, sounds, smells, and emotions all descend toward each other in the culmination of ideas and expressions that make up life. Sometimes, these connections
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