• Sara,
    I really liked what you had to say about immigration because it is true. I see what immigrants have to go through, and I don’t think I could ever understand because I was born here, but I can empathize, which is something we should all do. My grandma and father were immigrants, and I have seen their hard work and determination to work to…[Read more]

  • Bella,
    I addressed something similar to your idea in my post as well. It is becoming extremely devastating and frustrating to see kids become addicted. I have seen it firsthand with some of my cousins, who have been so addicted to video games and technology that they can’t separate from it, or else they can’t sleep at night. It is truly…[Read more]

  • Technology is at the forefront of today’s society and is pervasive in everyday life. However, there are many negative ways that this invasive technology can affect the way we communicate in our relationships with

    • Hi Sophie I loved your post and how you said “face-to-face interactions are less desirable than social media or texting”, I would agree. Today many young people do not know how to make eye contact and from my mom (who’s my source in this post) says “I’ve noticed that with many young applicants who want an internship with me, alot of them struggle with maintaining eye-contact and knowing proper social skills.” And, so I would agree a conversation on the phone is two-people hiding behind screens and body language is thrown out, making it a different type of conversation as you will, than having a face-to-face conversation.

    • Hello Sophie, I really agree with the interference of work life and home life because of technology. Instead of people to go home and rest for the day, they still are pushed to do more work because of technology. I also agree with the dating topic. Sometimes now these days instead of meeting face to face, people like to sit in front of a computer or phone screen, and talk to someone online that they find attractive which is kind of sad.

  • Sophie commented on the post, Dirty Lobby 1 month ago

    Great essay! It is really informative and interesting; I had no idea about the act that opened up this topic. Your diction and writing is really professional and sophisticated which makes this easier to read. I agree with everything touched upon in this essay, especially about the lobbyists. I would love a follow up or a deeper…[Read more]

  • Zoe,
    I love this post so much because I can relate to it a lot. I want to be a jazz singer and maybe gig and tour for a career when I am older, but all anyone seems to care about when I tell them what I wanna do is how much money I will make. Sure, having money can take away the stress of financial instability, but having a passion and pursuing it…[Read more]

  • There is a rise in immigration into the United States, and there has been in years’ past. With Trump’s insistent “Build the Wall” slogan, I question whether immigration of any kind is not welcome, or only if it is

    • Sophie,
      You make some great points about immigration and people working hard to achieve everything they want to in life. I however disagree with some of your statements about other disenfranchised americans and their status and how they “sit on their butts all day.” I see this as clumping all people into one group which is something that Trump does to immigrants. It overshadows your amazing points about the tax system in america which is unfair to immigrants.
      http://theweek.com/articles/449215/does-welfare-make-people-lazy this article does a great job of looking at the welfare systems and their advantages.
      Thanks, Simon

  • Lindsay,
    I found this post really interesting, because I never really thought about the topic of human connection being something that our happiness depends on. I believe that humans and all animals need communication with others to survive, and it is rooted in us at a young age. By being close to our mothers ever since we are born, we learn to…[Read more]

  • I totally agree with your argument. There is no reason that people should be angry that people are kneeling as a form of peaceful protest. My biggest issue is that the people who get riled up about this, including Trump, did not get as riled up about the Neo-Nazi riots in Charlottesville. This shows how deep-rooted racism is in this country. I…[Read more]

  • The debate about whether or not animals have souls has been around for as long as philosophers and theologians can remember. It is a question rooted deeply in religious ideals and values, and with a new age of

    • Sophie, I thought this was a very compelling post. I really enjoyed how you addressed both sides of this topic giving explanations for both points of view. I think we can all appreciate this topic, because many of us have pets that we would consider a part of our family. I know that coming home and having my dog greet me is one of the best parts of my day, and I know that my family considers our dog to be an essential part of our life, so, I have also thought about this a lot. I thought this was an interesting topic to research and post about, it definitely made me think.

    • I’ve always wounder if animals had soul but I never came to a conclusion or an answer to that inquiry. I came with my own conclusion that every being had a soul and everything that could breath, so animals for me had a soul. I concluded that based on many personal analysis with different animals. Reading this gave me more information to compare my own knowledge. Why I say animals have soul is based on how they behave, some behave mostly like humans and if humans had soul then why not them? I loved reading this, and the more i read it the more i question myself.

    • Sophie, I love how you defended your argument because you used facts,statistics,and true stories to defend what you were arguing. I like how you also brought religion into it and with me being a religious person I do believe that all things are made with a soul and have feelings. I like how you said “Our souls are rational, theirs aren’t, and ours are rational because they’re spiritual, not material.” this stood out to me because it made a very strong point between the difference of the human soul and the animal soul.

    • This post to me was very interesting, because I have had always thought to myself if animals really did have souls but in reality they are living things that eat,sleep,drink, and do other things like what a human does. But honestly I do not think plants have souls for many reasons.
      One thing that had really stood out to me was when “The soul is the principle of life. Since animals and plants are living things, they have souls, but not in the sense in which human beings have souls. Our souls are rational, theirs aren’t, and ours are rational because they’re spiritual, not material.”but I still disagree the part of the plants because I personally do not think they have souls like humans and animals.But this post had shared lots of information to me and opened my mind a little more about this question do animals really have souls?

    • I am interested in your post because I think that animals do have souls as well. They understand when people are sad or they are mad. I feel like if they didn’t have a soul they wouldn’t be able to comprehend was is going on.
      One thing that stands out for me is “For months, whenever I would find myself crying, clutching my belly, Gracie would rush over to me, rest her head on my lap and look up at me with kind eyes that understood. She definitely had a soul which spoke to mine, and I would get down on the floor with her and hold her, the warmth of her furry body calming me down.” I think is is so intelligent because the dog was so smart because they have a wise soul.

  • Kavi, this is a great topic to expand more on. In my personal experience with the issue, I have had to debate both sides in detail in different classes. I agree with the side that there should be gun control, and my reasoning is because there is a lot of accidental injuries and killings of innocent lives, and many suicides that could have been…[Read more]

  • Cami, I enjoyed reading this continuation of research on the topic of Arts in schools. I do think that having the arts is important in school because it helps kids to have a creative outlet. Kids need to be creative, and use creativity in order to grow and thrive. It has been proven that kids learn better in their core classes when being creative…[Read more]

  • Breyner, I like the statistics and the passion in your article. It is interesting when you said “It talked about  that  Immigrants represent a large part of the East Oakland population which is 17 percent. Thirty five  of the population in the East Oakland have a least one parent immigrant 79 percent of whom are US citizens. Most of the im…[Read more]

  • Montana, I like the statistics and facts you put into this article. I wish the article was a little bit longer and more detailed. If you expand on this, I would like to know the long-term affects of technology on our body and brain. Also, I would like to hear more about how it affects mental health: can it cause depression? anxiety? any other…[Read more]

  • Javier, I really like this article because it connects poverty to crime rate, something that most people forget can cause increasing crime rates. “The results showed that seventy-two percent were in poverty and most of the young teens were dropouts and two-thirds were poor.This reveals how poverty and inadequate resources lead to crime”. I have…[Read more]

  • Love has been a debated topic since the beginning of time. What is love? Where does it come from? How do you know what true love is? Is love a feeling or a choice? Is love real?

    Love is simply a human virtue that

    • Dear Sophie
      I am interested in your post because I am always asking myself what love is. I know that you didn’t really go into much detail but it was enough information to want to know more. One thing that stands out to me is “In the Greek language, there are seven different words for seven different types of love:” I think that is interesting because I never knew there were so man different meanings for the word love. What inspired you to want to write about love.
      Jaliaya Thomas

    • Dear Sophie
      Your post really stood out to me because I believe love is such an important thing in life. Love from family, love from friends, love from a partner, but most importantly love for yourself. I was fascinated by the fact that you brought up the different types of love and how the brain connects to love and the 3 different parts of the brain that it is broken up into. I agree with the statement that love is a feeling and a choice. Feeling love for someone is something that just happens but pursuing love is a choice. You can separate yourself from someone and remove the love and that is a choice. This article was very eye-catching.
      Ivy Slatten

    • Dear Sophie,

      I found your writing intriguing because love even in a chemical reaction is fascinating. Even how it can be more than just simply, a chemical reaction. A way to find someone who feels the same way as you. The feeling of “romantic love” to find a partner. What else stands out to me is how many ways there are to say love in different ways through Greek. That is what most intrigued me.

      James Hawkins

    • Dear Sophie
      I was very intrigued by your post because I feel like love is very subjective and is more based on the type of person you are. I can personally relate to the fact that people perceive love differently and I’d ask the same question that you did, and this really interested me and stood out in my opinion was how you ended with the question, “How do you define love?” This question really picks at a persons true emotions and thoughts and really shows how a person could change based on there opinions of you. I’m excited to see what you come up with next.
      Brandon Rangingisan

    • Dear Sophie,
      I found your post to be very interesting because I have always debated with others over If love is real or not. I agree with you that “love is used and abused for the expression of different sets of feelings” I feel as though many people don’t actually know if they love someone or not but they say it anyway because they have lust for that person. I also feel as though after a while that love just fades away into nothing.Overall, I enjoyed reading your post!
      ~Taylor Snoddy

    • Dear Sophie
      I am interested in your post because many people ask what is love. you don’t go to deep in to detail but I see that there is enough information here to want people to want more that will make them want to go out and look for more of what the word means and we all have a different mean of it .

      Arthadius Sanders

    • Sophie your post was interesting. It’s weird how you broke love down into more of a science. I myself see love as something with no explanation, we all feel love differently. You can’t explain what you feel but you know it’s there, and I personally disagree with your idea about how love is a choice. You don’t get to choose who you fall for and I have learned that the hard way.

    • Dear Sophie,
      I am satisfied with with your post because you were very clear and specific about what love actually is and how many different ways to love there is. One thing you said that stood out to me was when Sophie said, “Helen Fisher of Rutgers University in the States has proposed 3 stages of love – lust, attraction and attachment..” I think this is very interesting but it can be confusing to other because of what each of these stages of love really mean. Your post reminds me of my life personally because love is very important to me and the way that I love others around me like my friends and family. Thank you for sharing your post.

      Samantha Lamas

    • Dear Sophie
      i am satisfied with your post because you really hit the key points of defining love. you didn’t go into deep detail but, you even gave us information no the brain which was pretty cool. thanks for sharing you post with us

    • your post interests me because the way you talked about your subject you used interesting information but didn’t go in to too much detail yet i still wanted to keep reading the post

    • Sophie, I really like the topic that you chose and how you explored the different ways that we approach using the word love or how we feel about that word. I do agree with you that love is a choice and feeling because we do have the choice to love something or not to. This was a nice article.

    • I agree with your post “love” is hard to find and hard to figure out what love is or what love means Great post!

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