Words

I can’t speak. From applying to colleges to holding conversations, I can’t speak. From being told I can do anything I put my head to to being told to revise my head to do anything I dream of, I can’t speak. I wanted to share everyone’s voices, but now mines being told to surrender. My … More Words

Sit Outside until it Rains, and Stay when it Does

I’m going to begin by apologizing for posting, among millions of other people, about the Coronavirus. But my point in sharing this is not to scare or worry you. It’s not to point out facts or statistics of increasing cases and deaths. It’s not intended to scream negativity. Instead, let’s smile. Laugh. Enjoy this altered … More Sit Outside until it Rains, and Stay when it Does

Learn, Help, Explore

Time is fleeting. And that is why this post is short.  Soon we’ll be on Spring Break–¾ of the way done with the school year. Before we know it we’ll be leaving for college, a job, and finding our own place in the world. We’ll be figuring out “adulting” (what my generation calls it).  The … More Learn, Help, Explore

The World Around Me

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe that is true. Below I have compiled my favorite photos I have taken. They are from all different places and events, and they tell countless stories of the people, occurrences, culture, and, honestly, some just make me feel happy.

My Media Manifesto

Definition of news: …..according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “a report of recent events” ….according to the Urban Dictionary: “A TV show, in which topical, current real or fictitious events are used as the basis for made-up stories, and/or discussions.” Where we get our information from matters. In the example above, one remains unbiased, while the … More My Media Manifesto

The Power of a Smile

Recently I read an article called “Dentist who gives free smile makeovers to Brazil’s poorest proudly reveals their life-changing transformations in uplifting before and after photos” by Freya Drohan, a reporter for DailyMail.com. The article discusses a dentist that offered to give free dental work to the homeless–the results are incredible. The most eye-catching parts … More The Power of a Smile

Stromboli Part 2

We all stood surrounding the man with the french accent that was supposed to be our tour guide. He was fit and happy–not a care in the world. He helped us strap our helmets on our backpacks (I was the only one in our group with one), and fasten our boots around our ankles so … More Stromboli Part 2

Stromboli Part 1

Boom! crackle, crackle. Boom! The center of the Earth spewed out just 500 yards in front of me. The crust cracked beneath my feet leaving a roar that filled me to my core. I stood staring at the orange, red, and yellow colors swirling through the air. A tear fell down my emotionless face. I … More Stromboli Part 1