Proclamation of self-government

When the time comes to omit the presence of social norms and stigmas in oneself brought upon by society, it is necessary for one to commit their being to the morals and principles they found within themselves by being subjected to the morals and principles forced upon them by society …

Good morning!

The halls of a crowded high school are often intimidating. I walked through hundreds of lost people, some jocks, geeks, or just shadows, feeling more alone than ever. Each person had their club and place in this building, and with them, I suppose we felt more comforted in our awkward …

Dealing with grief

As the US presidential election campaigning season was coming to a close, I heard on the news that it would take “a miracle” for Donald J. Trump to win the election and become President of the United States. I voted on Election Day, feeling like my action as an American …

My paper trail

When I was in junior high, I was envious of a friend of mine who was a good writer in English class. This friend was envious of my ability to sing. Since then, I have always strived to become a good writer. If someone criticized me for not producing good …

Now boarding…

On a flight to Sydney on New Year’s Eve 2015, anxiously awaiting take-off, I found myself sitting next to a scruffy, nattering man who reeked of bourbon. As distracting as his boisterous chatter was, my mind wandered to other things. Surreptitiously, I reached for my phone and texted furiously, “I’m …