Category: Essays

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Snapshots and Elephants

Narrative by anonymous Snapshots and elephants. These two things have nothing to do with each other, under normal circumstances, but sometimes two things that don’t belong together, come together for a moment in time, only to become unrelated and separate once again. Snapshots. The memories come in snapshots, bursts of clarity and memory, like an ...

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Miguel A. Garcia: Untitled

Essay by Miguel A. Garcia The entire drive back to the park was a solemn experience. I was sniffling like a baby, trying to hide the torrential downpour of tears beneath my aviators, turning my face away, staring out of the passenger’s side window. I routinely looked at my sorry expression in the sideview mirror, ...

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Annie Hartley: The Lonely They

Short Story by Annie Hartley '15. Black polka dots appeared across the Bubbles-the-Powerpuff-Girl blue sky. We all knew what it meant. Mommy said we had exactly five minutes and seven seconds before they came. The teachers let us out of school, and we waved goodbyes before we went home. Nobody hurried, so different from my ...

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Joe Crooks: Endangered Species Given a Chance to Make a Comeback

Satire Essay by Joe Crooks PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA- The South African Parliament has passed into legislation a new law leading to the death of the last female black rhinoceros in the world. Today, promptly at 2:00, when the law took effect, legalizing the hunting of exotic animals in zoos, South African President Jacob Zuma himself ...

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Only The Good

An essay by Sy Butler, remembering a traumatic and tragic episode from elementary school. The school bell sounded, causing the players to complain, “Man, why does recess always end right when the game is just getting good?” We all trudged up the hill towards the back of the school, shoulders sagging, many bending over until ...

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Luke Kottemann: The Violin Recital

A memoir-essay by Luke Kotteman about the ups and downs of a memorable  violin recital.  I shifted in my seat. The chair was incredibly uncomfortable. The back of it had three wooden bars, each one digging into the muscles of my back. Not only did the chair make me uneasy, but this God-forsaken suit was ...

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Anna Bethke: The Ideal Prisoner

A memoir-essay by Anna Bethke written in October of 2011.  “What you have to understand, doctor, is that I am being forced to come here against my will.  I don’t think therapy will help.  I don’t even need it.  I can deal with this myself,” I mumbled sullenly. Doctor Widitz sighed and tapped his clipboard ...

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Xavier Fields: Errand Runner

  "Errand Runner" by Xavier FieldsA narrative essay by Xavier Fields, written originally for English class. The edge of the suburban landscape blurs before my eyes. The dull houses seem to merge as I press my bored face against the glass. Nothing would please me more than being back home so I can finish my ...

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Eli Shepherd: In Pursuit of Green

Eli Shepherd is an advocate for the environment and founder of Foliage Skateboards, an environmentally oriented company in the running for a big grant. Vote for him here: http://www.myentre.net/busProfile/tabid/95/Default.aspx?entry=553 With unemployment in the United States at 7.8% (Google Public Data) and environmental catastrophes occurring on a terrifyingly regular basis, largely due to climate change, we ...

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Tristan Roeder: The Most Luminous Shade of Red

I once considered myself normal, one person among the human race. I was calm, organized, standard. Woke up, went to work, came home, slept. Normal. But not since that room, not since that doorknob. Not since that ever screaming, ever leering, ever peering doorknob. I was once normal, but no longer. As part of my ...