Broken Boats

Waves crashing, tumbling down, buckets of raindrops spilling from the sky. Sailing out, past the horizon, in despicable weather. A tsunami-like wave, swallowing the boats whole… 20 Years Later Stepping onto the hard mattress, reaching up, pushing open the cracked, muddy window, not one foreboding feeling, just a determined look on her face. She had

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The Unknown

The sound made me tremble,  “shoo shoo.” I was rushing up the hill.  I couldn’t tell where the sound was coming from or what it was, all I knew was that I was lost.  With my broken glasses and torn backpack, I went to find shelter. So many thoughts were scrambling for attention in my

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Devastation

Shocked and utterly horrified, I stare across the vast, dying valley. Thoughts of horror and dismay torment my mind, the look of sorrow and desperation flashed across my face. I felt like a husk, as lifeless as the forest I now stand in, what was once a beautiful paradise brimming with life, now a dead,

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The survivors of the deep

The horizon hung lower than usual .There was a golden crisp colour left over from the burning sun, it was a chilly afternoon  and  two of the best known boats , ‘The survivors of the deep’ , had just pulled up from one  of their latest boat tours .Once again it had followed its name

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If Only…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr. His words ring so true given our knowledge of past history. According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, justice is “the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity.” Society generally bases its laws on what its

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Learning to Speak in the Digital Age

CAN YOU HEAR ME? It’s a silly thing isn’t it? Make your words larger, and suddenly they are more yell than whisper, sent across thousands of miles of signal and wire from one computer to another. It is a natural impulse, borne from primal grunts and updated for the digital age: if you want to

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To Understand is to Change

For one to listen, one only needs to lend an ear, but for one to understand, an open mind is essential. As Stephen R. Covey stated, most people do not listen with the intention to understand the other. In fact, most listen for the sake of being heard themselves, hence their intentions of replying. As

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Only A Single Night Shelter At Your House

Warsan Shire, a British – Somali poet in her poem ‘Home’ states that “You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”. I’m hesitating to say that I understand what the refugees are passing through. This is due to the fact that I

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Only A Single Night Shelter At Your House

Warsan Shire, a British – Somali poet in her poem ‘Home’ states that “You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”. I’m hesitating to say that I understand what the refugees are passing through. This is due to the fact that I

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Is technology good or bad?

I am going to start with a famous quote- a deep quote by Elbert Hubbard: ‘One machine can do the work of fifty men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.’ We are living in a high-tech world. Technology is constantly evolving, and in doing so it consumes us more and more.

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The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving

Autophobia – the fear of being alone. Most of us have had days where we have felt alone or isolated, including myself. It is a part of life, yet why is it a fear? When people talk about being alone, it is associated with negativity and presented as a fear for so many people. Although,

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The Right to Education

I agree that education is a right, not a privilege. Simply, a right is inherent to every single human being, while a privilege is a right only applied to a certain group of people. As young activist Malala Yousafzai once said, ‘ Every child should be given the right to learning.’ Therefore, I agree that

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Imaginary Speaking Point Earner

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey. I think it occurs most of the time that we listen so that we can say something back. It is like we reply others because being quite to us means that we don’t have any

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Epiphany

The parents where swarming into the gymnasium, like flocs of sheep. Some came together in groups, a few came alone and others as a pair. They all took their seats excited and a few even proceeded to boast of their child to anyone unlucky enough to be sitting nearby. Amid the flock came a small

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Schools Of Contemporary Interest

A school according to Merriam-Webster is an organization that provides instruction and it is a source of knowledge. Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary put forward three definitions of prison; ·         A building where criminals are forced to live as a punishment. ·         The system of keeping people in prisons. ·         A situation or relationship from which

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The Value of Education

Victor Hugo said, “He who opens a school door closes a prison.”  This simple statement resonates with depth and complexity.  Was the author simply alluding to the obvious fact that a good education opens the prison door of poverty leading to prosperity?  Did he mean that education is a gateway that offers freedom from the

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Say Yes to Education, Say No to Incarceration

“He opens a school door, closes a prison.”- Victor Hugo Albert Einstein’s quote, “Education is not learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think,” is so insightful because the world’s greatest scientist and mathematician expressed a strategic message that exemplifies the importance of obtaining information. He wanted to make sure students can

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Avoid a Crime: Educate a Mind

When Victor Hugo said, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison,” he probably meant one important thing: Ignorance is not bliss. For years, convicts have been condemned for their acts, if not for the strength of the provided pieces of evidence against them —or both. No convict has ever been seriously condemned for

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I Am You

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” –Stephen R. Covey All my life, I’ve been told I’m a good listener. From a young age, friends would seek me out for advice, to vent about their problems, to just talk. As I’ve grown older, I found that

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Is Education A Right Or A Privilege?

The fact that education might be a right or might be a privilege is a very pertinent topic I think we should talk about. This topic is really debatable due to the fact that opinions vary depending on people’s vision of the word education, some people are for the fact that education it is a

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