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Going 20 in a 30 Zone: How I Failed my Driver’s Test (and Learned a Great Deal)

By Sarah “Listen, I would like to be able to pass you,” said the worn-out DMV employee, scribbling on her clipboard. “But you went ten miles per hour under the speed limit. Automatic failure. You didn’t pass.” She stepped out of my car, leaving me with the crushing blow of a failed driver’s test. IContinue reading “Going 20 in a 30 Zone: How I Failed my Driver’s Test (and Learned a Great Deal)”

Carry On With Compassion: Learning from the Amish Perspective

By Sarah The date was October 2nd, 2006. West Nickel Mines Amish school, a one-room schoolhouse in an Amish community in Pennsylvania, was alive with activity as students filled its interior. At first glance, it was an ordinary Monday, characterized by schooling in reading, writing, and arithmetic. At 10 in the morning, the unthinkable occurred.Continue reading “Carry On With Compassion: Learning from the Amish Perspective”

The Butterfly Effect

By Sarah The butterfly effect: the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. Yes, that sounded complicated. In simple terms, the butterfly effect, derived from the work of mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz, is theContinue reading “The Butterfly Effect”

A Planet in Need

By Sarah It was the first semester of eighth grade. Grabbing my backpack and stepping outside of my English classroom, I was met with an unusual smell. The scent of thick, burning smoke was wafting through the air, watering my eyes and instigating a coughing fit. It had happened somewhat suddenly — I hadn’t evenContinue reading “A Planet in Need”

3 Ingredient Pancakes

By Anna Whenever I see recipes online that claim to have only 3 or 4 ingredients, I tend to be dubious. How could something truly be that simple? I picture it similar to a final project in school, where the teacher claims it is only 3 steps but truthfully there’s a million more add onsContinue reading “3 Ingredient Pancakes”

Road Trip Must-Dos

By Anna Last summer, our family took a road trip across America to drop our brother off at college. It was a great way to send our brother off — we spent lots of time together since the road trip was about two weeks! Although I’m someone who tends to get carsick ten minutes intoContinue reading “Road Trip Must-Dos”

Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

By Sarah Recently, my family gathered in celebration of my grandfather’s birthday. Due to the pandemic and the fact that many of us are spread across the country, we decided to “meet” over Zoom for this celebration.  My grandfather’s side of the family is somewhat large, especially by today’s standards. He grew up with fourContinue reading “Pesto Gnocchi Recipe”

Spring Into Action

By Sarah On March 20th,  winter came to a close. It was the first day of spring, characterized by sunny skies, a breezy wind, and pleasant weather in my town. I looked out the window and felt a mixture of emotions. Not only had this year been speeding through surprisingly quickly, but spring was alwaysContinue reading “Spring Into Action”

Our Quarantine Puppy

By Anna Only about a day into quarantine, we had our eyes set on an adorable puppy who was up for adoption, “Georgie.” The last couple days had been horrible – school was canceled, sports abruptly ended, and we weren’t able to see our friends. The only silver lining in sight was the prospect ofContinue reading “Our Quarantine Puppy”


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