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”

Senior Season: Entering my Last Year of High School

By Sarah Class of 2022. I looked at the sticker that had been mailed to me, celebrating my start of high school and the class that I was in. It was the fall of 2018, a few days before my first day of freshman year, and I tucked the sticker away, smiling at the factContinue reading “Senior Season: Entering my Last Year of High School”

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”

On Treadmill of Life, Rest is Simply the Best

By Sarah Stepping out of my last period, it was a warm, sunny day. The clouds had cleared to display a brilliant blue sky, proclaiming the joy of a special event: my last day of junior year. It had certainly been a tumultuous school year. About three-fifths of it had been virtual due to theContinue reading “On Treadmill of Life, Rest is Simply the Best”

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”

20 Simple Moments to Find Joy In

By Sarah When I first began writing for this blog, I explained that my personal motto was “La vie est belle,” or “Life is beautiful” in English. After taking French for nearly five years now, it seemed like a perfect way to encompass an important aspect of life for me. Oftentimes, we can only focusContinue reading “20 Simple Moments to Find Joy In”

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”

“Blend It to Mend It” Smoothie Recipe

By Sarah Making smoothies is fairly simple. You gather up your chopped frozen fruits and vegetables, add a little liquid, pour it all into the blender, and watch your smoothie appear. Just like that, everything is blended together, delicious, and perfect. So why can’t life be this easy? In the choppy, difficult part of ourContinue reading ““Blend It to Mend It” Smoothie Recipe”

What We Can Learn From Dogs

By Sarah It’s an average day in my household, still generally confined inside due to COVID-19. We focus on our work, school, and activities in our separate spaces, coming together occasionally to grab some food, say hello, or ask a question. There’s an additional constant in our routine: our dog, Georgie. He waits downstairs withContinue reading “What We Can Learn From Dogs”