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Opinions: Politically Correct?: My blood thirst for patriotism

The ribbons we wore to honor the victims of 9/11 when I was in first grade.
April 24, 2013

In seventh grade I decided not to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Mr. Mark McHale's first hour band class at Wildwood Middle School. I don't know what exactly possessed me that morning, it might have been...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Missiles and kindergarten

A five-year-old Casey Walker enjoys the sunshine outside with no thoughts of missiles.
April 10, 2013

In kindergarten, I trusted that my sister would meet me after my class was dismissed and walk me down to Adventure Club, our after-school daycare. She was always there. I never had to sit alone and wait. In...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: The importance of being a fangirl

Opinions: Politically Correct?: The importance of being a fangirl
March 27, 2013

When my older sister was 13 she became obsessed; Kristin and her friend watched "Pirates of the Carribean" for the first time when it came out in 2003 and fell in love with a very young, English pirate......

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Driving Mr. Dante

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Driving Mr. Dante
March 6, 2013

I figured something out. My brain has a capacity to work much harder and much more violently. I just figured out this secret this year and ever since then my inspiration and ideas have heightened tenfold...

Opinions: Politcally Correct? Weird days, weird phase

Me in my new adult home, the city of Chicago.
February 19, 2013

Editor prepares for life beyond high school. There is a phrase that rattles the rickety bridge that connects between the time capsule of life so far--my room--nestled in the comforts of my parents'...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: YOLO…?

February 8, 2013

The phrase “YOLO” (you only live once) seems to be fizzing out. Even though the weird kiosks in the mall still sell neon shirts with YOLO in printed in black, I don't hear anyone using YOLO as justification...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Adventures in introversion

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Adventures in introversion
February 1, 2013

Every day when I arrive home from school I take a fat, quite nap. I rush up to my room barely saying “hi” to my parents and my four cats before I pass out. There is no time for “How was your day?”...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Has Phil gone mod?

January 11, 2013

In the late 60’s, the term “mod” was short for the term modern and referred to the style of dress that mirrored the British beat style of popular bands like The Kinks and The Who. My family shares...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: “It’s Alright Ma'”

December 20, 2012

On Friday afternoon I tried to ignore the horrible news that I had read on Twitter though the Huffington Post. I went through my sixth hour Creative Writing class in vain. All that I read was that 18 elementary...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Paper and pixels

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Paper and pixels
December 20, 2012

Since I can remember I’ve kept journals, from small notebooks filled with pink paper and Hello Kitty to the black leather Moleskin I own now. In 4th grade, my pink pages consisted of things I deemed...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Childhood misconceptions

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Childhood misconceptions
December 6, 2012

Last Saturday while watching House Hunters International with my mom at 1:30 a.m. I had an epiphany. A commercial played for Flintstones Gummy Vitamins. For the first time ever I actually looked at...

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Searching for the “thanks” in Thanksgiving

Opinions: Politically Correct?: Searching for the
November 19, 2012

If I went around asking people why we celebrate Thanksgiving, I would get responses like "I think it has to do with the pilgrams and Indians" and "it's just to give thanks." The lines are blurred....

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