March 9, 2020

I hope you fall in love with life. With living. The little sweet candies in stores that you can pop right into your mouth. The little rivers that you dip your feet into. The spray of the ocean as you ride the waves, the wind on your neck during a hike, the embrace of s...

March 1, 2020

Step 1: Get plenty of sleep. Research shows that teens between the ages of 14 and 17 need 8-10 hours of sleep. 

Step 2: Go out and enjoy nature. Sunlight is said to put you in a better mood and give an instant burst of energy. 

Step 3: Do hobbies that you enjoy. 

Step 4:...

February 18, 2020

Dear Middle School Self, 

       Don’t worry about what other people think. Don’t judge yourself because you feel like other people are judging you. Don’t waste your time with friends who put you down. And most importantly be yourself, find yourself, and...

December 25, 2018

It is Christmas Eve, little kids are running around, trying to make themselves tired so that they sleep through the night. Everyone prepares for Santa's arrival. "Put the cookies on the fireplace, Did you pour the milk?  Don't forget a carrot for Rudolf! Where is Santa...

September 21, 2018

He had curious brown eyes, chubby cheeks, and dark hair. He was probably about seven or eight years old. I will call this boy Nate. This little boy changed my outlook on life today.  He did not intend to, of course, but he did in the best of ways.

Nate is autistic--or...

August 22, 2018

By: Student Board Member, Ashlynn 

Sometimes things happen that we can’t understand. There are circumstances that we wish we never had to go through. For me, it was losing a good friend to suicide. I was confused and angry and upset about why he would do this. I had spe...

July 22, 2018

I recently attended the Desperation Student Conference and heard a speaker talk about how fear, depression, and anxiety will always ask the question: “What if?”

“What if these people don’t like me?”

“What if I don’t fit in?”

“What if I can’t survive?”

Then this speaker wen...

May 28, 2018

I grew up with bed time stories. Did you? As a little girl, I loved the pictures. The way the colors were mixed to perfection, in order to build an image that told the story-- even without words. As I grew older I fell in love with the sound of the pages whispering as...

May 21, 2018

‘Because there is an angel in that rock that wants to come out.’” What a remarkable mixture of the greatest blessing and responsibility, is the task of parenting. No one is served by a human being who trudges through their life in pursuit of “the best” when “the best”...

April 4, 2018

How do you fight a war against yourself, and live to tell the tale??? 

How can someone fight a war by themselves? 

The war against my mind started with a loneliness that cannot be explained nor described.  A desire for someone, anyone to hold me, and tell me it woul...

February 5, 2018

It was 1996 when the book It Takes a Village was released. I was 20 years old, about to be pregnant with my first child who (obviously) was about to be born to perfect parents who did not need the assistance of anyone else. Perhaps it’s true that the longer you live th...

January 11, 2018

All your life you spend searching and seeking, whether that’s for a significant other, that one career, that adrenaline high of your life’s adventure, whatever it is, we all spend our lives searching and seeking. I find myself nowadays seeking the next thrill of the da...

December 18, 2017

It was homecoming 2017, I was so happy--  healthy.  Finally, after years of constant struggles, my life was not overcome by darkness; I was sitting with new friends watching a football game, the next night was the homecoming dance and everything was perfect.  I was a n...

October 27, 2017

The day I took this picture, October 27 2016, was the day I decided I wanted to stop cutting.  The uncontrollable losses I'd gone through, finally seemed to be mending themselves.  I thought my battle with depression was finally over.  I walked along that path, my last...

October 7, 2017

Watercolor is a beautiful form of art, I have to admit I am not very good at it, but I love watching the paint run down the page like raindrops. I love the way the colors accidentally blend and create another color.  I love how salt repels the water and creates an all...

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