Inspiration from Teen Writers

News outlets this time of year round up inspiring profiles of high school and college graduates or snippets from commencement speeches at leading institutions. Even though I left college nearly three decades ago, I can’t help but think that I had just recently worn a cap and gown. I look in the mirror and see

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Our Favorite Things

Many people have a favorite object that carries some special meaning, elicits a memory of a loved one or evokes an important moment or event. Perhaps they keep it protected on a shelf, hidden in a private drawer, or use it daily. Like a rabbit foot well protected yet worn from frequent rubbings for good

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Final Conversations

My parents never taught me how to cope with death. It was clearly a taboo topic in our household. Someone died and the adults may or may not have told us kids, and our parents never brought us to a funeral. That wasn’t the place for children, I once overheard dad say. I even remember

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The Inside Out of Memories

I never really thought of my emotions as characters inside my head before. Sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it? Yet Pixar’s latest movie “Inside Out” provides a nearly perfect characterization of the role of emotions in our lives, as well as how those emotions color our memories —memories that are tucked away in various corners

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