Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I have been sickened by the places the human mind can go when it's allowed to.
Tuesday, January 8
My dad had to sit with me every night for a solid month. If those lights went out, I was terrified! No amount of rational or sane thought would drive out the images clawing through my little brain. I knew, I mean I just knew that if I went to sleep that he would get me. And when I say he… there’s only one person I could be talking about: Freddy Krueger! Oh he paralyzed me with fear. I was about 10 the first time I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street. The only problem was that I wasn’t allowed to see movies like that. And now I’m having horrific nightmares about him? Even at that young of an age I knew that this equation didn’t quite add up. So I told my parents that the huge cardboard cutout of Freddy at the local movie store was the culprit…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
We can either allow them to hold us back or we can use them as momentum to follow our dreams.
Wednesday, January 2
2012 was a bad good year. There were many things that happened that I loved and just as many that I hated. The things I hated were mostly of a national aspect but a few were personal, such as: Some on my list were humorous blips on our cultural map and others were game changers. Newtown shocked us to our core and started a spirited debate on how we move on. The word rape coming up way too many times by men that have no idea when to shut up, changed entire political races in our country. A reality family that should be reported was instead given a TV show and blew up the ratings. The ever-growing fiscal cliff that threatens to derail our economy is how we end this year. For me personally, the loss of two loved ones that were near and …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
When those "chemical reactions" start to explode, a middle-schooler's parents need to be ready for everything—including pregnancy and STDs.
Editor's Note: The following is a parent column by Joe Smith. I stood looking at her beautiful eyes. My heart was trying to claw its way out of my chest! I found it difficult to catch my breath. I pulled her closer with eyes closed and the moment our lips touched electricity overwhelmed my brain and all kinds of chemical reactions exploded any rational thought. My first kiss. Her name was Tina. I was in the 8th grade and she the 7th grade. Tina was friends with some girls who lived next door and also went to my middle school. So when we first noticed each other in the hallways she found out from those neighbor girls that they lived next door. Tina started to spend a lot of time with those girls. I sweetly remember that Friday after school…