Leaves of Life

Posted February 22, 2012 by oakcrest304
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by Audrey Humphrey

Every year leaves change color. They begin young and strong with the color green in spring. As summer rolls in, the leaves grow to the proper size. Their colors brighten in the face of autumn, soaking in the last rays of sun. The darkness of winter soon bears down as the leaves lose their color and float to the ground. The changing of colors occurs within a human life as well.

The green leaves display the strength and vitality of youth. Upon hearing the first cries of a newborn baby, an image of unheard strength comes to mind. The strength crying requires to expel such a tremendous sound from a tiny baby must be extreme. As the baby matures into a toddler a new energy possesses the body. The most challenging period, the terrible twos, displays the constant energy pulsing through the child’s veins, as toddlers tear through the house leaving destruction in his wake. Read the rest of this post »

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First Time Brother

Posted January 22, 2010 by oakcrest304
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"welcome home, Bro"

Most kids grow up with siblings. I, however, was one of life’s rarities that grew up alone. Now, I don’t mean alone in the sense that I was an orphan, or a pariah. But, I had no siblings in my home to grow up and experience life with. No I am not a real “only child,” I do have two older brothers who are both nearly 20 years my senior.  (C. Casullo) Read the rest of this post »

Are You Dreaming?

Posted January 22, 2010 by oakcrest304
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What is a dream anyway? What makes it different from a wish? Hope? Is it the thing that you dream for, dream about? It is possibly that “dream” implies that this thing of desire is unattainable.                      (H. Frazer) 

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Posted January 19, 2010 by oakcrest304
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Do you believe in magic? I most certainly do. No, not the magic that involves sawing some poor woman in half or pulling a rabbit from a polyester top hat. Not even magic involving the words “hocus pocus” or the supernatural. No, I’m referring to magic found in memories created with the ones I love. Confused? Let me enlighten you… (M. Pigliavento) Read the rest of this post »

Goodbye, Good Luck, or Godspeed?

Posted December 4, 2009 by oakcrest304
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If you were leaving home for the first time, what would your father’s last words be? Would they be something like this?                                                                                                                                                  Son,                                                                                                                                                               I have watched you grow up and tried to be the best father I could be, pouring my love, my time, and my life into your life……  (B. Kunker) 

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A Leg-Up on Leggings

Posted November 25, 2009 by oakcrest304
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Before I was born, leggings seemed to be a fashion statement among girls and women.  Leggings either proved to be a positive addition to one’s wardrobe, or an addition gone terribly wrong…        K. Cospito

 

 

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What’s Up with Crocs?

Posted November 25, 2009 by oakcrest304
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The fashions of modern society are on a continuous road to keep ahead of themselves. One must always make sure the style they are designing today is better than the one someone put out yesterday. With the high expectations set in today’s society sometimes the fashions miss the high mark. One of the fashions that have missed the mark is the “sensible” and “practical” Crocs…K. Goodrich Read the rest of this post »

Inaugural Draft 2028

Posted November 17, 2009 by oakcrest304
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These promises of life, liberty, and equality must never be forgotten in our pursuit for happiness, especially by those who you have elected to (lead). George Washington, once said: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” …..         (Ben Strevy) 

 

 

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What Is a Forever Friend?

Posted November 15, 2009 by oakcrest304
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Of all the questions in this world I hope to answer true

This is my #2

Bowing only to “I love you.”  …….  (Taleah Paolelli) 

 

 

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Trees and Dreams

Posted November 15, 2009 by oakcrest304
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But let this be an encouragement to you. Your bark will be ripped off, your 

dream of growing

dream, then grow branches may break and fall away, but if you believe and you pursue this dream with every ounce of your being, oh, how grand it will be! When times are easy, do not become prideful! Do not relax or lose your passion, but take the good times to strengthen your dream, for bad times will approach and try to conquer it. …… (Mike Pigliavento)

TV; Where Is Thy Sting?

Posted November 15, 2009 by oakcrest304
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nothing new

Today’s society has taken the television to a new level, developing hundreds of channels, some of which have purposeless meanings, and are merely to just waste an individual’s time. The purpose of this invention is no longer the same, morphed by the society we live in; the television has, unfortunately, turned into an idiot box…..             

(Tracie DeGonza)   

 

 

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Inaugural Address – 2028

Posted November 15, 2009 by oakcrest304
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waiting to speak

Is this country growing into what the Founders desired for us to become?     Are we the same country, or are we different, and more importantly, do these differences make a lasting impression on us as a country? ….

(Cody Casullo)

 

 

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The Piano

Posted November 15, 2009 by oakcrest304
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a good legacy

On the eve of my grandma’s funeral, I took out a pen and some stationary to write a note to place within her casket. However, as I stared at the blank card with a pen poised in my hand, no thoughts or words came to my mind. At first all I could recollect was her time at the nursing home, crippled and unable to function as an adult. I couldn’t think past the pain Alzheimer’s had caused my grandfather …. (Sarah Rybaltowski)

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Whatever Happened to Truth?

Posted October 30, 2009 by oakcrest304
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Mark Twain once remarked, “if you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”. In these days of 24/7 news coverage, LexisNexis research tools, and the ubiquitous microphone, one might ask why anyone wouldn’t take Twain’s advice as untruths can be so easily exposed. Apparently politicians didn’t get that memo as they continue to speak as though no one will know, remember, or think to do some research. Read the rest of this post »

Are You Talking To Me?

Posted October 26, 2009 by oakcrest304
Categories: Catch-All

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A Life Changing Choice

Posted March 21, 2014 by oakcrest304
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by Lexie Holmes

Abortion, stated as the right to choose, is morally incorrect and should be considered murder. Pro-abortionists imagesbelieve that a woman is not free until given the right to control  her own body. However, the baby is an individual, uniquely and wonderfully created at the time of conception. The baby is no longer part of the “woman’s body,” but is a  human.

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Of Truth and God’s Word: an essay in the style of Francis Bacon

Posted March 21, 2014 by oakcrest304
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by Freddy Luna

submitted 2012

            He that believes there is guidance for life aside from God’s Word, will surely find himself in darkness. For what is darkness but absence of light? Light being the truth from God’s own mouth. There is no other truth which can guide with the proper light Divine (Man-Thinking)because there is but one truth. There can only ever be one total truth which casts its bright light and blots out all other falsities in the shadows. How can there be multiple? For this fact alone would make each “truth” null and void. Nay, there is only that which flows from God himself and it is our job to know, study and act on His truth.

Knowing is but two steps away from doing. And is not doing the ideal destiny for any idea?  If one only reads the Word for the benefit of reading then there is no substance or fulfillment. Take a hungry man, for example.  If the hungry man is given the proper food and the proper tools for eating the  food, then why would he simply just stare at the food?  Will his mind and eyes force the food into his mouth, down his throat and into his stomach?  This is how man acts with God’s truth. We read it and suppose it will enter our hearts and fill us.  What foolishness!

Then, there is studying the Word, which is a step closer to action yet still a step away from the transformation!  One who takes God’s truth and studies it with good intent will not be satisfied with solely the knowledge of the Word.  And neither will the Creator be satisfied since His Word is not yet making an impact.  What if a parent were to command a child to clean his room and found no results at the end of the day? Even if the child’s defense is that he made careful study and strategy on how to best clean a room, there is still no action until he enters the room and cleans.  The child could even go to university and get a PhD. in the study of cleaning rooms; it would make no difference in the room’s state of order! Study is a step closer to action, but still a step away.

Finally, there is the full and complete process of action.  And action is the goal of every truth.  For what is the point of truth if it does not provoke doing?  When one moves to following through with God’s commands, all things change because the purpose of these orders are actually being fulfilled.  At last the man’s stomach can be filled and the boy’s room cleaned!  And once these things are complete, there is satisfaction and growth.  Growth especially is the chief interest of God in every believer’s life.  And what does satisfaction produce?  Simply well-being and the desire to stay full of truth by God’s Word, thus repeating the cycle.

To know the Word is well-intended, to study is wise and to do is perfection. Of course, no man can ever be perfect. Instead, God’s perfection can take hold of all men. That is, the glory and grace of God can motivate, encourage and satisfy anyone through the truth of God’s Word. This guidance is clearly presented but the choice to accept it and act on it is most certainly up to the individual.  And since God’s truth is the only light in the ever-present darkness, isn’t it worth applying?

Of Travel: An Essay in the style of Francis Bacon

Posted March 21, 2014 by oakcrest304
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by Janie Frank

travel3Travel is very important in an individual’s growth as it has a very broad range of effects on a person. It teaches one about the world, creates an appreciation for natural beauty, and heightens one’s feelings of curiosity.

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The Force of Power: An Essay in the Style of Francis Bacon

Posted March 21, 2014 by oakcrest304
Categories: Politics, Social issues

   by Natalie Nold

Power, craved by many men, is the cursed prize that can destroy their character.              power image

The best leader is a humble servant to those he leads; often, the best leaders do not wish to lead but carry out their duties as best they can.                                                                                                     Read the rest of this post »

Fashion, Fad or Foolish?

Posted March 21, 2014 by oakcrest304
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leisure suit

by Andrew Moore

As a guy, fashion is one thing that I do not understand. It changes constantly, and if you’re not wearing the “cool” thing then you’re out of style. One day one thing is big, the next day you’re a loser if you’re wearing it. I prefer a  t–shirt and shorts,  but I digress. However, as much as I am not interested in fashion, there is one thing that is “fashionable” that I think is completely ridiculous. This is the “pants on the ground” phenomenon.

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A Reflection: New Year–New Plan

Posted February 24, 2012 by oakcrest304
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Wow! What changes a year brings,  it’s remarkable! You know, it’s funny. To some, a year is simply time in itself–twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days, all lived in fast forward.  But to me, these last twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days have been truly life-changing.     This time last year, I was a junior in high school who was focused on my family, my friends, and, to be honest, like every other teenage girl, getting a date to my Junior Banquet. While all of those things are fine and great, this past year has really forced me to focus on other things, like being serious and realistic about my future. I have found that the decisions I was making then are far different from the ones I am making now. Read the rest of this post »

A Time to Reflect

Posted February 24, 2012 by oakcrest304
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by Rachel Kunker

            If you blink too fast, you’ll realize life goes by faster than time.  Looking back on the life I’ve led, I never anticipated my current time to actually approach. If someone had told me I was going to be readying myself for graduation or moving on to college, I would’ve simply nodded and thought to myself they didn’t understand how far off those times were for me. Read the rest of this post »