Archive for the ‘Culture’ category

A Life Changing Choice

March 21, 2014

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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Fashion, Fad or Foolish?

March 21, 2014

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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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The Wheels Stop Turning

February 22, 2012

by Rachel Kunker

Cars, like most machines, go through many different stages. The diversity of cars is without number as they come in all different shapes and sizes. In addition, all cars tend to exhibit different features or strong points. A car’s lifespan can primarily be broken up into four parts each consisting of two years: being bought new, getting decaled, needing parts, and falling apart.

At the beginning of its life, a new car is envied by everyone. Everyone wants to see it, ride around in it, and just experience the new car. A new car could be described as being pure, not dirtied by the road, scratched from crashes, or torn apart. Its new arrival occupies all the talk of the owner’s friends, and they, too, wish to obtain their own new car. (more…)

Success …by M. Kelly

January 22, 2011

What is the purpose of our life? Where do we find true meaning as we walk through our life? Ever since I found out my grandfather has stage four cancer, these are the questions that have been plaguing my mind. In the blink of an eye our lives can be threatened by death and we must face whether we have gained true success. Once again we are faced with another question… What is true success? As I have milled over these questions, one word has repeatedly come back to mind : Love.

So many times our society looks at success in life as how much money you attain, what position of authority you hold in your job, how nice your house is, or what kind of car you drive. But how many times does someone recognize success by the amount of love a person has?  As I thought about death and the difficulties life presents, I  realized true success comes from loving others.  Dictionary.com defines love as “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person or an affectionate concern for the well-being of another.” By this definition we see that life becomes so much bigger than ourselves, it becomes a mission to serve others.

This idea was brought to life in an even greater way as I was reading Tale of Two Cities for my English class. At the end of the book one character chooses to give his life for another. At the end of this dramatic scene, he essentially says that the act of giving up his life gave his life true meaning. When I hit this passage I was so convicted! Society tells us to put ourselves first to gain success, yet here was a situation where success and a sense of true accomplishment came from dying.  You have to lose your life to gain success? At first the whole situation seemed like an oxymoron, but upon deeper reflection I realized that this sacrifice of death was the truest form of love. The real success of true love was shining clearer and clearer in my eyes.

So as I have walked through these last weeks, love has been my focus. Not what I could gain from others, but what I could give to them. It has not been about the huge steps I could take or the big efforts, but the small consistent acts of kindness that encourage others.  The wonderful thing is that through this journey and realization I have gained true joy — joy that goes beyond myself to an active joy that affects others around me. Therefore, now as I contemplate those same initial questions, I find my definition of true success is loving others to the fullest, and experiencing the joy that comes from that.

What is Love? Baby, Don’t Hurt Me …E. Privitera

January 22, 2011

The words “I love you” are often thrown around on a careless whim when someone does something funny or pays us a compliment. But how many of us truly love that person or think about what love truly means? If you ask the average person, “What is love?” you will most likely be given answers that involve common phrases such as: “caring about someone” or “putting others before yourself.” Now, don’t get me wrong, these are very true and all a part of loving others; however, loves goes much deeper than many realize, or would like to admit.
When I first read the “love chapter” of the Bible, I Corinthians 13, I have to confess that I thought then what I thought up until very recently – that’s how God loves me. Granted, it certainly is and it reaches far and above, but as many times as I heard that passage and thought “that’s perfect love, I could never attain that,” I never considered trying despite that.
Just a few months ago I was struggling and God plopped I Corinthians 13 right in front of me. As I read, my eyes were opened to what the words were saying, “Love is patient…it does not envy…it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…love never fails.” There are so many other aspects to love than that, too. It made me question, “Am I truly loving others?” the answer was – No. Yes, I did love people but I wasn’t loving them as my Heavenly Father says I should – I wasn’t loving them adequately.
Now, here’s a question to munch on: If everyone loved like this passage tells us to, how many people would be able to say, “Nobody loves me,” at the end of the day? Of course, such a perfect love can never be reached by man, but what if everyone just tried? Even a small group could make a difference – even one.
So, I ask: “What is love?” Love is exactly what I Corinthians 13 says it is. A love like that can never, and will never, fail. How could you go wrong? Love people like that and, baby, people won’t have to worry about getting hurt no more!

Meditation on a Volleyball …by Clara Quirion

January 19, 2011

A volleyball, which at one time was beautiful and new, now lies deflated and defiled in the corner of the gym. In its earlier days, the ball was lively and fresh, without flaw. Its smooth leather covering and soft texture helped it stand out against the older, stiff volleyballs. The ball was able to accomplish everything and achieve many victories. It was at one time used by the team for every game because of its superior quality; but now it sits, waiting for someone to acknowledge it or for some little child to pick it up to play. All alone, the ball yearns to get another chance to relive the past and make changes so that it doesn’t end up like this.

While I stared at the poor volleyball it came to me that man is just like this ball. Man begins his life full of energy and a desire to be successful. The innocence and pure character are at first present, but they soon get taken over by the corruptness in the soul. His life is then spent focusing his time and emotions on achieving success. Once he savors the sweet taste of this success, he becomes prideful and obtains a mindset that he has the ability to accomplish everything on his own, without help. The volleyball forgot that it was the players that actually won the games, not the ball itself. Often times man forgets about those people who help them achieve this success. Parents, friends, teachers, and others can all be left behind because pride gets in the way. Eventually, this pride leads to man’s demise and he ends up being all alone. Just like the ball, he yearns to go back in time to change the way his ego took control of his life. Instead of completing his life feeling accomplished, a sense of failure takes its place.

The volleyball began with the perfect amount air in it which led to its success. By the end, however, most of the air had been sucked out and it lay there almost completely flat. Just like the ball, this can happen to humans as well. We are so prone to being successful that once a devastating event or injury happens it’s as though everything is sucked out of us. Such events leave us questioning why it had to happen. These questions show the pride in us as well. When things don’t go exactly as planned, we wonder why we were “chosen” instead of someone else.

A volleyball, one would say, is a symbol of man’s prideful spirit. Man spends so much time trying to be successful that he eventually becomes corrupt. Just like the volleyball, no one wants to be around a man with such a defiled spirit. Eventually, a volleyball is either completely forgotten or thrown out because it has been replaced by another. In this same way, a prideful man is left to live out his days alone because he pushed away everything he had left in his life.

Beauty from the inside out …by Hannah Coffin

January 19, 2011

Beauty is something that has been constantly searched for since Ponce de Leon scoured Florida for the fountain of youth. Society today has a warped view on beauty. They search for the person who has the most beautiful outward appearance and rank them in the top 100 hottest celebrities. True beauty stems from the inside and magnifies or diminishes what the outside has to offer. The most beautiful woman in the world could have the nastiest personality. Who wants to be around that?

Confidence and self esteem are key. Once a woman understands how to be happy in her own skin and take care of herself, her confidence will grow and blossom. Confidence is something that flows outward from the inside and translates into poise and collection. Most girls struggle deeply with this and fill the void with something else that makes them feel as though they are attractive and accepted. Girls who lack confidence cannot make eye contact during a conversation or walk into a busy room with their heads up. Without confidence women lose an important facet of inner beauty.

Beauty is also characterized by strength. A strong woman is able to deal with tough situations such as death, divorce and day-to-day struggles with a genuine smile on her face. She is content in her circumstances, does not complain and looks to the positive aspects of the situation. This makes a woman radiantly beautiful from the inside. Without strength women become anxious and whine-y; no one wants to be around somebody like that, no matter how they look on the outside.

Society has placed the focus of beauty on the wrong part of a woman. The inner character, including confidence and self-esteem, is the most crucial component for true womanly beauty. The inside floods outward and can erode a beautiful woman, or refresh and renew a woman’s appearance. A woman’s beauty will be determined from the inside out, not the other way around.