High School Relationships: True love or foolish fantasy?

More than just puppy love: High school relationships should not be written off At the risk of sounding a hopeless romantic, high school relationships aren’t solely a medium for heartbreak and academic distraction, nor should they be looked down upon as such. Love is no less real within the cinderblock halls of an average high … Continue reading High School Relationships: True love or foolish fantasy?

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BookBug expands into location with a back door…and so much more

BookBug, Kalamazoo’s own independent  bookstore, located at 3019 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, marks 10 years of service to the community with an expansion into a neighboring location. The building offers a significant boost in square footage–plus an actual back door–both of which were sorely needed for BookBug’s increasing inventory, distribution needs and community events. The local bookstore was … Continue reading BookBug expands into location with a back door…and so much more

In which I am silenced by the Confucian Patriarchy (a prose poem I wrote in lieu of AP World notes)

I elected to be the half-moon face of Empress Wu’s chapstick. The Small Cottage had less power and no generator, so the scholars determined that democracy was okay there. A heat wave reduced my waxy pore-craters to a waning crescent, while intellectual blue stockings rippled over goosebumped grates, and my yeast-painted lips swelled in the … Continue reading In which I am silenced by the Confucian Patriarchy (a prose poem I wrote in lieu of AP World notes)

My Fear is afraid:

of Alarm Clocks because the numbers one through nine are formed with the same dashed panels, burning the fluorescent, merciless truth into stubborn retinas.   of Sleep, of citrus-induced nightmares; he drinks midnight fruit juice to increase productivity and panic attacks.   of losing himself like keys, of becoming the wrong pattern of sharp like … Continue reading My Fear is afraid:

My Sadness Starves (a prosey sort of poem)

My Sadness spends too much time at the vanity with baby wipes and sharpened kohl and too-sparse eyebrows to afford breakfast; she is a full sort of empty anyway and will not be spoon fed chocolate pudding with plastic cutlery, will burrow into the couch cushions until I give up. We watch the 6 am … Continue reading My Sadness Starves (a prosey sort of poem)

Music Therapy strikes a chord at Gull Lake

Should one travel down the Social Studies hallway during 5th block Monday or Tuesday, they may detect some singing, strumming, or drumming (or all of the above) drifting out of Mrs. Harrison’s room. At this time each week, students arrange chairs into a circle and await the arrival of Mr. B, who will serenade them … Continue reading Music Therapy strikes a chord at Gull Lake

Desk Profile: Mr. Minehart reveals reasons behind his overflowing desk

The teachers of Gull Lake do not, as some might expect, maintain their desks as sterile surfaces for grading purposes alone. Instead, most are absolute conglomerations of high school artifacts, spilling over with a combination of decor brought from home and that accumulated from students. In any case, the contents prove interesting indications of the … Continue reading Desk Profile: Mr. Minehart reveals reasons behind his overflowing desk

Tasha Harrison’s class attends Annie at Miller Auditorium

Thursday, February 16 marked Tasha Harrison’s special education class’ long-anticipated field trip: the 7 p.m. showing of Annie at Miller Auditorium. Students and chaperones first met at 5 p.m. in . Harrison’s room, dressed for the theatre and already filling up on Twizzlers. Once all attendees had gathered, the kids piled into 3 cars (driven by … Continue reading Tasha Harrison’s class attends Annie at Miller Auditorium

Pink hats march on DC–and the world–in historic Women’s March

January 21, 2017 saw the voices of more than 2 million women (with at least 470,000 in Washington D.C. alone) and allies across class, country, color and creed raised to a fever pitch in defense of their fundamental rights. Harmonizing in chants of “Show me what democracy looks like; this is what democracy looks like,” … Continue reading Pink hats march on DC–and the world–in historic Women’s March

Vintage and thrift shopping grows in popularity among students

Surrounded by a menagerie of goods ready to be consumed today and discarded tomorrow, students nevertheless are turning to Salvation Armies and local vintage shops. With growing concern over the ethics of the fashion industry, some are motivated by morals. Others cite the importance of cost efficiency or of being environmentally conscious Most are in … Continue reading Vintage and thrift shopping grows in popularity among students