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    This I believe…This I believe…This I believe…This I believe. I just finished reading four essays about the beliefs of others from around the world. Each belief unique; each belief eye opening. Parades, rice, jewelry boxes and bus rides all turned into life lessons. I found myself nodding, laughing and in awe of how a person could take one simple thing and make it so much more. Each of theses essays brought me back to what Ballenger said, “the personal essayist must always find some way to hitch the particulars of his or her experience to something larger that the reader might share” (pg 73 of The Curious Writer). And that they did. Daniel’s essay “The Necessity of Parades,” takes a goofy St. Patrick’s Day Parade and compares it to every day life in a light-hearted and somewhat sarcastic tone. He starts his metaphor off by explaining that “most paraders look intentionally silly. Everyone smiling,” most readers would think that he says this to say that people take life too seriously but he squashes that assumption by saying; “indeed, parades are about taking your life very seriously.” He elaborates on the idea that these paraders are more of a marching army on life that “walk right down the middle of the street telling everyone they haven’t given up, and they’re not going to.” The…

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    Zai's cheerful good-humour and repartee had Kyle grinning like an idiot all the way back to the highway, and beyond. It was a treat to see her emerging from her shell and becoming a woman, proud of her femininity and attractiveness again. At least that's how Kyle perceived it; that he was seeing a different side to Azairah D'Amici, and possibly one that had been displayed to very few others. That her charm, wit and sensuality contrasted against the murder she'd so viciously perpetrated in the…

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    Every year the 1st and 2nd of November in Mexico is celebrated Dia de Muertos, a tradition that honors the life and memory of the those who had died and a great experience for those who wish to know more and involve themselves in a traditional Mexican celebration. In a touristic place as it is Mexico City there are many things a tourist can see and experience if he or she is in there at the time. People can go to the city’s downtown where many altars filled with food, cigars, alcohol, candies,…

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    Tegan's Ghost Stories

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    We pass by so many people every day. We see a man in a suit with hair gelled back buying flowers and assume they're for his wife. But they're actually for his dying mother. We come in contact with clerks at the grocery store, telemarketers asking for money, a woman rushing past you in the airport, but you have no clue who they are, what they do. They all have their own stories, their own lives, and we only get a 5-second glance into those stories. Take into consideration that there are 86,400…

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    a 10 year old girl who was born with spinal bifida and attends school part-time. Some of Danielle's job duties consist of taking care of and attending to most of Racquel's medical needs on a daily basis, providing in-home monitoring and accompanying her at school and during out of town visits. The educational qualifications needed for this position is having a nursing license. The population she works with is directly with Racquel's family which she has pretty much become a member of as well as…

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    The best experiences that I found were really interesting went on throughout the days of me helping out there. They were the stories that the residents told. I was at the houses over Remembrance Day and that week and I based some of the activities that I had done on the topic of remembrance. One lady grew up in England and went into the army at age 17. She was one of the many nurses working in the army at the time. She told me different stories about her time in the army and some of the…

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    unite with old friends, make new ones and just have fun this week! So here goes. . . Today is Columbus Day and that seems the perfect holiday to celebrate as our fellow adventuring Fanyons are packing for and traveling to GRL in Atlanta. They are trekking across the United States, from Canada, across the Pacific and the Atlantic to meet up with Facebook and GR friends who have become the real deal. That puts me in mind of the how small our world is and how fortunate we are to experience people…

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    One person can do something so small for someone and make their whole life change. No one realizes how much one little thing can do to change someone’s mood. You don’t have to have a lot of influence. You really just need to have faith in your power to change things. Always be kind, because you never know what some people are going through or what they have been through in the past. Making one single person smile can change their world. One person can truly make a difference. There are a lot of…

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    Hip Pain: A Short Story

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    at 9:00 am, just like every other day of the week. Once he finishes climbing out of his deep slumber, Eli grabs some clothes and gingerly heads up the stairs. Now Eli isn’t like most kids his age, which at this time he is 15 and in 10th grade, he has chronic hip pain and sleeps close to 18 hours a day. He has visited many doctors, been diagnosed with Lyme disease and many other things. Up until now, nothing has cured him, but hopefully soon that will change. Back to the story, Eli slowly limps…

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    Chipmuns Quotes

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    In 2009 my cousins moved to Africa as missionaries. They have been missionaries for about eight years now. I miss them a lot because they only come back every 2 years. They are coming back for good in May 2018. The most recent time they came back My cousin Jonas and I Went chipmunk hunting on the back of my grandparent’s deck. I caught the whiff of a skunk right when I stepped out of the car at my grandparents house, I caught a glimpse of something moving in the trees, Then a twig…

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