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In this story that Thi Bui put out, she illustrates how her time was spent during her younger years. When she was younger, she went to a Viet school. This was her main source of joy…she made friends with kids from other schools, found her first love there, and got to skip school days just to go and have fun with her Viet School. She would then go on and move away, no longer being a part of that community. Her mom would rent out a compartment in her house so they would be able to pay off their mortgage…


Illegal immigrants. Sans Papiers. They both are the same words, just different languages. In Sans Papiers, written by lê thị diễm thúy, describes the writer’s feelings about Henri Matisse’s The Swimming Pool.

The first couple of stanzas of Sans Papiers, it talks about how letting our past be a part of us. Don’t run away from it or ignore it, let it become one with you to produce the true you.

As the poem goes on, she describes the painting with riveting words and engaging, artistic comparisons.

Lê thị diễm thúy chose this art of work because of how she…


“Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg”(Haruki Murakami).

Let’s break this down. A “high, solid wall” is supposed to represent something large and protective. Something that keeps everything safe and feeling safe. But this may not be the case all the time… A wall can fall, causing havoc and chaos. When a wall falls, it can injure things, especially the fragile ones. The egg represents something that is fragile. A representation of something that needs to be safeguarded or it will crack and be destroyed…


Although what the author wrote is sincere and deep, I want to shine a light on how the author approached this topic. First of all, with the title of the writing, it has the ability to draw in any reader just by the sheer absurdity of it. Who thinks of naming any piece of writing “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears”? After reading this title, the reader may go into this very curious wondering what in the world the author is talking about. The author then begins to allude to a more serious, sincere topic, not the goofy topic we were thinking about. I am just amazed how the author was able to accomplish what they did.


Poems…Oh how great poems are! We can rhyme words and make them look majestic or we can tell a story about whatever we want using lyrical expressions. These pieces of writings exist not because we need them, but exist because we humans find it as a great way to express ourselves.

Anybody can be a poet. When I was younger, I would write poems all the time in each of my English classes for fun. There are also those who have been writing poems their whole life, and their lives revolve around creating them. …


In this philosophical poem by Vera Pavlova, she strives to make the reader think about how we should perceive reality. She gives a unique perspective to observe how this universe works by stating lines such as “to talk with the clock by tapping a wall…”(line 7). This line gives us readers an insight into how Pavlova thinks. She believes that we can become one with the things we observe. She also has the idea that the universe is massive and that we are all just basically alone in our own world. This disrupts how I thought of the world. I had never thought of these things and now all I can do after reading this poem is agree with Pavlova.


I found this piece very helpful and insightful. This disrupts my ideas of how I should view things. Many times in my life, I had the thought in my mind “pick me!”, hoping that I would be chosen for a certain activity. Many times I wouldn't be chosen and would be saddened. This article shows me a nice outlook on how I should be viewing things. Rather than hoping to be picked by another person, I should take matters into my own hands and try to impress myself and “pick me”.

Pick me!!! by Michael Kalognomos

I wonder how this young writer was able to come up with these questions about the social norms in society nowadays. Alexa Troob, the 13-year-old who wrote about the article “bring Ethics to Your Plate” is able to question our sense of humanity by asking why we decide to value some other animals’ lives over others.

Troob wasn’t influenced by her family because she clearly states that she has eaten meat all her life and grew up in a meat-eating family. She just recently decided to questions her own sense of morality when she realized that eating a cow is…


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“Beauty”-Kevin Dooley

“…Martin is not trying to paint a tree. She is painting the innocence of a tree. She’s not trying to paint a rose, but the beauty of a rose”(The Anthropocene Reviewed). I find this to be one of the most interesting concepts talked about in this podcast. How does one paint the essence of an abstract idea? Beauty, innocence, etc. are all just social constructs that we humans created. It boggles my mind how someone would be able to depict them. I would love to try to understand this concept and perceive the ideas that Agnes Martin was.

Tackling this…


One of the six paintings under this title
One of the six paintings under this title
“WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD” (1997)

“…Martin is not trying to paint a tree. She is painting the innocence of a tree. She’s not trying to paint a rose, but the beauty of a rose”(The Anthropocene Reviewed). I find this to be one of the most interesting concepts talked about in this podcast. How does one paint the essence of an abstract idea? Beauty, innocence, etc. are all just social constructs that we humans created. It boggles my mind how someone would be able to depict them. I would love to try to understand this concept and perceive the ideas that Agnes Martin was.

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