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Katniss Everdeen's College Application Essay

Paul Jury | Posted 12.02.2014 | Comedy
Paul Jury

It's College App. season... and Hunger Games season... and Katniss is hoping to get into an Ivy League. Yes, even the Mockingjay struggles with these stupid essays.

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
Sugar Rautbord

Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

5 Ways My Dad Made Me a Better Mom

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

My dad has three daughters and lucky for him, we were fierce adventurers as children who never shied away from camping, fishing or fixing things. Or, perhaps we never shied away because of our father. He taught me many important lessons and I think of them often as I care for my daughter each day.

Did You Ever Think You Might Be a Lesbian? (VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Reading live from my blog about growing up with two moms, Two-and-a-half-women.tumblr.com....

12 Things I Love About Spring

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Organic tulips at the Rodale Institute! Yes, it's high spring here in Pennsylvania, and last night after dinner, as I was drifting off to sleep on m...

Hallways of Trouble and Classrooms of Success

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By: Jakobi Jackson Scene One: The Hallway of Trouble. "Hey you, I heard you were talking about me, bitch!" Mya yelled. She rushed straight to Susan...

Fans Are Made, Not Born

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports
Maria Rodale

It's finally spring (fingers crossed), and that can only mean two things: I may soon have to appear in public wearing shorts, and the endless, soul-sucking, heart-breaking baseball season is underway.

Accept vs. Settle

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Despite my relentless pragmatism, I am, inexplicably, a big believer in signs. For the past seve...

Quality Over Quantity: The Case Against Essay Length Requirements

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

By demanding a number of pages or words, the thinking goes, teachers force their students to move beyond superficial observations into deeper analysis. Unfortunately, I believe that length minimums do not achieve that goal. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Why I Took the SAT When I Was 45-Years-Old

Steve Belanger | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
Steve Belanger

This week's news about changes to the SAT format that will take place in 2016 reminded me of my own SAT experience just a few years ago. The Critical Reading and Sentence Completion sections were up first, and I was surprised that I actually did okay. Then came the math section.

Watch: An Antidote to Big Brother's Chill

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Like Orwell's telescreens -- through which Big Brother broadcasts propaganda and spies on citizens -- our lives are dominated by cellphones, tablets and laptops that are our real-life two-way mirrors.

Rule #1: Make Fewer Rules

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger According to Urban Dictionary--and maybe Liz Lemon--a deal breaker in a relationship is "the cat...

The Spirit of Christmas

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Sometimes I think that I'm actually two people. One of me is relentlessly pragmatic, reasonable,...

Straight Talk Hints About the College Application Process

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2013 | College
Leslie K. Stein

It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.

You Seriously Did a Wonderful Job on Your Norwegian-Themed Cultural Adventure Flume Ride

Benjamin Key | Posted 10.12.2013 | Comedy
Benjamin Key

By the by, you did a wonderful job on your Norwegian-themed cultural adventure flume ride. Just wanted to let you know. I can't imagine that was a particularly easy pitch to top brass, so major kudos, seriously.

NYC Living: My Successful Millennial Marriage

Lisa Bernier | Posted 10.07.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

So, yes, perhaps I can't commit to a marriage. Perhaps the way I see the world renders me forever incapable of the aisle, the white veil, the vows. Instead, I commit to a person. I commit to always being there for him, as he will always be for me, and I refuse to define it under so narrow a term of "husband" or "spouse."

Common App Changes and What They Mean to Applicants

Courtland Thomas | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

The topic changes should not be entirely surprising, as these were announced in February -- although the lack of freedom for a student to compose a topic of their own choice will still be hard to swallow.

Teacher In Student's Shoes: Trying The Common Core Exam

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee Standardized testing week at the middle school where I was a teacher from 2008 - 2010, was a big deal. Signs went up in the hallways, &...

Values in Indecision over the N-Word

Write for the Future | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Chris Drakeford "If it ends with an 'a' it's 'a'-ok" explained Todd, after seeing my face cringe when he referred to his white friend as "my n...

The Good News/Bad News About Oz: The Great and Powerful's Complicated Gender Issues

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The women of Oz: The Great and Powerful may have serious issues in how they are written and presented, but at least Oz: The Great and Powerful has women (plural) in it at all.

A Valentine: No Boxes or Ribbons Required

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Skip the expensive dinner, the jewelry, and the chick flicks, flowers, and chocolates. Read on ...

One Small Sign of Society's Unraveling

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger When someone studies early 21st-century life to try to pinpoint exactly when society started to...

Broom-swept

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger If you've sold a house or bought a house, you attach a particular meaning to that phrase, "broom...

Resubmitting Poetry And Short Prose To Lit Mags

Posted 12.26.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Why Resubmit Your Work? There are multiple circumstances that make it worth your while to resubmit a piece to a lite...