Meditations on a Diploma

From all that I’ve been told and read and heard, graduating from high school is a big deal. Some of my friends came to recognize its significance gradually and early on, and others had it hit them during the ceremony itself. For my part, I knew early on that graduation was important in the same…

The Millennium Fiction

Chapter 4 JOHN – I met up with Riley before school at the embankment. There’s a creek that runs along the back of our school that’s lined with trees. From the school side, you have to walk across the football and baseball fields to reach it. I live on the other side of the creek,…

Moving On: Part II

Disclaimer: This post is a homework assignment. My English teacher wants each of us to reflect on what it means to be leaving our little bubble of childhood. Since I’ve already addressed the problem of leaving friends here, I’ve decided to focus on the larger community and my family in this post. There’s a certain…

An Open Letter to my Mother

Happy Mother’s Day! Having spent 18 years as your son (and looking forward to many more),  there are a few things I’ve learned: You have a love-hate relationship with making me lunches for school. You spend about a fifth of every day being a chauffeur. (Until I could bike and drive. Then you only had…

Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fiction?

Chapter 3: So I’m at John Widener’s house for what seems to be his 18th birthday party, and suddenly the house is empty. He probably wouldn’t take it very well if I walked out now, after everyone else had left, because I wasn’t invited. Now, I know you’re thinking “Well, neither were the Rovers and…

The True Meaning of The Importance of Being Earnest

This blog serves as a platform for me to try out different styles of writing. Therefore, I thought it appropriate to include an attempt at satire. But first, a bit of background. The initial inspiration for this piece was a Facebook post that had an obviously ridiculous interpretation of A Separate Peace by John Knowles.…