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Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye
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This is one of my favorite poems, it's a little depressing to read by it's powerful and beautiful and means something.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.


January 11, 2008 | 10:52 AM Comments  {num} comments

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starting off the new year right...
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Well we've already been in the new year exactly a week, it's 2008 and it doesn't feel much different but I guess it's not really supposed to. The new year is also an excuse to have new year resolutions but how many of us actually stick to those? I mean, I want to but do I actually is a completely different question. If people feel like they need to change something in their lives why wait till a new year? Why not make an effort and say tomorrow I will change. Tomorrow is a new day. Instead of saying well...I'll just wait till 2009.

So I guess my question is:

What have you done for YOU, to start off the new year right?

- mel




January 7, 2008 | 10:03 AM Comments  {num} comments

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what inspires me

Okay so recently I decided to write my member story and came across the question, "What inspires you?" I thought about it and the answer was longer then it was supposed to be but I didn't want to change anything. I decided to write an essay about what inspires me for my university application (eventhough it's in a year and a half)

And I would very much appreciate some feedback :)



What inspires you?

Simple things inspire me. Everyday and always. I have a fascination with the city and it's lights because to me the overall outlook of my city is my inspiration because it's full of opportunity to express myself, test myself, better myself and allows me to walk down the busy streets freely, confidently and independently while it's lights shine on me. And when I'm inside, and there aren't any lights around, I'm still shining. And still, the simple things are inspiring me. Walks in the park by myself with hot coffee inspires me because I'm left alone with my thoughts and I reflect and then I go home and have something to write about. Even though, I always have something to write about, it gives me more to write about. Many things inspire me, a photograph, an article of clothing, a person on the street because they can all be interpreted in my own way. I'll see their beauty in my own way.

- mel

November 7, 2007 | 10:05 AM Comments  {num} comments

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The High School Challenge: Breaking Down Barriers on Oprah, January 2007.

I randomly remembered an episode of The Oprah Winfrey show that I watched in January of 2007 called The High School Challenge: Breaking Down Barriers. It was about a reporter called Lisa Ling who was sent out to a high school by Oprah so that she could try a little experiment on students at a high school.

Like a lot of high schools, this school was decided by cliques. These cliques were also formed by races. At lunch, all the African-Americans would sit together, the Latinos would sit together and etc and the school had a lot of tension when it came to different kind of races.

The experiment was to gather a bunch of students from different walks of life and put them in the gymnasium all together. The objective was to slowly break down those walls and accept eachother.

When the experiment started all the students that participated gathered in their usual groups but that didn't last long when they started to play games to interact with eachother. Towards the end, there were confrontations, tears, and the most important the students started to trust eachother.

So that got me thinking...is it really that simple? Stick a bunch of students in a gymnasium from different walks of life and different races and automatically expect there not to be anymore racism?

Well, it worked! And the reason why I think it worked is because as they started to talk to eachother they realized that they have more in common with eachother than what they have differently. We're all people trying to live our lives and to STAY happy because anyone can be happy but to STAY happy is the hardest part. They all have their problems and sometimes they have to deal with them while paying attention to a teacher who never seems to stop talking. They got along because they realized they weren't the only ones who were dealing with problems, they realized that skin colour doesn't matter because once you really think about it we're all just trying to live and be free and deal with our problems knowing that we're not the only ones. We're all the same, and we can argue that for hours, but we really are.

Well this is getting a little off topic but I just wanted to leave you guys with this quote.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

October 15, 2007 | 10:50 AM Comments  {num} comments

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