The Power of Hardship

It’s Not About How They Left You, it’s About How You Remember Them  

-by Joseph Doherty 


 “There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.”

 -Alfred De Musset


    The death of someone can wreck your life. When I was eleven years old my Aunt Debbie passed away. She was a big part in my life, she made me want to play hockey. From her whole family playing, and her talking about all the time. When she died I was an emotional wreck, even though I was only eleven I felt so hurt. It was March in 2014. We had not know that she was sick and we believed that she was just doing fine. When we went to visit her we were surprised to see to see her weak with grey hair. A few days later we went to out cousins house. I overheard my aunt talking to my dad on the phone, 

“I don't know how its going to go.”

“How is she looking?”

“Not too well, her breath is becoming very slow.”

At this moment I knew that I wouldn’t be able to see her again, talk to her, or hug her. I broke down not knowing what to do I just cried. A couple days paced and every night I still cried myself to sleep some days not getting any at all. I was devastated not fully understand why she left or how. My family was really supportive they helped me out, making me feel comforted. At the end of the  day we celebrate how she affected us not how her death saddened  us. The only way to get through a tough time is with your family and loved ones. 

The Power of Place

A Tiny Shack Full of Memories

~By Joseph Doherty  


If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset,
then you are living like a lord.

—Nathan Phillips 

     A tiny shack can still hold fond memories. For me, this place is a house in Seabrook, New Hampshire. This place holds many great memories for me. Most of my childhood was spent with summers at this house. Summers fly by like the cars that pass us on the boardwalk. Cousins, friends, and relatives make the days enjoyable since we don't see them much during the rest of the year. Long days are spent in the sun getting sun burns and tans, while Mom and Dad make sure that I always had enough sunscreen on. We play in the water, splashing, throwing skip balls and footballs, and most of all boogie and body-boarding. On a Saturday in the scorching heat of July, with my family, cousins, and aunts and uncles,we are all together in a house way too small for the number of people--with more people standing outside. on any given day we are ready to go to the beach. We get all of the sandwiches, chairs, and drinks together. when we arrive at the beach, the parents plop down in beach chairs while all the children run into the water. Once it gets to about one o’clock, it becomes too hot for the parents to stay in their  chairs,so if they all get up, and like a great migration, move towards the water. Once everyone is in the water, we start to joke around and have a good time. The mass of bodies going up and down every time the wave begins to swell, seeing the not so lucky getting smashed by waves right behind us is a lasting memory of this great place in my life. Even though the house we might be in is small, our family comes together and everyone somehow finds a place to fit in; maybe it is magic--or maybe it is just  everyone dealing with each other for just a couple hours. It is only a tiny shack in an awesome place, but it holds enough memories to last forever...

The Power of Family

Family Will Always Have Your Back 

by Jospeh Doherty 


“Family is not an important thing. It's everything”

—Michael J Fox

    My family is one tight knit group. When ever I need some help I can always rely on them for being there. Whenever I need a shoulder to lean on they are there, whenever I need ears to vent to they are there, and whenever I need a hand to pick me back up they are there, and vice versa. This scenario happened last year when I was studying for my exams. It was a Saturday night at 10:00 and I was getting frustrated with my math. My patience was running thin. My sister walk down the stairs to see what was going. "When she reached the bottom step, she asked me what was wrong. My reply was “everything.” She said, “I’m sure everything is just going to be fine.” After about ten minutes of venting, and being able to get everything Off my chest. She helped me study for my test and feel better. It doesn’t matter how bad I’m feeling my family can pick me up. It doesn’t matter how much I have to vent. It doesn’t matter how bad I feel. It doesn’t matter how  late I stay up. They will always be there for me. When every I need it I can rely on my family

The Power of Passion

You don’t need to be good at something to be passionate 

By Joseph Doherty


Without passion you don't have energy, with out energy you have nothing.”

— Donald Trump

    Passion makes people crazy, trying to succeed. This applies to me with hockey; where I might not be the best, but I strive to become better. Starting in fourth grade I started playing hockey. Having a late start to playing really put me at a disadvantage. Trying to keep up with other kids was hard. When ever I get down or have a bad day, my backyard with my hockey net always lifts my spirit with out fail. Knowing that with every shot I take I am becoming a better hockey player. Striving to hit that top corner shot, and hustling after all my missed pucks so I can get some more reps. As I slide the puck against the plexiglass I let out a short breath; it forms a cloud as it touches the cold winter air. I shoot the puck, but it sails over the net. As I run across the yard, the dew clings to my shoes. I bring back the puck, and repeat the process over and over again until I hit the top corner five times in a row. With hard work, a difficult and annoying task will become easy. I strive to become better; I strive to make up for my time loss by starting late, and I strive to become better at the sport itself: shooting, passing, and stick handling. I strive to become good at hockey, but stay passionate. When you are passionate about something you stop at nothing to become better. 

Primordal Beasts

Awakening Your Inner Beast

By Joseph Doherty


     Everyone has a primordial beast inside them, but only a few truly experience this phenomenon. We just finished reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London. This book talks about the devolution, and how when your strength is tested, you have a inner awakening.  In many ways you might have these experiences or might not have them. “There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being.” This quote shows a lot of things about buck. It says wolf-cry instead of dog bark this shows how he is becoming more wolf like.

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If Technolagy Went Away

The Day That Everything Changed

By Joseph Doherty and Peter Scheibe 



“Why won’t anything work?”

“I have no idea, just go to sleep.” 

“I don’t think that you understand what is going on. Even the TV won’t turn on.”

“I’ll be down in one minute, let me just watch some Netflix.”


“My charger broke, and my phone is dead.”

“Joe, just come down stairs.”

“Okay coming. Alright what is the matter?”

“I don’t think that your charger broke I think it is your phone.”

“That doesn’t make any sense phones just don’t break randomly.”

“Phones aren’t the only thing that is malfunctioning. All technology.”

“But why?”

“Why would I know, I am just as in the dark as you.”

“What does it mean?”

“Why do you think I would know that”

“ Let’s go outside and see if anyone else doesn’t have power.” 

“Can’t say I didn’t see something like this coming, ever since crash things have glitchy”

“That’s true but we haven’t seen anything like this, I mean dude this is starting to get creepy.”

“Stop being a baby, there has to be someone around here, let’s go look down the street.”

“Ok fine.”

“ I’ve never heard the street so quite.”

“Or so dark.” 

“It’s like no one has every lived here before.”  

“Cmon let’s go to the neighbor’s house.”

“Why the hell would we do that, no one has lived there in ten years.”

“Maybe the have flashlights or a phone in there, what could go wrong.”

“Hmm, let me think a whole lot.”

“The doors sort of open.” 

“No light in the windows.” 

“Let’s just go inside.”

“Fine anything to get out of the cold.”

“That door slammed loudly, I’d be surprised if that didn’t wake up the whole neighborhood.”

“Yea but it looks like the whole neighborhood either died or moved to Canada.”

“Let’s go look for something, there has to be something in here.”

“These floorboards are so creaky.”

“I know, I’m trying to not make any noise but I think it is impossible.”

“Let’s split up, your get up stairs and I’ll get downstairs.”

“No way, this is so creepy I feel like we are being watched or something is lurking around.”

“What ever, but searching is going to take forever.”

“Alright let’s head upstairs.”

“You get that room and I will get this one.”


“I can’t find anything in my room what about yours?”

“ Yah, look at that, I can make out a faint light behind that door.”

“Finally, something that could be helpful.”

“Let’s go quickly, this house isn’t getting any less creepy”

“ it’s an old T.V,”

(The T.V crackles and a man comes on to the screen) 

“If your watching this it means that times have become desperate, I assume that the power has gone out in your area and that it seems as though everyone has left. If your still here it means that they haven’t found you. Stay quiet and hidden, in the floor in the attic is the key to human survival.” ( loud noises of chaos and the screen goes black) 


“You are our last Hope”


The End