Power of Community

Power of Community

Community is an indispensable aspect of life


No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. 

~John Donne

    Community is an indispensable aspect of life. A community is a group of people who always support you no matter what. Throughout the boring and tough times of Covid, our family friends have always been there for me and my family. Through COVID, I have always been supported by my friends. Having been able to go outside with my friends after school, had always made me feel better and happier during the pandemic. When I was at home, and online for school, I was usually always bored. But I was always able to look forward to the end of school, to be able to see my friends. After school, we would go out into the woods for hours on end, we would also bike for hours on end. I was in class and bored out of my mind. But I was looking forward to the end of school. At the end of school I met up with my friends. Almost every other day of quarantine, I would meet up with my friends to go for a bike ride, we would be out for more than a couple of hours. We biked all over from one side of town to the other going through secluded paths in the woods. When I was biking, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky I was to have my friends in my life. As I look back on that experience, I realize how lucky I am to have had family friends that I could rely on. Through all of the negatives in life like COVID and having to go online, I was always able to look forward to the positives of being with my friends. Through this period of time we created a small community, to which we could unwind and have fun. My friends are incredibly important to me. I have always valued the friendships I have and I will always be grateful for them. One lesson that I learned from this experience was that one of the important things in life, is to have a sense of belonging to a community who values you.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Hope & Poverty on "The Rez"

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To live without hope is to cease to live

~Fyodor Dostoyevski

It is hard to escape poverty. Poverty can be with you throughout your life. But one of the best tools to rid yourself of poverty is hope. Hope is the glimmer of light in a dark room. In the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexi, Junior (The narrator) is always profoundly affected by poverty. Hope saved Junior and help free him from the chains of poverty, and reading this book freed me from my ignorance and helped me see with clear eyes the effects of poverty on a young boy growing up on a reservation in Washington..  

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A Letter to a Friend

A Letter to a Friend 


Dear, Bob

How are you? How’s life? I am doing well. I am enjoying school. School is a little challenging but I am enjoying it. On Wednesday, we were able to go to the headmaster's house and do all different lawn games behind his house. There were also coke and cookies that we could eat. Are you enjoying school, is it challenging? What sport are you doing and are you enjoying it?

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Caribou Essay

Taking risks, and facing the uncertainties


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”

~Helen Keller


We are in a bus, and we have just arrived at Camp Caribou. The day before, I can’t stop thinking about all the uncertainty that lies before me; and the risks that I am going to have to face. Little did I know that this small camp in the woods, would teach me that if you don’t take risks then your life will be a hard and rough path. It also taught me to always face uncertainty and not shy away from it.

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