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All That Glitters

Big Brother

Considering recent events, it is increasingly unclear as to just who government figures intend to benefit with various policies they deem to be essential for ‘progress.’ As with all history, one only needs a few minutes of research to learn that this is nothing new (assuming, of course, that one can still acquire adequate access to the internet at the ...

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Great Grandpa


Great-grandpa spent the majority of his life at the bottom of a bottle. I never knew him, but that’s what they tell me. They say it was to drown out the memories. Memories of his time spent overseas in the Pacific Theater, during World War II. Grandpa manned the 50 cal., the big machine gun that was mounted on the ...

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Mike’s Garage

gas station

I walked up and looked around, the Model T pulled up to the garage. A breezy young woman walked inside and greeted Mr. Mike. The woman walked over to the Coke machine and put a nickel in the slot. Out popped a nice cold glass bottle of soda. She popped the bottle cap off and it went flying onto stacked ...

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The Different Shores


My body lives on those two different shores Two shores separated by eternity Both covered with the sand of life but For my mind lives upon that authentic shore While my heart lives upon that mystical shore My mind has set up that camp It has stood the test of time It knows what is to happen For it remembers, ...

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Distant Memory


It sits in the corner. It doesn’t touch anything; Nothing touches It. But It watches. It watches new ones be made; Old ones be forgotten; Sad ones pushed aside; Happy ones being retold Time and Time and Time again. It doesn’t say anything. Makes no comments; Makes no movement. But It watches. It waits. Waits for someone to notice; Waits ...

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The Impact of Plastic Pollution


Introduction In modern times of the twenty-first century, a tremendous amount of human-made products and technological advances are created using plastic, a resource that has various helpful uses. However, because of the abundance and durable lifespan of plastic, the resulting waste is exponentially growing and harming the environment. Plastics are long-lived, inexpensive products that are mainly used as single-use items ...

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Fly Again


The wind dove down into the pastureland along the coast. It ripped its fast slender fingers through the ancient copses and stranded glacial boulders, surging and wailing in the billowing grasses, and then suddenly lifted up–straight up—and everything took flight. Foliage rolled back, baring the white knuckles of twiggy branches, clawing at the wind as the leaves broke free. Rain ...

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Scootin’ Towards Undergraduate Financial Freedom

college debt

Executive Summary The mental wellness of students at Trine University can be affected by their financial situation. Unfortunately, many of the students who have student loan debt lack understanding of this debt and have little idea of how to deal with it. This could cause students to feel stressed about their financial situation, which could distract them from their school ...

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Soldier of Asphodel


In the roman religion there are two area’s that can be described as an afterlife. There is the Plains of Asphodel which is where the common person went after death and there is also the Fields of Elysium where soldiers were said to go after death. They had no eternal damnation like religions of today. This story is the travel ...

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Aww Nutz


The last bite of meatloaf tasted just as good as the sixteen before it. I started shoveling a mix of mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy into my mouth. I had to eat as fast as possible if I wanted to be able to pick out my dessert before my brothers and sister. It was always a race to the finish, ...

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