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The Real Value of Government Regulations

I just finished watching a documentary about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. And it reminded me the value of government regulation.

In it, it spoke of the primary reasons for the number of young women dying – as well as some men – that it was largely the result of blocked stairwells, doors opening in and not providing information about fire escape in the form of drills or documentation. 452 more words

Personal Journey

The Crossing of the First Threshold

“You can’t go back there.”
I’m astounded by this kid. I’m back there already. “She did,” I say.
The whole store wants to know what I’m up to now. 305 more words


By Lauren Tarshis

Illustrated by: Scott Dawson

Copyright Date: 2011

Published by: Scholastic Inc.

Lexile Reading Level:

Grade Recommendations: 4th or 5th Grade

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5… 461 more words

The Woods

My world overlooks the woods. Washington has been blessed with the most magnificent piece of nature that I have ever witnessed. Besides the ocean and Kauai. 509 more words


John 9

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” … 2,471 more words



Every time I think something is difficult, or dangerous, or scary…I think of this. This mountain, this volcano, this adventure. I think of Momotombo. It was about halfway through a 10-day trip to Nicaragua to visit/adventure (they really go hand in hand when we’re together) with my friend. 2,527 more words