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Happy 90th birthday, James Gatz

While I am far from alone in saying so, The Great Gatsby is my favorite book. It has been since Mrs. Smith’s 10th grade English Lit class back at good old Downers Grove North High School. 581 more words

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When Technology is Detrimental to Your Faith

In middle school, we used to love AOL Instant Messenger. I’d sit on it for hours on end, creating new screen names and updating my status with song lyrics of Yellowcard. 1,048 more words

Social media, a stigma

So I have an Instagram account where I had posted pictures of my likes and some those troubled me. In a relative amount of time, I realized none of that was necessary.Posting pictures over a social network to gain appreciation or criticism based on how people perceive them also allows them a free passage to let them judge oneself. 658 more words

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Mind The (Generation) Gap

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about generations lately. We always hear about different generations, all of these definitions and barriers and such. But I’ve been doing some research and it’s all more complicated than I would have thought. 796 more words

Of Poems and Palindromes: Lost Generation

LOST GENERATION

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Jonathan Reed, a twenty-something Atlanta native and a student at Columbia College in Chicago, wrote this palindrome poem, “Lost Generation,” about the future waiting for him and his peers. 1,525 more words

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justme reblogged this on something to tell and commented:

I came across this yesterday at a training session and found the video absolutely amazing.  It gave me goose-bumps!  The word 'palindrome' means that it reads the same forwards and backwards, for example "level". When applied to a long form composition it is a writing whose lines are read in one sequence one time, then the lines are read in reverse sequence the next. Notice how the meaning changes, though the lines are the same. This is the text of the Lost Generation poem: Lost Generation I am part of the lost generation and I refuse to believe that I can change the world I realize this may be a shock but Happiness comes from within is a lie, and Money will make me happy. So in 30 years I will tell my children They are not the most important thing in my life My employer will know that I have my priorities straight because work is more important than family I tell you this Once upon a time Families stayed together but this will not be true in my era This is a quick fix society; Experts tell me 30 years from now I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce I do not concede that I will live in the country of my own making In the future Environmental destruction will be the norm No longer can it be said that My peers and I care about this earth It will be evident that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It is foolish to presume that There is hope Google it and you'll see many videos on youtube.  I'd recommend watching it. You see when you change your perspective and reverse the poem by reading it from the end to the beginning, the meaning itself changes to something positive. This is what I mean: And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it. There is hope It is foolish to presume that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It will be evident that My peers and I care about this earth No longer can it be said that Experts tell me Environmental destruction will be the norm In the future I will live in the country of my own making I do not concede that 30 years from now I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce Experts tell me This is a quick fix society; but this will not be true in my era Families stayed together Once upon a time I tell you this family is more important than work I have my priorities straight because My employer will know that They are not the most important thing in my life So in 30 years I will tell my children Money will make me happy is a lie, and Happiness comes from within I realize this may be a shock but I can change the world and I refuse to believe I am part of the lost generation

Red.

Her wrists bled (red)
She awoke to a generation fuelled
By electronically emitted emotions

Is it no wonder then?
Her wrists bled.

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Five Gifts under $15

By Rosalie Chesley

We all have hard-to-shop-for people on our gift lists.  Every Christmas and birthday, we agonize over our great-aunt Berthas, knowing that they will be disappointed if we don’t remember them.  730 more words