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Xanax Rappers: Your Drug Addictions Are Not Beautiful

These fans of Lil Peep were featured in a post on the rapper’s Instagram, captioned, “Look at my beautiful fans awwwww.” It would be Lil Peep’s final post; the very same day, he would be found dead at only 21 years old as a result of overdosing on fentanyl and Xanax. (Photo from @lilpeep on Instagram.)
May 6, 2019

“Running away from you takes time and pain, and I don’t even want to / So I’m getting high all week without you, popping pills, thinking about you.” An enthralled crowd in El Paso, Texas sang out...

The Death Of Luke Perry

Luke Perry born on October 11, 1996, died on March 4, 2019. He will be an inspiration for others and will always be known for being an amazing actor and person.
March 29, 2019

 Coy Luke Perry died at the age of 52. He was taken to the hospital after having a massive stroke. After reaching the hospital and being in an unresponsive state, he was taken off of life support on...

41st President, George Bush, Dies At 94

President Bush was often referred to as the most successful one-term president. Sadly, the well-respected president died November 30 of this year at the age of 94.  (Photo credit: Eric Gay.)
December 17, 2018

“Some political people do lie all the time, and step over their friend to achieve the objective themselves. But I’m one who believes that one’s word of honor is about one of the most fundamentally...

Fatal Friday

A supposedly ordinary Friday takes a terrible turn. Can Eli make it through this day in one piece?
December 20, 2017

Sleep and drowsiness clouded his vision as Eli realized the time visible on the clock in front of him. He bolted upright, stumbled out of bed, and began scrambling for clothes. “I can’t be late,...

A Postmortem for Vine

“Milk and Vine” is a book parodying the format of the popular book “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur. The collection contains 70+ Vines and original artwork to commemorate the dead platform.
December 20, 2017

The year 2012 brought the news of a death total of 2,000 in the Afghan war, the reelection of Barack Obama and the birth of the social media platform Vine. Vine was founded in the summery sweet June heat...

Stiff as Granite

He had promised never to leave her.  Now, as Lucy stands by the river, she wonders how he could have fallen back on those words.
May 19, 2017

She had fallen in love with him slowly, over the course of four squandered years.  He had loved her from the minute he saw her, and had vowed never to leave her, regardless of the reason. He had repeated...

The Murder That Haunted

Macy was always bullied by a single person and one day she decided it was time for it to end. Only she might have made the wrong decision.
April 19, 2017

The wooden floor began to sing an alarming melody, as I silently lay on my bed. A cool breeze danced into the room and began to nibble at my skin, making it jump. Strange figures began to form in the corner...

Selfish God

She makes the tombstones smile and the graveyard whisper compliments. I’ve always tried asking them questions—“Is it something I should really be scared of? Is there really a God, or are these whispers ghosts or my mind? What’s the point?”—but she tends to just have chitchat. She’s always been better at chitchat. Photo used with permission from Leilani Gibbons.
May 23, 2016

One of the differences between me and the person I love is that she has conversations with the sun and I have conversations with the graveyard outside my neighborhood. It makes for interesting chitchat....

Standardized Testing is Madness

This picture accurately depicts Nate Shinkle at his death bed during standardized testing; this is how all of us students feel as well.
May 11, 2016

As a sophomore student, I think I speak for everyone when I say: testing is hell. During these last few weeks of 2015-2016 school year, we are bombarded with pointless and redundant projects, essays, EOCTs,...

An Infinite Cacophony of Light

Stars aren’t meant to be heard in the vacuum of space. They’re only meant to scream endlessly into the silent void.
April 15, 2016

Stars are not meant to be heard. Endlessly floating, Surrounded by dust and emptiness With oblivion awaiting them. Stars speak their own language. Elegantly phrasing, Beckoned by thoughts and avidness With...

The Fox on the Rocks

To the darling girls, the dearest of boys;  Hear now of the Fox, whose clock now stops
Because he was a monster, for it was he that destroys.
March 24, 2016

The Fox strolled in, bound down by chain The rabbits and rats, thrushes and cats Cried high for blood, for such to fall like rain.   Slammed the gavel of stone, the Stag Magistrate “Silence...

Wraith of the Riverstone Reel

Wraith of the Riverstone Reel
January 14, 2016

Listen closely, dearest child, but surely not to me.  Listen to that breeze that blows every autumn from the hilltop, that catches your hat and plucks it from your feather hair.  It is not the wind that...

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