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How to Win Valentine’s Day: Gifts to Get the One You Cherish

Everyone wants to be the most romantic boyfriend or girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, but it is impossible to achieve this goal without the perfect gift. Take a look at our guide to help you decide what to get your bae for Valentine’s Day.

Quillen McKinney, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

February, the month of love. When those who are single suffer terribly in their loneliness, and those who are fortunate enough to be dating gaze deep into each other’s eyes, confess their love and struggle to plan the most romantic night of the year.  But one cannot have a good night without a good gift. Theref...

What’s the Big Deal About “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”?

What would you do if you wrote letters to all the boys you have ever loved...and they were sent? Photo by Korhz Galia.

Quillen McKinney, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018

There are few things in the world that truly unite people. Thanksgiving, puppies and Netflix original movies, such as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” are a few examples. This movie phenomenon, a flawless example of a teenage romcom, has been a smashing box office hit. The movie, based off th...

I Remember.

“Now she can handle the pain. It is the little voice in her head that reminds her of how long she’s handled it that haunts her.” - JmStorm

Anna Anglin, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

Monday. She remembers his face so clearly Like a swift breath of air Except the air was not fresh No, it was a breath of cigarette smoke Life threatening, cloudy, yet she kept coming back for more   Tuesday. She remembers when they spoke The words flowed out of his mouth...


The next few days are the same, thinking about the trees and dirt outside, thinking about God, thinking about finding a new job, thinking about her. Some days she comes home and when it’s sunny outside, I’m on the ground and she’ll sit beside me. We’ll talk about our day and write words into the dirt before going inside to wash our hands and make dinner.

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Romanticism exists in soil. Decayed and decaying and will decay. Pieces of God are underneath dying grass with flecks of something holy and poetic in the pollen and leaves. And there’s dirt underneath my fingernails, and I taste it when I chew them. I exist at the same time with things and creatures...

Amelia Wilmer

Her hair curled in a way that the earth seemed to agree with.

Natalie Wilson, Associate Editor

December 1, 2015

Casey Blank ran the tip of her finger down the edge of her Sunday paper.  There was something elegant to be found in Casey’s big ears and narrow chin, and her hair curled in a way that the earth seemed to agree with. Her eyebrows crunched into the top of her nose as she analyzed the grooves etched...

Upside Down Flips My World Upside Down

“The universe, so full of wonders. I could spend hours and hours looking up at the sky. So many stars, so many mysteries. And there's one very special star that makes me think of one very special person.” (Photo used with permission of Alex Rodgers)

Natalie Wilson, Features Editor

May 7, 2015

Winding viewers up with its out-of-this-world conceptual science and phenomenal film filter, Upside Down by Juan Diego Solanas is a movie that, once started, cannot be interrupted to even get up to go to the bathroom. Critics rave over the flattering colors and ground-breaking plot, saying it could be...

Falling Off

Picture used with permission from Savannah Keith. 
When I’m at the top of the hill, he’s at the very edge of the rocky cliff, staring out to the forest. A creek runs through the middle, and I thought it was beautiful. I admire from afar, keeping my distance. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” I say, smiling.

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer

May 7, 2015

In the spring, we took a trip to the mountains, except that it was not so much a trip as it was a complete, tumbling, dangerous fall, and it was not so much the mountains as much as it was a moderately tall hill. We thought it was a good idea because we were high, and that’s explanation enough. We...


It isn’t a matter of trust but a matter of knowledge, and I’m a bit of a know-it-all.

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer

May 5, 2015

  It’s hard for me to think in color. I’m used to the dreams now. I’m sixteen years old, and I can still remember the nightmares I had when I was a little kid, where the monsters were black with even blacker eyes and I was engulfed in the sheets that were soaked with sweat and u...

Together Through the Rain

“When love is not madness, it is not love.” –Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Maddie Highland, Staff Writer

April 30, 2014

A slight breeze shakes strands of my hair loose from the tight grips of the hair bow and my ruffled bikini top dances with them. A small dribble of ice cream leaks down the flaky cone. The air is alive and full of buzz as people chatter and laugh on the pier. Down the boardwalk, a man and his son reel...

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