From the Editor

Beauty is most often associated with our sense of sight. But as this issue’s PerSpectives contributor musician Frank Fitzpatrick so aptly writes, “Those qualities we aspire to most – love, faith, sense of purpose and spiritual connection – exist in the realm of the Unseen.” In our Beauty and the Senses issue, KidSpirit contributors venture

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Jewels of India

by Niti Majethia

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India, a country full of different traditions and values. India has a caste system with different classes in Hindu society: Gujratis, Kutchis, South Indians, Punjabis, and many more. Since each caste believes in a different god, India is adorned with many different beautiful temples. Each caste has its own

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Living in a Chemical World

by Grace Luckett

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan is a non-fiction book dedicated to exposing the chemicals used in beauty products and other chemically-based products. The author is the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which tries to convince big cosmetic corporations to become more health and

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Creative Bliss

by Tanmaya Murthy

The Times of India’s Newspaper in Education (NIE) journalism internship for aspiring student writers in grades 8 to 12 transformed me as a writer when I attended this two-week internship in June 2010. I was in 9th grade and along with 36 other shortlisted students from all over Delhi, I had the opportunity to be a part of

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Discovering the Aesthetics of Suzhou and Architect I. M. Pei

by Anya Dunaif

KidSpirit Editor, Anya Dunaif, reflects on a summer in China and her encounter with the work of a modern architect in an ancient city. Before traveling to Suzhou, a city in Jiangsu Province just to the west of Shanghai, I knew little about it, except for a Chinese saying that I had been taught in

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Beauty in Judaism

by Naomi Chasek-Macfoy

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: What do you find beautiful

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A Review of Cave of Forgotten Dreams

by William Lohier

One beautiful Friday afternoon while my brother was practicing violin with my mom, and the radio was blasting NPR, I sat myself down with a box of cookies and a Do-Not-Disturb sign on the door and prepared to watch Cave of Forgotten Dreams, directed and narrated by Werner Herzog, and produced by Eric Nelson and Adrienne

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The Flaws of Frail: How Media Has Altered Body Image

by Sharon Lin

  As the winter season rapidly approaches, the fashion industry prepares to unveil their newest trends. Fashion catwalks erupt around the holidays, while adoring fans of Victoria’s Secret, Bloomingdale’s, and Vogue tune into their televisions to scrutinize the latest styles. Super skinny models take the runway, showing off skimpy outfits and outrageous costumes to an

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Kenya Calling

by Caroline Colwell

Alarmed by an unfamiliar noise, I took my eyes off the path beneath my feet just in time to see a little green bird take off in front of me. I rushed after it, my camera ready, hoping to capture its unique splendor. My eyes focused on the bird as it darted off to the

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Goof Corner

Sam Miller