Self Discovery

Me and Me

by Willa DuBois

i’m a pretty energetic person i’ve asked if i can stand on a chair and sing happy birthday in public, I’m kinda all over the place a little bit of willa, just off center of the room laughing at a dare i gave myself a little willa talking to you neatly placed sarcasm filling the

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The Soul and The Mind: An Indian Outlook on Progress

by Swastika Harsh Jajoo

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: How does your faith or

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Finding Comfort in Numbers

by Celie Johnson

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: Do the symbols, or significance

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Humanity’s Search for Life and Love

by Opal Tang

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:   Do the symbols, or

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Growing Spiritually

by Sam Morrison

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 does your faith or

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Rainstorms in Guatemala

by Kacey Sorenson

I love turning on the windshield wipers and driving. I love checking out of class to dance alone, and I especially love standing still and listening to it fall. At home, the rain is cold and it is hard to stay outside for five minutes without needing three extra layers. Over spring break, my family

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Faith in Myself

by Shikha Vinodanandan

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 does your faith or

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From the Editor

In a painting created especially for our cover, veteran KidSpirit artist Amy Liu depicts two identical heads facing one another in profile as if examining or questioning each other. The bald, almost skull-like heads reveal the brains of these doppelgangers to be intricate, clocklike mechanisms. The entire canvas is covered in brilliant, swirling colors. This

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The Summer That Changed Me

by Maddie Kessler

Most young people haven’t experienced a life-changing moment, but I have experienced something that has changed me forever. I have been in a dark tunnel and could not see the end. It was the summer of 2011, when my father’s older sister — my Aunt Kathy — died. When my aunt was healthy, she always

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When the Mountains Called Me

by Gemma Laurence

At 12,749 feet up in the air, I felt victorious. My heart pounded in my ribcage. My cheeks were flushed. Bruises blossomed beneath the hip and shoulder straps of my pack, which was over half my weight. I looked down. All those boulders I’d scrambled over were pebbles. The vast snowfields were tiny patches strewn

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