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Words from a wallflower

Lola, Marlee, and Me My family always has a dog in our home. They become members of our family, sitting next to us on the couch while whining at any animal that comes on the TV. They give us excited howls when we come home

Words from a wallflower

Stress ball A girl around my age sat in one of the chairs in St. Catejan’s for last week’s blood drive, squeezing a stress ball to fill up a pint-size bag of her blood. Seeing her calm kept me relaxed…until I realized that my blood pressure

Words from a wallflower

Valentine’s Day has meant different things to me over the years. In elementary school, it meant bringing small gifts for friends…and everyone in the class, so they wouldn’t feel left out. In high school, it meant an anniversary. Now, it means a day to do

Words from a wallflower

My heart has been set on going to law school at the University of Oregon. It’s the only school I’ve toured that has family law with a concurrent master’s program in journalism. I felt like I was home when I toured the campus.  I’ve been

Words from a wallflower

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” That was the quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn I saw on a plaque that was one of many on a bridge above a freeway in Denver, and it summed how I felt on this past Saturday. The

Words from a wallflower

While spending my break in Washington, I realized that my bedroom feels a bit like a time capsule. The numerous slots I have for pictures hold images from over 10 years ago and those of people who are no longer in my life. I strategically

Words from a wallflower

I’m in a completely different place than where I thought I would be by the end of the semester, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m a planner who sets goals and needs to know the details about the foreseeable future. Not everything went

Words from a wallflower

I have two bracelets in a jewelry box, one blue that says hope, courage, faith and one yellow that says livestrong. My dad and I wore these bracelets at all times after he was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, promising each other that we would

Words from a wallflower

Two weekends ago, my family met up in Vegas to celebrate my stepdad’s birthday. It sounds like such a cliché that we spent a weekend in Vegas, but trust me, it didn’t consist of the normal tourist attractions, considering that my stepbrother and I are

Words from a wallflower

Halloween used to be a big deal to me. I would rush home from school to get my costume on before the sun even went down and impatiently wait until my parents told me it was time to go out with my friends. From the