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TITLE On the Write Track. A 353 Special Project. Final 

Report • 

INSTITUTION Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lancaster, 

Pa. 

SPONS AGENCY Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. 

Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. 
Jun 93 
98-3026 
107p. 

Reports - Descriptive (lAl) — Creative Works 
(Literature, Drama, Fine Arts) (030) — 
Tests/Evaluation Instruments (160) 

MF01/PC05 Plus Postage. 

-'Adult Basic Education; '''Adult Students; '''Creative 
Writing; '"'Student Developed Materials; Writing 
Instruction; Writing Skills 
353 Project 



The primary goal of a project was to encourage 
students in adult basic education. General Educational Development, 
and English as a second language to express their thoughts and 
feelings through writing. Its objectives were to collect and publish 
exemplary student writings from adult education programs throughout 
the state of Pennsylvania and to empower adult education students by 
providing a vehicle for the public recognition of student writing. At 
least one piece was included from each of the more than 150 students 
who submitted writing to the publication. The final evaluation 
consisted of including an evaluation form with each copy of "Emerging 
Voices.*' (A copy of the adult education anthology is included. 
Contents include the following: poetry; a short story; a piece of 
writing to which an entire class contributed; and writing on these 
topics: travels throughout the world, letters to Mr. Clinton, 
Thanksgiving thoughts, and autobiographical writings. An author and 
title index is provided. The evaluation form is also included.) 
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On the Write Track 

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June 1993 



Project Director: Sandra J. Strunk 
Adult Enrichment Center 
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31 South Duke Street 
Lancaster, PA 17602 
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Literacy Education. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the 
positions of policies of the U. S. Department of Education or the Pennsylvania 
Department of Education, and no official endorsement should be inferred. 



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Table of Contents 



Abstract 2 

Introduction 3 

The Problem 4 

Objectives 4 

Evaluation and Conclusion 5 



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ON TlIK WKITK TKACK 



Project No. : 



98^3026 



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Project Director: SANDRA J. STRUNK 



Phone No. : 717-293-7639 



Agency Address: ADULT ENRICHMENT CENTER, 31 SOUTH DUKE STREET, LANCASTER PA 17602 



Description ; 

On the Write Track Is a student writing project designed to empower adult 
learners by providing a vehicle for the public recognition of adult student writing. 



The objective of this project was to collect and publish exemplary student writing 
from adult education programs throughout Pennsylvania, 

Target Audience : 

Adult Learners, Adult Education Instructors, Adult Education Administrators 
Product (s) —if applicable : 

EMERGING VOICES: A 1992-93 ADULT EVOCATION ANTHOLOGY 

Method(s) of Evaluation : 

An evaluation page has been distributed with the final product in order to solicit 
feedback from readers. 



The number of writing submissions received for this project for exceeded expectations. 
Although it was not possible to publish every submission, each adult learner who sub- 
mitted work had at least one piece of writing published. 

Conclusions : 

The publication of student writing is tremendously exciting far adult learners 
and their Instructors. Many adult education programs lack the financial resources 
and/or technology to undertake a publication of this nature. A state-wide publication 
is not only practical from a financial view point, but it adds to the prestige of the 
publication In the eyes of adult learnerLi, 

Descriptors : (To be completed only by AdvsncE staff) 



Objectives : 



Findings ; 



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Introduction 

On the Write Track is a student writing project designed to empower adult learners by 
providing a vehicle for the publication of student writing. This project grew out of a previous 353 
special project. Unheard VoiceSy which piloted a creative writing curriculum for adult education 
students. As part of the Unheard Voices project, adult educators were asked to present creative 
writing lessons to their classes and submit examples of exemplary student writings resulting from 
these lessons. The quality and quantity of student writing submitted was totally unanticipated. 
Moreover, both students and instructors asked to submit writing that fell outside the parameters of 
the creative writing curriculum. State-wide there appeared to be tremendous interest in the 
publication of student writing. 

Unlike Unheard Voices, On the Write Track is not tied to a specific curriculum or approach. 
From August 1992 through March 1993, instnictors and adult learners were asked to submit 
examples of exemplary writing of any type. More than one-hundred and fifty students and tlfteen 
adult education programs participated in the project. The subject matter of the submissions covers 
the spectrum of human experience ranging from autobiographical writings to haiku to essays. If there 
is a commonality, it is the candor that emanates from each selection. Some of the writing is uplifting 
while some of it is filled with despair. All of it is heart- felt. 

The final product of this project. Emerging Voices, has a wide audience within the adult 
education arena. Those students who submitted writing to the publication are understandably proud 
of their achievement and anxious to share the publication with family and friends. When the adult 
learner sees his/her words in print, it validates his/her unique perspective and experience in the world. 
For the student reader who did not participate in the project, the publication offers a realistic text 
which accurately portrays the diversity and experiences of the adult student. In this respect, it stands 
in sharp contrast to many of the adult beginning readers currently available for use in the classroom. 
Finally, Emerging Voices provides the adult educator with a glimpse into the lives of his/her students 
and, subsequently, improves his/her ability to meet each student's educational needs. 



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Sandra J. Strunk was responsible for all facets of this project. Ms. Strunk coordinated 
editorial board meetings, solicited student writing, and prepared the final publication. The editorial 
board made decisions about what would and what would not be included in the publication. 
Additional copies of the project may be obtained from one of the following addresses: 



The whole language approach to learning has been sadly overlooked in many adult education 
classrooms. For most adult learners, writing is a chore rather than a pleasure. Typically, adult 
students work on writing skills to pass the essay portion of the GED (General Educational 
Development) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Unfortunately, the vital 
connection between the written word and self-expression is too often lost in a "teach to test" 
environment. Those adult learners who do write poetry and/or prose for their own self-satisfaction 
rarely think of sharing it with instructors or peers because it doesn't seem "relevant" to the adult 
education curriculum and they believe it isn't that good anyway. If it is true that writers improve by 
writing, educators are missing the boat by not tapping into the student's inherent need for self- 
expression. 



It was the primary goal of this project to encourage students in ABE, GED and ESL 
classrooms to express their thoughts and feelings through writing. The power of the written word 
is a difficult concept to communicate to an adult learner who has not experienced success with his/ 
her writing in the past. The project provides a structure wherein the adult learner can achieve success 
with writing. 



AdvancE 



Adult Enrichment Center 



Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Ed. 
PA Department of Education 
333 Market Street 
Harrisburg,PA 17126-0333 



31 South Duke Street 
Lancaster, PA 17602 
(717) 293-7636 



The Problem 



Objectives 



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The specific objectives for this project are: 

1. To collect and publish exemplary student writing from adult education programs 
throughout the state of Pennsylvania. 

2. To empower adult education students by providing a vehicle for the public recogni- 
tion of student writing. 

The editorial board played a significant role in decision making throughout the duration of 
the project. In order to adhere to these goals, the editorial board decided that at least one piece would 
be included from each student who submitted writing to the publication. There was strong agreement 
that the project should not be competitive with only the best writers receiving recognition, but instead 
should attempt to portray the varied levels and abilities of adult students across the state. 

In some instances it was necessary to choose pieces for publication from among the many 
submitted by a particular student. When this occurred, selections were made based on the quality 
of the writing. What little editing was done, was done solely for clarification and/or to correct minor 
errors in spelling or grammar. Every effort was made to preserve the texture and integrity of the 
original writing. As a publication by and for adults, it was decided that mild profanity would be 
permitted as long as it was not crude or offensive to readers. 

Although the editorial board felt uncomfortable censoring student writing, it was agreed that 
Emerging Voices should not be a forum for the pontification of political or religious views. In fact, 
there was one instance in which a student's work was not published because it contained a diatribe 
against homosexuals. It was felt that this type of writing conflicted with the objectives of the project 
and detracted from the overall quality of the project. 

Evaluation and Conclusions 

The final evaluation for the project is dependent upon the feedback of the readers. An 
evaluation form was included with each copy of Emerging Voices. Preliminary reactions, 
particularly on the part of adult students, have been extremely positive. Based upon the response of 

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adult learners and instructors in submitting writing, there is little doubt that a state-wide student 
writing publication is needed. Many adult education programs lack the student population, financial 
resources, staff and technology to produce a publication of this nature. Yet, there is no mechanism 
in place for the continued funding of student publications. Although publications have been funded 
for the past two years through 353 special project funds, this is not a viable option for the future. 
Because 353 special projects are not, by definition, repetitive in nature, it is not possible to fund the 
same project for more than one year. Further, even if it were possible to fund the publication as a 
continuing 353 project, it would fall under the umbrella of the "mini-grant" and, as such, the available 
dollars would be extremely limited. Fifty students contributed to Unheard Voices, the first student 
writing publication. A year later, more than one-hundred fifty students submitted work to Emerging 
Voices. From the first year to the second, publication and postage costs more than doubled. 

Adult educators do a great job of writing for and about the adult learner. Yet, if empowerment 
is part of the adult education mission, perhaps it is time to allow adult learners to contribute to the 
available literature on the subject. Who can better describe the world of the adult learner than the 
learner him/herself? Unfortunately, unless adult educators commit to funding adult student writing 
projects, there will continue to be a void within the adult education arena. 



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Evaluation Form 



RECEiVcD 

A'.'C C 2 1993 



An Adult Education Anthology 

1992 - 93 



Your reactions to this publication, both positive and negative, can help us improve the quality 
of future projects. Please take a few moments to complete this form. Your feedback will be greatly 
appreciated. 

Directions: Please circle the number which best summarizes your reaction to this project 



Visual Appeal 
Content 

Classroom Applicability 

Value as an Incentive for Student Writing 

Overall Rating 



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What is your primary position: 

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□ Volunteer Tutor □ Other 



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Sandra L Strunk 
Adult Enrichment Center 
31 South Duke Street 
Lancaster, PA 17602 



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An Adult Education Anthology 

1992 - 93 



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LANCASTER 
LEBANON 
INTERMEDIATE 
UNIT 13 



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Published by 
The Adult Enrichment Center 
of 

Lancaster- Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 

II BEST COPY AVAILABLE 



An Adult Education Anthology 

1992 - 93 



Sandra J. Strunk, Editor 



Published by 
The Adult Enrichment Center 
of 

Lancaster - Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 
31 South Duke Street 
Lancaster, PA 17602 
under Federal Grant #98-3026 



This publication was developed under support finom the U.S. Department of 
Education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of 
Adult Basic and Literacy Education. The opinions expressed herein do not 
necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Dcpartmentof Education 
or the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and no official endorsement 
should be inferred. 



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Additional copies of this publication 
may be obtained from: 

The Adult Enrichment Center 
31 South Duke Street 
Lancaster, PA 17602 
(717) 293 - 7636 

or 

AdvancE 
PDE Resource Center 
Pennsylvania Department of Education 
333 Market Street 
11th floor 
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 
1-800-992-2283 in Pennsylvania 
(717) 783 - 9541 if calling from outside Pennsylvania 



Equal Rights and Opportunities Policy 

It is the policy of the Lancaster-Lebanon Intennediate Unit not to discrimi- 
nate on the basis of sex, handic^, race, color and national origin in its 
education programs, activi'ies or employment as required by Title IX, 
Section 504 and Title IV. 

The Lancaster-Lebanon Intennediate Unit will take steps to assure that lack 
of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participa- 
tion in all educational programs. Further assurance is given that services, 
activities and facilities are acceptable to and usable by handicapped persons. 

For information regarding civil rights and grievance procedure, contact 
Edward J. Golden, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at 1 110 Enterprise 
Road, East Petersburg, PA 17520, Telephone (717) 569-7331. 



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Contents . 

Acknowledgments 5 

Preface ^ 

Poetry ^ 

The Recruit 49 

A Short Story by Jeffrey Carter 

The Fall Foliage 52 

Travels Throughout the World 56 

Letters to Mr. Clinton 64 

Thanksgiving Thoughts 70 

Autobiographical Writings 74 

Index 



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Acknowledgments 



/ would like to express my appreciation to the following adult education 
programs for participating in this project: 



Adult Learning Center 
Erie, Pennsylvania 

Cora Neumann Center 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Even Start Program 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Even Start Program 
Reading, Pennsylvania 

Franklin County 
SPOC Program 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 

Lancaster - Lebanon Il)-13 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 



Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 
New Oxford, Pennsylvania 

Mansfleld Adult Education 
Mansfield, Pennsylvania 

Pen Argyl Area School District 
Pen Argyle, Pennsylvania 

Reading Area Community College 
Reading, Pennsylvania 

State Correctional Institution 
of Huntingdon 
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 

York Prison Program 
York, Pennsylvania 



Special thanks are also due to John Corse Jr.. Jaclyn Frey, Joe Morales and 
Usa Sharp for their tireless proofreading and data processing assistance. 

Most of all. I want to thank the one hundred andffty-two adult education 
students who participated in this project for their willingness to share their thoughts, 
ideas, and visions with us. 



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Preface _ 



Thercis anEthi(^ian Proverb which says. "When the heart overflows, itcomes 
out the mouth." As you read the following wordsof adult education students throughout 
Pennsylvania, there is little doubt these voices come directly from the heart 

This anthology covers the entire spectriun of human experience. Some of the 
writing is uplifting while some of it is fdled wiUi despair. What little editing has been 
done, was done solely for clarification and/or to correct minor errors in spelling or 
grammar. When changes have been made, every effort has been made to preserve the 
texture and integrity of the original writing. However, since most of the submissions 
were handwritten, there were dmes when it was particularly difficult to decipher words 
and even the names of the writers. I apologize for any eitors that may have occurred. 

This is the second year Lancaster - Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 has receival 
353 Special Project funds to publish student writings. Working with student wridng is 
one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of my work. Not only does it allow me 
to learn more about the worid of the adult learner, but it reminds me of the tremendous 
wealth and diversity inherent in adult education. 

It is exciting to introduce new writers to the power of the written word. When 
we publish student writing, we send adult learners the message that what they have to 
say is important and meaningful. Unfortunately, this is a new and unique experience for 
many adult students. It is my hope that adult education teachers, counselors and 
administrators will continue to send this message by supporting the publication of 
student writing in the future. 

Sandra /. Strunk, Editor 



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Emerging Voices 



Zura Moon 



Hanging in your majesty so high 
Behind looming clouds of grey in the eastern sky 
My eyes are drawn to you 
Until the morning dew 
Your beauty is fwever in my mind 

Waxing and waning throughout the years 

Full at your peak, dispelling all Fears 
Darkness when new bringing only my tears 
Till the crescent shall ring out bringing joy to my ears 

Zura moon, amongst the stars 
Lord knows only where you are 
Perceptions invalid when glancing so far 
Conceptions void when gazing inward 

Such an ever-present being 
Celestial body guide 
Present for my ancestors eternal watching eye 
You shall witness years to come 

Things m never see 
For where I am merely mortal 
You shall always be 



Zura moon 
The moon's moon 

Jesse Brackett 



See a moonlit night 
Bright stars glitter in the sky 
Fresh air comforts me 

Carmen Otero 



Sitting 

Sitting by a stream 
With my feet in the water 
Hearing the birds sing 

1^ 1^ Shawn K. Fake 



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Beautiful 

Remembering the days of years ago sitting under the tree 
as the wind began to blow thinking and wondering,** 

White Butterfly 
Butterfly, why do you follow me! 
You're more beautiful than anything 
I ever did see I want to touch you. 
But you soar too high I want to love you. 
I cannot fly, where will you be 
when summer is gone? Some other 
Land where the air is nice and warm 

As the sunlight reflects off your 
Beautiful white wings as you begin to 
Soar whenever I look to the sky 
ni always remember my Beautiful 
White Butterfly 

Tyrone Wilson 



SPRING 

SPRING COMES TO ME 
DEATH COMES TO LIFE 
RAIN COMES TO FEED 
SUN COMES TO WARM 
FLOWERS COME TO BLOOM 
SMELLS COME TO AIR 
BEES COME TO BUZZ 
LEAVES COME TO BUD 
ROBINS COME TO NEST 
FROGS COME TO SING 
CHILDREN COME TO PLAY 
SPRING COME TO ME 

Charles Turiano 



Sitting on my steps 
Eating a bag of stale chips 
Drinking a cola 

Taalib Muhammad All 




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I Wonder 

I rvonder where I'm going 
I wonder where 111 be 
I wonder where the world will be 
In the year 2003. 
I wonder how it will look 
And how many pe^^le will live. 
I wonder with ail of these diseases 

When the world's going to end. 
Everybody's dying - one, two, three. 
I wonder if they'll have a cure 
Before we all die in another war. 

I wonder how we'd act 
If tlie world was nice and neat 
I wonder if this gang stuff will ever cease. 
Friends dying and babies crying 

Lying in a puddle of blood. 
I wonder if they'll drop a bomb 
Then the world's gonna disappear 
No more crying, no more tears. 
1 wonder if I'll ever live to see that year. 
I wonder! 

Luis Hopkins 



Sometimes I am wondering why 
Unspoken feelings can cut you so deep like a knife? 
Right now I feel like my life is hanging 
Only by the tip of my lips. 
Walls like buildings surrounded 
The golden key to unlock the door of my dream. 
For all I know God has plans for me behind that wall. 
I must bieak every wall that stands in front of me 
So I can reach that golden key 
To open every door of my dreams 
And let them come to life. 

Khom Tuy 



Winter is ending 
Spring is coming very soon. 
End, winter, just end. 

Irma Burgos 

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Ponder 

Is death when you die? 
If it is tell me why 
Won't our soul live forever 
Till eternity ends? 

And when the sun reaches bottom 
Of the ocean so deep 
Will our tears really matter 
Over days and the weeks? 

Jesse Bracken 



This is Spring 



Tis but few reflections 
on this fourth of the year. 
Hemstitch though they be, 

merely probing, I fear. 
Inamorata defiles the snare 
of this exponential quest 
Some will invoke the birds, other the bees 

aiid flowers, I guce*^. 

Innocence draped about us 

like a perfunctory kiss. 
Sealing off our incongruities 
for our nx)m to reminisce 



Searching for immortality 

as though 
Rescience were our lot. 
Rapaciously groping 
for signs of the vernal equinox. 
Intraocular wisdom 
we all well rehearse. 
Navigates but little 
our inchoate knowledge of the universe. 
Guides imperfectly to constellations of desiderata. 



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LAST NIGHT I SPOKE TO AN ANGEL 

Late last night I spoke to an angel 
And asked if he could find 
A perfectly created lady 
Who was warm, sweet and kind, 

I asked that she be gentle 
And understanding too 
And possess that special ability 
To change my gray skies blue 

She need not be wealthy 
Or have any great fame 
Just always be there for me 
And I'll love her just the same. 

For some strange reason I felt 
That my request fell on deaf ears. 
So I decided to try again with hopes 
That my angel might now appear. 

So this time I asked the angel to send me 
Someone I could think highly of. 
And bless her with all the qualities 
That are gifts from up above. 

Still there was no answer 

So I decided to go to sleep 
When a voice said, *The lady you 
Have is the one you should keep." 

"Because not only is she special 
But she's the best that we can give 
So always treat her with kindness 
For as long as you shall live.'' 

"And keep this special thought 

Always with you- 
As tong as you believe in love 
Your dreams will all come true.** 

Donald Cranberry 



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PROGRESS 

An eagle soared above the clouds 
As on a hill a lone wolf howled 
The sky was blue and sunny gold 
And down the highway thunder rolled 

There came a rider on the wind 
Like his older pagan kin 
Who wandered lands of ages gone 
When men of freedom freely roamed 

The world was then a younger place 
With room to breathe and elbow space 
Now, it seems, it's changed a bit 
Till there's hardly room to spit 

In times gone by a man could run 
From dawn 'til darkness took the sun 

And wander far and wide as free 
As his own wild blood did choose to be 

But now the nomad's world is bound 
By walls and fences all around 
And in the name of legal right 
The law itself dims freedom's light 

No more do gypsies rove a: will 
And wolves no longer roam the hills 
These days eagles seldom fly 
Across the vastness of the sky 

They call it progress, all this change 
That cages wolves and fences range 
That eagles now are mighty rare 
Only a few still left up there 

The land itself is locked up tight 
By laws that say that black is white 

And up is down and sideways too 
And wrong is right and lies are true 

The very hills have been torn down 
To put the earth on equal ground 
And men are taught to play the game 




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Pay your taxes; walk* don*t run 
And don't get busted having fun 
Be just like the other guy 
And watch TV until you die 

WiaiamA. Lovasz 



Passion is an emotion Uiat can't be controlled 
Sometimes you fall so deep into it you drown 
Not wanting to be saved 
Not caring what happens 
It's passion that's ruling your life 
Not having enough confidence in yourself 

You really are someone special 
Looking for someone to take on the world 

I won't be your mother 
So don't blame me when ycu can't stand tall 
Because you're afraid of the others 
So be a man, take a stand 

Dun't Ic^ the passion drive you out of control 

RachaelWUUams 



Our lives and goals have taken 
Different turns through the months 
But our friendship has remained 
Intact 

I guess that's because we've 
Shared it 
All laughs and hopes 

Your friendship is important to me 
And so is your h^piness 
That's why I always wish you 
All the good times yoi: deserve 
And I always will remember 

Josi Santiago 



Christmas 



The white snow falling 
Joy» miracles* happiness 
Children's laughter glows 

^ Carmen Rosa 



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A DAY BY THE OLD WASHING MACHINE 

Late one summer night, 
me, my pal and his pipe. 
Stood by an old washing machine 
like trustworthy knights by their queen. 
With our white bolls of fire 
(that controlled our desire) 

I split them just right 
by the light of the night 
As small as can be, yet bigger for me. 
When we smoked them all, 

we started to crawl - 
We were looking for more 

all over the floor. 
When he started to stand 
with one in his hand. 
It went in his pipe, 
as I looked for a light 
While he was taking a hit 

I was having a fit 
Green flares rose higher 
as I began to perspire. 
He began to choke 
from the rich blue smoke, 

A strong scent of Tide 
made my eyes open wide. 
And as he passed out 
I didn't bother to shout, 
because I took off and ran fast, 
like an old memory from my past. 
The life of a crack-head 
is bound to leave you dead 
This, I had learned, 
when my good luck had turned 

Now I am in jail, 
with many years and no bail. 

This message is true, 
I hope you see things through. 
Don't follow the wrong trail, 
because you're bound to fail. 
Cocaine is no joke. 
So please don't smoke. 

And don't ever use, 
if you don't want to lose. 

^ ^ *y Angel Luis Thomas 



Emerging Voices 



BLACK NUBIAN QUEEN 

I, your child, am presenting her most beautiful BLACK QUEEN 
with this poem. 
I love you and respect you with all my heart and soul 
BLACK QUEEN. 
Your love to me is the most colorful and warmest love a child 
like me could have. 
Your spirit BLACK QUEEN is most lifting like an angel in the night 

coming down from the heavens. 
This day of giving respect to the one that bore me is my favorite day, 
but everyday BLACK NUBIAN QUEENS all over the world 
should be treated this way. 
The day I was bom I know I was blessed with a BLACK QUEEN 
a strong QUEEN, a loving QUEEN, a giving QUEEN, 
a blessed QUEEN. 
This day is yours so is every other day in the name of GOD. 
I, your child, am presenting her most bwiutiful BLACK QUEEN 
with this poem for you to cherish for all of your 
graceful days. 

I love you Mom. 

Crystal Stiiver 



The Elderly 

They live in nursing homes they don't like. 
Sometimes the only feeling they know is fright 
A stranger's face is all they see. 
When they awake in the night calling, "Please help me." 
They call out a name of someone you don't know or maybe 
They tiiink tiiey have to go. 
Time has not been very kind. 
Little by little it has taken bits of their minds. 
Some remember things from days gone by. 
Others can't and wonder why. 
They are very precious all the same. 
Especially Uie ones who can't re icmbcr their names. 
A tender smile, a loving touch is what they need so very much. 
Always remember Uiat they are people too. 
And one day it will happen to me and you. 

PtnnieKolb 

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Say Yes 



My love the one and only 
iVe been with you for a while and you 
A Missup Dream 

Sleep street within this quiet 
room as i lay beside you like a 
woric of art, and don't let no 
moonful yesterdays disturb my 
peaceful heart Nor let no more 
tomorrows awake my resting heart 
Then i rest with the hope of becoming 
but my maker, my chanceless friend, 

her love surrounds me still. 
So forget myself and all the world. 
Put out each burning light and all the 
stars are shining on me as i tell her, 
my love, good night 



Someday, when we're old and gray 
We'll remember those special days 
When you and I were together 
Hoping that we*d last forever. 

We laughed, smiled, joked, and cried 
With falling tears we couldn't hide. 
The love we shared, the more we cared. 
Those days have long gone by 
So now I sit: Where*s time fly? 

I cry and mourn for my lost love. 

Tina Wright 



My coffee-rich land 
Where love and tenderness grow 
Life: my friends and family 



Michquale Jones 



Lost Love 



Memories 



Christina Carcamo 




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El Rey 

Me asegurare que tu piel 
sea flor cada vez que te 
haga el amor. 

Me asegurare que nunca pierdas 
esa sonrisa que me mata de ti 

Te entregare lo que quieras 
de mi, ercs dueno y me haces feliz. 

Te esparare si algun dia te va 
Y si no vuelves morire con este amon 

Porque tu eres el rey de mi corazon, 
de mis ojos» de mi boca, y de 
cualquier parte que tu 
quieras. 

Porque tu eres el rey que yo 
siempre seguire en las buenas 
y en las malas contigo yo estaie. 

Porque tu eres el rey de mi cwazon 
Porque tu eres el rey de mi vida 
porque tu eres es rey. el rey de 
mi amor. 



The King 

I will make sure that your skin 
will be like a rose every time 
I make love to you. 

I will make sure youll never lose 
that smUe that I love so much. 

I will give you anything you want 
from me, I am yours, and you make 
me happy. 

I will wait for you if someday you 
leave and dorft return. I will die 
with ibisJovc for you. 



Maria A. Pichardo 




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Because you are the king of my heart, 
eyes, mouth, and every part of my body. 

Because you are the king, that is why 
ni always follow you in the good and 
bad times. I will always be there for 
you. 

Because you are the king of my heart, 
the king of my life, the king, king of 
my love. 

Maria A. flchardo 



The Night Before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas 
And all through the garage not a creature was stirring 
not even my Dodge; The inner tubes were hung on the 
workbench with care, in hopes that Santa would fill 
them with air. 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds 
while visions of tiny race cars danced in their heads. 
Mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled 
down for a long winter*s nap. 
When out in the garage there rose such a clatter, I 
sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. 
To my surprise, here was Santa dressed in fur attire, 

from his head to his toes. Oh! so jolly and quick. 
He filled all the tubes, laying his finger aside his nose. 
He got in the old Dodge and out tlie garage doors he drove. 
I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, 
"In this old heap, it will take me all night!" 

AUaMiUer 



BALLOONS 

Floating through the air 
Sailing higher in the sky 

Like diamonds shining. 

C. Warnock 

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If I Could Love More 

I would become the rain 
Falling softly and gendy upon your body, 
And I would become the sun • 
Shining my wannth so intensely XQuil even feel cold. 
And I would become the moon- 
Filling your soul to its sunmiit with romance; 
And I would become the wind. 
But, allowing the gentle breezes to drift through your hair, 
I would become the sea- 
Washing the bad memories of life 
away and engraving your h^piest moments 

amidst the sands. But I am only me. 
And this is all I can ever do; love you more 
That should there ever be an ending to time. 
To the rain, the sun, the moon, the wind, and the sea, 
I would become love and free. 

Virginia Roupp 



Two Old Souls 

Our love is ever changing, like the 

seasons of the year. 
It has seen us through so many things 

like sorrow, joy and cheer. 
It is much like a rolleicoaster, going 
up and then down, when it's up we are smiling 
when it's down we wear a frown. 
It has held us together, through thick 
and through thin, and taught us to keep 

going and never give in. 
I sometimes feel like we're an old pair of 
shoes, and one without the other, just wouldn't do. 
So we might as well face it, we're partners 
for life, cause youll always be my husband 
and ni always be your wife. 

Donna KnowUs 



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The Imperfection of Words 

If my words could be like the eastern wind 
Howing across the desert to you 
If your words could be like the tide 
Comii a towards the shore to me 
If my woi is could have some meaning 

Then God knows then the/d be 
But until you hear my words my love 
They will cease to be 

Jesse Bracken 



One day I took a breath 
then got arrested for theft 
This just wasn't my day 
for I knew I was on the way, 
to the big house, or should I say jail. 
Had no money, so couldn't pay bail, 
but I kept a tight grip on my soap, 
it hung from my neck on a piece of rope. 
Then one day I finally got out. 
Opened the door and left out a shout 
Hurrah, Fm free again. 
Never go back to that pen. 
Til the day I met my match, 
a bullet I could not catch, 
like a stab from my knife, 
but that bullet took my life. 

Brian Phelan 



A Teardrop 

A teardrop on my cheek 

is all it seems to be. 
A teardrop on my cheek 
shed for you and me. 
A teardrq) lost and lonely, 

lonely as I am for you. 
A teardrq) slowly sliding, 
falling as I fell for you. 
A teardrop being wiped away 
as easily as I was from you. 

Susan Beckett 




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Fog On The Window 

IVe spent most of my life 
trying to figure what Iove*s about 
Fm always on the inside 
still uying to see out 
There's love that makes yoVi happy 
There's love that makes you sad 
There's love that makes you hurt inside 
and love that makes you mad. 
Love should be a two-way street 
to give and to receive 
But some folks take the love they get 
and then pick up and leave. 
So if love makes you happy 
then why are some folks sad? 
And if love fills your heart with joy 
then why are some folks mad? 
I guess we all ask the question 
what's love all about? 
We're all on the inside 
still trying to see out. 
Why is love the thing we want 
the most in our life? 
When love can tear you up inside 
and cut you like a knife. 
I guess this notion sums it up 
we take whatever's there 
Cause the thought of growing old alone 
is more than we can bear. 

Love is a feeling 
with many ways to describe 
It's a feeling in our hearts and souls 
and this we can't deny. 
I guess we all ask the question 
what's love all about? 
We're all on the inside 
still trying to see out 

Donna Knowles 



Walking in the wamith 
Going to enjoy the day 
All are having fun 

3X Elizabeth Marquez 



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The Beach 



There is a place I wish you could see 
Fd want of course for you to see it with me 
The sheUs come washing ashore. 
They keep you coming back for more 
The boats and ships strolling make you 
Wonder where they might be going 
You run your feet and let the sand go between 
Your toes. Walking together hand in hand. 
Just think how wonderful to see this place 
Together, just you and I. 



She's sad. But why? 
She's about to cry. 
A Beauty not beast who needs 
to feed on Pleasure's Feast 
She wants to know, can I be a wife? 
But how's that so with such a loveless life. 
A man came by and did not say, "Hi" 
Why, oh why, oh why? 
Stop! Just a second she said 
This is just a delusion from my head 
She av/oke with a sudden fright. 
All alone with the darkness of the night 
A star as sharp as a knife 
But still alone on her own with her 
Loveless Life. 



My Perfect Place 

There is a place I would like to go 
Where people are real and not a show 
A place where you can jump and shout 
And nobody there can put you out 
A place where colors are grace 
And not like here where colors mean race 
A place where we all can come together 
Not looking at whQj%.flreater or better 



Gini Parke 



Loveless Life 



Chris Whittaker 



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A place where the sun just shines all day 

And pushes the darkness far away 
A place where children can jump and play 
And don't have to worry about being taken away. 

A place where there is peace in the valley 
And not where robbers wait for people in alleys. 
A place where families can come together 
for the best and better 
A place where God can show His love 
And shine His light firom heaven above 
This place that I'm talking about 
This is the place where I will shout 
Shout! Shout! 

Annie Addison 



Love and Death 

There was a night not long ago 
You said you loved me - loved me so. 

We would kiss and you would 

Hold me tight. 
We'd sit and watch the stars 
All night 

You said that you would 

Always stay 
And that our love was like 
An endless day. 

Then one night we had a fight. 
You said our love was just not right. 

I don't think I'll ever know 
How I'm supposed to let you go. 

You said that you would never leave. 
Now I'm so confused I don't know what to believe. 

Now I'm drowning in my tears 
Thinking about all the years - 

All the years spent with you. 

I must have been such a fool. 

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Soon ni be taking my last breath 
Because without your love 
I choose death. 

Without your love life can't go on 
And youll be crying when Ym gone. 

You told me you would always care 
And I could feel your touch 
Blowing through the air. 

I must go to heaven now *cause 
You no longer care. 
But I promise to watch over 
You as soon as I get there. 

Amie Womer 



Slipping Away 

Her mother is crying, she 
grabs her to say my little girl 
is slipping away. She pushes and 
pulls to try and break free, she 
cries to her mother, 
"Let go of me." 
You're smoking your pot, you're 
Drinking your booze but in the 
long run you're gonna lose, Tve 
raised you so well, I've heard 
all your cries but I guess 
I'm not ready for farewells 
and good-byes. You've ruined your 
life and lost all your friends 
and to end this short story my 
heart never mends. 

Chris Whittaker 



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I was pretending a world 
but, when I found you, I 
added the sky. 

Thanks for transforming 
a sad child to a happy 
man. 

I knew you in my autumn 
and there will be light in my winter. 

I love your body because it 
contains your heart 

I love you the way you are 
more perfect maybe I won't 
love you. 

To be in love is to have 
two souls. 

Jaime Paiva 



For My Son, Tyler 

Sweet and quiet in my arms, I hold him with such joy. 
Do you know the love I feel for you, my little innocent boy? 
Peace, my little heavenly gift. For you there is no fear. 
You're in your loving Mama's arms and for you she's always near. 
You open like a flower. You blossom more each day. 
Your beauty shines to me in your own radiant way. 
You inspire my every waking, my every breath I breathe. 
You are the fabric of my soul, my love in you I weave. 
Raise my handsome African Prince, into a man youll have grown. 
But, in your heart, with a Mama's hand. 
Use the wisdom I have sown. 

Christin L Carl 



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You are my sun, you're my rain 
You're my everything, your love's not in vain 
You're my pride, you're my joy 
You're my baby girl, you are my toy 
You're my life, you're my love 
You're my everything, you're the stars above 
You're so fine, you're so sweet 
like a lollipop on a trick-or-treat 
You're my night, you're my day 
Now you're by my side, so please say you'll stay 
You're my smile, you're my tears 
When I'm with you, I have no fears 

Now you're mine, forever 
And for eternity well be together 

Brad Beltz 



Love Makes Many Things 

Love sometimes tangles up like a web. 
Makes you feel live and makes you feel dead. 

Makes things wander through your mind. 
Makes you see better and makes you go blini 
But these are some areas we must conquer through. 
Makes me very happy and will also make you. 

Bryan Dumin 



Spring Season 

The air is cool and the sun is shining. 
The grass is growing and the flowers are sprouting; 
Most of all, the children are hip hopping and hop scotching. 
Spring is here, they all laugh and dance. 
For some a rose 
For some a smile 
Spring seems to come only once in a while. 

John A. Pace 



I like my school room 
They are very nice people 
It's comfortable 

Jos^ Morales 



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My Mother 



I thank God for a beautiful mother. 
How she raised me my sister and brother. 

I thank God how He blessed her life 
For making her a good mother and wife 
I thank God for how she takes others in 

Not because they are cousins or kin 
I thank God how die opens up her doors 
And houses people in need and not on floors 

Many say they love and don*t show it 
But my mother has love and God knows it. 
I thank God for this precious time 
That He gave me to spend with this 
mother of mine 



Pages turn, 

Memories bum. 
Living in yesterday, that was then. 
Watching words blow in the wind. 

The pages bum. 



KIDS 

No care in the world 
Nor scare or fright do they have 
As they grow life tall. 



Annie Addison 



Pages 



Maxie A. Zenon 



C. Warnock 



THE POWER OF A MAN 



Persuasive this man 
Rugged and so controlling 
Yet compassionate. 




AM. Tate 



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Hunters 



Hunters, be careful with flintlcxk guns. 
They are made to kill, not just for fun. 
Play it safe as you roam. 
A life may be saved; it may be your own. 

So let us hope and be sincere. 
And hope you all can get a deer this year. 



THE FLOWER OF PASSION 

The seed gives a rose its first start. 
You must nourish the rose with attention... 
Water it with concem..Shine it with 
Radiating patience,.. 

It will grow up tall and firm... 
As you sprinkle lots of kindness...You 
Let your heart bloom into goodness... 

Your goodness will come back to 
You and forever will grow in your heart... 
While some flowers can be different, with love 
There is no diffidence... 

The quality of your garden equals 
The growing passion which bums in my 
Heart...As a rose blossoms with a radiating 
Glow, so does the burning passion glow in 
One's heart.. 



Nights grow cold and dark 
Their homes are dark, wet and cold 
Sickness is with them 



Alta Miller 



William Yarbough 



Love is a feeling 
That could bring us together 
Make a better world. 



Deborah Garcia 




Paul Lenherd 



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With love on my mind 
A strange feeling in my heart 
And stars in my eyes 

Donna Wesley 



If you are a desert. 111 be the sea 
Roaming your heart. 
Putting a smile on your face 
You, every breath I take, every step I wait 

David Onalaalou 



I like the summer 
Because it is nice weather 
To go to the park. 

Evangelina Aguilar 



Spring 

Today is rainy 
I need my umbrella now 
It is cold and wet. 

Maria Vdzquez 



Breeze Nights 

I love the night air 
It makes me feel new and fine, 
Tm glad it's that nice. 

Migdalia Medina 

Trees 

Trees are big and tall 
They have many colored leaves 
Trees are beautiful 

Michelle A. VeUz 



The summer is good. 
Because I like the beach too. 
And playing in the sand. 




Haydee Millayes 



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Easter's coming now 
Everybody is happy 
Eggs and chocolate! 

Salvsda VUlasefior 



HAIKU 

It*s a rainy day 
The temperature is nice 
I love the spring rain. 

EUnor Sonera 



When I put water 
Trading beauty for my job 
Beautiful flowers 

Jacqueline Rivera 



Spring Haiku 

Today is rainy. 
The weather is beautiful. 
I 'ddocc the rain. 

Mildred Fret 



Children are my life 
They are my better moments 
Beautiful treasures. 

Carmen Coldn 



Death can be so sad. 
It can be beautiful too. 
When you are at peace. 

Ginny Ness 



Down in my cabin 
A silent, cold winter night 
I dream of snow cops 

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Unforgtven 

I hear your silent crying, 
but cannot see your tears. 
I know you're still hurting 
from wounds of by-gone years. 

I yell, but you can't hear me 
*Cause the war inside you is loud. 

I reach to take your hand. 
But you take it away, too proud, 
I watch you as you stumble 
And your shoulders droq) down low. 
I wonder where the laughter went 
And the smiles I used to know 
I chase away the emptiness 

Inside my hollow mind 
I try and run from memories 
Of the friend I cannot find 
Each day I watch your picture fade 
Beneath the aging sun 
We reached for unattainables 
And neither party won 
The darkened nights grew blacker 

Still, our faces cold as ice 
Our rendezvous with tender hearts 
And our friendship paid the price 

Hope Adkins 



Love and Peace 

Love and Peace to all 
Laughter and joy for everyone 
Peace love, sees no color 

Lucy Lugo 



December 

December brings Ciulst's birthday 
and He gives 
love, faith, joy, hope and peace, 

Lucclola Gonzdlez 

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Thank You 

It was cold... 
So you wrapped your arms around me. 
I was alone... 
So you walked beside me. 
For this I thank you. 
I was afraid... 
So you turned on the light. 
I was lost... 
So you took my hand and guided me. 
For this I thank you! 
I was confused... 
So you wrote the directions down for me. 
I was bad... 
But you loved me anyway. 

For this I thank you 
I was all of these things... 
So you sent your son to die for me 

Through His death, I learned in turn to love others, to show the way for the lost, to 
turn my light on to strangers and to walk beside my fellow man. 
And for this I thank you. 

Mary Lou Forrester 



I once loved you 
And I still do 
For my heart can't take the pain 
of the fantasies you give me 
For it only hurts so true 
So the wind of your reality goes by 
And passes through. 
I have to let you go and face life knowing 
ru never have you. 
For when I made love to you 

I thought it was only true 
for I didn't do it for pleasune 
I did it thinking you loved me too. 
For now I have a broken heart 
Knowing we*re going to be apart 
for you would ever know 
I loved you very So! 

Tesh Presto 



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Why do some kids cry? 
They're supposed to be happy 
Give love to the kids. 

Ivette Roman 



Happy we started to work 

On a cold evening 
The tree was decorated. 

Aida Suarez 



Rug Hooking 

Does feel good to make 
Hook easily in and out 
It is done on time 

K. Seng 



Snow Skiing 

Flying down the slopes, 

Cool breeze against my warm face, 
Feeling fancy free. 

C. Warnock 



The birds and the bees 
Hying around in the breeze 
Can see the great seas 

Paul Lenherd 



Happily you be 
The Creator of the sea 
And sky above the deep 

Taalib Muhammad All 



The Earth is our home. 
Where trees and flowers have grown. 
The Earth's our future. 

, ^3 GinnyNess 



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Life's Mistakes 

Today there are tears. 
Tomom)w they dry. 
Today there arc fears, 
Tomorrow they die. 
Today there are dreams, 
Tomorrow they will fade. 

Tomorrow will erase, 
Tlie mistakes weVe made. 

Susan Beckett 



On a Sunny Day 

The sun shines brightly 
It is warm and bright outside 
The streets are quite hot 

Michelle A. Velez 

Reach Out 

I took up the phone. 
And found I was alone. 
I dare not to think, as I copied. 
The number off the wall, to make the call 
When I dialed and listened. 
Your phone was ringing, yet no one answered. 
As I stood there, I knew again, 
I couldn't reach out and touch you at all. 
So I redialed the phone to make another call. 

Virginia Roupp 



What a Mess! 

What a mess on the desert floor! 
All that scrap from all that metal from the bombs. 
There is a lot of cleaning up from Desert Storm, 
It surely is a mess! 
And there arc a loK of gas fires stiU burning. 
Boy, there is still a lot of destruction in the desert! 
It will take years to clean everything up. 
It surely will be nice to see the desert floor 
clean again. 
A A Alta Miller 



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For All I Know 

For all I know 
my life depends on a book of knowledge. 
As for my head 
I have a hole in the top of it. 

The next thing I know 
I am hearing the sound of my 
ABCs 
forming into 
WORDS 
flowing into my head. 
A few years from now 
my brain will be like a computer. 

Khom Tuy 



Haiku 

Sunny day is now 
Everybody feels good 
I am glad it's Hot 

Maria Vdzquez 



Little Bird 

There was a bird that could fly 
Someone opened his cage and the 
bird tried to fly 
Ke walked out of the cage and 
tried to fly 
The people, were always stepping on him 

And the cats tried to eat him 
His wings were hurt and he was crying 
Sad little bird! 
He was tired. 
He couldn't walk. 
He couldn't fly. 
Poor little bird! 
He went back to his cage and died. 

Rosa Ortiz 



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You know how to make me smile 
On rainy days, you bring out the sun. 
You always go the extra mile; 
As a firiend, you're number one 
tome. 

You are there to listen and advise 
To learn from you is so much fun 
Your comments are gentle and wise. 
As a teacher, you're number one 
tome. 

Jos^ Santiago 



The Life of a Rose 

A petol from a rose falls unto 
The Earth 
No one seems to notice just how 

much this petal's worth 
Through it's life this rose might 
have made someone happy 
like when a boy named John handed it 
ToKathy 
She kept it near to her because 
it made her glad 
But when it was time for it to depart 
it surely made her sad 
So as you see as plain as me 
The rose has had no strife 
Because with Kathy 
it lived a happy life 

Stephen Hail 



Christmas 

That beautiful time 
When everyone is happy 
With the family 

Carmen Coldn 

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Communication 
Is important between two. 
Without it you*re one 

Mirta Gonzalez 



For her eyes only 
He works all day long 
And no vacation 

THieu Dang 



Feeling deep cravings 
1 walk, trying to ignore 
Gum and candies, my comfort. 

Aida Suarez 



When you are in love 
Everything seems to be complete. 
Love is deceiving. 

Ginny Ness 



Beautiful View 

I have a beautiful view of the sun 
wh^^n it sets in the evening from my bedroom window. 
There is also a gorgeous purple lilac bush 
just below my window. 
Sunsets are so beautiful with all the different shades 
of color yellow; light, with a background of red; 
orange; and purples lined against the blue sky. 
The mountains lie back and take notice of their 
dark colors that entwine with a whisper of breezes. 
It brings forth the aroma of the flowering lilac 
through the window. 
Maybe a song or two from the peepers or whippoorwills, 
anc* iiow serenity catches up with me. 

Virginia Roupp 

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Life 

Time - - 
Life's most precious gift 
Love- 
Life's best feeling. 
Friendship- 
Life's most valuable possession. 
Without time, 

All is lost 
Without love, 
Who cares! 
Without friendship. 
Nothing matters. 
Time, Love, Friendship - 
The elements of life. 

Susan Beckett 



Pondering Deep thoughts 
I realize the mistakes 

I made in life 
How to fix them I don't 
know 
So I will go 1 day 
At a time and 
take it nice 
and slow fixing the mistakes 
I made in the past 
But I don't have 
to move too fast 
to know this now puts my 
mind at rest all I have to 
do 

is my Best 

Stephen Hall 



Life is like the end of the worid 
because as soon as you come in 
you leave. 
From ashes to ashes and dust to dust. 
That*s what life is to me. 

William Delgado 

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If I Were a Tree 

If 1 were a tree 
I could feel the wind coming. 

If I were a tree 
I could feel the life draining. 

If I were a tree 
I could feel the rain falling. 

If I were a tree 
Fd be alone in the woods. 
If I were a tree. 

William Delgado 



Do Me Right 

i dream of you all the time when i 
wake up there is a smile on my face, 

and when we get to be 
together there is really nothing to say, 
for easy Hello - Kiss - Good-bye 
and it is making me feel too 
You just got to tell me what is on your mind 
because i just don't got enough time. 
So can you just treat me right? 

Michquale Jones 



Sunlight in my eyes, dries my tears 
scared of my thoughts, scared of my fears 
I look for someone to help me through 
out of my teary eyes I clearly see you. 

Bryan Durnin 



Time Stanzas 

Derived in our minds 
To look at the past 
What is this thing we call time 

The elder sits on a hill 
Remembering when his soul was free 
And he did not fear the years 

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Why must we know our time 
Why must we see the end 
We will know the answer when the end comes 
But, perhaps, then it would be too late 

We must make good use of the time given 
For we cannot get it back 
No regrets must we feel 
And until we cease to be 
We must look at time not as dragging on 
But as available space to fill with 
Joy, kindness and love. 

Jesse Brackett 



Thoughts 

TTiough it*s been only a short time, since 
I last saw you - standing on the comer. 
Not noticing me, watching you all the time. 
As visions fill my eyes, and thoughts fill my mind 
Will you ever be my man? Will I ever hold your hand? 
How rich the- dreams, the moments I hope to share 
in your arms, and in your life 
giving my all, and more and more 
Hoping could this happen? Could it ever be true?? 
Then I wake . . . Only to see . . .You! 

Tina Wright 



CRY NO MORE 

I WANT TO CRY FOR THE WICKED BUT I CAN SHED NO TEARS 
I WANT TO CRY FOR THE HUNGRY AND LONELY ONCE I WAS 
THERE HOW CAN I REACH OUT AND HELP YOU WHEN YOUR HAND 
ISN'T THERE I CAN REMEMBER THE SHADOWS OF THE WEEPING 
WILLOW THAT ALWAYS GAVE ME FEAR 

Tyrone Wilson 



What nice fall season 
TTiere are yellow leaves falling down 
TTiere is often rain 

True Do 

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Like a Salad Bowl 



We have one thing in common 

it*s called the human race 
Yet the way we treat each other 
is somewhat of a disgrace. 
God made this world so we'd 

have a place to live. 
He also gave His son, so our 

sins he could forgive. 
We are all created equal, in 
the eyes of the Lord, and we're 
given our own identities so that 
we would not be bored. 
Imagine if He created us, to 
look and act the same. We'd walk 
around like robots and probably 

go insane. 
We need to think of the world 

like it's one big salad bowl 
for it takes a lot of ingredients 

to make the salad whole. 
We shouldn't separate problems 
from the eiu t and to the west 
We all createv' the problems 
but just choose not to confess. 
It's easier to blame each other 
and to just protect our own 
And turn our backs on others 
to solve problems all alone. 
It makes no difference iu which 
part of this world that we live 
Nor the size or the color of the 

hand that we give. 
For there are no separate races 
because of religion or color of skin 
There are only separate identities 
in this land on which we live. 
We are of separate identities 
which makes us who we arc 
But whe4i united all together 
we can solve problems near and far. 

Donna Knowles 

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September 1990 

lam 
I am me 

Some see me for what they think I am. 
Others see me for what they think I should be. 
But that doesn't change me. 
I am myself an individual, 
not someone else's image of me. 

Gini Parke 



For My Grandmother 

Where did you go 
For I didn't know 
Now you're so far 
Up above the stars 
They shine and shine so bright 
I only wish you were here 
in my sight. 

I wish I could have 

Told you how I feel 

But all I have left is 
The memories of the past 
And only hope they last 

And now that you are gone 
I will get by. I only hope 
You would understand why I 
Can't be there 
But for now 111 be waking 
Up every morning at Dawn 
And know that youll be looking 
Down from above, Loving all 
Your loved ones. 

Tish Presto 



Life is short 
Time is so very precious 
The quality of time is so important 
The things wc say and the words 
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Anger is a bad thing, and hurt can make 

Us say or do the wrong things. 
To communicate and honestly talk about 
Our fears and problems is vital to the 
Heart and soul and mind. These things 
Must be thought out carefully. There is a 
Reason for everything. This must always be 
considered. 

Gini Parke 



I Want To Love You 

I want to love you the way you are 
Tender, kind as a player. 
Coquette as every woman 
And timid and gentle as a kiss. 

I want to love you for your affection 
For your zeal and infantile doubts 
For your vague moments of bitterness 
And for your dreams unwary and subtle. 

I want to love you for your whims 
for all your divine anxiety 
And to adore in the flash of your eyes 
The juvenile candor of your virtues. 

I want to love you with excess 
With profound love indefinite 
With all my tenacious melancholy 
And every affection of my life. 

Jaime Paiva 



Time can never end 
Mans' life is as short as dreams 
Unlucky for us 

DatDo 



When weather is warm 
The tree has become green 
The sky is bright 

QunU 

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Spring 

When spring is coming 
The birds sing in the morning 
And the grass turns green 

Angel Lebran 



The American Way 

Walking down the street^ 
I see children playing, 
they are dressed for warm weather, 
but it's 3 below. 

I hear babies crying 
maybe they're wet, 
I tell myself. 
Not wanting to admit to myself, 
that there are actually 
children and adults. 
Starving in the United States. 

I smell death in the air, 

and try not to notice 

the elderly woman, 
in the alley next to me, 
lying very still. 

When I got home, 

I thought real hard 
about the events of the day, 
and realized that that's life 
The American Way! 

Joyce Barihlow 



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Childhood's Second Chance 

I see smiles and laughter, 
I see frowns and tears, 
I see all the thoughts, 
I see all the fears. 

I see the wonder, 
I see curiosity abound, 
I see the satisfaction 
in giving the answers that count 

I see anger that diminishes, 
I see confusion that enlightens, 
I see independence abounding, 
I see boldness that frightens. 

I see you grow 
and take hold of life, 

I see enthusiasm 
in your every stride. 

As you mature, 
my liule man of four, 
I see what mothers, 
were created for. 

To smile at your laughter. 

To comfort your tears. 
To ponder your thoughts. 
To soften your fears. 

To nurture your wonder 
To quench your curiosity. 
To listen to your explanations. 
To let your anger teach you 
To help clear your confusion. 

To help you be independent, 
To let you know security 
with your boldness. 
To let you love life 
and to advance. 
Thank you, little man, 
for my second chance! 

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Spring 

Of all the seasons throughout the year 

Springtime is the best. 
Because all the wonders of the world 

Awaken from their rest. 

The trees blossom, the birds come out 
And fresh flowers appear, 
To give us all the welcoming sign 
That spring is finally here. 

The bright shinmg sun is just a way 
The earth answers its call. 
To repair all the damages done 
During the winter, summer and fall. 

Springtime really touches us aU 

In a very special way, 
A little walk or a family outing 

Creates a fulfilling day. 

Even as the sun goes down 
The magic is not yet done. 
Because, simply gazing at the stars 
Can be so much fun. 

No matter where you happen to be 

In this life we hold so dear, 
I promise that you'll enjoy yourself 

When spring is finely here. 

And, in parting, there's one more thing 

I'd like to say to you. 
Just wait until the first day of spring 
And youll sec these words are true. 

Donald Cranberry 



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The Recruit 



by Jeffrey Carter 



When life slips to Ote level where the overwhelming necessity becomes the need 
to kill to live, what becomes of the original intent? 

A helmet, muddy and green, rose from the foxhole as if it were anew plant breaking 
ground. A flash of skin followed. It was the skin of an old face, haggard and tired, and 
circling the eyes the face sank like the dark protective waters of a casUe moat 

"I know those son'a bitches are out there. " said the man as he eased back down into 
the hole. There, in the safe mud of the foxhole sat another soldier with a fresher face, 
young , his cheeks red. Wondering how to respond, this one merely stared at the other. 
The older man surveyed the kid and then spoke. 

"Ever kill anybody?" 

"No, " the kid said, his voice ringing with a drilled-in inexperience. 
"Do you think you can? Sooner or later you're gonna haf ta." 
"I suppose." 

A muteness setUed in the hole. The kid looked at his rifle and then at the darkening 
sky. It wore apallw like the discolor of injury and appeared as though it were hung over 
the earth in great sheets. 

"I'member the first Ume I kiUed a man. " the old soldier said solemnly. "I saw'im 
by a tree, his face standing out clear on the grass. He was stalkin', an' I drew a bead on 
•im. Real clear. But I didn't shoot right away. I started thinking, see. An' the whole time, 
I got his face layin' there on my sight Uke a movie. And then his face seemed to get larger 
an' larger til I could almost see his eye movements. I could damn near sec this thoughts." 

The kid Ustened trying to cast an air that hinted of assurance. To him, now, the old 
man's percepUon of him was vital. He sagged against the damp wall of the foxhole 
noncommittally as he watched the words fall with ease from the old man's face. 
"So," said the kid. "What do you think he was thinking?" 
The other perked and said angrily, "Why he was thinking of kilUn' me. What else?... 
At least that's what I thought at first." His eyebrows narrowed. "Then, I don't know, it 
seemed like I started to see more, you know? But I didn't want to. mind you. I only 
wanted to see the enemy. That 'id make it easier for me. Bit I started to see this person. 
I could see the whites of his eyes. An' all I hadda do was just pull the trigger, an' Blam! 
He would'a been a corpse." 

"But you did kill him, right?" 

"Not before something inside 'a me died. " 

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defined in terms of tears. It was. instead, more like a dry expressionless mask of sadness. 
It was a shell-pocked building in the aftermath of conflict The kid thought he saw 
someone peep out from a window. He began to feel angry. 

"So what you wanna lay all this on me for? You want me to be like you? You want 
me to die too? I didn't start this war. You did. Your people started this. Now you need 
my blood to pay for it." 

The old man's face seemed glazed and distant He turned to the kid slowly with a 
turn that seemed to take forever bringing his face from a tragicomic shadov/. and said. 
"If you don't die. kid. you sure as hell ain't gonna make it" The voice had the hollow 
sound of tinderwood as it rattled around inside of a wooden box. 

On the horizon, and dominating the nearly black slice of sky above the foxhole, a 
sudden series of bright Hashes burst into a blazing light show. A thundering of artillery 
shook the sodden earth. The kid cowered lower covering his face. After the searching 
bombs stopped he looked up and collided with the old man's smile. 

"I'm tellin' you." the older one said, "you're gonna haf ta die first if you wanna li ve." 

"You're crazy." said the kid. 

The old soldier laughed and took a long swallow from a scarred canteen. His 
bobbing adam's apple made the kid think of the ducks in the shooting gallery at a fair. 

"When I pulled that trigger." said the old man. "I saw that guy's head bust open like 
a tomato...then it just disappeared. He never knew nuttin'. That's the same way I wanna 
get it" He snapped a gnarled finger, its sound dry and fleshy like a punch. Snap! "Just 
like that" 

Continuing, he said. "Yep. for seven or eight nights. I kept killin' that guy over and 
over. Then one day I woke up dead an' was finally able to bury that guy." His voice was 
a cackle and sent a shiver through the kid's marrow. 

Suddenly another series of mean yellow flashes rolled across, awakening the black 
sky. The ground shook, distant and deep, and an expectant spasm quivered the foxhole 
and missiles of packed earth and mud cascaded down its walls. The kid looked at the old 
man - or wanted to when the foxhole collapsed. Yet, it wasn't the collapse felt so much 
by the trapped pair, as it was the sheer and absolute fury of the horrible angry shells 
raining down from the night sky. 

Outside of the foxhole a bleak desolation lay like a mist over the battered landscape. 
A changing smoke, bitter and acidic, pushed its blue plumes up into the darkness. 
Thrown by the force of the explosion, the kid cowered lower, groping blindly out His 
hands were like feelers, antennas, and he searched for security in the captive blackness 
of the foxhole. 

He felt for the oM man. but there was only the mired confusion of the twisted, still 

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twisting, shattered foxhole. His hand was a chameleon, a dog with a cold black nose, 
limping, searching for warmth. His hand was a religion. Come unto me. Oh man. His 
hand was covered with blood. He was alone. 

He searched himself to se« if the blood was his, then spun his head sharply from side 

to side. 

"Hey, you son of a bitch, you! V/here are you?" 

But there was no answer to the kid's cry. Only the smoke, a blinding, choking, 
onrushing of grey cordite smoke that burned and singed his nostrils. Shells stiU fell, yet 
still he found no injuries upon himself. Then, and strangely so, the young soldier thought 
he saw from the comer of his eye, the old man in a silhouette amid the field beyond. And 
the old man danced a crazy jig, a toe jig through the raining chorus of shells, a weird smUe 
drawn across this face, his aging face. Everything was odd, grotesque, and backdropped 
by theominously scarred and barren treescaiK. And dancing - if it was the old man,blood 
covered, mute and black upon the flash, jigged crazily , shrieked, laughed and was gone. 

The kid stared out into the moonlike decayed scene, trembling and afraid, and 
soughthopefully, hopelessly for some sign a dream had not occurred and that reality was 
somewhere close by. There was no sign to be found, and the kid lay sUent watching for 
the dancing man. He found he was all alone. 

There existed for the kid, now, only the reality of war, and in this, he did not want 
to die. Reality was the cold metal shell, bursting, sending white-hot fragments to seek 
life, to take it , to kill. Reality was the day's dead, in fields, waiting for the wagon to take 
them, clean. Reality was to live, to kill, to live to kill; and reality was clarity, a curtain 
puUed back on the night shade of a beating heart He tried to remember, but could not 
He tried to feel, but could not. He tried to feel some kind of sorrow for the old man, but 
could not. Nor did he feel sorrow for himself. And from the inside the flower wilted and 
withered like a garland locked within the pages of a bible. Trapped now in the rising 
stream of war all feeling had been cleanly cut away. Life was but an urgency of instinct 
The kid was dead. 

On the horizon line, a ragged band of soldiers crept steadily up to a wire. Watching, 
the dead toy soldier gripped tight his dirty weapon and secured his finger close and snug 
upon the trigger. It was cold against his wooden flesh. He had only to pull the trigger, 
and one would fall. His face, a caricature, was a thought stretched tight across a hatred. 
He squeezed the trigger. A man fell. A young man, an enemy. Gazing dispassionately, 
the dead toy soldier smiled slightly, and crawled back into the broken foxhole. He had 
saved another life... 

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My First Ride on a Harley Davidson 

by Hope Rushton 

It was a cool summer night when a neighbor asked if I would like a ride on his 
Harley. I was a bit shaky about the idea of riding on a motor type bicycle with nothing 
to hold me on, but when we took off, my feelings and thoughts changed instantaneously. 

As we were riding down the road, I felt this sense of ease rush right through my 
body. It made me feel free, invincible. Like as ifa cloud from the sky fell down and lifted 
me away from everyone and everything. I felt this boulder of burden lift right off my 
chest We went to the park and sat down chatting for awhile. As we were chatting, I 
realized that I wasn't listening to anything he was talking about. I was just thinking about 
getting back on the bike and riding again. 

It was on our way home when David, my neighbor, started telling me about how 
the Harley Davidson motorcycle was American made. Well, that's all I had to hear. It 
then was even more exciting because I was riding something that was not going to take 
jobs away from the Americans. Knowing that, it just made me feel like it was a part of 
me. 

Not only was it exciting, but it is also economical. It cost only five dollars to 
fill the gas tanks. And one tank of gasoline could take the two of us quite a distance. 

Little did I know that this very special ride on David's Harley would create a 
special bond between my fiance and I. Although I have ridden many times since, this 
ride will probably be the most enjoyable and treasured ride in my life. 



The Fall Foliage 

by IU'I3 's Advanced English 
Class at McCaskey High School 

This is the fall season. The weather begins to get colder and the leaves change 
color and fall. The view is wonderful, a colorful picture; and the sky seems clearer. If 
you cruise along some streets in the suburbs, you'll see its real beauty. 

I'm from Vietnam and, fortunately, am living in this state, where there arc all 
four seasons. Nowadays it's autumn. For the first time in my life, I am seeing leaves 
which have changed colors. Every evening, when I go home from work on foot, I wander 
with slow steps...seeing the sights around me. Along the street where I live, I like a little 
tree...I think it's also young... with lemon yellow leaves, green leaves and reddish leaves 
on it. On the streets where I've had a chance to go by, I've never seen trees as beautiful 
as I am seeing. I'm wondering which colors they will change to next. I want to take 
photographs of them, but I haven't had the chance. I know that these leaves will get dry 
and all of them will fall, but with many colors on them. I hope to take many pictures in 
the next few days to sent to Vietnam where many friends there can see the fall foliage 
in Pennsylvania. I wish my closest friends will see them, because I don't have enough 
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D63r Sister* t 
It's autumn now in this country. Especially in this area where I'm Uving, its 
startingtogetcooler. Somedaysifssocoldwemustwearmoreheavyclothing.becausc 

I feel chilly 

Tlie leaves started to change color. It's so beautiful. They look so gorgeous. 
I wish you were here with me to enjoy them. I like to walk the streets where the trees 
have the color of autumn: yellow, red and brown...some even have a litUe dark purple. 

I want to take a lot of pictures to send you. Tlie leaves start fallmg one by one 
onto the streets and into the yards. I picked up some with different shapes and styles and 
with many different colors to send to you. I wish I could draw pictures of them too. 

When fall comes, many trees begin to change color of their leaves. Tliey get 
yellow, brown, and red. and fall from the tree. When I see my trees barely have anythmg 
on them. I feel sad. 

I just moved to Lancaster. This is a "Green County" I think. Wecan^many 
old and young trees on all streets. But you cannot see many trees in downtown Philadel- 
phia. .. 

Everyday I walk to my factory. I watch Uhe surroundings. 

A few days ago. I was surprised to see that the green in some trees is gone^ ome 
leaves turned red. some yellow. On other trees, leaves are brown and amber. They re 

beautiful. They are like pictures. 

In my homeland, we have fall too. But leaves have only two colors: green and 

yellow. They are not wonderful. 

People and nature in Lancaster give me a good feeling. 



The fall season is beauuful. It is something God created; it is so pretty. TTie 
trees are vibrating with fall foliage. The leaves change color and fall, but grow again in 
the spring to produce flowers and fruits. 

Since I arrived here, this is the first autumn season for me. It is very special to 
me because I have never seen leaves turn color before. Tliere are many colors: yeUow, 
red' brown, and a little green. It is very beauuful. The weather is nice too. It makes me 
comfortable. After the sun sets, you can walk in the park with your Darling and watch 
the colorful leaves slowly falling. Oh. that's so wonderful. It's enough to enjoy for now. 



Every year fall begins about early October. Leaves change from green to many 
colors such as yellow, red. brown, etc. Everyone thinks that fall is cold, but to me. it s 
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It's October now. That means Fall is coming. The trees around my house begin 
to change color from green to yellow, amber and red They make a colorful suit exposed 
under the cloudy sky. 

Why does the foliage change coloi? Someone said, alter the long days of 
summer, when the leaves got their green from the sunshine, they are no longer green, 
ready to sleep in the winter. And Fall is the season for this preparrxtion. 



Six years in the United States means six years I've seen autumn. Everywhere 
I go I see leaves changing color around me. It looks like a painting by a professional 
artist One day they turn red; on another, they all turn yellow and amber. 

Autunrin or fall (you might say) for me is the most beautiful season of the year* 
Those who are in love like autumn because when you walk on the fallen leaves, you hear 
sounds made by those leaves that's just like a song. 

I like autumn because it is a special occasion of thie year in which I am able to 
see the leaves change color and it looks great. 



There are four seasons in the year; spring.surnmer.autumn.and winter. Ofthe 
four. I like autumn the best. In autumn (fall) the leaves change into many colors: red, 
yellow, brown, and amber. On Sunday morning, we always go for a walk and take 
pictures. The leaves give us a beautiful scenery. Therefore, every week we have a date 
to meet each other in the park. 



Leaves change color when autumn comes. We can see many colors at this 
season. It's beautiful. I like to take pictures at this time. 



As the season changes to fall, leaves are turning to different colors. During this 
season. I like to go to the parks or to scenic areas to enjoy the foliage. It seems to remind 
me of my past memories, about which I havedeep feelings. Thecolors mean something 
special to me at this time. 



I think fall is one of the beautiful seasons. The leaves change from green to 
many colors like yellow, orange, brown, and make me feel wonderful. How nature 
changes. It's so colorful and when I see the leaves start to fall, somehow, I feel there will 
be snow soon, ready for the holiday season. 



Fall has the nicest weather of the year. It's not too hot nor cold and the leaves 
turned red, yellow, aria purple are very colorful. Very soon they'll fall to the ground and 
winter will be just around the comer. And that is fall. 



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Memories of My Hometown 

by Mehari Kifla 

I was bom in 1967 in a small country called Eritrea located in East Africa. In 
Eritrea, I spent most of my life in a small city caUed Keren. 

Keren is a very sweet small city surrounded with a big mountain where many 
different kinds of fruits grow. I remember when I was there my favorite kind of fruit was 
called zeitun in my language (I never found that fruit in the USA). Zeitun is found on 
big trees and it looks like an apple. 

The worst thing I remember is the war between my country's freedom fighters 
and the regime of the Ethiopian government in Keren when I was ten years old. To tell 
you the truth, I almost died at that Ume because the terrible war continued for three days 
without stopping. I have a lot of things I could say about it, but my heart races now, so 
I must stop writing about it. 

At the conclusion of my memories, I would 1 ike to say to you that whenever you 
get extra money try to visit Africa, especially Keren, Eritrea. 



My Hometown 

by Luz Ortiz 

My hometown is in Puerto Rico. It is a beautiful country. When I was a child 
I Uved in a big town in a litUe house with a big garden. I liked to plant flowers with my 
mother. I had so many animals -chickens, pigs, dogs, doves and a cat I had three 
brothers. We played around the house with our dogs. 

During school vacations, I liked to visit the country where my famUy lived. I 
wanted to know about life in the country where I saw rivers, tall trees and birds. My 
cousin washed clothes on a river stone. When she finished, we took a shower in the nver. 
I liked to walk around searching far fruit. Sometimes I sat on a big stone and looked at 
the fish swimming in the water. I liked to smeU the fresh air, I was very happy there. 

I remember the Christmas season, especially Three Kings Day. The children 
received toys. All day the children played with the toys and you could see the happiness 
in their faces. I liked to hear tradiUonal music, dance and eat special food. When I was 
in school, I had many good friends. When I was a child, I never had the opportunity to 
get out of my country, but it was a beautiful life for a child. 



Medina 

by Badre Eddine Chraibi 

Fez, built in 192, is the small city where I come from. Fez.theoldestcity inthe 
country, is very spiritual because all the Moroccan scientists are from it. 

I sUU remember the old city. The city of Fez is divided into an old and a new 
city The old city hasn't changed since the old time, so aU the buildings, stores, houses 
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always had a problem if I wanted to go visit the old city called Medina because I needed 
a guide to show me the way. This is because I lived in the new city which is modem, and 
also because it has two levels, one to go in and the other to go out. Between them are 
thousands of streets which are narrow and look the same. I was never able to remember 
how to get out of there. 

One strange thing about the city is when it is 1 00 degrees Fahrenheit in Medina, 
it is very cool. So I went there with some friends, most often in Ramadan, the holy month 
of Muslims when we have to fast Because we couldn*t eat, we tried to kill time by 
visiting Medina. I would go every day if I could because it was very interesting. This 
is the special thing I remember from my hometown and I will not forget. 



Saigon in My Mind 

by Tai Nguyen 

Saigon was my hometown where I was bom and raised. Saigon is an old town, 
built between the eighteenth and nineteenth century, a long time ago in the old land of 
Cambodia. When Saigon was occupied by the French Colonials, they built many 
buildings and castles. The traffic system was developed and the city was administered 
for a long time, until 1954 when Vietnam broke into two parts. North Vietnam followed 
the communist party, and South Vietnam followed the republicans. 

The Viemamese people who live there usually worked in a government office 
or as industry salesmen. Many, many companies in the worid invested in Saigon 
companies such as National Company, Citiocn Company, French Bank, and Chinese 
Bank. 

Vietnam followed the French educational system and had many colleges which 
were built during the French Colonial time. I love my hometown and never forgot it. I 
have many, many good memories of high school and college. Of course, I have bad 
memories, but still I loved it even though it was destroyed by time. I will return in the 
future when the communist party stops. 



My Hometown 

by Mika Osuga 

My hometown is the city of Narita. This city is near Tokyo, but in the 
countryside. The city has a famous international airport, so there are a lot of tourists. 
Some people call this city the "Japanese entrance." 

In Narita there is a big famous temple. Although now this temple is new and 
beautiful, when I was a kid, it was very old, like a ghost house. I was very afraid and I 
did not want to go there. Many people come to this temple to worship for the new year 
in December and January, so it*s very crowded at this season. I've never been to this 
temple when it is crowded. 

When I was a kid, there were many fields and forests. One of the forests was 
my favorite playground. There was a long swing. My father, sister and I played 
^^-^rc every day because nobody knew about it. n a 

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My Hometown 

by Hoan Vu 

I was bom in a small village in the mid-highlands of North Vietnam. I lived in 
a house with my parents, brothers and sisters. It was a large old house with a red roof 
and was surrounded by green bamboo. 

I spent all my childhood in this village. When I was ten years old, I always got 
up early to see the farm workers going to the green rice fields. I loved the farm workers. 
The life of a farmer in my country was very difficult even though they worked very hard. 
In the morning, I could see the sunrise, the bright red sun and the green rice fields made 
a wonderful picture. 

In the summer, at noon, my friends and I liked to swim in the stream. We 
enjoyed the cool green water. After that, I liked to sit under the shadow of the bamboo 
trees, listen to the buzzing of the bamboo, and watch the waving of the rice fields when 
the light wind blew. On the nightof the full moon, I would go with my brother and watch 
the girls and boys of the village greeting each other. It was my childhood and I can never 
find it again. 



My Hometown 

by Maria Carrasco 

I was bom in a litUe country at the bottom of the mountains in La Paz, Bolivia. 
It's located between two rivers. In my family there were six children, three brothers and 

three sisters. , . ... . . 

My hometown was beautiful. I say >as" because now it is not Although, at 
thattime my town didn't have electricity, we used candles and kerosene lamps. Weused 
to carry water from the river in pans and baskets and usually I put them over my head. 
I tell my parents the reason that I'm short is because I carried water on my head. 

I went to school in my hometown until the sixth grade and then I stopped 
because we didn't have high school. Later, I went to Santa Cruz for my high school. 
When I was in the fifth grade, I remember Independence Day in my country, August 6th. 
In school we prepared a program for the parents and authorities. One of the dramas 
represented the ten departments of my country and I represented my whole country. We 
called it "Madre Pairia" and my classmates gathered around me. I was dressed with a 
big nag and the other girls each wore tlie typical dress of each department. It was nice 
and I liked it. 

Another memory from my childhood has to do with final exams. 
We used to have oral exams with teachers and parents, and we had to show them our 
notebooks and our projects. My father was a farmer and all of us helped him. My mom 
jhad a bakery and we helped her too. 

At my house we had a garden and citrus trees. I remember that every afternoon 
we picked oranges and mandarins to eat after our games. When there was a fuU moon, 
we used to play in front of my house because there was a soccer field and all the streets 
had grass so it looked like a green rug. 

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That was the most beautiful my hometown ever was. Now, all the streets are 
destroyed because foreigners came with their trucks and they didn't take care. Now you 
have some idea how my childhood was. 

My Hometown 

by Yoko Doi 

My hometown is Nagoya city in Japan. Someone named it the "white city** 
because there aren* t many trees in the do wn tov/ n. There is a beautiful Nagoya Casde with 
two golden dolphins on the roof. I have visited there three times with my American 
friends. We could have had a fine view from the observation deck except that it was 
cloudy and rainy. I remember the moldy smell during the rainy season. 

When I was a young girl, I went to Atsuta shrine every week. I practiced 
classical ballet in a small class near Atsuta shrine. In the fall, I collected many leaves. 
There were big trees everywhere. I still like Atsuta shrine except during he holidays. 
Many people visit there during the holidays, and I don't like crowded places. It was a 
very quiet and mysterious place on ordinary days. In particular, many people used to go 
there at the New Year. They usually put on a kimono during that season. 

When we built our house we were very surprised. We heard a lot of croaking 
frogs in the morning. Sometimes we couldn't sleep well at night in the summer. But we 
can't hear them now because the pond opposite has become land. I feel lonely. 



My Hometown 

by Nelly Icazbalceta 

I spent my childhood in Mexico. The name of my hometown is Sal tillo, Coah, 
It is smaller now than when I was a little girl. I remember when all my friends anc 1 
neighbors met in the evening to play in the streets. We used to run and we fell down s i 
lot. 

I loved the time when I went to kindergarten. Ill never forget when a little boj 
wanted to give me a kiss and I was very scared and I ran into the restroom. Another thinf ; 
that 111 never forget is my girlfriends. I had a beautiful time with them. There was a pari : 
near my house and we used to run around the fountain and play with our Barbies. W< \ 
loved to create plays, too. 

One thing that I love to do is sing so, when I was a child, I used to go to a litd< 5 
church that we had in my hometown to play the guitar and sing religious songs. Thij i 
place has changed a lot, but I cannot forget all the details. It was very peaceful; it ha( I 
a lot of land where we used to play and I remember when we had the fair once a year in 
the land next to the church. Now. I feel very happy when I sec the new generation playing 
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My Hometown 

by Noriko Konno 

My hometown was in the counuy until ten years ago. The only transportation 
was a bus and it took about twenty minutes to go to the city. My hometown was in the 
middle of the mountain and also there were mountains in front of my hom-^,. There was 
lots of nature in my hometown. 

I loved to hike on the mountain. In the spring. I went to the mountain to get wild 
flowers and wild vegetables with my mother. In the summer, we went to the mountain 
just to get fresh, cool air. In the fall, the changing leaves were so beautiful. Although 
we could see the beautiful mountain from my house, it was more fun to walk in the 
woods. In the winter, we went to the mountain to get pine cones, nuts, red nuts. etc.. to 
make Christmas decorations. 

Everyday. I took a walk with my dogs. Hiere were many rice fields around my 
home and also it was fun to walk around the field. I loved to pick pretty flowers on my 
way. I loved nature and I loved my hometown. 

When I was about ten years old. the nature began to be destroyed Many trees 
were cutdown and the valleys were filled in. We couldn't getanything from the mountain 
any more. It was so sad. 

Today, there is a train station in my town and there are lots of houses and a big 
road where our hiking place used to be. The population is increasing. I still like my 
hometown, but not like before. 

I saw a monkey several times in the town. It means tliere is no longer a lot of 
nature. Befwe the nature was destroyed. I never saw monkeys in the town. There are 
no places for wild animals any mwe and they come to town to look for their food So, 
I can't blame the monkey if he steals apples from our ^ple tree (it has happened). 

Anyway. I have many good memories of my hometown and these are my 
treasures. 

Something About Russia 

by Olga Botyazova 

I want to tell you about my country. It was one of the biggest countries in tlic 
world. I mean the Soviet Union. There were fifteen republics in my country, but now 
this counU7 has become smaller because almost all of these republics have become 

independent states. 

I lived in Russia. Itisthebiggestrepublic. It is located in two parts of the world: 
Europe and Asia. Russia is a very rich country. There arc many forests and fields, rivers 
and lakes. It is a very beautiful country . but it is very unhappy too because about seventy 
years ago the Socialist Revoludon took place. The Communist Party came to power and 
a lot of people like the beautiful scientists, artists, commanders and others were driven 
away to the camps. There were many camps in difficult access areas and most people 
died there. 

On August 2 1 . 199 1 , the Democratic Party came to power. It is so difficult to 
rearrange this big country . I think it will take a long time for people to begin to live better 
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Christmas Customs in My Country 

by Teresa Millan 



In my country Christmas is a very happy season. People prepare wonderful 
foods and drinks. In Puerto Rico, we take a pig and cook it outside the house with coal. 
We also make a drink that is delicious made with coconut, milk, cinnamon and rum. At 
night, people get together and sing, dance and drink. Some people have dinner first with 
their fam ily and later on they go out to party. To me, Christmas is very important because 
I stay with my children at home and open the Christmas presents. 



I was brought up in the countryside. My hometown, Yamatokoriyama, is 
famous for the ruin of the castle, old temples and cultivated goldfish, so around my house 
toe were a lot of ponds for goldfish. When I was a school child, my friends and I always 
tried to catch the goldfish with our hands on the way home from school. Once, I failed 
to catch a fish, lostmy balanceand fell in apond. I went home totally wetand was scolded 
so much by my mother. 

My mother grew vegetables such as com and sweet potatoes. I had a daily 
routine of watering plants in her garden. Every autumn. Mother and I dug out potatoes. 
It was a happy job for me. 

Every April, there was the castle festival in my town. We strung large Japane 
beads around the wall of the ruins. If you touched all of the beads, they said tha 
happiness came to you. And there were a lot of cherry trees in the ruins. My family h 
a small party under one of these cherry trees, and we enjoyed seeing the beautiful che 
blossoms. I also enjoyed dipping up fish at a night stall. 



Cuba is a large island located soutl) of the Florida peninsula, approximatel 
ninety miles from the Florida shore. Cuba has six provinces: Pinal del Rio, La Havana 
Matanzas, Santa Clara, Camoguey and Oriente. Right below you will find a small 
island called Isla de Pinos which is also part of the island. 

In the old days, Cuba's economy depended on sugar cane, tobacco and tourism 
Today Cuba is under a communist regime that controls all incoming resources, al 
businesses and all Cuban lives over all 

My dream is someday to be able to go back and see Cuba's shore, countrysi 
and tl\e family that I left behind twenty-two years ago. 



My Hometown 



by Miki Sawai 



Cuba, the Old Country 



by Dania Ojeda 




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My Country, Mexico 

by Ricardo Herndndez-Soto 

Mexico is bordered on the north by the United States, on the south by 
Guatemala and Belice, by the Gulf of M6xico and the Atlantic Ocean on the east and by 
the Pacific Ocean on the west Mexico was inhabited by tribes such as the Mayas and 
the Aztecs. M6xico was a rich country when in 15 17 Francisco HemSndez de Cordoba 
effected the first Spaniard expedition. In 1519,HeminCort6zcame withatotalofSOO 
men, 1 1 ships, 16 horses and 10 cannons. In 1810, Mexico got its freedom from Spain 
and twelve years later it became a republic. 

Actually, M6xico has the biggest city in the world with up to fifteen million 
people living in it 



My Hometown 

by Yuko Takahashi 

My hometown, Yamagata, is located northwest of Tokyo. It takes fifty minutes 
by airplane. My house is near the downtown in Yamagata, so it is very convenient to go 

everywhere. . * u i 

When I was a child, my mother woke me up every mormng. I went to school 
with neighboring chUdren. I could see my school from my house, so I always heard 
cheerful voices in the morning and after school until around three oUock. 

When we took a ten minute recess, we went out to the playground. We 
sometimes smelled foodsuch as beef, spaghetti, macaroni,chicken, graUn^and fried rice 
because there was a school kitchen next to our playground. It made us hungry. 

In the winter, the snowplow came to clear the road of snow. When it passed my 
house I always woke up around six o^clock. I sometimes helped my parents to sweep 
out snow from my garden and outside the gate before I went to school. It was a lot of 
snow.so we made snowmen and snowballs, Wealso made some snow houses and played 
inside them. We often had a game of snowballs. 

I could see beauaful mountains born the window of my room because there 
weren't high buildings. They were very beautiful at the change of seasons. I had a lot 
of memories in Yamagata, There were many nice people who lived near my house. 



My City 

byLilianaA. Vrueta 

I come from Barrauquillo, Colombia. Today I want to talk about my city, 
BarrauquiUo is located in northern Colombia, between the Pacific and Atlantic coast 
The population is six or seven mUlion people. Most of the year it's very hou except m 
December, when there are one or two weeks of cool air. 

There are lots of traditions in Barrauquilla, One of them is the Carnival Feast 
It is celebrated annually. It is one of the best carnivals, after Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). 

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Another tradition is Holy Week. The people eat desserts but they do not cat 
meat, only fish. Barrauquiilo is a very cheerful place. It makes me happy because I never 
get bwed. I miss my city because everything is different from the way it is here. Thank 
you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my city. 



My Hometovm 

byToshiDoi 

My hometown is Nagoya city in Japan. Nagoya lies almost midway between 
Tokyo and Osaka, and has a population of 2.500,000. Nagoya is a beautiful city which 
stands among splendid surroundings. But, recently, I have begun to worry about my 
hometown because the natural environment of the area is being destroyed by develop- 
ment projects. Sometimes the development projects also destroy historical sites. 

I love to go sight-seemg at the traditional old Japanese house, the historic 
museum in Nagoya. I think it is important to preserve sites of historical value and to 
protect nature. Companies should discuss these maUcrs in a constructive manner. 

However, I love my hometown. I live in Midori-ku and my brother and sister 
are working in my dental office. Many of my friends live around my office. 



My Hometovm 

by Tung Cao 

When we talk about our hometowns it makes me remember my country where 
I lived and grew. When I lived in my country, life was so difficult. Still, I was a lucky 
man because I enjoyed my free time in my hometown. It was a small town built near a 
city, but it is not noisy like other cities. It is much calmer and convenient In the distance 
I could see farms, gardens planted with bright flowers and spruce trees. The landscape 
there is romantic. I felt glad at the time that I had my hometown, especially when the 
sunlight formed radiant yellow beams through tfie warm air. 



My Hometown 

by Yuka Inaba 

I grew up in a small town. It isn't much different from how it used to be. The 
only change I can see is that is has become more convenient than before. But this change 
doesn't spoil my town's attractiveness. 

My hometown was a little populated because there were a lot of housing 
complexes. I also lived in a housing complex. But my town was very quiet and nice. 
Though there were neither rivers nor beaches, we had some nice parks to play in. In the 
spring, we enjoyed beautiful cherry blossoms and in the fall, we enjoyed beautiful red 
and yellow leaves. 

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allowed to go through that path. In my town, there were no factories and firms except 
for the small market, so it was not noisy and the air was very clean. 

The elementary school and the kindergarten were very near my house. It took 
me about ten minutes to get there. I often rambled on the way home, because the path 
to my house was very nice. Though I said my town was populated, there was still a lot 
of space to play in. In the winter. I often went to fly a kite. 

My family likes our town. I also think my town is very nice. It seems to be 
impossible for me to find nicer places than my town. Most people think their hometown 
is best So other people who don't live in my town don't think my town is the best. But, 
for me, it's the best place to live. 



My Hometown 

byYuka Mitarai 

I came from Tokyo which is the biggest city in Japan. I liked Hall and Gates 
but I never heaid their songs recently in Japan. I occasionally heard it on the radio and 
remember my dear hometown whenever I hear their songs. I heard American music 
every day while I was in junior high school They were my favorite songs. I liked to listen 
to music and to watch music TV. My favorite m usic program was broadcast at midnight. 
I never missed it and I never forgot to videotape it every time. That program was 
broadcast once a week. ! didn*t like to miss it. 

I wonder why I was so absorbed with it. I don't have the energy now. So, I 
remember my young days when I hear the Hall and Gates. 



My Dream House 

by Yoko Doi 

I would like to live in r wooden, seaside house. There are five bedrooms, two 
superb kitchens, two bathrooms (one of them is a Japanese bath), a large living room, and 
I dining room. I also have a gym and an inside pool. My husband and daughter need 
to exercise every day. My husband and son wUl go fishing every day in our boat We 
:an eat real fresh fish every day. There is a huge garden in the back with many trees and 
; [lowers. I will cook delicious meals every day. I need many sharp knives. American 
knives aren't sharp, are they? I like white lace curtains. HI decorate the windows with 
ihem. This is my dream house. 



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Editor's Note: The following writing was produced by an intermediate ESL class in 
response to these questions, "If you could speak directly to the new United States 
President, what questions would you ask Mr. Clinton and what advice would you give 
him to help him in his new job?" 



Mr. Clinton is the new President of the United States. If I could speak directly 
to him, I would ask him some of my questions about things in and out of the U.S.: 

1. Can you lower the taxes? 

2. Can you protect the rights of U.S. citizens in and out of the country? 

3. Can you solve many problems in the U.S. society such as crime, drugs, the 
economy, education, racism, etc.? 

4. Why is the war happening with Iraq again? 

5. How long will you continue the embargo against Vietnam? 

6. Can you make a friendship with all countries of the world? 

7. Can you help ilie jobless in the United States? 

Dang Nguyen 



Mr. President, Bill Qinton: 

I have many questions about your new government First, why are there si 
many temporary employment agencies? Employers pay too much money to search fo r 
employees and now many industries and companies prefer agencies to regular people . 
This is because agencies pay people as temporary workers and companies don*t have ti > 
pay insurance. I think this is not fair. 

Also, why is the United States giving opportunities to Cuban politicians an^ 
not other countries? That is not equal treatment. 

Why doesn't the government give more help to students? Young people don 
have opportunities to study at the universities. In the past, the government hals 
interrupted the help. Why don't they cut help for nuclear projects and pay more attentio fi 
to this problem? Thank you. 

Patricia Calvo 

If I could speak directly to the new United S tates President, my questions woul 1 
be the foUowing: 

1. How will you control the economy inside the country? 

2. What about the high cost of medicine, doctor's care, and surgery? Will jit 
always be a great business? 

3. What about young people with theii' problems of education, family, jobi, 
etc.? I think young people are the foundation of a country. It's necessary 
that young people know their way, their goal, and be sure of themselves . 
They need moie sports, educational programs on TV, fewer problems al : 
home, and less violence. ^ 

4. What will be your politics with the countries around the world? You mu^ 
think that those countries are developing and they need money to be 
successful in this area. How will you give money to those countries? 

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Remember, that they have problems today because in the past they received 
money from the United States and 80% of it went into the pockets of the 
government. It's necessary to require honesty. 

Aristides Mindez 



The United Slates has a lot of problems. How will you find a solution to these 
problems? How wiU you make a relationship with Japan? What style of clothes do you 
like? What is your favorite food? 

Kumiko Takahashi 



If I could speak directly to the new United States President, the questions that 

I would ask Mr. Clinton are: 

1. Will you lower the taxes in this country? 

2. How long can you continue immigration? 

3. When wHl the United States establish international relations with Vietnam 
and abolish the embargo completely? 

I would give him advice to help him in his new job. In my opinion, I think you should 
lower taxes at many companies and fix social problems. 

Thuy Pham 



WiU you, Mr. Clinton, care about foreign policy? I heard many people saying 
that the American government shouldn't interfere in other countries' problems and that 
the United States can't always be the police officer of the world. Do you agree with that 
opinion, Mr. CUnton? My advice for you, Mr. Clinton, would be just to keep the 
promises you gave the people during your campaign. 

Aneta Nikulcza 



If I could speak directly to President Clinton, I would have questions: 

1. How will you plan your new job? 

2. Do you think taxes must be increased or decreased? 

3. I hope you can make the economy better and have less unemployment 
because there are too many people unemployed now. 

Cuong Tran 

Mr. Clinton, what will you do about fixing problems in the Middle East? Also, 
you know more about education than most people and you understand that school is a 
basic need in society. If students have problems and nobody notices, we will have many 
problems in society and you know that if teachers have problems too, they can't teach. 
Little by little, students will quit school In the future we will have many people who can't 
read and write and there will be a big problem. You should worry first about school and 
second about the teachers and students. 

Shohreh Arbabian 

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I think this job is really hard. You have to be careful about your health. It's not 
just your body. You have to keep your relationships in condition, especially with your 
assistants. Don't worry much about people's opinions. You might not have experience, 
but you were chosen. You have to believe in yourself. 

Reiko Miyata 

Why does the United States have problems with jobs and the economy? Can 
you fix these problems? How long do you tliink it will take? 

Popi Mylonas 

The United Slates lias many problems. I think the most serious problem is the 
economic condition. Many people have lost their work and become homeless. If I have 
an opportunity to speak directly to the new president, I would ask him how important the 
economic problem is for him and how he would fix it 

I think the United States spends a lot of money for other countries every year. 
I understand that other countries have serious problems and they need help by the great 
economic power. Actually, the United States helps them, but they sometimes neglect the 
economic problems in their country. I think the new President should try more carefully 
to improve the problem. 

Chikami Ushijima 



If I had the honor of speaking directly to the new United States President, I 
would ask him some questions: 

1. What do you think about the war? 

2. What do you think about Iraq and what would you do to solve Iraq and 
Somalia's problems? 

3. What do you think about the size of the military? Do you think it is 
necessary or not? 

4. What would you do to change the current economic situation in uie United 
Slates? 

Dong Nguyen 



If Iraq doesn't follow your advice, does America have to make war against Iraq 
again? Certainly, Mr. Saddam Hussein killed many people but, if you think that you have 
to solve the problem between Iraq and Kuwait by use of anned forces, I think as a result, 
you wiU kiU civilian people who have nothing to do witli the war. 

I think we must peacefully settle international conflicts. Do you have any other 
ideas? Some American people think that America doesn't want to be the international 
police any more. Do you agree with this, or do you have to help other countries more? 

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Why did you want to be president? What do you think about government? 
Could you improve the economic conditions of America? 

Hiromi Hiraoka 



If I could speak directly to the United States president, I would ask him about 
taxes, jobs, loans, the recession, crime, drugs and people. Why do some companies 
outside of the United States pollute? 

Vinh Huynh 



What do you think about exports and imports between Japan and America? 
What will you do to deal with the destitute? What do you think about Japanese- American 
relations and the United States - Japan Security Treaty? I think the American President 
is at the top of the whole world so, you must think about other countries. 

Masayo Okamoto 

Editor's Note: GEDIBasics Instructor, Ellen Kirkner, from Chambersbut'g, PA asked 
her SPOC (Single Point of Contact) students to read a series of articles published in 
the Nffw York Times. entUled ''Children of the Shadows." This series examined the 
lives often young people coping with their impoverished lives in different American 
cities. It detailed the challenges they have been forced to face, including drugs, 
violence,and parental indifference. When theyfinished reading the articles they were 
asked to answer the question, "Why do you think teenagers have such a hard time in 
American cities today? Why are theyfaced with so many problems?" The following 
are the answers two of her students wrote: 



Why Do Teenagers Have Such a Hard Life in American Cities Today? 

by Marcy Smith 

I have explained my answer to this question in the two areas: crime and 
education. 

Crime 

Children leam, in part, by watching the actions of others. As a result, children 
may behave in ways the people around them behave. I believe that parents need to be 
good role models for their children. Some parents arc too hard on their children when 
punishing them. For instance, if a parent abuses a chUd in violent ways, then the child 
may think it*s okay to do such things to other people. The parents* abuse may encourage 
the child to act out and commit violent crimes when they get older. This may occur 
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Drug addiction can lead individuals to committing crimes such as robbery. 
When an addict has no money and no drugs they may get desperate enough to steal 
money from parents, relatives, friends or even people they don'l know. Parents need to 
make their children understand the dangers and effects of drugs. 

I believe that a family needs to interact and do things together as a family. 
Family interaction will show a child love, compa-iionship and bonding. In building 
strong family bonds the child will learn respect, love, and especially how to treat people 
in that manner. I also believe parents need to be more responsible with their children. 
Parents need to realize how their behavior effects their children. For example, if a parent 
watches a violent horror movie in front of their children they should be aware of how it 
will effect their child's mind. 

Education 

The most important problem that students need to recognize is that dropping 
out of school can make life more difficult Will drop-outs find a well paying suitable job 
to support themselves without a high school diploma? What will become of them if no 
employer will hire them? How will they pay theirbiUs with no income? Where will they 
) i ve? These are the ki nds of questions that need to be plastered on poster boards and hung 
in school hallways! Questions like these are what parents and teachers need to ask 
students. 

In my opinion students in schools today don't receive the kind of attention that 
they really need from their teachers; some students need more of a one-on-one teaching 
relationship. Some students become discouraged and give up. They may feel inferior 
in comparison to some of the more advanced students, because they don*t understand 
what is being taught I know because this is how I felt in school. Teachers don't always 
react to students in tlie manner that they should. 

When I was in school I was looked down upon by students and teachers because 
of my inability to understand my work. I realize now I should not have cared if people 
made fun of me because, "No Question is Stupid!" Even if you tliink it is, you should 
ask anyway. There is always a sensible answer. It's good to ask questions, because it 
builds your knowledge. 

The influential behavior of the wrong type of friends can have a negative effect 
on students. When students associate with individuals that behave negatively they may 
start to develop negative behavioral patterns, such as skipping school, smoking, dealing 
drugs or drinking. 

When this negative behavior occurs parents need to step in and discipline their 
child. Theymustusethetypeof discipline thatdoesn'tinvolveanykindof abuse. Parents 
should take something from them that the child absolutely loves, like revoke their 
privileges. 

When a child begins associating with "the wrong crowd" it may indicate that 
he or she needs more family activity in his life. Family activities give students a positive 
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homework, it would help their child immensely. 

When a family does acUvities together it draws the family closer together. 
Family bonds encourage people to be more open and discuss their problems with one 
another. When a family has no communication, no family acuviUes, and no closeness. 

the child can feel lonely. , ^ . - 

Parents need to consider the kind of Ufe they want their children to have. In 

order for kids to care, their parents need to care too! 



Why Teenagers Have a Hard Time Surviving in American Cities 

by Jenniffer Shaffer 

I think the main reason so many young people are struggling to survive today 
is the lack of parental guidance. So many parents don't understand that they are like a 
mirrortotheirchildren. Everything they do reflects back upon their children. They say 
theywanttheirchildrentogrowupandbesomebodyandtomakesomethingoutofAeir 

lives How can they do that, if all the children ever see their parents domg is dnnkmg. 
taking drugs, or leaving their children home alone and unattended. 

Children.youngandold.needposiUverolemodels. Tfiey need people to have 
a posiUve effect on their Uves. THey need someone to be there for them when they are 
being pressured, feeling lonely, or just need someone with whom they can talk. The 
world Ls a very tough place for a child to grow up. 

Another reason that we are losing so many c hildren to drugs and violence is the 
need for more education. We need more programs for young people aimed at teachmg 
theeffectsofdnigsandalcohol. There is also a need for more programs so that children 
have someplace to go while their parents are working. No child should have to be out 
on the streets dodging bullets or home alone and frightened. Someone needs to be 
teaching children about protecting themselves against AIDS and other diseases. A lot 
ofparentsdon'tbothertotalkaboutAIDSuntilitistoolate.EducaUonneedstostartearl^y 
inachild'slifeso they wUlbepreparedforlife'sproblemswhentheyaieconfronted with 

tticm 

Someoneneedstoletthechildrenknowthatdroppingoutofschoolisnotgoing 

togetthem anywhere in Ufe. If they want to accompUsh something in life and get a good 
paying, honest job. they must completed high school educauon 

People often speak of the way things should be. No chUd should go to bed 
hungry, no chUd should be beaten, no child should have his life taken away by gang 
violcnce.nochildshouldhavetosleepoutinthesnoworrain. It's time we take the word 
-should" outofthosestatements.andputtheword"wiir in its place. If we want things 
to change in this country, then we have to be the people to change the problems. Our 
Childrenareourfuture. It's our responsibility to protect them. Without our children, we 

have no future. 

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Thanksgiving Thoughts 



Thanks Lord 

by Maria Melendez 



^^r^ r l'^' ""^ day. Forgive me ll^ 

rfsomeumesldontremember that everythinglhavecomes from all thatlove You have 
^^Z^'J^^^J^'u^"^ ^ ""^ ^ help I need, but I never 

nh r^S" . T°" ' ^ ^ ^Sry. Now. I ask You. "Would you foi^ive 

me. Oh God of Love?" I need to thank You for the health of people I love. Thanks for 
my entire famUy. I thank You for the light that You bring us with that beautiful sun. fS 

Jr^. L"" nianksforlettingme 
be here today with my fhends. Thank You for letting me wake up every morning full 
of new hopes and with the promise that You will be with us e'eryX,^. anytime 
Thanks God for letting me thank You. 



Special Thanks 

by Elizabeth Marquez 



^^^'eiy grateful forhavingbeenbominthisworldbecause if I wouldn'thave 
^h" S'?;^ u J handsome boys, whom I treasure so much. Their birth 

|sthebestthingthat happened to me. My oldest is almost three years old. lenrolledhim 
in a program called Even Start. 

.u. '^H P™8^ off^"' 3 valuable assistance in education for the children and for 
fte parents. It a^ offers day care for younger children, such as my youngest son who 

«Joneyearold EvenStartisgoodformychildrenandme because itisanexceUentw^ 
^'^^c w P'^'^'^^ ^'^ ^ opportunity to share and be around othar 
people. ESL for people who don't speak English and also GED classes to assist adults 
m getting a better education, which will lead us to a bright future. 

I'm grateful Uiat Even Start has given me a second chance to reach my goals in 



My Thanks to God 

by Carmen Otero 

I am thankful for aU God has given me. Let me tell you about my blessing I 

haveabig family including fourchildrcn. Their namesareSamuel.Manucl.Mclissaand 
Jasrnme. I thank God for their healUi. I also have food and shelter for my family and 
a safe, quiet place for the children to play. Samuel, my husband, is a good man who 
understands my feelings and where I am coming from. He uses his time to listen to me. 
My mother isalso dear to my heart because shealways stands by me and gives me advice 
about what I have to do. / 6 «~ i^c 

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help me a lot when I have problems. I beUeve we should thank God every day, not just 
atThanksgiving. Every new dayGodbringsuscomesfullofnewpromiseandnew^ 
Ithank G«lfo.goodandbad things. The good things help us toUye each (^y. The 
tWngs give us experiences to grow better. Let's all thank God for life, for the thmgs we 
have, for daily good or bad. no matter what Let's thank God for his grace. 



Thanksgiving 

by Socorro Bonilla 



Thank you Lord because in your infinite mercy you have given us a special day 
to recognize your generosity.andyourinfinitelovefor us. I wiU always thank You for 
Se^Lgs YOU give us. Thank you. God. for my famUy and for filUng my heart with 
tote t^sha^withLm.Tliankyou.Lord.for all thehardtimes.becausetho^ 
the base of our spiritual growth. Thank you. God. because without a n««t U, warn my 
coldbody rdbelikeaflowerwithoutasmeU. Thank you. Lord, for your mfinite mercy. 



Thankful at Thanksgiving 

Jacquelina M. Rivera 

nianksgiving day is a beautiful holiday. Even though we should be thankful 
everyday.alotofpeoplearenotthankfultoGod. When I was small my parents did not 
show me that we should thank God for everything. Now that I have two children and 
more kpowledge. I want them to learn more about God and be thankful. 

My chUdren are very important in my life. Sometimes when ! fe«l sad and 
lo..ely. they bring me happiness in one way or another. Now I am thankM to God 
everyday because, thanks to God. I have my children and eveiythmg that I have 

MygoalistoleamEnglish.getmyGED.andgetmyselfagoodjob. Sometimes 

lmightsee.mm.eanegativepersonbut.wiaithehelpofclo^friends.lknowlca^^^ 
it And always with the love and blessing of God. No matter what. I say. we should 
.always be thankful to God. 



Being Thankful 



by Maria Rosario 



I'm thankful to God for so many things, but especially for the family I have. 
We do not celebrate Thanksgiving but we do believe ihat we have to be thankful to 
God every single day of our life. 

When we get up in the morning, when we walk on the road, when we sit 
down to eat, when we feel happy or sad, when we fe«l healthy or sick, and when we 
RO to bed, we arc so thankful to God. In other words, we are thankful to 
God each minute of our life, for each minute is a precious moment and a new 

experience. time I see a smile on one of my kid's faces, I'm thankful to God. For 

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the blessing of being a mother of six. sharing and caring for ihem. Fm thankful to 
God. When I go to bed and for the day that has passed. I'm thankful to God. No 
matter how tired I feel. I always receive the love and understanding of a good 
husband. For this and for all I'm thankful. 

If I have a bad day Fm thankful to God because that teaches me and helps 
me do better the next day. I'm thankful to God for everything, for my loved ones, for 
my friends, for the young and old. for the choices of everyone and for every helping 
hand. No matter how much we are thankful to God. I know we wiU never be 
Thankful Enough. 



I Am Thankful For^. 

by Carmen Rosa 

As the Thanksgiving holiday ^proaches. I reflect on all the things I am grateful 
for. I am most grateful for my daughter. She is the most important thing in my life. I 
thank God for giving her a chance to live. When she was bom. she was thirteen weeks 
early and she only weighed two pounds. I am really thankful for her. 

I am also thankful for parents and siblings. They are all special to me and I 
wouldn't change anything about them. I am really thankful for my mother who is the 
main person in my life. She is the one I look up to because of her beauty and caring. She 
is a special part of me and I thank God for her. 

I think we should all be thankful for a lot of the things in life from food and jobs 
to transportation and finances. But most of all. we shou.^d always thank God for 
everythiiig we do. for He is the Leader and should always be first. 



Thanksgiving 

by Carmen Coldn 

Thanksgiving has been a tradition for years, particularly in my family. We all 
meet together in one of our houses and we thank God before we eat. We thank God every 
day. not just on Thanksgiving. We thank Him for everything including the food, then 
start the party. We dance, some people play an instrument; we have fun. This is the way 
we celebrate Thanksgiving. 



Thanksgiving Thoughts 

by Lucy Lugo 

As the holiday season approaches. I begin to feel very close to all tlie loved ones 
in my life whom Fm so grateful for. I thank God for all the wonderful things He's given 
me. such as my children. They play a very important role in my life, making any rainy 
day one full of sunshine. It comes with warmth from my heart to say thank You» God 
for my fiance, for he is a great lump of love. He's very understanding and is always 
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my parents who through thick and thin have stuck together to always give us a home and 
to put food on the table. I ask God at the end of every year to give more love and Ufe to 
everyone so close to my heart. And I thank God by celebrating with my family. TTien 
we light a white candle in His name as a reminder to all of us of all that God has done. 



I Am Thankful 



byAidaSudrez 



I am thankful for life because Ufe is a precious gift from God. He created me 
as a human being, gave me two eyes so I could see the marvelous things He gave me. I 
am thankful because He gave all the parts of the body I need to see. feel, touch and w^. 
Also a mind to think better each day. I am thankful for my health because without it I 
wouldn't have had three lovely healthy children. I thank God for giving me the 
opportunity to raise my children with love and care in this confused world. I thank God 
because without l^le children. I wouldn't have my own family. 

Thank you. Lord, because you are helping me more and more every day m the 
loleofamother. Thank you. Lord, for helping me do better each day. Thatisaway for 
showing me the great love you have for all of us. Many times we don't deserve or accept 
the loveGod gives us so we can share andbecome a useful person to others. I am thankful 
b«;ause we can experience new ideas and ways of communicating with others as the days 
go by. This helps me find friends who can be trusted and friendship offers a better way 
of life. 



Prayer of Thanksgiving 

by AngU Meldndez 

Thank you. God, for life because my life is like a prairie where I can bloom just 
the way I want I thank you. God. for the health of my family, for every new day You 
bringus forthelight of thesun.forthebreezewecan breathe. I thank you for everything 
good or bad because with the things that are not too good we can learn and Uve better the 
next day. Thanks for everything. God. 



Date For the Rest of Our Lives 

by Sharon Rodriguez 

Dedicated to all tlie children whose sounds of life were taken away by "Drugs." 

To Whom It May Concern: , .u -i 

I am writing this letter in regard to the children. You are a threat to them and 
their families. You come to our children and offer yourself for free. But you have a catch; 
you never go away unless you can lake them with you! You change them from sweet 
innocent children to someone who preys on the street. You also make promises you 
^ know you can't keep, like saying you can offer them a world of their own. The love we 

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give our children you try to take and put in your ruthless soul. 

We, as mothers, are the ones who felt their precious bodies move within our 
womb, and we gave them their lives. We hold these lives dear to our own, so what gives 
you the right to try and take them away? For many grieving mothers you have succeeded 
in taking their child away. Their sounds of life never to be heard again; their laughter 
turned into haunting memories all because you so heartlessly gave so much of yourself 
until their final heartbeat 

From me and my children, you are going to have a fight My children may only 
be in grade school and may not have any knowledge of who you arc, but I will beat you 
to them and give them the knowledge to beat you too! Because I know my children need 
a lot of hugs and not drugs. 



Crimes That Don't Pay 

by Karen McClintok 

First of all, I was out having fun. All of a sudden, I ran into someone I thought 
was a friend! But, in reality, they were helping my life end My friend, who well call 
Mark, turned me on to drugs. 

We were on our way to get some cocaine. Before we knew it, the police pulled 
us over. They checked the car and found evidence to take us all to jail. 

As I waited to see the judge, they took my picture and fingerprinted me. They 
also took information on me. About three hours later, I was seen in front of the judge. 
He set bail for $5000 straight TTie guard took me back over to the bull pen for holding. 
I was then taken to prison until my bond was paid or I appeared in front of the judge for 
arraignment As I was giving information to the guy at the front desk, the guards were 
making rude comments to me. They once again took my picture. A nurse came and 
wanted to know iflhadanyillnessesorahistory of any diseases. Ihadnone! Another 
guard escorted me to my housing area, strip searched me and made me shower with this 
bug shampoo. How humiliated I was! The guard was standing there watching my every 
move. It was very degrading, beyond words. After I was finished showering, she gave 
me two sets of clothing. This is what I was expected to wear during my stay at the prison. 
She then escorted me to my living quarters. 

I was really scared are cried a lot at first All! wanted was to be home. The 
prison has many classes you could do to keep yourself busy and Icam. The ladies here 
at the prison arc nice; they were also helpful. Prison is a very lonely place and at times 
it docs get scary. You never know when or what will happen next Girls come and go. 
You make friends and they only end up leaving. Tm happy for them, but sometimes it 
feels wrong. I mean, they do a much more dangerous crime than you, and they^rc scot 
free while yousitand wait to see a judge. Sometimes it's not fairl But, ifyou don't want 
^to feci lonely, scared and have no freedom, don't do a crime, because it doesn't pay. 

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My Story 

by Jacob Santiago 

My name is Jacob Santiago and I entered Manos September 25, 1992. I came 
in with a very messed up attitude. I did not want to do anything in Manos for about five 
months and I wanted to do four and a half months, but I did not do anything. I had no 
good communication with my mother or brother. I don't talk to my father because he's 
been in jaU half of my life and when he wasn't in jail we did not get along. He physically 

harmed and abused me. 

My mom was in rehab also for about one year four years ago in PhUadelphia. 
It was called Soldiers of the Lord. Before, she and my father used a lot of drugs so my 
[nom decided to do the right thing and my father decided to do the wrong thing. I said 
all of this stuff about how Fm never going to smoke weed or sniff cocaine. TTien I ended 
up with drinking beer with my cousin. I thought I grew up a UtUe and started smoking 
weed.thencocaine. Remember,lsaidtomymomldidnotwanttodoany drugs. Istarted 
seUing with my friends and I could have sworn I was big shiU But, really I wasn't I was 

fUling people, even litUekids I sold to just for money or tobe down with the fellas. When 
got caught I was in detenUon for a while. I thought I was saving people's lives because 
Ihey looked dead and when they would use it they had more pep. Slowly but surely 
Manos helped me change. I have a new self and I changed my attitude. I stopped using 
and sslUng, and I'm proud of myself and my mother because we both changed. We're 
closer together and I'm proud of what Manos did for me. 



Thoughts 

by Dennis Spencer 

I think it is very possible to be both poor and happy at the same time. I think 
that this is a good topic for this time of year because Christmas is coming up just behind 
Thanksgiving. This is a big concern for me because I'm not going to be able m be with 
my family this Thanksgiving, i was very upset at first because I enjoy my holidays with 
family, but I've been thinking about how gi-ateful I am that my family is safe. Nobody's 
hurt, and my family will most likely have food on the table unless a tragedy breaks out 
So, I just pray that even though I feel onhappy, my family is feeUng weU. 



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Journal Excerpts 

by Devendre Dockery 

There is a thin line between knowledge and ignorance, and it's called a diploma. 

I sit here tonight with a feeling of true accomplishment because I go take my 
GED test tomorrow. But to think how many brothers don't give a damn about getting 
an education. It's a shame to think my people have that state of mind! We blame while 
people for a lot of things day in and day out, but what we fail to realize is they throw so 
many opportuniUes our way day in and day out! We have to get up and reach for those 
opportunities every chance we get, even if you are already on your way up, always take 
time to help out others. You see those who have, and are going to have, a big influence 
on those who don't care about getting up in life. We need successful brothers and sistcri 
to look up to, that are known to contribute back to the community. 

You see, blacks feel that once you become successful and forget all about w hen ^ 
you come fix)m "you're a sellK)ut!" Those negative thoughts are turned into negative^ 
energy that causes "I don't care" type of atUtudes. Those negaUve thoughts can just aj ; 
easily be turned into positive energy used for reading, writing or even spiritual activities . 
I am not going to get into why these types of attitudes were created in my people, because • 
that will take too long and has too many causes to explain and define. But a solution tha i 
has worked throughout time is simply passing the knowledge or just saying an upliftinf ; 
word to someone everyday. Everyone has to be as positive as you can be just to change ^ 
the negative thoughts and energy in some of our underachieving brotliers and sisters . 
Together we stand; divided we fall. 



I Why the Afro-American male should succeed in life. 

I The importance of education is one of utmost importance to everyone, but to 

I the Afro-American male; it is the main purpose to strive for. You see, the black male 
I is an endangered species, and to add to that problem, most of them are uneducated. So 
I you can see the importance of education to the black male. We, as a race, are in a major 
I catastrophe at the moment and the uneducated black males are not helping by giving off 
the negative image that young black males find so likable. TTie big neighborhood heio 
I image isn't so bad if they tell the kids something positive. When they say that black 
I women hold the race together, that is very true. But it is the black man who we need to 
push our race forward! Adam didn't multiply the world by himself and the black race 
isn't gonna get straightened out by strong black females only. If only the black male 
understood his role in society, I think he would be a hell of a catalyst in our educational 
I development 

The role that the black male plays is one of many, ranging from spiritual^ 
poUtical. educational, parental, and especially the positive role model for our young. 
Perseverance and determination are the key factors in succeeding in life. These aie 
characteristics that black people are bom with ! So, even though the odds may be stacked 
heavily against you, there is still no reason why you shouldn't succeed in this major goal. * 
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being, but also for future generations as weU. Re^icmber. successful brothers play a 
major role in the community. So, with these few upUfting words, I challenge you to do 
what isn't expected of you by society, my brothers. 

Editor's Note: Devendre Dockery passed the GED examination in December 1992 
with a score of 272. 



Autobiographical Writings 

It has been more than nine months since I canie to the United States, I 
experienced a lot of struggles and hardships since I came here. But. I have never 
regretted coming to the United States despite the struggles I have experienced, because 
I have had a lot of precious experiences that I couldn't have had in Japan. 

The reason I came to the United States was to improve my EngUsh skiUs to 
communicate with foreign people. I thought it was wonderful to communicate with 
people whose cultures were totally different from mine. And, it is reaUy wonderful! It's 
really nice to make friends who are not Japanese. I can learn a lot of things such as 
cultural backgrounds,history.customs.life-styles,etc. from non- Japanese people. This 
is what I really expected. Going to college or getting good scores on a test is not so 
important to me. Communicating with peopleandlearningalotofthingsthatlcan'tleani 

from text books are the most important things for me. I have had a good time here 
learning a lot of new things. 

I have had a lot of hardships, too. Because Japanese culture is totally different 
from others, there were a lot of misunderstandings between me and others. At first, I 
didn't know how to react to foreign people. I was afraid of speaking English. Some 
people thought I was odd because I didn't act the way American people act. It was often 
hard to make friends with foreigners. Sometimes religious differences became a big 
problem to get to know each other. I sometimes missed my family so much that I cried. 
But the biggest hardship was that I often couldn't make people understand what I wanted 
to say. Because of my poor English, people often couldn't understand what I said, and 
I came to know how difficult it is to communicate with foreigners. 

As I mentioned. I have never regretted coming to America. Compared to the 
wonderi"ul experience I had. hardships are trivial. I get enough rewards from my stay in 
America. Tlie only thing I wish now is that I will be able to help cross-cultural 
communicaUon in the future by using my experience that I gained during my stay in the 
United States. 

Yuka Inaba 



Receiving education in a foreign country away from home has created 
hardships for me. On the other hand, receiving this education is beneficial to my future. 
Facing the hardships while receiving the education in a foreign country has been one of 
the difficult tasks in my life. For instance, learning a second language is one of the first 
problems I had to face. Secondly. I had to learn to adopt a culture that I had never 
experienced while working hard to make ends meet. It is also hard to leave behind all 

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of my friends and make new friends here. 

Alternatively, I have a number of rewards that I expect from my education such 
as receiving advanced computer education that I cannot receive in my native country. 
Obviously, I will be able to get a good job in my native country with such advanced 
education. I will have learned a second language I will never forget Even though I am 
facing some hardships, the rewards I will receive will bring prosperity to my life. 



Many years ago, the passion grew in me to stuc; / something with which I could 
help people with low resources or no resources at all. I decided to become a dentist 
because it is the best way to help children who are so defenseless in the situation of life, 
especially when they have a physical problem. I started my dental studies in Colombia 
and I had a lot of problems because all the information about new technologies was 
written in English. That motivated me to study my second language. 

My country has many resources, but we don't have the technology for 
exploitation; Colombia pays a lot of money to other countries to exploit its resources. 
This is the reason that my country doesn't have enough money. But the people have the 
courage to make the dream come true. It's not on my mind to make a fortune; I just want 
to relieve the pain of those less fortunate with my work. Also, I would want to listen and 
to give consolation to those in need. 

A year ago, I was teaching in my city and I decided to leave my job aiid family 
to come to the United States to learn English. In the future* this will give me an 
opportunity to understand the new technologies which will allow me to work better. I 
want to go to the University and study TMJ (temporal mandibular joint). This is a new 
special Nation that studies the joint between the lower jaw and the upper maxilar. A 
disorder in this joint can cause many problems such as pain in your neck, muscle pain 
in your face, headaches, problems with eating and problems with dental restoration. 

I have lived and studied English here for eleven months. I have found 
wonderful people who have helped me to leam English. They have the same idea that 
I have to help people without compensation. Now I can say that anything is possible. 
That star so far away and brilliant, which I have seen in my country, comes closer to me | 
every moment that I leam a new word in my second language. 



The only exciting thing that happened in my life was when I passed the GED 
exam. I proved to myself that anything is possible. If you want something, you can do 
it, loo. I hope you try it because when you try it you're going to feel like me - knowing 
that you can be anything we want to be in life. 



Muhammad R^fique Usman 



Dreams 



by Lucero Schlinkman 



The Only Exciting Thing that Happened to Me 

by Miguel Pomales 




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When I stay at home, I like to watch TV. I found my favorite soap opera. 
This is All Mv Children. It begins at 1 p.m. every day. I recognize all the heroes 
from this soap and Ilike to watch their actions. Everyday I wait anxiously for it to 
begin. I watch their problems and how they like to solve them. Problems usually 
touch families* loves and hates. I'm interested to know if in this program there are 
popular actors or not? I don't know this. 

Barbara Woff 



On Saturday, we (my husband and I) tried to carry out one experiment We 
wondered whether our six year old son had become an independent person and, at the 
same time, whether we had been ready to grant him a little bit of independence. We 
decided to permit him to go to the movie theatre himself. We went to the Fox Theater 
at the Fairgrounds Mall and bought only one ticket for our son. We discussed his correct 
behavior in every case. We thought we had taught him well. Then, my husband went 
with him to his place in the room. We said to the ticket collector that our son was in the 
room alone. This very nice woman said, "It's okay. Don't forget to come back; have a 
good time." 

But, at this time, I lost my courage. I realized I couldn't make a step out from 
the theater^s door. My husband suggested wejoin our son. It was wrong for me because 
I didn't want to see a children's movie. Then, my husband made a very smart decision. 
He went to the movie, so I got about two hours free time to look around the mall. I think 
we had fun, maybe, except for my husband. 

Lilia MankovUch 



My First Potpie Supper 

by Madeline Donaldson 

When I was nine or ten years old. Mom and Dad went away and left us kids at 
home. I made the kids their meals when Mom went away. My one brother said to me, 
"I'm hungry for chicken potpie." I decided to make him some potpie, but I would have 
to kill two chickens and clean them so I could have some meat 

My Dad didn't want any of his hens killed, so I caught two chickens with the 
biggest led combs so I was sure they were roosters. When I cut the chickens open, they 
were full of eggs. I knew then I had killed two hens and Dad would be mad when he found 
out I threw the eggs away so Dad wouldn't know what I had done, cooked the chickens, 
and made the potpie for supper. 

When Dad and Mom came home, they saw what I had made for supper. Dad 
said, "Where did you get the chickens?" I told him I killed two of his roosters. After 
supper Dad went out to feed the chickens and he saw that he sUll had his two roosters. 
He came in the house and said, "Are you sure you killed two roosters?" 

"Oh, yes, I'm sure." 

"How could you when I only have two and they arc out there yet?" he asked. 
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Last weekend, my family went to Kiiladelphia, We used to live in Philadelphia 
about three years ago. I like to be there very much because I can visit my parents and 
relatives. We also have a lot of friends. We were there about two days. On Saturday, 
my husband's parents invited us to dinner. We enjoyed being there b«:ause we had not 
seen each other for a long time. The next day, on Sunday, I had a lot of free time and I 
decided to call my girlfriend and we met at her home. She just came to Philadelphia about 
one year ago. Shetoldmealotof interesting things about her studies in college. Also, 
we had time for shopping. We bought some clothes for summertime. 

Before leaving to go home, we had a little trouble. When we dropped my 
girlfriend off at her house, my hubby locked his keys in his car. It's never happened to 
him before. Of course, we were a little upset and did not know what to do. Then my 
husband called his friend who knew how to help us because he was in the same situation 
a couple of times. 

by Lorisa Notkina 



Education 

by Lynn Hay 

Basic education in the first years of a person's life is very important and 
essential. Under proper training, and supervision, it shows what potential a child has. 
If the teacher is alert, he or she may pick up on learning disabilities such as loss of hearing 
and/or poor vision. With these obstacles taken care of, a child can go on to his or her full 
learning ability. 

Once a person is out of school and willing, learning is an everyday hai^ning. 
It doesn't matter what a person is involved with or what !ie's doing, somewhere there is 
learning involved. 

While living near Penn State University, I have met a couple of people who 
were "professional students" - either too lazy or too scared to go out into the world and 
apply what they learned at a regular job. I am not a smart person, but I get iiritated at 
people who continue to keep a lazy brain and won't even try to learn a simple task when 
I know they are very capable of learning anything but are content to be where they are. 

To me, learning is an everyday experience from something accidental to 
something very sophisticated. Where would mankind be if doctors stopped learning 
when they left medical school or musicians stopped learning after they conquered one 
song on their instrument? Where would researchers be if tiiey didn't learn more in their 
research? 

I'm glad r ve got the brain and tiie ability to continue to learn more than I aheady 
know. If I had completely stopped learning years ago, I wouldn't be back in school 
wanting to learn more and to find out what my potential can be. 

If our brain stopped being teachable at a certain age of our lives, I wonder what 
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being but also for future generations as weU. Remember, successful brothers play a 
major role in the community. So. with these few uplifting words. I challenge you to do 
what isn't expected of you by society, my brothers. 

EdUor's Note: Devendre Dockery passed the GED examination in December 1992 
with a score of 272. 



Autobiographical Writings 

It has been more than nine months since 1 came to the United States. 1 
experienced a lot of struggles and hardships since 1 came here. But. 1 have never 
regretted coming to the United States despite the struggles 1 have experienced, because 
I have had a lot of precious experiences that 1 couldn't have had in Japan. 

The reason 1 came to the United States was to improve my English skiUs to 
communicate with foreign people. 1 thought it was wonderful to communicate wiUi 
people whose cultures were totally different from mine. And, it is really wonderful! It's 
leaUy nice to make friends who are not Japanese. 1 can learn a lot of things such as 
cultural backgrounds, history, customs, life-styles, etc. from non-Japanese people. This 
is what I really expected. Going to college or getting good scores on a test is not so 
important to me. CommunicaUng with people and learning a lot of things that 1 can't learn 
from text books are the most important things for me. 1 have had a good time here 
learning a lot of new things. 

I have had a lot of hardships, too. Because Japanese culture is totally ditferent 
from others, there were a lot of misunderstandings between me and others. At first, 1 
didn't know how to react to foreign people. I was afraid of speaking English. Some 
people thought 1 was odd because 1 didn't act the way American people act. It was often 
hard to make friends with foreigners. Sometimes religious differences became a big 
problem to get to know each other. 1 someUmes missed my famUy so much that 1 cned. 
But the biggest hardship was that 1 often couldn't make people understand what 1 wanted 
to say. Because of my poor EngUsh, people often couldn't understand what I said, and 
I came to know how difficult it is to communicate with foreigners. 

As 1 mentioned, 1 have never regretted coming to America. Compared to the 
wonderful experience 1 had, hardships are trivial. 1 get enough rewards from my stay in 
America. The only thing 1 wish now is that 1 wiU be able to help cross-cultural 
communication in the future by using my experience that 1 gained during my stay in the 
United States. 

Yuka Inaba 



Receiving education in a foreign country away from home has created 
hardships for me. On the other hand, receiving this education is beneficial to my future. 
Facing the hardships while receiving the educaUon in a foreign country has been one of 
the difficult tasks in my Ufe. For instance, learning a second language is one of tlie first 
problems 1 had to face. Secondly, I had to learn to adopt a culture that 1 had never 
experienced while working hard to make ends meet. It is also hard to leave behind all 



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of my friends and make new friends here. 

Alternatively. I have a number of rewards that I expect from my education such 
as receiving advanced computer education that I cannot receive in my native country. 
Obviously, I will be able to get a good job in my native country with such advancwl 
education. I will have learned a second lajiguage I will never forget Even though I am 
facing some hardships, the rewards I will receive will bring prosperity to my life. 

Muhammad Rqfique Usman 

Dreams 

by Lucero SchUnkman 

Many years ago, the passion grew in me to study something with which I could 
help people with low resources or no resources at all. I decided to become a dentist 
because it is tlie best way to help children who are so defenseless in the situation of life, 
especially when they have a physical problem. I started my dental studies in Colombia 
and I had a lot of problems because all the information about new technologies was 
written in English. That motivated me to study my second language. 

My country has many resources, but we don't have the technology for 
exploitation; Colombia pays a lot of money to other countries to exploit its resources. 
This is the reason that my country doesn't have enough money. But the people have the 
courage to make the dream come true. It's not on my mind to make a fortune; I just want 
to relieve the pain of those less fortunate with my work. Also. I would want to listen and 
to give consolation to those in need. 

A year ago. I was teaching in my city and I decided to leave my job and family 
to come to the United States to learn English. In the future, this will give me an 
opportunity to understand the new technologies which wiU allow me to work better. I 
want to go to the University and study TMJ (temporal mandibular joint). This is a new 
specialization that studies the joint between the lower jaw and the upper maxilar. A 
disorder in this joint can cause many problems such as pain in your neck, muscle pain 
in your face, headaches, problems with eating and problems with dental restoration. 

I have lived and studied English here for eleven months. I have fou'* 
wonderful people who have helped me to learn English. They have the same idea tha 
I have to help people without compensation. Now I can say that anything is possible 
That star so far away and brilliant, which I have seen in my country, comes closer to m 
every moment that I Icam a new word in my second language. 

The Only Exciting Thing that Happened to Me 

by Miguel Pomales 

The only exciting thing that happened in my life was when I passed the GE 
exam. I proved to myself that anything is possible. If you want something, you can 
it, too. I hope you try it because wlicn you try it you're going to feel like me - knowtn 
that you can be anything we want to be in life. 



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When I stay at home, I like to watch TV. I found my favorite soap opera. 
Tliis is A^l Mv Children. It begins at 1 p.m. every day. I recognize aU the heroes 
from this soap and I like to watch their actions. Everyday I wait anxiously for it to 
begin. I watch their problems and how they like to solve them. Problems usually 
touch families* loves and hates. Fm interested to know if in this program there are 
popular actors or not? I don't know this. 

Barbara Woff 



On Saturday, we (my husband and I) tried to carry out one experiment We 
wondwed whether our six year old son had become an independent person and, at the 
same time, whether we had been ready to grant him a litUe bit of independence. We 
decided to permit him to go to the movie theatre himself. We went to the Fox Theater 
atthcFairgroundsMallandboughtonly one ticket for our son. We discussed his correct 
behavior in every case. We thought we had taught him well. Then, my husband went 
with him to his place in the room. We said to the ticket collector that our son was in the 
room alone. This very nice woman said, "It's okay. Don't forget to come back; have a 
good time.** 

But, at this time, I lost my courage. I realized I couldn't make a step out from 
the theater's door. My husband suggested we join our son. It was wrong for me because 
I didn't want to see a children's movie. Then, my husband made a very smart decision. 
He went to the movie, so I got about two hours free time to look around the mall. I think 
we had fun, maybe, except for my husband. 

Lilia Mankovitch 



My First Potpie Supper 

by Madeline Donaldson 

When I was nine or ten years old. Mom and Dad went away and left us kids at 
home. I made the kids their meals when Mom went away. My one toother said to me, 
"I'm hungry for chicken potpie.** I decided to make him some potpie, but I would have 
to kill two chickens and clean them so I could have some meat 

My Dad didn't want any of his hens killed, so I caught two chickens with the 
biggest red combs so I was sure they were roosters. When I cut the chickens open, they 
were full of eggs. I knew tJien I had killed two hens and Dad would be mad when he found 
out I threw the eggs away so Dad wouldn't know what I had done, cooked the chickens, 
and made the potpie for supper. 

When Dad and Mom came home, they saw what I had made for supper. Dad 
said, **Wherc did you get the chickens?** I told him I killed two of his roosters. After 
supper Dad went out to feed the chickens and he saw that he still had his two roosters. 
He came in the house and said, **Are you sure you killed two roosters?** 

"Oh, yes, I'm sure.** 

"How could you when I only have two and they are out there yet?** he asked. 
I worked hard that day and everyone enjoyed the supper, so Dad let me of f easy . 

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Last weekend, my family went to Philadelphia We used to live in Philadelphia 
about three years ago. I like to be there very much because I can visit my parents and 
relatives. We also have a lot of friends. We were there about two days. On Saturday, 
my husband's parents invited us to dinner. We enjoyed being there because we had not 
seen each other for a long time. The next day, on Sunday, I had a lot of free time and I 
dec ided to call m y girl friend and we met at her home. She just came to Ph iladelph ia about 
one year ago. She told me a lot of interesting things about hw studies in college. Also, 
we had time for shopping. We bought some clothes for summertime. 

Before leaving to go home, we had a little trouble. When we dropped my 
girlfriend off at her house, my hubby locked his keys in his car. It's never happened to 
him before. Of course, we were a little upset and did not know what to do. Then my 
husband called his friend who knew how to help us because he was in the same situation 
a couple of times. 

by Lorisa Notkina 



EklucatioD 

by Lynn Hay 

Basic education in the first years of a person's life is very important and 
essential. Under proper training, and supervision, it shows what potential a child has. 
If the teacher is alert, he or she may pick up on learning disabilities such as loss of hearing 
and/or poor vision. With these obstacles taken care of, a child can g(j on to his or her full 
learning ability. 

Once a person is out of school and willing, learning is an everyday happening. 
It doesn't matter what a person is involved with or what he's doing, somewhere there is 
learning involved. 

While living near Penn State University, I have met a couple of people who 
were "professional students" - either too lazy or too scared to go out into the world and 
apply what they learned at a regular job. I am not a smart person, but I get irritated at 
people who continue to keep a lazy brain and won't even try to learn a simple task when 
I know they are very capable of learning anything but are content to be where they are. 

To me, learning is an everyday experience from something accidental to 
something very sophisticated. Where would mankind be if doctors stopped learning 
when they left medical school or musicians stopped learning after they conquered one 
song on their instrument? Where would researchers be if they didn't Icam more in their 
research? 

I'm glad r ve got the brain and the ability to continue to learn m ore than I already 
know. If I had completely stopped learning years ago, I wouldn't be back in school 
wanting to learn more and to find out what my potential can be. 

If our brain stopped being teachable at a certain age of our lives, I wonder what 
kind of culture we would be? 



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being, but also for future generations as well. Remember, successful brothers play a 
major role in the community. So. with these few uplifting words. I challenge you to do 
what isn't expected of you by society, my brothers. 

Editor's Note: Devendre Dockery passed the GEO examination in December 1992 
with a score of 272. 



Autobiographical Writings 

It has been more than nine months since I came to the United States. I 
experienced a lot of struggles and hardships since I came here. But. I have never 
regretted coming to the United States despite the struggles I have expenenced. because 
I have had a lot of precious experiences that I couldn't have had m Japan 
I The reason I came to the United States was to improve my Enghsh skiUs to 

communicate with foreign people. I thought it was wonderful to communicate with 
people whose cultures were totally different from mine. And, it is really wonderfulllt s 
reX nice to make friends who are not Japanese. I can leam a lot of things such as 
cultural backgrounds, history, customs, life-styles, etc. from non-Japanese people. This 
is what I really expected. Going to college or getting good scores on a test is not so 
importanttome. Communicating withpeopleandleamingalotofthingsthatlcan tleam 
from text books are the most important things for me. I have had a good tune here 
learning a lot of new things. . „ „ . 

I have had a lot of hardships, too. Because Japanese culture is totally different 

from others, there were a lot of misunderstandings between me and others At first, I 
didn't know how to react to foreign people. I was afraid of speaking Eng ish. Some 
people thought I was odd because I didn't ac\ the way American people act. It was often 
hard to make friends with foreigners. Sometimes reUgious differences became a big 
1 problem to get to know each other. I sometimes missed my family so much that I cned. 
But the biggest hardship was that I often couldn't make people understand what I wanted 
to say. Because of my poor English, people often couldn't understand what I said, and 
I came to know how difficult it Is to communicate with foreigners. 

As I mentioned. I have never regretted coming to America. Compared to the 
wonderful experience I had. hardships are trivial. I get enough rewards from my stay m 
America. The only Uiing I wish now is that I wiU be able to help cross<ultural 
communication in the future by using my experience tiiat I gained during my stay in Uie 

I United States. , ^ 

Yuka Inaba 



Receiving education in a foreign country away from home has created 
hardships for me. On the other hand, receiving this education is beneficial to my future. 
Facing tiie hardships while receiving the education in a foreign country has been one of 
the difficult tasks in my life. For instance, learning a second language is one of the first 
problems I had to face. Secondly. I had to leam to adopt a culture that I had never 
experienced while working hard to makcends meet. It is also hard to leave behind all 



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of my friends and make new friends here. 

Alternatively, I have a number of rewards that I expect from my education such 
as receiving advanced computer education that I cannot receive in my native country. 
Obviously, I will be able to get a good job in my native country with such advanced 
education. I will have learned a second language I will never fcx-get Even though I am 
facing some hardships, the rewards I will receive will bring prosperity tc 7 life. 

Muhammad Rafique Usman 

Dreams 

by Lucero Schlinkman 

Many years ago, the passion grew in me to study something with which I could 
help people with low resources or no resources at all. I decided to become a dentist 
because it is the best way to help children who are so defenseless in the situation of life, 
especially when they have a physical problem. I started my dental studies in Colombia 
and I had a lot of problems because all the information about new technologies was 
written in English. That motivated me to study my second language. 

My country has many resources, but we don't have the technology for 
exploitation; Colombia pays a lot of money to other countries to exploit its resources. 
This is the reason that my country doesn't have enough money. But the people have the 
courage to make the dream come true. It's not on my mind to make a fortune; I just want 
to relieve the pain of those less fortunate with my woit Also, I would want to listen and 
to give consolation to those in need. 

A year ago, I was teaching in my city and I decided to leave my job and family 
to come to the United States to learn English. In the future, this will give me an 
opportunity to understand the new technologies which will allow me to work betten I 
want to go to the University and study TMJ (temporal mandibular joint). This is a new 
specialization that studies the joint between the lower jaw and the upper maxilar. A 
disorder in this joint can cause many problems such as pain in your neck, muscle pain 
in your face, headaches, problems with eating and problems with dental restoration. 

I have lived and studied English here for eleven months. I have found 
wonderful people who have helped me to learn English. They have the same idea thai 
I have to help people without compensation. Now I can say that anything is possible. 
That star so far away and brilliant, which I have seen in my country, comes closer to me 
every moment that 1 learn a new word in my second language. 

The Only Exciting Thing that Happened to Me 

by Miguel Pomales 

The only exciting thing that happened in my life was when I passed the GED 
exam. I proved to myself that anything is possible. If you want something, you can do 
it, too. I hope you try it because when you Uy it you're going to feel like me - knowing 
that you can be anything we want to be in life. 



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When I stay at home, I like to watch TV. I found my favorite soap opera, 
•niis is All Mv Children. It begins at 1 p.m. every day. I recognize all the heroes 
from this soap and I like to watch their actions. Everyday I wait anxiously for it to 
begin I watch their problems and how they like to solve them. Problems usually 
touch families' loves and hates. I'm interested to know if in this program there are 
DODular actors or not? I don't know this. 

Barbara Woff 



On Saturday, we (my husband and I) tried to carry out one expenment We 
v^ondercd whether our six year old son had become an independent person and, at Uie 
same time, whether we had been ready to grant him a litUe bit of mdepei^ence^ We 
decided to permit him to go to the movie theatre himself. We went to the Fox Theater 
attheFairgroundsMallandboughtonlyoneticketforourson.Wediscussedhis«)rrec 

behavior S every case. We thought we had taught him well. Then, my husband went 
with him to his place in the room. We said to the ticket collector that our son was m the 
room alone. Tliis very nice woman said, "It's okay. Don't forget to come back; have a 
good tim^^^ ^ ^^^^ ^ ^^^^ ^^^^ J ^ ^^^^.^ ^ ^j^p 

the theater's door. My husband suggested we join our son. Itwas wrong for mebecause 
I didn't want to see a children's movie. Then, my husband made a very smart decision 
He went to the movie, so I got about two hours free time to look around the mall. I think 
we had fun, maybe, except for my husband. 

Lilia MankovUch 



My First Potpie Supper 

by Madeline Donaldson 

When I was nine or ten years old. Mom and Dad went away and left us kids at 
home I made the kids their meals when Mom went away. My one brother said to me, 
-I'm hungry for chicken potpie." I decided to make him some potpie, but I would have 
to kill two chickens and clean them so I could have some meat 

My Dad didn't want any of his hens killed, so I caught two chickens with the 
biggest red combs so I was sure they were roosters. When I cut the chickens open they 
wercfullofeggs.IknewthenIhadkilledtwohensandDadwouldbemadwhenhefound 

out I threw the eggs away so Dad wouldn't know what I had done, cooked the chickens, 

and made the potpie for supper. 

When Dad and Mom came home, they saw what I had made for supper. Dad 
said "Where did you get the chickens?" I told him I kiUed two of his roosters. After 
sup^ Dad went out to feed the chickens and he saw that he sUll had his two roosters. 
He came in the house and said, "Are you sure you killed two roosters? 

"Oh, yes, I'm sure." „„ . . . 

"How could you when I only have two and they are out there yet? he asked. 



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Last weekend, my family went to Philadelphia- We used to live in Philadelphia 
about three years ago. I like to be there very much because I can visit my parents and 
relatives. We also have a lot of friends. We were there about two days. On Saturday, 
my husband's parents invited us to dinner. We enjoyed being there because we had not 
seen each other for a long time. The next day, on Sunday. I had a lot of &^ time and I 
decided to call my girlfriend and we met at her home. Shejusl came to Philadelphia about 
one year ago. She told me a lot ofinteresting things about her studies in college. Also, 
we had time for shopping. We bought some clothes for summertime. 

Before leaving to go home, we had a litUe trouble. When we dropped my 
girlfriend off at her house, my hubby locked his keys in his car. It*s never happened to 
him before. Of course, we were a little upset and did not know what to do. Then my 
husband called his friend who knew how to help us because he was in the same situation 
a couple of times. 

by Lorisa Notkina 



Education 

by Lynn Hay 

Basic education in the first years of a person's life is very important and 
essential. Under proper training, and supervision, it shows what potential a child has. 
If the teacher is alert, he or she may pick up on learning disabilities such as loss of hearing 
and/or poor vision. With these obstacles taken care of. a child can go on to his or her full 
learning ability. 

Once a person is out of school and willing, learning is an everyday happening. 
It doesn't matter what a person is involved with or what he's doing, somewhere there is 
learning involved. 

While living near Penn State University. I have met a couple of people who 
were "professional students" - either too lazy or too scared to go out into the world and 
apply what they learned at a regular job. I am not a smart person, but I get irritated at 
people who continue to keep a lazy brain and won't even try to Icam a simple task when 
I know they arc very capable of learning anything but are content to be where they arc. 

To me. learning is an everyday experience from something accidental to 
something very sophisticated. Where would mankind be if doctors stopped learning 
when they left medical school or musicians stopped learning after they conquered one 
song on their instrument? Where would researchers be if they didn't learn more in their 
research? 

I'm glad r ve got the brain and the ability to continue to learn morc tlian I already 
know. If I had completely stopped learning years ago. I wouldn't be hack in school 
wanting to learn more and to fmd out what my potential can be. 

If our brain slopped being teachable at a certain age of our lives. I wonder what 
kind of culturc we would be? 



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My heart goesout to the loved ones who are left behind When a loved one takes 
his or her own life in vain» I know the impact it has on aperson's life. I can relate to these 
people because two of the dearest people in my life have taken their very own lives. 

Sometimes they would cry for help, but no one would listen to their cries for 
help. Maybe we never knew what was really going on • nside them. When it happens 
with no warning, you*re left behind with all the guilt and hlame. You think you could 
have stopped someone you love and who is close to you from killing him or herself. So 
you go on in life blaming yourself, feeling guilty, helpless, and you live with it for the 
rest of your life. 

We all are angry as hell at these pe<^le who take their precious lives for no 
reason. But we have to forgive them and stop blaming ourselves for the actions they to<* 
in taking their very own lives. Let's all move on in life and make peace within ourselves. 

I feel if we know someone is talking about hurting him w herself, we can try 
helping them. One way is by getting the person you love in your family or your friend 
some counseling. In this way, we might save someone from committing suicide. 

Lisa D, Battiato 



What I Am Flocking Forward To 

by Ruben L Marrero 



I am looking forward to finishing school and getting a job so I can give my 
children a happy and secure future. Also, I want to see my niece finish high school and 
go to college. I am looking forward to seeing my mother and younger brother come to 
live in Reading in their own house or apartment 



My Dream Car 

by Josi Acuapa Fabian 

Last week, when I crossed Lancaster Avenue in the south part of Reading, I saw 
my dream car in acar dealer's lot It's a red Ferrari Testarossa. This is the most beautiful 
vehicle made for man. That's my personal opinion. 

I think if I want to make that dream real, I will need to work very hard. The first 
step that I will do is to learn to speak and to write English well. This is most important 
for me because whenlcan write and speakEngUshweU.IwiUgetagood job withagood 

salary too. And maybe, I can buy my dream car in the near future. Meanwhile, I'm d7ing 
to learn and to spei English all I can in my class and sometimes, when I'm looking at 
my Ferrari Testarossa on the car dealer's lot It's waiting for me! 

Our Feelings 

by Haydee Millayes 



My husband and I were going to buy a car and that day the money for the car 
had to be used to go to Puerto Rico because my father was sick. I was feeling sad because 
we didn't buy the car, but I felt happy because I saw my family in Puerto Rico. 



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On My Vacation 

by Yaneth Ruiz 

On my vacation, I would like to go to New York because I have relatives living 
there. I would also like to go because I go dancing with my sister and my cousins. I also 
get to know new places that are very interesting. I like to go to eat Colombian food. I 
like to go to the beach because I see white sea gulls flying over me. Definitely, I love 
to go to New Yoik. 

My Favorite Holiday 

by Kim Pham 

I hate war! I love independence and freedom so I like Independence Day in the 
United States. It's celebrated on July 4th each year in the slates and territories of the 
United States. Independence Day is an occasion for shows, games, sports, military 
music and fireworks. The fireworks and ihe fuing of guns and cannons on this holiday 
causes many people death and injury each year. Each year on July 4th my family goes 
to camp for a week at the beach. We enjoy watching shows, fishing and fireworks. 

The Time the Tower Rocked 

by Jean Dillon 

The day was snowy and Friday. At twelve seventeen it was time for lunch. A 
time to sec if your friends had a good idea of where to go. A time to talk about what you 
archungryfor. Atimetogol Itwasnotatimetothinkoftheonehundredandtenthflocr 
you arc on. Or a time to think of the thirteen thousana people who may be in the tower. 
Not a time to think of the students who come to see the tower you work in. Not a time 
to think of the Secret Service cars pariccd beneath you. Not a time to think of the subway. 
Not a time to think you may have to leave this tower in darkness, sm(*e and chaos. 

The time is twelve eighteen. The time has come. First, you feel the tower rock; 
then, the lights go out You pick up the phone, and it doesn't woric. It is time to go. You 
have learned not to use the elevators, but to go to the stairs. Now is the time you fmd the 
people who will help you through the dark and the smoke. You never thought of the time 
it would take to go down the stairs. Time stands still. 



How I Met My Husband 

by Basty Ramos 

How did I meet my husband? Last year two lovely girls, who arc friends of 
mine, came to America for the summer. The girls and I were neighbors in Mexico. I love 
them very much. The younger was my pupil when she studied to be a secretary. 

When they met William, they loved him very much because he was kind to them 
and helped them to know the city. Sometimes he gave them a ride to work. 

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One day they asked him if he had a wife. He answered that he didn't have one. 
Then they said, "He wiU be the husband for Mamis." They named me Mamis and 
William started to name them "my children." 

Then, when the summer was gone, they gave WiUiam my address and my 
phone number. He called me pretty soon and we started our relationship by calls and 
letters. We got to know each other only by photogr^hs. But both of us were sure that 
we were the one for each other. The first time we saw each other was when we got 
maiTied. 



My Detennination 

by MigdaUa Medina 

When I decided to come back to school, I gave it a lot of thought I wanted it 
to be a firm decision. Not that Tm here, I don't regret it because I never reaUzcd how 
helpful this experience has turned out Tm also planning to finish my goal which is my 
General Educational Development 

My determination began when I got married three years ago and I saw myself 
in a house where I couldn't contribute to the expenses. I started to feel frustrated and 
depressed. Then, I knew I needed some good way of turning my life in a different 
direction. At the time, I was getting very sick and mean to other people, even my loved 
ones, because deep inside I was dissatisfied with what I was doing. Now I'm keeping 
busy recalling things I once knew but have since forgotten. I'm hoping that in the future 
I will also help my family with the daily life expenses. 



All About Me 

by Carmen Santana 

My name is Carmen. I'm twenty five years old and I have five beautiful 
children. I came to the United States when I was thirteen. I've been here for eleven years. 
Life wasn't easy after I had my second child. I was attending school at the same time. 
At tliat time, I decided to quit school and dedicate the time to my children. After nine 
years, I heard of the Even Start program. I decided to enroll in the program. 

The program has really been helpful academically. For example, my reading, 
English and math have improved. Most importanUy, I can sit down and work with my 
children. Also, Tm attending the Advanced English Program which is located at the 
Southwest Middle School. It's improved my English even more. 

The purpose of forcing myself is that I want to finish school and get my GED, 
a good job and to help children in the future. Td like to thank those who are helping me 
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My Life in the United States 

by Inpong Somsamayvong 



Ihe first time I came to the United States I couldn't speak English at all. Myl 
friend helped me to go somewhere to learn. I went to ESL classes. About one year after I 
that I got a job with my friend. I tried to speak. Now I know how to speak a little bit of I 
English. Five years ago my life was difficult I have a family to take care of. My sonl 
is nine years old. My wife has a job, too. On the weekends I always stay home and look! 
at TV with my son. 



The Mennonites in Paraguay 

by miter Kdthler 

There are aro»jnd 25,000 Mennonites in Paraguay living in about twentyl 
different settlemenb (colonies). The biggest three are in West Paraguay, which is calledl 
Chaco. The rest live in East Paraguay. I 
According to the hist(»ical background of the colonies, there are iiiso differ-l 
. ences fixmi one colony to another. There are open, free and progressive colonies, and! 
others are more traditional and uncommunicative. The latter are more distinguished! 
because of tlieir rare clothing, their religion and culture. I 
Let's divide the Mennonites into three categories. The first group is the peqplel 
from Chaco. These people are the most open to the Paraguayan society. The population! 
is about 14,000 individuals. A good education is very important and many young peoplel 
attend universities. They cooperate in economic programs and help other Paraguayans! 
to make their own settlements. In the Chaco, the Mennonites evangelize, educate and! 
care for about 14,000 Indians. The Mennonites also have a radio transmission: ZP-30,| 
"The Voice of the Paraguayan Chaco." They transmit in eight different languages. These! 
colonies also have a leprosy hospital and help in the neuropsychiatric hospital inl 
Asunci6n to treat therapeutic and psychological conditions. The Mennonites also have! 
two Bible Schools to prepare spiritual leaders. | 
The second group comes from Canada and Mexico and are the more traditional. 1 
They want to keep their own culture and ways of living. They don't want cultural orl 
spiritual renovation. The schools go only to the seventh grade, and the main job is! 
farming. j 
The third group is the smallest and least known group in Paraguay. These! 
people come from the USA and their language is English, but they also speak very good! 
Spanish. In school they teach English and Spanish. I 
There are reasons for the differences among Mennonites. There is no centxall 
doctrine, authority or structure for all Mennonites throughout the world. Each church! 
member has a spiritual and moral responsibility according to the Bible. The Mennonitcl 
religion is international like Christianity itself and is not made up of one ethnic group orl 
race. To be a Mcnnonite means to be a Christian, to be a church member and to have faith| 
in the Holy Bible. It is a way to live and not a race or nation. 

These are the main teachings of the Mennonite Churches: 
^ 1) The Apostolic Creed, as for all Christians, is the same for the Mennonites. 

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2) The Bible, the word of God» is the highest authority for faith and conduct 

3) The church is a community of b^tized believers, after confession of faith 
in Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord, and to serve the Lord in His life. 
(Matthew 28:18-20) 

4. Christ is the only way to salvation. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 
3:11) 

5) The gospel is a message of peace and reconciliation with God and other 
Christians. (Matthew 5-7) 



My Plans for the Weekend 

by Antonla Marti 

This weekend I want to go to New Ywk to visit my friend Rosita. I want to go 
there because I have a lot of fun. We'll go to the stores, to the paries, and well take a train 
to the uptown cities. My grandson likes to ride the train. In Reading, Tm usually alone, 
but in New York I'll be enjoying the company of my friend and my grandson. 



About Me 

by Sandra Rivera 

My name is Sandra Rivera. I was bom in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I have four 
children. Their names are Ramon, age eleven; David, age ten; Rosa, age eight; and Amy, 
agesix. TheyallgotoThomasFordschool. They enjoy learning English. Tmalsogoing 
to Even Start to learn English. I am very happy to be in this class with such nice 
classmates. 



Christmas 

by Sonia Natal 

To me, Christmas is sharing and sharing with my husband and my chDdren. 
However, for me, every day is Christmas because I have Clirist in my heart. Christinas 
also is being with loved ones. This Christmas, however, will be a little sad because two 
months ago my father and my grandmother died. I still feel happy, on the other hand, 
because I have Christ in my heart He is with me. For this reason, my Christmas will 
be happy. 



The Field Trip to the Hands On House 

by Raquel Rosado 

The Hands on House is a museum for children. On Tuesday, November 10, 
1992 the Even Start program went to the Hands On House by bus. When we got there 



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Rosado is my daughter. She loved the room with the piano and she also liked the room 
where the children can use hard hats. 

In my opinion, this field trip helped my daughter learn how to behave and how 

to share. 



Ramadan and Akhtar 

by Roshan Popal 

My name is Roshan Popal. I'm from Afghanistan. My religion is Muslim. On 
February 22, we will start Ramadan for one month. During that time, we may only eat 
a meal at sundown. The day of the new moon, we will have a special Akhtar hoUday 
(March 23, 1993). In the moming, we wake up early to pray to God. After that, we go 
to the mosque. There we have holiday prayer. Then, in the mosque, we have a big meal. 



How I Spent My Christmas 

by William Ramos 

I spent my Christmas in Mexico. I enjoyed Mexico very much. The people in 
Mexico were very nice to me. They treated me like a member of the family. I enjoyed 
the food they gave me. I tasted many different dishes. The food was delicious. 

Another thing I like is that their houses are made the same way as in Puerto Rico 
and that style of living remains in my country. They have orange trees, banana plants 
and other trees like in Puerto Rico. The best part of my vacation was I got married the 
day before Christmas. My wife's family is very nice. They fed me three times a day for 
two days. I had many different and delicious dishes. 



My Goals 

by Mildred Castro 

When I came to Reading my goal was to read, write and spell English. I hav 
a good teacher in the school that I attend and she helps everybody to learn English 
to spell and write. Education is important for a successful futiu'e. 

My Life 

by Apolinar Rosario 

My name is Apolinar Rosario. I am a Puerto Rican. I came from Puerto Ri 
in 1982 to Reading, Pennsylvania. After I arrived here, I started working with Pue 
Rican and Mexican immigrants and farm workers. 

I worked with Philadelphia Legal Services in order to complete the job. My j 
was a paralegal, or attorney's assistant. I liked the job. I enjoyed doing the job. 

I have six other brothers. I am the only one that attended school. I'd like to 
a lawyer in the future. . 

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My Family - My Inspiration 



by Marinalva Lima Snyder 



My family is very important to me. My father is a very special man in my life. 
He i£ a good friend for me and my eight brothers and sist^. He always works hard to 
take care of the family. Furthermore, my mother is a wonderful person. I love her very 
much because she gives our family perfect examples of how to live life. Everything that 
I am today is because of my father and mother. I thank them for it In addition, my 
grandma was very close to me. We always talked about important things. She always 
told me she prayed for our family and friends. She was a beautiful and unique lady with 
precious feelings for everyone. I miss my grandma very much. God called hw before 
I came to the United States. Now she is an angel in heaven. 

I was a very happy child. A very important event that I will never forget is my 
first communion at the age of eleven. We had a very beautiful party. I had a beautiful 
dress. Everything was very special but the most spec ial thing was my feeling about God. 
There was a unique feeling inside my heart I was very happy. 

There was always something to do at my house. There was homewoik, helping 
my mother, and playing with my sister's friends. My favorite subject at school was 
Portuguese. My favorite sport was volleyball. Also, I enjoyed television shows, news 
and good movies. Finally, I enjoyed delicious food and simple clothes. 

I hope to preserve my family w ith very much love. I also hope to get a job soon 
in order to complete my personal goal. I enjoy helping people, especially children and 
Id p; t}ple. In conclusion, I would like to help children in the fields of education and 
calth because children are the future of the world. 



My name is Vincenzina. I am an immigrant I came from Italy twenty-three 
ears ago. I left behind my family, my mother, two brotliers, and two sisters. My father 
scd away a long time ago. He died very young - thirty-inne years old. 

Here I am in this country with my husband. We have five children - two in 
ollege and three in elementary school. All these years I never went to school, which was 
rong. If I had gone to school, today I would have a better job and I could help my 
'Idren study and help them with homework. But, I am glad that I finally decided to 
to school. I am very excited about learning English. TTiis is a beautiful country. It 
a country of opportunity for all. I still miss my country. 



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Author and Title Index 



About Me 85,87 
Addison, Annie 25,29 
Adkins,Hope 33 
Aguilar,Evangelina 31 
All About Me 83 
American Way, The 46 
Arbabian, Shohreh 65 
Autobiographical Writings 77 
Balloons 20 
Barthlow, Joyce 46 
Battiato,LisaD. 81 
Beautiful 10 
Beautiful View 39 
Beckett, Susan 22,36,40 
Beltz,Brad 28 
Black Nubian Queen 17 
Bonilla, Socorro 71 
Botyazova, Olga 59 
Brackett, Jesse 9, 12,22,47 
Breeze Nights 3?. 
Burgos, Irma 11 
Calvo, Patricia 64 
Cao,Tung 62 
Carcamo, Christina 18 
Carl,ChristinL. 27 
Carrasco, Maria 57 
Carter, Jeffrey 49 
Castro, Mildred 86 
Childhood's Second Chance 47 
Chraibi, Badre Eddine 55 
Christmas 38,85 
Christmas Customs in My 

Country 60 
Col6n, Carmen 32,38,72 
Crime 67 

Crimes That Don't Pay 74 
Cry No More 42 
Cuba, the Old Country 60 
Dang,Thicu 39 

Date for the Rest of Our Lives 73 
Day by the Old Washing 
Machine 16 
Yr member 33 XM 



Delgado, William 40,41 
Dillon, Jean 82 
Do,Dat 45 
DoMeRigJit 41 
Do, True 42 
Dockery, Devendre 76 
Doi,Toshi 62 
Doi,Yoko 58,63 
Donaldson, Madeline 79 
Dreams 78 
Dumin, Bryan 28,41 
Education 68,80 
El Key 19 
Elderly, The 17 
Fabian, Jos6 Acuapa 81 
Fake, Shawn K. 9 
Fall Foliage 52 
Field Trip to the Hands On 

House 85 
Flower of Passion, The 30 
Fog on the Window 23 
ForAllIKnow 37 
For My Grandmother 44 
For My Son, Tyler 27 
Forrester, Mary Lou 34 
Fret, Mildred 32 
Garcia, Deborah 30 
Giandomenico, Vincenzina 87 
Gonzdiez, Lucciola 33 
Gonzalez, Mirta 32, 39 
Cranberry, Donald 13,48 
Haiku 32,37 
Hall, Stephen 38,40 
Hay, Lynn 80 
Hcm4ndcz-Soto,Ricardo 61 
Hiraoka, Hiromi 67 
Hopkins, Luis 11 
How I Met My Husband 82 
How I Spent My Christmas 86 
Hunters 30 
Huynh,Vinh 67 
I Am Thankful For... 72 
I Went To Love You 45 



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I Wonder 11 
Icazbalceta, Nelly 58 
If I Could Love More 21 
IflWercaTree 41 
Imperfection of Words, The 22 
Inaba, Yuka 62, 77 
Jones, Michquale 18,41 
Journal Exerpts 76 
Keefer, Deborah 47 
Kids 29 

Kifla,Mehari 55 
King, The 19 

Knowles, Donna 21.23.43 
Kolb.Pennie 17 
Konno,Noriko 59 
Kathler, Walter 84 
Last Night I Spoke to an Angel 13 
Lebran, Angel 46 
Lenherd.Paul 30,35 
Lctteis to Mr. Clinton 64 - 67 
Li^Qun 45 
Life 40 

Life of a Rose, The 38 
Life's Mistakes 36 
Like a Salad Bowl 43 
Little Bird 37 
Lost Love 18 
Lovasz, William A. 14,15 
Love and Death 25 
Love and Peace 33 
Love Makes Many Things 28 
Loveless Life 24 
Lugo, Lucy 33,72 
Mankovitch, Lilia 79 
Marquez, Elizabeth 23, 70 
Mairero, Ruben L 81 
Marti, Antonia 85 
McQintok, Karen 74 
Medina 55 

Medina, Migdalia 31,83 
Mel6ndez, Angie 73 
Melendez, Maria 70 
Memories 18 
M6ndez, Aristides 65 
Mennonites in Paraguay, The 84 
^ MiUan, Teresa 60 
E I\[C Haydec 31, 81 J 0 5 



MiUer,Alta 20,30,36 
Mitarai, Yuka 63 
Miyata,Reiko 66 
Morales, Jos6 28 
My City 61 

My Country, Mexico 61 
My Determination 83 
My Dream Car 81 
My Favorite Holiday 82 
My First Potpie Supper 79 
My First Ride on a Harley 

Davidson 52 
My Goals 86 

My Hometown 55, 56. 57. 58, 

59,60,61,62, 63 
My Life 86 

My Life in the United States 84 

My Mother 29 

My Perfect Place 24 

My Plans for the Weekend 85 

My Story 75 

My Thanks to God 70 

Mylonas,Popi 66 

Natal, Sonia 85 

Ness, Ginny 32, 35, 39 

Nguyen, Dang 64 

Nguyen, Dong 66 

Nguyen, Tai 56 

Nikulcza, Aneta 65 

Ni^t Before Christmas, The 20 

Notkina, Lorisa 80 

Ojeda,DaniaB. 60 

Okamoto, Masayo 67 

On a Sunny Day 36 

On My Vacation 82 

Only Exciting Thing that 

Happened to Me, The 78 
Ortiz, Luz 55 
Ortiz, Rosa 35 
Osuga,Mika 56 
Otero, Carmen 9,70 
Oualaalou, David 31 
Our Feelings 81 
Pace, John A. 28 
Pages 29 

Paivi,|aime 27,45 
Parke^Gini 24,44,43 



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Pham.Kim 82 
Pham,Thuy 65 
Phelan, Brian 22 
Pichanio,MariaA. 19,20 
POmales, Miguel 78 
Ponder 12 
Popal,Roshan 86 
Power of a Man, The 29 
Prayer of Thanksgiving 73 
Presto, Tesh 34,44 
Progress 14 

Ramadan and Akhtar 86 
Ramos, Basty 82 
Ramos, William 86 
Reach Out 36 
Recruit, The 49 
Rivera, Jacqueline 32,71 
Rivera, Sandra 85 
Rodriguez, Sharon 73 
Roman, Ivette 35 
Rosa, Carmen 15,72 
Rosado, Raquel 85 
Rosario, Apolinar 86 
Rosario, Maria 71 
Roupp, Virginia 21, 36, 39 
Ruiz,Yaneth 82 
Rushton,Hope 52 
Saidi,Jafar 12 
Saigon on My Mind 56 
Santana, Carmen 83 
Santiago, Jacob 75 
Santiago, Jos6 15,38 
Sawai,Miki 60 
Say Yes 18 

Schlinkman, Lucero 78 
Seng,K. 35 
September 1990 44 
Sitting 9 

Slipping Away 26 
Smith, Marcy 67 
Snyder, Marinalva Lima 87 
Something About Russia 59 
Somsamay vong, Inpong 84 
Sonera, Elinor 32 
Special Thanks 70 
"pcnccr, Dennis 75 
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Spring Haiku 32 

Spring Season 28 

Spring, This is 12 

Striver, Cr>'stal 17 

Suarez, Aida 35,39,73 

Taalib Muhammad Ali 10, 35 

Takahashi, Kumiko 65 

Takahashi, Yuko 61 

Tate, A. M. 29 

Teardrop, The 22 

Thank You 34 

Thankful at Thanksgiving 71 

Thanks Lord 70 

Thanksgiving 71,72 

Thanksgiving Thoughts 70,72 

This is Spring 12 

Thomas, Angel Luis 16 

Thoughts 42, 75 

Time Stanzas 41 

Time the Tower Rocked, The 82 

Tran,Cuong 65 

Trees 31 

Turiano, Charles 10 

Tuy,Khom 11,37 

Two Old Souls 21 

Unforgiven 33 

Urueta, Liliana A. 61 

Ushijima, Chikami 66 

Usman, Muhammad Rafique 78 

VSsquez, Maria 31,37 

Velez, Michelle A. 31,36 

ViUasettor, Salvstia 32 

Vu, Hoan 55 

Wamock,C 20,29,35 

Wesley, Donna 31 

WhataMess36 

What I Am Looking Forward 

To 81 
Whittaker,Chiis 24,26 
Why Do Teenagers Have Such a 

Hard Life in American Cities 

Today? 67,69 
Why the Afro- American male 

should succeed in life 76 
Williams, Rachael 15 
f)g Wilson, Tyrone 10,42 
Wolf, ^Barbara 79 



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Womcr, Amic 26 
Wright. Tina 18,42 
Yarbough, William 30 
Yoncmitsu, Yuko 66 
Zenon, Maxic A. 29 
ZuraMoon 9 



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