Our Life: May Day

By Michael Armijo May Day is what alarms me. Not because of the significance in history, but the beginning of another “bad memory” time in life. May Day was a traditional day of celebration for laborers across the world, but can also be remembered as a distress call from someone in despair. For me, May […]

Why Remember?

By Michael Armijo   It was a story about a 9-year-old boy, Travis, whose mother died one day while at home. Without telling a soul, little 9 year-old Travis covered her body with a coat and placed sheets of notebook paper over her face. He then fixed his own meals – mostly frozen pizza, cereal, […]

A Place Called Brilliance

By Michael Armijo I believe in the old premonition that we all have a special purpose in this world, but I also believe that each of us holds a special talent. We all possess “special powers.” It’s not fable-like, or something you’re “born with,” but more of a skill that we hold. A passion we’ve […]

Our Life: “Missed” Opportunities

By Marissa Mitchell I used to think it was a shame when everything good that could happen, didn’t happen. Meaning, every time that I had an opportunity or potential opportunity present itself before me, if I did not avail myself of it, well, that was a shame. It was a waste. It was something to […]

Our Life: Lost In “Reality”

By Marissa Mitchell Looking at the way in which people are fettered to their phones, their computers, their watches, their iPads, their televisions, it’s a wonder that anyone would ever be able to stay present in the moment. Today, I spent most of my waking hours in front of some sort of screen, running around […]

Our Life: It Takes A Village

By Michael Armijo “I am not insane.  I am angry.  I killed because people like me are mistreated every day.  I did this to show society push us and we will push back.”  This statement came from a note a boy wrote in Mississippi after he went to school and open fire killing two classmates […]

The Ledge

By Sarah Sanchez I have a friend who gave an analogy to explain her depression to me. She said that some days she felt like she was standing on a ledge, barely holding on. She said that sometimes she felt like letting go of that ledge, but as she “let go” she felt others still […]

When did fear become your master?

By Michael Armijo When I sat at my desk I felt this uneasy queasiness overwhelm me. It was a nauseating feeling as though someone had kicked me in the stomach, and although the beating was over, I could still feel the soreness. It lingered as long as my failure to act lingered. I knew I […]

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Friends—the best ones make you reexamine yourself. By Julia Rohrabaugh I remember getting this call from my mother telling me my friend had died. He was so close he was like a brother. He had been in so many childhood memories; he’s one of the people that made home what it was. I expected him […]

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If Not Today Than When?  By Michael Armijo I’ve learned many things about life from people who have passed away. For example:  I had a friend who always did something each weekend. He was always somewhere. During football season my Sunday excitement was to call him and ask: “where are you?”  He’d always respond with […]

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Time for 2017  By Julia Rohrabaugh Time. It’s not something to take lightly, but it’s also not something to spend your quiet moments pondering about. This idea of time, that one second gone is one you’ll never get back, can be frightening. Our time is precious, so we want to control how we spend it. […]

Street Art

 By Julia Rohrabaugh Children are taught graffiti is vandalism. The beauties of graffiti and the possibility for it to be an encouraging tool is washed out by its more common occurrences of destruction. Exploring new places, specifically the urban scene, awakens people to the power of street art. When they’re taking a morning commute every […]

Embracing Change

By Julia Rohrabaugh During the four years of gaining my Bachelor of Science from UC Davis, my peers and I were asked to define ‘life.’ One of the main concepts we could all agree on was that life is constantly in a state of change. Whether you’re a recent college graduate, don’t have a secure […]

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The LA Transplant By Julia Rohrabaugh I moved to Los Angeles just over a month ago from a small town in Northern California. I’m what the Angelenos call a ‘transplant,’ someone who has recently moved to LA. My Nor Cal roots are in the central foothills, a very different environment to So Cal. We have […]

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Lost Love By Michael Armijo I stood there in the courtyard, and waited.  Her little eyes, her bright smile, her warm hugs…I was waiting for them all.  It would be just a few minutes before that bell would ring, it would be just a few minutes before my little love of life would run out […]

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The Ledge By Sarah Sanchez I have a friend who gave an analogy to explain her depression to me. She said that some days she felt like she was standing on a ledge, barely holding on. She said that sometimes she felt like letting go of that ledge, but as she “let go” she felt […]

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Leap Of Faith  By Sarah Sanchez  I worked for ABC Public Relations for the last nine years of my life. It was my very first job back when I was 16 years old; I rolled newspapers for some extra cash. I had a few other jobs but ultimately I stayed at ABC PR and went […]

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One year of love By Michael Armijo There’s a song by Queen called “one year of love” that brings me peace. The song talks about how the singer had “one year of love, which is better than a lifetime alone.” I’ve chosen to apply this song and this philosophy to my life and to the […]

Why Remember?

By Michael Armijo I once read a story about a 9-year old boy named Travis, whose mother died at home one day. Without telling a soul, little Travis covered her body with a coat and he placed sheets of notebook paper over her face. He learned to fix his own meals – mostly frozen pizza, […]

The Great Pretender

By Michael Armijo I remember dressing up like batman, the little Kmart suit with the plastic mask. I remember watching SWAT and grabbing a stick like it was my machine gun. I remember trying to lift the car because I wanted to be Steve Austin, the 6 million dollar man. You would think it was […]