“Abuse” – a poem

At first she took it in silence biting her tongue until someone noticed and spoke up to her defense even so, there was no escaping retaliation Angrily, he criticized beat her with his words unrelenting insults “saving her from herself” everything was justified as defense from imaginary offenses And so she spoke up to defend … Continue reading “Abuse” – a poem

Tales from the Classroom: “Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

I very, very rarely share excerpts from my English homework.  My teachers run everything we hand in through a plagiarism checker, so I feel it is appropriate to only publish anything from school to the blogs after I've received my grade.  Wouldn't want them to think I plagiarized some poor struggling author named Allison Rose, … Continue reading Tales from the Classroom: “Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

“Political Systems of Ancient Greek and Spartan City-States” – Tales from the Classroom

Author's note - here's an essay I wrote last year for a class on ancient civilizations and their political systems.  That week we were learning about Ancient Greece and its volatile relationship (or lack thereof) with Sparta.  If you're dying to read something of more substance than cryptic, depressing poetry, and you have a tolerance … Continue reading “Political Systems of Ancient Greek and Spartan City-States” – Tales from the Classroom