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No Such Thing as Silence?

Silence is not always silent.

Kevin Holm-Hudson is a professor of music theory at the University of Kentucky. He attends Lexington (Ky.) Meeting.


Posted in: Creativity and the Arts
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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward

By Elizabeth Ford. Regan Arts, 2017. 247 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $16.99/paperback; $14.99/eBook. How many of us could survive one day in New York City鈥檚 notorious Rikers Island jail, especially if we were mentally ill? Wouldn鈥檛 confinement in a psychiatric hospital be safer and more therapeutic? As a peer counselor in the psychiatric ER of Kings County [鈥

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting and a reporter on mental healthcare.


Posted in: Creativity and the Arts, June/July 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Spirit?

Spirit seems to have assumed a major office among Friends.

Ann Birch is a member of El Paso (Texas) Meeting; she is an academic reference librarian, grandmother, and actor in local theater.


Posted in: Creativity and the Arts, Viewpoint
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Center Yourself

My journey through my Quaker faith and education all started in nursery school. I went to a small Quaker nursery school. It鈥檚 the kind of place where I sat on my teacher鈥檚 lap, and the room was filled with worn wooden blocks with a certain cozy smell I can still remember. There鈥檚 a beautiful meetinghouse [鈥

Naomi Brangan, Grade 7, Buckingham Friends School, member of Wrightstown Meeting in Newtown, Pa.


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Gianna-Katsock

Our D.C. Family

Signs passed by as we continued to drive on the bumpy road. It was a dreary, dark, foggy day. The weather seemed to relate to the type of day we were soon going to have. The lightly tinted windows were open, and I could feel the spring breeze. Cars honked, and lights changed. The silence [鈥

Gianna Katsock, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Jadyn-Williams

Comfort in Diversity

This is my first year at Westtown School. I am a proud Christian who goes to church and worships God. At my church we sing, dance, cry, and mostly make noise! I am comfortable in this environment because in my culture, we recognize that God deserves all the praise. This is a strong aspect of [鈥

Jadyn Williams, Grade 9, Westtown School


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Will-Reardon

All Teammates Deserve Respect

Five years ago, I tried out for a new hockey team. When I walked through the glass doors of the ice rink for tryouts, I saw a girl trying out for the same team. I instantly recognized her as I had played against her in years past; I knew she was a tough competitor. In [鈥

William Reardon, Grade 8, Buckingham Friends School


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Jocie-Resnik

Finding My Community

I grew up going to a Quaker meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. I never truly liked going to meeting because it always felt way too long. My family and I moved to Pennsylvania about four years ago, and we continued to attend Quaker meeting. One day my mom told me I was going on a [鈥

Jocie Resnik, Grade 9, Westtown School, member of Goshen Meeting in West Chester, Pa.


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Would You Still Love Me If I Were a Boy?

I remember the night I told my mom I wasn鈥檛 exactly a girl. I was so worried about telling her. I can鈥檛 talk to my parents about regular things much less something this close to my heart. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears. I considered not telling her. I considered running back to [鈥

Sawyer Beveridge, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School


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The Art of Loving Yourself

鈥淚 love myself.鈥 I speak into the mirror, my voice cracks into a barely audible whisper, the embarrassment squeaking through just ever so slightly. I am close enough to see all my pores, all the smeared residue of makeup, all the bumps and edges of my skin. I can see all of the tiny lines, [鈥

Frances Kelly, Grade 10, New Garden Friends School


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