Teen aspires to create a community of writers, skateboarders



A writer and skateboarder, Homer youth Justice Sky spends his school year studying creative writing and his summers running his skateboard shop.

Majoring in creative writing at Southern Oregon University, he likes to write fiction and poetry.

“For me, writing is about the human experience and is the best way I’ve found to try to figure out how our world works on a very human level,” he said.

(Excerpt for Christina Whiting’s article in the Homer Tribune- read more)



blocked hands

When I look at you I see this fear
In your eyes, and that shouldn’t be there
Are you afraid that I’m going to think badly of you?”
A fist of things to say in my throat, clenching.
I said nothing, and it was the only time you’d ever ask.

We sat across from my brother and he slouched the whole time,
paler than usual.
This was how I found out what a spinal tap was.
I could be the one in the white rooms,
but there’d be no cute stories like my friends
asking what kind of flowers boys like.

I remember court-ordered therapy.
Well, I remember wanting to see the guy’s golden retriever,
and he said I could after we talked.
Another therapist, another session
where my father said I loved all sorts of animals,
and I thought, “It doesn’t do any good. They all die anyway.” The dark hallway of my mother’s apartment, watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the live-action movie) on a
fold-out couch.
And a fire escape, a snarling black panther poster on the ceiling
and the smell of cigarettes and perfume,
that pulls her out of the abyss I store her in.

A poem from Make the Best of Your Teen Years by Joseph G. Langen

Still Life- A Poem

Still Life

A poem by Violet

firls in meadow

I’ll be perfect when
all that remains of me
are funny stories and
photographs with the right poses,
light accentuating the angles of my face.

Until then, remember that you’re under no obligation
to search
for that snapshot,
that moment when you couldn’t guess
that I don’t have it all together.


Violet writes about the memory of times with friends. Sometimes pictures of your friends are better memories than the actual times with them. Friends can come and go. They can be nice sometimes and not so nice when they’re in a bad mood. She also suggests that sometimes you might pretend to your friends that you are okay when something is bothering you. Really good friends are the ones you can trust with your problems and expect them to be there for you no matter what.

From Make the Best of Your Teen Years- 105 Ways to Do It by Joseph Langen

Over 300 Facebook Friends can Increase Stress and Depression in Teens

Over 300 Facebook Friends can Increase Stress and Depression in Teens

In the study, researchers enrolled 88 teenagers aged between 12 and 17 and asked them to fill out a few questionnaires about their Facebook use, such as how many friends they now have, how often did they logged in, how did they interact with the platform in terms of self-promotion and what did they do to support their friends online.

Excerpt from Abel Hampton’s article in Bills Insider- Read more

Teen Who Saved a Man’s Life By Using Three Simple Words Got The Most Amazing Thank You

16-year-old Jamie Harrington, from Dublin, was on his way to the store to pick up some Gatorade (as you do) when he saw a man sitting on the ledge of a bridge.

“I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn’t, and he didn’t say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes,” he shared with Humans of Dublin, in a post that has since been liked nearly 40,000 times.

Excerpt from a Redbook article- read more

What do you like best about yourself?

sun behind cloud

Teens like a wide variety of things about themselves. Being able to entertain friends or having a nice personality come to mind for several of the teens I talked with. If you are fun to be around, you will be popular and never lacking for company. Did you ever wonder what makes you attractive to others? It’s not so much what you look like. Being very pretty or handsome might even make others jealous.

A researcher in the nineteen sixties studied what people look for in a friend. The number one quality is being able to listen. If you can keep your mouth shut when you need to, hear what someone is saying, and understand how that person feels, you will be very much in demand. As Amy puts it, “I have the ability to put myself in others’ shoes.”

Some see their sense of themselves as their best quality. Ellie says, “I know who I am and stick with my values.” This is not always easy to do. You have to think about what’s important to you and decide that what you believe in is more important than making others happy.

Did you know it’s impossible to keep everyone happy? No matter what you do, there will be some people who like what you do and others who don’t. If you follow your own sense of values, you will attract friends who respect what you believe in. You probably wouldn’t enjoy the company of others who don’t share your values anyway.

Can you imagine having a friend who changes his or her mind all the time? Maybe you have a friend like this. You never know what to expect and probably wouldn’t be able to count on that person for anything important. Being consistent in your values makes it easier for you to decide what to do when something really important happens. It also helps your friends know what to expect from you. Consistency is probably the most important quality of a good friend after being a good listener.

Other teens like their physical qualities such as their appearance or sports ability. As with personality, these might be just as much a reason for others to be jealous as to like you. However, what is important is that your physical appearance or sports ability might give you some confidence which you might not otherwise have. Your self confidence just might attract others more than your special abilities or appearance.

(Excerpt from Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do it.)

The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure

Right now it is 1:30 in the morning, and I just really can’t sleep because of stuff I’ve got on my mind.

So here we go.

From first to eighth grade, we had a “Guidance” period, which was an extra period we had in place of one of our extra curricular periods every week. The teacher taught us about peer pressure for alcohol and drugs. We had D.A.R.E. which was the same thing but mainly for drugs.

(Excerpt from the blog The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure ‹ Reader — WordPress.com.)