Let’s Talk Climate Change

In 2015, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Francois Hollande, the then President of France spoke about both the current and future effects of global warming. “We have a single mission: to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation” Hollande explained. His words hold truth and relevance to the issues of…

Waste Reduction Week

I believe that global warming is happening and that we are making it worse. I think that the government should set up regulations to help keep our earth clean. I try not to litter, and I make sure to recycle at work, but at home, I have not been doing the same. Part of it…

More Than A Book Sale

I volunteered to sort books for an upcoming Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library Book Sale. I bought books in the past at FOL book sales, but I avoided recent sales as I was attempting to thin out my currently overflowing collection of books. I was an avid reader as a child and grew up…

Housing: An Entire Generation Thrown Under the Bus

2008, a year that will forever remain infamous as the period during which millions of Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their lives. In 2008, the United States economy crashed in a devastating manner, primarily because of what is known as the US Subprime Mortgage Crisis. Housing prices were inflated well above where they…

Merlot on Granite

“I wasn’t in Vietnam, my father was.” He was utterly confused, but that was my fault, I should have clarified the question. So, I shook my head and pieced together an entirely new sentence. “Mr. Kelvin, I’m not talking about the war in Vietnam, I’m talking about the refugees, did you come across any Vietnamese…

Growing Solutions in an Insecure Community 

Crossing over the bridge, I could see the industrial side of Jacksonville next to the St. John’s River. The view was full of rusty metal boats and looking down I would have never imagined people lived in this place. Driving through the Eastside neighborhood, most of the houses looked old and broken down. When I…

War Beyond Deployment

The effects of war last far beyond deployment. The events that veterans encounter in the field shape their everyday lives outside of it. Issues like PTSD, depression, and lack of purpose are inevitable for veterans because of war; however, people are often oblivious to the difficulties veterans experience when returning to civilian life. This can…

Eastside Jacksonville Experimental Learning

Experiential Learning Essay Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in United States and was named after president Andrew Jackson. Looking around my neighborhood, I see streets lined with nice, sound homes with healthy green lawns. A short walking distance from there are primary and secondary schools, and further along are various supermarkets and nearby clinics;…

Stand Up or Take a Knee

By Sammy Jean It all started on August 26, 2016; Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem at an N.F.L football game. His action set off a nationwide protest. On September 1, 2016, Kaepernick repeated the same action during the national anthem. From that moment the media has kept an eye on Kaepernick….

After The Storm

By Sammy Jean Through the debris and down limbs, James Quinn works hard to clean up his yard. September 11, 2017 was an eventful and destructive day not only for the state of Florida, but also for the residents of Jacksonville. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma’s storm surge exceeded record flooding levels…

Not Just Another Festival, Voodoo Is The Music Ritual

By: Morgan Bates Voodoo Festival City Park New Orleans, LA. Halloween Weekend: October 28th-30th, 2016 I don’t know about you, but for me Halloween is always such a fun and exciting time of year. Fall is in the air, there are pumpkin patches and carving contests, costume parties, and tricks and of course treats! All of…