Bright Places

Wander the world. Make it lovely. Leave something behind.

Most houses are composed of variations of the same basic shapes: rectangles and squares. Are there any houses that don’t fit this mold near...

Martin Luther King, Jr. day has a special place in my heart for many reasons.  My mother was among the first teachers integrated in...

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When I was in third grade, I lived in Maryland, where I was one of the only white girls in my elementary school.  For...

Beings and things are not sacred enough to me. May I never sully anything even though I be utterly transformed into mud. To sully...

There you are, just a girl in want of a respectable grown-up life, five weeks shy of eighteen, thinking college maybe, a nice boy,...

If a record store could be a second home, it would be mine. It has been one of my favorite places to visit in...

I’m not exactly what you’d call a “people person.” I don’t like hugs, group outings, work parties, or bonfires. But of all the social...

It’s time to pack and store the holiday decorations and open yourself to a new year of friendships. Some of you will be starting...

When I was younger, I went to the park by my house quite often with my mother and sister. It's a very largepark, and...

Here, not thirty feet away from the bus stop, there is a raised garden. By ‘raised garden,’ I mean a brick box that ends...