Opinion

Poem: Refugee

Poem: Refugee

I was honored to receive a National Gold Medal for my poem Refugee this year from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Writing poetry is not only a source of pleasure for me, but a way to express larger ideas about the world around me and build empathy. Both times I...

Review: ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng

Review: ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng

Thanks to the new addition curbside pickup at the Orange County public libraries, my fantasy ever-growing quarantine wishlist of books has been transformed into reality. I was ecstatic throughout the car ride home, all too busy imagining the familiar coarse pages...

Column: Finding hidden treasures in quarantine

Column: Finding hidden treasures in quarantine

I found a hidden treasure while I was cleaning up my room — I’ve been doing that a lot lately out of boredom. I have this one corner in my room that’s been cluttered with miscellaneous stuff for years. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever seen the flooring under all...

Cypress artist empowers youth through palm leaf art

Cypress artist empowers youth through palm leaf art

Ryan Bradley Witham is a resident of Cypress, Calif. who uses artwork to help educate communities across the nation. Witham is often referred to as “brokenArgyle,” the username on his social media accounts. “With brokenArgyle, nobody has to be alone again... or...

Poem: ‘Mr. Patriot’ — Reflecting on modern nationalism

Poem: ‘Mr. Patriot’ — Reflecting on modern nationalism

"Mr. Patriot" comments on individuals who brand their nationalism as patriotism. We've seen a public insurgence of this phenomenon under the current administration. "Mr. Patriot" He grew up on red, white and blue Small town, open space, freedom No one dreamed about...