when the boys pull your hair and push you to the ground
I promise not to tell you that it’s because they like you.
when the teachers call home to tell me that
you pushed them to the ground after you
I’ll take you out of school early and buy
you your favorite ice cream.
when you get older and the boys
try to touch you when you don’t want to be touched
I’ll look at you like the sun when you come home
with anger in your fists.
they all tell you not to fight fire with fire
but that is only because they are afraid of your flames.
when the boys yell after you like hyenas
you yell back, baby.
I will not teach you to be afraid of your anger
so that you look for it in others.
I will not make you be the better person
because you already are.
you wanna fight ‘em? fight ‘em.
don’t you dare apologize for the fierce love
you have for yourself
and the lengths you go to preserve it.
when the boys try to tell you to soften up
I hope you make them bleed with your edges.
I hope you remember that you are not theirs
that their disappointment in you is not yours.
when the boys come to your door with pretty words and
I hope you show them the anger in yours.
I hope you show them just how strong your mommy
thinks you are.
I hope you show them the animal they can’t always
see in their own reflection.
when the boys come with the intention of hurting you
my advice will always stay the same, my darling:
give ‘em hell.
There are more than 16 million food insecure children in America today, more than 3 million homeless children in America, and more than 17 million undereducated children in America. While this country continues to erode from the inside out, the Government continue to spend $700 billion dollars a year on the defense budget.
THINK ABOUT HOW THEY’RE GIVING YOUR TAX DOLLARS AWAY TO THE RICHEST AMERICAN FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES LIKE DICK CHENEY’S HALLIBURTON, WHO HAVE MADE $21 BILLION DOLLARS FROM DEFENSE CONTRACTS IN THE LAST 12 YEARS!
If America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, what are we spending so much money on defense for? Switzerland have spent $50 million dollars on defense in the last 50 years and they haven’t been to one war and they are one of the most prosperous countries in the world. They also provide their citizen’s with free health care and they imprison their corrupt bankers. We could learn a thing or two from the Switz.
Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.
Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.
Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.
She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
GO NEW MEXICO! GO NAVAJO NATION! GO BRILLIANT TEENAGE GIRLS!
It has to be said, teenage girls are kind of killing it right now!