Wednesday, August 1, 2012


1.  Coming into junior high can disrupt feelings of belonging.  You belonged to an elementary school.  Now you don't belong there any more.  You belonged to a group of friends that may not hang out together anymore.  You belonged in the world of childhood and now, if you hadn't already, you're starting to move out of that world.

Where do you belong now?
Where do you want to belong?
With whom do you belong?
What do you need or choose to do to belong?
Are some ways of belonging better than others?

What about friendship?
Will your old friendships continue?  Will they change?
Will you find new friends?
What does it mean to be a friend?

2.   from the book Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas:

They call us
      the "out" crowd,
      we don't fit their
      dog-show guidelines

We call them
      they have to
      all agree,
      yup each other
      every day on every thing.

And we say
Nope, don't
want any part
of your Yuppitude
     so tight
     society will burst
     with any change
     of thought.

But being a fractured, momentary gathering
and not an actual collective,
we say
with scrambled cadence

and their
is way