August 30, 2000
    "I've learned that good-byes will always hurt,
    Pictures never replace having been there,
    Memories good or bad will bring tears,
    And words can never replace feelings."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lara W., Age 15 --- Connecticut
    August 30, 2000
    We once were little enough to pretend
    But years go by, as they tend.
    No longer do we get to play,
    The games we did on a summer day.

    Why is it ending? It isn't right.
    We're growing up overnight.
    No more forts or climbing trees,
    Running bases or scraping knees.

    The sound of laughter has faded away,
    Stuck in the past where it will stay.
    We've lost our innocence to a stronger force,
    Thrown into the world, landing off course.

    I know its tough, we're scared to go.
    Our individuality, we must show.
    We have to fight a little more,
    For the rains will start, they'll start to pour.
    Through it all, will grow a little stronger.
    Will make it through, just wait a little longer.
    For our friendship has lasted through the years.
    Through battles, changes, laughter and tears.

    After it all, will make it through and smile.
    Friends forever, the journey will be worthwhile.
    Katie K., Age 17 --- Illinois
    August 30, 2000
    "The bad stuff is easier to believe, but the good stuff is worth hoping for."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Danielle F., Age 15 --- Missouri
    August 30, 2000
    "I just want real reactions.
    I want people to laugh from the gut,
    Be angry from the gut, or be sad from the gut."
    Andy Kaufman --- Submitted by Jessica M., Age 17 --- Rhode Island
    August 30, 2000
    "If you are able to find the positive in a bad situation,
    Then you are able to find the gold at the end of a rainbow."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Joey R., Age 15 --- New York
    August 30, 2000
    "We have to learn to be our own best friends,
    Because too easily we fall into the trap of being our own worst enemies."
    Roderick Thorpe --- Submitted by April G., Age 16 --- Georgia
    August 28, 2000
    "You can't enjoy life until you can enjoy just being by yourself,
    And being yourself."
    Copyright © 2000 Kyle Thrailkill
    August 28, 2000
    "It's not I can,
    Or I will,
    But I am."
    Copyright © 1999 Michael Vogt
    August 28, 2000
    "You meet at least 3 new people a day, and you don't even know it. You go through your life, and only remember the people you meet who make an impact.

    But what about the people you made an impact on? I can guarantee they will remember you.

    So next time you meet someone, no matter how small or unimportant it may seem, remember it. Because each new person you meet may just become your link to the future."
    Copyright © 1999 Amanda Norby
    August 28, 2000
    "As you ramble on through life, brother,
    Whatever be your goal; keep your eyes upon the donut
    And not upon the hole."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Carrie R., Age 15 --- South Carolina
    August 28, 2000
    "Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kristen W., Age 16 --- New Jersey
    August 28, 2000
    "Push me down, and I'll get back up.
    Insult me, and I'll compliment you.
    Bother me, and I'll ignore you.
    Beat me, and I'll fight back.
    Smirk at me, and I'll grin back.
    Yell at me, and I'll walk away.
    Kill my heart and soul, and I'll love again.
    Don't doubt me, I will win."
    Kristin T., Age 16 --- Kentucky
    August 25, 2000
    "In true friendships and loves,
    We lean on each other in order to stand up straight."
    Matt E.Otey --- Submitted by Hannah W., Age 17 --- Virginia
    August 25, 2000
    "If you can't win,
    Make the person in front of you break the record."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Cody G., Age 13 --- Virginia
    August 25, 2000
    "Don't care so much about what other's think of you,
    And don't conform to their opinion of acceptance.
    Most everyone you know now
    Will not be there for you later on in life,
    While you regret all you had done to impress them."
    Copyright © 2000 Mandie Miknaitis
    August 25, 2000
    "People who have humility don't think less of themselves,
    They simply think of themselves less."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.L., Age 14 --- Texas
    August 25, 2000
    "To be yourself in a world
    That is constantly trying to make you something else
    Is the greatest accomplishment."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson --- Submitted by Thomas B., Age 15 --- California
    August 23, 2000
    "I have everything I ever wanted
    But had to give up everything to get it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marten B., Age 17 --- Michigan
    August 23, 2000
    "The only way to get through the hard times
    Is to hold the good times close to your heart."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by LeeAnn D., Age 18 --- New York
    August 23, 2000
    "Family are the friends chosen for you,
    Friends are the family you choose for yourself."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mon G., Age 13 --- Sydney, Australia
    August 23, 2000
    "A dream to a believer is reality in the morning."
    Shauna W., Age 15 --- California
    August 23, 2000
    "A legend does, what a hero doesn't.
    Legends last forever, heroes are forgotten.
    Don't be satisfied with being a hero,
    Strive out ..... reach for the top."
    R. Carpenter , Age 15 --- Kansas
    August 23, 2000
    "Everyone gets knocked down.
    The champions get back up and fights another round."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by S. Shell, Age 16 --- New York
    August 21, 2000
    "Reach for the hands of God.
    If you fail, grab some stars on the way down."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ryan B., Age 17 --- Indiana
    August 21, 2000
    "Never underestimate the power of your actions.
    With one small gesture, you can change a person's life,
    For better or for worse.
    God puts us in each other's lives
    To impact one another in some way."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Molly W., Age 15 --- Michigan
    August 21, 2000
    "A true friend runs the race with you when you're winning
    And when you're coming in last."
    Copyright © 2000 Laura M. Marschke
    August 21, 2000
    "Don't worry about failure;
    Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Traci D., Age 16 --- West Virginia
    August 21, 2000
    "Do not regret things you have done,
    Strive on them to make things better."
    Krysti H., Age 17 --- Indiana
    August 21, 2000
    "Let the rainbow remind you that when things are at the absolute worst,
    There's always got to be something better to come."
    Copyright © 2000 Brooke Vallala
    August 18, 2000
    "You are young and smart.
    Set your mind to what it is you want and go get it!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.H., Age 16 --- Connecticut
    August 18, 2000
    "Don't let anyone get you down.
    Always know that you are you,
    And you won't change for anyone else, but you."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sara G., Age 13 --- Georgia
    August 18, 2000
    "Set your objectives, get your life in guidance."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dave O., Age 16 --- Hong Kong
    August 18, 2000
    "Never stop dreaming for we live in reality, nothing more."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Luis B., Age 17 --- Ohio
    August 18, 2000
    "Looks attract you to a person, but personality keeps your attracted."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mistee C., Age 17 --- California
    August 16, 2000
    "You can admire what you see,
    But you can only love what you truly know."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Carolyn S., Age 18 --- Pennsylvania
    August 16, 2000
    "The meaning of life is working to find out who you are."
    Copyright © 2000 Susan Duren
    August 16, 2000
    "Our parents and background may have influenced who we are
    But we are responsible for what we become."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Roshana A., Age 16 --- Colombo, Sri Lanka
    August 16, 2000
    "I come from the generation with the loudest voice
    But with the least to say.
    It's time we said something."
    Copyright © 1999 Tyler Trumbull
    August 16, 2000
    "If you don't try, then there is no experience."
    Copyright © 1999 Nicholas Marchan
    August 16, 2000
    Please Daddy

    Don't tell me how I should feel,
    I am hurt and I feel it.
    Please Daddy, don't tell me what I should see
    For I am not blind
    Please Daddy, don't tell me how to do it
    For in my heart I know what is right
    Please Daddy, let me age
    Don't hold me back; the world is waiting for me!
    My Barbies have dust on them, my pink dresses are too small,
    My bedtime stories are ages ago.
    I know it's hard Daddy, but I am spreading my wings.
    Please Daddy let me face the world
    For that is what you raised me for.
    I am not scared Daddy but,
    Daddy don't forget I am still your little girl.
    Ashley S., Age 17 --- Ohio
    August 14, 2000
    "A finished person is a boring person."
    Anna Quindlen --- Submitted by Rachael J.
    August 14, 2000
    "Tell me who you hang with and I'll tell you who you are."
    Told by my Grandma --- Submitted by Wendy B., Age 18 --- Wisconsin
    August 14, 2000
    "How can someone be so wonderful
    How can someone be so fun,
    Have you ever met someone so great,
    Someone who's been a really good mate.

    When someone's feeling down,
    You'll never see a frown,
    Even through their toughest trials,
    You'll be sure to find a peachy smile.

    If you're ever lucky enough to find someone so rare,
    Someone who'll always care and be there,
    Remember their thoughts
    Remember their wisdom,

    Because people like this come only once in a lifetime."
    Copyright © 2000 F.Baker
    August 14, 2000
    "Difference between interest and commitment :
    When I'm interested in something,
    I only do it when it's convenient.
    When I'm committed to something,
    I accept nothing but results."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.M., Age 18 --- Singapore
    August 14, 2000
    "The only thing that fear fears is courage."
    Copyright © 2000 C.J. Moss
    August 14, 2000
    "When they discover the center of the universe,
    A lot of people will be disappointed to discover
    They are not it."
    Bernard Bailey --- Submitted by M.P., Age 14 --- Ohio
    August 11, 2000
    "The impossible just takes a little longer."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alana S., Age 14 --- Sydney, Australia
    August 11, 2000
    "It's okay to help fill someone else's shoes,
    If only first, you have yours filled completely."
    Copyright © 2000 Jeremy Kreuzer
    August 11, 2000
    "It's our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities."
    Rowling --- Submitted by Stephanie P., Age 16 --- Virginia
    August 11, 2000
    "There is no need for enemies
    When there are so few friends in the world."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Brianna R., Age 15 --- Maine
    August 11, 2000
    "I am going to turn on the light,
    And we'll be two people in a room
    Looking at each other and wondering why on earth
    We were afraid of the dark."
    Gale Wilhelm --- Submitted by Ali K., Age 17 --- Texas
    August 9, 2000
    "Life is a park filled with memories and failures,
    But it's a park you have your whole life to walk through."
    Copyright © 2000 Kelly Murphy
    August 9, 2000
    "The things always driving us on
    Are the promise of tomorrow
    And the memories of yesterday."
    Copyright © 2000 Jenn Flutterby
    August 9, 2000
    "Every morning, as I awake to greet the sun as it rises over the eastern mountains, I always thank God for giving me the breath of life and a new day to prove myself worthy to regain his presence. I take in the cool morning air and tell myself that today is going to be a great day no matter what happens. And it always is because I have the attitude and choice to make it so."
    Copyright © 2000 Jared Mahoney
    August 9, 2000
    "Once you have reached your goal,
    Push yourself a little harder,
    And a little harder after that,
    Until you have over exceeded your goal."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by B.K., Age 15 --- Michigan
    August 9, 2000
    "Determination depends on inspiration."
    Copyright © 2000 Heather Irelan
    August 9, 2000
    "Today's society places much emphasis on good looks. We look at those who grace the covers of magazines and set the standards of "beauty." But while people spend huge amounts of time and energy trying to turn themselves into the same mold, one thing is forgotten. Airbrushing can do wonders."
    Ana A., Age 14 --- Arizona
    August 7, 2000
    "Though many find it to be a far-fetched thought, I find life to be a fairy tale. People are always jumping off of the bridge too soon, always searching for a happy ending. It is here where they realize happy endings don't come that easily, and when life becomes nothing but an illusion.

    To me, it is a time of reality. For I know that in every fairy tale written there are obstacles to overcome, and evil beings who stand in the way a character's dreams. We are living our own fairy tales, and as long we continue to fight through the hard times, there is going to be a happy ending."
    Chelsea S., Age 17 --- Colorado
    August 7, 2000
    "Learn to control your moods and not let your moods control you."
    Chris, Age 16 --- Malaysia
    August 7, 2000
    "We can only hope for what we can't control."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Meagan M., Age 15 --- Tennessee
    August 7, 2000
    "What's meant to be will always find it's way."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lane D., Age 16 --- Tennessee
    August 7, 2000
    "The body is temple of the soul."
    Confucius --- Submitted by Adam B., Age 18 --- New York
    August 7, 2000
    "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
    Abraham Lincoln --- Submitted by Chris S., Age 17 --- Iowa
    August 4, 2000
    "The way you get meaning into your life is to
    Devote yourself to loving others,
    Devote yourself to your community around you
    And devote yourself to create something
    That gives you purpose and meaning."
    Morrie Schwartz --- Submitted by B.N., Age 17 --- Bavaria, Germany
    August 4, 2000
    "Imagination is the alternative to life that isn't so final."
    Copyright © 2000 Siné Caitrín Callanan
    August 4, 2000
    "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Randy T., Age 17 --- Ohio
    August 4, 2000
    "If I could reach up and hold a star
    For every time you've made me smile,
    The entire sky would be in my hands."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sarah L., Age 18 --- California
    August 4, 2000
    "Do your best,
    Try your hardest,
    And I guarantee you will succeed."
    Cat L., Age 15 --- Massachusetts
    August 4, 2000
    "Life is like a rollercoaster;
    You have your ups and downs."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Louisa G., Age 15 --- South Carolina
    August 2, 2000
    "We are not enemies but friends."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ryan S., Age 15 --- Wisconsin
    August 2, 2000
    "People come and go,
    But the memories you make with those people
    Stay with you forever."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Cortney M., Age 15 --- Michigan
    August 2, 2000
    "You must surrender yourself first to the world
    Before you can understand yourself."
    Copyright © 2000 Crystal Heidman
    August 2, 2000
    "Life is a never ending drama.
    Why play an extra?
    Try out for the lead role!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Trena C., Age 19 --- Indiana
    August 2, 2000
    "No regrets.
    Regrets are a way of living in the past
    And the only people that live in the past
    Are the ones afraid of the future."
    Copyright © 2000 Meg Gleason
    August 2, 2000
    "Don't walk through life letting other people make decisions for you.
    Be your own self; make your own choices."
    Copyright © 2000 Ashley Black