Good Songs for Bad Days


With so much negativity in the world and so much hurt, we have to find joy in the little things. Music can be a portal of every emotion–It has the power to make you feel things and give you an outlet to express who you are. There are so many heartbreak songs out there, for good reason, because I do believe that some of the best art comes from pain. But I think there should be more appreciation for those songs that can’t help but make you smile. Here’s a playlist I put together of songs, old and new,  to listen to when you’re feeling blue or you are already having a great day and just want it to get better. Continue reading Good Songs for Bad Days


For those who don’t know what crossfit is, crossfit is a sport/form of exercise that involves olympic weightlifting and high intensity interval training. What I mean by crossfit being a sport and a form of exercise, I mean that some people do it to better themselves, and other take it to the extreme and compete for the title of fittest on earth. The crossfit community is full of people from all walks of life. In a typical crossfit gym, you will see, your neighbor, a working mom, a CEO of a major company, or someone who is retired. All of these people are there to better themselves health wise, or physically achieve something they thought was never possible for themselves. The community of a crossfit gym is always supportive, the first person finishing a workout first is just as important as the person finishing last. Continue reading Crossfit

My Medical History

This is a very personal article, I’m not writing this to get sympathy, I’m simply writing it for the people who have had easy childhoods or an easy life in general.

My name is Ellen Hansen. I’m 17 and I’m a dyslexic student attending Nova High School and am expecting to graduate a year early. This is my story, and I’ll be honest, I’m proud of my story, because looking back at it shows me that I’ve been through a lot and yet, I was still able to do well in school and pursue the things I wanted. Continue reading My Medical History


For you dog lovers out there this is somewhat for you–somewhat considering that wolves are the ancestor of the domestic dog. Wolves eat large hoofed animals such as elk, deer, moose and caribou, as well as beaver, rabbits and other small prey. Wolves live, travel and hunt in packs of 7 to 8 animals on average. Packs include the mother and father wolves called the alphas, their pups and older offspring. Continue reading Wolves

The Mysterious Case of D.B. Cooper

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On Wednesday November 24th, 1971, a man by the name of Dan Cooper boarded a plane flying from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington. Upon boarding the plane, Cooper ordered a bourbon and soda (according to the flight attendant). After the plane took off, Cooper handed a stewardess a note. The woman put the note in her pocket, saying that she would read it later. However, Cooper responded saying “Miss, you better look at that note. I have a bomb.” He asked the stewardess to sit next to him, he opened his brief case to reveal a cluster of wires and three red sticks. Cooper then asked the stewardess to write down what he was saying and to take it to the captain. Cooper demanded $200,000 in cash by 5 p.m. He also stated that the money needed to be in a knapsack, along with four parachutes. When the plane arrived in Seattle, Cooper exchanged the thirty-six passengers for the money and parachutes. After the passengers were safe, Cooper ordered the captain to fly him to Mexico City, and that he keep the plane below 10,000ft. Around 8 p.m., the plane was just above Reno Nevada, when Cooper jumped out of the rear end of the plane, taking his money and parachutes with him. He has not been seen since that night. Continue reading The Mysterious Case of D.B. Cooper

My Struggle with Depression

s part of the Nova community I know that many students like myself struggle with Depression, one of the hardest things to do is recognize what is affecting your mental health and what needs to be done to fix it. This is the story of how I realized my depression was taking over my life and how I decided to fix it.


Approximately  20 percent of teens experience depression by adulthood. It’s safe to say all of us know what it’s like to feel depressed or have depression. When depression hits hard everything feels so bad, everything feels like a heavy weight on your back and life keeps taking swings at you but in those moments many of us fight back so hard to not remember times we felt happy. Continue reading My Struggle with Depression

Bambi review

With the resurgence of the live action Disney remakes and my need for entertainment during the pre-spring break busy work push, I’ve been going back to the animated classics as a mindless break from school and college application stress. While most of these movies are just fun, simple stories with songs about chasing your dreams and never giving up, Bambi has really stood out to me as a very thoughtful, more quiet movie that requires a bit more thought and patience to enjoy. Continue reading Bambi review

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