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Poems

Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

Coastal Vacation

Every year in June, the school bell rings one final time, and our summer freedom begins. After a few weeks of serious rest and relaxation, we get ready to go on our yearly vacation to our summerhouse in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. It's the highlight of our summer.

It takes ten hours to reach Sea Isle City by car. It is a long, excruciating ride, especially because all the kids are crammed into the back seats like sardines in a can. It is not, to say the least, a pleasant experience.

After the horrible trip there, we arrive on the island. Sea Isle City is a small town on the New Jersey coast. The barrier island it is on protects the mainland from the waves.

When we reach Sea Isle City, we unpack the car and claim our beds. By this time we'd have probably been arguing over who would sleep where for days. Next, we unpack our bags, and lastly, we slump in front of the television, tired out from the long drive.

When we're awake, the main thing my family does in Sea Isle is go to the beach. The soft white sand is dotted with clamshells and covered with seagulls. The waters of the Atlantic Ocean are cold but refreshing. We creep into the water, shivering like crazy until we adjust to the temperature. Then we run, as well as we can in the ocean, out to the higher water and the waves. The waves may not be as high as they are in the Pacific, but that doesn't mean that they don't make a heroic effort to drown you anyway! It's exhilarating.

Also, we often can be found at the tennis courts, the soccer field, and Play by the Bay, the playground. Play by the Bay is my brother Zachary's personal favorite place to be. Not a day goes by on vacation when he doesn't ask to go there!

Evenings in Sea Isle are usually spent on the promenade along the beach. The promenade is lined with specialty shops of all sorts and is the place to go to get your souvenirs.

After a week of fun in the sun, our sojourn in Sea Isle City ends. Sadly, we pack our bags and head home. But still, we take back with us a little coastal sunshine.


Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002