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Happiness Handbook A Publication of the Jefferson Forest High School Literary Magazine Fall/Winter 2012

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4……………... “Untitled” by Destiny Barnett 6…………………..“Untitled” by Adam Gibson 8…………………………….. “Words of Wisdom” by Lydia Brown 10…………………………….………......“Possibility” by Sarah Hanson 11…………“Everything Happens for a Reason” by Kaylyn Brooks 12…………………………...“Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou 14…………………….... “Untitled” by Kary Frost 15………………... Haiku by Rebekah Matthews 16……………………….. “Can You Repeat That?” by Devon Clapp

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18…………………………………………….... “Dream” by Hannah Bowyer 20…………………....“Untitled” by Lydia Brown 22……………………………….….“Dance With Me” by Caleb Pollard 24……………………………..… Memorable Quotes 26…………….…. “Ride the Ride” by Joe Norton 28………………………... “Notes” by Allie Gossen 29………………….. “Untitled” by Callie O’Brien 30……………………..... More Memorable Quotes 32………………………………………... “Graduation” by Alex Richardson 33………………………....“Not You Say but I Say” by Rickki Jones

Art by Nathan Johnson

It’s not as serious as you think, I promise. That test you didn’t study for? You won’t remember it in a year. That homework you forgot to complete? It’s only a fraction of ten percent, why fret? When you’re sitting in your room, crying with a major migraine because you just can’t get it, there’s no way you can do it, you’re done, think about what it really means to you. Yes, a bad test grade can bring you down, but you can bring it back up. A missing homework assignment or a lousy quiz won’t kill you. A “B” or even a “C” in a class you tried really hard in is not as detrimental to your health as you think. As long as you try, that’s all that matters. This is not an invitation to

Photography by Danielle Holmes

This is not an invitation to slack. Being successful in school and AP classes and sports and anything else you try requires you, all 100% of you. To be an expert, Malcolm Gladwell states that you need 10,000 hours of practice. As I’m sure none of you can put aside that many hours to become an expert, just give it all you’ve got. As long as you do the best you can, you have done your job. So when you’re anxious or worried, just put it into perspective. Give

all you’ve got, but don’t stress about what you can’t give. Destiny Barnett

In the middle of a year filled with college applications, tests, quizzes, and due dates, it is important to pause every once in a while and take yourself a little less seriously. While you may not remember how to factor equations after just a few weeks of summer, you have the opportunity to make memories--like this one--which you will never forget. Adam Gibson

Words of Wisdom: Don’t grow into a cynic. It’s not worth it. There will be skews and skews of people who will tell you it’s far better to embrace the concept of “realism”, to prepare oneself for the disappointments of human life by growing to expect them as well as the worst in others. Far too many people believe that growing up means becoming disillusioned, distrustful, worrisome. And honestly, that should not be the case. Learn to believe in something. Grow to expect the best in people, hope for things others may scorn as impractical, naïve, or fanciful-Neverland and Narnia will still exist if you let them.

By Lydia Brown

“You can’t keep the bird of sadness from flying around your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” –Walk Two Moons

Photography by Rebekah Matthew

– Emily Dickinson.

Photography by Jessica Nolte

We dwell in possibility as well. Consider yourself a lump of clay ready to be shaped into an elegant vase or intricate sculpture, or a blank canvas about to become a Monet or a Warhol. Up to this point, our lives and education have been largely straight from the cookie cutter, all taught to pass some standardized test. Right now, you are just one of millions of high school students carbon copies of the variations of the education standards. However, this molded stage of life is fading quickly and soon we must find a way to use this generic education as a launch pad to go wherever else we plan, whether that be college, the military, or trade school. From there our paths and selves become even more differentiated. It is in these places that each of our possibilities shifts into realities. Things we used to only be able to read and hear and dream about can become our livelihood. The world at or feet, full of opportunities and vacant positions that we will fill. We just need to take the first step, the initiative to get there. We will no longer say, “I could become,” but rather “I have become.” Sarah Hanson

High school is a very stressful time for every teenager no matter the size of his or her course load is or how many extra curriculars they can fit into their busy schedules. There will always come a time in your high school career when you feel bombarded with homework or fail a quiz or test. And unfortunately you may encounter hardships in your life outside of school such as death of a friend or a loved one or any other emotional crisis. Personally, I dealt with all of these throughout my four years in high school but I stressed to myself how important it was to not let down or give up. I told myself "everything happens for a reason". I may not have known the reason then but now I understand all of my hardships and failures have made me who I am. If you think about it, your past makes up the framework for your future! I can leave high school knowing I did my best and I have become a more intelligent individual not only in school subjects but in reality. Remember to never give up or lose hope in yourself because you know now that everything happens for a reason so that you can become who you are meant to be!� ~Kaylyn Brooks

Phenomenal Woman By: Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me.

Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can't see. I say, It's in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It's in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, 'Cause I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,

Photography by: Jessica Nolte

We are all bits of stars and pieces of the sky, our souls shine with moon drops but you, you shine with the golden rays of the sun. By Kary Frost

“Can you repeat that?” by Devon Clapp Can you repeat that? I’m sorry, I was distracted I want to listen, I assure you My focus seems to wander Wait, what did you say? You should really speak up There is too much going on I’m trying to learn Do we need to write this? A yes or no would suffice Oh see, no more lead I must find a pen How important is this? There must be a theme somewhere I could make one up No, I must find one

Will this be on the exam? I think I’m failing I think I’m being dramatic This happens frequently May I ask a question? We should watch a movie No, let’s play a game I’m a great winner Was that due today? But you said Tuesday I should be more organized I will start tomorrow Would you like my opinion? That was rhetorical My opinions are always right Such insight is blinding What was that again? No, I was not talking That would be rude You have my full attention Photography by Destiny Barnett

My fellow classmates: I have a bit of advice for you. For many of you know you will read it and never forget it. My goal is for you. If I can plant a seed in your mind and make a difference then at least I know that someone was touched. Open your ears, open your mind, and block out the world around you for just once moment.

Artwork by Grace Kim

Everyone dreams. It comes from the heart. It comes from the soul. And it comes from the mind. Dreams change but they are never something to doubt. Accomplish your dreams and they shot for more. Never go back from your dreams because there may be an obstacle in the way. Don’t do what I almost did. If you give up then you will regret. Now follow me in this‌ dream stands for more than what happens when your eyes are closed or opened. By Hannah Bowyer

and I want to stare at what I’m seeing curled in my hands: my own body curled in the world’s womb…where (an afterthought) has been sleeping (born) a material being breathing tried and tired a fear to feel embryonic warmth is never freeing mother world keeping me (living) unreal newcolored footsteps I’m one-twothreeing say I’m Alive! and what walks on my skin— the tread of oceans wide and mountains thin— has me fumbling with the lock I’m keying (I’m small, but I infinitely begin on a bicycle, a spoke on the wheel) By: Lydia Brown

Dance with me. Flowing dress and fragile form Curled edges of a browning body. I shall be your air, Your breath, your breeze. Now is our time. Carried by the wind The changing seasons Once apart, now together. How often does this happen, When will this happen again? Never—so now let me be Zephyr. For unto the night, Rumba!

Summer once here, Now our reckoning, our juncture Tomorrow: brisk, and us


But all is well, for you and I united.

I ask for only this— Dance with me. And until our time gone, Tango!

Photography and Poem by Caleb Pollard

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

”Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be than

absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” - H.G. Wells


“ bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” —Abraham Lincoln Photography by Jessica Nolte

As we approach tion that arises lenges in our fu of us choose to in almost every way out. It is a c plain. It’s easy t ber to critique o thinking of the to an optimist, a others to grasp Art by: Rahmon Ross

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h the end of high school, the quesis not whether we will face chaluture, but rather how will each one deal with them. I have found that conflict, being negative is the easy choice. Just think—it’s easy to comto critique others before we rememourselves. I wrote this poem while numerous opportunities available and I hope it helps both me and the benefits of positive thinking. By: Joe Norton

When your notes start looking like this, you should probably sleep more... at home." -Allie Gossen "


Photograph by: Danielle Holmes


Never fear! Graduation is near. “The tassel is worth the hassle”- Anonymous

Not You say but I say... You say I cannot, You say I will fail, You say I will come crying back, head covered by my tail. You say I am nothing, You say I won't succeed, You say I will never get all I want or need. But I say I can make it, I say I will win, I say I will show you all what I have deep within. I say I will go the distance, Leaving your 'you say' in the dust. Because my success isn't a maybe, Its a must! I will show you, I will show you soon, My success is a promise, By: Rickki Jones


Destiny Barnett Lydia Brown Taylor Cooper Cameron Duncan Kary Frost Kelsey Layman Teresa Merk Joe Norton

eunoia (yoo'-noy-ah) (n.) - from Ancient Greek εὔνοια (“goodwill”, literally “beautiful thinking”)

Happiness Handbook 2012  

A publication of the Jefferson Forest Literary Magazine, Eunoia.

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