Broken Branches

Like broken branches strewn in this tempest called life
Searching for the roots from which we came
We scramble, scraping an empty barrel for meaning
Clinging to the empty details of our existence
Anaesthetising the ache of separation
And polishing the dented trophies of our success
Mindlessly unaware of the fabulously fecund forest that surrounds us
Our painted shells protecting the withered tethers of our wilting hearts
Our mission is to know ourselves
Yet here we defend, in our social disguises
Severed from the home of our souls
Human orphans crying for the loving arms of Mother Earth
We are broken branches, yearning for connection with the blooming planet which we call home
A poem by Sam Allen (ISB teacher, poetry blogger, and life coach). To read more of her poems, go to her website at For a free no obligations 30 minute demo coaching session, please contact her through email at:

Just Write

Just write and let your soul take flight
Let undiscovered sparks ignite
On wakeful, starry lonesome nights
Let your pen run amok, and write
Let dark blue ink run down your page
Uncork your deep red wine that’s aged
Release your truth, creative sage
How lions roar when they’re uncaged!
Just write with no end goal in sight
Transmit your very human plight
The grammar police are sleeping tight!
Within your fingers there is light
Just write, express with all your might
Fear not of being wrong or right
Your heart’s desire, your inner fight
Paint what you feel with words, just write!
A poem by Sam Allen (ISB teacher, poetry blogger, and life coach). To read more of her poems, go to her website at 

For a free no obligations 30 minute demo coaching session, please contact her through email at:

The Light through the Trees

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The light through the trees
Gives me hope, brings me joy
The light through the trees is a blessing
I’m bobbing along like a seafaring buoy
Feeling free supersedes second guessing
The light through the trees
Is a nod, is a sign
I jog through the woods in a bubble
Blissfully distant from notions of time
And a bright world away from my troubles

The light through the trees
Is a feast for the eyes
The light through the trees is transcending
The forest can see through the smoke and the lies
Now the light through the trees is descending

A poem by Sam Allen (ISB teacher, poetry blogger, and life coach). To read more of her poems, go to her website at

For a free no obligations 30 minute demo coaching session, please contact her through email at:

The Far Right In The U.S.A.

In terms of theme, the topic of the far right in the U.S.A. best connects to the theme of identity. Far right groups consist of individuals with shared beliefs who come together to advocate for ideas that are on the “far right” of the political spectrum. After researching many far right groups ranging from the KKK to neo-Nazis, it is clear that there are a few characteristics which are similar between them. For example, many support nationalist ideas and are formed by Caucasian, Christian people.

The far right groups, much like any other group, form with the goal of protecting ideals that are relevant to their group’s characteristics, sometimes at the cost of others that are not like them. For example, the KKK supports people who are white and read the original texts from the Bible. Since Donald Trump’s presidency, many on the far right take examples of President Trump’s speech and actions as supportive of their agenda…

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The KKK, a group on the far right (Source found here)

The definition of free speech is “the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint.” When groups with opposing ideals come together and productively share their views in order to drive actions in areas where compromise can be reached, the greater good is served. However, controversy arises when individuals in a society question whether a group is exercising their right to free speech when their demonstrations also incite acts of violence. There have been a number of events in the U.S. lately that have failed to create an environment where people are ready to listen to opposing views. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increase in anger, hatred and violence within many communities.

The number of far right groups in the US rose by 900% between 2008 and 2012. In 2012 there were 1,360 far right groups. President Obama’s presidential term began in 2009, which could have been a catalyst for the increase in these groups, as he had led a political agenda more to the left of the beliefs of these groups. It’s predicted that there will be another increase in far right groups during the Trump administration given the perceived support for these groups from the president as noted above.

It seems that there is a greater amount of social unrest in the U.S. because the country has been so divided by these left and right views without the willingness to come together for shared solutions. This could make America viewed as weak and no longer unified, so how the U.S. approaches their own agenda as well as views on international political issues matters.


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By Cailey (MYP5)

There’s No Such Thing As “The Perfect Person”

In our world today, there are over 7 billion people, people of different races with different backgrounds and different experiences. Living in such a diverse world, one would hope that a common ground could exist where the citizens of the world unite together and treat each other as equals. Unfortunately, historically and presently, this is far from the truth. In contrast to our individual characteristics, we tend to create a persona of the “perfect person” that everyone should aim to achieve within society. However, all this does is set us up for failure as nothing in life can be or is perfect. What people don’t seem to recognize is that the imperfections we are born with are what make us individually unique. Although the fact that all individuals are different and unique in their own way is known to all of mankind, many choose not to accept this and seek out ways to change the ways of different cultures and the people in them instead of accepting individuals and cultural norms as they are.

Ilina (MYP4)

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins




Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (source here)

    • 3 cups Rolled Oats
    • 2 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
    • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon
    • ¼ Tsp. Salt
    • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
    • 2 Large Eggs
    • ¼ cup Honey
    • 1 cup Banana
    • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
    • 1 cup Milk
    • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
    • 1 cup Chocolate Chips




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl add and mix the oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl add and mix eggs, honey, mashed bananas, vanilla, milk and coconut oil.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until mixed, do not overmix.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the muffins are set and the top of each muffin is slightly brown.
  8. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.

By Alia (MYP3Y)

Simple Halloween DIYs and Recipes

Halloween is coming, and everyone is ready to make something to celebrate this amazing festival! To be honest, I am terrible at baking, so I always choose to make the simplest dishes. Today, I will show you a few simplified DIYs and recipes that are extremely easy to make and are very suitable for parties.

1. Tangerine pumpkin

  • Materials: A tangerine
  • Instructions: Get a black pen and draw a scary face on the tangerine.

2. Juice box mummy

  • Materials: A juice box, a few pieces of tissue papers, a small piece of white paper and a small piece of black paper.
  • Instructions: Wrap the juice box up using the tissue paper. Tape the end at the back of the box. Use the black and white paper to create a pair of eyes. Stick the eyes on the tissue paper.

3. Ghost lollipop

  • Materials: A lollipop, a strip of black ribbon (about 30 cm), a piece of tissue paper
  • Instructions: Cut the tissue paper into a circle. Wrap the lollipop using tissue paper. Secure it using the strip of black ribbon. Draw the eyes and a mouth using a black marker.

4. Eyeball egg

  • Ingredients: Ketchup, Seaweeds, Boiled eggs
  • Instructions: Remove the eggshells. Cut a hemisphere from an egg. Cut the seaweed into a slightly smaller circle and stick it on the hemisphere egg using water. Pour some ketchup on the plate and put the egg on it. Use a toothpick to draw some ketchup onto the sides of the eggs to blend the edge.

5. Bloody fingers

  • Ingredients: Ketchup, an egg, three hot dogs
  • Instructions: Cut the hot dogs in half. Slice out half of the top 1 cm and that is the nail. Carve out the knuckle lines. Heat oil in a pan and fry the hot dogs until they are dark red. Beat the egg and heat oil in a pan. Pour the egg into hot oil and fried until it is solid. Cut it into the shape of a pumpkin. Put the egg on the hot dogs. Fill the nail parts with ketchup.

These are a few simple recipes and DIYs for those, who would love to make something by themselves but don’t have much time. I hope you like them and enjoy  your Halloween with them!


By En Yu (MYP4)


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