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June 2014

Michael Arterberry was the keynote speaker for Hudson HS commencement. Read the press coverage here (PDF).
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” -- Robert F. Kennedy

© Youth Voices Center © Youth Voices CenterThe sour squalor of everyday
It numbs our emotions, just strips them away
It's that light that we shed so no one can see
I look into the mirror and I know it's not me
A façade, a mask, a barrier, a shell,
The faces we wear so no one can tell,
Our souls are torn
And our hearts all alone
But then we speak, when it's secure
Our mouths mutter what we hear first as a blur
A sound, to a tone, to a word with meaning
Then we realize it's our own hearts that are screaming
The guards are down, now air seeps through
I've caught my breath, now I know what to do
I take in the air and let it dissolve my insecurities
Then I bask in the womb of my soul, and share all its mysteries
It's a life more should live:
When our hearts are open, it's easy to give
We take back the love that vulnerability stole
And open a pathway into our souls
Then we shade that light that keeps us blind
And take the journey into our minds
Finally, we find, what's so easy to hide
It's the love for that person buried so deeply inside

         -- Curious Cyril