Month: September 2013

The Right Thing

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Cat Video: How I Get My Cat to Exercise

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Today, I made a video of my cat Lina. Sometimes, there is no better medicine than a smile or a laugh. I hope you enjoy the video!


We Will Never Forget

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We will never forget the day that the towers fell,

the day that all of America stopped,

the day that our loved ones die. 

We will never forget. 


Beneath the Surface by Marjorie Hawthorne

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What lies beneath the surface of ourselves?

What lies in the words we do not tell?

Is it pain.

Is it sorrow.

Is it longing for acceptance.

Are there dragons beneath the surface?

Are there demons beneath the surface?




Searching for a way out.

Searching for a way above.

But maybe we are the ones beneath.

The ones beneath the surface.

The ones fighting for a way back up.

Above the surface.

The surface that traps us.

That makes us scream.

And fight.

That makes us long for acceptance.

The acceptance of our dragons.

The acceptance of our demons.

The acceptance of what we are.

What we are; beneath the surface.

-Marjorie Hawthorne

Hidden Light by Elizabeth Moore

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On the surface

You see nothing.

A lady lacking beauty

One without elegance or grace.

At a glance you find a simple girl,

No goddess perfect in any way.

Look behind my eyes,

Search every corner of my soul;

Only then will I truly be seen.

You’ll meet the girl who has nothing but gives everything for those in need

You’ll see my smile is created by a past of pain

Yet I laugh and love each and every day.

I have a heart who forgives quickly

As life is too short to hate.

In the depths discovered, you will find the friend you always wanted,

Too bad you already shunned me away.

Keep searching farther

I hold a light shining so very bright

Made only of pure love, hope, and peace,

But because of greed and those too conceited to see,

Under the surface is where my light will always stay.

-Elizabeth Moore

Welcome to the Special September Issue

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Welcome back. It is again the first of the month, and of course that means a new issue of Courage for Tomorrow! We are so excited and happy to have you read it!

This issue is a special one. I teamed up with my local library over the summer, and they had a contest with us. The contest was a writing contest, of course, and it was based on “Beneath the Surface,” the topic of the summer reading program for teenagers. Participants were to write a poem or short story based on the topic Beneath the Surface or on the poster for the summer program. We have chosen two winners, one from middle school and one from high school, and their poems were included in this issue! Make sure to comment on those poems! Along with getting their poems featured in the magazine, they also got some prizes, including signed books by some reputable authors. 

This issue is definitely special because of these writers, so we would like to also dedicate this issue to them. They took their valuable free time in the summer to do something creative. What a nice way to spend the summer! 

I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to Ms. Sancken for hosting this contest and letting Courage for Tomorrow participate. You are the best! 🙂 

We hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for news on October’s issue as it will also be a special one, seeing as it is our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!

With love,

Alex Stepp 

Inspirational Songs: They Keep on Keepin’ On

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I thought that I would continue this post because I know that music has strong healing powers for some people. Who doesn’t like to listen to a good song?

Here are several songs that might inspire people who have been hurt:

1. Forgiven – Reliant K

2. Peace in the Valley – Kevin Costner

3. Fin – Anberlin

4. Love Saves the Day – Piotr Rubik

5. Savin’ Me – Nickelback

6. How Deep the Water Runs – Kevin Costner

7. The Unwinding Cable Car – Anberlin

8. I Was Here – Beyonce

9. Lose Yourself – Eminem

10. Savior – Black Veil Brides

11. Never Give In – Black Veil Brides

12. Second and Sebring – Of Mice and Men

13. Someone Somewhere – Asking Alexandria

14. This Song Saved my Life – Simple Plan

15. You are the Heart – Blood on the Dance Floor

16. The Good Life – Valencia

17. How to Save a Life – The Fray

18. Eyes Open -Taylor Swift

19. Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift

20. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

21. Who You Are – Jessie J

22. This is Love – The Script

23. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

24. Perfect- P!nk

25. Who Says – Selena Gomez

26. Firework – Katy Perry

27. Hey You – Miranda Cosgrove

28. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

29.  Only You Can Be You – Cymphonique Miller

30. Little Things – One Direction

31. Freckles – Natasha Bedingfield

32. Imagine – John Lennon

33. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

34. One – U2

35. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

36. Mean Girls – Rachel Crow

37. Let it Be – The Beatles

38. Times – Tenth Avenue North

39. By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

40. Stars – David Crowder Band

41. The Sun Will Rise – Kelly Clarkson

42. Stand – Rascal Flatts

43. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) – Josh Groban

44. Hero – Mariah Carey

45. When You Believe – Whitney Houston ft. Mariah Carey

46. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

47. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

48. You Can Come to Me – Ross Lynch and Laura Marano

49. Changed – Rascal Flatts

50. I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts

51. Believe – Brooks and Dunn

52. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

53. Need You Now – Plumb

54. Lost – Michael Bublé

55. Marching On – OneRepublic

56. Heroes – David Bowie

57. Brave – Sara Bareilles

58. Little Wonders – Rob Thomas

59. Whip It – Love and Death

60. Hope – We Came As Romans

61. Son of Venice – Upon This Dawning

62. Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

63. I Lived – OneRepublic


Thank you to everyone that contributed to the list!

Please, feel free to add more songs! We want to know what songs give you hope.