Featured Essays

Lean On Me: How I Serve

Angela Giles Klocke, November 13, 2014

When she accepted my invitation to talk, to get to know each other, I doubt she realized she was accepting an invitation to dig at our wounds.

PPCC Voice

The Power of Children

Joseph Tyler Dorhmann, November 14, 2014

In the past, I did not like being around children. I actively avoided being with children. My four years in the Marine Corps was spent with young, hardened men who trained for, and lived war. I had to learn how to get out of a warrior mindset in order to work with children.

Artist Voices

Why He Served

Lauren Behan, November 14, 2014

I was inspired by my grandfather Bill R. Gray's service during the Korean war when working on this piece. I wanted to use my skills in art to honor him and others like him who have and continue to serve this country. "Why He Served" is pastel on black paper, and represents a knight going against fire to battle the dragon.


The Proud Few

Jacob Crowder, November 14, 2014

I have seen parts of the world filled with so much beauty and other parts so decrepit that unless you were by my side to see it for yourself, no amount of details or pictures could depict an accurate portrayal. I have been thanked and welcomed home by the most loyal patriots, but also protested against by the Westborough church extremists at the gates of the base. I have pushed myself to my own limits while pushing the enemy well past theirs. But most importantly, I have had the chance to serve alongside and lead the most passionate, loyal and fearless people on this planet.


What Do I Stand For? Contest

November 14, 2014

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." --Alice Walker Express what you stand for through writing or art.