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Parley is a commonwealth of academic and creative works that symbolize the excellence and diversity of PPCC's student body.

PPCC Voice
Featured Essays

Folks

Bruce Kooken

This poem won second place in the Parley/SMEAP (Service Members Expressive Arts Project) “Tell Us about Your Service” poetry and visual art contest.

Artist Voices

Nature Serving Man: Man Serving Nature

Jacob Ady

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My inspiration for the piece was how electronics serve man, and man serves nature, and vice-versa. But again, its how we came from nature, and in turn we help nature, like how a tree grows and gives us oxygen, and we prune the branches to make it stronger. It was a shout out, really, of appreciation for the simple things that are taken for granted.

Point/Counter Point

Drops in the Bucket

Suzanne Calvin-Yim

I see a soldier who was brave and strong when others were tearing apart who she was as if it would impact what she offered. Her story is the story of hundreds of soldiers, and countless others who have stories that are different from hers, but are stories nonetheless. Soldiers who joined the military when society still referred to them as “kids.” Soldiers who have left their families, their homes, and their ways of life. Soldiers who marry and forego honeymoons for overseas assignments or miss the births of their first children. Soldiers who hold their two year old children on their laps, then do not see those children again until they are a year or two older. Soldiers who kiss the people they love good bye one last time without really knowing it. Soldiers who are fighting for what I, a civilian, stand for.

Point/Counter Point

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

James Strickland

Two corrupt Iraqi police armed with AK-47s lurked only fifty feet away behind a small building, plotting the execution of as many U.S. soldiers as possible, waiting until the moment that they thought Alpha Company appeared to be the most relaxed and off guard before taking violent and deadly action.

PPCC Voice
Featured Essays

Folks

Bruce Kooken

This poem won second place in the Parley/SMEAP (Service Members Expressive Arts Project) “Tell Us about Your Service” poetry and visual art contest.

PPCC Voice

I Am Nothing

Marissa Reyes

What you see is an empty piece of canvas. Pure white, with no marks of any sort. No wrinkle or tears whatsoever. It’s gone through many hands, since it first came along, but none willing to paint my canvas. I collect dust in the corner, as the time passes by me. Is there something wrong with me? Am I deformed, dirty or even stained, but I just don’t see it?

Happenings

Parley “Global Voices” Writing and Art Contest

Parley

It's here! Spread the word far and wide. Parley's first contest of 2015-16 is the “Global Voices” Writing and Art Contest. Submit by November 1. What is your global perspective? Share from your experiences. Categories: Essay, Literary, Visual Arts. $50 first prize in each category. www.ppcc.edu/parley/submissions or parley@ppcc.edu