Clare Coffey lives in the Philadelphia area. She teaches kindergarten at a small Catholic school.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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In the stars: an epiphany story

Young Voices: There is no particularly good way to wrap up a story of getting hit by a car, because there's no particular moral to getting hit by a car.


Editing genes down to the safe and productive middle

Young Voices: As the chasm between the haves and the have-nots widens, the best way to ensure a safe foothold is to be the kind of person currently required by our economy. But what would humanity lose?


Resting with autumn gives attention to the created world

Young Voices: The weather has shifted. October's flaming golds and blues have given way to sullen purples and greys. The air is riddled with unexpected gusts. Dead leaves feel brittle on the pavement or have begun to rot into the earth.


Where do we turn when our deepest fears become national headlines?

Young Voices: It is very possible that anxiety distorts perception of the world. It is also possible that the world is simply that bad, and the anxious are simply attuned to the facts.