Category: Razor’s Edge


Beyond the choice of going to college or not (which you have to make yourself) what options are there? Here’s some general information to get you started.

Money Management

We’ve all heard the phrase that money can’t buy happiness, but poor management of money can quickly lead to unhappiness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is depression caused by lack of sunlight. Symptoms of SAD include: unexplained weight loss, having no energy, and becoming moody.

Giving for the Holidays

By Madeleine Richey We’re just getting into the Holiday season. Thanksgiving has just passed, and it seems that America has expended its capacity for thankfulness. As teens, we’re often prone to get wrapped up in the drama of daily life. The competition with friends can be fierce, and sometimes not all that friendly, when it […]


By Madeleine Richey Guess what? It’s flu season! This is far less celebrated than the holiday season, but no less well known. The flu is a nasty thing to come down with, but it’s very common and usually not life threatening, the symptoms of which, as listed by are: A 100oF or higher fever […]


The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey What is a GED? GED stands for General Educational Development, a series of tests which after successful completion, will earn you a certificate that states you have the equivalent of a high school education. I never had to take the GED, because I was homeschooled through Kolbe Academy, which […]

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey Are you a writer, a painter, a sculptor—an artist in any form? As a young artist, it can be hard to be recognized for your work and even harder if you are homeschooled and do not have a school that regularly hosts awards and provides opportunities to display your […]


by Madeleine Richey Cigarettes are small. They fit perfectly into your hand, right between your fingers, and often you can find groups of smokers lingering together outside the doors of public buildings, around the little ashtrays that seem to become more and more scarce nowadays, engaging in conversation while savoring the smoke. It seems harmless, […]


The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey We don’t always realize that sometimes the most valuable thing we have to give is our time, and not only our time, but effort. But it’s not all give and no get. Volunteering benefits everyone involved. Summer is in full swing, and what better time to spend part of […]

Pick Your Poison

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine I woke up in a tent, high up in the Appalachian Mountains, darkness creeping in through the unzipped flap that served as the door, when a heavily booted foot struck my ribcage. It was a harsh wakeup call, and I jolted into consciousness to hear drunken mumbling as a friend […]


The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey This month I’d like to issue you a challenge. It doesn’t sound very hard, and in fact, I don’t think it is very hard at all. Can you put away your cell phone, laptop, iPod, and any other electronic devices for a whole day? This may sound like something […]

You Are What You Own

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey I’d like to introduce you to a topic that might sound a bit foreign to most of us. The reason for this is because we live in a consumer culture, where emphasis is placed on the things we own and how much money we have. We’ve all heard that […]


The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey If by looking at the title of this article, you thought it would be about something nice, pretty, and harmless, you wouldn’t be alone, but crystal is one of the many names for methamphetamine, a deadly drug.  It goes by crystal, glass, ice, speed, poor man’s coke, go, amp, […]

Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Chemistry of Attraction

By Madeleine [Caution: Reader Discretion Advised] With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, everyone is thinking of love. Whether young or old, we all seek love at one point or another, some investing large amounts of time and money to try and find their soul-mate. If or when we find love, we give away our hearts. But […]

New Year’s Resolutions

by Madeleine Richey The Holiday season just ended, family and friends have gone home, you’ve returned from your travels, and your pants still don’t fit quite right because you just had to eat that third serving of turkey. Happy New Year!!! After the Christmas season the last thing we want to do is face ourselves. […]

Self-Publishing: An Easy, Free Way to Publish Your Work

by Madeleine This is a how-to article. The world needs more writers with strong voices, and who better than to fill that need that teens? After all, we are the next generation. We should write, and say something worthwhile—shape the future of our world. Self-publishing is a great opportunity for anyone, but especially for young […]

Synthetic Drugs: 2C-E

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey This month I wrote about synthetic drugs (designer drugs). Up until recently they were legal, and there are still some that are, though the fight to outlaw them has been picking up in recent years. The trend started about 10 or 15 years ago in an attempt to manufacture a high inducing drug that […]

What Will You See? The Dangers of Texting and Driving

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey I just acquired my driver’s permit not too long ago, and I was also, very recently, involved in a minor car accident, (though I wasn’t driving). These, along with a few other things I’ll tell you about later, prompted me to choose texting and driving as this month’s topic. […]

Kiss Me Deadly: What a Relationship Should and Shouldn’t Be

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey In this day and age it seems that everyone is obsessed with dating. Everyone wants that perfect relationship, like Bella and Edward. Everyone wants that special someone. What I’d like to call your attention to is the fact that most people don’t marry their high school sweetheart. The majority […]

Forbidden Pictures: The Effect of Pornography on Our Lives

by Madeleine Richey Everyone has heard of pornography. Everyone knows what it is. But how many know what it does to us? Pornography has become a problem in our country. Not only for those of us who consider ourselves to be part of the many faiths that frown upon such sexual exploitation, but even for […]

A Different Reality: Bipolar Disorder

The Razor’s Edge, by Madeleine Richey There is a world very different from ours in which some of our friends live. It’s a world that is within ours but strange to us; a different reality. I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness what Bipolar Disorder can do to a life. It’s funny how those little […]