Emerging triumphant from a heartfelt, heartbreaking age. . . The preteen and teen years can be described in one word-complicated. Deeply challenging for everyone involved the intense emotional assault demands a rock steady influence in the life of the teenager. It could come in the shape of a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a friend or a hobby. Something or someone to lean on. Stressing tolerance, growth, acceptance, exercising good choices and moving on these simple stories and poems are meant to uplift the reader. Perhaps even inspire. Life is not perfect but can be better for everyone. Enjoying bountiful nature, appreciating beauty in our surroundings and expressing gratitude for small mercies can enhance everyone's lives. Its ok to be different. You have to be odd to be number one.