Articles by Ally Wall

Brace for Courage

By Ally Wall Lily Bennet, age 15, lives every day with limited use of the right side of her body. She struggles to put on shirts, to button her jeans, to unscrew the cap to her toothpaste and water bottle. She struggles tying her shoes,…


What is happening to me?

By Ally Wall My eyes flashed back and forth. My arm shook. My head nodded and spun. A sudden switch muted the surrounding world and replaced it with a high pitched screech. The muscles in my face contracted and convulsed. I could hear again, but…


The Death of Innocence

By Ally Wall “Don’t talk to strangers.”  It’s the lesson so many children are taught when they are little. The lesson I was taught. I never thought for a moment that I would have fallen for a stranger’s tricks. But I did. When I was…


Our World is in a Crisis

By Ally Wall Take a look at what surrounds you. I don’t mean the papers scattered on your desk, the bland walls of your office, or the fluorescent lights that glare down upon your head. I mean the violence. The hate. The complete disgust that…


Kids as Numbers: The Broken Education System

By Ally Wall Crayons scattered all over desks. Scraps of construction paper on the floor like confetti. Tiny puddles of Elmer’s covering the desks waiting to be peeled off. Artwork of all colors hanging on the walls. Laughter spilling from under the door, creativity running…


You Don’t Need This

By Ally Wall I sat on the edge of a dock. Cool spring air floated across the water. The stars twinkled above me and kept my mind from the swirling darkness in my heart. In this moment I forgave myself. For the fists left in…


American Pickers: Our Story

By Ally Wall It was a dusty wonderland. Tractor trailer after tractor trailer, barn after barn, all filled to the brim with historical treasures. Most would gaze upon the mountains of mystery at my great- grandfather’s home and claim it was all trash. But for…


Our Purpose

By Ally Wall | gargoyle@flagler.edu They were born on the brink of death, fighting through Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Stanford Children’s Health describes it as a group of problems a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics. They both suffered from seizures and one of…


Forgotten Aesthetics: What Keeps St. Augustine Quaint

By Ally Wall In a commercialized bayside slice of the Florida coastline, the world of the present collides with the coquina covered layers of history in St. Augustine. A town where tourism keeps the heart pumping and the lights on within the 100-year-old buildings.  If…


I Was Finished

Ally Wall My ears ring with the sound of tearing muscle. Three monstrous pops and the world went black. The grains of sand on the cool hardwood floor were illuminated by fluorescent lights from above. The gymnasium had never been more deafeningly silent. My face…