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The Independent

“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store”: American Progress
“The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store”: American Progress
Abby Edwards, Scoop Writer • May 3, 2024

In “The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride, It is no secret that Chicken Hill is a place of struggle, and in 1930, Jews and African Americans had to depend...


July 8th

A photo of the author.

As I walked down the street I saw people in the distance

The sun was setting with bright colors of yellow and orange 

The air was soft 

Trees swallowed my surroundings 

Two special people beside me 

Music playing with words of a wise lesson

I feel relieved 

No worries 

I am at my happiest 


A tall hill in the distance 

A path leading me up 

Green everywhere 

A quick breeze flows through me 

One step after another 

I have to reach the top 


I am running 

The top in front of me 

My friends behind me 

The desire inside of me 

The rocks crumble as I step on them 

I hold onto my dress as I run 

A wide and bright smile on my face 

I am close 

I see the tip 

I see the yellow and orange sky 

I made it 


We lay down a blanket

The music is still playing 

The sky turns pink 

The songs of famous country singers play 

The grass and dirt are dewy 

We drink sugary lemonade 

Other people surround us 

Fireworks go off 

The whole town is visible 

Long, clear fields go on for miles 

I see where we came in 

I see everything 


I stand tall 

A sense of pride in myself and my life 

I tilt by chin up 

I allow the Earth to swallow me 

I become a part of it for a second 

I am one with nature 

I allow myself to spin 

The entire world turns with me 

I feel so lighthearted 

I feel youthful 

No worries 

Just me and Mother Earth 

The colors of the sky paint pictures on my skin and are absorbed into my heart 

I feel like Maria Von Trapp spinning on top of the hills in majestic Austria 

I embrace her character and perception of everything around me 

I appreciate nature so deeply in this moment 


Dusk approaches but the bright sun still lives and breaths inside me 

I walk back down the hill 

I am careful of every step 

I approach the car as I leave the scenery behind 

What a beautiful and colorful summer day 

A day with no worries 

A day full of happiness

I leave the environment full of light, grass, hills, people, and memories

But it never left me 

I sense it 

Whenever the sun sets I sense it 

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Anna Cleland
Anna Cleland, Scoop Writer
My name is Anna Cleland and I’m a junior at Glenbard South. Besides the newspaper, I am involved in Principal Advisory Board and Link Crew. When I’m not in school, I enjoy listening to music, reading, exercising, and hanging out with friends.

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