Nov 09

good way to get kids to sleep (unless they don't like swimming)


my little cousin was finding it hard to get to sleep this evening, so I created a story/guided adventure for her so she could. (and so I could too) it worked amazingly well. I'm so pleased with myself and what i did, and I wanted to share it with you, so here it is:
Nov 08

Boost, don't knock

    Warren G. Harden’s saying, “There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock.” Harden’s saying makes me think of how many people don’t think this way. People use their feelings about someone on how they act, and they usually don't think better otherwise. Around my school there is a lot of Anti-bullying posters, which there should be, but I was reading some of them and they were bullying the bullies in those posters which really connects to Harden’s quote. The more of them I read the more I realized that calling bullies dumb isn’t helping the situation. People need to realize that yes, they are doing a bad thing but they need to see that they can still change and do good. If you go to your local doctor's office and look at the doctors you would never know that they were a bully in school. This is because they found the good in them, they decided it's time to help people and not bring them down.
Nov 08
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Boost

A high school is often a negative place. A place to judge, and upset others. Although this is not the case all the time, it happens more than it should. Some students attempt to “boost” other’s moods, but not often enough. I personally think the quote from our 29th president “There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock.” should be posted all over our small high school. I am not quite sure why so many students knock people down rather than boost them up. We are supposed to be a small community, and communities support each other. I think if students tried to start boosting rather than knocking, the environment would be much more positive. Honestly, students would probably learn more too. If they know their peers are supportive of them and know they have good qualities, then they will be less worried about what others are thinking. I think this quote needs to be read by everyone in our school, and I believe some would take this issue more seriously.
Nov 08

wander


The quote “Not all those who wander are lost” connects to my daily life by, sometimes I am wandering in my woods and I don't get lost. Also I think it means to not give up no mater what. 
Nov 08

Boost

    I'm a person who likes to see the good in all people. I see that it is extremely unfair to judge one’s personality just on a first impression. I believe that people change and that is alright. But one thing that I try my best is to boost people up for the day. I'll tell them stuff that they need to hear to make them feel better as life's too short to feel down. If I can help somebody boost themselves up than I know I have had a successful day and that I have done my job. I don't feel fulfilled with myself If I don’t help make another person's day better. If it's by holding the door for them. Telling them that they are a good person, etc. I will do anything to help someone to make themselves feel better as I feel it is the right thing to do. I know that school is hard so I try to make people laugh as well. Granted it can get annoying but if I can get a smile on at least one person's face than that is a success.
Nov 08

What boost don't know means to me

    There is good in everyone, boost don't knock. This was stated by Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States. You might not know that this has more to do in your daily school life. When you are at school there are many ways you can boost and knock. For example, at my school if someone is doing someithing slow I will wait for them rather than be rude and demand that they hurry up, I believe that that is an example of boosting. They probally have a reason for being slow. If you make fun of them or do anything mean or rude you arre knocking them down and that is just wrong. If someone else is knocking people down don't be rude back to them. You can be nice and encourage them (which is an exaple of boosting) rather than knocking them down. You don't probbaly don't know what is going on in their life. I think that boost don't knock is a great message and everyone should follow it.
Nov 08

What boost don't know means to me

    There is good in everyone, boost don't knock. This was stated by Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States. You might not know that this has more to do in your daily school life. When you are at school there are many ways you can boost and knock. For example, at my school if someone is doing someithing slow I will wait for them rather than be rude and demand that they hurry up, I believe that that is an example of boosting. They probally have a reason for being slow. If you make fun of them or do anything mean or rude you arre knocking them down and that is just wrong. If someone else is knocking people down don't be rude back to them. You can be nice and encourage them (which is an exaple of boosting) rather than knocking them down. You don't probbaly don't know what is going on in their life. I think that boost don't knock is a great message and everyone should follow it.
Nov 08
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How I Boost People up For There Day

     The meaning has an impact on my life is help lift up people spearts during the school day by helping them. Some examples are helping encourage people to do good. I let them play with me at recess when they have nobody to play with. Also I help people do their best on school work and during the day. I also help the little kids like kindergarten and Pre K when they don't know where to go.  I also help my nephew and niece do there best in school.  When kindergarten and Pre K are confused i help them figure out what they need to do. I help lift people up to help them want to have a good day.

 
Nov 08
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How I boosted someone's confidence.

Well, the word boost means like to lift someone up. To me that means that I  cheer someone up. I cheered up my sister at school. She was crying because our best friend moved away to poultney. What I did was I said you will  see her again soon. And she will because my mom lives in poultney. So Izzy can come to my moms house anytime. After I said that she felt better. That's how I boosted someone's mood and confidence. 

 
Nov 08
aparker's picture

How I boosted someone's confidence.

Well, the word boost means like to lift someone up. To me that means that I  cheer someone up. I cheered up my sister at school. She was crying because our best friend moved away to poultney. What I did was I said you will  see her again soon. And she will because my mom lives in poultney. So Izzy can come to my moms house anytime. After I said that she felt better. That's how I boosted someone's mood and confidence. 

 
Nov 05

Blank ovals

You seem to think
I want a vote
a voice
a choice
a brain behind my grin
but all I want are blank ovals 
and a sharpie to fill them in.

I'd color each
in orderly lines
like soldiers
they smolder
a fire tinged vapor
but it won't burn away all my blank ovals
or the sharpie marks bleeding into the paper.

I press down
my sharpie
inky blood
deep grudge
carved into history
these blank blank ovals
Nov 05
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Boost

Warren G. Harding once said “There is good in everyone. Boost. Don’t Knock.” this can relate to almost anything in life. But the most prominent thing in my life that it relates to is school. This saying means that everyone is good but you shouldn’t directly ask for it, but boost us to bring it out on our own. Give us the resources to bring it out in ourselves. Our teachers need to boost us to be the best us we can be. Be a role model to us that we may not recieve at home. Give us the resources to be great on our own. Asking for it will give you temporary results, we will give you the work you want to see, but nothing more. We won’t grow as a person, and we won’t grow beyond your expectations. Raise the expectations, give us what we need to be great. Don’t just teach us grammar and complex differential calculus equations, teach us to be good humans.   
Nov 04

Descent: A Lyrical Performance by Kinetic Light


Before the performance, the stage is set: a giant 6-foot tall ramp specifically designed for the group, with two wheelchairs stacked atop each other like orbs. The background is dark, with dozens of stars and comets. It feels like the audience is staring straight at the Milky Way. The performance begins and the audience is confused. The performance is about two dancers who use wheelchairs- we had expected them to be in the wheelchairs the whole time, and move around with them. Instead, the dancers start without the chairs. They move around on the ramp, rolling, tumbling, sometimes perching on their knees or feet lightly. Their arm movements are the most expressive- wide, lyrical, sad and otherworldly. 

The background gives the feeling that the story takes place somewhere between, or in, the star-filled sky and ebbing waves. 
Nov 03

Kinetic Light: Descent - Review and Response

On Wednesday, October 30th, I had the pleasure of seeing a performance of Kinetic Light: Descent at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. The show is choreographed and danced solely by Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson. The audience watches as these two women perform incredible feats of strength and discipline despite physical adversity; ultimately shattering prior notions and assumptions of people who live with disabilities. 
Nov 03
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The Slow Down of Fast Fashion

Not everyone is familiar with the term “fast fashion.”

Fast fashion is a relatively new word that refers to clothing produced by mass-market retailers focusing on fast production, reduced costs, and current fashion trends. These retailers often cut corners when acknowledging sustainability and ethicality. The growing fashion industry is now the second biggest polluter — second only to oil and gas. Popular clothing brands often turn a blind eye to many important and relevant environmental issues. As the fashion industry continues to grow, consumers need to be aware of eco-friendly sustainable shopping.
Nov 02

Soulmates

each blade of grass
was grown
for you
these birds sing your song
this road goes nowhere just for you
the sun gives you the gift of dawn

these trees bear fruit
so you
may eat
this stream babbles your name
these shoes were sewn for your weary feet
this door opened when you came.

my world was built
for you
to find
to have your "one" be "two"
I sit and wait to hear your name
And somewhere you wait for me too.



 
Nov 01

Marianne Williamson

We need Marianne Williamson to be the next president of the United States. 

Marianne not only knows what she's doing but she also knows what to say. She's talking about love and peace and harmony where other people are just digging us into a hole or talking about the problems instead of the solutions.
If you don't know who Marianne is, look her up. Watch her talk. Listen to her ideas. Some of it might sound really radical but that's the point. Love is radical nowadays. 
I got the chance to meet her this summer and talk to her. You know how some adults like listen to you then brush you aside? She looked in my eyes the entire time and talked to me like she would have any other person with a vote. 

Her favorite idea of mine is her plan for the Department of Children and Youth. We are being left behind and Marianne knows it. 
She's willing to fight for us and everyone across the world.
Nov 01

If not now, When?

If not now, When? 

This makes me realize how much people push things away. Why not start your community service in 9th grade and not push it till 11th grade. Why not drive everyday with a permit to achieve the freedom of a driver's license? 

If not now, When?

Why not tell your parents your depressed instead of living in sadness alone. Why not go get the haircut you have always wanted. Why not work in 9th grade and start saving your first car? Why not always aim for 100%? 

If not now, When?

How long will it take people to realize life is too short to save things for the last minute? How long will it take everyone to realize procrastination can come back and stab you in the back? How long will it take people to do things that push them out of their comfort zone, instead of living a boring life?

If not now, When? 
Nov 01
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Memories

The day you gave me youre scrunchie
my heart swelled but I stayed calm
The moment you tackled me in front of the library
out of breath and luaghing 
The time I got tired of watching you flirt with other girls
and decided to give up
The afternoon we walked home together
you begged me to walk you to your house
The 3rd grade music class that you said you liked me in
wish it was still true
The thousands of times
you teased me about liking you
not knowing it has been my reality
all along
The night we stayed up talking on the phone
whispering secrets and giving advice
The evening we went downtown with our two friends
and they teased us like crazy
The days we wrestled over a pencil
infont of your locker
The times we brushed shoulders
in the hallway
The times I've friendzoned you
The times you've friendzoned me
The girls you dated
The boys who have left me unread
Nov 01

echoes pt 2

pt 1 is here
happy late halloween everyone! i meant to post this yesterday and then didn't and then i had no electricity most of this morning, so here it finally is! spooky story from my trip to ireland a few years ago. 


it was the tail end of my mother and i's trip to ireland. we had traveled all over the country before finally settling in the small and depressing village of mohill, in a house that had belonged to a distant relative. the house was so remote that it had no street name and no street number. we had to find it by written instructions and a google earth image of the house. we drove up a hairpin turn and down a narrow road ringed with hedges.