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Pananaw Blog Launch!

Hey there!

Today I have a very exciting announcement! My good friend Jo is launching a new blog! *dances* If you remember from a few months ago, we did a collab post on her old blog, The Lens and the Hard Drive. However, Jo has just recently announced that she’s retiring from TL&THD, and is now launching a new blog, Pananaw! Continue reading “Pananaw Blog Launch!”

Writing

Daniel’s Deliverance – An Adaptation from Daniel 6

Image result for daniel and the lions den imageHello everybody!

I was recently going through some old documents on my computer and happened to stumble across a paper I wrote in the 6th grade. It was a story about Daniel’s experience in the lion’s den, adapted from Daniel 6. I re-read it, and thought it would be an interesting piece of writing to share with you! I made a couple of edits (my writing style has changed and hopefully improved since the 6th grade XD), but now it’s ready to go! So without further ado, here is “Daniel’s Deliverance – An Adaptation from Daniel 6”.

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Book Reviews, Bookish

“To Kill A Mockingbird” – A Book Review

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Mockingbird

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Miss Maudie, To Kill a Mockingbird

Since it’s publication in 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies, and has been described as the best novel ever written by a woman. It is an American classic that has and will continue to go down in history as one of the most influential books of all time. Its message of racism, human rights, guilt, and innocence is believed to have shaken society in the 1960’s, as demonstrated by one of the main characters, Atticus Finch.

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Travel

Hiking Adventures :D

Hey everyone!

Last week was chilly, like mid 30’s weather. (That’s in Fahrenheit, just so my Canadian friends aren’t confused XD) But the weather man said that last weekend would warm up to about 55° F, which is a heat wave for us considering that spring is currently non-existent. So, we planned to go on a hike to enjoy the fresh air and somewhat warm weather. But guess what?

It didn’t warm up. Well, maybe by a few degrees, but it was still pretty chilly. However, we were itching to be outside, especially after the long winter we’ve had. So, we hopped in the car and drove to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, a place my Mom found that has great hiking trails. We had such a fun time hiking around in the snow and mud, even though our tennis shoes and sock were soaked when we were done. The nature and scenery was awesome, and I took some fun pictures. So without further ado, here are our hiking adventures!

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Bookish

Why ‘The Hunger Games’ is Such an Important Story

Image result for the hunger games book“Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Many people think The Hunger Games is a gruesome, violent, disturbing series that’s only about kids killing each other for sport. I know many people who either aren’t allowed or have no desire to read it, simply because its a YA dystopian book full of violence and “bad stuff.” However, I first read this series when I was 13, and I’ve come to believe it’s one of the most important and impactful stories of our generation. Here’s why.

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Lifestyle

April Fools Pranks 2019

Hello hello!!

April Fools. Tricks. Deception. Pranks. No one’s quite sure how this bizarre holiday got started, but it has become a day for people to play jokes and pull pranks on each other. I always enjoy pulling a couple of quirky tricks on my family, specifically my 10-year-old brother. We get a good kick out of joking around on this wacky holiday, so here’s 3 of the 2019 April Fools antics that went down at our house.

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Lifestyle

Home (And the Struggles of Leaving It)

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Home. For some of us, home is where we are right now. For others, its miles away. We feel a certain kind of safety at home, a sense of ease. Home is our comfort zone, and when we have to leave it from unfamiliar places, we’re not in that “safe zone” anymore. For example, in Homer’s “The Odyssey” (which I had to read for school this year), Odysseus must leave the safety of his home in Ithaca to face the dangers of war in Troy. (If you’d like to read my post about the Trojan War as described in “The Iliad,” click here.) Odysseus remains in Troy for roughly 10 years before setting sail to return to Ithaca. A long series of events results in him being stranded at sea for another 10 years, during which he must face many obstacles in order to return home safely.

The human experience is very similar. We leave for a while, face some challenges and obstacles, but in the end, we long to return to the place that will always be waiting to welcome us back – home. Continue reading “Home (And the Struggles of Leaving It)”

Lifestyle

The Multi-Tasking Myth – A Science Fair Project

I hate to break it to you, but typing on the computer while listening to music, texting friends, scrolling through social media, and trying to tune into your favorite TV show may not be the best way to study. No matter what we’re doing, in today’s society we are always on. Admit it – every time you sit down to work, study, write, or whatever it is, you are faced with the challenge of blocking out distractions. You are probably interrupted by TV, music, texts, calls, and not to mention all your social media alerts. Do you really think your brain can pay attention to that many distractions? Do you believe you have the power to multitask? Well my friend, I have some news for you. Continue reading “The Multi-Tasking Myth – A Science Fair Project”