The City of Ember

Some people are extremely selfish and unworthy of respect:

“Silence!” said the mayor. “I am speaking.” He wriggled slightly from side to side, wedging himself more firmly into the chair. He’ll need to be pried out of it, Lina thought.

The mayor is a greedy hypocrite, it’s almost painful to watch him in action. He gorges himself while planning to let the citizens of Ember starve, and he demands that people respect his authority when he’s clearly done nothing to earn their respect. We’re starting to wonder if he’s greedy for power as well as for food.

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A talk over tulips…

In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, early in the morning, Amir and his father Baba are found outside planting tulips. As Amir handed Baba tulips, Baba dug up the soil and planted the flowers. A conversation had sprung up where Baba was telling Amir how tulips should not be planted in the fall. While Baba spoke, Amir felt the urge to let out his thoughts. With a lack of confidence, Amir interrupted Baba and uttered what was on his mind…

“Baba, have you ever thought about getting new servants?”

This question Amir had asked startled Baba because he had grown up with Ali. For 40 years, Ali had served Baba and his family. Frustration had overcome Baba, he reminded Amir of how much he loved Ali and Hassan, and how they’re not going anywhere. He made sure that Amir would never ask that question again because of the shame it brought on him. I feel that this quote is important because of the reasoning behind it. Amir had come to a point in his life where he no longer wanted to see, talk, or even step in the same room as Hassan. Later on, we will see Amir show his true colors in a way that drives his family and Hassan’s apart.

 

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Rotary Engines-Personal Writing

The rotary engine also known as the wankle engine was created in 1954 by Felix Heinrich Wankel. these engines were used from 1954 till 2012. In my opinion, people who still drive rotary-powered cars are the pinnacle of car nerds. when you compare these engines to piston engines, the rotary engine is worse in just about every way possible. These engines are so much worse in fact that there is no company that still makes them in a stalk manufactured car.

here’s a quick rundown on how these engines work. The rotor itself is shaped like a triangle with rounded sides called a “rouleaux triangle” and it spins around a centric crankshaft the runs through an oval-shaped housing. But its that housing is not a complete oval though, it squeezes inwards on each side of the oval. Now back to the rotor being shaped like a triangle, when it spins it creates small and big gaps depending on where the rotor is with things called apex seals on the tips of the triangles to compress air. When you have a bigger gap air, and fuel is injected into the gap and compresses by the spinning rotor. On the other side of the housing, there is your spark and combustion which gets pushed around into the exhaust port. for every three turns of the crankshaft, the rotor makes one rotation inside of the housing.

Now the main difference between this engine and almost every other engine is that it has zero pistons. other car manufacturers rushed to grab these engines and start making there own because they were nice and simple compared to the existing engines at the time. Mazda was the first manufacturer to create a successful rotary engine that was reliable to the customers. Mazda used this engine in all of there models. They even made a truck with a rotary engine. But this was ended due to low torque.  Mazda was the only company that stuck with the rotary engine. Their reason why was because these engines could rev higher then piston engines could and where smaller due to fewer parts needed. This meant that they could fit the engine into smaller cars and place it lower into the engine bay which lowered center gravity and gives it better weight distribution around the car. This all equals you having a fun, fast and agile car.  Mazda won many races using these exact engines in their infamous  rx7 and won many racing titles with it. But this was discontinued in the early 2000’s.

Now there are many reasons why this engine should have failed. But there are still a surprisingly large amount of people that will pay big money for a rotary engine in good condition for there 1999 rx7 which is understandable. The rx7 is a legendary car that I personally want sooooooo bad. So the rotary engine is a perfect example of how different can be good because in the end everyone now wants these engines it seems.

watch this if you did not understand anything that I just said.

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Television

Since the beginning of television, parents, teachers and mental health professionals have wanted to understand the effects of television programs on a person’s health, particularly on children and teenagers. There has always been a special concern for the portrayal of violence since children have a tendency to imitate what they see.

According to Google, by the age of 18, the average person has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders. The most common effect of seeing violence on television are: Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, they might be more fearful of the world around them, and they may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways towards others. A 2002 report by the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education targeted 37 shooting incidents in schools and found that over half of the attackers demonstrated some interest in violence through movies, video games, books, and other media.

Although television can be useful in some ways, we should always be aware of the consequences it could have on our minds and we must also make sure to not spend a lot of time watching violence on any kind of media.

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WDolan_Personal_Writing “The Taste Tester”

“The Taste Tester” by William Dolan

 

My mom and dad own a winery business. They also run a sparkling non alcoholic juice-cider business as well. And I will tell you about the biggest mistake in my life.

 

My name  is Karl. I am twelve and I love the smell of cider that my parents make. My parents always let me be the taste tester of the sparkling juice. My parents come up with new flavors every day. Some are better than others, but all in all we run a successful business. 

 

On  Wednesday, I was trying out the new bubble gum cider that my parents came up with. It was very good. Then I was asked to test the mango salsa cider, which tasted like mangos, but with a hint of spice.

 

One day, I was summoned by my cousin (who is my parents assistant) to test a sparkling juice. She said it was grape flavoured. Now my parents are very generous when they let me taste test. They give me a huge glass, as they believe that an individual must taste products several times to ensure that it is good. My cousin handed my a huge glass, and I gulped it all down. Normally the juice is sweet, but now it was bitter and sour. I gagged, and coughed. I just swallowed a huge glass of wine! 

 

“Are you okay?” my cousin asked.

 

“No!!” I said. It was extremely hard to breathe.

 

“I think I gave you wine by accident,” my cousin finally concluded.

 

You think!!!! You most definitely gave me wine. I could die. I drank almost a liter of wine.”

 

“Well the juice was right beside the wine. So I think I got the two mixed up. Besides, why wouldn’t you stop drinking it?”

 

“Because I was so surprised, I could not move my hands.” I have never have felt so angry. I am only twelve, I don’t even get paid to drink poison, and I am never taste testing a drink again. 

 

The next day, my Mom and Dad “fired” me. I asked to quit, and they said they don’t like quitters, and that is not how they raised me, so they just fired me instead. I was the happiest boy on earth. If your family owns a winery business, I warn you to smell the drink first, to see if you smell grapes or alcohol. 

 

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Top 3 Mexican Tradition – Personal Writing

Mexico is a country with a very rich history, which is reflected in the customs and traditions that honor its citizens and of which they feel very proud. These are the most popular customs and traditions of Mexico that identify it throughout the world.

  1. Dia de la Virgen de GuadalupeA devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe is deeply rooted in the Mexican people, so the celebration of her day is one of the most important and popular traditional festivals. It is celebrated December 12, the last date on which the virgin appeared to San Juan Diego on the hill El Tepeyac. The celebrations begin on December 11 at 6:45 p.m. with a popular serenade to the virgin, as well as other tributes to her. It is customary that at 12:00 a.m. musicians and artists sing the traditional “mañanitas” to the virgin.
  2. Dia de MuertosIt is one of the most traditional festivals in Mexico. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. According to the traditions, that day the deceased visit their relatives in the physical world, traveling the path of petals that they have made to guide them. One of the traditional elements of this festival is the altar. Here people place the offerings that they will give to the dead: food and drink. The altar, adorned with a white tablecloth, is made up of several steps, whose meaning is as follows: the first represents grandparents and adults, the second is for the rest. During this celebration, cemeteries are decorated with festive themes and people happily share them.
  3. Independence DayIt is celebrated on September 16 in every corner of Mexico. It has its beginning on the night of the 15th, when people begin to congregate in the main squares and baseboards of each city or town. The highlight is when the president (in the base of Mexico City) or a member of the local government (inside) simulates the famous “Grito de Independencia”, they ring the bell and wave the national flag, recreating what was done by Father Hidalgo on September 16, 1810. To celebrate it, all the cities dress up to the party. In the surroundings of the squares, food stalls are established in which traditional dishes representative of Mexican cuisine are offered, such as chiles en nogada and mole poblano. The party culminates when attendees shout full of pride: “Long live Mexico!”

To finalize, Mexico has been and will be a country with a lot of traditions that will honor all the citizens.

 

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IRJE – Hunger Games

The book continues as it is the first day of training. For three days, the twenty-four tributes will all practice together, then on the final afternoon, they perform in private in front of the Gamemakers, the officials who run the Games. Haymitch asks Katniss and Peeta if they want to train together or separately, in case one has a secret skill she or he might not want the other to know about it. Peeta already knows Katniss is an excellent hunter, and Katniss feels surprised at the thought that Peeta must sometimes think of her.

In District 12, we call them the Career Tributes or just the Careers. And like as not, the winner will be one of them.

Katniss’s explanation of what a Career Tribute occurs when the tributes gather together for their first day of training in Chapter 7. As Katniss explains, the Career Tributes are those tributes from the wealthier districts (typically Districts 1, 2, and 4) who have trained their whole lives to take part in the Hunger Games.

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IRJE – Hunger Games

The book continues as Peeta volunteers to clean up Haymitch, who is drunk and has fallen in his own vomit. While Katniss sits in her room, she wonders why Peeta did this, then realizes he may just be kind. She decides this is more dangerous to her than an unlikable Peeta and determines not to get any closer to him. When she throws the cookies his father gave her out the window, they land in a field of dandelions, and she remembers gathering dandelions with Prim after she realized she would have to feed her family.

I want the audience to recognize you when you’re in the arena,” says Cinna dreamily. “Katniss, the girl who was on fire.

Cinna says these words to Katniss in Chapter 5 as he prepares her dress for the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games. The quote points to one of the main themes of the novel: the importance of appearances. Cinna understands how necessary it is to make Katniss stand out, not just for the sake of vanity, but because he knows that appearances in the Hunger Games can have a significant, tangible effect.

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IRJE – Hunger Games

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The book starts as the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, who tells her story in the first person, wakes up. It is the day of the reaping. She sees her little sister, Prim, asleep in bed with their mother across the room. Katniss puts on her clothes to go hunting. The area where she and her family live is called the Seam, and it’s part of District 12.

The boy took one look back to the bakery as if checking that the coast was clear, then, his attention back on the pig, he threw a loaf of bread in my direction. The second quickly followed, and he sloshed back to the bakery, closing the kitchen door tightly behind him.

This quotation occurs toward the end of Chapter 2, as Katniss relates her first encounter with Peeta once Peeta has been selected as District 12’s male tribute. Katniss credits Peeta’s actions with essentially saving her life at the time and helping her realize that she would have to act as the provider for her family. When Peeta gave Katniss the bread, Katniss and her family were basically starving. The bread Peeta gave her allowed them to have their first real meal in a long while, and when Katniss saw Peeta the next day at the same time she saw the dandelion in the schoolyard, she realized that, if she wanted her family to eat, she would have to hunt and forage like her father taught her to feed them.

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Personal Writing Jan 7

“If a wizard could tell you anything about your future, what would you most like to know?”

I’m sure there’s lots of thing I would like to know about my life and about the world. I this would be a real thing, it would take time for me to answer this big opportunity of knowing anything I want. I know this is only a piece of writing, so I’m gonna go with, “What am I going to be when I grow up?” “What’s going to be my career?”

I would ask this because at this moment of my life, I have no idea of what I like or what I want to be when I grow up. I sort of have ideas, but none of them are clear thoughts.

I’m so intrigued of what will my life be like. I think what you study really affects the way people live.

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Independent Reading Jan 1

The Crown, by Kiera Cass

This book is the fourth one of the sequel “The Selection”.

A little bit of context is that in this world, society is divided by castes from 12 to 1. Number 1 represents royalty, and number 12 represents the poorness.

For a new princess to be selected, there would be a “contest” in which the prince would pick her future wife. The royalty would pick around 20 girls from all castes, then they would be taken to the palace for the prince to meet them. Little by little, the prince would start to get rid of the girls until he would finally pick the girl he falls in love with. In this case America Singer from caste 11, became the new queen.

The Crown starts by introducing a new narrator. In the past three books, America was the narrator. In this book, her daughter Eadlyn, takes her place.

A new selection has began, Eadlyn would now have to pick her future husband. The problem is, Eadlyn is against the way the selection is being run. She hates the idea of having to send away guys she doesn’t like.

I felt a sudden flutter of worry. But why? I stopped myself and rearranged my thoughts. I didn’t want this. (3.88-90)

Although Eadlyn claims that she doesn’t care about the Selection, her internal dialogue tells a different story. Unfortunately for her, this is only going to become more conflicted as the competition rolls on.

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PW Dec 7th

Living in a country such as Canada we have easy access to education. Elementary schooling is necessary for all children. Most people have the opportunity to attend college or university. Is this easy access, all intitled opportunity of school, hindering young adults early career paths and life choices. It is now the orderly cycle to attend college, university or a trade school right after graduating. In a lot of cases, this should not be the natural order of things. We should be attending university not because it is the next logical step but because we want to.

Education has become a double-edged sword of privilege. We face the dilemma that well everyone deserves education; we should not be forced or made to feel as though that is what we have to do. University should be a self-directed choice. We should not go because you’re afraid of not getting a job, go because you have a desire to learn. Go because you believe education is vital for its own sake.
In most cases, students not succeeding is a result of them doing something they don’t enjoy. Since education is something we all have access to, we have forgotten its value. Your thoughts and knowledge is the one thing no one can ever take away from you. Not all want to educate themselves, which I respect, you can live a happy, fulfilled life without doing so. A lot of young adults waste years of there life by going to university. They half commit to something they aren’t sure about, well-wasting thousands of dollars, and only because society told them, it seemed like the next right step. We shouldn’t have to be concerned with making money right away.

Go where you want to go, where you will be happy, and where you think you will make a positive impact. “Education should not be a gun held to your head but a weapon in your hands,” learn for yourself, not for others.

 

 

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IRJE- One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a high school murder mystery. The book takes us through the lives of the 5 main characters to find out whos the murder. Bayview high is well known for its gossip app created by Simion. the five characters find themselves in detention together but before detention ends Simon is dead.  This quotation is Bronwyn asking Simon about the next post he’s going to make on his gossip app.

“Whose lives are you ruining next, Simon?”

Simon falls into step beside me as I move against the flow of students heading for the exit. “It’s a public service,” he says with a dismissive wave. pg.3

This quotation is our first insight into Simon and his personality. We learn he is the creator of the renowned gossip app, and that he has little care for others emotions. I like that this is our first interaction with him. I think it makes you dislike him, so when he’s murdered, you might not feel as bad for him as if the first interaction was amicable.

 

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Idrje, DEC 1st

Sam has lost track of time but assumes that it is his third week stuck in the concentration camp. Sam woke up to the guards doing a bunk check. Security was extra tight that morning for some reason. But it wasn’t long till they figured out why.

It had to be the Yanx! They were fearless and always flew the daylight missions. I judged the bombers about thirty miles away. I also counted hundreds 

This quote stuck out to me because This was the tiurning point for many other soliders that were stuck inside of Germany. I can’t imagine living in the circumstances that they lived in for three weeks. The amount of joy that the soliders must have felt when they saw this view must have been imence. 

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Flight to India – Part 2

On the plane, my family and I sat together in the same row. As we were getting comfortable in our seats we heard the captain’s voice on the speaker. He was telling us to make sure that we have our seatbelts on and to enjoy the flight. At 9:10 am the plane began to move quickly down the open lane and took off. I looked out the window with my back pressed against the seat and saw the plane rising higher and higher into the sky. Looking down at the airport from within the plane made it look quite small. In some time the plane reached the required altitude and I felt my back ease from the seat. Then again we heard the captain’s voice: Please remove your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Enjoy? I laughed when thinking of the word because my past experiences being on a plane were far from being enjoyable…

There were all these small things that irritated me on a plane. Like when the flight attendant brings the cart filled with food and drinks around and ends up skipping your row. Or when a baby starts crying and you realize you left your headphones in your handbag above your seat. Another thing I hate is personal space. Almost always, the person sitting in front of me decides to recline their seat into my face and when I try to do the same, it turns out the seat I’m in doesn’t even recline…

 

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PW: December 7th

“Wait! Don’t open your eyes yet!” he exclaimed, to ensure that his point was conveyed.

“I won’t, don’t worry,” I replied to ease his mind. I could smell gingerbread baking in the oven, accompanied by the faint sound of Christmas music playing in the other room. I felt a sudden wave of heat wash over me, which was an indication that the fireplace had just been turned on. Even with my eyes closed, I could tell that the room felt happier than it had in weeks.

“Okay, you can open your eyes now,” which filled me with a sudden surge of excitement. The Christmas season always gave me a sense of nostalgia and happiness, even though it may seem stereotypical or tacky. Our house was always decorated, music was constantly blaring, and below our tree there were always gifts. Ironically enough, the moment he said that, the music turned off and my other senses weren’t as defined as well as they were just minutes earlier. In fact, the room felt entirely different.

I opened my eyes, and the room was completely empty. The decorations were gone, the people were gone, the music was gone, the warmth was gone, the happiness was gone. Wiped away, and for a reason that I wasn’t even aware of. I was standing completely alone. I didn’t understand why or even how everything was taken away so rapidly. Was this a joke? Am I dreaming?

A previously magnificent room was ultimately bare. I looked around, to see if there was any trace of what happened. I walked over to the counter, and on it was an envelope with my name on it. I ripped it open, and it only read:

Everything has been donated. Enjoy your Christmas.

Everything clicked instantaneously. The one wish I had this year, was to improve the Christmas of others, no matter what cost. I had originally meant financially. However, this was 1000 times better.

Sometimes, we need to learn to give things up, to make others happy. And only when you learn to do that, you will find the satisfaction and happiness you need, knowing that it isn’t material or superficial, it’s legitimate. Now, how is that for being stereotypical?

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PW: Dec. 7 (Sorrel- the Mists of Lere)

Travelling in Lere wasn’t romantic. One did not gaze out upon the landscape, enraptured by unfamiliar scenery. Not as they would when riding over the rolling hills of Risyr, or through the culturally-robust towns of Mirne.

Sorrel sat primly in a gilded carriage drawn by two Allestiun mares. The horses were worth more than some estates, and for good reason. They were the only breed capable of seeing through the thick mists that enveloped Leren lands, not to mention their implausible stamina and strength. Sorrel was rather fond of them. The stares of awe they evoked from commoners filled her with an imperious satisfaction.

Today, however, she felt no such satiety. Not after two weeks of travelling through the depressing mists. With the world around her so fully obscured, she at times wondered if she had somehow crossed into Shadir. This, of course, was impossible. Every Highborn knew the border between the planes had closed long ago. Believing the sorts of legends that claimed otherwise was far, far beneath her.

Only one more week until they arrived at the capital, her Rellent had promised. She doubted it. How could one discern time or distance when the haze shrouded even Ascere, the brightest of the suns? She worried that the Divine could not see her down here. Were the prayers she burned unable to pierce the dense mist? Perhaps they simply became lost within it, mingling throughout until they faded, never able to escape.

She tried to put the unsettling thoughts out of her mind, and absorbed herself instead in the glyphs of an extremely extensive, and extremely heavy, tome that outlined the complex politics of the Leren court.

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PW: Flight to India

Last year I had gone on a flight to India with my family. When I found out that we were going to India I was very happy because it meant that I would get to see my cousins. This happiness had died the day I got up to catch the flight with my parents…

At 5:00 am, I had woken up to get ready along with the rest of my family. Our flight was at 9:00 am but we went early to make sure that we do not miss the flight. It is often said that being early is better compared to being late, but when we arrived at the airport that morning at 6:30, I was very annoyed. Not only because we were there early but because I was tired. There was not even a rush to go through security because there were very few people at the airport.

Once 9:00 AM came around me and my family were seated on the plane, which was scheduled to leave at 9:10. I noticed that aside from my family on the plane there were the flight attendants and a few other families as well. From how many seats were unoccupied, I thought that maybe I could get a whole row to myself. But just as I was thinking this, I heard a small noise which was getting louder and louder, it was coming from the front of the plane. I looked down towards the front of the plane and saw many people quickly walking down the thin ally way and getting into their seats. As the once open seats were being taken one by one I grabbed my phone and looked at the time, it was going to be a long flight…

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IRJE

Black boy

The protagonist Richard was sent from his family to tell his uncle that his grandpa had passed away. But his uncle was sleeping and he had just woken him up, instead of being shocked or sad, the uncle just tells him that he needs to learn how to bring news to people appropriately.

I walked home slowly, asking myself what on earth was the matter with me, why it was that i never seemed to do things as people expected them to be done. Every word and gesture I made seemed to provoke hostility.

This paragraph is an excellent example for the main purpose of this book, demonstrating how he never really felt comfortable because he never truly belonged somewhere. He sees the problem in himself, although his problem only lies in his innocence, not recognized by parents and other main characters in the novel.

 

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PW

My friend loved to smile, and when she did, she had small dimples on the sides of her cheeks.
Her room was quite a mess yesterday. She pulled out lumps of clothes from the closet and tossed them carelessly on the floor. She sat motionlessly in front of the camera, looking straight into my eyes.
I told her to clean her room because it was the most I could do on the other side of her screen.
She started by folding her clothes. They looked very heavy in her hands, and I wish I could crawl across the screen and do it for her.

After she finished, she sat on the bed and stared into space with a blank, childish, and almost inquiring expression. To be alive, to feel the warmth and the circulation of the blood is to assume that tomorrow will always be better naturally. How far is tomorrow from the present? It seemed as if a million lightyears away, from her small, squared room.
So I assume her lovely dimples and her fearless smile could only appear as illusions of the past. Her dimension disconnected itself from when she was able to smile. But there’s nothing much I could do nine thousand kilometres away.

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IRJE: The Silent Patient

In chapter 2 of “The Silent Patient”, the author uses a third person view to talk about the story. He explains the story of Alcestis and provides more detail of Alicia.

But I’m going too fast. I’m getting ahead of myself… I should introduce myself, but perhaps not quite yet; after all, I am not the hero of this tale. It is Alicia Berenson’s story, so I must begin with her.

Again, the author uses great imagery to make it easy to picture what is going on in the story.

She is naked. Her body is rendered in unsparing detail: strands of long hair falling across bony shoulders, blue veins visible beneath translucent skin, fresh scars on both her wrists.

The author revealed more detail about Alicia’s emotions, making the reader get a grasp of what’s going inside her head.

I could divine neither innocence nor guilt in her expression… She didn’t cry once throughout the trial—a fact made much of in the press—her face remaining unmoved, cold. Frozen.

In my opinion, Gabriel must’ve done something that made Alicia murder him. I don’t think she would murder him for no reason at all. In the story, some people criticized her, and some felt empathy towards her. The author doesn’t give us readers the answer to what happened, so we have to infer why she did it. Even thought I’m only at chapter 2, the book got me hooked and makes me want to find out what will happen.

 

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IRJE: The Silent Patient

The book “The Silent Patient” talks about Alicia Berenson’s life (a 33 year old artist). She is married to Gabriel, a photographer. Gabriel likes to take pictures of half-naked or half-starved women. She decided to murder him on the twenty-fifth of August in their house. The author goes into good detail about the setting of the story, making it easy for me to picture what was going on.

Then a beam of light revealed Gabriel had been shot several times in the face… The wall behind him was sprayed with fragments of skull, brains, hair— and blood… Blood was everywhere— splashed on the walls, running in dark rivulets along the floor, along the grain of the wooden floorboards.

It would’ve been better if the author explains things like what was going through her head, why she chose to murder him, etc. That would help me establish a better understanding of the story. After the murder, Alicia wouldn’t say anything, and the only thing she did was paint.

Alicia remained silent throughout the interview…. She answered no questions. She could not, would not, speak. Nor did she speak when charged with Gabriel’s murder… Alicia never spoke again.. Alicia remained silent—but she made one statement. A painting.

 

 

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Apple History

Apple’s history is characterized by many highs and lows and was shaped above all by Steve Jobs – the founder, who was dismissed in the meantime.

Apple was founded on 1 April 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
The distribution started with one of the first computers ever, the “Apple I”. It was sold about 200 times for 666.66 dollars each. After Apple’s transformation into a corporation and some investments, the “Apple II” followed a year later.
After the Apple II became a bestseller, Apple began planning the “Macintosh”, the first computer with a graphical user interface and the first computer mouse as an input device. This appeared in 1984 and was a great success.
In the same year, John Sculley became Apple’s CEO. After a failed coup attempt, Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985.
In 1990, Windows 3.0 was introduced, a competitive software for computers that replaced the Macintosh as the market leader.
Sculley had to resign in 1993 and was replaced by Michael Spindler.
Due to some management errors and technical problems, Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1996.
A year later, Steve Jobs returned to Apple and helped the company out of the crisis. He made a change of strategy and only worked with four models: two notebooks and two personal computers. One of them was the very successful iMac. He also began a partnership with Microsoft.
In the following years, Apple’s success was significantly influenced by the iTunes software for music management and the MP3 player iPod.
In 2007, Apple introduced the first iPhone, laying the foundation for all today’s smartphones. The iPad followed in 2010 and revived the tablet market. These two product lines are now responsible for Apple’s main sales.
Steve Jobs retired in 2011 for health reasons. His successor is Tim Cook, who is still Apple’s CEO today. In the same year, Steve Jobs died of cancer.

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The City of Ember

Friends and family are a very important part of one’s life, and it is one of the things the book ‘The City of Ember teaches us.’

She’d always had fun with Lizzie. But their fun was usually with games-  hide-and-seek, tag, the kinds of games where you run and climb.

Lina and Lizzie were close friends when they were kids,  but as they grew, they started to grow apart. This is pretty common with most youths because many of us have lost friends and had fights, therefore many of us can associate with this. Broken friendships and fights can affect us and hurt us in many ways but it is always best for us to talk it out.

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Personal Writing

Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world? Who would you want to go there with?

 

If I could go anywhere in the world, even though it’s for a few days, it would be Fiji. I would take my best friend with me. Her name is Maria and she is 17 years old. I met her when we were 7 years old, and since day 1, she became my best companion.

The reason why I chose Fiji is because when I was 13 years old, I saw Fiji Islands on a movie. I didn’t knew where it was, but what I did knew is that I wanted to visit them. I research a bit about them, and the thing that was eye catching to me, where the views. For me, Fiji is an absolute paradise. The white sand, the crystal clear water, how the ocean has different tones of blue, the bright sun, etc. The great amount nature is impressive.

I would love to stay in †he beautiful “Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay” hotel. They are lots of cabins that are on top of the ocean connected one with each other by a bridge. Every time you wake up the first thing you see, its the beautiful beach.

There’re lots of activities that can be done, so I’m pretty sure my best friend and I wouldn’t get bored.

Hopefully, this trip can become true.

 

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