Personal Writing March 7th

If you found a treasure chest buried in your garden, what would you most like to discover inside?

Many people question themselves about what happens after death. Some people believe there’s a heaven. Others that there is simply nothing or that reincarnation occurs. No one knows the answer and if there was one, we must have evidence to support it.

I would like to discover the answer to the afterlife.  It intrigues me in such a way that this is the answer I would like to discover in a buried treasure chest. I hope someday there’s a concrete answer to this universal question. I don’t want to lose hope, but I must say that I don’t think there’s ever going to be an answer. Maybe someday there will be one.



IRJE-Feb 15th

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger lacked a strong story structure, although it is not relevant to create an impactful piece of writing. Stories shouldn’t have to be set in a faraway land, or aris life-shifting ideas to be valuable. While, it is true stories are to be read mostly for entertainment and knowledge, to say The Catcher in the Rye lacks entertainment value and bravado would be to say life its self does as well. I do not wake each day ready to slay dragons or finds life purposes. The Catcher in the Rye is a book about Holden’s life. He shares his teenage thoughts and his regular way of going about his day. Salinger does not intend to shift people’s way of thinking about life as Yuval Noah Harari does with his nonfiction novels, or create culture-shifting art as Shakspere did with his dramas and comedies. Instead, his intention is to acknowledge the mundane activities of daily life, and the realities of our situations that need to be recognized even if at times we find them sad, repetitive, or boring. Though it is not screaming at us there is still a message hidden among Salinger’s illiterate, repetitive journal writing. The book expresses a realistic sense of human life, like Holden, says “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”(P.185)  I believe Mr. Antolini Holedns English teacher describes The Catcher in the Rye best when he says,

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.” (P.189)

This quote elegantly describes all literature, using stories not for entertainment not even just for knowledge, but of accounts of others’ struggles or intensities. Books allow us to see the world through authors and characters’ eyes. they don’t have to change our perspective or have to add depth and value to your opinions. Stories are written to share; they allow us to sympathize with one another. That’s why I believe The Catcher in the Rye to be such a beautiful book. It is a coming of age story, that advises young readers, with the stresses of growing up. We observe Holden’s anxiety about becoming an adult. Holden is challenged by the responsibility and requirements of young adulthood, rejecting them time and again. He tries over and over to preserve his and others’ innocence. Eventually facing the result that growing up is inevitable, though it will not be as dreadful as Holden presumes. Salinger’s intentions were not to shift values, or change opinions; not to change the English language as Shakspere did. Salinger sympathized with young adults. A struggle “Many, many men have been just as troubled”(p.189) with before. “Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles.”(p.189) And you can learn from them if you want to.


PW: Feb. 21 (An Unreasonable Hatred)

I desperately wish I had the creativity to complete this writing in an adequate manner. However, that is not the case. Reading the mundane “novel” that is the Catcher in the Rye has crushed all of my spirit, even more thoroughly than a succubus crushes the resistance of hapless men. I am an empty vessel, hollowed by monotony. Whereas most books fill my mind with new considerations and vibrant emotions, this book takes a different approach– that is, extracting any interest I could possibly feel, and shoving in its place colourless and repetitive recounts of a fictional boy living out his boring life. I would honestly rather own a Moira-only Overwatch account than pick up the Catcher in the Rye ever again. I have never felt so discouraged from reading as I do now. It is an honest worry of mine that the traumatic events of the past few weeks may cause me to develop book-related PTSD. If it is that a god exists in this world, they must be a truly remorseless deity. Were cupid to instead strike hatred into hearts, I would not hesitate to blame him for mine and the Catcher in the Rye‘s relationship, as no mortal power could possibly bring forth such unadulterated emotion as I feel now.


IRJE: Feb. 15 (The Catcher in the Rye)

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is one of the most boring books I have ever read. Not a single sentence in the books sparks any kind of interest in me. The entire thing is just Holden, the main character, recounting events in the most dull way possible– and not even interesting or important events, such as many non-fiction books would, but, instead, simply three extremely monotonous days of his life. An example of this is the four pages spent describing a movie Holden watches.

It was about this English guy, Alec something, that was in the war and loses his memory in the hospital and all. He comes out of the hospital carrying a cane and limping all over the place, all over London, not knowing who the hell he is (p. 153).

I would be hard pressed to think of something I care less about than what film Holden watched. To me, this seems to have absolutely no relevance to the story, and does not forward it at all. Then again, could this book really be said to have a “story”? It is more similar to a diary than anything else. I would be happy to read the diary of someone who participates in interesting and thought-provoking events, such as, for example, Anne Frank. However, I am not even in the slightest interested in reading about Holden watching a film. I cannot adequately express the tedium I experience each time I pick up this novel. I have never read a book so slowly.


PW – February 21st

At the time, I really liked middle school. I was lucky in that way. Many people hated it; just the idea of going back makes them recoil. It’s the opposite for me. Sometimes, I wish I could go back, to see all of my old friends, teachers, and school. Unfortunately, so much has changed since then, and that’s really not an  option.

Grade 8 was by far my favourite year. Mostly due to the fact that I had an amazing group of friends. Megan (yes the one that goes to this school now), Mataya, Izzy, Jasmine, Sophia, Charlotte and I would always sit on a hill at lunch. Of course, this was near the end of the year, when it was bearable to be outside.  We were able to talk about anything, and nothing was ever boring when I was around them. There was also a boy equivalent to our group, that consisted of Jim, Liam, Roman, David, Thomas, and Sean. They would hang out with us often, and they were some of the funniest, weirdest, nicest people I’ve ever known.

At the end of grade 8, we had a big celebration. We called it our grade 8 grad, and it was by far one of the best nights I had ever had. However, it was bittersweet, because of the anticipation for high school. We all knew that that would be one of the last nights we would all be spending together, because everyone separated after middle school. The majority of our group went to Belmont, and they’re still all great friends. I talk to a few of them, and I get updates and videos about their lives, but it’s not the same. Megan and I came to Brookes, which isn’t a decision I regret because I know it’s much more beneficial for my education and future. Despite that, I still miss everyone from John Stubbs so much. That night, we wore dresses and collared shirts, danced for hours, ate subpar burgers at tables filled with our friends, took photos with everyone, and cried because we knew our gang would be splitting up.

If I could go back, I wouldn’t do anything differently, because I liked the way  it was. Nevertheless, I still wish I could see them more often, because every time I do, it’s filled with just as much fun and excitement.



Procrastinating is one of the worst habits that students and humans, in general, bring on themselves. I almost always leave homework assignments until the last day. there is no reason why I do this, its only a matter of laziness. but sometimes I will do the work in the class and finish, but that’s only when its something that I am interested in and want to gain more information about. This rarely happens. although I know that when I do the assignment immediately I feel better and much less stressed about the idea of still having to go home at the end of the day and do homework till 11 at night. Sometimes it’s not even me procrastinating that makes me have to leave it till the last second to hand in. It can just be not having enough time due to the fact that I play soccer three days a week and work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Even this assignment I am doing in design before English class due to procrastination. Now I am trying to improve this problem by setting reminders to do the work and writing in my notes what homework assignments I received that day. Both of these tactics have worked only to an extent but still helped.


PW-Feb 21st

What does homelessness affect?

Being homeless has an extensive range of varying effects on each individual.  The longer your homeless, the harder it is to get back on your feet, and the more society prevents it.  Homelessness causes feelings of personal entrapment and alienation from the rest of the world.  Depression rates increase immensely when an individual becomes homeless, 22-46% have tried to commit suicide, and 61% suffer from suicidal thoughts.  Mental health is affected by the state of homelessness and is a possible cause of it as well; 30-35 % of the homeless population suffers from a mental illness. Mental illness among the homeless is particularly a problem for woman; 75 % of homeless women suffer from a type of mental illness. Along with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), especially in cases of physical assault or rape. The risk of a homeless individual abusing substances and alcohol is much more likely than an individual who is not homeless, 20-25% of homeless individuals suffer from mental illnesses. In contrast, only 6% of the non-homeless population suffer from mental illnesses. Daily situations are worsened for most individuals; there is a 77% higher chance of having a rough sleep, and a 10% higher chance of being involved in prostitution. When homeless, an individual’s health risks increase. Constant exposer and lack of health care and hygiene products affect one’s health drastically and have many attached risks. Overall, homelessness negatively affects the overwhelming majority of individuals. Homelessness can also have a negative impact on communities. It can affect crime and safety, as well as how tax dollars are spent and health care resources. Overall, homelessness has consequential effects on individuals and the community.


The history of Gottlieb Daimler

Gottlieb Daimler was born in Schorndorf on 17 March 1834. After training as a gunsmith and a stay in France, he attended the Polytechnic School in Stuttgart from 1857 to 1859. After various technical activities in France and England, he took up a position as a draughtsman in Geislingen in 1862. At the end of 1863 he became a workshop inspector in a machine factory in Reutlingen, where he also met Wilhelm Maybach in 1865. In 1872, he becomes technical director of Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz, where he becomes familiar with Otto’s four-stroke principle. After differences with the management, he leaves the company in 1882. Daimler sets up an experimental workshop in the greenhouse of his Cannstatt villa and decides to develop engines based on the four-stroke principle that run exclusively on gasoline as fuel. In 1884, together with Wilhelm Maybach, he succeeds in designing a combustion engine that is now known as a “grandfather clock”. With this design, which was aimed at weight reduction and compact construction, both had created the basis for installation in a vehicle. The costs of the test operation soon consumed Daimler’s entire assets, so he had to look for business partners. Together with Max Duttenhofer and his partner Wilhelm Lorenz, he founded the “Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft” on 28 November 1890. However, while Duttenhofer wanted to produce stationary engines, Daimler had vehicle production at heart and the dispute arose.

After Wilhelm Maybach also left the company in 1891 due to unacceptable contractual conditions, Daimler resorted to a ruse: together with Maybach, he continued to design engines, but the patents for all of them were in his name. Daimler’s increasingly tense relationship with Duttenhofer and Lorenz ultimately led to both of them excluding him as a shareholder. Due to stagnating technical development, which ultimately resulted in increasingly poorer balance sheets, DMG made an attempt to get Maybach back in 1895. The latter refused, stating that he would not return without Daimler. In the end, economic interests forced the two of them to rejoin society – the Phoenix engine designed by Maybach meant that the Daimler engine was on everyone’s lips abroad and a group of English industrialists were prepared to pay the sum of 350,000 marks for the corresponding licensing rights. While Maybach was appointed Technical Director of DMG, Gottlieb Daimler was given the position of an expert advisory board and general inspector on the supervisory board. The return of both brought DMG an unexpected upswing. However, Gottlieb Daimler had little time to witness this rapid development. He succumbs to a heart condition on March 6, 1900.


PW: About MBTI… (Feb 21)

MBTI s†ands for the Myers and Briggs Type Indicator, and it isn’t very good.

MBTI, or often called 16 personalities, is a popular indicator that determines one’s personality type, which is represented in four letters. The first letter indicates introversion or extroversion. The second tells us about the method of interpreting information (sensing/intuition). The third represents the method of decision making. The last letter indicates whether one is judging or perceiving.

For instance, my “personality type” is INTJ, known as introverted, intuiting, logical, and judging. I agree that this is quite accurate. But rather than helping me making better life decisions, I found myself limited to decisions that would only suit the INTJ personality type. These unconscious limitations and stereotypes could be really toxic. MBTI and the IQ test are only used best in places such as the military. Their effects are quite disturbing in everyday life.



IRJE: Mrs. Dalloway

In Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Clarissa Dalloway is living in a post-WW1 society. This novel lets us peer into the life of an aristocratic woman in the 1920s, by  showing us a day in her life. While Clarissa is enjoying an early morning walk in London, she reminisces about her younger self, and her past friendships. Peter Walsh, who’s proposal was later rejected by Clarissa, shared very surprising insights regarding societal standards, pressure, and conformity. In this following passage, Clarissa recollects a conversation between herself and  Peter.

How he scolded her! How they argued! She would marry a Prime Minister and stand at the top of a staircase; the perfect hostess he called her (she had cried over it in her bedroom), she had the makings of the perfect hostess, he said. (p. 6)

When I began reading Mrs  Dalloway, I wasn’t sure what  to expect. I was aware of Virginia Woolf’s feminist undertones in literature, which is why I was originally intrigued. However, I was also skeptical, because it was written in a much different time, with significantly different societal values, beliefs and stereotypes. I was anticipating defined gender roles, that entailed a working husband who provided for a family, and a wife who stayed at home and  supported the husband in doing so. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was a man such as Peter Walsh, being critical of Clarissa’s conformity to those aforementioned gender roles. I was pleasantly surprised that in a piece of literature written so long ago, the man has ideals supporting feminism. Peter was using that typical housewife/hostess stereotype as an insult, because he thought she could do better, and be better. Although using these attributes in a derogatory way isn’t necessarily a morally sound or acceptable thing to do, it’s refreshing that he recognizes the flaws of their sexist society.


IRJE: Feb 15 (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

The picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1890, was an unconventional novel about the moral struggles of Dorian Gray, a charming young man who is revealed to the darkest beauties and moral indecencies to humanity. Basil Hallward, an artist that worships Dorian for his looks and purity, creates an incredible portrait for him. Dorian soon meets Lord Henry Wotton through Basil’s connection and was heavily influenced by Lord Henry’s world view. He began to realize his beauty and fears it will fade one day. Looking at the beautiful portrait of himself, he makes a wish for his youth to remain forever, and the picture shall age instead of him. After committing several mischiefs, the portrait begins to look crude and ugly and becomes Dorian’s biggest secret. When Basil confronts Dorian about his degrading reputation, Dorian shows Basil the picture and uncontrollably murders Basil in the room. 

“Ugliness that had once been hateful to him because it made things real, became dear to him now for that very reason. Ugliness was the one reality. The coarse brawl, the loathsome den, the crude violence of disordered life, the very illness of thief and outcast, were more vivid, in their intense actuality of impression, than all the gracious shares of art, the dreamy shadows of song. They were what he needed for forgetfulness.” (p. 103) 

 By being forced to confront reality, Dorian breaks his connection with the pleasure of youth and forgiven sin. This seems to suggest that the power of coarse ugliness overweighs beauty. I think everything could be counterproductive if it becomes too immense. Extreme beauty is ugliness.


IRJE: The Silent Patient

Theo reads Diomedes’ notes on Alicia to try to discover more information about her. He finds out about her past, about how she self harms and is observed two on one for 6 months. She’s always invisible, but one time she lost control and tried to slash Elif’s throat. After reading through the files and not acquiring much information, Theo went to the Slaughtered Lamb with Yuri to get a drink. They talked about Yuri’s past, then went on to talk about Theo’s past.

Theo went to meet his wife, Kathy, at the National Theatre Café. Kathy talks to him for a bit, then started to talk to her friends about how Theo and she met.

I don’t remember exactly how we were introduced, but I do remember the first moment I saw Kathy. It was like an electric shock. I remember her long black hair, piercing green eyes, her mouth—she was beautiful, exquisite. An angel… “Remember, Theo? How we got talking? You said you were training to be a shrink. And I said I was nuts—so it was a match made in heaven.”

Daniel turns to leave, telling Marianne it was time for them to leave. Theo and Kathy continued staying and drinking.


PW Feb 7

During my trip to Vancouver, I got to enjoy eating, spending time with family and relaxing. I played video games for the whole four days I was here. I also went to visit my grandparents and helped out around the kitchen by shelling fourteen eggs and cooking some nongshim shin ramyun – gourmet spicy noodles. While I was serving myself some noodles, my family questioned the amount I could eat, but I proved them wrong by finishing the entire bowl.

I was supposed to work on homework and my personal project, but I ended up not working on them due to temptations. I was supposed to finish science, English, and work on my personal project, but I only ended up doing science and English. For science, I studied chemistry for my upcoming test on Wednesday. For English, I worked on my blog posts and read Romeo and Juliet. For personal project, I planned to finish my essay and the pamphlet, but I didn’t end up making time for it. Even though I didn’t finish it, I still have some time because the project is due on Thursday. I hope I can finish it by the time I have to present it.


It was a Dark and Stormy Night…

In IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, in a cave high up in the mountains, a boy named Antonio has been kidnapped by the brigands, the chief brigand tells Antonio that he’s bored, and to tell them a story. Antonio was small, being only 8 years old, but he was brave. He responded to the brigands by saying he didn’t know any stories, the chief said to make one up.

“It was a dark and stormy night. The rain came down in torrents. There were brigands on the mountains, and wolves, and the chief of the brigands said.” . . .

“Get rid of the rain.” . . .

“I beg your pardon?” . . .

“No rain, I’m sick of it.” (pp. 10-11)

The quotes above tell us of the conversation Antonio has with the brigands. Even though he is outnumbered one to seven, he still shows strength, not even the slightest hint of fear. With his smile and creative mind, he proceeds to frighten the brigands by telling them a made-up story.


Independent Reading March 1st

Catcher in the Rye

For the last chapter, D.B visits Holden quite often. He asked how Holden about everything that has happened to him in the past months, but Holden didn’t know what to say.  He is sure that he wishes he hadn’t told so many people about what happened to him once he left Pencey.

“Don’t tell anybody anything. if you do, you start missing everybody.”

He finds himself missing the people in the story he’s just told even Ackley and Stadtler. This is what Holden means why people shouldn’t talk so much about their lives.

Holden says that he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll apply himself when he returns to school, implying that he may not have learned much from what happened to him after his expulsion from Pencey. I believe Holden will continue to struggle through life, whether or not he decides to apply himself in school.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Holden suddenly finds himself missing people he previously disliked. He doesn’t like talking about his life which suggests he finds trouble expressing himself and talking about his emotions. He’s so used to evading his feelings by focusing on things like whether or not people are “phony,” it makes sense that he may feel uncomfortable speaking about his own experience as he moves through life.


PW: Feb. 7 (Tain- Vaeden Storms)

The patter of light rain had given way to a roaring storm. Even the foliage seemed to shy away from the onslaught of water and wind– the plants pressing themselves against the ground, and the trees bending down to shelter their less sturdy co-inhabitants.

Tain, his tent having long since been stolen by the violent winds, huddled in a small depression behind a burly oak. His soaked clothing was far from warm enough to keep his body from its convulsive shivering. He had decided that to let himself fall asleep may be to never wake up again. He had heard the cautionary tales of ill-prepared travelers meeting their fates due to hypothermia.

The unusually low temperatures and frequent tempests of Vaed deterred all the cowardly and wise, leaving the region to be overrun with brave fools. Tain, he had realized, was undoubtedly one of them. An intrepid journey into vicious unclaimed lands had seemed to him the perfect path to heroic fame. However, after six days spent trudging through unpredictable and often treacherous terrain, that notion had become exceptionally more idiotic in his mind.

To keep himself awake, Tain mumbled, near incoherently, to the trees. He told them of his hometown– of his family’s farm and his brother’s tavern; of the pretty smith’s daughter whom he had recently befriended. He told them of the valiant journeys carried out by the heroes of his childhood. He told them of the latest fashions in the court, of the best available farming equipment, of how to play Tak. He told them of everything and anything he could.


PW- Feb 7th

The long-running debate on the benefits of homework, and whether it’s helping or hindering students. Homework allows students more time to go in-depth with there studies. Work closely on areas they need more help and take time to do things that would be wasteful to do in class. Homework teaches student responsibility and diligence, along with time management. Helping prepare students for jobs and studying. 

While homework has all these positives, it comes with many negatives as well. Homework takes up a lot of time; time kids could be playing sports, hanging out with friends and family, or exploring new interests. Homework can cause students to feel stressed sleep-deprived and burnt out.

A lot of times, especially in younger grades, homework is not valuable. When homework assignments purpose is readily justifiable to my education, I still may dislike it cause it takes up my free time. Again, I have less of a problem delegating my time to learn or doing something relevant or essential.

Since the volume of homework can be so immense, and homework is done outside of school, it is done to a worse standard or considered less important. Because of this, students don’t delegate enough time to it or don’t do it to the best of their ability. To conclude if the homework is valuable to a student’s education and has a clear purpose, it is understandable. Still, if it is just being assigned to assign homework, then it is pointless.


PW – February 7th

There’s this girl I know. With bright eyes often masked by glasses. And hair that I love but she hates. She has a laugh so happy, that it’s painful when  she’s upset. But it  isn’t very often that she appears upset, because she shields those emotions. For those who don’t  know her, she seems happy. Maybe even loud, or impulsive. I think that’s because her presence fills up a room,  and her confidence radiates, intimidating people. Also, because she doesn’t  want people to really know what’s going on inside. To shield others from her pain, or maybe to shield herself.

She wears her hair up, her pants rolled up, and her face natural. When I ask her how she’s doing, she always replies with, “I’m good, how are you?”. It’s so instinctive, I bet she would say it if she had tears running down her face. She’s not scared to say what  she’s thinking.  And yet, I feel like she hides so much.

I think she underestimates not only her abilities, but her character. I wish she could see herself  in my eyes, because I see her as a person I would aspire to be like. She has flaws, but so does everyone. I won’t describe her as perfect,  because I  don’t believe anyone deserves that title; it’s too much pressure, too much to live up to. She’s social, funny, and loved. But what’s underneath is still somewhat of a  puzzle.

Sometimes when I’m around her, I’m blown away by the comments she makes. They’re insightful, and intelligent, and I notice them even when she  doesn’t think anyone’s taking her seriously. I know that she does the same for me, because she’ll laugh at the jokes that nobody else picks  up on. I feel heard, and I hope she feels the same around me. I hope she knows that whenever she talks,  I listen, and I hear her.

But it’s hard.  And life can be hard. And you don’t always want to talk about  things. And you don’t always want to be heard. Sometimes. . .  you just want to know that someone’s there in case you need it. So, this is just a reminder that, well, there is.


Coronavirus / PW / 2/7/20

A novel variant of the coronavirus is spreading from China. Almost 30,000 people in China are demonstrably infected, and more than 550 have died of the lung disease. Experts assume that there is a high number of undetected cases of infected people, whereby the infection is so mild that there is no danger to life.
In the meantime, cases of infection have been reported from almost 30 countries.
The World Health Organization WHO has declared an international health emergency because of the epidemic. This is primarily a matter of international coordination in dealing with the epidemic.
The virus called 2019-nCoV can cause a respiratory disease with high fever and lead to severe pneumonia. – It is contagious from person to person via a droplet infection, possibly also via a smear infection.

The first infections are associated with a now closed fish market in Wuhan, where wild animals were also sold. It is possible that the virus was originally transmitted via direct contact between animals and humans (zoonosis), or – like many germs – simply via the air.

What do they know about the virus?

Recently, experts had deciphered the gene sequence of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV, which had not previously been diagnosed in humans.

Corona viruses have been known since the 1960s. The name is derived from the outwardly protruding, crown-shaped protein structure of the virus envelope. Basically, coronaviruses are nothing out of the ordinary. Infections are often harmless – for example with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Gastrointestinal complaints, especially diarrhoea, can also occur.

However, coronaviruses are treacherous and extremely versatile – they belong to the group of RNA viruses and have a high genetic variability. This means that they can easily overcome species barriers and infect a wide variety of host species. As a result, the viruses also cause more severe disease courses, with respiratory distress and pneumonia, which can even lead to death.


PW Feb 5th

Last year, I discovered a passion for military strategies. I want to be a military administrator or intelligence officer. I do not have any prominent reason for this dream. The things that occur in my life are the unexplainable ones. I probably drove my family nuts by doing whatever comes to my mind. My life never followed what they predicted; I am even surprised that they would let me go without much questioning. Sometimes it’s not a very good thing. It makes you wonder if they care about you that much. It makes you feel worse not to appreciate all the support you have. But after all, resources are only worthy when there is a goal, no matter what changes it will embrace when the environment changes.


PW Feb 7th / How hockey works

Ice hockey is considered the fastest sport in the world and such as, new players when trying to understand the game they have a really bad time to understand what happens in each moment and why there are so many interruptions.

Ice hockey matches consist of three 20 minute periods with a 15 minute rest period between them. Time will only be in motion when the puck is too, so any interruption, foul or goal will cause it to stop. Each team has the possibility to make a timeout in each match.

In the case of a tie at the end of the three periods, an extra time (Over Time) will be played that lasts 5 minutes. As in football with the golden goal, the team that scores take the game. In the NHL 3 vs 3 is played and in Europe 4 vs 4. If there is no tiebreaker in the OT there will be penalties.

According to international regulations in the field, there may be 20 skaters and 2 goalkeepers while in the NHL it is reduced to 18 in the field, between attackers and defenders, and two goalkeepers. There can be no more than six players on the court, usually 5 + 1, and there are no limitations on the changes.


My favourite food

Food is heaven for me. I am a picky eater but I love most kinds of food, from green salads to Lebanese food to even cakes, chocolates and chips. I have eaten Indian food for most of my life. And I think living in a boarding school, you sometimes miss home food a lot. My favourite foods are Pani Puri and Aloo Paratha (potato pancakes). Pani Puri is a round fried crisp filled with flavoured water. People usually set up food stalls on the streets and sell delicious food. Aloo Paratha, which can also be referred to as potato pancakes in English, is usually homemade, and consist of flour and spiced potatoes. A spoonful of butter is added for more flavour.  If you are a foodie, I definitely recommend it.


IRJE-Feb 1st

In The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, When Phoebe (Holden’s sister) asks Holden what he wants to be when he grows up. Unable to come up with a conventional job holden remembers a misapprehension of a lyric from Robert Burns’s song Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.  Holden imagines a field full of children blissfully playing without adults. He imagines catching any kids that go to close to the ledge; he sees himself as The Catcher in the Rye.

. . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. (p.173).

This quotation brings back the idea that Holden wants to save others. In this case, he talks about children falling off a cliff, seemingly as a metaphor for children falling into adulthood. Holden has a tendency to idolize youth and wants to protect it at all costs. I believe this is because holden himself is afraid of growing up. Fearful of taking responsibility and making a significant change.


Personal Writing Feb 21

“If you could live inside any video game, which would you choose?  Why?”

I don’t know if this is considered a real video game, but I would choose “Sugar Rush”. This game first came out on the “Wreck-it Ralph” movie. It is a place where everything is made out of different candy and sweet things. Even some characters are real-life candies. The fact that everything is eatable, is really eye-catching for me. Especially since everything is sweet. It makes me actually wanna live there. Some spots that appear in the movie are the following: Nesquiks sands and a Diet Cola Mountain.

The main objective of this video game is to win a race. The cars are made out of desserts, but they work as if they were real cars. There are 12 competitors and only 1 can win. There are lots of obstacles that appear throughout the race and of course, the racetracks change as well. I love car racings. I like to watch them, but I adore being part of the race.

I think this video game is the best for me.


Independent Reading February 15th

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s emotions change continuously. These depend on the situations he is in. Phoebe is Holden’s little sister, whom he cares about. She has always been there for Holden. She understands him most than other people.  She makes a great impact on Holden’s emotions.  In chapter 25, Holden watches Phoebe riding the Central Park carousel. Making it feel peacefulness and happiness.

 “I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy.” (p. 232)

Holden isn’t really sure about whether his happiness is real or not. He states he doesn’t know why he feels so happy, or why he’s about to break into tears. The chapter ends with Holden feeling a great relief after a stage of depression. He overcomes a strong part of his life and that makes him feel good about himself.