IRJE: April 1st (Boy Erased)

In Garrad Conley’s memoir, Boy Erased, he recalls the night Chloe invites him to have sex to maintain their relationship. Conley ends up playing video games with Chloe’s brother Brandon for the entire night, whom he soon discovers to be gay too. Brandon is later caught in an affair with another boy and is harassed by many people. Conley destroys all his gaming equipment and volunteers to go to a treatment center in a nearby city.

“I had once heard someone call the city a trash dump, and I’d been offended at the time, but now I could see how they were right. It was the place where things came and went, home of the FedEx headquarters, the city with the most available overnight flights to other cities in the country, steel barges on the Mississippi floating right through the center of it–But the things that gathered and collected here, the things that stayed and took root, these were the things that gave the city its sense of abandonment. ” (p.80)

This passage is located near the beginning of a new chapter and immediately sets the mood for the readers. In the same chapter, Conley mentions that it has only been “Two full days at Love in Action, and the city had already lost its shine.”(p.79) It indicates that it isn’t necessarily the city that has lowered his mood, but rather it is the treatment program that appears to make him anxious. The first sentence of the passage above immediately tells us his change of opinion and gives us a contrast of Love in Action’s purpose and the reality it creates. By using words such as collected and abandonment, Conley gives us a chilly atmosphere that is unsettling and lonesome at the same time.


April 1st IR

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This year its the first time Prim Rose Everdeen (Katniss sister) is part of the selection since she just turned 12. Katniss is completely sure her little sister isn’t going to be selected for the Games since there’s just one paper with her name among thousands of them.

The day arrives and its time to know which tributes will represent each district in the arena. Effie Trinket is the escort of the District 12 tributes and she is in charge of taking one paper with the name of the tribute that will fight in the Games. Effie takes a paper for the females, opens it and said the name Prim Rose Everdeen. Prim is selected by the lottery system that decides which children become tributes and that’s the moment Katnisse’s life turned off for a minute until she reacted and makes a really brave action.

“I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!” (p.22)

The reason Katniss volunteers to save Prim is that she is just twelve years old. She is a sensitive, caring person who has difficulty with any kind of suffering or violence. She is almost certain to die in the Games. Katniss, meanwhile, is four years older and very protective of Prim. Without any hesitation, she volunteers to take her sister’s place. Moreover, she has years of experience hunting (therefore killing) and is far less sensitive than her sister. This makes her more likely to survive in the Games.

Peeta Mellark is the male that has been selected to fight in the Games. Meanwhile, both tributes are on the train on their way to the Capitol. Katniss relates her first encounter with Peeta once Peeta has been selected as District 12’s male tribute.

“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.” (P. 26 – 27)

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.


IRJE – April 1 – A Separate Peace

In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Finny’s death comes as quite a shock. Throughout the novel, Gene has been struggling with the guilt of knowing that he caused Finny’s accident. However, I am certain this feeling has intensified. Near the beginning of this novel, Gene reminisces about a time where he shook the tree Finny was in, which caused him to fall and shatter his leg. As an athlete, Finny was devastated, but he never once held Gene accountable. After Finny healed for a few months, he returned to the Devon School for boys, and other than his inability to play sports, everything seemed back to normal. Unfortunately, one night, Finny fell down the stairs while discussing his injury with his friends, and broke his leg again. The doctor assured Gene that this was a cleaner break, and that he would only have to set the leg back into place. Despite the reassurance, this did not go as planned, and Finny ended up loosing his life in the process.

I did not cry then or ever about Finny. I did not cry even when I stood watching him being lowered into his family’s strait-laced burial ground outside of Boston. I could not escape a feeling that this was my own funeral, and you do not cry in that case. (p. 214)

When I read that Finny had died, I thought I was hallucinating. There seemed to be no hint that it was coming. One moment, the doctor was telling Gene what a simple procedure this was, and the next, he was telling Gene that Finny was dead. I couldn’t help thinking to myself, did I miss something? Did my brain not comprehend the novel I was reading at 11:45pm? How could the author do such a thing to two friends, who have been through so much already. As I read, and reread these pages, I thought back to the last conversation between Gene and Finny. What would they have said to one another if they knew it would be the last? The passage that I chose exemplifies the relationship between the two boys. Gene is expressing that Finny wasn’t simply his friend, he was an extension of himself. This bond is not like any other, because your pain becomes their pain, their pain becomes yours. Loosing that would be agonizing. And loosing that with no warning, indirectly due to an accident that he caused, would be unbearable.


IJRE 2/14/20

In Chapter 10 „ the death in the long grass“ of the Alex Rider Stormbreaker,  Mr Grin tried to kill Alex.  Alex had to go on a walk and when he was leaving he saw Mr. Gin just making a call. He followed the footpath  and came to a place with very long gras. Suddenly he heard a sound of quads. Two quads tried to kill him, but he was much cleverer than the driver, so that they were killed by Alex.

„ He was angry with himself because he knew he‘d made too many mistakes. He should have been dead now, he knew“ p.144

I like this statement because Alex is really self-critical. To be self-critical is a very good behavior of a person. Only with thus  characteristic It is possible for Alex to live a life as a spy. This helps him not to be killed in such dangerous situations.


Sentimentality in Love Poetry

I personally enjoy reading poetry because it is different from prose and is often succinct. From the olden times, poetry has been a great source of pleasure because of its spontaneity and its rhetorical beauties. People like to read and write poetry for its amazement of words to express emotions. Some might even say it is the best way to define who you are. Poetry is like a puzzle, creative and challenging but fun to solve. In the Love Poetry handout, one of the most sentimental poems is George Gordan, Lord Byron’s, When We Two Parted. 

In the handout “Melodrama and Sentimentality,” Sentimentality is defined as the ”indulgence of easy emotions” and often involves imagery that is ”vague, flowery and poetic”. (Mr. MacKnight). When We Two Parted demonstrates examples of sentimentality.

The writer is trying to express feelings of sorrow and sympathy throughout the poem. It comprehends the sadness we feel when losing someone or something dear to us. Rhyming schemes are an important observation in determining the sentimentality in poetry. In When We Two Parted, each quatrain has a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD, which also produces a ”sing-song” effect.

“In silence and tears, / Half broken hearted” (II 2-3). The writer is trying to create a sorrowful and vague image for the readers. These are emotions similar to the ones created in “Thy vows are all broken” (I-13). “In secret we met- / In silence I grieve,” (II 25-26). “How should I greet thee?– / With silence and tears.” (II 31-32). The author describes the feeling of hard times, pain and depression one goes through after a rough break up.

The poem speaks for itself and does not require much explanation. It is a poem regarding separation and indulges with the audience’s emotions through vague imagery and poetic rhythms. When We Two Apart is a magnificent and transparent poem. The audiences can understand and empathize with it.



3/7/2020 Oktoberfest

The Munich Oktoberfest is said to be the largest public festival in the world. Here is fun with lots of roller coasters, ghost trains, carousels, a Ferris wheel and the good old can throwing. Famous rides are the “Wild Mouse”, looping five and the Ferris wheel. In the beer tents you can eat well, drink a lot, dance and sing. The thousands of visitors come from all over the world.

If you asked people from other countries what they think of Munich, most of them would probably answer “Oktoberfest”. Many also say “Bierfest” to it. No wonder, because about 6 million liters of beer are drunk there every year. But the people of Munich themselves usually say “Wiesn”, the Bavarian word for meadow.
This refers to the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest has taken place since 1810. It all began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For the celebration a horse race took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich. Afterwards it was decided to hold such a festival there every year – the Oktoberfest was born.

The Oktoberfest only took place at the beginning of October. But soon it was noticed that the weather in September was simply much better and so it was brought forward to September. But the name has remained the same.


2/21/2020 The Airbus story: A success story with problems

The Airbus story: A success story with problems

Originally, the founders of Airbus wanted to create a European competitor for Boeing. And they have succeeded – even if there is turbulence now. The Airbus Industries group is the civil aircraft division of the European aerospace company EADS. The declared goal of the founders was to break the dominance of the US competitor Boeing in the global market for passenger aircraft. The most important stages in the company’s history:

-1970: The Airbus consortium is founded as a Franco-German joint project of the companies Aérospatiale and Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA). The partners achieve their first international success with the twin-engine medium-range jet A300.

-1974: The Spanish company Construcciones Aeronáuticas (CASA) joins the Airbus Group. Five years later, the British aerospace and defence group British Aerospace also becomes part of the consortium. Each of the four nationally managed companies is responsible for specific production lines; final assembly and sales take place in Toulouse.

-1987: Maiden flight of the A320 in February. With the first aircraft controlled by joystick, Airbus extends its product range to short-haul aircraft. Thanks to its modern technology, the aircraft soon becomes a bestseller. The A330 and A340, developed from June onwards, complement the Airbus family in the long-haul segment.

-1995: In April, negotiations with the US market leader Boeing on the joint project for a super jumbo fail. Airbus then plans its own wide-body aircraft, for the development of which the management founds the “Large Aircraft Division” a year later.

-2001: Airbus gets an “integrated” group structure to streamline cross-border production at the 16 European sites. The German-French-Spanish EADS holds 80 percent of the shares. The remaining 20 percent are held by the British Aerospace successor BAE Systems, which sells its package in 2006. Airbus has about 1500 suppliers in 30 countries. In June, the European NATO states agree to develop the Airbus military transporter A400M.

-2004: For the first time in its almost 35-year history, Airbus receives more orders than its US archrival Boeing. In May, assembly of the A380 giant jet begins at the Hamburg-Finkenwerder plant.

-2005: The A380 takes off on its maiden flight on 27 April. In May, the dispute with Boeing over state subsidies worth billions escalates: The USA takes the EU to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and demands the establishment of a corresponding arbitration court.

-2006: In June, the Airbus management has to admit that the delivery of the A380 is significantly delayed. At the same time, the development of a new smaller A350 is stalled. The workforce fears for thousands of jobs because of possible plant closures. At the end of 2006, Airbus reports a preliminary annual turnover of 26 billion euros. Worldwide, the company employs around 55,000 people under the leadership of a Franco-German dual leadership team.



You are all alone in this world. We have close friends and family with whom we are able to communicate our emotions. While struggling with problems, one realizes that they are technically alone and warring with their sentiments to save themselves.

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” (Dale Carnegie). Everyone has their own demons to fight against and obstacles to overcome. No one is ever going to be fully interested in helping you fight yours. “You are alone because no one can truly empathize with every single emotion you go through in your life.”

You will fail while fighting against your problems, but it is not where the journey ends. You need to overcome that fact because it is reality. Some youngsters and adults might be going through the same dilemmas as you. What I am trying to impose here is that you are not alone in bearing the problems, but alone in facing them.

You shouldn’t punish yourself for failure or thinking you aren’t good enough for the people around you. Become comfortable with yourself, embrace your self-sufficient nature, and feel the ecstasy after your successes.



PW: What to do in Merida Mexico.

Merida is located in the northwest part of Yucatan, about 35 kilometers off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Merida is a really good place to visit because it has many touristic attractions. These are the three best tourist attractions in Merida, in my opinion.

  1. Cenotes: A cenote is a surface that connects with the subterranean water, they are called “large open pools” by tourists. They are mostly found inside the forest.
  2. Chicxulub Crater: This crater stroke 66 million years ago and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
  3. Scuba Diving: Scuba diving here is a really amazing hobby. One of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico is just 1 hour away from Merida, in Cozumel. Cozumel is the 2nd place of the best coral barriers in the world.



Sentimentality in Love Poetry

There are moments in life where my heart feels heavy. I feel overcome with emotions that are often too vulnerable to expose to others. It’s not that sharing them would make me feel weak; it’s that I feel too weak to share them. Often times it’s easier to leave them untouched, because it’s too difficult to dig up such a deep emotion. However, there are people that chose to expose those emotions, whether that be through writing, television, or simply to others. This is often defined as sentimentality; the “indulgence of easy emotions” (Mr. MacKnight) such as sadness, nostalgia, or tenderness. When reading the “Love Poetry” handout, I immediately thought that When We Two Parted, by George Gordon, Lord Byron was the most sentimental.

Sentimentality is quite varying to love, because love doesn’t require dramatization; it’s enough on its own. Sentimentality is easier to follow and comprehend, because it’s designed to spark an emotional response. It’s meant to make you feel the way that they feel, in a way that relates to your life. When We Two Parted appeals to the sadness one feels when saying goodbye to someone, or when losing someone. It not only demonstrates the qualities of sentimental poetry, but also makes you feel that stereotypical wave of sadness and sympathy.

One of the preliminary observations one should make to determine the sentimentality in poetry is the rhyme scheme. The rhythm should be very regular, which is the case in When We Two Parted. Each stanza has an ABAB CDCD rhyme scheme, which allows it to flow nicely and repetitively whilst reading it. Furthermore, the consistency of 8 lines in each stanza proves the regularity, which allows for the ‘sing-song’ effect.

Another key component to sentimentality is vague, flowery, and “poetic” imagery (Mr. MacKnight), which is used throughout this poem. An example of this is displayed in lines 9-12, “The dew of the morning / Sunk chill on my brow– / It felt like the warning / Of what I feel now.” This poetic imagery gives the reader a sense of chills and coldness, due to the narrator’s experiences and sadness. When he describes that specific feeling as a warning of how he feels, it indicates his pain, without truly explaining it. Another example of this is in lines 19-20, “A shudder comes o’er me– / Why wert thou so dear?” There is a similarity between these two examples, because the author uses physical feelings that everyone has experienced, to reveal how he felt emotionally. This almost gives it a far-off sensation; as if you can hear his tone and emotions, and feel how he feels, without having to hear every word. This puts the focus on the depth rather than the surface, which is what this type of imagery and language provides.

The final reason contributing to my belief of the poems sentimentality, is the lack of reason, logic, and detail. As I previously mentioned, this poem focuses largely on the emotions. The poet describes how he feels, but doesn’t explain why he feels that way. One can clearly assume that it’s regarding a separation. However, he doesn’t explain the situation, nor the reasoning behind it. That being said, sentimentality is based around a feeling, therefore an explanation is truly unnecessary in order to convey his emotions.


IRJE: Mar. 15 (The Hero of Ages)

In the Hero of Ages, book three of the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, the protagonists must fight the god of chaos and destruction, Ruin, to keep their world, Scadrial, from being completely annihilated. Ruin’s counterpart, Preservation, is the god of stability and perpetuity.

Ruin was not always the antagonist of the series though. In the first two books, Mistborn and the Well of Ascension, the heroes fight to overthrow the Lord Ruler, an oppressive leader who, centuries ago, took the power at the Well of Ascension. This action gave him godlike abilities, and ensured that Ruin would stay locked away until the power returned to the Well, as Ruin was trapped there, and could only be released if the power was as well.

The Lord Ruler created many new species with his abilities when he first gained them. One of these species was the kandra, who bound themselves by contracts, and took pride in never breaking those contracts.

“What do you think we are?” TenSoon asked. “Humans, with their rebellions and upheavals? We are kandra. We are of Preservation. We follow order.” (p. 178).

Throughout the entire first two books, the Lord Ruler is thought to be a being of pure evil. He was an oppressive dictator who mercilessly slaughtered millions. After the primary protagonist, Vin, slays the Lord Ruler, the power returns to the Well of Ascension, and she, unbeknownst to the fact that giving up the power will free Ruin, releases the power there.

In the fight to stop Ruin from destroying the world, the heroes discover more and more about the past, which the Lord Ruler had kept hidden from his people. They discover that the Lord Ruler worked, just as they are now working, to stop Ruin. He even created many species, such as the kandra, that were of Preservation, Ruin’s opposite. Though power inevitably corrupted him, and he was never the most noble of people, the Lord Ruler prepared for centuries for the day Ruin would return, and had he been left alive, he would’ve saved Scadrial a second time. I find it very interesting that by assassinating someone who they viewed to be a no-good oppressive leader, the heroes of the story also unleashed an even greater evil.

Usually in books antagonists are either complete evil, or working for a cause they believe to be good. The Lord Ruler was a mix of both of these types of villains. He did not want the world to be destroyed as Ruin did, and tried his hardest to stop the god of chaos. However, he was also at heart a selfish and cruel man, encouraging the rape and murder of millions of skaa, the lower class people, and killing off an entire race simply because he was afraid of anyone getting powerful enough to contest him.


Love Poetry

From the love poetry hand out, the poem that I found the most sentimental was “As I Walked Out One Evening,” by W.H. AUDEN. Throughout this poem, he describes his love for a lover who he hears singing near the river. And how his love for Him or her has no end. He does this by comparing his love for this lover to many different things that will most likely never happen. 

I found this poem sentimental because the man whoever he is, throughout the entire poem is just ex[ressing his love in the most absurd ways. Now for some, this may come off as desperate or pathetic but, If your madly in love like some may say happens, what your saying most of the time is basically nonsense. When he says The years shall run like rabbits, For in my arms I hold The Flower of the Ages, And the first love of the world.’ now when I first read this line it confused me the most. What I think means by this is when the other lover is in his arm’s, time becomes meaningless and will fly by like hopping rabbits.  Another odd yet very grabbing line for me personally is when he says “You cannot conquer Time. this is him saying, hey but we aren’t here forever even though my love is everlasting for you so tick tock. 

This poem for me was overall hard for me to decipher but once I starred at it for a while it started to make sense and chunks of it started to fit with others. And once I understood what it was saying I found it very creative and well thought through. 


IRJE, Divergent

Erudite has published two more articles attacking Abnegation. the primary accuses them of withholding goods, and therefore the second argues that politicians shouldn’t be chosen from one faction.

“I didn’t get down the roof because I wanted to be just like the Dauntless. I jumped off because I already was like them, and that I wanted to point out myself to them. I wanted to acknowledge a neighborhood of myself that Abnegation demanded that I hide”

Though the initiates are almost totally quarantined from the surface world, they are doing have access to those biased reports attacking Abnegation and its leaders. Worse, the Candor initiates seem to be in on the scheme. Molly was told by the reporter that blatant lies to form the Abnegation leaders, specifically Tris’ father, seem evil, and Peter is doing his best to spread the misinformation among the opposite initiates.


IRJE Hunger Games

Katniss recognizes the strange creatures chasing Cato as mutations, hybrid animals engineered by the Capitol. These mutations look like giant wolves but can walk upright like humans.

“The boy took one look back as if checking that the coast was clear”

Cato runs to the big rock and Katniss follows, but she realizes Peeta can’t keep up because of his injured leg. Unable to help him from the ground, she climbs to the top of the rock and fires arrows at the approaching mutations, allowing Peeta to climb up just in time to escape them.



PW (March 21st)

There was an interesting thing that happened before. I used to live in the dorms with three other girls. Unlike the dorms in Brookes, my previous dorm had bunk beds. I lived on the lower bunk and discovered a fruit knife under my bed. We were definitely not supposed to have any sort of knives in the dorm.

I brought some apples to school during the weekend, so I asked if anyone had any knives. My roommates told me to eat it without peeling the skin, like how a normal person would.

I knew the person living on the top bunk was cutting herself because it was just really obvious. You can’t hide things like that from people who live in the same room as you. I thought it was none of my business back then, but thinking about it now, I would’ve “found” the knife and used it to peel apples instead of ignoring everything that had happened. But even now, during this time of the virus, I  can’t bring myself to talk to her. Sometimes, I wish she was never here to experience it all, simply because I can’t think of how to help her. Or worse, maybe I knew how to help her, and I could’ve, but I just never really felt like it.


IRJE: March 15 (Boy Erased)

In Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased, he starts recalling his earlier experiences with his family and his girlfriend Chloe, whom he liked and dated in an attempt to ignore his attraction towards men. The members of the Baptist community are expecting them to get married once they become adults, but Conley feels that he is losing control of this relationship as Chloe attempts to advance it. She suggests having sex with him in the near future.

“We have to do something,” she said. “I’m worried.”

“The storm will be over soon,” I said.

“No,” she said, “About us. We have to do something drastic.” (p. 58)

In this passage, Chloe did not suggest the idea because she wanted to. She has no interest in sex, it is the only thing she knows that is “drastic”, and can presumably change the awkward state of their relationship. She also talks about how there’s no time in Heaven, so they are “already married”. It is just about “demonstrating love for God”. I don’t think she understands this completely. She is anxious, but her solution to solve the problem is to escape into the truths of her religion. (From what I believe,) Heaven has no concept of time because only mankind needs time. There is never any resolution to anything that guarantees “all has already been done” because all has never existed if we must use that logic.


Sentimentality in Love Poetry

While love poetry should arise passion in its readers, it is quite different from directing readers to feel the emotion demanded by the speaker. This is sentimentality, which usually involves cliches and plots guided by the purpose of making one feel strongly for the characters. In the Love Poetry handout, one of the most sentimental poems is Anne Bradstreet’s A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public employment. 

The title adds dramaticism to the direct impression of the poem. One would only know that the speaker is writing to her own husband, other than someone else’s husband, once they read the poem. By using the third-person point-of-view, it gives the title a smoother ring but really means nothing much. Rather it seems like the speaker sounds sad and melancholy on purpose.

The poem itself sounds smooth and has a consistent rhythm to the ear. Since this poem is such a long, single stanza, this repeating rhythm does not seem very interesting. One desperately long line is divided into many short sections: “My head, my heart, mine eyes, my life, nay, more,/ My joy, my magazine of earthly store” (ll 1,2) These extravagant layers of words may seem to emphasize the speaker’s sadness, but strong emotions should be portrayed best in a simple and powerful manner in order for the reader to relate to it. There are many adjectives in this poem compared to other poems about separation. In fact, there are simply too many words that could be simplified: “such frigid colds,” (l 11) and “sweet contentment.” (l 15) These lines are losing concentration in the quality of sentiments.

It is understandable about the concept of “I here, thou there, yet both but one.” (l 26) This line is more likable compared to the other lines, but I can’t help but become bored with the long chunk of lines that could have been structured in a more impactful and less self-pitied manner. I appreciate how the poet is able to use so many poetic devices to create some imagery, but it really makes the poem so cheap and too dramatic. I can relate to someone with silent but powerful melancholy. But it is hard to relate to someone who is moaning continuously about it.



Since reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you can clearly see what Shakespeare wanted people to understand from experiencing the play in the 1500s. Shakespeare wanted people to understand love better and what it meant. He wanted you to understand what love can lead to if taken the wrong way and how it can heavily impact people. Shakespeare does this by having two lovers, one being Romeo and the other being Juliet. Romeo and Juliet both come from two very different backgrounds, the family that Romeo is from has never approved of the family that Juliet is from although they share the same wealth. 


Immediately when reading Romeo and Juliet all that I can think of is disbelief and stupidity. When I look back on the balcony scene where the two confess love towards each other for the first time, I cannot understand what there thought process was to come to the conclusion that they should get married in the following days. I do understand that these were to fairly young kids, but even when you are a teenager you should still be able to distinguish what going to fast in a relationship is. This whole scene and really the entire play just makes me not be able to take the play seriously since it’s so out of the ordinary and unrealistic. If you were to put this scenario in society today everyone would think they are crazy. Nowadays we see relationships lasting up to ten years, before getting married. One more thing on top of this crazy love story is the use of Shakespearian language. Now I understand for some people that Shakespearian is easy and well worth learning. But for me on the other hand, I had trouble figuring out what most of the sentences in this book meant. Even when I thought I knew what a sentence meant it would come out meaning something else crazy. 


I think that the Capulets and Montagues should have welcomed the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and used it as a stepping stone to becoming two allied families rather than rivals. We also as people should notice our conflicts and see what we can do to resolve them if possible if there’s no need for certain forms of negativity in life why have them consume us. 



This spring break, our communities, and the entire world has gone through many large changes. These changes have changed the way we communicate with others, socialize, get food, etc. Now for some people these changes ave not been applied for there families and friends. But for others, these changes have been fully engaged. We now have o socialize through the screen of your phone, and it’s not like we already do that a lot but, now we have to do it to get in contact with anyone for anything. 

Going out and doing regular daily things have changed as well. Grocery stores different departments have to sell everything pre-packaged from now on. You cannot sit in fast food restaurants they only offer drive-through. Many people are in self-isolation after coming back into Canada from other counties. Some close friends of my family just came back from Israel, they have to stay in their home and cannot leave for any reason for two weeks. SSO what me and My mom and I have been doing is going out and buying their groceries for them. We aren’t even allowed to hand-deliver it to them we have to leave it on there front porch then text them to let them know we dropped them off. 

There is a positive to all of the changes that we have been having around the world. Pollution has gone down immensely in heavily populated areas where the air is filled with fumes from cars and other forms of transportation. Water has become much cleaner is certain areas Italy in specific, the channels in Venice are now much cleaner then they have been in years. Just sad nobody can experience it since their on lockdown in their houses. So even though there are so many stressful and haywire things going around us right now, there are some really good things too. So when we are going through this world epidemic and you’re watching the news and hearing all of these frightening things happening. To try to calm yourself down think about how


PW – March 21st

We are less that one week into self-isolation, and I am officially bored. Monday started off fairly normal, although we had to instate new policies at work, due to the virus outbreak. On Tuesday, I entered work, to be notified that we would be closing. As the week progressed, I found out that many of my friends were leaving the country, with no expectation to return. Not only that, but I found out that I would never have the opportunity to see them again, or say goodbye.

Although I like Brookes, that’s one thing that I truly hate. Having to say goodbye to friends that I’ve made, with no hope of seeing them again, due to the fact that they live so far away. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel worth it to get close to someone in the first place, if you know that they’ll likely just be leaving after a year. However, if that were the case, you would miss out on friendships that end up having the most impact on you.

Before spring break commenced, I was only prepared to have two weeks of online school at most. Therefore, naturally, I didn’t truly say goodbye to anyone (it can be too much of a scene). Within days, we were notified that we would likely not be returning until September, and that many of our international friends would not be returning at all. On top of that, we’ve been instructed to take part in social-distancing, which is stopping me from seeing any of my local friends.

I understand the importance of self-isolation. I understand why all of the action being taken is so crucial. I understand that in order for us to “flatten the curve” we must follow these regulations. Nevertheless, it’s frustrating, disappointing, and extremely sad.


PW Mar 21

I was extremely excited to finally go home after such a long time, but little did I know it would be the last time I got to see some of my friends. With spring break coming up, I was making plans with my friends to meet up in Vancouver and have some fun. All my plans were ruined because the coronavirus went out of control. Instead of having fun with my friends and going to different places in Vancouver, I have to stay home and do nothing for who knows how long. On top of that, some of my friends are leaving the country and probably won’t ever come back. I didn’t even have a chance to say a proper goodbye to them. All I can do is wish them luck for their future over text.

Another sad part about spring break is not having anything to do. Since getting infected with coronavirus doesn’t seem fun, I have to spend my time in my house with nothing to do. I pass my days using my phone, sleeping and eating. I hope this pandemic will end soon and people who are affected by the virus will get the support they need.


PW – Life

Life is something we must learn to cherish. Our individual life is what differentiates us from other people. In 16 years, I have only started to realize that life is short and that we should try to enjoy the time we have to the fullest. Each one of us will experience different things in life, and from these unique experiences, we expand our small understanding of what life is. What we see influences what we do throughout our day. When I was around the age of four I would watch my parents often and at times attempt the things they would do. Our parents play a huge role in our growth, we should respect our parents because they are more experienced than us and they work hard to provide us with a good education.

What we can take away from this is that life is short and that we mustn’t waste the life we have been given. Wasting life would, in my opinion, refer to using up our time in a careless way. For example, we could be spending our time watching a show we love for hours on end, never realizing how much time is gradually passing. Even though we were having fun, think about what you could have done instead of spending that time by yourself. You could have spent some time with your family, or gone to hang out with your friends, or possibly talked to a distant relative from across the world.

To understand what life truly is you must be willing to accept the fact that your time is limited. Every second you are growing both mentally and physically. If you decide to overlook the time you have now, you will only end up regretting your choices later on in life.



The Catcher In The Rye I have found to be one of the most descriptive books I have read. The entire book revolves around Holden describing every little imperfection or perfection, in anything in his line of sight. It makes the book interesting to look back on previous pages and realize how you got to the scene that Holden is describing. Every person or thing seems to have a long backstory behind it. 

He was terrifically intelligent. All his teachers were alwasy writing letters to my mother, telling her what a pleasure it ws having a boy like Allie in their class. And they Weren’t just shooting the crap. They really meant it. And it wasn’t that he was the most intelligent member of the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways.

This quote is of Holden describing his younger cousin’s baseball glove. this then leads to him describing his cousins’ personality, physical features and what he meant to people. Holden is constantly relating people to different scenarios, and how they would act in them.



Holden is a kid going through school and is having trouble finding his place in the world. Holden is an incredibly observant character in this book and you can see this on just about every page. He is constantly judging his surroundings and the people around him. He is constantly noticing the small things about people that make him mad, but at the same time, Holden loves getting on people’s nerves. This makes holden in my eyes a little bit of a hypocrite.

“Cut it out, Holden for chrissake!” Stradlater said. He didnt feel like horsing around. He was shaving and all. “Wuddya wanna make me do cut my Goddam head off.

Stradler had been shaving in the washroom for some time, and holden had been sitting there just pointing out all of Stradlater’s annoying mannerisms to himself. Stradlater was being a little arrogant, this just really gets on Holden’s nerves.  So Holden decided to choke Stradler as a funny joke while he was shaving, which is much more annoying.


SKI TRIP, 2020

The ski trip this year was such a fun experience. We woke up way too early though, I had to get at 4:30 in the morning to catch the bus.  I was being picked up from Mcdonalds in Duncan since I live in Shawnigan Lake. Once the little bus had picked me up, I basically passed out the rest of the way to Mount Washington. We arrived at the mountain and got all of our rentals such as goggles, boots, and a helmet. Then we were free to go out and ride unless it was our first time snowboarding or skiing, then you had to do lessons for the basics. It was my second time snowboarding so I just went up the lifts right away. On my first few runs down I was pretty shaky and was struggling to keep up my speed and balance. This was mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t turn on the tow side of the board and was always using my heelside. So I made it a goal for myself to learn how to turn on my two edge by the end of the day. 

So I went and found Efosa who also snowboards and we started to try to learn how to turn on the tow edges of our boards together. I found that if I learned more on my front foot it would start to throw me sideways on my tow side which was good to figure out. So I began just putting more and more wait on my front foot, I found the right balance. If you put to much wait on your front foot, your board will dig in too much and you will smack your face on the snow. I eventually got the hang of it and it made such a difference. I was now able to carve back and forth much easier and keep my speed. By the end of the day, I was going down the runs much faster then I was at the beginning of the day which felt nice knowing that I progressed. After the ski trip, the next day was very painful and filled with doing a lot of nothing. But all the hard falls were worth it, in the end, I’m glad I went and had such a fun time with all my friends.