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William Dolan Personal Writing

The Sand Globe 

My family and I entered the Floyd and Dikes store. We were looking for a special globe to go with the rest of our collection Halloween globes. In the Munchkin family, collecting spooky globes every Halloween is our tradition. I am not sure when this all started, but I really enjoy it and we have been doing it for as long as I can remember.

“Hey Kevin!” Mom said. “Take a look at this one.” I walked towards her to find she was pointing to a globe which contained a green witch with yellow eyes.

“I am not sure if I like that one,” I said. It was boring. Anyone can buy a globe with a witch inside. Then, I felt this spirit posses me, and I started walking to the back of the store. I was not myself! 

I walked to this dusty shelf, and saw a yellow, black, and red sand globe. It was almost as big as my head. Inside, there was a monster with big grey horns, and red eyes. It looked similar to the monsters from ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ Its eyes were red and yellow, and it had red and grey fur. The creature was frightening, even though it was fake, and the spirit was still possessing me. I picked up the globe, and brought it back to my Mom, who was chatting with Dad.

“Hey Mom, look what I found!” I could feel the spirit slowly lifting from my insides.

“What did you find?” said Mom.

“I found a sand globe.” My voice did not sound the same as normal. It was deeper, and I started wondering if I was going through a sudden growth spurt. After all, I was 15 years old.

“That is a pretty creepy globe you got there,” said my 17 year old sister, Maria. My sister is my best friend. When Mom and Dad aren’t always around, I can always count on my sister to help me out.

“Yeah it is,” I said. My voice was finally going back to its natural pitch. “Do you guys think it is creepy enough to go on the mantle above the fire place?”

“Absolutely,” said Dad. “That is the creepiest globe we’ve found by far,”  he said. “How much does it cost?”

I forgot to look. I turned over the globe and looked at the price. It said it was free. I was quite surprised. A globe almost as big as a fifteen year olds head that is free, is unheard of.

“It’s free,” I said.

“What! That’s impossible,” said Mom. “Let me take it to the counter and confirm.”

And with that, she took the globe, and brought it to a nerdy looking cashier. 

“It is totally free,” he said. “Seems you are the lucky family of today. Happy Halloween!” And he took the globe, wrapped it in parchment, put it in a bag, and handed it to my mother.

We were headed to our brown Buick Enclave, when the globe fell out of the plastic bag and fell to the concrete. Luckily, it did not break. 

“That was weird,” said Maria. And she bent down to grab the globe, but it jumped away, and the parchment ripped off of it.  Then suddenly, the globe got bigger and bigger, and so did the monster inside. Passerbye’s stopped, stared and even screamed. Then, the giant monster started banging on the glass to try and get out. 

After the third bang, I could see cracks forming in the glass. And that moment, everyone started running away. My Dad fumbled with the keys to the SUV, and we all dashed to the car and got in. By that time, the monster had broken free, and started sprinting toward our car. It started yelling these words:

“Kevin, you and your family are gonna be dinner tonight!!!!”

Dad started the car and drove away as fast as he could. It was getting dark now. We got home ten minutes later, and sprinted to the front door. Little did we know, the monster beat us to our house and was waiting on the other side of the door….

The End.

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Adidas, a german company

I am an enthusiastic athlete. No matter if I play soccer or basketball or volleyball. I always wear sportswear of Adidas. Adidas was founded in 1949 by Adi Dassler.  At the beginning they produced only shoes with the three stripes. The success of the company was accellerated by the miracle in Bern. In the 1954 world cup final the german national soccer team faced the hungarians and won so much more than just a trophy. This made Adidas and it’s founder a household name on soccer pitches everywhere. 1967 the company produced the Franz Beckenbauer’s tracksuit which was the first ever of appearal from Adidas. Since 1970 Adidas has produced the official matchball to every fifa worldcup that followed. In 1978 the three stripes company has become a true multy sport specialist. Adi Dassler died on Sep 6 in 1978 shortly before his 78 birthday. After the death Adi’s wife and his son Horst became the company manager. This area stopped in 1989 because Horst Dassler died in 1987, 2 years after his mother passed away. In 1989 Adidas became a stock cooperation. After a record loss in 1992 the company got a new CEO Robert Luis Dryfus. He changed the giant from a sales to a marketing driven company and steered Adidas back on the growth path. Now the time of new innovations started for example with the brand predator soccer boot. In 1997 Adidas made the acquisition of the salomon group.  As the new century started there were made new divisions and the success started over the following years.

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My Summer Trip to Toronto

Over the summer I did numerous things such as working on my Personal Project, helping my Mother at her fabric shop and spending time with my family. One of the more exciting things I had done was going to Toronto for a week. Before the trip though, my cousin came from Australia and stayed with me and my family for a week. After the enjoyable week we had in Victoria, the two of us went on a plane ride to Toronto. The plane ride was very boring, sleep-depriving, and long. We had taken a direct plane to Toronto, which was around a four-hour flight. Once we had arrived in Toronto, we were picked up by one of my cousins there and he brought us to his house to stay for the next few days. On the first day we spent most of our time at my cousin’s home, but later in the day, we went to watch a movie called “Chal Mera Putt”, which was very funny and enjoyable. After the movie, we went to an Indian restaurant called King Tandoor, we had arrived there at around 10 pm and left there at 1:30 am. The food was of high quality and it was a very enjoyable night for everyone.

On the second day, we went to Downtown Toronto. While in Downtown we went to see the CN Tower and we also went to Ripleys Aquarium. The next several days consisted of us spending time with family, going to Niagra Falls to see the fireworks, and going back to Downtown to see the Kingston market as well as the underground mall. On our last day in Toronto, we spent a couple of hours getting ready for our trip back to Victoria. We left the house early for the flight and made it on time. Another tedious flight and we landed back in Victoria. I then said goodbye to my cousin and he left for his flight back to Australia and I headed back home with my Father.

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independent reading, Ashley

that summer in Paris, Morley Callaghan

morley´s husband is talking about when he went to New York and what he was doing there, he learn things, he was taking lunch with a friend and talk about life.

on the way to Paris we stopped over in New York and had lunch with Perkins, and I had to smile to myself watching him draw out my wife, making sure she belonged, just as he had done with me. When he learned that she had gone to a convent he seemed pleased. with surprising firmness he said all girls ought to be educated in convents. what about his five daughters? I wondered. With his soft approach, sometimes appearing to be intellectually way out in left field, what a firm-minded man he was.

I chose this quote because I thing this part is interesting, shows what Hemingway is doing and what he thinks and how was the trip on New York city. he was listening to Perkins of what he thinks about a convent and more.

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The One-Way Alley

 

“I won’t do it, and you can’t make me!”

I remember saying these exact words around twenty-six years ago, even though my memory is blurry, I am able to recall of the time, when I was only a 12-year-old boy facing the wrath of my childhood enemy Aazar along with my friend Lucas. Aazar was only a year older than me but looked like a fully grown man. I despised him because he would always bully my best friend Lucas, who was the same age as me but was very fragile. We both came from poor family’s and often struggled with life.

Aazar had been chasing after us along with his friends, Mo and Alnoor because we had accidentally spilled dirty water on him. After we had drenched their shirts with dirty water Aazar stepped toward us and we stepped back, he stuck his hand in his pocket and pulled out a silver brass knuckle, that’s when we ran and found ourselves cornered minutes later in a slightly dark one-way alley. Aazar had begun to laugh in a very menacing way. He would usually do this to indicate his friends to beat up his captured prey, but today he was the one who stepped forward. We had our backs glued to the end of the alley and I could feel a chill running down my spine. I was scared but when I looked over at my friend, he appeared petrified. With no way of escape, we knew we were in trouble. That’s when Aazar began talking to us: “I’m in a good mood today which is why I’m going to give you a simple task”. He was staring into my eyes with a wide grin on his face and said to me: Break his leg in half.” He was pointing at Lucas. That’s when I said: I won’t do it, and you can’t make me!” “Do it now or you’ll wish you had!” That’s when I had enough, I charged directly at Aazar, next thing I knew it was pitch black outside, I was on the ground in the alleyway. I then got up with difficulty and felt pain on the left side of my head. Now looking at the beginning of the alleyway, everything seemed normal as if it had just been a dream. I began walking up to the open end of the alley, stepping away from the alley now, I looked back once more to the end of the alley and was engulfed with fear…

At the end of that alley is something I will never forget, my friend Lucas was lying unconscious on the ground. At that moment, I had started running towards my friend, nothing mattered now, not my family, not even my own life, the only thing that mattered was my best friend. Now holding him in my arms I yelled at him to wake up, but he neither moved or spoke. Tears had begun falling down my face, and I had started screaming for him to wake up. Having no idea what to do I continued to cry, that’s when I heard scuffling from the other end of the alley, “what is going on over here,” said an old man who was startled to see me crying and holding on to what looked like a dead body. “What happened to him?” Said the old man. “I don’t know.” That’s when he picked up my friend and carried him over his back towards the opening of the alley. I got up and followed the old man, I asked him: “where are you taking my friend?” He responded in a reassuring way, “To the Hospital.”

 

 

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Child from year 2300

 

1. A child from the year 2300 travels back to our time. How and why? What do they find surprising (or even horrifying) about our daily lives?

A time machine emerged from the sky as a young child flew out of it in his flying suit, surprised at how the world looks like in the year 2019, where the sky was still blue, there were still buildings, there were even trees, there were still people…

Looking down above the sky, the child was petrified as he was the last child ever to exist in 2300 because of the war, World War 3, this war led to more than 95 percent of the whole world’s population to die. After the war, there was a shortage of food and people started to kill each other for food. Luckily, the child’s dad, a famous scientist, built a time machine just before he died of starvation and told his child to get in the time machine, sending him back to the past because everyone was craving for it.

As the child flew down from the sky, looking at how peaceful the world is, he was relieved, as in 2300, people would kill each other just because the other person possesses food. When he flew down to the land, he was confused, looking at the transportations cities have now, he was not sure if this was even earth, as in 2300, there were no buses, cars or any sort of transportation, there were only flying suits. He then flew to the ocean, soon realizing that there was still water, he was in shock, he wanted to drink the water from the ocean so bad, he desperately flew down to drink the water since there was no more water in the year 2300, every ocean was destroyed by nuclear bombs, there was just land. After drinking the water, he decided to fly back to the city and have a new life in 2019.

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What will the world be like in 50 years

Over the course of fifty years many things will be different and will have changed drastically. Predicting the future can be very tricky besides we can barely predict our next week but we do have some ideas of what the future will look like and what will have happened. I will be going through some of the changes that will have happened and explaining them in a simple form. Alright, the first thing that we are going to be talking about is how large the population is going to be now my estimate is that the population is going to be around 9 billion. Everybody will be much more close to each other and food shortages may happen more often. over population may start to be more of a problem and many more homes will have to be made and cities will become much larger than they are now. As far as global warming goes the forests will be smaller in size, ice caps will be much smaller and wildfires will spread much easier. Majority of people in the future will live in city’s as they become much larger in size and start to cover country’s much more. These are some of my predictions for what the world is going to look like in fifty years. There will be many new problems but we will have answers….. Hopefully. 

 

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Personal Writing By William Dolan

  1. An argument breaks out at a restaurant, where one person is clearly in the wrong. Do they back down or do they keep arguing? What happens next?

 

“You tried to dine and dash on us! We are going to call the police,” said the waitress. 

 

“I simply forgot my wallet in my car!” said the woman dressed all in black.

 

“But you started your car, and you did not come out until I shouted at you,” argued the waitress who was beginning to get impatient.

 

“My wallet was hard to find!” said the woman. “It was stuck under the car seat!”  Then, just as she was about to speak, she felt a thick hand which belonged to a security guard grab her wallet and start examining it’s contents.

 

“It seems ma’am that your wallet is empty, and that you do not have a driver’s license. It appears that you don’t have a car and you have no intentions of paying for your meal.

 

“But the woman said, people make mistakes, besides I have run out of money as I used it all to support my daughter so she could go to university and experience a good education,” said the woman. 

 

“That makes no difference, this is a criminal offence, and you must wait with me until the police come,” said the security guard. And in moments the police arrived, and talked to the customer and the restaurant owner separately.

 

What happened next surprised everyone, the police officer took out his wallet and paid for the meal and then wrote a warning to the customer that didn’t pay. Obviously if this was to happen again, then she would be charged since she was in the wrong. he gave her a card to the local food bank and sent her on her way after the restaurant owner agreed not to press charges.

 

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Language struggles in another country

When i decided to go to another school, I didn’t think about my german or my English, I thought about getting a really special experience that’ll benefit my learning and personal growth. But after arriving and seeing there are almost no Germans, my views and options of how this year was going to go quickly changed. The problem wasn’t that my English was not good enough, it was that I wouldn’t talk german at all. Now I thought about my future in 11th and 12 grade in germany because not only am I getting worse but my friends are getting better. So what could I do to not fall behind? First of all I would have to stay in touch with teachers and students to be updated. Further more I feel like reading ten minutes everyday would just be enough to be able to read fast and increase my vocabulary. And finally we have language support which will hopefully prove useful, Although the only other german student isn’t in my class.

 

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become a huge problem in today’s world, especially amongst  teenagers. “Those who judge will never understand, and those who understand will never judge”(unknown). Cyberbullying is a form of using electronic communication to threaten a person. Cyberbullying can scar someone for life, the person may suffer from many types of problems such as depression, anxiety, humiliation and isolation. Due to cyberbullying, the victim starts isolating themselves from society as they would never be viewing internet and people the same way again, suicidal thoughts run through their mind and cause them to give up on life. Bullying is not a reflection of the victim’s character but a sign of the bully’s lack of character. Societies should gather, dicuss and help victims that have been bullied. People wish to bully others because they might be insecure about themselves and do not wish to talk about it. Cyberbullying can be tackled by distancing yourself from the situation and not responding or reacting to the bully. Ask your elders for help- save the evidence and try talking to an elder as they would always be there to help you. If you see someone being bullied in any form, take action and try helping them out, standup for yourselves and others as it might really help them and change their entire perspective about humanity.

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Best Thing I’ve Done This Year

What is the best thing you’ve done this year? Why?

Definitely the best thing I’ve done this year, is making the decision of coming to Canada for a year and choosing Brookes as my school and my place to live.

Why?

I’ve always wanted to study in another country because I know lots of people who’ve had that experience, and all they talk about are wonders.

Having the opportunity of studying in another country is something that not everyone has, so I really have to make this experience worth it.

I chose Brookes because when I saw it the first time in some videos and posts, I knew that was the place I wanted to study. It looked new, friendly, homely, and so much fun.

The fact of living far away from home, might be hard at first, but soon or later, everyone needs to become independent and this experience is totally preparing you for it.

Thanks to this big event, I met new people from different countries that I’m pretty sure they’ll be my friends for a long time.

I’m sure this experience will help me grow as a better person and will definitely help me to expand my horizons.

I have no regrets at all, in fact, I think this is the best decision I’ve made in my whole life.

 

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PW: Sept. 21 (On the Confined)

In open air they writhe, six cold stones surrounding. Meandering wind avoids their skin, scared of dropping ill. They, dropping into sealed grey. Drops of water underground. Dropped upon tongues; closed mouths.

Without, quiet. Within, murderous silence- devouring silence, ravenous silence. Take them, silence. Take me, silence.

Seeking sin, searching six seas, the seventh untouched for they are unwilling. Unsee them, undo them. Never unearth, never unbind them. Caged in open air, writhing in open air, underground in open air. Leave.

Tremors rumble above, collapsing the sky inwards. From heavenly chasms, wholly hollow creatures fall heavily. Crash. Fractured fingernails find purchase between too-tough too-weak slab. Calming fear chains bodies to rock.

Their minds hide in the interlude between panic and oblivion, the ever-dark obscuring grey matter.

Not enough.

Black sunlight streams through cracks in their stony solitary, the midnight brightness blinding them. They’re binding them. Time’s biding them. It begins.

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PW – Firelight

I could hear the familiar crackle of the fire, and that’s when I knew we were getting closer.  I started smelling the warm, pine scented campfire, and I couldn’t help but smile.  We were finally there.  Taylor, one of my best friends, and I were the last ones to arrive, so by this time we were radiating with excitement. We walked through the last stretch of forest, weaving ourselves through the maze of trees, and finally reached the clearing.

This meadow was our first choice destination for any and all of our reunions, because everything meaningful in our lives had happened there. We met there, got to know each other, then all became best friends. I had never had such a large group of friends before, but it was by far the best, and most diverse group of people I had ever known. The meadow was a relatively small area, but nevertheless, we loved every part of it.  It was covered with flowers of all shapes, colours, and sizes; along with a small stream running through it, and a fire pit right in the centre. It was in a somewhat remote area that it was peaceful, yet in no way eerie.  It was utterly perfect.

Before everyone noticed Taylor and I, I took a moment to look around me. I was surrounded with laughter, love, and happiness. The orange hue of the fire mixed with the glow of the moon was reflecting off the faces of all my friends, and they looked absolutely blissful.

I looked up at the sky, and saw the stars gleaming above us. The heat of the campfire was enveloping us, to a point where it was crazy to believe it was mid October. Finally, Kaleigh noticed us standing there.

“Aly, Taylor!” She exclaimed, causing the whole group to look our way. Everyone stood up to give us hugs, and that quickly we were all caught up, as if this hadn’t been the first time seeing each other in a month.

Soon enough, we were all sitting down, roasting marshmallows, and sharing stories about our lives. All I knew was that in that moment, as sappy as it sounds, I couldn’t have been happier.

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Personal writing/Does being fair mean treating everyone equal?

As a society, we have changed our views to relate fairness to equality when, in actuality, we should be comparing it to equity. With equality, we try to place everyone on a level plane field. Everyone receives the same thing and is granted equal opportunities, regardless of whether they are wanted or needed. True equality is only possible if everyone starts from the same place.  Contrarily, equity, by definition means “the quality of being fair and impartial.”  Under equity, the same possibilities and opportunities are available to everyone. Before equality can be created, equity must be acquired.

As a society, we strive for equality, among races, sexes, and ages. Is this truly all we think it is and is it what we desire. Yes, we (women or those of different socio-economic backgrounds or cultures) want equal pay. No one should be judged or stereotyped for race or gender identity, but we genuinely do not understand the meaning of equality. If we all came from the same background and granted the equal opportunity’s, how will we grow as individuals and society? I am not saying that being treated as less is a good thing, or that we should be happy we are un equals. I am merely stating that we will never all start on a level plan field. Somebody will always have a leg up, whether its money, connections, or personality, it is not human nature to try and achieve perfect harmony. Each individual starts in a different place and has a unique end destination in mind. Unfortunately, the world is not a fair place. People live separate lives and ask different things of you. To treat everyone the same or “fairly” would take an interior shift in society that sadly, most are not willing or knowledgeable enough to make.

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personal writing, active

I love to do excessive and be active. One of my favorites sports are basketball, I just to play since I was a kid, I love it, I played with my school of Mexico, and sometimes on the weekend we go out of the city to play with other teams of my state, we were so good on basketball, we always won. My favorite team of basketball is golden state warriors, I love them, I went to see them 3 times, 2 on phoenix arizona and one on san francisco cal, they are the best team of NBA. Now I don’t play anymore, because I want to have more time to do another things on my mind, like be more with my family, play with my 2 pets, and school. But I missed too much basketball, play with my best friends, go 40 out and have fun. But now that I’m hear, in Victoria, I just get stressed and then I eat so much hamburgers in the afternoon because in Mexico it was normal to eat all the day in my state, so now I don’t feel so active, so I want to change that and be like when I was on mexico.

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AdrenaLine / A weekend visit / Personal Writing

Last Week on Sunday we made an excursion to AndrenaLine zipline. We took the bus for a short ride to . There we got the equipment and the intructions for the zipline. Then we were devided in two groups per 10 persons and every group got 2 staff member. After the first short zipline for beginners we were driven with a 4×4 unimog of Mercedes to the mountain hill. This was pretty funny, because it was the first time for me to drive with an unimog. And then after a short 10 minutes drive to the mountain hill the fun part started.  The ziplining took 2 hours and we had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. It´s worth for a visit! The staff was verry friendly and they showed us lots of tricks that we could do at the ziplines. I didn`t do any tricks but some of the other students did them and I think they had lots of fun. At the last zipline  photos of us were shot and this was also very funny because some of the students were photographed from the back. At the end I think It`s pretty good for a visit and I can recommend it for everyone, because you musn´t have experience to do that. The staff looks always after us. In a nutshell this was a great trip and it was a perfect organisation of the school. Thanks for the great trip!

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PW: Hotel Arabella (pt 1)

Arabella, a maiden beautiful and spring married to the prosperous Duke Edward and was content until in December abandoned she, became a bitter widow. The shady, grim Arabella inherited the Foster hotel from her beloved, infant in arms. Arabella had managed well without her lovely grace, though her methods remain dignifiedly unknown, protecting her from the ugly whispers among the aimless. 

However shameless she had become, one cannot but bitterly admit that she is extremely cunning at arranging her inheritances. Her slim silhouette would emerge from the horizon aligning at the outskirts of town, in her dusty black coat and a worn brown case, she is as if the definition of mystery itself. Packed in those heavy brims the most exotic of collections, marvels, and slogans written in a foreign tongue, organic cigarettes wrapped in thin ivory, and even once a single boot of silver alligator skin. The crowd, never in their life had seen such wonders, nor that they could ever imagine the existence of a single item Arabella had seen. 

Her fame had made well known of her hotel, for which it was nicknamed “Hotel Arabella” with suspicious intentions. No straight men would live in such a facility in hopes of seeking temporary shelter. But men like me, men who are proud outcasts will indeed rest within the moistly rotten couches and guzzle on the remaining gentleness of sanity with teeth strengthened in unknown hatred. There is no need to justify the positives about Hotel Arabella. My heart beats for the love for Arabella, for the love of life and for every bitter, breath-taking eternity, in which I will escort you through in our journey. 

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