Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin. Did I even spell that right? Who knows.  My friend Sophia owns the shirt in the picture. Actually, she’s wearing the shirt in the picture. I think she wore it to school today.  I’m going to be honest: Sophia’s the type of friend you want in your life.  Here is an acrostic poem to describe Sophia: Super talented artist Original style (the way she dresses, talks, and acts) Phan of anime and super hero shows Has a chill personality Interesting (­čĹŹ­čĆ╗) hair!! Purple! All around awesome person Sophia is a cool friend. She likes to hang out, she … Continue reading Led Zeppelin

Growing Up?

My best friend got her license last Friday, and my other best friend can legally drive minors tomorrow. I’m getting my license in May.  Independent transportation is an important milestone in the life of a teenager. Getting out of the house alone, running errands alone, buying food alone. These are all things that make an adolescent feel liberated. I can’t wait to feel this freedom I can only imagine, this freedom I yearn for.  I will go buy ice cream when I get my license. I can’t wait.  Continue reading Growing Up?

Concrete 

Concrete? The rough-and-tough grey material poured into molds and turned to stone? Nope! Concrete – (adj.) real or solid; not abstract.  Writing is only interesting if it contains specific, concrete details. Beth Johnson explains this well in her article, “Let’s Get Specific.” When writing is a blur of nothingness, readers absorb NOTHING! Just like, when it rains, concrete absorbs water, readers absorb concrete details! Let’s get concrete in our writing.  Continue reading Concrete┬á

Keys

I’ve played the piano for more than nine years. Nine years of practice. Nine years of performances. Nine years of beautiful music. I love to play the piano. I use it as a way to decompress and unwind after a day of focusing on the tasks I must complete. However, piano is a task in itself.  I spend about an hour to two hours a day practicing the piano. It’s exhausting. I only follow this schedule during the winter and spring, because I participate in a state-wide evaluation that can lead to branch recitals and the opportunity to perform at … Continue reading Keys

More Play = Less Stress

More play = less school = less anxiety and depression = less young adult and child suicide = more trust = more freedom = more creativity and active learning.  The TED Talk on The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Illness bings up great points. Play is imperative to a child’s development and success in later life. One point that was very apparent was the effect of school on children’s early lives. School brings an entire new stress to the attention of today’s generation.  The speaker brought up the point that we do not need more school – we … Continue reading More Play = Less Stress