“No” is a hard word to say sometimes. I’ve learned I need to tell my dog no when she bites me or jumps up to try and eat my food.  In Gilmore Girls, Rory’s father has trouble saying no to his daughter. His fear that she will disobey him or she will not be happy causes him to not discipline her properly. He eventually realizes that his lack of discipline has turned her into a monster. He begins to discipline her and she is still happy, but obeys him now.  The point is, it may be hard to say no, … Continue reading No

Lightening Rod

“Celebrities are lightning rods in a literal sense. The real work of combating bigotry is handled not by groovy street theatrics but by the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who march and protest and call their legislators.” – Ginia Bellafante Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism Shia Lebouf’s attempt to show the strength of the nation in times of division only led to more exemplification of said division. Celebrities attract the attention of all, and like the quotes thought above expressed to us, the real work that is done is by the general population. Positive or negative, … Continue reading Lightening Rod

Gramer Airirs

“I am honered [sic] to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!” -Donald Trump, @realdonaldtrump Mistakes in the spelling and grammar realm are pretty annoying. But if you have over one million twitter followers, they can be yuuuge. Sad!  Seriously, if you’re going to represent the United States, represent us with well-expressed dignity and intelligence. Not everybody has the privilege to be chosen to serve as president; if chosen, all aspects of the president’s character, personality, and aspects should be considered and monitored for the sake of the people group being respresented. Mr. … Continue reading Gramer Airirs


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¬†


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