Experiencing Empathy

Showing empathy towards others can be life-changing for the one who is experiencing it. In LA class, we are reading A Long Walk to Water. 

In the book, we are taken through two 11 year olds’ POV on living in Southern Sudan in 1985 and 2008. Each with their own struggles, they have never known anything else. Salva is separated from his family in the middle of a Sudan War. Nya takes the long walk each day to get water for her family.

The project for this book was an Empathy Challenge. The challenge I accepted was walking in my backyard to get to the creek and collecting water in a 2 gallon bucket. The amount of water I collected was the amount that I could use on Thursday. Walking down was difficult, as my backyard is extremely steep and downhill. So, I definitely felt the empathy there. I only collected around 1 gallon, cheating in .5 gallons extra for a sum of 1.5 gallons. Yes! I know that it was technically failing and I am NOT sorry. You’d understand if you did this project.

How my Thursday went? Pretty darn ok. I don’t have that dramatic tale of how I was practically hallucinating because I was SO thirsty. I took my shower and by the end, still had almost all my water I’d collected. I take very short showers when not washing my hair, but when I do have to wash it, that’s a different story. Drinking was a bit more hard. I’m not someone who doesn’t enjoy eating food. I don’t even know anyone who dislikes eating food! Plus, I just got a new bag of Salt and Vinegar Lays. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO IGNORE THAT? Anyways, the more I ate the thirstier I was and if you’ve ever had those Lays, you know the struggle of always needing water. Don’t worry, I DID flush. It was an ok from our teacher Ms. Mack. Yet, I did include the washing hands part and that’s when I lost a majority of my water. I will add a side note that it sort of sucked because I wasn’t able to get my full hour of Essential Oil Diffusing.

This project really made me feel the empathy. As a Slytherin (blog post coming about Harry Potter and My Connections soon), I still have a bit of myself that didn’t completely feel ‘empathized’. Nya had no idea that there was a world other than that which made me feel like our idea of showing empathy wasn’t true to the tale.

Follow Up Questions Like They Have At The End Of Novels:

-If you are in my class, what did you do?

-Would you do this?

-What would you do?

-Do you think doing this is enough?

Totally let me know, I’d appreciate it! That’s a good comment starter that I’ll try and add at the end of posts.

Photo By My Dad. This is when I fell in.
Photo By My Dad. The amount of water I got and my dirty shoes.
Photo By My Dad. Walking down to get water.

Hero Book Rundown

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Welcome lovely readers to the Hero Book Rundown! We’re going from a post about philosophy to a post on a school project. At my school, 6th Grade’s “big project” is making a book for those we admire, aka our heroes. What is a hero? A hero is a person that you look up to and are inspired by. They have probably impacted your life in some way or form. Who was my hero? My hero was none other than my aunt, Shelley. She is an author and award winning screenwriter. I chose her because she’s inspired me to take part in creative writing, which I have found a major passion for.  What was this project known as the Hero Book? With artist Peg Gignoux, students put their creative minds to work and created paper, collage-ish books that would later hold our writing and tales of the hero. With the editing help of our peers and Ms. Mack, we wrote 3 tales of experiences where our hero became more of a hero. Once our books were finished, we showed them at the Frank Gallery. My aunt lives in California, so she wasn’t there, which is why I did not enjoy the gallery. Who is your hero? What makes them your hero?

Taken By Me
Taken By Me

Glasses, Attitude, and a Lot of Red Hair

I’m almost positive that some of you thought about or did Harry Potter for this challenge. Along with that, I’m positive that if you did one of those, you actually like Harry Potter. BOOM! I just said it! I DON’T LIKE HARRY POTTER. In my opinion, Harry Potter is one of the worst series ever. Ok, so you may have heard me talk about being a PROUD SLYTHERIN, and I just really like the idea of being sorted into a house and having this identity. Let’s get onto the challenge.

If I could go into any book, what would it be, what would I do, and why? I would go into, not just one book, but the WHOLE series. To answer why…I just want to set things straight and state the truth. First off, I’d like to go and congratulate the whole Malfoy family for being total and complete jerks. Then we’d move onto Harry Potter, look kid, those glasses are way overrated. I honestly have nothing bad to say about Ron Weasley, except that I’m curious where his long lost brother Ed Sheeran.  I think when I travel into this book for real, I’ll be on Draco’s side of the story, even though in every single book he almost dies. So, that’s what I would do in the book. What would you do?

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Turbulent Titanic Time Travel

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Evening boys and girls! Welcome aboard the Titanic! On your journey aboard the unsinkable ship, you can take part in fine dining, classic showings of remarkable musical performances, and enjoy the fantastic sights that you may see on your journey! I turn around and thank the man. Immediately, I can tell that the man talking to me is the one and only  Edward J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic. He mentioned food, and automatically felt my stomach raging at me for not eating on my way here. On my way to the dining hall, I take a minute to enjoy my surroundings. I’ve always been fascinated with people, especially these people. The men in newly tailored suits and women with big, feathered hats, and long velvet and lace dresses going down past the ankle. Then, I look at myself through a huge mirror. Where did I get these clothes! I’m in the exact clothing as some of the other ladies! Trying to keep calm, I sit myself down at the nearest table with a few others. After my luxurious lox and cream cheese, I check my little watch. It is already 9:24. I waltz down to my 1st class cabin only made for the finest and richest, of which does NOT describe me. And my friends, I am off to sleep..BAM

A large crash and lots of screams are coming to me. It is only around 11:40 and I believe that on April 14, I deserve to sleep in. Two hours later I can feel my toes wet! It is hard to tell if it is real, but my surroundings tell me yes. 2:20…I hardly got any sleep. I put on my night robe and raged out of my cabin. Now this is when Messy Hair Don’t Care comes in to play. No one is at my floor! I run upstairs, it is quite empty. No lifeboats…they’re all gone! I decide to grab something near me, as a little memento for someone to find if I don’t make it. A nice locket suits me just fine, but as I reach to grab it, I fall and hear a nice, cold splash.

Ping! A bulky machine ejects me from its center. I’m soaking wet, but recognize that I’m at home. I feel a heavy locket in my pocket and sigh. Looks like Uncle Jimmy’s time machine really worked!

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My Favorite Wisdom Tale

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Hey there! In LA, class has been reading Wisdom Tales that have important meanings. Here’s a bit about my favorite!
A tree is very old and twisted and no one ever has wanted to chop it down because of it being twisted. The woodcutters wanted tall and straight trees that could be used for projects and houses. They believed that this bent tree was useless and couldn’t do anything. So, the woodcutters neglect the tree for years, but one day, they find themselves using the tree. The woodcutters had been sitting under the tree because it offered shade and comfort. The tree was now useful.

This is my favorite wisdom tale because of the amazing moral. This tale teaches you that you are worth it and no one is entirely useless. If you feel useless, you probably just haven’t realized your true purpose. You’ve just got to live up to your potential.

Halloween Party Planning Tips

Boo! I know, I scared you, you don’t have to admit it. If you are human, you might celebrate a spooky holiday known as Halloween! If you aren’t human, pardon me, and I am sure there are some non-human blogs out there. Halloween is known as a holiday where you can dress up, gather candy, walk until your feet turn into noodles, and eat the candy until you collapse. Fun, right? Some people do not enjoy trick-or-treating or handing out the 13 pounds of pure sugar. If you have just been described, stay tuned. We’re going to be planning a Halloween party for you! Well, I won’t necessarily be throwing you a party, but I sure can give a few tips! Time for tip one. If you want people to come to your party, I suggest inviting them first with a gorgeous invitation that is sure to give someone the creeps. Here’s a template:

___ is inviting you to a ____ Halloween Party! Please come with a costume and spooky attitude. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Come to 111 North Spooky Street. (This is where you insert your address) Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Did you like that? I hope you did! If you did not, feel free to go to another blog, if you dare. You promised your guests snacks and drinks, so….time for tip two!  Here are some ideas:

DRINKS:

-Witches Brew: I’ve had this before and let me tell you, it is absolutely amazing. It tastes of slightly sour, slightly sweet, apple. I’m not sure how you make it, but you can find a good recipe on Pinterest.

-Frankenstein’s Body Brew: I’ve never had this, but it looks amazing. It is a healthier alternative to most of the sweet and spooky Halloween drinks. You make a mixture of random veggie juices and add some fruits and vegetables to create some body parts.

SNACKS:

-Jello If You Dare: This is extremely good! I love it! It is a cup of brown, pineapple jell0 with a little, sour, skeleton gummy inside. Don’t tell your guests what is in it, as it is always good to have a Halloween surprise.

-Paranormal Paradise: Ever seen the fruit and vegetable platters? No? Oh well. This is similar to those platters. Paint a metal platter with green spots to make it look like some weird ooze. Then, fill the platter with items such as carrots, raspberries, really anything that is Halloween themed.

Yummy, if I do say so myself. I just gave you unhealthy and healthy options for the spookiest, kid friendly, Halloween party. Let’s see, invitations, drinks, and snacks. What else? *gasp* As the host, you need to have the best Halloween costume ever. I personally prefer making my own instead of purchasing one.

COSTUMES:

-Weather Person: I was a Weatherwoman this Halloween. The outfit was super easy to put together, as I already had access to most of the items at home. I used one of my dad’s ties, a business shirt, made a microphone, got the Weather Channel logo, a red beanie, and jeans. I loved this costume! Super easy, super fun.

-50’s Throwback: For GIRLS: Sew a poodle skirt, if not buy one! I’m sure you can find some nice cat eye glasses for really low price at a local Target. Tie your hair up into a high ponytail. I wore a short sleeve, white shirt. For BOYS: This look is very Grease inspired. You can easily wear jeans and a black shirt. If you want to go a bit out, you can add gel to your hair and wear some sunglasses. Go ahead, sunglasses in the dark of Halloween.

Those are my favorite costume ideas, and I am positive you can come up with some great ones. Now that you’re dressed, have sent out the invitations, and made snacks and drinks, you can decorate the house.

DECORATIONS:

-Hang artificial spider webs inside and outside your house

-Put some spooky music on inside the house to add to the aura

-Add some bats and other spooky creatures

Those are my ideas, come up with some others! Thank you so much for reading my Halloween Party Planning Tips! If you used any of these tips, please invite me! Or don’t, it is your choice. Thanks again and bye!

What’s On My Desk?

Welcome all to this wonderful free choice post! It is almost time for me to redo my room, and I recently had to pick a desk. It got me thinking and I decided I should start using my current desk, as it just sits in my room. In this post, I’ll be sharing what’s on my desk and suggesting items that might be good for you to put on a desk.

What’s on my desk:

-Candles

-Mason Jars

-Pens

-Stationary

-Essential Oil Diffuser

Here is why I have those items and I suggest all of them. Starting with the top and down to the bottom. Candles can be used for decoration, or actual lighting. I currently have a Vanilla Bean candle by White Barn and I love it! Mason Jars! I’m sure some of you have scrolled down millions of Mason Jar DIYS on tumblr or Pinterest. At the moment, I’m using a large mason jar decorated with varieties of Washi Tape, with a pen taped to it. This is actually for writing down achievements so that I can look through them at the end of 2018. Onto my favorite accessories: pens! I have exactly 24 pens consisting of Papermate, generic gel pens, and STAPLES gel ball pens. A lot of people don’t know that I am a HUGE Andy Warhol fan. To show that, I purchased a Collectible Art Series from Barnes and Nobles. It contains a random collectible which is in a Campbells “soup” can. I keep all my pens in the can, but keep the vintage camera collectible on the other side of my desk.  Stationary is pretty boring and simple. I have a tape roll, a stapler, and pins.  Let’s get onto the diffuser! I LOVE this! Mine is a woody grain texture and brown. My favorite scent is rosemary, by far! Ok then, hope you like my desk and the post!

Andy Warhol Collectible With Pens Taken By Lily

Ideas For Posts

You aren’t alone. In fact, this is the post is in fact, the result of a brain drop. I had no idea what to do for this extra blog. So, I figure, why not help those who are in the same position as me! I bring you, “Ideas For Posts”! These are selected from my own brain and possible anonymous influences. Take a seat, sit back, and enjoy while you discover a world of creativity at your fingertips.

1. Has it recently been a Holiday? Write about what you did, where you went, or just some fun facts! I did this for Halloween and it turned out awesome!

2. So you want to be an author. Share a bit of what you’re working on! Whether it is a poem, novel, or novella, it’s good to get comfortable with sharing your work. If you are set on staying within your comfort zone…..wait, I can’t share that! It will be a post for a different time. Oops-e-daisy! Does anyone still say that?

3. I’m a handy person who loves helping others! If that is you, write a post on some tips or tricks for everyday life, school, or mainly just hacks, if you’ve read my Halloween post, that’s what I’m talking about. I would certainly read someone’s school hacks post.

4. What is going in your life? Do you want people to know that you went to see Hamilton? Or that you love sleeping and did it almost all day? I’m serious, this can be a really interesting post.

5. How to…..ok. This is similar to number 3, but I’m thinking. What if someone did a How to Draw a Mythical Creature? I’d read that. You could probably have pictures of each step.  Not an artist, do you like math? Teach you friends a really cool math trick. I’ve got a few up my sleeve.

I’m sure everyone can come up with some excellent ideas that I didn’t say. If you write a post using inspiration from this blog, please let me know, or add some credit. Peace in, Lily.

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A Collaboration

Prologue

I am Edie, professional maid. When I clean, I gather up more than dust and dirt, I gather secret information. All eyes and ears are on the royal family.

I am Princess Anastasia of Bellaver, next in line for the throne. But trust me, being a princess isn’t as easy as it looks.
This is a story of economics, espionage, and assassination.

Chapter One
(Edie)
I was in the Forner property today. Though the cleaning is hard since they have a huge property, it’s my favorite to clean. I enjoy looking at all the picture frames. Mr. Forner had met so many rich and royal people. Mrs. Forner was Miss Anastasia’s godmother, until she got the plague and died. Unfortunately Mr. Forner grew lonely and fell to his death. Now, his son owns the house. He’s really trying his best, it just isn’t working. His foolishness isn’t helping the burglaries. I know, I sound like I should be some really awesome jolly fellow in Robin Hood’s Crew. No! Not quite. I’m a lower status African American who needs money and is secretly getting an education. I’ve taken things, only to sell them. I do feel bad, but…nah, I don’t feel bad. Well diary, my tea break is over, back to cleaning.

Warning! Chapter Two is on Allison’s Amazing Everything! Go check it out! 

Whose Phone is This?

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Really, whose phone is this? Come claim it before it is mine. In Language Arts, we were assigned to create a phone for one of the characters in Finding Someplace I chose to do Ayanna. She is a minor character who, I think, has a lot of potential. Her wallpaper is a photo of Ayanna and Reesie wearing matching outfits. She sent two emails two her best friends, as she was curious about how they were doing during Katrina. Then, I created a personalized playlist just for Ayanna. Her favorites are Barbie Girl, Bad Blood, and A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. Thanks for reading this! Remember, if you’re reading this, I have a phone that belongs to Ayanna.