a few words on responsibility (and toilets, of all things).

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For those of you who are not from Theriault’s Honors English class(es), Mr. Theriault likes to give speeches. Well, talks, really. It’s safe to say that many days we get more than a little off-topic and sometimes find ourselves listening to talks about life problems – no offense or anything, Mr. T; these are important things we’re talking about after all, because it’s not like we’re ever going to use personification and allegory or whatever other literary devices in our future lives, right?

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a little creativity here and there…

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In English class, we have a couple minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays designated for “brain fuel,” which is essentially reading anything – news articles, blog posts, magazines, books, whatever – that help us, well, fuel our brains and help us get our minds working to be innovative and creative. My favorite blog to peruse during brain fuel sessions is How About Orange, a blog that features interior design, collages, DIY tutorials, etc. I love seeing all the new things the blog author is up to and what creative projects she has been taking on. A particular favorite post of mine is this one on making geometric art with simple square / rectangular / triangular stamps, as shown in the image above. In the post, the author cites using a particular brand of stamps, but as the shapes are pretty basic, I’m sure similarly shaped stamps can be found at any crafts store like Michael’s.

I also love this tutorial on how to make a paper bow. It’s a little cutting-heavy and as a general rule I’m not a steady cutter, so I’m unsure as to how well I would do if I took on this project, but it seems fun and fairly easy. To be quite frank, I can barely draw a straight line, let alone paint or anything visual arts-related, but it’s always entertaining to see all the cool, creative things other people come up with, especially with few resources.

thoughts on: oedipus trilogy (or more importantly, antigone) by sophocles

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So I may have exaggerated slightly in my last post. Oedipus didn’t turn out as mind-numbingly boring as I’d originally thought – although I suppose Oedipus really was that boring. It was really Antigone that I enjoyed out of the three books/plays/whatever by Sophocles, and, against all odds I found myself actually enjoying Antigone.

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thoughts on: the fault in our stars by john green

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So last week, I checked out a few books from the school library—Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I started The Fault in Our Stars (TFiOS for short) first; partially because of pressure from many sides to start an apparently ‘life-changing’ book and partially because of apprehension on my part (I like to read the books I like most last; just a preference of mine.) Spoilers ahead; take caution if you have not finished the book.

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be positive … or don’t.

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Today, I had a mock trial meeting, where, predictably, we did mock trial things. If you don’t know what mock trial is, in basic terms, we’re a team and we’re given a case by CRF (Constitutional Rights Foundation) which we argue both sides for. Half the team argues for prosecution while the other half represents defense, and everyone gets a role – ie: pre-trial attorney, defendant, bailiff, etc. Today was a fairly monumental day, I suppose, because we were all assigned our roles for the case. I get to be Dr. Casey Burke, a forensic pathologist for defense, and I get to act intelligent and use big words like ‘hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.’ (Which I already do, but still.)

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