25 March 2015

CHALLENGE--Read a Book

Books are a wonderful thing to learn from. A person who reads a book, lives another life and explore an unknown world of imagination. Challenge: Read and start a new book this week!
Currently, I read Hamlet by Shakespeare. It is difficult at first, but it's a great book! Not all books are easy, but I challenge you to read something new!

For this week, just read! Here is an idea: get your friends and family to join in by having a book marathon where everyone reads for an hour each day. That can be before bedtime, after lunch, or for an evening activity.

Bonus: Write a summary of the book you read in a journal and why you liked it or not. Discuss it.

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." ~Unknown

"A good book has no ending." ~R.D. Cumming

"If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. " ~Toni Morrison

"I find the television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book." ~Groucho Marx

"Books are the quietest and most constant of frineds; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers." ~Charles W. Eliot

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." ~Chinese Proverb

18 March 2015


Introductions can be fun and yet, be a headache. How would an author start out a story that will capture a reader? Start out with a 'hook.' A hook is an opening start for a story, a starting paragraph. That usually starts out really unique and just out there.

According to the Writer's Handbook, the 1999 edition, their advice for a good hook is:

1) Open with an attention-getter
2) Include an appealing premise
3) Move on with a convincing folllow-through

Observe several stories out there and see how they all start out. Here are several examples:

Scarlett O'Hara was a beautiful lady, but men rarely saw it.

In a hole under the ground lived a Hobbit.

I stood atop a cliff with a head in one hand and a sword in the other. How did I get here? Let me begin...

For a challenge, think of a story and write possible introductions to them!

03 March 2015

Importance of Story-Telling

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” 
― Gilda Radner
Stories are the memories of life and for me, I learned that someone can't write a story without having someone else be upset or enjoy that tale. But when the stories come, make it state something. Every story usually has a moral to go with it or an opinion. Whatever you want to tell, do not be afraid to tell that tale to the world.

In this world, some writers may have the fear of being highly criticized, but do not let that stop you from writing.

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” 
― Ben Okri
One of the worst things that can stop a writer is political correctness. It's an idea meant well, but lately, it made so many people worried to speak out about what they really think, thinking their idea might be 'politically incorrect.' Restricting ideas is a wrong in society and as a writer, getting an idea out is important. Speak up, tell your story.

"I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think."
-Hal Holbrook 

25 February 2015

POETRY--Villain's Villanelle (by T. Theroux)

Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
Villain, and thief of my heart—lover.
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Breaking a good heart, beware of the tolls!
Be of stealth in taking hearts undercover.
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
Now revenge is mine in time, I’m taking control!
Flee, miscreant, while you can take cover—
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Lovers we were, except you’re gone, not whole…
For I found you with another as discovered.
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
For once you were a hero, a sweet roll…
My broken spirit, heartless, unrecovered
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Shall I toss you in an abysmal black hole?
Criminal, you no longer hold thunder—
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.

18 February 2015


Dreams are full of mysteries and looking into the depth about them, here are some Top 5 facts about dreaming.

Number 1: REM Stands for Rapid Eye Movement.
According to the National Sleep Research, REM occurs about 2 hours a night after 90 minutes after falling asleep. REM is the part of sleep that happens to be the deepest moment of sleeping. When people are awaken in the REM stages of steep, their bodies can go into a temporary type of “paralysis” as their bodies adjusts from sleeping to waking. In that lapse of being between waking and sleeping, study shows that one may go into a shock or panic or even hallucinate on extremes. On a brighter side, REM helps with maturity of the brain, especially in children.

Number 2: Dream Cultures in Other Countries
In some countries, dreams are taken in various ways. According to Random History, the people of the Fu-Kein province (China) believe that their ancestors give them revelation through dreams if they sleep on their ancestors’ graves. For Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, dreams are divine given by the gods. The Iroquois have a dream-sharing festival which dreams are acted out. Finally, in ancient Greece, dreams are brought before philosophers and wise men to interpret meanings from the future to inner knowledge.

Number 3: Types of Dreams
According to the Dream Dictionary, the falling dream contains several meanings, but the popular meaning could be a memory. As toddlers first take their steps into walking, the many stumbles along the way recreate a fall in dreams. A person in dreams, even if unrecognizable, is someone one has seen before. Also, people who dream of losing a tooth usually means a fear of losing something or someone.

Number 4: Famous Inventions
“Yesterday,” the Beatles song was created because of a dream; the same can be said about the Periodic Table according to Mind Power News. When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein after a dare, she stated that the plot came to her in a dream. The sewing machine was also created from a dream.

Number 5: Miscellaneous Facts

Studies show that some over-the-counter sleep aids are “reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares.” There is a link between hallucinogenic drugs and dreams that dates back to older societies. These hallucinogenic drugs were often used for oracles to “induce dreams” for various reasons. Finally, childhood dreams are 40% nightmares which is a coping mechanism and children dream more than adults.

11 February 2015

ARTICLE--Weird Places Around the World

Here are a pick of the Top 3 oddest places around the world!

1: Disney’s Abandoned Rides
Disney may be the “Happiest Franchise on Earth,” but there is eerier side to things. River Country and Discovery Island are two of its forsaken rides.

Discovery Island and River Country were once water-parks in the 1960’s to 1970’s, but due to the water contaminants and maintenance, these rides never open again.

Both known to have unwanted guests sneaking into the rides to film the collapse, the video and pictures show water still running on the rides but mostly in the water fountains. Also, floaties scatter some of the pools with scum lining the top; much of Mother Nature overran the place.  More evidence show old employee pictures, vultures, lights still left on around the grounds, and even preserved snakes in jars.

What other things could be in store in those rides?

2: El Hotel del Salto, Colombia
Another abandoned place, a pinkish hotel that sits upon a ledge viewing the grand Tequendama waterfall is left of El Hotel del Salto. This French-styled mansion left to ruins in the 1990s and according to Urban Ghost Media, the reason was for water contaminates.

Built in 1923 and designed by Carlos Arturo Tapias, elite guests would visit the scene until the increase of sewage downstream cause tourists to flee the stench.

Since abandonment, a few myths arose including accidents and deaths. It also became subject of ghost stories causing several ghost hunters to explore the tattered halls. Shambles of wood and peeling paint scatter the floor, but spookiest of all are the furniture still left intact. Beds lay made and chairs wait for anyone to visit…

3: Chateau Miranda; Celles, Belgium
It is an eerie building standing in shambles in the woods, crumbling into decay. Built in 1866 and closed in 1991, this chateau has an intricate history. According to, the Liedekerke-Beaufort family “was forced to abandon their castle in…southern Belgium…” after the French Revolution, building another home in where Chateau Miranda stands now.

The chateau withstood the grasps of World War II which was made into a “home for children” and recieve the nickname of the “Noisy Castle.” It remains a children’s recreation site until 1980.

Soon the place became rather high maintenance and left to be abandoned in 1991. Then a “fire in 1995 destroyed a part…” of the chateau and “rot ha set into the wood.” With the decaying of this place, rumors of a demolition arose.

So as of 2015, a petition came for reconstruction to preserve the building in a better state. As for now, the lingering building in its devastation sits rather silently…too silently…in the shadows of the woods.

01 February 2015

Happy Birthday!

Rebel Wilson
Sean Kingston
Darren Criss
Rick Astley
Axl Rose
Chris Rock
Tom Hiddleston
Tara Strong
Tiffany Thornton
Ed Sheeran
Victoria Justice
Cindy Crawford
Corbin Bleu
Ellen Page
Alan Rickman
Drew Barrymore
Sean Astin
James & Olvier Phelps

23 January 2015

Happy Birthday!

Logan Lerman
Dolly Parton
Michael Crawford
Gina Davis
Steve Perry
Diane Lane
Neil Diamond
Alicia Keys
Ellen Degeneres
Elijah Wood
Oprah Winfrey
Adam Lambert
Tom Selleck
Christian Bale
Phil Collins
Justin Timberlake

19 January 2015

More French Vocabulary

Zebra - Zere
Clock - Horloge
Classroom - Salle de classe
Claw - Griffe
Desk - Pupitre
Deceptive - Decevant
January - Janvier
March - Mars
February - Fervier
Lunch -  Dejeuner

Source: Student Notebook Dictionary

07 January 2015

A Riddle

More Riddles

What kinds of stones does a ghost keep?

I run too fast. What am I?

There are four girls, and four apples in a basket. Every girl takes an apple, Yet one apple remains in the basket. How is this possible?