Lifestyle

What is a stay at home mom? It's not as self explanatory as it may seem. A stay at home mom has lots of responsibilities and taking care of a baby is only one of them. A stay at home mom works 24 hours a day 7 days a week. She may get an hour or two break if she has a significant other or someone who is willing to watch the baby while she goes shopping or goes and gets a coffee with a friend but she's lucky if she even gets that. Now I know what you're thinking, she gets a break at nap time! No. In my case, my newborn will not allow me to put him down without screaming. If eventually he does take two hour naps in the future I'll have to clean. Clean the living room or vacuum or do the dishes. The list goes on! So no. We don't get breaks. Some of us sahm are blessed with...
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Dear Students, I feel like no one ever notices anything or anyone. I know what it feels like to never be noticed. So, I try to notice everything even though it hurts sometimes. I notice the beauty in the rain that many people frown upon. I notice that one person who is always sitting quietly by themselves. I notice that the smartest and most beautiful people are the anti-social ones. The ones that know how trusting someone can end in pain and suffering. Sometimes noticing things can hurt. It hurts me the most when I notice myself because when I do, I hate myself for it. I always notice how I'm sad and lost on the inside, but on the outside, I fake a smile. I wait for something interesting to happen to me. I don't care if it's good or bad. I just need change. My life is dull and boring....
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In British Literature, I chose to read the book Hamlet, I chose this book at first because it’s a classic. I’m a theatre student so it was an obvious choice for me. The story of Hamlet, for those who don’t know, is a Shakespearian tragedy about a young prince whose father has died. He learns through his friends that the ghost of his father lives on. He eventually talks to him and the king sends him on a quest to get revenge for him, he ends up dying in the end and accomplishing his goal at a hefty cost. But what led me to the issue I chose is a quote from Hamlet. ““Seems,” madam? Nay, it is. I know not “seems.” 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected...
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For a High School English class I read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The project was to write an open letter based off a topic the book we read. The book was about this futuristic utopian society where happiness is (figuratively) shoved down your throat! And it all starts with structured child programming. “Till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind. And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too — all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides — made up of suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions!” (Huxley, Ch. 2) The test tube babies are decanted (born) in specialized government-owned factories and, from infancy, taught their likes and dislikes. Even before birth the children’s fates...
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So I had to read this book The Scarlet Letter for my honors comp and lit class. I didn’t really care for this book at first it was super boring not very entertaining. It’s a romance book I’m not really into that kind of stuff I like action like people fight and stuff like. But as I was reading this book I started to realize that there is a bigger problem than I noticed. The big thing I took from this book was that there was this double standard going on with this woman named Hester Prynne and her husband. So she had a kid with a man that wasn’t her husband and back in the day that was a very bad sin and you could be killed for it. But instead of killing her she had to wear a red A on her chest and she had to stand in this spot in town for hours so people could see what she had done. They...
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To anyone ready to make a difference, In my British Literature class, I had to read “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. This story discusses the plights of French peasantry before and during the French Revolution. These plights included things like starvation, disease, and exile. Almost all of this relates directly back to poverty, which is exactly what I’m here to discuss. This issue is a common theme throughout the novel, most accurately portrayed by three specific quotes. The first quote is easily the most famous quote in the entire novel: the first sentence of the book, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (pg. 7). The second quote is talking about a homeless man on the streets, “The hungry man gnawed one of his fingers as he looked at the other three,...
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In my American Lit class, I read the Novel I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings. Racism was a huge problem and it was really noticeable. I personally would hate having to grow up in an environment like that. The vibes everyone had weren’t always positive but most of the time they were. While reading this, I realized that the whole book was basically about growing up in a prejudice environment and the outcome of everything, growing up without parents and the tragic life of being a black girl in a white womens world. The racism and racial profiling that happens in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is similar to what is happening in our community today. Trayvon Martin was killed because he looked suspicious and was profiled. Police killed at least 102 blacks. In the book the police looking...
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Open Letter I read the book Great Expectations for my English class at Oak Park High School. It wasn’t fun at all, in fact it was very frustrating, but I did learn from it. It was about a boy named Pip trying to find himself. He went through different times in life wanting to do things that didn’t really seemed like himself. It felt like he was doing them for someone else rather than doing it for his own benefits. Eventually he figures out who he truly is and accepts that, and ends up being happier than he was before. In chapters 8-10, Pip meets Mrs. Havisham and her daughter Estella and he immediately develops a crush for her. Pip is told that Mrs. Havisham plans on raising him to be a wealthy man and high in the social class so he can be with Estella. These rumors along with his...
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Dear Parents, In my American Literature class, our teacher assigned us books to read. Out of luck, I got stuck with the book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. I almost died at first because the book did not start off very well, but after I realized that this book is still relevant. For those who have not read the book yet, the story is about the 1959 murders of the Clutter family, a four-member family in Holcomb, Kansas. The book brings you into the investigation, the murderer’s actions during the time, and also background knowledge either on the family or the murderers. As I read, the only characters that really caught my attention were Nancy and Perry and how the two grew up. For those who read the book: you would all agree that Nancy was a pretty good kid and she lived a good life...
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To People With Conflict In my Honors Composition and Literature class I had to read a book and then write this letter about it. The book I read was Henry V by Shakespeare and it was not a fun book to read because it was very complex and hard to comprehend. The book was mainly about King Henry wanting to take over France because he wanted more land and King Charles of France wasn’t having it. This book was about war and conflict mainly and King Henry wanting to be greedy and take someone else’s land. In Act 2 there are 3 traitors that try and kill King Henry before he leaves port. King Henry was considering having mercy on them but one if the men wanted them to be put to death by hanging. In Act 3 King Henry and his troops go to Hartfleur and wreak havoc on them but they didn’t want to...
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