Fall, Autumn, Harvest Season, Whatever You Want to Call it

Autumn didn’t start Friday, September 22 this year, no it started like the past few years.

Autumn now starts when Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and all the other coffee shops start selling Pumpkin Spice everythings.

Pumpkin Spice: lattes, donuts, cereal, cookies, ice cream, tea, butter, oatmeal, and dog treats. Yes, Pumpkin Spice dog treats.

I don’t hear anyone talking about the crunchy leaves, hot drinks (that aren’t Pumpkin Spice), fresh breezes, rosy cheeks, cozy sweatshirts, hoodies, and socks (oh the socks, they really are the best), Thanksgiving Break, or the festive season. All I hear is “Pumpkin Spice this” and “Pumpkin Spice that.”

Tone it down with the Pumpkin Spice!

But in all seriousness Autumn is a very nice time of year. It’s not flaming hot or humid. Those days that are fresh and the sun is out, just enough to warm you (but not burn you), are the best.

The leafs going from green to orange, yellow, red, and brown are so beautiful. The leafs falling are very pretty. That is if it isn’t you having to rake them.

Fall is the best season of them all. It isn’t too cold, too hot, or humid.


Photo by: Aaron Burden

Sadness In Times Of Happiness

Sometimes I feel like everytime I’m genuinly happier than I would normally be, something bad happens. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt that way, but it makes you not want to be happy.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have good days. I just feel that sometimes when something makes me happy and excited in a way that only few things ever do something happens to me or around me.

About two years ago I was having a great month, I was doing great on my tests, there were only a few weeks until summer break, we had just comeback from a school trip to the beach and it seemed like it was going to be the best end of the year there had been in a while. Well, a week or so later one of my closest friends tried to harm herself and that year was imediatly turned arond. It seemed to me that whenever was happy something had to come and ruin it. I spend the rest of the year really quite and didn’t want to do anything that could make me happy, because I was so scared that if I was something else could happen. I really do regret doing and thinking that. I missed the oportunity to spend time with my other friends.

Once in a while I’ll feel that way, but I try to remember that I can’t be scared of having fun and being happy or excited.

I know that it’s, because we always notice and focus on all the bad things that happen around us. So, naturally when we are happiest and something it’s the worst feeling we can ever feel.

We have to experience bad times to appreciate the good times. Bad times are there to remind us how much we should appreciate the people, opportunities, and things we have.


Image by: Alex Iby

Loyalty

loy·al·ty

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ˈloiəltē/
noun

a strong feeling of support or allegiance.


Loyalty is very important to all of us. It is something money can’t buy. Many people would prefer loyalty over any expensive objects as it’s what keeps most of us going. We all need someone to be there for us and support our ideas, no matter how crazy they may be sometimes. We need someone we can count on.

Many people, mostly dog lovers, would say that dogs are the most loyal creatures there are on this planet. I would say that they are far more loyal than anyone else. They learn to love us in such a short amount of time and they’ll do anything to make us smile.

Loyalty, we all want it.

I’m Going to Japan!!!

So as you can see from the title, I’m going to Japan. I’ll be staying there a week, during my spring break. It’s a school field trip for some people that were selected. We are going to Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Odawara, and Kyoto. I’m pretty excited, although I feel like my friends and family are way more excited than I am. They always ask me how much time is left before I go, which as of now (October 15, 2017) is a little over five months.

I really didn’t think I was going to go, because there had been a meeting around this time last year and my mom hadn’t said anything about me going or not, so I just assumed she had decided I wasn’t going to go. However, the day of my birthday (in December) we had a party and they gave me a folder. When I opened it the reservation was there, at first I was kinda confused, but then I got pretty excited. All of my cousins thought it was a joke or something, but it wasn’t and they all started telling me to bring them back souvenirs or something nice. One of my friends got super excited, because she really loves Japan and one of her favorite artists (Mafumafu) is from there.

We are having monthly meetings so we get to know the group that will be going. There are about twenty five people going, including chaperones. There will be other schools going along with us, so it will be an even larger group than just the twenty five of us. I’m actually not sure how many people are going all together.

We were each assigned a different place that we are going to. We have to do a short presentation about the place, so we have a bit of background knowledge on it. My first presentation, which is next month, in November, is about Owakudani. I actually finished my presentation earlier today, so I wouldn’t have to stress about doing it last minute. I’ll leave the presentation down below if you guys want to go check that out. I’ll probably upload the different presentations I do until we go to Japan. Then I’ll do a post for each of the cities we visit with some pictures and information about the place, what I saw, and what I thought about it.


 

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of A Heart

Beatrix Adams and Jack Vincent meet at the beginning of the summer before their Senior year at high school. She sees him at the bus stop for The Owl. It’s almost midnight and Bex is on her way home after just being stood up by Dr. Denise Sheridan, the head of the anatomy lab. Jack is on his way to The Botanical Garden. They started talking on the bus, but when Jack is about to get off the bus, a golden color spray paint can rolls out of his backpack.

The same color paint in which 5 different graffiti words have appeared around the city of San Francisco. Suddenly, she knows exactly who Jack is. The next day Ms. Lopez, her boss at the Alto Market, told her about the new word that had appeared at The Botanical Garden, “Bloom.”

She’s on her way to the university a few days later for her interview to draw the cadavers in the Willed Bodies Lab for a competition that can get her the money she needs for college. She bumps into Jack and he asks for a way to contact her. She gives him the name of a blog, Body-O-Rama, where she posts some of her artwork.

The day of her birthday, Bex and her family go to the museum where a Max Brödel diagram of a heart would be in display. She hears a commotion coming from the exhibit. She manages to get into the exhibit and sees “CELEBRATE” written in great golden letters on the wall beneath the heart diagram.

Jack manages to get Bex the opportunity to draw the cadavers in the Willed Bodies Lab. They start hanging out and admit that they have feelings for each other. They spend the whole summer being happy together, but when Bex doesn’t come home one night after staying over at Jacks house, her mom confronts her. She doesn’t like that Bex disobeyed her and went on to draw the cadavers for the competition instead of drawing from textbook sketches. She tells her that if she ever has any sort of contact with Jack she will tell the police about Jack’s graffiti. However, she lets Bex finish her drawings, but when she goes back to the lab, the body she had been drawing has been cremated and she can’t start from zero and finish in time to enter the competition. So, she has no other choice than to contact Jack and ask for his help.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were quite interesting, there was something to like and dislike about most of them, they aren’t all described to be perfect. There was a bit of mystery and suspense throughout the book, but not only that. There was also a very cute romance between two people that may have not happened, had it not been for Bex being stood up for her interview and missed the ‘normal’ bus. They are both misunderstood artists. Jack is illegally graffiting walls and being looked for by the police, while Bex wants to draw bodies for textbooks for a living.

My two most favorite characters are Noah and Ms. Lopez. I really like Noah, because he makes Heath, Bex’s older brother a better person. He gets him to go back to college to pursue is dream of being a veterinarian, but he also likes to have fun at the same time. I also really like Ms. Lopez, because she seems like a really cool boss and friend. She supports Bex and encourages her to keep trying to get into the Willed Body Program. She really cares about Bex and isn’t like one of those horrible bosses you read about, see on TV, or know.

I really do recommend this book for anyone that wants to read a cute romantic story about two teenagers. This book is classified as Young Adult fiction. Most book review sites have the book recommended for ages 12 and up. I would say that anyone 14 or older can read this book, based on the content which includes: alcohol, sex, and language.


The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was written by Jenn Bennett. It was published by Feiwel and Friends in New York, in 2015. There are both physical and e-book versions of the book. The hardcover copy, which is the one I read, has 304 pages. You can buy it on Amazon.