<![CDATA[Story Of A High Schooler (And Her Views On The World) - Blog]]>Sat, 02 Jan 2016 08:09:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Reflections on the News-Why I am Sick and Tired of Hearing It]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:36:29 GMThttp://requiredenglishreviews.weebly.com/blog/reflections-on-the-news-why-i-am-sick-and-tired-of-hearing-itHi Guys,  Sorry I haven't been active as of right now. It's just schoolwork and other stuff that is keeping me busy. This is a serious post, but I'll try to balance serious and fun posts. 

Anyway, Here's a point I'm trying to make. I am not a Conservative nor am I a Republican, but I am very much fed up with the news right now. Why so, do you ask? Well, here's my explanation.

I have gotten tired of hearing about the entire Republican Mess and the Polls, as well as the ISIS paranoia that has been occuring ever since last Friday. None of those guys (save Kasich and maybe Rubio) are doing well in debates nor are they sane enough to be president. Polls aren't everything, you know! Good god, I am sick and tired of hearing about this entire "(You-Know Who) Carson and (You-know-Who) Trump" business in general. It's good to be informed, but it is very overwhelming for me right now. I know the government will take down ISIS and recruit members, but it will take awhile. But I'm sure we'll be safe.

The election is not until 2016 of November next year, so we have a while to go. Iowa, despite the fact that it is going to cast the first voting ballots, is not that heavily populated as a state (Well, you can say that for most of the Midwestern region). The way we can stop ourselves from getting too alarmed or overstimulated would be to just simply take a break. The news have a bias, and despite what they say, may not tell the entire truth. Same for polls. This doesn't mean burying our heads away and trying to lock ourselves out of the world. It means, resetting it by taking a break. Taking pleasure in activities that are not news, watching TV that is not the news, baking, talking with friends, I could go on. There is a line between being obsessed and being informed. I am very well-informed if you are wondering. Yeah. Yeah.
<![CDATA[Aside: #SundaySupper]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:57:14 GMThttp://requiredenglishreviews.weebly.com/blog/aside-sundaysupperHi guys! So here's a little something-I'm sorry I haven't blogged in the past couple of weeks. I am really sorry- It's just schoolwork and all-ugh.  Why do they always have to do those things to kids like me? Just pile on more schoolwork... It is tough being an 11th grader.

Anyways, let's get down to business, shall we? 

So, anyway, here's my point. 

Have you ever heard of the amazing food blogger movement, #SundaySupper? (Lots and lots of great food blogs on the net, by the way)  No? Well basically, the mission of the movement is to "bring back families around the dinner table", which happens very rarely nowadays. The founder of the movement is this Portuguese-American woman by the name of Isabel. Her blog is called "Family Foodie". It began with a humble tweet on Twitter. The first #SundaySupper menu involved her and a small group of bloggers. However, since then, it has grown and now includes more than 100 members from around the globe, participating in these events. The events revolve around a theme, which can be sponsored or hosted by a member, and it is broken down into a few courses. The bloggers don't have to participate in every single event, but it is highly encouraged to do so,

Thing is, I really want to join, real, real, real bad. It seems very fun. But-I don't use social media, and I don't know how. So, do you necessarily have to use social media to join or do you not have to be, you just get invited? It would be cool for me to host an event, too,

Also, I'm a kid in High school. A lot of the #SundaySupper people are grown, have kids (who, in some cases, have already graduated/are in college) or are 20-somethings or whatever, and it will feel weird to practically be like the only teen (I'm 16,  go figure) in that group. I don't even know if they are nice people or not. Thing is, it's good to meet someone in person before you...uh...exchange contacts with them. I learned this the hard way due to an unfortunate incident that occurred in the past (I'd rather not talk about it to you, it's uncomfortable, so let's just move on). And...um... how will I keep participating as a blogger when my school email expires and I won't be able to blog on here anymore? I am just clueless... Help.

I'm not good at inventing anything "innovative" either, but I love to cook, and my dad often helps me out. But hey, it would be a fun opportunity to do so. So, Ms. Isabel, if you are currently reading this right now, listen, I love to cook and appreciate your little revolution that you are leading (Seriously, I'm in awe. How you manage to have not become a multi-millionaire like Mark Zuckerberg by now? It's great that you are still a very good person. Yep.). So, if you are wondering, could you please let me join #SundaySupper, even though I don't use Twitter or Facebook? Is it even possible? I mean, I don't intend this blog to just be about food or stuff in the title. I am a very nice gal. Please consider my words, Ms. Isabel. Please. I'm asking you.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Food and Drink Mentions in Catcher in The Rye, pt.1]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:31:56 GMThttp://requiredenglishreviews.weebly.com/blog/food-and-drink-mentions-in-catcher-in-the-rye-pt1This type of post will also feature the foods that are mentioned in the book. I am a foodie as well as a voracious reader, so I'm up to any type of blog that combines food with literature (Eat this Poem, Yummy Books, Paper and Salt, etc.) This food feature blog post will be common, along with chapter-by-chapter book reviews and the whatnot. Leave a comment below for suggestions as to of what book I should review Chapter-by-Chapter that you read in High school as assigned reading or as a summer reading assignment, I can also do books you read in middle school or books you have read in college or books you read out of college. Don't worry- I'll inject some fun into the reviews chapter-by-chapter so you won't get bored or feel like you are being tortured. I'll also do non-review posts, too, along with Food and Drink posts. 

Foods/Drinks Mentioned in Catcher in The Rye

Steak (Chapter 5)
Mashed Potatoes (Chapter 5)
Hot Chocolate (Chapter 2, is mentioned a couple more times in the book)
Brown Betty (Chapter 5)
Hamburgers (Chapter 5)
Coffee (Chapter 8)
Sandwiches (Chapter 8)
Ham Sandwich (Chapter 8)

Stick around for the next post. ]]>
<![CDATA[Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- Summary]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:02:17 GMThttp://requiredenglishreviews.weebly.com/blog/catcher-in-the-rye-by-jd-salingerOk, Guys. I bet you have all read this in high school at some point or another. You have either liked it or you have hated it. When I read this in 10th grade, It was very memorable for me. I found it to be both fascinating and heartbreaking. In realistic detail with a stream of consciousness, Salinger charts the mental breakdown of a young man who is troubled and heading down a self-destructive path. The story is either set in the late 1940's or early 1950's NYC. Even as those who seem to want to help him try to reach out, his ignorance of them has bad consequences. 

17-year-old Holden Caulfield narrates this tale from either a tuberculosis wing or mental ward facility in California (it is implied as such), reflecting about events that occurred the year before, when he was 16, over a 12-day period near Christmas break. When our story begins, Holden is a foul-mouthed antisocial pessimist and seemingly indifferent student at a private all-boys school in Pennsylvania, Pencey Prep. He doesn't have many friends, and he hates all of his classmates and teachers. He is failing all but one of his school subjects, and, to avoid causing more trouble, flees Pennsylvania during the middle of the night to NYC, where he has numerous misadventures and experiences.

Holden's bleak, cynical view of the world is due to the fact that he believes that everyone around him is a phony, the whole world is bad, and that it is just too much for the younger generation to bear.  Wanting to protect children's innocence, he imagines himself being the catcher of kids in a field of rye over a cliff as they play, stopping them from growing up altogether.  He gets this image from a misinterpreted song lyric, as this reality is nigh-impossible.

Holden also has to deal with a dysfunctional home life and personal problems. Around girls, he's quite awkward, and can't get the Courage or guts to get up and talk to the phone to his crush, Jane Gallagher. His older brother, D.B., has quit his profession as an author and left home to become a screenwriter in Hollywood for the movies (another form that Holden supposedly disdains, due to its fauxness), His parents are constantly absent (both physically and emotionally) and emotionally distant from their son's surroundings and don't even care for their son's being, revealing the depths of his slowly unravelling mental breakdown. His younger brother, Allie, whom he was closely bonded with, became sick and succumbed to leukemia at the age of 11 in 1946 while the Caulfields were out on vacation, when Holden was 13. He [Holden] is still reeling from the aftermath of Allie's death. Holden is also still trying to come to terms after witnessing the harsh bullying of a classmate of his, James Castle, at a previous boarding school that he flunked at, and Castle's ensuing suicide note. His sister, 10-year-old Phoebe, is concerned for her brother's well being and has a flawed, but loving, relationship with him. And over the course of the 12 days, it is made into a memorable, but at times difficult to read, account of an awkward adolescent and angst. ]]>