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Dear to whomever it may concern,

I know that there are to sides, those who love Twenty One Pilots and those who don’t. There are those who simply don’t care. But that’s different and doesn’t apply to them (sorry non-fans).

This fan base is unique. I know they are not “punk” because that would be disgraceful to the great music gods: Fall Out Boy, Panic At the Disco, and My Chemical Romance (all of whos fan dedicate their lives and some alive only because of them)…but the Twenty One Pilots family, it is special. The lyrics have such deep meaning. We don’t listen to it because the tune is catchy or we like the sound, that’s just a bonus. We listen because we relate. Kids don’t know how to express themselves or escape from their mind and their own terrible thought. Tyler Joseph does that for us. Now yes, the lyrics may sound stupid to those who don’t listen. There is a difference between hearing and listening. It is more than just sound and words. If you look around…you will see a room full of broken kids who are trying to become healed and put back together. It’s not like it is their fault they feel that way. It is the world around them. Their minds are shut in the dark and they blame themselves for ever bad thing. “Nothing kills man faster than his own head”. With that kind of mindset, you feel so alone. Listening to those words and relating to them makes you feel like it’s not just  you. Then you realize that there is a whole fan base, a whole community that understand you and what you are going through. The light has been show and that band….that’s what got you through it.

So please, the next time you want to say “that’s a stupid song” or put stereo types on something, take a closer look and listen.

Sincerely,

Us

Same Love

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Our generation is amazing. We have come so far in every aspect of life. I’m so happy to be alive during this time of extreme freedom and no fear. I mean, a world full of free love is something that people couldn’t even imagine 40 years ago. Our technological advancements are just mind blowing. Our society is much more accepting of all walks of life.

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Art

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Recently, I have gotten  a huge interest in art. I have always loved it and I have been drawing since I was really little. But now I have gotten into videos and watching other people create drawings and spray paint and paintings. And there is this one specific YouTuber who I love. His name is Jonathan Harris. Continue reading

The Power of Student-Centered Learning

 

In schools, many teachers try to incorporate student-centered learning in all of their classrooms, but some are more effective than others. Schools attempt this because it requires student participation in a healthier and sometimes more fun way. Or they might try to do something different one day out of the week or free response questions as a class activity. Continue reading

Money = Happiness & Love?

The world we know is completely revolved around money, we all know that. For example, in the movie Fresh, everything we eat and is revolved around how people buy the cheapest food, despite the consequences. Especially in the animal and plant products, the cheapest products are fed with GMOs and the animals are living in terrible conditions. We are fully aware it is unhealthy, we just refuse to believe what we are told and move on with our lives because we are obsessed with efficiency. But for the organic products, the cost is twice as much but it is far better for your body and consists of all the daily nutrients our bodies need. By the end of the day, humans either want everything really cheap or really expensive. Either way, we are pretty much happy. Continue reading

What Is vs What Isn’t

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“Enjoy what is and not pine for what is not” – WEB Boise

What WEB Boise means by this is: there are two worlds. The one we know in the exact moment of our presence, the one that is based off of our decisions and what we can or cannot do. Also known as, what I like to call, the “What is” world. And then other world, which is everything we could have or should have done while given the chance. It can also be considered the “What if” world. He is saying to enjoy what we have now. You cannot change the past so do not let it rule over you. And do not think about what you do not have. Control the things you can change and ignore those you can’t. Continue reading

Likability

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Living in the Cult of Likability” by Bret Ellis is eye opening. He tells the truth about society and how we are supposed to act. On social media, what is accepted and if you act any other way , you are banished and hated. It is like we can’t have an opinion on anything. We have to be like everyone else. We are like everyone else. We have to be like robots. If you do not like something, you can’t say it because you are then a “hater”. And like he said, who wants to be a hater? Continue reading

Worst Best Day Ever

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Worst Day Ever – Chanie Gorkin

“Today was the absolute worst day ever,
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in everyday
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in awhile
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
If one’s surroundings are good.
It’s not true that good exists.
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude.
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me Say
Today was a good day”
“Today was a good day,
And you’ll never in a million years hear me Say
It’s all beyond my control.
My attitude
Creates
The reality
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s not true that good exists
If one’s surroundings are good
True happiness can be attained
Because
It’s all in the mind and heart
And it’s not true that
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last
Some goodness does shine through once in awhile
Even if
This world is a pretty evil place.
Because, when you take a closer look,
There’s something good in everyday
And don’t try to convince me that
Today was the absolute worst day ever

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Photographs

Photography has been around since 1826. The first known photograph was taken by a man named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in France. The reason why photography is around is to take portraits of people, carry beautiful places with us, bring the past back to life, and keep memories.

 

But sometimes it can make the past even more confusing, or people can interpret the picture the wrong way. There could be unknown people in the picture or someone could take a picture like Daguerre’s “Still Life in Studio”. No one really knows why he took that picture, they just know that he did and that it is a classic. It may not make sense due to the porcelain baby heads sitting on the counter, a water basket hanging from the wall next to a picture frame all in front of a window – but it is beautiful. It captures the light perfectly and shows fine detail. It also brought about a new age in photography. But it has no further significance other than that.

With other pictures that try to “prove” that ghosts or extraterrestrial creatures are real, how do we know if someone didn’t Photoshop the picture to look that way? In magazines and commercials, the people in them are not “real”. I mean, they are real people who walk, talk, and breathe. But the way they look is fake. I know this firsthand. You take pictures or a video, and then later you edit it to make the person look perfect not natural. Editors, directors, and producers just want them to look pretty.

But let’s also take our photos. We aren’t professionals; we do not take pictures for a living. Normally, you and I take pictures of our friends or family and places we have been or capture the beauty of nature out of pure chance. Photographs can either preserve or supplement the past. It all depends on what the picture is about, what it means to you, and when it was taken. Not all photos have just one meaning. Now, what it does it do to our memory? It reminds us of what we were like, how life was then. Not what it is now or the time in between. They are reminiscence for some, such as myself. I’ll look at a picture of one of my past friends and think of that day, what we did, why we took that picture. I’ll be happy because that day was a good day. If you take war pictures, that will bring up the past, but not the individual civilian, or the kids of now. If I look as a war photo, I don’t know what it was like to live in a place like that, but if you showed that picture to someone who did live in that time period, it will bring up some dark memories. But if life got better, it will make them think of how lucky they are now.

Picture of places get people thinking. If it is a beautiful place, it might take their breathe away or they will try to guess where it is. Or maybe, one might think,  “Oh, I’ve been there before!” or they will say “I want to go there some day…” or perhaps the complete opposite. It also might bring up some memories that they have had there.

So in conclusion: the meaning of the photo all matters to you, the photographer or viewer. Photos are a gift the past leaves behind, appreciate it and keep it.

Here and Now I…

Here and now I am alone.

Here and now I am in pain.

Here and now I am deaf.

Here and now I am silent.

Here and now I am trying.

Here and now I sit in a room,

With silent people

And loud thoughts.

 

Here and now I breathe.

Here and now I see.

Here and now I hear.

Here and now I think.

Here and now I speak.

Here and now I am in a room

With a single person

And a single thought.

 

Here and now I am better.

Here and now I am okay.

Here and now I am surrounded by friends.

Here and now I am in love with the world.

Here and now I am looking toward the future

With open eyes

And loud thoughts.

 

Here and now I write.

Here and now I care.

Here and now I am in the moment.

Here and now I am in good health.

Here and now I am loved.

Here and now I am in a room

With loud mouths

And silent thoughts

 

Here and now I am alive.