Monday, April 11, 2011

Hurt Me

Hurt me today. Hurt me tomorrow. Hurt me everyday. Hurt me for eternity.

The Meaning Behind My Future Tattoo

I'm getting a tattoo in memory of my mom. It will be a dove with a rose in its mouth. The dove symbolizes how important God is in my life and my mom's love for doves. The rose is a reminder of my mom. She prayed to Saint Theresa. Saint Theresa would send you a rose if she granted your prayer. My mom was a strong believer in that, and she absolutely adored roses. The tattoo will be going next to my heart. I figured it would be perfect since God and my mom take up my entire heart. :')

I'm also getting two other tattoos. I'm getting "Let it be" on my hip and "Faith" on my wrist. Faith is what saved me, after all.

I'm so excited to get my first tattoo. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Things I've Learned This Month

I will be completely honest with all of you. The past month has been extremely difficult. My mother passed away on December 26th.

It has been one month now, and there is so much that I've learned about life.

1) Live life as if it were your last day. You never know when it will be your last.

2) Life will generally never be fair. Injustice is just apart of life, and sometimes, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. You can complain left and right, but it won't do you any good.

3) Avoiding all of the bumps in the road will lead you to lose control.

4) Tell the people you love that you love them every single day. You never know if you will have the opportunity to tell them again.

5) Don't let the sun set with anger in your soul. You never know if you will be given the opportunity to tell the person that you are sorry.

6) Have faith in God. God will answer your prayers. Maybe not directly or in the way you wanted God to, but He will.

7) It isn't worth it to be angry at someone for more than a minute. That's a minute of your happiness wasted to begin with. Plus, you will never be able to relive that minute again. Ever.

8) Always appreciate the things your parents do for you. They do want what's best for you. They brought you into this world. They want a better life for you. That's why you're here.

9) Sometimes, we have to grow up much faster than we expected. You may be 17 one day, then be 35 the next.

10) Your friends are those who love you for all of your pros, cons, and everything in between. They are infallible, and they are most certainly family. It doesn't matter if blood is involved or not.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

There Are Other Books Besides the Twilight Saga! Literary Appreciation: Part One

     People all over the world, particularly teenage girls, fall head over heels for Stephanie Meyers' Twilight and the rest of the saga, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. This is all fine and wonderful, but how obsessed are people getting over these fictional characters and the fictional plot line behind it? I've done a little researching, and I wasn't surprised to find that there are websites dedicated to solely, you guessed it, Twilight. For all of you that aren't familiar with the novel, Edward, a vampire, falls in love with Bella, "the mortal" and "the lamb." It's a love story. That's all it is. Is it necessary to obsess and devote your life to something that doesn't exist?
     Some girls have confronted Robert Pattinson (Edward) with their bloody wrists saying, "Drink my blood, Edward!" How disgusting, sick, and twisted is that?! That's taking obsession to a whole different level. Some people have devoted their life to trying to act out Twilight in their everyday lives. One of the websites devoted to the Twilight Saga is One user, ayla225, says, "I'm sitting in class and the teacher begins to talk about washington i immediatly think of twilight. My friend beside me is tall, pale and thin with amber looking eyes! He brushed up against my skin freezing! I look up "i know what you are." He proceeds to go "say it say it out loud!" Whoa i didnt expect that. MLIT" Welcome to Twilight - obsessed America, everyone!
     For the spite of it, I searched I got a message saying that the page could not be found. Out of curiosity, I searched Guess what I found? Absolutely nothing! Now, I'm certainly not saying that people should devote their life to obsessing over To Kill a Mockingbird or Candide, but is Twilight so significant that people need to treat it as if it was a religion?
     On more of a bias note, I think Twilight is poorly written. I don't think it's anything that remarkable that I would post my love (lust) for Edward Cullen and Jacob on websites. This obsession also scares me. Technically, isn't obsession a psychological call for help? These people need help. Let me say once more that Twilight is FICTIONAL. Edward, Jasper, nor Jacob will become a reality, even if you use "black magic" to bring them to life. Let me put this in the nicest way I can. Remember when you had a crush on some celebrity when you were five years old? Okay. Good. You remember. Now, did that person ever love you back? No. They didn't, did they? None of the characters from Twilight have the ability to love you, because guess what, they are fictional characters in a book! Believing the characters are real, and that they will eventually love you is like believing in Santa Claus. Grow up!
     If you weren't aware, there are other books besides Twilight out there in the market! Who knew, right?! Why can't we all appreciate something that tested optimistic philosophy, like Candide? Why can't we all love a Jane Austen novel? These books are classics for a reason! They actually have meaning! Surprise! The next time your English teacher gives you a novel as an assignment, think before you moan (or don't read). Look into what the novel has to say. Look into the novel's meaning. You'd be surprised at how much you may actually enjoy the novel.
This is what the saga portrays. It's a slap in the face to women everywhere, and it's a slap in the face to literature.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How is Go Green Doing? Part One: High Hopes

     Even though Coughlin's Go Green Club hasn't started helping the environment as of yet, officers were elected yesterday. All of the officers have brilliant ideas. This year should be exponentially successful in the official establishment of the club, and it should be successful in the process of getting recycling within the school. Other than that, there's a lot of different ideas and events being planned. This year will definitely be more effective and efficient than last year's chapter of the club. We will extend our resources, information, and help outside of Coughlin's walls this year. Hopefully, with the effort and imput of everyone in the club, this year will be a year to remember in Go Green! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

I Won't Be Going on Vacation Anywhere Near the Gulf Anytime Soon...

     As most of us know, BP's oil spill started on April 20th, 2010, and it lasted for 80+ days. It destroyed the environment near the Gulf, and it killed many of the animals that lived in the habitat. It was a horrible ordeal. Now, there are reports that people who helped clean up the oil spill are getting sick. I've seen pictures of people touching the CRUDE (unfiltered, harsh) oil with their BARE HANDS. Crude oil is really dangerous to touch. Why would people touch it with bare hands? Is it for "effect" when the picture of it is taken? I don't think any "effect" is worth touching crude oil with bare hands.
     Nevertheless, scientists want to participate in the study of 27,000 people who helped clean up the oil. There were reports that 300 Louisiana workers who helped clean up the spill sought medical attention in the months after the spill. Symptoms included nausea and headaches, which are commonly associated with the exposure of hydrocarbons released by oil.
     Hopefully, this will all be a thing of the past in the nearby future, but until then...I'm not going to the Gulf anytime soon, unless it's environment related.

"Scientists to Study Health Effects of BP Oil Spill" by: Patrick Corcoran

Going Green at Coughlin: What’s really happening?

     Fact: 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour in the U.S.  I wonder how many plastic bottles from Coughlin contribute to this startling fact. I’m sure most of us are aware that we do not have recycling here at Coughlin. The Go Green Club tried their best to get recycling up and running last year. Due to restrictions and ignorance, the plans for setting up recycling in the cafeteria failed. Ignorance, you ask? When the Go Green Club turned to different places asking for help with recycling, they all said they couldn’t help, or that it wasn’t possible. The question is why wasn’t it possible? What’s difficult about recycling? It seemed as though they were lacking knowledge on recycling issues.
It turned out to be a game of pass-the-buck with Go Green’s efforts to get recycling started. This year will most likely be different. The Go Green Club plans on writing a letter and a proposal to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District school board. Hopefully this will kick-start a positive thing for not only Coughlin, but for all of Wilkes-Barre Area, as well. Until the day comes when recycling is a part of Coughlin’s normal routine, there are a few teachers who are doing their part in caring for the environment.
Mr. Trievel has a box in his room (Rm. 65) for recycling paper. He takes the paper and recycles it on his own time. He is an advocate for environmental awareness. He is also supportive of Go Green’s efforts to try and bring recycling into the school.
Mr. Marr is the advisor and the guru of the Go Green Club. He puts all of his effort into going green and teaching his students about going green. He is always more than willing to share the latest news and updates on the environment.
Other teachers such as Mr. Meehan and Mr. Trievel have some sort of recycling option for paper items. Hopefully, the trend will catch on until there is an established recycling system in Coughlin. In the meantime, it’s saddening to see how much plastic, paper, and other items that could be recycled are thrown in the trash every day.  It’s also saddening to see that this doesn’t affect the vast majority of people. It’s baffling to realize that the student body may not be as educated enough as it should be on environmental awareness, how much damage has been caused to the environment, and most importantly, how this affects us and our future.
The next time you walk outside, look around you. Look at the trees, the grass, the sky, and how beautiful it all is. Little by little, more land seems to be disappearing. Little by little, more trash seems to be piling up in the nearby parks. Change starts with you. Conserve our environment to conserve our future. You’ll be glad you did.