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Thursday, November 12, 2009

We All Shine On

Welcome to the first installment of-
by Kylie Reece

The first person you need know about is John Lennon.
Most famous as one half of the songwriting duo Lennon/McCartney, John Lennon was not only known for his time with the Beatles as he was without them. The essential Beatles songs that you should listen to that are written by Lennon include-
Come Together
In My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows
Strawberry Fields Forever
I'm Only Sleeping
And Your Bird Can Sing
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
A Day in the Life

Born October 9th 1940, Lennon was the oldest of the Beatles and would ultimately be the first to go. Raised by his aunt Mimi from an early age, Lennon had a very active imagination and loved books by Lewis Carroll and drawing cartoons. At the age of fifteen he heard his first Elvis Presley song and was inspired to learn to play the guitar. On July 6, 1957 he was introduced to a young Paul McCartney who was attending a gig for Lennon's band the Quarrymen which he would soon join. McCartney and Lennon were a dynamic duo, both using the death of their mothers as inspiration to write songs for the rest of their lifetimes ("Julia" for Lennon and "Let it Be" for McCartney) Lennon was soon introduced to George Harrison via Paul McCartney and 3/4 of what was to become the Beatles was now formed.

That was just an early history of Lennon's life. He would go on to be publicly chastised for comments about the Beatles being "more popular than Jesus", marry Cynthia Powell with whom he had a son-Julian Lennon, write hundreds of songs, marry Yoko Ono, become world known for his wanting of world peace.

Perhaps the one thing that truly stands out among his legacy, would be the lyrics to "Imagine"

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Tune in soon for the next installment of PEOPLE YOU NEED KNOW ABOUT

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Your Too Shy, Shy

And it's driving me crazy. Everyone has something that they wish they could change about themselves. Guess what mine is? You've got it! I wish I wasn't so dang shy all the time. I'm out going once you get to know me, but otherwise I think I might get mistaken for a mute!! I get so terrified that I just sit there and don't say anything. I'm one of those people who wait for someone else to make the first move and I'm certain that it's going to play havoc with my dating life once the time comes around. But I suppose I just have to approach it with a determined mentality if I want to change it. If that means forcing my vocal chords to speak, so be it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Instant Karma!

Best Friday of my high school career? possibly. I knew I was due for a good day, and I suppose it came today!

I was in English class, where we were discussing a coming multimedia persuasion project. My teacher (who doubles as my journalism teacher) asked for all students who wanted to write an essay instead to raise their hands. Being a somewhat decent writer (I've been told I'm actually quite good, but the pessimist in me begs to differ, but that's not the point.) I raised my hand. The teacher then told me that he actually wanted me to do this project for journalism class. When it was time to break into groups to discuss the project, I asked him if he wanted me to do it for anything specific, like the paper. He said no, but since it will be likely that I will be in a "position of leadership" next year (in the journalism class) he wanted me to have the training. I didn't think anything of that particular sentiment until afterwards.

He basically just told me I was going to be an editor next year.

Now, I really don't want to infer too much into it, because he could mean a team leader (photo, layout ect.) but he definantly seems to like my writing, so I think that is possibly what he meant. I am thinking if this is the case it's only going to be a section editor, but it's quite possible that come senior year he could be meaning an editor-in-chief position. It would be logical, seeing as by then I would have had three years in the program.

However, knowing my luck he didn't mean anything and I'll still be a staff writer next year. But hey! Things do appear to be looking up! and who knows, maybe I'm better at this whole newspaper thing than I give myself credit for. I don't think these decisions are made until towards the end of the year, so I'm not getting my hopes up quite yet.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Don't Call it a Comeback I've Been Here For Years!!

Alas, I'm feeling much better about life today. I really need to stop stressing over what I can't really control. But that's a whole other thing in and of itself.
I actually had a good day today. Satan the drivers ed teacher seemed to be in a semi-not bad mood. Looking forward to tonight when I have an excuse to watch hockey! I'm writing an article for the school paper and I got my editor to give me an extra day so I could do the Chicago Blackhawks game today!! YAY!! Other than that I suppose it was an uneventful day today. I'm just happy to be happy.

And now to add to my happiness-Guess who's skating again for my beloved Hawks? Johnny Toews is back baby!! He won't play today, but I consider it a good sign. I do miss Tazer and hope he gets back soon.

Tomorrow is also early out, which is awesome. I've never been so grateful for girls volleyball in my life.

All the best to y'alls!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's Just Me Against the World Today

So I think I just had possibly the worst day not only of my own life, but possibly known to man. It started off bad and then just kept getting worse. First off, what I thought was going to be a simple career aptitude test turned out to be a !@#$% PRACTICE A.C.T. TEST!!! Then when I went to go take it, I went into the wrong classroom and had to be directed to the right one. Then there was the test itself. It literally made my brain hurt. I got so pissed off on the English part of the test because unless you are going to become a newspaper editor, its worthless. Otherwise all you have to do is use COMMON SENSE! You should be able to tell easily when something you've written doesn't make sense!! Then came the satanic part.
I didn't have a flying fart in space what ANY of the answers were so it got to the point where I just started filling in random letters! I honestly wanted to cry.
Then came the reading portion which was bad because I was still having a mental meltdown about the math part! and they really need to find better pieces of writing to use rather than ones that are written by third graders.
Then came science was esentailly Math II. They might as well have written it in a foreign language, then I might have understood it better.
So at the end of the test I was ready to start crying and still had all my classes to go to. I got to journalisim class where I'm the only sophmore and the teacher said-
"Poor sophmores just basically took the ACT test." and not only that but he went on to say that they were being sent off to Iowa City to be graded! I wanted to just go home, bawl my eyes out, and never come back.
Then I had to go to drivers ed where I swear the teacher has to be satan. He harbors no compassion for anyone and I'm pretty sure he murdered Santa Claus. HE gave us a test and I failed that one too!! I wanted to cause the man physical pain!
So the point of this tragedy is that I hate my life and other people must hate it too.