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You Only Live Once

You only live once, it’s true. So while many people chose to be depressed about life just choose to be happy. Anything you do is better than nothing. That means that if you want to do the impossible, be my guest.

Here is why I don’t like suicide, people all over the world die wanting more time on Earth, but then you have people that don’t appreciate the life they have enough to cherish it.  Then when you think of the life that they could’ve had you just shake your head. ‘ What if ’ is always my thought. If they saw their potential, would they change? Just live your life.

Also this whole stress thing irritates me. It’s like a mini reason to find things that will make you angry, sad, worried, etc. I would like to believe that not many people like being stressed. I feel like we should just let go.

So now that you see it my way go. Leave the internet and start loving life. Travel to different countries, dream big things, and make summer break all that you can make it. And if you don’t have summer break just go into the world.

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Law and Order: SVU Review

Law and Order SVU is a series that airs on ABC. Its a police drama. SVU means Special Victims Unit and thats stands for r2006-L-O--SVU----CI-Cast-law-and-order-svu-62454_1600_1042ape, sexual assault, and child molestation victims who have finally come to the police for help or there are special crimes that have been reported. The main characters are Elliot Stabler, Olivia Benson, John Munch, and Fin Tutuola. The chief of police is Donald Cragen. This is a tightly wound group who can never be broken even though they fight at times.

Elliot Stabler leaves SVU in Season 12. Olivia Benson is crushed and is forced to find a new partner. Even though she doesnt like him in the beginning she ends up growing closer to him in the end. Fin is played by Ice-T and to be honest him, John, and Elliot were my favorite characters. Fin and John have always been partners and they are always making funny jokes and keeping the show fun.

Law and Order has other shows as well but this one and Criminal Intent are the most viewed. This one is my favorite because to me it is a little less gruesome and teaches more than the others.

This show deserves 5 stars for being amazing and educational all in one.

Grey’s Anatomy Review

Grey’s Anatomy is a T.V. Drama series. The series is about many different doctors and whatGrey's_anatomy_cast_photo_season_9 happens in their lives. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes. The main character is Merideth Grey. Her mother is a legend in the world of surgery. In the series her mother ends up with Alzheimer’s Disease and forgets everything that she used to know. Meredith gets worried and starts searching for a way to find out if she carries the gene.

In the series she falls in love with her attending Derrick Shepard. Meredith’s best friend is Cristina Yang. Yang is always worried about work and how she can become great as a surgeon. She almost gets married once but get nervous and the groom (also one of her attendings) walks out of the wedding because she “hesitated” to walk out to the alter. Yang does get married to Owen Hunt the trauma attending. One of the surgeons fell ill due to cancer.

Her name was Isabel Stevens. She fell in love with one of her fellow interns Alex Karev. She leaves the show soon after the sixth season. George O’malley was close friends with isabel on the show. He died in a bus accident when he stepped in front of a bus to save a movie. He was engaged to Calliope Torrez but she ended up to be lesbian and fell in love with Arizona Robbins. Robbins cheats on her in Season 9 even though they are married and have a kid. Arizona cheated on Torrez with Lauren.

Calliope gave birth to Mark Sloans child because she and Arizona wanted one. Mark Sloan dies in the hospital after a plane crash. Derrick Shepard and Mark Sloan were enemies in the beginning of the show. This series has brought tears to my eyes once before and in my opinion Shonda Rhimes is a genius. This show is very mature and not intended for immature audiences. I rate this 5 stars.

Regular Show vs Adventure Time 2!!

Regular Show is a show that airs on cartoon network. Its first episode aired in september of 2010 and it has been a hit. The show is about Mordecai and Rigby they are best friends and work at the park. The house in The Park is where Mordecai and Rigby live. Their co workers are muscle man, he is a prankster and often gets his jokes wrong by saying MY MOM instead of your mom. Also there is Skips, he can’t run or walk just skip he is a wise and super strong guy he can fix anything Mordecai and Rigby break. High five ghost is Muscle man’s best friend and is always laughing at muscle man’s jokes. There is Benson The Park manager he is always on Mordecai and Rigby’s case and yells at them and threatens to fire them

Adventure Time is about Finn the human and Jake the dog. Finn and Jake go on adventures in the land of Ooo the might see Marceline a vampire whose bad ate her fries when she was little. They might see Princess Bubble Gum (Finns former love interest) in the candy kingdom. Or they might fight the ice king a wizard who is constantly trying to get a wife by stealing princess but Finn and Jake are there to fight him and save the princess. Lady rainicorn is Jakes girl friend. Lumpy Space princess or LSP is a spoiled fun loving purple cloud who always find drama to get in to. Flame Princess is Finn’s love interest now. Also there is Gunter who is Ice Kings pet penguin

You Decide which is better

Youtube Review: Pewdiepie

Pewdiepie is an incredible You-Tuber who plays horror games for his fans. He makes up funny jokes and faces. He is from Sweden and practically lives on the computer or in front of his T.V. PewdiePie is not educational and uses a lot of profanity. He is an amazing comedic as well.

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Even thought he doesn’t only play horror games he is mostly known for his episodes of “Amnesia”. This game is known as the scariest game on earth. he has a nickname for his fans. he calls them his Bros in the Bro army. Pewdiepie also has sidekicks.

Their names are Mr. Pig (from amnesia), Bro (also from amnesia), Stefano, and Mr. Chair. Mr.Pig is a butchered swine found in the kitchen laying on a table. Mr.Pig was much mutilated and Pewdiepie picked him up and flung him around while making him sing and dance and do other weird things. Another one of his sidekicks was “Stefano”. Stefano is golden statue that Pewdiepie makes come to life in most of his games. Stefano has been thrown around and is known for insulting Pewdiepie.

Pewdiepie came up with Stefano when he was playing a game of amnesia and found a statue on a desk in the game. Mr. Chair was created when Pewdiepie was walking through a room in amnesia and came across a random chair. He lifted up the chair and carried it around for the majority of that episode.

Bro is a real character from amnesia who has his mouth hanging open unnaturally and his hands don’t have fingers they are extremely sharp nail like objects. Bro is known to follow Pewdiepie around in the video game.

Pewdiepie also does videos where he takes requests from his fans comments and does them in a video. He has been famous for his “sad” faces or his “crying” voice when he pretends to be scared. His nickname is Pewds and sometimes when he signs off on a video he will do the Bro-Fist where he fist bumps his camera. I have to say that Pewdiepie is my absolute favorite You-Tuber and I love all of his videos. I do admit that I am part of the Bro army and hope to be there forever. xD

Halcyon the Mythical Bird

halcyon-ceyx-shipwreckIn Greek mythology, there was a goddess Halcyon (Alcyone in Greek) whose dad was Aleoulus, the ruler of the winds. Aeolus lived in caves, where winds were imprisoned. He was the one who chose when to let them out, depending on how the more powerful gods instructed him.

Halcyon was married to the mortal king: Ceyx of Tachis. Their love for each other was well known. When gods listened into their private conversations, they heard some jokes about the other gods they didn’t like much.

Once, when Ceyx had to go to Delphi to consult the oracle of Apollo, he chose to sail the seas to get there, despite all of the cries of his beloved Halcyon, who was terribly afraid of the sea.

Halcyon proved to be rightfully afraid because eventually Ceyx drowned. This occured when a huge storm took his life not far from the coast and his boat disappeared in the waves.

Trying to fight the storm, aware that he was to drown, Ceyx asked Poseidon (the Greek sea god) to bring his body to his wife’s arms. In the meantime, afraid for her husband and not knowing yet what had happened, Halcyon asked Hera to ensure his safe trip.

It was too late. Hera had no choice but to send for Hypnos, who instructed Morpheus, the God of Dreams, to appear in the poor woman’s dreams and tell her about the tragedy. The desperate Halcyon went to the coast where she found Ceyx’s body and threw herself into the dark waves. Amazed by her love and devotion, the gods decided to save her and to transform her into a seabird. They also turned Ceyx into another kingfisher so the two could live and be together.

But even in Greek mythology, life was not always easy. Zeus ordered that Halcyon would lay her eggs only in winter. Having her nest near the shore, close by the spot where she found the body of Ceyx, the stormy waves kept sweeping away her eggs.

Crying and praying endlessly, Halcyon finally managed to touch Zeus’s heart. Encouraged by the other Gods as well, Zeus decided to give her 14 days of good and calm weather in the middle of winter.

So those two kingfisher birds, or Halcyon birds as they are also known, were able to keep their eggs safe every winter during the period that came seven days before and seven days after winter solstice. During these days Halcyon’s father would keep the winds calm on the sea.

Halcyon days are still celebrated in Greece, in memory of Halcyon and her sacrifice. Practically, Halcyon days appear in mid January and do not last for more than a week or ten days maximum.

What’s your Favorite Video Game?

SLENDER MAN!!!!

Editor’s Note: Slender Man is ultimately a myth that comes from a variety of different nations. How, who, or why he supposedly chooses his victims is merely speculation.

Slender Man is a creature who supposedly follows children and kidnaps them. He usually wears a suit with either a red or a black tie. He does not have a nose, mouth, or eyes. In other words, he is “faceless”.

He is known to follow and possibly take children. He may even eat them. Some people have said that they have seen this mythical creature. But no one really knows if he’s real. There is a radio show in California that had a many phone callers telling them about Slender Man experience they have had. There is a video game about Slender Man. The game is called “SLENDER: THE EIGHT PAGES.” It takes place in the middle of the night in a forest. The purpose of the game is to find eight pages while trying to avoid Slender Man.

The player’s equipment is a flashlight to see through the dark. It has a battery life gauge. Eventually, your flashlight will run out of electricity. Slender Man does appear. If the player stares at him too long it’s “game over”. I personally do get scared easily. This topic isn’t really my favorite thing to discuss. If you believe in SLENDER MAN, please leave a comment below, and tell me what you thought of the game.

History of the Basilisk

basiliskIt is called the king (regulus) of the serpents because its Greek name basiliscus means “little king”; its odor is said to kill snakes. Fire coming from the basilisk’s mouth kills birds, and its glance will kill a man. It can kill by hissing, which is why it is also called the sibilus. The basilisk remained an object of terror long after the collapse of the Roman empire and was popular in medieval legends. It was in this period that a great deal of additional myth grew up around it. It became less a giant serpent than a mix of snake and rooster; it was almost literally hellish. An aged cock, which had lost its virility, would sometimes lay a small, abnormal egg. If this egg is laid in a dunghill and hatched by a toad, a misshapen creature, with the upper body of a rooster, bat-like wings, and the tail of a snake will come forth. Once hatched, the young basilisk creeps down to a cellar or a deep well to wait for some unsuspecting man to come by, and be overcome by its noxious vapors.

Other stories say that the basilisk is born from a rooster egg hatched from underneath a frog. It is believed as a giant serpent, with venom that can kill instantaneously. It also says that the only cure for basilisk venom is phoenix tears, which contain magical healing properties. I would go into further depth on phoenix’s properties, but this is basilisks, not phoenixes. It is also believed anyone who looks into the eyes of a basilisk will die immediately.  The This is from the book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. This is the second book of the Harry Potter series.

Some manuscripts have separate entries and/or illustrations for the basilisk and the regulus, possibly because the basilisk account in some places has three sections, one each for the basilisk, the “kinglet” (reguli), and the sibilus. Where the regulus is treated separately, the bite of the basilisk causing hydrophobia is generally ascribed to the regulus. If you find a basilisk, I highly recommend you do not try to keep it as a pet, no matter how small it is.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival *NEW*

A presentation by 7thdragonwriter

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moon[1] The Mid-Autumn festival (also known as the Moon Festival or 中秋节 Zhōngqiū jié) is a Chinese holiday that occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. This Holiday was originally celebrated by farmers who have finished gathering crops and fruits in the middle of autumn . It was a day of relaxation and joy. Eventually, this day evolved into a widespread celebration! Now, for over 2,000 years, this wonderful gathering of people has been enjoyed by friends and family alike!

Due to the natural effects of the season, the silver moonlight shines over the land. Families set up tables in their courtyards or sit in their balconies, relaxing and enjoying the moon’s beautiful light. By doing this many people are reminded of  legends and stories related to the moon. One of the most famous stories of the Moon Festival  is the story of the moon goddess Chang’e ascension to the moon.

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According to the legend, ten Suns plunged the earth into an apocalyptic drought. Plants were withered and rivers dried up. Many died of dehydration. To end this madness, the King of Heaven sent an archer by the name Hou Yi to destroy the nine additional Suns and save the world. Hou Yi used his red bow and white arrows to shoot down the suns and restore balance to the Earth. One day, A beautiful woman named Chang’e was coming home from a stream when she saw a stranger who she soon realized was the archer, Hou Yi. She invited him in to her home for a drink. To show him her respect towards the archer, she plucks a beautiful flower to give to Hou Yi. In turn, Hou Yi gave Chang’e silver fox fur as a gift to show her his gratitude. This meeting sparks their love for one another.Mid-Autumn_Festival_250907[1]

Hou Yi decides that he wishes to be with Chang’e forever. He goes on a long journey and finally receives and elixir that will make the drinker immortal. If one person drinks it, then they shall go into heaven. But if they both drink, they shall stay on Earth. An evil man who wants to become immortal hears of Hou Yi’s journey, and kills Hou Yi while he is hunting. He takes Hou Yi’s elixir. Afterwards, he rushes to Hou Yi’s home, where he attempts to force Chang’e to give him the rest of the elixir. Quickly, she drinks her elixir. Because she is the only one to drink, she is risen into heaven and decides to live on the moon. There, she wept for her fallen husband but enjoyed a peaceful life away from the troubles of the Earth.

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Many legends like the one above are told on the day of the moon festival. Poems are also recited, such as the poem “Quiet Night Thoughts” written by Li Bai. Many of these poems relate to family and the beauty of the moon.

One Western holiday that is similar to the Moon Festival is Thanksgiving. Although the origins and traditions of each holiday are very different, a few things remain the same. Friends and family gather together to enjoy the holiday’s food and enjoy the company of their loved ones on these fall holidays.

The most famous foods on a Thanksgiving day would typically be Turkey.

The most famous food during the Moon Festival is the delicious moon cake!

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  • 2-3 egg yolks
  • 1/4  or 1/3 cup sugar, depends on your preference
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bean paste or any kind of fruit jam

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir the butter, 1 egg yolk and sugar together, and then mix with the flour.
  3. Put the dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for half an hour.
  4. Take the dough out and make small balls (mooncake) in your palm.
  5. Make a hole in each mooncake with your thumb; fill the hole with jam.
  6. Brush each cake with the other 1-2 egg yolks and place all mooncakes on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the outside edges are slightly brown.

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Author’s Notes:

This information is very interesting to me. I love many things about Chinese culture. This festival is one of my favorite things about it. The story and ideas behind it are very beautiful and I hope to learn much more about it. I would like to thank FLVS and my instructor for providing such great information. Thank You!