When a Sexual Perpetrator Runs For President

I don’t usually post about politics, but by now I think silence is a crime.

When a sexual perpetrator runs for president, don’t accept his degrading comments about women as “locker room talk”.  Don’t let boys think that’s just the way men speak.  Don’t let girls expect so little from their male peers.

When a sexual perpetrator runs for president, don’t dismiss the private confession of his crime as mere lewd or vulgar comments.  Don’t forget these were violations of real, breathing people.  Don’t euphemize sexual assault.

When a sexual perpetrator runs for president, don’t remind us that women have husbands, fathers, and brothers.  Don’t act like women only matter because they are related to men.  Don’t tell us you care because there are women in your life because you should care regardless.

When a sexual perpetrator runs for president, don’t let him win.

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Answers to All of the Questions People Ask me About College

Do you ever feel like people are asking you the same questions over and over?  I think every college-bound student has been asked most of these questions, or some form of them, at least 452 times this summer.  Thus, I have graciously provided my answers to all of them, so I can direct people to this page and avoid small talk. 🙂  Warning: Sarcasm ahead.

Photo cred: Zazzle.com.  Yes, you can actually buy this shirt there.

 

 

Q: Sooo, where are you going to school?

A: Boston.  Boston University.

Q: Congratulations!  Why did you choose to go there?

A: Umm… money.  They gave me a scholarship.

Q: Oh, that’s great.  Then how did you choose to apply in the first place?

A: Goodness gracious, I don’t know!  I was such a confused child when applying to colleges that I didn’t know how or why I was applying anywhere.  But if you want to know how I found the school, umm… College Board told me it would be a good fit.  Is that a good answer?

Q: Okay.  Well you better be careful up in Boston.  Do you know how liberal they are up there?

A: Liberal?  Well, gosh diddly darn!  I never would have guessed Boston was liberal.  And it’s not as if I would like to meet anyone with different political beliefs than the ones I’m used to.  Because I am every bit as conservative as you assume I am, and because I have no brain, I’m naturally concerned I will absorb all liberal ideas I come into contact with.  If Boston is liberal, I’m just going to have to renounce my scholarship, aren’t I?

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: Well, at first I was thinking English or Creative Writing or something, but then I realized most of the jobs available to me would be teaching jobs, and I do not have the patience to deal with one of those.  So then I decided on the most PRACTICAL, money-making major ever: sociology.

Q: Why did you choose that major?

A: Like I said, it’s the ultimate millionaire’s major!  NO, because I’m passionate about it.  But I also happen to be passionate about being able to eat so I’m thinking about that career factor…

Q: Do you know what job you’re going to get?

A: *Facepalm*  All these questions make me feel like I don’t think things through well.

Q: Are you planning on finding a husband in college?

A: Oh yes.  That’s my one and only goal.  Why else would I have spent so much time studying for the SAT, move to another continent, and work to pay for college?  It wouldn’t be to get a good education.  What a preposterous idea.  I mean, a woman trying to get an education in order to get a job outside the home?  In the twenty first century?  Laughable.  And it’s not like there are perfectly free dating sites I could use to find a date if that was my goal in life.

Q: Are you excited?

A: YES.  But also nervous and terrified.  Because I’m an introvert and shy and moving to a whole new culture with tons and tons of people and I’m an obsessive freak about my grades and want to do really well and… did I mention I’m a tad nervous?  But, yes.  I’m excited.

 

 

Most Memorable Books Read in 2015

I think I’m going to take a wee break from Scotland and talk about another one of my favorite things: books!  As the year comes to a close, I think it’s natural to reflect upon everything that happens.  Is it weird that I sometimes remember things in reference to what book I was reading at the time?

That said, here are some of the books I enjoyed most this year.  Note: At the beginning of the summer, I wrote this post about the some of the best books I read last school year.  None of these books will be included.

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Short Summary: Charlie, a withdrawn, disturbed freshman in high school, writes letters to a nameless “friend” in whom he confides the pain and joys of finding his place in the world.

Review: This is the first book I remember finishing this year, and it’s stayed in my head ever since.  Charlie’s voice is truly unique; it has a rare personal and honest quality to it that I loved.  Although it has its flaws and contains a few graphic disturbing scenes, Perks is among the most touching stories I’ve read.

2. Catcher in the Rye

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Summary: Holden Caulfield, a neurotic, underachieving teenager is expelled from yet another school.  To deal with the situation and his inner turmoil, he aimlessly wanders New York City, trying to find himself.

Review: I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Catcher and those who just don’t get it.  Although it took a school assignment to get me to pick up this book, I found I fall squarely in the former category.  On the surface, it looks like a long, babbling yarn, but if you look closer, Salinger has many deep insights to share.

3. Throne of Glass

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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Celeana Sardothien, the most feared assassin in the land, is freed from an infamous prison camp.  The crown prince promises her she will stay free under one condition: she will fight for him in a competition and win the position as an assassin for the king, the man she hates the most.

Review: The best thing about this book is Celeana.  She is overflowing with sass and confidence, which makes her an endearing character despite her sketchy past.  There’s also an interesting fantasy world and a good adventure plot, which makes the book an enjoyable read.  I also liked the second book, though book the third bogged me down a little.  I haven’t gotten the chance to read the fourth one, but I hope to soon!

4. The Red Queen

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Summary: In Mare Barrow’s world, there are two kinds of people: those with red blood, who have no magic, and the magical silver-bloods, who oppressively rule over the red-bloods.  When Mare publically discovers she possesses magic despite her red blood, she is forced to play the role of a long-lost silver-blood noble.

Review: The first time I tried to read this book, I didn’t really get into it, though I couldn’t figure out why.  The second time, I couldn’t set it down.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, wondering what would happen and who I could trust.  It’s a thriller that will make your head spin.

5. A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Summary: Mariam is an illegitimate child who is always treated like a burden.  Laila is a beautiful young girl whose father is determined to get her through school.  When war rages in their homeland of Afghanistan, jarring circumstances bring these women together, forcing them to set aside their differences and form the strongest of bonds.

Review: This book wins.  It’s probably the BEST book I read all year, and definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read.  Filled with shattering heartbreak, wartime horrors, and true unconditional love, Splendid Suns is a heartwarming story that will haunt me forever.

And last but not least, I remember reading some really awesome novels my creative writing classmates wrote this year!  I can’t write about them all because it would take an entire second post, but they definitely deserve a shout-out.

Quick note: The books listed here have content that will upset some people.  It’s too much to go into now, but just because I mention I like a book does not mean I morally agree with all of its content.

Christmas

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:10-14 (NIV)

A Quick Note

I just saw my anniversary post in reader, and I noticed this weird math picture somehow sneaked in there.  However, when checked the original post, the photo wasn’t there.  *is confused*  That said, I’m not suddenly deciding to turn this into a math blog, and I don’t know how the picture got there.  Did any of you see it?

It’s been a whole year WordPress!  Don’t turn on me now!

Inspiration

Well, I haven’t posted in a while.  It seems like I begin every post like that these days.  *hides face*  But considering that I and all my lovely TPS followers are starting school today, I decided we needed some inspirational quotes to get us through the year.  Especially for those of us suffering senioritis.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
― Seneca

Now something to lighten the mood…

Summer Adventures

So.  I am a terrible person.  I have not posted in YEARS.  Well, it was more like a month, but it feels like years.  So, to explain my absence, I have decided to post a couple photos I’ve taken during my travels over the summer.  Hope it (sort of) makes up for the lack of posts.

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Don’t worry. I did more than stare at leaves. You’ll see…

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Inside a cave
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More cave
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Fireworks!
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On the beach
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The beach was RIGHT next to the airport
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And one more beach
And one more beach

Well, after all this, you’re not going to believe that I spent most of the summer indoors…

Apologies

Hi followers!

Great news: I’m actually not dead.  I’ve just been busy and haven’t been able to write or post anything.  I know that at the beginning of the summer I said I would keep a schedule, but… that’s pretty well fallen apart.  So, sorry about all that.  But I’m coming back.  I promise.

By the way, what’s up with this new WordPress?  The second I take a break from blogging WordPress decides to stab me in the back by adding all these changes I can’t figure out.  *sigh*

Now that I’ve wasted thirty seconds of your life by making you read this deep intellectual  pretty much useless post, I’ll give you a picture of a puppy to make up for it: