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We Are with Strong Minds and Fragile Hearts

We Are with Strong Minds and Fragile Hearts

October 2, 2012


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Well, I’m doing it! Surviving Washington DC’s record-breaking summer heat one day at a time. I really should document my experiences here, but if I may, I’d like to digress for a while. Prior to arriving, every single person I spoke with warned me of the extreme heat and humidity over on ...

Eden Wormer

May 3, 2012


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"I love you Daddy, goodnight." These were the last precious words that Eden Wormer, a 14-year-old girl from Vancouver, Washington would ever say. She killed herself on March 7, a victim of bullying.   Eden was constantly bullied by the girls in her school. She struggled to fit in, and, in...

Drawing from Life, Painting to Live

Drawing from Life, Painting to Live

March 22, 2012


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They didn’t think he’d make it. At least, not initially. But, when Michael Orchowski found himself painting pictures of Santa Barbara in the summer of 2011, his story hit the papers as he became recognized as one of the few survivors of the fastest growing and most resistant brain tumor in the books. ​While he was living in Texas as a...

MOVIE REVIEW: In the Land of Blood and Honey

MOVIE REVIEW: In the Land of Blood and Honey

February 20, 2012


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I have an exclusive movie review for all of you cinema fanatics! In the Land of Blood and Honey: A Tragic Love Story about the Effects of War I spent the holiday season in my hometown of New York City. On a whim one night, I decided to see a film that critics had not said much about titled, “In the Lan...

The 3:16 Advocate: A Story of Hope

The 3:16 Advocate: A Story of Hope

February 8, 2012


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I, Daria, Doth Decree the Following Blogeth: The 3:16 Advocate: A Story of Hope   For someone who came very near to death even before birth, “God’s Quarterback” is nothing short of an awe-inspiring testament to the power behind a personal identity and a little courage. Granted,...

Misunderstood Mentality

Misunderstood Mentality

February 2, 2012


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Throughout the years, teenagers have evolved into a retrospectively condemned generation marked by endless criticisms of our socially irresponsible behavior. In fact, the modern teenager seems to have justified playing hooky, talking back to parents, and attending parties where drugs and alcohol are...

Thy 1st Decree: A Blog by Daria Etezadi

Thy 1st Decree: A Blog by Daria Etezadi

January 6, 2012


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    I, Daria, Doth Decree the following blogeth: The “S” Word Success. It has no universal meaning, brings no security, and breeds eternal misery more than hope does, yet it has become a pivotal point in each and every one of our existences. Some say it can be measured in ter...

Exclusive Interview with Aija Mayrock

Exclusive Interview with Aija Mayrock

January 2, 2012


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We sit down with Aija Mayrock, our resident film critic, to talk about her recent accomplishments... Be Sure to Check out Aija's Cinema Blog! Laguna tenth grader Aija Mayrock moved to Santa Barbara from New York in 2009 not knowing at the time that she loved to write, act, and direct. L...

Dexter: A Charming Serial Killer Who Kills Serial Killers

Dexter: A Charming Serial Killer Who Kills Serial Killers

December 12, 2011


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“….but it’s always there, this Dark Passenger. And when he’s driving, I feel alive, half sick with the thrill of complete wrongness. I don’t fight him, I don’t want to. He’s all I’ve got…” – Dexter Morgan   “Dexter,” a show that first premiered in 2007, is a brillian...

Holiday Wrapping on A Dime

Holiday Wrapping on A Dime

December 6, 2011


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During these hard economic times, the holidays can be a big burden on our wallets. This time of year there’s no escape from spending money on food, gifts, and decorations. Here are some creative gift wrapping tips that won’t cost a dime. For small gifts, some great alternatives to store bough...

Truth About Cleanses

December 2, 2011


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Cleanses are a healthy way to kick off the holiday season. The holidays are coming and, for some, that means an overindulgence in eating and an overconsumption of calories. Post-holiday cures vary from an exercise regime to a fast to a cleanse. A cleanse is a detoxification process lasting between 3-15 days. On...

The Psychology of Writing an Essay

The Psychology of Writing an Essay

December 2, 2011


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As high school students, we’ve all experienced writer’s block. Many students hate writing essays and papers all together. Part of the problem here may be the approach we have all become accustomed to taking when we are given a writing assignment. Recently, in his American Literature Seminar, English teacher D...

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