Journal 2

Introducing, by Joe Graham

“Green Super Slime Liter.” Science Bob Store, Science Bob Store,

Den, Dan. “Check out This Second Life Marketplace Item!” Second Life Marketplace, Second Life Marketplace,

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A Brief Introduction to Polymers

Polymers by Joe Graham


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Gone for a Day, Alone Forever

Gone for a day, alone forever
A small part of town
Erased from the map
Forgotten through the days
Replaced with new infrastructure
Promises of new homes
That never came

The new buildings are friendly towards tourists
But not towards us locals
With the coal industry in decline,
We are nothing but an obstacle,
A nuisance

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Through a Cynical View

A modern-day Catcher in the Rye, Jesse Ball’s novel, How to Set a Fire and Why was about the rather sub-optimal life of Lucia Stanton. In How to Set a Fire and Why Lucia Stanton’s life was in the dumps. With her father dead and her mother in a mad-house, the only relative she could go to was her 78-year-old aunt. Lucia lives simply, “Don’t do things you aren’t proud of” (Ball, 34), which coincidentally is the theme of How to Set Fire and Why. Therefore, I drew a picture of a person [Lucia], living far away from the edge, not doing anything that could be dangerous. But once she found the secretive SONAR (anagram for ARSON) club, she was instantly hooked in the idea on burning buildings “for a better cause.” This moment of getting hooked on fire has really inspired lots of the fake Facebook profile, as there are many references to fire and propellants. There is a picture of licorice on the fake Facebook profile because it was her go-to food if she were to go anywhere, or if she was feeling down or happy.

How to Set a Fire and Why is a modern day Catcher in the Rye (by J.D. Salinger), as Lucia Stanton and Holden Caulfield both share the same cynical, depressed view of the world. “going to school is terrible and it frightens any right-thinking individual,” (2). Although they may share a similar view of the world, the way they lived their lives differed largely. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden lived his life without a care about what people cared about me, and with direction to where his future was going to lead, while Lucia was another story. Lucia lived life with a sense of feeling, staying in place for her love of her aunt.

Fake Facebook links

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Student Led Conferences

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The Winds of Change

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French Revolution, In a Nutshell

The French Revolution was very important as it was one of the first peasant uprisings of about 200 years of royal rule. The French Revolution sparked a change throughout the whole of Europe. All of the European countries that had a similar economic divide as Pre-Revolutionary France realized that if they didn’t do anything, they would also be kicked off of their throne. After that, the way European monarchies ruled changed drastically, like how Britain has a Parliament. They allowed everyone to have a say in what happens with the country, instead of just the monarchs and advisors. Although everyone had a say in the government it did not change the classes. There was still an upper class, middle class, and lower class, but now, the divide between the classes was smaller, creating a more equal country.

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A Journey Through Scams

Perry’s Journal

Perry L. Crandall from Patricia Wood’s Novel, Lottery, is just a small guy trying to get through life. But as soon as he wins the Washington State Lottery, everything changed. His mother and his brothers never talked to him about anything. But as soon as he became rich, they started swarming around him like vultures. Every week they arranged meetings with him talking about what to do with his money. But with the help of Keith and Gary’s advice, he is able to catch on to what they are scheming. “There are times I am glad I am slow. I see things. I hear things. And there are times I don’t think about it at all.” (Wood, 24)

In Lottery, it is about Perry L. Crandall winning the lottery, and how his life changed with that, good and bad. ““it’s the opposite of what you think,” Cherry says. “Not like a car. It’s the opposite.” She tries again. “like a lot of things,” she tells me. “Like money. Like. The opposite of what you think.”” But the main thing that happened in the book is that there were people trying to scam him. But it isn’t just in Lottery where people are trying to scam lottery winners. There have been multiple lottery winners who have been stripped of their winnings, just like in Lottery. 

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Perry L. Crandall Wins the Lottery

The Washington State Lottery has been won! Perry L. Crandall is now a multi-millionaire. With an IQ of just 76, Perry Crandall from Patricia Wood’s book, Lottery, knows what it’s like to be an outsider. “The other kids had different names for me. Moron. Idiot. Retard.” (Wood, 1). Never respected as a son or a brother by his direct family, he was forced to live with his grandparents since he was a small child. But at age 34, everything changed. His grandma died, and he was forced to move out of her house, and go out into the real world, and it seemed as if there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But once he won the Washington State Lottery, his life changed forever. Life was getting easier, and people were getting nicer, and everything seemed cheap. People were talking to him, and treating him like he was equal, ignoring his IQ. “Everybody at the mall was nice and none of them even knew me” (103).

Perry was not ready for his grandparent’s death. All his life he was taken care of and nurtured by his grandparents that when they died, it was catastrophic. But armed with all of the advice and knowledge his grandparents could give him, he was ready to take on the real world. Money can be a solution to everything, but it can be a problem too. While Perry saw winning the lottery as exceptional, his family saw it as an opportunity. It started out with them leeching off his money, asking for a check every week or so, but that was not enough. They started scheming and arranging meetings with Perry about what to do with his money, constantly trying to get more. But little did Perry know, but his family was planning to scam him for all his money.

Money could be the solution to all of your problems, but it could also be the root of them. Not only was money good and bad in Patricia Wood’s book, Lottery, but is also a very present theme in Jonathan Lethem’s novel, The Fortress of Solitude. Similar to Perry, Dylan Edbus (the main protagonist in The Fortress of Solitude) also lucked out in his situation. But there was one big difference between the two books. In Lottery, Perry wins the lottery, but in The Fortress of Solitude, Dylan had the luck of being a white male in the time of great racial divide in Brooklyn, and was able to progress his way out of the streets. Not only that, but the consequences of their luck was different. For Perry, the problems started to arise after he won the lottery, as his family was trying to leech as much money from him as possible. While for Dylan, his problems started from square one due to the fact that he was a white boy in a seemingly black neighborhood.

Therefore, luck can come in all shapes and sizes, but there will always be consequences for them. As seen in Perry’s situation, as soon as he won the lottery his family started circling around him like vultures for money. Also, in Dylan’s place, as soon as he was brought into his neighborhood the kids started to zone in on him because he was so different.

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Packing for Mars – A Children’s Book


In Mary Roach’s almanac about space travel, she uncovers the hidden truth to the events leading up to and during a launch into space. “To the rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with.” (Roach, 1). That is the theme of Packing for Mars, that humans have become to accustomed to life on Earth, and when that’s gone, everything flies out the window.

“People can’t anticipate how much they’ll miss the natural world until they are deprived of it.” (167). Space is not all science and engineering, but psycology too. When cramped in a small pod with at most 5 people, you don’t have much to do, so you start to notice every little thing that is wrong, and emphasize on that. Eventually, you will end up hating the person that you might have loved before. Not only that, the food on board is sub-optimal at best, only making the astronauts more frustrated, turning the situation from bad to worse.

After all, the media portrays being an astronaut to be a glorious job, but life in the life in the final frontier is not easy, and is far from mastered. But the main problem is the way that humans have gotten used to the “normal” life on Earth, but when all of that is changed, there are physical and physiological changes in your lifestyle too.

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