• Reagan's Rant #3

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 3/21/2014

    I’m sure all of you are dying to know what my least favorite part of winter is. Well, let me tell you, and don’t be offended by it (remember, this is my rantJ) - snow. I hate everything about the snow. With snow, cold weather is wright alongside it. The cold weather doesn’t bother me too much; actually, my favorite time of the year is in the spring when it’s clammy and raining outside (obviously, I don’t like this time of year all the time, but for the short while it’s here, I love it). Now, the snow, or the “white death” as my father calls it, makes the roads and sidewalks too slippery for comfort causing the majority of vehicular wrecks in the winter time. After it snows, I hate waking up in the morning knowing that I have to drive on some freakishly scary roads. It doesn’t help that it’s always dark out when I leave my house, making my anxiety levels go through the roof. What’s even better than driving on the slippery roads, is having to get out of my warm car to walk on even more tedious grounds. When I open my door, I say a quick prayer to whoever is up there listening to me and ask that they won’t let me fall. Honestly, driving/walking on ice is my biggest fear, which may be ridiculous, but I can tell you exactly why it freaks me out. Let me tell you a little story. One time in the 8th grade, the roads were so bad that school was delayed. However, the people in the Jr. High at the time still made us go outside for recess after lunch. This may be Reagan logic, but I feel if it was too slippery outside to drive, then kids probably shouldn’t be playing outside for recess. Anyways, when I managed to carefully get to our slippery wonderland (the football field/track area), I stood in the same spot in hopes that I wouldn’t fall. As the whistles blew, I start walking to the school to get in line. I was even the first one to actually start to walk out. Then tragedy hit. Unbeknownst to me at the time, there’s a dip in the ground where the entrance of the gate on to the track is. So with this in mind, I walk and I’m barely moving, like, I was being so careful, then I get to the gate and boom, down I go. I tried to get up before anyone could see me, and as I’m trying to get up, I slip and fall again. This time though, kids are actually stampeding through the gate. So I lay on the ground and watch people walk around me and even over me. Some people even took the time to look down at me and say hi. While I’m lying on the ice, my best friend is standing by the stadium watching me and laughing too hard to help me up (*cough* Anna Weishaar *cough*). Finally, someone comes and tries to help me up (shout-out to Noel Normand), but once again I’m back on the ground and she is right next to me. Finally, my “friend” comes over and helps both of us up. So, we’re walking and I get on the sidewalk and I seem to be the only one who could find a patch of black ice and down, again, I go. This time, I completely cut up my hand and knee on the gravel that was supposed to prevent such an accident on the ice. Luckily, I was able to skip the line and go inside to wrap my hand up, which was really gross by the way (and to this day, I still have a scar on hand). This experience was very traumatizing and until my dying day, I will forever hate ice, which was caused by snow. Therefore, I hate snow. I also think it’s funny that some days there is no ice anywhere in the valley except all over at the school. Luckily, we have awesome custodians that make the trip to the school from the parking lot quite a bit safer. Thank goodness! So, that’s my reason I hate the “white death” that falls upon us every year. This is my rant, deal with it.  

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  • Anime Quotes and Fact of the Week

    Posted by Lynn Martyn on 1/17/2014

    “I am Sailor Moon, the champion of justice. In the name of the moon, I will right wrong and triumph over evil... and that means you!”

    -Sailor Moon

    “He's not afraid to trust anyone. That's his strength. But it's also a double-edged sword.”

    ― Hotaru Odagiri, The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 3

    Anime fact: Rei Hiroe the creator of the hit anime Black Lagoon drew inspiration for the series from Spaghetti Westerns, James Ellroy, John Woo, Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, and actual piracy in the East China Sea.

    Many of the mafia’s in Black Lagoon are real as are the settings and guns.

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  • Anime Quotes and Fact of the Week!

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 12/13/2013

    The series Sailor Moon first aired in Japan on March 79, 1992 and September 11, 1995 in the U.S.

     

    “What a great line”

    -Revy, Black Lagoon

    “I feel so...warm...We know...This calm won't last for long, but...We can't help hoping...That this dreamlike moment...will last.. Forever...”

    -Oz Vessalius, Pandora Hearts

    “There are some wishes that cannot be fulfilled by oneself.”

    -Kohaku, Wish

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  • Reagan's Rant #2

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 12/5/2013

       I was walking by a classroom  a couple of weeks ago, the productive hour had passed and minds were obviously more set upon getting out of the door and way less upon the days lesson.  A student clearly fixated on being the center of attention was making it difficult for the devoted educator to keep order in the classroom.  With a resounding exclamation while wisely holding back a string of desired expletives, the teacher reprimanded the student.  With little pause and a somewhat sinister tone, the student replied with, “you can’t bully me like that.”  Oddly, and much like a collection of programmed bobble heads, many other students agreed as if to condemn the teacher’s appropriate reprimand.  I didn’t think too much about this until the next morning when I was listening to a morning radio show and heard a story about a group of Texan parents and students that are suing an opposing football team for bullying due to their winning by too many points.  With these two thoughts in my head,  I flashed back to episodes of some of the reality game programs that I enjoy watching on TV and tried to recollect how many times that dominant competitors were accused of “bullying” whenever they attempted to play the game in an assertive or competitive manner.  Bullying is becoming a highly overused term.  By deeming such things as a well-deserved reprimand or a decisive defeat as bullying, the actual meaning of the term is lost.  When someone who has willingly stepped into a competitive arena, be it a sport, competition,  or even  a reality TV show and then chose to cower under the blanket of bullying to win sympathy or vilify their opponent,  it grossly undercuts the serious nature of real bullying.  When a student openly challenges a teacher and then upon receiving the consequence retreats to the position that they were bullied, it mocks the fact that there are real victims of real bullying all around us.  We all see things in a different way, but if the reader takes anything out of this rant, I hope it is that we need to reset the “bully” button, learn what bullying really is, and stop using it as a shield.  That is my rant, deal with it.   

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  • Anime Quote and Fact of the week 11/25

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 11/27/2013
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    “That’s not wrong… you fought to protect your world. Isn’t that good enough? No one really thinks of others, you will lose everything if you can’t keep up. After all, justice in this world is just a bunch of principles made by those with power to suit themselves. Only two kinds of people exist in this world: those who steal…and those who are stolen from. So then, today I just stole your future. That's all.”

    Ciel Phantomhive – Kuroshitsuji


    "If it's your wish, I will follow you everywhere

    even if your throne crumbles, and your shiny crown turns to rust

    even if the bodies pile up endlessly, above the bottomless pile of corpses

    Beside you as you lie softly down, I will be

    until I hear the words "check Mate" !"

    Sebastian Michaelis – Kuroshitsuji

     

    Spirited Away, My Neighbor Tortoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, From Up On Poppy Hill, Nausicaa Valley of the Wind, Whisper of the Heart, Arrietty, The Castle of Cagliostro, and Tales from Earthsea are all done by Hayao Miyazaki. His last movie before retirement was The Wind Rises.

     

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  • Reagan's Rant

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 11/15/2013

    Reagan’s Rant

    By: the one and only Reagan Mecham

     

                 In this segment of the newspaper, I will rant about something

                 that’s been on my mind or that is just flat out bugging me.

     

    My first complaint of the year is kind of gross and simple. Here’s my scenario:

       Obviously, everyone needs to use the restroom and when nature calls, well, you gotta go. So, sometime last week, I left during class to go use the restroom and I walked into the first stall I see (This was in the bathrooms by the commons/gym area) and, with my luck, the toilet hadn’t been flushed. A little grossed out, I went to a stall two away from the one I was previously at, and again, not flushed. I’m not going to lie, that completely grosses me out. I don’t want to see someone else’s business. It’s not like it’s that hard to turn around and flush the toilet before exiting the stall, you do it at home, well, I hope the majority of people do, so why not at school? As cheesy as this may be, it bothers me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this. Now, I realize that in the new section of the school, there are automatic toilets, and that’s awesome because then you don't have to see your fellow classmates’ “duty.” However, there are downsides for those too. When you’re in the middle of doing,  well, what one usually does in the bathroom, and they constantly flush. It’s gross. Something my mom taught me to do very well was turning around and flushing the toilet and I’ve followed  in her footsteps.  So, out of habit, I turn around and of course,  being that the toilet is automatic, it automatically flushes and sprays me in the face. Gross, right? But that’s a whole other story. And probably more information than you guys probably wanted to know. Someone had to bring up this problem, right? I’ve seen people post about not flushing on Facebook, and you know it’s a big deal when someone takes the time to post about that (yes, that was sarcastic). All I ask, at least until I graduate (which is this year, so you don’t have too much longer) is please, PLEASE, flush the toilet. That is my rant, deal with it.

     

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  • Inspirational Poems

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 11/13/2013

    If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking by Emily Dickinson

    If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.

     

    In Spite of War by Angela Morgan

     

    In spite of war, in spite of death, 
    In spite of all man's sufferings, 
    Something within me laughs and sings 
    And I must praise with all my breath. 
    In spite of war, in spite of hate 
    Lilacs are blooming at my gate, 
    Tulips are tripping down the path 
    In spite of war, in spite of wrath. 
    "Courage!" the morning-glory saith; 
    "Rejoice!" the daisy murmureth, 
    And just to live is so divine 
    When pansies lift their eyes to mine. 

    The clouds are romping with the sea, 
    And flashing waves call back to me 
    That naught is real but what is fair, 
    That everywhere and everywhere 
    A glory liveth through despair. 
    Though guns may roar and cannon boom, 
    Roses are born and gardens bloom; 
    My spirit still may light its flame 
    At that same torch whence poppies came. 
    Where morning's altar whitely burns 
    Lilies may lift their silver urns 
    In spite of war, in spite of shame. 

    And in my ear a whispering breath, 
    "Wake from the nightmare! Look and see 
    That life is naught but ecstasy 
    In spite of war, in spite of death!"
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  • Anime Quotes and Facts of the Week!

    Posted by Jan Garrison on 11/13/2013

    “There is no such thing as a coincidence in this world. There is only the inevitable”

    “Words, once it has left your mouth, it cannot be uncalled. It cannot be nullified. People don’t understand how strongly they’re tied down because of it. But they continue to use that lock. Words are something living and sometimes, it can even tie down a person’s life.”

    When one sacrifices oneself to help another, it could actually be painful to the person being helped, especially when that person is of importance to them.

     

    Yuko Ichihara from XXXHolic

    Fact: Eric Vale voices both Canada and America in the show Hetalia despite only auditioning for America.

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