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A few nights ago, as it was cold and rainy, all I planned to do was sit inside. I’d spent hours studying for a math exam, and I wanted to get into bed and let someone else’s written words wash over me. I was drained, but as I hurried from my car door to my [...]
Have you ever noticed how much we look at our own shoes? We’ve learned to ignore them, but for this blog, I decided to pay a little more attention to my gool ol’ feet.
I like basses. I mean, in addition to the fact that I am one (hey choir kids), they really fill out the sound to any sort of music. They’ve got a monopoly on cool jazz walking lines and nice buzzy wub-wubs and seriously funky grooves. This particular bass, though, has a special place in my heart as [...]
For today’s photo blog, I decided to play around with long exposure: leaving a camera’s sensor open for much longer than a typical photograph would. Instead of 1/60 to 1/125 of a second as usual, I left the shutter open for 20 to 30 seconds, long enough to play around with what the camera thinks [...]
The Columbia Area Career Center hosted their annual Skill Expo earlier tonight, and my goodness, it was spectacular. From Welding Tech to Photonics, Computer Science to Broadcast Journalism, the CACC displayed its collection of classes available to incoming students. I spent an hour or so wandering those halls, seeing what I could see. Asa Lory [...]
I really enjoy the creative process. Not just the final product, which indeed is interesting, but the actual sequence of conceptualizing, planning, trial and error that goes into achieving the end. I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately as I try to balance ideas for Southpaw issues, creating three characters for two different [...]
I’m taking a break from my usual schedule and format to bring my experience yesterday at Roots n Blues to the Bearing News site. I spent most of the day downtown, and the festival was fantastic. This is what I saw.
Hello, again! I’ve finally gotten organized enough to put up my first photo blog of the year (only 14 hours late, too,) and it’s already following what seems to be a general rule of this blog: take what I do in normal life and capture it for you guys. A few days ago, I auditioned [...]
I always have a good time at Capers seeing the different acts. I enjoy watching the singers and the dancers perform because I know they’re doing what they love and sharing it with the school. There’s something special in that. Carly Allen loves jazz, and her voice is so good it’s nearly tangible. [...]
Easter Sunday has come and just about gone, marking many a springtime celebration, one of the last sane weekends before AP testing and the resurrection of Jesus. Being myself – not too worried about exams, not in the mood for fetes and not expressly religious – I spent my weekend hanging out at Saturday’s annual [...]
It’s that time of year again, when spring sports reclaim their members, and although I am not a fan of most athletics, I absolutely enjoy watching the running, jumping and throwing that happens in track and field. Coach Blackburn leads this particular collection of sports, and is always inspirational and hardworking. Warmups are standard, [...]
During the past few weeks, I’ve dabbled in all sorts of organizations. I’ve gotten to do my wonderful, not-actually-18-yet version of clubbing (that is, going to various clubs around Rock Bridge). I’ve witnessed Capers a month before it will actually happen. I like to explore these events because it’s fun, and I just might find [...]
I went to a Young Moderates meeting Tuesday, a club that I frequented in the past but have attended only once this year. Getting back into the swing of politics was nice, but I was also thinking of the idea of moderates themselves. It seems because I have so much going on, I do everything [...]
There’s a certain something about being in the right place at the right time. In our school, so many crazy and amazing things are happening, it’s hard to know where to look. Recently, I began to look everywhere, hoping to improve my odds of serendipity. This is what I discovered. I saw an amazing specimen [...]
Life is so busy for so many people, and I fully realize that I am no exception. That being said, living at 100 miles an hour has its benefits, and every minute you take to slow down becomes something special. These past few weeks have been crazy for me, but every so often these moments [...]
The Show Choir’s premier concert is tonight, and needless to say, I’m super excited. It’s the moment everyone involved has been waiting for since the beginning of the year, and it’s here at last! Months of rehearsal, both choreography and vocal work, and now this show. And it IS a show!
The holiday season is indeed a time for family. Of course, “family” doesn’t always mean those whom you are related to. Times can be just as fun with the people that you love regardless of who shares the same grandparents. I realized just how much we take our friends for granted a couple mornings ago [...]
I had an awesome Saturday. Not because of the ACT in the morning, of course. That wasn’t pleasant. The awesome bit of the day started immediately afterward, when nearly 80 elementary and middle school kids flooded the choir wing It was crazy; it was freaking exhausting, and it was absolutely hilarious. It was, in short, [...]
I like school when nobody’s around. There’s the sense that the building is the same, but everything about it is different. It’s quiet. I happened to be here at 10:30 a couple nights ago for journalism late nights (It’s like a whole second school day tacked onto the regular one!), and I decided to grab a camera and go for a walk.
Ever since leaving the formalities of school band my ninth grade year, I had nearly lost contact with the world that is jazz ensembles. Recently, however, I’ve become a lot more interested in the roaring twenties, the Jazz Age! So, seeing that the Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble had a concert soon, I decided to go [...]