academia, Literary Commentary, writing

writing || Thoughts on “My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King” by Reymundo Sánchez

Synopsis Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence… Continue reading writing || Thoughts on “My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King” by Reymundo Sánchez

academia, History, writing

writing || The Question of Government: The Case for Parliament

(Written last year, re-published here) Last year, we learned about World War 2 in my Canadian History class, and had an assignment to write an argumentative essay on a chosen topic. I chose one that was both interesting and could provide me with lots to learn from the experience: Compare the Canadian Parliamentary system and the… Continue reading writing || The Question of Government: The Case for Parliament

academia, Philosophy, Religion

writing || World Religions: Thoughts on the Course

Studying religion at a Catholic school has been fascinating, albeit rather challenging. Although I am a Christian, and still celebrate Christian holidays with my friends and family, my relationship to God, the universe, the energies and spirits or whatever is out there is my own, and I’ve never felt that any religion has done it… Continue reading writing || World Religions: Thoughts on the Course

art

art || Scratchboard Skull Study: Adventures in Reverse-Drawing

In art class, we've been working on a three-part skeleton study. The three pieces are: Hand in graphite on white paper Torso of skeleton in hard pastel on coloured paper Skull on scratchboard This particular piece (the skull) was especially scary for me to start because it's a medium I'd never used before. It's also… Continue reading art || Scratchboard Skull Study: Adventures in Reverse-Drawing

academia, Philosophy, Religion, writing

writing || The Case for Non-Theism: The Strengths of Buddhism

There are two things all religions seem to know for certain: 1. God is Good. 2. We are all a part of God’s masterfully orchestrated plan. Everything that happens is meant to happen. I’ve always puzzled over the idea of destiny. Everything that we are, or will be - has already been predetermined by a… Continue reading writing || The Case for Non-Theism: The Strengths of Buddhism

bullet journal, lifestyle

lifestyle || What’s in your “Apocalist”?

I recently finished Netflix's new show No Tomorrow. It's a witty comedy/romance about a woman (Evie) who falls in love with a man ("Zavier" with an "X") who's calculated and predicted that the world is going to end in several months from to an asteroid impact. "The apocalypse is neigh", Xavier half-jokingly, half-seriously says. And… Continue reading lifestyle || What’s in your “Apocalist”?

lifestyle, organization

lifestyle || Ways to Set the Mood

I think it's super important to find a way to enjoy everything that you do, especially when it comes to studying. Some subjects just might not be your cup of tea, but if you set the mood in a way that makes the experience enjoyable, you might start to enjoy the subject too! So here are some ways to set the mood for your studying!