food, lifestyle, videos

lifestyle || reasons i eat meat: a wine-tasting changed my mind about veganism

At the start of 2018, I decided to try being pescetarian for ethical reasons. It seemed that there were so many reasons for it and no reason in the world not to. Plus, the "lifestyle" side of my social media was saturated with messages about veganism and vegetarianism that I felt compelled to give it a try. After all, why eat meat when we really don't NEED it? Then, after taking part in a wine tasting while on vacation, I finally reached a few conclusions.

writing

writing || Motivation starts in the Classroom: How teachers can inspire students

Never have I seen such enthusiasm from students towards a single class as I did in ninth grade science. By mere inspiration, our teacher had us finishing our lunches early to get a prime seat and eagerly printing and reading extra material the night before a new lesson. The pure passion he injected into his… Continue reading writing || Motivation starts in the Classroom: How teachers can inspire students

academia, Philosophy, writing

writing || The Postmodern Problem: A Critique of Postmodernism in Politics

This essay was largely inspired by Jordan Peterson and the many controversies happening recently in Canada. It was written for my politics class, but when I started working on it I realized that I wasn't producing or saying what I wanted to given the format of the rubric and guidelines and such, so I sat… Continue reading writing || The Postmodern Problem: A Critique of Postmodernism in Politics

academia, Literary Commentary, Psychology, writing

writing || Human Virtues and the Meaning of Life: Rousseau vs. Frankl

I’ve had “Discourse on the Arts and Sciences” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau on my “currently reading” shelf for the longest time, and just a few weeks ago I had a little reading inspiration so I decided to finish it. Turns out I only had several pages to go anyway. Then, I was recommended “Man’s Search for… Continue reading writing || Human Virtues and the Meaning of Life: Rousseau vs. Frankl

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

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

academia, Literary Commentary, writing

writing || The Backbone of “Blue Bouquet”: An Analysis of Literary Style

We read "Blue Bouquet" by Octavio Paz a while ago in my English class, and I wrote a response to the following assignment: Respond to any specific aspect of the story that you feel is an important part of the story (Character, setting, symbol, central metaphor, conflict) or a central idea (theme) in the text.… Continue reading writing || The Backbone of “Blue Bouquet”: An Analysis of Literary Style