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Biography: My Biggest Fear

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A common thing that people like to ask me is what my biggest fear is. I have always been a realistic person so things like ghosts or monsters never really scared me. What have always scared me is kidney stones. No, I am not joking and yes I am deathly afraid of them. When I was little, I used to never drink water no matter what my mom did. I didn't drink juice or soda either. In fact, I didn't even drink anything unless I was severely dehydrated. Don't ask me why cause honestly I don't know either. Anyways, to get me to drink water, my mom would tell little 6 year old me the horrors of when she had a kidney stone. She would tell me how it was a worst pain than pregnancy and how sometimes it gets to a point where she can't even walk without feeling immense pain. Each time she finished a story, she would end it with "we have a history of kidney stones in the family, so make sure you drink your water." I don't think she understands how big of an effect t…

Week 5 Story: The Piano

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The story begins in an empty house. All there was is a little girl, about six years old, playing on a piano. The only other person in the house was her lesson teacher, drilling into her the importance of playing her scales every day. The sounds of the piano reverberates throughout the empty house, her parents nowhere to be seen. The girl felt sad and lonely but that feeling was quickly wiped away by the banging of random keys. "Pay attention," her teacher said, "Even if you are talented, how can you improve if you're daydreaming?" "Sorry," she responds. The girl doesn't mind the scolding though for she loves the piano more than anything. It was the only thing she can remember and the only thing that has been with her. Her dream is to become a world famous pianist but to reach that level, it requires dedication and, most importantly, a lot of time. So the girl played and played, dedicating her entire life to mastering the craft.

Grand Piano Wikipedi…

Reading Notes: Nivedita Ramayana B

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bibliography: Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists: Ramayana, Sister Nivedita

This version, once again, cleared up some misinterpreted plot points for me. A few things I did not realize happened in the compiled version of the Ramayana:


Hanuman burns Lanka Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists

Ravana actually lost against Rama the first time which caused Indrajit to confront Rama and crewIndrajit was making sacrifices to the Fire God in order to gain more power to beat RamaRama had respect for Ravana as a warriorTurns out Rama isn't actually an asshole. He had to prove to the people that Sita was innocent and the only way he can do that is by having her prove herself by walking through the funeral pyreThe gods revealed Rama and Sita's identity to them Dasharatha had renounced Kaikeyi and her sonIndra revived all the people that fought on Rama's side There is actually a reason why Rama renounced Sita. The people that he ruled over is talking trash about Sita. Rama is actually hurt by…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Nivedita A

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bibliography: Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists: Ramayana, Sister Nivedita

I liked this version a lot more than the compilation version that we read previously. Since there is only one person writing it, the style stayed the same throughout the entire story which helped it flow together nicely. I also especially liked how this version used a ton of adjectives to not only set the scenery, but describe the characters. For example, one good usage of description that helped me visualize what was going on was when the author described what Rama and Lakshmana was wearing to hunt. This helped flesh everything out more. This version is written like a book that would be released today which made it easier and more enjoyable to read.


Rama takes Sita's hand in marriage Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists
Because I can understand it a little better, it helped clear up some misinformation I had. I did not realize that Kaikeyi was initially happy for Rama to become king and it was only because of …

Storybook Plan

For my storybook plan, I plan on using Russell Westbrook as my main character and talking about various stories in the Ramayana by relating it with Westbrook's basketball career. Currently I am debating between either using stories to fit the timeline of his career or just using the stories to highlight key moments in his career without regards to timeline (so an anthology of random stories). I am leaning towards the latter because I don't think I would be able to fit stories to his NBA timeline but that is subject to change. As far as main idea, I think I want to highlight Westbrook's perseverance and determination. The three stories that I want to include would be when Rama finds out that Sita got kidnapped so he does whatever he can to find her, his battle against Ravana, and the last story where Sita goes to heaven.

Biography: The Finish Line

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2-mile mark: You see your coach to the side. You hear him yell at you: "One mile left, 5th man!" You knew instantly what that meant. Cross country adds up the places of the top 5 finishers on the team and the team with the lowest total score wins the meet. You're not the best on the team but you were good enough; most importantly, you knew how important it is for you to finish strong. You push yourself.
Finish line Wikipedia Commons

800-m mark: You're almost halfway there. Your legs are telling you to stop. You can barely breathe. To make matters worse, there is someone right behind you breathing down your neck. You knew that if you slow down even a little, they will pass you. "I wonder what coach would do if I just stopped now?". You think this during every race. You smile to yourself and keep running. 
400-m mark: Your legs are burning. The person is still behind you but you see a couple people in front of you. "I can definitely pass them," you thin…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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The Bridge, Donald A. Mackenzie
Rama made an offering to the King of Ocean so that he can cross to Lanka.

Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana Wikipedia

Rama Attacks, Sister Nivedita
Rama and the monkeys attack Lanka and Ravana's plan was to use his illusions to make Sita fall into despair. He told her that Rama has been slained and uses his illusions to create Rama's head and a bow. Sita wanted Ravana to kill her too but then he was called to battle and the illusions disappeared so Sita knew Ravana was lying.

Indrajit, Sister Nivedita
Rama and the monkeys fight the rakshasas but they get gravely injured by Ravana's son Indrajit. Ravana shows Sita the carnage and she was convinced they were dead. Then this random bird called Garuda comes and heals Rama and the monkeys.

Kumbhakarna, Donald A. Mackenzie
Kumbhakarna is Ravana's brother and one of the strongest rakshasas. He gets awaken to fight Rama but Rama kills him with some arrows.

The Mountain, Sister Nivedita
Indrajit uses a Brahma…