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The Boston Marathon

1600978_10154111735960013_3259821423069240287_nThis Monday was the Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most famous marathons.  I watched for my mom, who was running for College Bound Dorchester.  It was fun to watch how happy all the runners were, especially knowing how much work goes into it, and knowing how happy they were to be able to finish this year after what happened last year.  There was extra security by so many more people watched it and it was a real celebration of Boston and the spring to come.

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Photo credit Andrew Morgan
Photo credit Andrew Morgan

RAW Art Works does art with kids from ages 7 to 17 who are struggling with some part of their home or school lives, and through the expression of art, helps them to express their feelings and connect with peers and adults who can help.  I went to visit with SheGives Boston.

 

 

Photo credit Andrew Morgan
Photo credit Andrew Morgan

The art projects were clever, and allowed us to make so much out of so lithe, just chalk, paper, and a wooden dowel.  The studio was bright and airy, and was covered in art made by other kids.

There was space for everyone to work.I enjoyed working with the Teen Leaders; they were very fun and gave us ideas for projects, and also backed up my point that it’s not art unless you’re messy.

It’s Hip to Stitch

IMG_0013For Christmas, my grandma gave me a gift certificate to Hipstitch, which is a sewing studio and shop for people with all different skill levels.  Each time you go, you can do a fancier project; next time I am going to do a pillow with curves, and after that a bag.  On this visit, I created a rectangular blue pillow with applique and fancy stitch.  They have innumerable fabrics, and can do all sorts of interesting stitches, which is useful when you make stuffed animals and embroidery, though not clothes.  It was an amazing date with my grandma.

 

Looney!

In the winter, I love to go skiing. A great mountain to ski is Loon in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Loon has some great terrain parks and, while there, I went off some big jumps and rails. I was nervous, but as soon as I did it one time, my anxiety disappeared. It helped that my friends, Meghan and Ryan Hoffman, go there every weekend and could show us all the right places to go.

Boom! Science.

photoRecently, I’ve started my science fair project.  I am experimenting about how different milks change the taste of cheese.  I’m using two books, The Science of Cheese by Michael H. Tunick and The Cheesemaker’s Apprentice by Sasha Davies with David Bleckmann, and a web source, CurdNerd.  These sources will help me figure out how to make cheese and give me a little science too.

Here’s a fun fact: cheese curds SQUEAK because they are elastic and not aged and just days old, but filled with air, so it is just like when you run your fingers on freshly washed hair or a piece of chalk on a blackboard which skips rapidly and squeaks with the air pockets.

Stay tuned to hear how it all turns out!

Books for the New Year

This year for Hanukah, I got a Kindle.  I love to read and my parents thought it would be easier for me when I travel to not have to schlep a million books in my heavy backpack.  I’ve read these three books since I got it, just a month ago.  I would recommend them all.

1. Black BeautyImage

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, is old.  You can tell.  It is about a horse in London who is born in a great farm. Black Beauty eventually has to leave his mom, like all little horses do, but goes to another good stable.  But, when the master of that stable leaves, Black Beauty is sold to a bad taxi service.  (The fact that there are still horse drawn taxis was how I knew it was old.)  Black Beauty was sold to more places, not all of which were the best.  Read Black Beauty to find out the rest of his adventures.

I liked the book because Black Beauty makes friends with everyone he meets, though not the mean grooms.  I also likes that while Black Beauty is sold so many times that he has at least seven names by the time that he dies, he remains Black Beauty inside.

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2. A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe now told for the first time

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is a story about a little princess coming from India.  When the weather is too severe for her, she ends up at Miss Minchin’s Seminary School for Little Ladies, and where she is cared for by Miss Minchin, a greedy woman who gets millions from her father and takes the Little Princess under her wing only because she thinks it will benefit her in the future.  One day, Miss Minchin thinks that has hit diamond — I know it’s usually gold, but this is literally diamond — when Sara’s father has just found diamond mines, half of which are in Sara’s name.  When her father gets sick and dies, and the diamond mines are no longer hers, Miss Minchin banishes her to the attic to be a servant.  Sara prevails in the end, but not before there is magic in the book, which is always interesting in a book of historical fiction.

3. Recess RulesImage

In Recess Rules, by Jill Vialet, we get introduced to the Magruder School, where recess is horrible because of a boy named Marcus.  Marcus is a bully.  Red-headed Cassie (like me!) and her three friends, Toni, Zee, and Bryant cook up a plan try to save recess by hiding the ball that Marcus checked out, so he would get in trouble.  But Marcus decided to beat up Cassie after school instead.  I was worried by because of a scene that had happened earlier in the book — no spoilers! — I knew something interesting was about to happen.

What’s cool at the end of the book is that there is a lesson sheet of all of the games that have been played during the book, and it will be fun to take it to my school and teach all of my friends these games so we can also have a better recess.