Monday, September 21, 2015

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:It Goes On"

I chose the quote " In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:It Goes On". I chose this quote because it teaches people to move on. I think that not dwelling on the past in a key part of life. I also liked it because it's beautifully written.

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Labor Day Weekend

         This weekend I went to visit my cousins in Washington. I first spent the day in Seattle, and went shopping for my birthday; we also visited Pikes Place Market. After that I spent the night  at my cousins house and the next day we drove to our family beach house along the canal. Me, my mom, my Aunt and Uncle, as well as 4 cousins crammed into the car. During our time there we went fishing, did puzzles, read, and went swimming. On the third day that we were there we had our family reunion, that we have every year. Here I got to see my cousin's baby cousin, Charolette, and her parents; and many other people that I only get to see at the reunion every year!

Why I Chose My Novel

        I decided to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for my English novel. I chose this book because I got recommended it by a friend. Also, they let me read the first page of it and I was interested. My novels opening exposition is a hospital. As the book continues, the main setting becomes Miami, Florida. The main character, Mara, is attending Croyden High; which is a private high school. In the first chapter, you learn that Mara has recently been in an accident. An old insane asylum collapsed while her and her 3 best friends were in it. She was the only one who survived. At her new school we get introduced to Noah Shaw and Jamie Roth. We also get introduced to her family which consists of her older brother, Daniel, her younger brother, Joseph, her mom, Indi, and her dad.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pageant Politics

Pageant Politics
“Four-year-old Destiny took to the stage dressed in Sandy's "cool" leather look from "Grease" ... complete with a prop cigarette.
"Don't forget to smoke," her mother told her before she hit the stage. And Destiny didn't, to the shock of both the attending audience and the judges. At least it wasn't lit.
"Destiny has a cigarette!" one of the judges said afterward. "What is she thinking!"
While she did lose points for the "inappropriate" prop, Destiny still won Personality Supreme.”(from Huges with The Huffington Post.). This is just one of the sickening stories of how pageants are run. Pageants have always caused controversy in America, and I think that they are not appropriate for children under the age of 9. I think this because it teaches bad health and social habits, the kids are sometimes forced to participate, and the costumes are inappropriate and can create danger for young girls.

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Teaches Bad Health + Social Habits
One of the reasons pageants aren’t appropriate for children under the age of 9 is because it teaches bad social and health habits. Even older women feel insecure about their body and feel the need to get skinnier. I feel that their are right ways and wrong ways to do this. In other words, it’s not always healthy. Little girls don’t know this, so they will do whatever it takes to get thinner. Most of the time they are just doing this to please their mothers. They think that their natural shape and beauty isn’t enough to win the “big crown”, and by pageant standards they could be right.(Delgato, Child Beauty Pageants Are More About the Parents)
Pageants also cause bad social habits. At pageants, everyone wants to be a winner,and get the trophy.This causes them to fight with their peers. They fight over little things that can be fixed and get absorbed in drama. Most of the time the mothers support this by fighting with the other mothers as well. Mothers may think that they will make friends through pageants, but instead the girls just end up getting flustered and can grow up to not having friends in the future.
An other reasons that pageants are more harmful than helpful for young children socially, is because losing can be destructive. The girls aren’t always old enough to understand why the judges, “didn’t like them”. They think that they did everything that their mom told them to do and they still lost. Also when girls lose, it obviously causes low self-esteem, but it can also make them feel like they aren’t good enough to ever amount to anything. This causes girls to feel like their beauty is the only thing that will help them win in life, and they then rely on it constantly(Keyes, Ugly Child Pageants). As Claire Lindsey says, “Child Beauty Pageants leave no self-worth for the girls”(Lindsey, The Ugly Truth to Child Beauty Pageants)
Often Forced to Participate
Another problem with child beauty pageants is that the kids are often forced into participating. The girls have no say in what they do, and most of the routines are made up by their mothers. They don’t get to have a say in what they wear, or what they perform. Since these girls are so young, they don’t know what the long effects of what they are doing are, and are at their mother's will.
Often people feel that the pageants are more about their mothers, not about the girls. Most mothers are, “ living the life they never had, through their daughters” says Delgato,from Pageants are More about the Parents. Some parents even make their kids enter pageants just for the money. I however don’t understand this, because the cost of the pageants is way more than the cash prizes. The parents as you know, are highly influential in the pageant process. Some mothers think that the pageant is “Healthy”, but as you learned in the previous section it isn’t. Most parents don’t know what their getting their girls into. Some mothers even punish their children if they don’t win. This causes the girls to feel even more desperate to win.(Delgato,."Child Beauty Pageants Are More about the Parents." )
I, myself, love to watch the Miss America beauty pageants every year. The difference between those pageants and child pageants, is that they actually have a say in what they do. They can choose what talent to do, what they wear, and can think about the cause and effects of what they do. These little girls can not. The pageants can be dangerous because(especially on TV), everyone can see them in skimpy costumes. The older girls can decide to wear something appropriate. These girls are forced into it blindly. In all pageants are run on money, and make the girls want to win at all costs.     ( "The Ugly Truth to Child Beauty Pageants.", Lindsey)     Dress Up at pageants(

Inappropriate Costumes
Costumes are one of the biggest parts of child pageants, and for all pageants in that matter. The total cost of one pageants for parents is usually about $3,000-3,500. Up to 50 % of that money is spent on costumes. Depending on how many sections they are, the entry fees can add a lot more to the cost.
In addition to the cost of costumes, they also aren’t appropriate. The little girls have to wear loads of makeup. As well as flippers(fake teeth), padding, fake hair, and have to get spray tans(Henson, CNN news). In the pageants they make girls act way more mature(as far as looks go) than the actually are. I don’t think that this is healthy. It teaches girls that the only way to win is through showing skin.(Wikipedia, Sexualising In Child Beauty Pageants). As I said before, child beauty pageants can also be dangerous for girls because there are people watching them who may see them as more than just little girls and can take advantage of them. All in all, child beauty pageants can let people take advantage of the girls, and gives them negative self-images.    
In the end child beauty pageants aren’t appropriate for young girls(9 and under). They aren’t appropriate for young girls because they form bad health and social habits, they are often forced to participate, and the costumes aren’t appropriate. Over 250,000 kids compete in pageants every year. I think that pageants are a great way to meet new people and open job opportunities, when you are older. However, when you are younger you are more prone to damage your self-image than to create a positive one. I think that at the age of 9, children are able to make their own decisions about what to wear, and how to act. That’s why I think that 9 is the appropriate age to start enrolling kids in pageants.


1.Source Citation

Reed, Billy. "Child Beauty Pageants Should Be Eliminated." Beauty Pageants. Ed. Noël Merino. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Rpt. from "Time to End Child Beauty Pageants." Billy Reed Says. 2006. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

2.Keyes, Chealsea. "Ugly Child Pageants." Daily Evergreen. Daily Evergreen, 11 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 May 2015.

3."Child Beauty Pageants Are More about the Parents." Child Beauty Pageants Are More about the Parents. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

4. "The Ugly Truth to Child Beauty Pageants." Uloop. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

5. Hughes, Jason. "'Toddlers & Tiaras' Courts More Controversy: Four-Year Old Takes Stage With Cigarette (VIDEO)." The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

6.Source Citation

Cartwright, Martina M. "Child Beauty Pageants Give Children Unrealistic Expectations." Beauty Pageants. Ed. Tamara L. Roleff. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. At Issue. Rpt. from "Child Beauty Pageants: What Are We Teaching Our Girls?" Psychology Today (12 Aug. 2011).Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

7.Source Citation

Wiehe, Vernon R. "Beauty Pageants Are Not Appropriate for Young Children." Beauty Pageants. Ed. Tamara L. Roleff. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. At Issue. Rpt. from "Nothing Pretty in Child Pageants." 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

8."Princess by Proxy: When Child Beauty Pageants Aren't About the Kids."UANews. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

9."Sexualization in Child Beauty Pageants." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Flashback with Fashion

Life was a lot different when my Grandma was alive. One big difference was the fashion styles. I choose to interview my grandma because she lived in a time where there was a strong moral code expressed in fashion. For this interview I communicated with her over phone and taped the whole interview. Joann Metcalf (“Granny”) was born in 1930, and married to Ron Metcalf when she was 21. She had 2 girls, Lynn (my mom) and Carol; and currently has 5 grandchildren. She is currently 80 and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She is kind like all Grandmothers, but has firm and honest opinions. She has short, thinning grey hair; and crinkles that shape her warm smile. She is small and fragile, but has a warm embrace. She loves all of her grandkids very much and has a lot of stories that tell her past. That was another reason I chose her because she isn’t afraid to teach others about her past.

1.What were the styles of clothing when you were growing up?
“After WW2 people had more money and became more fashion conscience; lengths went down.” Remarks Joann on the progression of styles as she was growing up. Everybody sewed a lot, and everybody followed the trends. At this time there were no dominant brands (because they sewed), and not a lot of people went to retail stores. When the girls weren’t going to school they wore things called “playsuits”. This was kind of like today’s romper. It was a blouse and shorts attached to each other. This was more comfortable to play in, than a dress.

2.Did your parents approve of the styles?
Most of the clothing was fairly sensible at that time. In fact, most of what the younger generation was wearing looked like a younger version of their parents’ clothes. The clothes were very modest and didn’t show lots of skin. For this reason parents approved of the clothing. My great grandma even sewed most of the clothes for my granny. Later on they started sewing clothes together and eventually my Granny made all of her own clothes. “  

3. How did styles differ with age?
As I said before, the clothes didn’t show lots of skin and covered more of their body. If you went back to the 40’s, you’d see most of the girls wearing blouses with long skirts. For most of her school career, Joann wasn’t allowed to wear pants. Not even in college. When they went to work they wore the same things as during the day (dresses or blouses and skirts). This being said, all the styles were pretty much the same with age. As I said before, kids clothes looked very similar to their parents. In conclusion there weren’t a lot of changes I clothes between ages. “Different ages wore the same things, but in college we had strapless evening dresses. I even had one in high school.”

4.What were the male styles like?
The boys at that time wore collared shirts (no one wore t-shirts), and pants. When in college both girls and boys wore jeans, but girls didn’t wear to classes. Also boys and girls both wore saddle shoes, and they wore crew hats. Some other pieces of clothing that boys and girls could wear were things like sweaters and cardigans (some short sleeved). Also no one wore vests. “Ron wore courts and he had collared shirts. I can remember that I got some jeans [like men’s] in college. That was when jeans started out for girls.”

5.What are the differences from today’s styles?
Styles have come a long way from back then. The styles now are definitely different. There were no low necks and girls didn’t wear short sleeves (3 inches at most). Girls didn’t even wear sundresses in college. At dances girls wore strapless evening gowns. Now a day, girls would wear short little party dresses that were tight on the body, back then most all dresses were loose and flowed around. She got her first high-heels when she was 13. Of course these were only about 3 inches tall. I myself, not 13 yet, have pair of about 6 inch wedges. Back then there wasn’t a lot of flats being worn, and it was unheard of for girls to wear sneakers. Instead they wore saddle shoes and canvas shoes. Nikes were the first sport shoes. In conclusion, styles now are way less modest, show more skin, and are worn by younger people.

In this interview I learned a lot about fashion when my grandma was growing up. I set out with 5 questions: What were the styles of clothing when you were growing up, Did your parents approve of these styles, How do you think styles differed with age, What were the male styles like, and What are the differences from today’s styles? I got a lot of good answers, I am glad that I choose to interview my grandma because she gave thoughtful answers!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


I am reading the book Insurgent by Veronica Ross. I am at the part of the book where the faction less are starting the attack on Erudite.

Caleb is Tris's older brother. He joined Erudite, but soon left after he found out about the attack. Since then he went to Amity with Tris, and then the faction less safe houses. After he disappeared. Tris later found out that he went back to Erudite, and betrayed her by telling Jeanine her factions from the test.Caleb is very smart but I think he's also afraid and thats why he went back to Erudite and betrayed his sister

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marcus or Tobias?

I am reading the book Insurgent by Veronica Ross. I am at the part of the book where Tris needs to decide wether she trusts Marcus enough to go with him to release the secret. If she did this she would betray Tobias, but if she doesn't no one will ever know what's outside the fence. I think that Tris shouldn't do it because she would betray Tobias(her boyfriend). I think that instead she should tell him and then go. This way he will known and will probably come with her.