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Great Coming-of-Age Novels
By Talyn Torres, Editor of Entertainment
Growing up is rarely as pleasant of an experience as it initially seems to be. Children are often eager to mature into adults and gain the freedom to live their lives the way they choose. Whereas, many adults and teenagers would happily sacrifice such independence for the carefreeness that one is blessed with in their youth. Coming to terms with coming of age can be difficult, but luckily there is a vast array of classic, well-written novels to serve as how-to guides on the subject.
It is difficult to get through high school without being tasked with reading
The Catcher and the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but there are other, less well-known coming-of-age tales that are worthy of a read. One such novel is Jane Eyre, according to ThoughCo.com, “Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a famous romantic novel about an orphaned young girl. She lives with her aunt and cousins and then goes to live in an even more torturous place. Through her lonely (and uncared-for) childhood, she grows up to become a governess and teacher. She eventually finds love and a home for herself.”
If one simply wants life lessons without all the romance, then Great Expectations by Charles Dickens may be a more suitable option. PanMacMillian.com reports that this is, “the story of Pip’s journey from his humble origins to an unexpected life of wealth and privilege and the painful and humbling lessons he learns along the way, remains one of Dickens’ most popular novels.”
Another great coming-of-age classic is The Perks of Being a Wallpaper by Stephen Chbosky, which UniPlaces.com says, “chronicles the life of Charlie, an introverted teenager. The novel follows him through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb. The story focuses on Charlie’s unconventional style of thinking as he navigates between the worlds of adolescence and adulthood, and attempts to deal with poignant questions spurred by his interactions with both his friends and family.”
So, if you’re having a rough time accepting the inevitability of aging, you may want to consider picking up one of these novels up and giving it a read. Who knows, perhaps you will identify with one of the characters and gain a greater understanding of yourself and life in the process.
Neil Diamond's Retirement
By Sydney Browning/Foodies Editor
Neil Diamond, one of the best selling musicians of all time, announced his retirement after leading many of his fans in song and celebration on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square. That was the perfect way to celebrate those last few minutes of 2017, with “Sweet Caroline”; a favorite from 1969. Jordan Runtagh from people.com, shares Neil Diamonds success from 2017. “The year had been a triumph with packed stadiums across North America and Europe for his 50th Anniversary Tour, and 2018 seemed just as bright. Dates in Australia and New Zealand were booked for the spring, and he was tapped to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in recognition of his half-century reign as a 130 million record-selling singer,
songwriter and entertainment powerhouse.” Things couldn’t have been better for this new year for Neil Diamond.
Only days before his 77th birthday and just three weeks after his New Year’s Eve performance, Neil Diamond shocked his fans by canceling the remainder of his tour and live shows, and immediately retiring due to Parkinson’s disease. Here is what he shares in his announcement, from theguardian.com. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will
always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”
Neil Diamonds fans and fellow vocalists say that his condition didn’t affect his ability to sing. His voice stayed as strong as ever.
Nick Bennett, a guitarist on Neil Diamonds Road Team, has two idols: his own father and Neil Diamond. Here is what he told people.com about the cancellation of the 50th Anniversary Tour. “Even though nobody could know this would be Neil’s final tour I feel like we all lived like it: so many dear memories made and lots of laughs,” he says.“When I look back at the 50th anniversary tour, Neil absolutely wound up on top. His voice is so strong and vibrant, it felt like the years all fall away.”
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Are You Sick of Your Phone
By Emmery Willey/ Science and Techie Editor
It’s midnight and your eyes are heavy. You are almost asleep when you here your streaks starting to sound on Snapchat. You snap awake and stay up until 2 in the morning to check your phone. Have you ever thought that maybe sleep would be more important than your phone?
There are many alternatives that a person could do instead of being on their phones. One alternative is a book. Not an electronic book, but a real hard copy of a book. Cortland W, a Junior at CCHS, said, “Instead of a phone? Read.” Books do so many things for a person. They increase intelligence, prevent Alzheimer's, boosts brain power, and it can help you become more empathetic (realsimple.com).
Nature is very nice at this time. Leaving your phone at your house and going outside is actually very beneficial. Being out in nature can help improve short-term memory, increase your vision, and it gives you better creativity and thinking. One of the biggest thing that being away from your phone and being outside is it reduces stress. The day before you take a test, take a walk outside for 30 minutes. This can relax your mind and help your thinking (businessinsider.com).
One big thing that you could do is spend time with your family. Family? What is that? Well, they still exist. There have been multiple studies about how spending time with your family members help a person’s health, mind, etc. A couple of specific reasons that you should leave your phone and spend time with your family are it build your own self-esteem, is nurtures positive behavior, and creates bonds (lifeadvancer.com). One big idea from this is that your family, especially your parents, aren’t going to be around forever. Take this time and ask them questions. Get to really know them, but do it without technology. Take to them face to face.
There are infinite you could do if you just leave your phone for a while and look around. Leaving your phone will not only help your health, but it will give you more self control. Being able to leave your phone for a while and really talking face to face is a skill that most teenagers lack these modern days. So, set your phone down and take a good look around you.
Sophie Dohring/ Outdoor Page Editor
Ice Cream Museum: located in San Francisco
This yummy looking place is full of sprinkles, rainbows and a sample of free ice cream after the fun. Interactive art exhibit with ice cream and candy themed exhibits, all brightly colored, in a maze of rooms containing "among other things, a rock-candy cave, a unicorn, and a swimming pool of rainbow sprinkles". The exhibits are very often the backdrop for celebs like Kim K, and Liza Koshy.
Museum of Torture: located in San Gimignano, Italy
This museum is full of extreme torture. “Once the tour was over it was light out I had to sit and just gawk and ponder at what I just saw,” said English teacher and Journalism Advisor Arna Bown. This place provides tutorials on the history of torture and shows examples on dummies.
Museum of death: Los Angeles
he ironic but morbid point of the death museum is “To make people happy to be alive”.The Museum began as a hobby of the founders J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz. They would write to serial killers they were interested in, and then show off the artwork their pen pals had created once a year at a specialist show. In 1995, after a few years of exhibitions, the collection, and many other materials, were made into a museum.
Van Gogh Museum: located in Amsterdam
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom,”-Van Gogh. This place is dedicated to the wonderful and crazy artist Van Gogh, with more than 100 works placed in the building. This place is the biggest museum in Amsterdam, and it no wonder why. There are more than four floors filled with Van Gogh’s famous masterpieces. This is a place you definitely want to check off.
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