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[10 Aug 2010|11:47pm]
So let's say that theoretically I really like you, and theoretically even though it sounds moronically cliché and overused, you give me butterflies. And just for kicks, lets add that all in theory of course you may be one of the most wonderful people I have ever met, and hypothetically my heart beats ten times faster when I see you. Do you think that you would supposedly (and in the most theoretical sense) feel the same way?
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[21 Feb 2010|03:43pm]
bad news - chris pureka

Oh no, here I go again, I must be crazy
well every sign says turn back before it's too late
and I've got my heart in my hand, pedal to the floor
yeah I'm approaching the edge, I'm asking you for more

and I should have learned my lesson the first twenty times
but bad news is always just another come-on line
I guess I'll set myself up and you can knock me on down
I'll be in ecstasy right up until I hit the ground

jump back, side step, there's trouble all around
and I don't think I really need any of this right now
if I could clear my head for a minute I would set this straight
but you know I'm on a roll, delusional, my sanity will have to wait

and I should have learned my lesson the first twenty times...

don't worry, I'm not lookin' to marry you
and I'm not waiting by the phone to tell you the truth
and I think it's safe to say that I am not the one
but I hope I hope at least you are
having fun
are ya'?
are you having fun?

now if I had any sense I'd get out of this for good
but I'm banking on that one percent chance I won't get hurt
I've never won a damn thing, this may be my lucky day
but probably not, I'll tell myself you're not worth it anyway

and I should have learned my lesson the first twenty times...
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[28 Jan 2009|07:45pm]
When I was four years old they tried to test my I.Q. They showed me a picture of 3 oranges and a pear. They said, "Which one is different? It does not belong." They taught me different was wrong. But when I was 13 years old, I woke up one morning, thighs covered in blood like a war - like a warning - that I live in a breakable, takeable body, an ever increasingly valuable body; that a woman had come in the night to replace me, deface me. See, my body is borrowed, yeah, I got it on loan for the time in between my mom and some maggots. I don't need anyone to hold me, I can hold my own. I've got highways for stretchmarks - see where I've grown. I sing sometimes like my life is at stake, 'cause you're only as loud as the noises you make. I'm learning to laugh as hard as i can listen 'cause silence is violence, in women and poor people. If more people were screaming then I could relax. But a good brain ain't diddley if you don't have the facts. We live in a breakable, takeable world, an ever available possible world. And we can make music like we can make due. Genius is in a back beat backseat to nothing if you're dancing, especially something stupid like I.Q. For every lie I unlearn, I learn something new. I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon - if you hold it right.
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[04 Jan 2009|09:58pm]
I love you.
It's not a weight you must carry around.
I love you. 

It's not a box that holds you in.
I love you.
It's not a standard you have to bear.
I love you.
It's not a sacrifice I make.
I love you.
It's not a pedestal you are frozen upon.
I love you.
It's not an expectation of perfection.
I love you.
It's not my life's whole purpose (or yours).
I love you.
It's not to make you change.
I love you.
It's not even to make you love me.
I love you.
It's as pure and simple as that.
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these are the best nights of our lives [15 Nov 2008|12:11am]
and i never want them to end
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[29 Oct 2008|10:16pm]
Feelings are not supposed to be logical.
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[12 Oct 2008|11:21pm]
I want somebody who sees the pointlessness, and still keeps their purpose in mind. I want somebody who has a tortured soul some of the time. I want somebody who will either put out for me, or put me out of misery; or maybe just put it all to words and make me say, you know, I never heard it put that way, make me say, what did you just say? I want somebody who can hold my interest, hold it and never let it fall. Someone who can flatten me with a kiss that hits like a fist, or a sentence, that stops me like a brick wall. Because if you hear me talking, listen to what I'm not saying. If you hear me playing guitar, listen to what I'm not playing. And don't ask me to put to words all the silences I know. And don't ask me to put to words all the spaces between notes. In fact, if you have to ask, forget it. Do and you'll regret it. I'm tired of being the interesting one, I'm tired of having fun for two. Just lay yourself on the line and I might lay myself down by you; but don't sit behind your eyes and wait for me to surprise you. I want somebody who can make me scream until it's funny, give me a run for my money. I want someone who can twist me up in knots, tell me, for the woman who has everything, what have you got? I want someone who's not afraid of me or anyone else... In other words I want someone who's not afraid of themself.
Do you think I'm asking too much?
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[31 Aug 2008|04:58pm]
yeah guys, sorry about killing your friends lists with all my papers. im too lazy to throw it all behind a cut, and i just want to make sure that when i get back to da field i have all of my stuff to print out for school.
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just more homework. for serious. [31 Aug 2008|04:57pm]

Emily Williams

English 11 AP

Summer Assignment - The Prince Journal


“The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing…”

Machiavelli is correct in his belief that people always want more. A historical example of this was when the colonists came to America from Britain. When the colonists settled, the began with the original 13 colonies. More and more people wanting to escape the hardships of Britain were coming to the Americas, and the want to move west became greater. However, there were other groups already settled to the west of the 13 colonies. The Americans did not care, because the desire to expand was so extreme. The original 13 colonies, after a while, were no longer good enough, and so the colonists forced the other settlers out of the west.

“Men are generally incredulous, never really trusting new things unless they have tested them by experience.”

Machiavelli is not entirely correct in this assertion. Back in the 1700’s when the American industry was growing, no one questioned the use of things like the mechanical reaper, the assembly line, and the steel plow. These were all very new inventions, and even though they were, no one thought they wouldn’t work until they tried the inventions themselves. These products helped in the industrial growth of the U.S., and without them the country wouldn’t have flourished into that of an industrious one.

“The populace by nature is very fickle.”

This is another true assertion by Machiavelli. This is true because back in the 14-1500’s countries like China were proof of this. These countries were unable to agree upon a specific form of political leadership. They went from democracy, to a republic, to tyranny, and so on. This was a cause of the entire population being unable come to an agreement. Not every single person wanted a tyranny, or a democracy, or a republic. They had to decide by experiencing each type of political lead.

“A prudent ruler cannot…honor his word when it places him at a disadvantage and when the reason for which he made his promise no longer exists.”

Once again, Machiavelli is true in his belief that a ruler cannot keep his word if it puts him at a disadvantage. An example of this would be president Bush. He made a promise that he would end the war in Iraq, pull out, and bring all of the troops home. However, this would put him at a terrible disadvantage, because not only would there be the chance to the Iraq government attacking us in the United States, but also because Iraq is our main source of oil, which is necessary for many things. Therefore, president Bush was unable to keep that promise, and the United States is still at war with Iraq.


“Fortune is the arbiter of half the things we do, leaving the other half or so to be controlled by ourselves.”

This statement by Machiavelli is only partially true. Yes, if one has good luck or good fortune, things will may be easier for them, but it is more likely that one controls his or her own destiny. An example of this would be Dr. Martin Luther King. He had determination, and a strong belief in equal rights for African Americans. This had nothing to do with good fortune, in fact, his assassination would say the opposite. But he did have a strong will to prove a point, and that was based solely on what he believed in and how hard he worked to do so, not based on good fortune.

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i already despise ap courses. [31 Aug 2008|12:51am]

Emily Williams

US History II Pre AP

Summer Assignment - DBQ


There were a vast number of factors that contributed to the huge industrial growth during the period from 1860 to 1900. Some of these factors include railroads, immigration, and industrial and agricultural power sources.

From the period of 1860 to 1900, the amount of railroads in the United States increased from around 35,000 miles to nearly 200,000 miles. This helped industrial growth because it made transporting products and parts from one factory to another much easier. It saved time and made it so that items could be made in a quicker manner. One of the problems interfering with industrial growth was the amount of people living in the U.S. There weren’t enough people to run entire factories, and since it was so much work, most people chose to remain on farms. When immigrants started coming to the U.S., they filled up jobs that Americans wouldn’t. This helped industrial growth because it made it possible to open more factories and run them. Another thing that helped in the industrial growth was industrial and agricultural power sources. In 1860, the main power source for most anything was animal power. This prevented immense amounts of work from getting done because animals cannot be relied on to work steadily without becoming lazy and exhausted. In 1900, the main source of power was water and coal power. This endorsed industrial growth because coal and water are natural resources and have, essentially, endless supplies. This made it so that factories could run on water and coal without fail.

Out of all of the factors that contributed to the industrial growth during the period from 1860 to 1900, railroads, immigration, and power sources were some of the most important.

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more aych dub [30 Aug 2008|11:23pm]

Emily Williams

US History II Pre AP

Summer Assignment - Progressive Era Reformers


There were many progressive era reformers. In fact, there were over 40 notable reformers. Two reformers who were important to the improvement of the lives of Americans were Henry Ford, and Upton Sinclair.

Henry Ford did a vast number of things to improve the lives of Americans. The main thing that he did was create modern assembly lines that are used in mass production. This was a very important creation because it was the mass production of large numbers of inexpensive automobiles using the assembly line. This meant that the amount of time it took to make a car was cut in half by using an assembly line. Because of this, more cars were able to be manufactured, and more people could purchase them. This improved the lives of Americans because it made travel easier, and communication quicker. With cars, people could move from one place to another in a fraction of the time it would take on foot, or by horse. Upton Sinclair also did a great amount of things that helped improve the lives of Americans. Sinclair was a very influential and talented author who wrote over 90 books in many genres. He became extremely popular in the first half of the 20th century for his 1906 novel The Jungle, which was about conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry that caused a public uproar. This uproar partly contributed to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act in 1906. This improved the lives of Americans because the Meat Inspection Act was a U.S. federal law that made it so the secretary or agriculture had to inspect any meat product and deem it unfit for human consumption if necessary.

Out of all of the number of progressive era reformers, these two are very important. They both did things that greatly improved and made safer the lives of Americans.



Ament, Phil. "Henry Ford." The Great Idea Finder. 21 May 2007. 28 Aug 2008 <http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/ford.htm>.

Simkin, John. "Upton Sinclair." Spartacus Educational. Sep 1997. 28 Aug 2008 <http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jupton.htm>.

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dont bother reading this its just so i can make sure i have my homework [30 Aug 2008|10:49pm]

Emily Williams

English 11 AP

Summer Assignment - Essay Questions


Politics and the English Language

1. Orwell’s main point is that people use a few certain words way too much, and that people need to expand their vocabularies.

2. Orwell analyzes historical prose. The modern equivalents would be found in politics of today, such as quotations and speeches from political leaders.

3. In paragraph 14, Orwell is covered by his rule vi. He may have used the passive instead of the active, but what he said was intellectual and still well without the active.

4. In modern speeches today, like the speeches of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton, mostly what Orwell says about repetitive words is true for both. Most politicians deliver the same, repetitive message, and this is no different for Obama and Clinton. They use a lot of the same words in their individual speeches, which is what Orwell says about people using the same words too often.



Russell Baker: American Fat

1. There are two examples of “lard” in Baker’s first paragraph. In the sentence “…and gasps for breath as it comes lumbering down upon some poor threadbare sentence like a sack of iron on a swayback horse.” The examples of lard in this sentence are lumbering and threadbare.

2. The ratio of long sentences to short sentences is 12 to 25. I feel that Baker does this to make his work seem choppy, to move from one topic to the next. If you were to read his work out loud, the short sentences are said quickly, while the long sentences may take more than one breath.

3. The main thing that accounts for our overdone, fancy language is educated. Education became more accessible and people have learned more and have become more intelligent. Therefore, language has improved and become more elaborate.

4. Both Baker and Orwell cover the ground of people using unnecessary amounts of words, and extreme language. While Orwell just covers words that people use a lot, Baker covers the whole idea of using fancy, elaborate words.


Coming to an Awareness of Language


Writing to Discover

My parents, and all of my teachers throughout the years have told me that it is important to have a good vocabulary. When this was told to me, I felt that it meant I should try to learn as many new words as possible, because broadening my horizons in the area of vocabulary would greatly benefit me later on. I feel that people believe vocabulary is important because there is no way to relate to different groups of people or clearly make a point without having a good range of words to choose from. I would say that I have a pretty good vocabulary, I feel that I know how to use a large array of words.

Focusing on Language

1. Slang is useful and appropriate in a few different situations. If someone is trying to get through a group of teenagers, using standard English is not the best route to go. Some teens will see that as being talked down to, and if there is a situation where someone is trying to relate to them, doing that will not be effective. If an adult is talking to a group of their peers, using standard English is far more appropriate than using slang. Slang is thought to be a street language and less intelligent than standard English.

2. An effective vocabulary, to me, is being able to use words correctly and know what they mean, while still being able to convey whatever message it is that you are trying to, or being able to uphold a conversation. I feel that Malcolm X’s vocabulary was very fitting to what he was trying to say, and I also feel that his vocabulary was intelligent, in most aspects, and not slang at all.

3. The freedom Malcolm X describes in the last sentence is freedom of education. Being able to read and comprehend what he was reading was the freedom he spoke of. It meant that he was able to write and read as he wanted, without the inability of doing so holding him back.

Making the Language-Writing Connection

1. The copying from the dictionary that Malcolm X did was anything but busy work. He had a desire to learn, and he was able to fulfill this desire through copying the definitions of tons of words. When I write something instead of read or talk about it, I experience different things. When I write about a topic, I am able to fully express my opinion on this topic on paper, without being challenged by people I may be talking to, or without having to read the opinions of others who I may not agree with.

2. The difference Malcolm X mentions is that being functional means you are barely able to understand and convey a message, but being articulate means you can describe said message with intelligence and ease. It is not acceptable to write exactly how we speak for when we speak, we do not speak in proper English. When we speak, we speak in slang, and slang is not acceptable for writing formal documents.

3. The first person is appropriate in this narrative because the reader gets the full effect of what he went through. The reader is able to understand that it is a personal topic, and that Malcolm X is speaking directly about his own experience. If he had written this in the third person, the reader would not be able to fully understand just how personal this experience was. The reader would not be able to understand that Malcolm X himself went through these experiences, and is now sharing them with others.

There were a number of amendments ratified in the 20th century. Three of these ratified amendments are the 18th, 19th, and 26th.

The 18th amendment, the banning of alcohol, was ratified on January 16th, 1919. This amendment was passed to prevent the affects of alcohol. The events in society that caused this amendment to be considered were the things that happened in saloons, like gambling, prostitution, and public drunkenness. Above any of these, though, was the so-called “Women’s War” which took place in 1873. Slowly but surely the movement grew into that of a more organized one, called the Anti-Saloon League, which was established in 1893. The goal of this group was national prohibition. It set up an office in Washington and even established its own publishing house in Ohio. The Anti-Saloon League polled people on their stand on the prohibition issue, and endorsed people who were for it. In the 1915 election, candidates sponsored but the Anti-Saloon League won the elections for Congress. On December 18, 1917, the 18th amendment was passed. It was adopted by the states fairly quickly, and was ratified in just over a year.

The 19th amendment, women’s suffrage, was ratified on August 18th, 1920. This amendment was passed because women were a very important asset to the developing country. The Constitution itself never made a direct mention of not allowing women the right to vote, but the idea was strongly implied by society, which was ruled by all males. The 14th amendment did not help in this area, because it only gave the suffrage right to men. In 1848 groups were formed to help further establish how to allow women’s suffrage, but the country was not yet ready to accept it. The groups, called suffragists, were donned immoral. Susan B. Anthony, an important leader in the fight for women’s rights used the 15th amendment as leverage to vote in a New York state election. Even though she was fined for doing so, it helped secure the eventual guarantee of women’s rights. In 1918, around half of the states had allowed at least partial voting rights to women. The role of females in the war effort and the temperance movement also helped to further assure women’s suffrage. Finally, on June 4th, 1919, the amendment was passed, and ratified a little over a year later.

The 26th amendment, the lowering of the voting age to 18, was ratified on July 1st, 1971. This amendment was passed because of the draft. The draft demanded that any male over the age of 18 join the armed services. People argued that if men were expected to join the armed services and fight, and possibly die for their country, they should be allowed to vote. While the 14th amendment guaranteed men the right to vote, it was understood that this applied to men solely over the age of 21. In 1970, Congress tried to rectify this wrong, and pass an addition to the 1965 Voting Right Act. However, Oregon objected and in a very divided Supreme Court, it was ruled that Congress had the right to establish a specific voting age for national elections, but not for state and local elections. This was decided on December 1st, 1970. In a few short months, Congress presented the text of the 26th amendment, which was passed, that specifically set a national voting age of 18, which was effective in both national and state elections. It was passed on March 23rd, 1971, and in just 100 days, on July 1st, 1971, it was ratified.

These amendments were some of the very many ratified in the 20th century.


Mount, Steve. "Notes on the Amendments." U.S. Constitution Online. 20 Aug 2008. 27Aug 2008 <http://www.usconstitution.net/constamnotes.html>.

Emily Williams

US History II Pre-AP

Summer Assignment - Amendments Essay


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[11 Jul 2008|01:37am]
Do you dream, that the world will know your name
So tell me your name
Do you care, about all the little things or anything at all?
I wanna feel, all the chemicals inside
I wanna feel
I wanna sunburn, just to know that I'm alive
To know I'm alive

Don't tell me if I'm dying, 'cause I don't wanna know
If I can't see the sun, maybe I should go
Don't wake me 'cause I'm dreaming, of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know, never leaves too soon

Do you believe, in the day that you were born
Tell me, do you believe?
Do you know, that everyday's the first of the rest of your life

Don't tell me if I'm dying, 'cause I don't wanna know
If I can't see the sun, maybe I should go
Don't wake me 'cause I'm dreaming, of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know, never leaves too soon

This is to one last day in the shadows
And to know a brother's love
This is to New York City angels
And the rivers of our blood
This is to all of us, to all of us

Don't tell me if I'm dying, 'cause I don't wanna know
If I can't see the sun, maybe I should go
Don't wake me 'cause I'm dreaming, of angels on the moon
Where everyone you know, never leaves too soon

You can tell me all your thoughts, about the stars that fill polluted skies
And show me where you run to, when no one's left to take your side
But don't tell me where the road ends, cause I just don't wanna know
No, I don't wanna know

Don't tell me if I'm dying
Don't tell me if I'm dying
Don't tell me if I'm dying
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[04 Jul 2008|10:08pm]
so we're watching the first harry potter and there's a part with snape and harry that i can't WAIT to use when i'm a teacher.. hahaha

There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don't expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few... Who possess, the predisposition... I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to (school name) in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to NOT-PAY-ATTENTION. Mister/Miss ______. Our new... celebrity

Tell me, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?
You don't know? Well, let's try again... Where, Mr./Ms. ______, would you look if I asked you to find me a bezoar?
And what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?
Pity... clearly, fame isn't everything, is it, Mr./Ms. _____?

For your information _____, Asphodel and Wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of the Living Dead, a Bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and will save you from most poisons. As for Monkshood and Wolfsbane, they are the same plant which also goes by the name of Aconite...
Well, why aren't you all copying this down?
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Writer's Block: Favorite Lyrics [03 Jul 2008|11:21pm]
What song lyrics would you love to have written, and why?
"My Mom Still Cleans My Room" by MXPX.

It will probably forever be the song to fit my life. If anyone were to ask me what song most describes who I am, it would be this one.

"I'm not always nice, not always mean
My room has never been seen clean
The way I feel is not always how I seem

The thoughts that form inside my brain
Don't always seem to entertain
'Cause when I tell my company
They think there's something wrong with me

You don't know me like you think you do
You don't understand me and it's true

I'm getting older day by day
Ain't got time to get to everything
Hold on tight, enjoy the ride
Life is short, so live it wisely

I'm not always sick but often tired
Sometimes I'm having fun or wired
I don't have someone to call my own

I'm not full of all the answers
I guess that I'm an okay dancer
I just wanted to be left alone
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Writer's Block: Caring [03 Jul 2008|01:15am]
Who do you care about most in your life?
My family, above all. My mother, my 3 brothers, my two sister in laws, my two nieces, and my nephew. Oh, and all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I think, though, that family should go without saying, at least for me.

My friends, second for sure. A select few above the rest, the ones I'm especially close to.

People that I shouldn't care about anymore, a girl I used to love, a past teacher that I've held close to my heart for far too long.

I think I care so much about these people, especially my friends and those I shouldn't even bother with anymore, because they've changed me. They've molded me into the person I am today and they've kept me together when I thought I was falling apart. Yeah, yeah, sappy, heart felt crap. You get it.
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Writer's Block: Facets of a Hero [28 Jun 2008|10:28pm]
What makes a hero?
 A hero is someone who knows your story and still loves you the same. A hero is someone to look up to. Someone you trust and who has helped you with something that meant a lot to you, or was important. A hero is someone that changes your life in the most positive way possible. Someone who "saves you."
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[01 Jun 2008|01:17am]
Tonight was honestly one of the best nights of my life.
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[27 Apr 2008|09:16pm]
1. Find the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences in your journal.
5. Invite your friends to do the same.

"And it wasn't long before we began using that fear to mask our deeper one; we were still restrained and hesitant with each other.
But maybe-and I think this is true-maybe we also just needed more time."
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Writer's Block: No Laughing Matter [29 Mar 2008|03:40pm]
What do you think is too serious to joke about?
I don't think anything is too serious to joke about, it's a joke because it's NOT serious.
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