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No Senior Ditch Day for this scholar…

Written on December 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm, by

In an update to a previous column, I finished my second to last semester of high school last week. In a couple of old columns from October and November, I expressed my concern about Senioritis taking me over, and it sort of did. I was still able to pull out a respectable GPA, and I […]

I survived Black Friday…

Written on December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm, by

About this time last week, I was preparing to head off for a night of camping outside of my local Target store for my first Black Friday experience. Everything went as planned, and I left Target minus$260.00, but infinitely happier nonetheless. And I made a few friends along the way. Or so I thought. Here is […]

I’m on a mission…

Written on November 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm, by

                As a teen, I don’t have an abundance of spending money. What money  I do earn either goes into my gas tank or my savings account for college. I usually give myself about a budget of 30% from what I make in a month for spending, so I have to be careful. Normally the […]

Happy Thanksgiving! This kid is on break…

Written on November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm, by

Hallelujah. It’s Thanksgiving break at Oak Ridge next week and I am pumped. We’ve only had a couple days off prior to this week, so I’m going to live it up. Here’s what I have on my calendar: Saturday/Sunday: This is the same as every weekend. I sleep in and watch football. So nothing new […]

Why don’t we just use a popular vote?

Written on November 9, 2012 at 9:54 am, by

Well, thank goodness that’s over. The Election is finished and I am so glad to not have to watch another political ad until 2014. And yet one thing about the election still makes me very curious, which is, “Why don’t we just use a popular vote?” I mean, think about it. Utilizing a popular vote […]

Rebelling Against Low Expectations!

Written on November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm, by

Hi, my name is Julianne M. Barb. I am 13 years old and my family says I am very energetic. The other day I was reading a book called, “Do Hard Things” by Alex and Brett Harris about rebelling against low expectations for teenagers. As I was reading, I realized that our whole country, schools, […]

Writer’s Block – 10/31/2012

Written on October 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm, by

Every year, at this time, straddling the line between fall and winter, the United States participates in a grand celebration of superstition and the beauty of life and death. Each and every October, Americans across the country put up scary decorations and dress up in silly costumes on the 31st. Then they wander throughout their […]

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Written on October 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm, by

Fall is the greatest time of year. At least for me! Leaves are falling, there’s no birds chirping, and girls are finally wearing high school appropriate clothing. But the best part about Fall is that it’s the start of a holiday season. Where I live, in El Dorado Hills, we don’t really have four seasons. […]

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Written on October 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm, by

I really should change the name of my column to “Shane’s Worthless Political Banter,” because that’s pretty much the majority of what I’ve talked about for the last few articles. Yet, here I go again… I have often criticized our society for the way we choose our candidates, but not this time. Fast forward if […]

Writer’s Block – 10/19/2012

Written on October 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm, by

I really should change the name of my column to “Shane’s Worthless Political Banter,” because that’s pretty much the majority of what I’ve talked about for the last few articles. Yet, here I go again… I have often criticized our society for the way we choose our candidates, but not this time. Fast forward if […]

Writer’s Block – 10/12/2012

Written on October 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm, by

Watching the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama, I realized something very disturbing. No, not Mitt’s “zingers” or the way he stepped on poor Jim Lehrer, and not even Obama’s seeming lack of preparedness, but something else. In my Expository Reading and Writing class with Ms. Sayles at Oak Ridge High School, […]

Writer’s Block – 10/05/2012

Written on October 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm, by

I should warn you. Normally I like to write on what I find interesting in life, mine or otherwise. But this week I’m discussing a much deeper issue. Last week, my home phone rang. Odd that we even have a “home phone” these days, but that is beside the point. I was sitting near the […]

Writer’s Block 09-28-2012

Written on September 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm, by

How early is too early? That’s the question I’m proposing. How early is too early for one to be concerned about their mortality? Last week, while daydreaming in school I pondered this very question. You can’t blame me for drifting off into my own world, you would too if you had to sit through a […]

Writer’s Block – 09/21/2012

Written on September 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm, by

Twitter’s a great thing. On Tuesday, I was scrolling through my homepage, trying to pass the time in class when I stumbled upon what every Twitter or Facebook user lives for: The arguments. I found an argument between a girl who attends my school, and a man who graduated from my school last year. What […]

Writer’s Block – 09/14/2012

Written on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm, by

This past week, I turned 17 years old. Friends and family gave me birthday wishes, and I woke up on that day to a rare home cooked breakfast thanks to my parents. It was neat. But two people that wished me a happy birthday really got me thinking. One of them said to me, “Happy […]

Writer’s Block – 09/08/2012

Written on September 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm, by

It’s September, and I’m already eating the Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. I am just that thankful. I mean, I’m always thankful, but especially this week. Not because of my birthday, or I finally get the ACT out of the way, but NFL football is back! The Cowboys and Giants kicked off on Wednesday, […]

Writer’s Block – 08/31/2012

Written on August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm, by

There’s been a lot in the news this past week. The ever-entertaining Republican National Convention has kicked off in Tampa, a 15 year old student sadly opened fire on the first day of school at a high school in Baltimore, and college football kicks off. But as it is every year, there is another tropical […]

Writer’s Block – 08/24/2012

Written on August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm, by

It’s always amazing looking back at how you’ve gotten to where you are today. And I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I enjoy writing this column so much. It’s not because I get to work with the Henderson’s here at The Windfall (Even though that’s pretty awesome), it’s not because I have […]

Writer’s Block – 08/17/2012

Written on August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm, by

I just had the worst headache. It wasn’t a “You’re giving me headaches” kind of pain, nor was it a illness-traced headache. I call it “The Over-Thinking Headache”. And I am sure that you, at one time or another, have had it too.   You don’t just have this kind of head pain without being […]

Writer’s Block – 08/10/2012

Written on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm, by

So, I have officially started my senior year of high school at Oak Ridge. Summer has ended, I’m back to waking up at the ungodly time of 5:45 in the morning, and going to sleep at midnight after hours of homework teachers assigned for the hell of it. I’m working on college applications, working a […]

Writer’s Block – 07/30/2012

Written on July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm, by

Curse my parents for putting me in kindergarten when I was still 3 years old. While it may have seemed inconsequential at the time, it really has had a large effect on me. Those who are my age are a grade below me, and one thinks I may have done better if I stayed in […]

Writer’s Block – 07/20/2012

Written on July 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm, by

Curse my parents for putting me in kindergarten when I was still 3 years old. While it may have seemed inconsequential at the time, it really has had a large effect on me. Those who are my age are a grade below me, and one thinks I may have done better if I stayed in […]

Writer’s Block – 07/13/2012

Written on July 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm, by

SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: IF YOU ARE NOT INTO SPORTS, READING THIS COLUMN WILL CAUSE EXTREME CONFUSION AND BOREDOM.   Sorry, legalities. Seriously, if you’re not into sports, specifically baseball, I’d turn the page. Now to the real issue. This past week, Major League Baseball celebrated their “half-way point” All Star Festivities that concluded with the […]

Writer’s Block – 07/06/2012

Written on July 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm, by

We’ve passed the halfway mark of 2012. It’s fairly dumbfounding, considering it feels like just yesterday I woke up and found coal in my stocking. Time is cruel that way, how the tough times seem to drag on, whilst the happy ones fly by. 2012 for me has absolutely zipped by, so that’s a bittersweet […]

Writer’s Block – 06/29/2012

Written on June 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm, by

A few weeks ago, authorities discovered a dead body in a trash enclosure located behind a business in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. According to the police, the woman had apparently committed suicide. In the aftermath, it was reported that she had been struggling with mental illness and was extremely unstable. The woman’s dog […]

Writer’s Block – 06/22/2012

Written on June 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm, by

You know, there are a lot of things in life we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should. Nerf guns encourage violence without actual danger, our pinkies are great for making promises, and deep down we all know that the extra pillow you stuff in between your legs is the difference between staying […]

Writer’s Block – 06/08/2012

Written on June 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm, by

It happened when I was at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Just a normal day to that point, I guess. I had taken the car and ran a few errands. You know, gas, groceries, the usual. I was craving some KFC, so I drove up the hill to Cameron Park to get some, and that is where […]

Writer’s Block – 05/25/2012

Written on May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm, by

Today, I have broken free of the shackles. I have dug a hole from the prison to China and followed the path. I have outrun the prison warden and his goons. Yes, I have made it to summer. This is going to be my last summer in highschool, so I have to make it one […]

Writer’s Block – 05/12/2012

Written on May 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm, by

Is it really May already? Whoa, that went by fast! I am coming to grips with the fact that I am almost a senior. Ever since my early childhood, high school seemed like the distant future, and throughout high school so far, I’ve looked at the seniors and wanted to be like them. And now, I’m […]

Writer’s Block – 05/04/2012

Written on May 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm, by

“The Odor” You know, it’s fairly ironic. A website where a 12 year old can virtually ‘poke’ another, can also be one of the greatest catalysts for social change. Another website where I can follow the Kardashian’s shenanigans (Kourtney is my favorite) can also be the same venue where current events can turn into worldwide […]

Writer’s Block 04-20-2012

Written on April 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm, by

Writer’s Block                 So, I got my drivers license last Thursday. I know, it’s pretty great huh? Well, in this mere week since I was recognized by the State of California as a licensed driver, more then just my means of transportation has changed. My family and friends seem to have less patience with me. It’s […]

Writer’s Block 04-12-2012

Written on April 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm, by

You are not alone if you are filled with “fear and dread” each time Friday the 13th rolls around. Here are some rituals that may keep you safe. . . 1.Walk around your house 13 times on Friday the 13th. 2.Hang your shoes out the window. (The stink will keep evil at bay). 3.Sleep with […]

Writer’s Block – 03/30/2012

Written on March 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm, by

Most of us are fortunate enough to be passionate about something. Some people are wine connoisseurs, others live to ski.  I am a sports fanatic. My mother is an animal nut. She supports rescue groups in the US and Mexico. For my mom, I’m going to highlight two of these in my column this week. […]

Writer’s Block – 03/22/2012

Written on March 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm, by

Many call it an art form. Many call it fighting a losing battle. But the majority of people call it simply “Hell”. Yes, this week, I’ll be talking about the dreaded job interview. Ever since we started working in cubicles, employers have been doing their best to filter through potential employees, and find the one […]

Writer’s Block – 03/14/2012

Written on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm, by

Congratulations to all the contestants in our Writer’s Block challenge! Our second selection was contributed by local resident Karen Barb Regulations, Regulations, Regulations!!! “It’s annoying isn’t it? Oh, sorry, maybe I should introduce myself first, I am Karen Barb, and I would love to see our government listen to REAL people, like you and me, […]

Writer’s Block – Taking Charge

Written on March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm, by

Congratulations to all the contestants in our Writer’s Block challenge! Our first selection was contributed by local resident Mary Barb. “Taking Charge”    The first thing that a person should do when he/she is given a job or duty is to make sure that he/she understands the job and knows the expectations.  In order to be productive […]

Writer’s Block – 02/24/2012

Written on February 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm, by

I have discovered the greatest medicine in the world. Now, we all have different ways of coping with things, right? When tragedy strikes, or when you’re just feeling kind of down, life has its ways of getting to you. So, what is this medicine I speak of? Its music. Music is greatest invention that man […]

Writer’s Block – 02/03/2012

Written on February 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm, by

Attention: Please put your cell phones on vibrate for the remainder of this column. Ok, so now that we have that out of the way, let our feature presentation begin. Close your eyes, and imagine a world where there are countless innovations, where the consumers every command is carried out by artificial intelligence. Now open […]