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Last weekend, apart from donating at a blood drive, I decluttered my room and organized, getting ready for the new semester to come.

Over the break, I’ve been trying to continually improve myself in all aspects – physically, mentally, spiritually, and even financially.

Some self-help books that I’m reading right now are The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz and Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. I’ve also been given How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin.

I also got my first credit cards to help me build credit and become more financially literate. I’m learning to become increasingly financially independent, paying off my bills and loans.

Although I need to go to the gym more often, I get some exercise in by going for walks and playing basketball. Usually by myself, just shooting some hoops and having some fun.

Decluttering has always been one of those things I procrastinate on – I will literally find anything else to do. But following Leo Babauta’s advice, I’ve slowly begun decluttering my room and getting organized, and the results have been pretty amazing. It feels good to have a clear(er) table, which also impacts myself because it lets me think more clearly.

In hindsight, overall last weekend was really good, even if I didn’t do anything out-of-this-world exciting.

B+ Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.

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Stream and dream!

Stream has several meanings: according to Oxford Dictionaries, it can either mean (1) a small, narrow river, (2) a continuous flow of liquid, air, or gas, (3) in computing – a continuous flow of data or instructions, typically one having a constant or predictable rate.

Here’s my evolutionary push to “stream”. It means: the ability to stay focused for long periods of time without getting distracted, entering and transcending the state of flow.

In the world we live in today, when we constantly receive notifications, new gadgets, and are always on our phones, staying focused is tough. It has become an increasingly valuable skill, and will continue to become more valued and perhaps a rare skill. If you can focus, you can do anything.

Other forms: streamer, streaming, streamed.


“Elon Musk is constantly streaming – the man just doesn’t know how to get distracted!”

“Google is a place of streamers but Sergey Brin is totally unstreamed – he’s always jumping from one project to another.”

“I’ve streamed a couple times before, probably getting done 5x the work I normally would. Pretty amazing!”

Morphing Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.”
Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.


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Ripped Into the Headline

Saving lives, one pint at a time


Edtior-in-Chief, NS

Here at our local library, a group of good samaritans donated blood through the American Red Cross. These drives are set up at various points in the year, encouraging the local citizens to come by and donate in addition to raising awareness for those in constant need of blood.

Says Zenultima, 20-year old college student, “It feels good in the end, to know that you’ve potentially saved 3 lives. Although the process can be time-consuming, and you feel a bit tired after a whole pint of blood is taken away from your body, it’s a very small price to pay. Plus, with the new Rapid Pass technology, you can save time with the administrative process and get through the whole donation process faster.”

The technology mentioned, Rapid Pass, is pretty new, introduced October 2015. It takes care of the questionnaire donors need to answer, as well as some other information, shaving off a good 10-15 min. off the whole process. Rapid Pass allows more donations to be held in one donation period as well as encouraging more donors to donate.

The blood drive was organized by a group of high school students and was well received – at one point they could not accept any more walk-ins due to having a full capacity. The resounding success is undoubtedly an effect of the students’ hard work, persistence and collaboration. It is safe to say that the our lives are in good hands thanks to the work of blood donors and organizers.

Ripped Into the Headline Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

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Now You See Me

This superpower to appear and disappear at will would work perfectly for me throughout the day.

When I’m running late, I know that I’m not really late – I just have to make sure I use my superpower to appear a min. before the event or be somewhere. This can save me so much time on transportation and give me time to do so many other things. I sometimes have to travel a good hour for my job, and that hour would (hopefully) used productively in reading, studying, etc.

As for disappearing, I would use it for situations I don’t want to be in. Like if my friend somehow persuaded me to go to a place that I didn’t want to go to – just disappear.

The only downside to the superpower would be that I would be walking less. The answer to that? Use my superpower to show up at the gym early in the morning – no motivation required to “go to the gym” because I’ll be there already.

Now You See Me You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will. When and where will you use this new superpower? Tell us a story.

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If I Could Turn Back Time

If I had a chance to relive a part of my life, it would definitely be the time when I was in elementary school. I was very mischievous as a kid and did some things that I regret. I’ve changed now and am a better person.

It all started back in the first grade. Pokemon/Yugioh cards were all the craze, and I would bring mine to school, to show/play with my friends. There was this one kid, I’ll call him Al, who was pretty obnoxious. Al once took one of these cards from me by force. Of course, at the end of the day, it was just a card but being a kid, it meant a lot to me. I never actually got that card back.

Anyways, later on in elementary school, I would do the same thing to others. I would, not take by force but even worse, steal from other kids – video game chips, yugioh cards, etc. And these kids were not just anyone but my “friends”. I always got caught in the end, as (I like to believe that) the truth/justice always prevails.

It got so bad that at one point (and the final time I ever stole) was when the parents of another “friend” said they would call the police if I didn’t return the games that I stole. And of course, the games were returned. It’s a long story, but eventually after a lot of pain and struggle and understanding, I got over this and there was no drama.

These days, I look back, and I really wish I hadn’t done these things as a kid. Of course, you can’t have everything in the world (or may not be able to afford it as was my case), but that’s never an excuse for stealing. Even if you had a bad experience. But at the same time, committing such acts made me learn over time. Now, I’m not even a video game fan; I hardly play, and there’s never been a desire to steal someone else’s belongings, no matter how much I wish I had it. It makes me happy to know that at least I’ve changed for the better and become a genuinely good person – or so I’d like to think.

If I Could Turn Back Time If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?

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Teen Age Idol

As a teenager, I idolized Roger Federer, and still do.

I started playing tennis with my brother at a relatively young age, when I was in the 5th grade I believe, so around 10 or 11 years old. I definitely did not have the athleticism of my peers or the accuracy, but I had the passion and that was enough.

That passion came from the simple enjoyment of playing the game, of hitting the ball back and forth, having intense (well, intense is probably an exaggeration) volleys, and just trying different things. However, a huge part of it also came from watching the magician on court, doing things I wished I could do, but eventually realized I couldn’t (never give up but do know your limits!).

Federer was that magician. His smooth backhand, sweet drop shots, and the jaw-dropping between-the-legs shot captivated me. His excellence, especially at Wimbledon on the grass courts, was exciting to watch. I feel privileged and lucky to come into tennis early on to witness greatness in the form of Federer.

But the “Fed Express” was more than that.

His excellence off the court was also a lesson for everyone watching. A lesson in professionalism. He never showed signs of arrogance and always respected his opponent. Ever humble but equally competitive on the court.

He worked harder than anyone else, even if he was the reigning champion or held the most titles in the world. Always looking to improve with meticulous preparation, finding out the flaws in his opponents as well as in himself.

These things that I learned by watching him had a lasting effect on me. I will never be a professional tennis player or play competitively. When I do play tennis (for fun), my serves will still be way off, my forehand failing to land inside the court, my backhands not going over the net.

However, I know that whatever I decide to pursue, I will be a better person than I would have been thanks to Roger Federer and his exemplary attitude, being an inspiration to us all. That, I think, is his biggest contribution to tennis, even beyond being the greatest tennis player in the world.

Teen Age Idol Who did you idolize as a teenager? Did you go crazy for the Beatles? Ga-ga over Duran Duran? In love with Justin Bieber? Did you think Elvis was the livin’ end?

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Modern Families

If one of my late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join me for dinner, he would find the use of technology (obviously) and the dinner itself quite shocking.

I’m thinking of an ancestor back in the 19th century (who I don’t know). My family hails from the Indian subcontinent. This was during the time when countries in that region were under British rule.

All the different cultural foods we get to experience here in America, like Italian, Mexican, Asian, etc. would be completely new to my ancestor. At home, we usually have Indian food (rice and curry) but at times we like to eat out – pizza, pasta, lo mein, pad thai, burritos, etc.

I’m not certain, but I believe that back in the 1800s food was cooked using firewood, an outside stove, and pots/pans. So the use of ovens and stoves inside the house would be different. Plus, we sometimes have music playing in the house – this would be like magic to my ancestor, who probably would have only heard music played live, not streamed digitally.

Come to think of it, the one thing my ancestor would find most shocking is how “Americanized” my brother and I have become. Our style of clothing (sweatshirts, t-shirts, jogging pants, etc. vs. traditional wear) would definitely stand out. Also, we are not very fluent in our mother tongue, and speak English most of the time. He probably wouldn’t even be able to understand us!

Modern Families If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

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