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It Starts With Us: Parents Talking to Their Children to Stop Bullying

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“You’re not thin enough”, “You look weird”, “Why are you even here? You should die”, these phrases are just a few of the phrases that are being thrown around in the schoolyards, in the classrooms, and I kid you not, at work as well. And believe it or not, there are even some worse phrases that will not be mentioned in this post. Why? Because they are horrifying and should never be said to another human being, or any being for that matter.

Now, I am not a parent, well, I am a fur-mama, but I do not have any human children at the moment. However, I do have nieces and nephews, and they are the light of my world, and right now they are very young, very impressionable, and can sense when things are not right. And I know that they are the perfect target for bullying. Hell, every child, teenager, and adult is a perfect target for being bullied. I know this. I’ve lived through most of my life of being bullied. Bullied by classmates, by teachers (yes, that does happen), and even bullied by co-workers, and it is not something I would want another person to endure.

Recently, I found out that a friend of mine’s son was bullied. Bullied to the point that he was sent to the hospital with a broken nose, several broken ribs, and bruises all up and down his body. Do you know how angry this made his father feel? How his mother felt? Hell, when I heard what happened I got so mad to the point that I nearly broke a counter. Yes, I got that mad. But where does this anger get placed? On the school system? Absolutely, the school is responsible for the children while they are at school, and under their supervision. On the children themselves? Of course, they are supposed to know what is right from wrong. On ourselves? Yes, a million times yes it is, the anger should weigh heavily on us adults. Why should we be angry with ourselves? Because we are the adults here, we are supposed to show our children how to behave, how to treat one another and to show them that they are not supposed to bully and assault others. As the adults we are supposed to set an example for them, to show them that two beings can be in the same room without violating the other. We are not supposed to set a bad example to them about how to start a fight, how to mistreat a girl or a boy. We are the adults here, it is our job.

Yes, there are pep rallies every year in most schools that bring awareness to the subject at hand, but do they really make an impact? No, not really. Growing up I went to several of those rallies, and do you know what still occurred. The bullying still occurred. Don’t get me wrong, I think the rallies are great, but they do not actually do much help when it comes to telling children to stop bullying, to stop assaulting their classmates, or anyone they meet in life.

It all starts at home, with the parents. As parents, we are supposed to set examples, good examples of how to treat others, and it is the way you mistreat others, say unkind and horrible things about another person is what the children are seeing more of. I know this to be true. I know a lady who is in her early 40’s and she treats others like crap, she mistreats them, bullies them, steals their energy, and makes others feel like garbage. And time and time again her children have witnessed this, and time and time again I have to remind her that they are watching her every move, every word that she says, and they are more than likely going to mimic her as they grow up. And that is what happens. Children mimic their parents, they mimic the way we talk to each other, how we treat each other. And if they are seeing that we are mistreating each other, then they are going to assume that it is completely normal, that it is okay to bully and assault each other.

So, parents this on us. We need to be setting a good example for the children, and show them how two human beings can get along, and show them how to treat others. Have a long conversation, or two, or three. It doesn’t matter how many conversations you have with your children, the only thing that does matter is that you talk with them and that you set yourself as a good example. Because if we don’t do anything about this, then more and more boys and girls will end up in hospitals due to broken ribs, led to anorexia or bulimia, or even led to the final blow of a gun from being bullied.

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Rebelling Against Society: Banned Books

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There are hundreds of books that are banned in several countries and schools. Which irritates me. Why should a book be banned? Why is everyone in this close minded society so afraid? I have figured out the answer to the second question. The answer is, because they are afraid of those who are not afraid to write what they want and maintain their imagination. They are afraid that there might be a different world out there, corruption and conformity is keeping them from exploring the unknown worlds.
I, on the other hand, am not afraid to rebel against what others say. I have read every banned book. And they are invigorating. Captivating and draw me inside the worlds of the author’s minds. Alice in Wonderland, The Prince, The Mountain Wreath, and Frankenstein are just a few banned books and I have read them. I actually have these books in my apartment at this very moment, and like to enjoy reading them while I drink hot tea or hot cocoa at three in the morning or at breakfast on a Sunday morning. However, I will not read fifty shades of grey, even if it is banned in Malaysia. Due to the fact that I know the summary of the book and find it revolting.

Each book that is banned, I’ve read, and I can tell you that yes, there are a few key points that might spark rage in a person. But overall, the books are brilliant and well written. I recommend reading these books that are banned. Stop being so close minded and scared of what lies inside the pages. Take a risk. Rebel against society and their rules of literature.

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Knowledge is Power

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    Ancient Greek, cultures, ancient Egypt, mummies, King Arthur, dinosaurs, magic, papyrus, the secrets of the ancient sexual worlds, Valley of the Kings, Cleopatra; these are just a few things that I am obsessively always learning. My body shivers every time a new piece of evidence surfaces into our world. The hair on my arms and on the back of my neck stands up. I cannot help it. I’m the type of person who values knowledge as a powerful thing. Not money nor fashion. But knowledge. Every time I get a book on the ancient civilizations, I get giddy. My mind starts to run amuck and I can’t stop it.
     To this day, I can still see the image of seeing Queen Cleopatra floating down the Nile River on the royal boat. Not only that, I can see myself walking down the cobbled streets of ancient Italy and making my way to the markets and smell the fresh fish and vegetables that filled the air. With all of the information that I have ever gathered from my childhood and also my own information on certain things that no one else knows (for some unknown reason, I know secret things that know one knows of certain places and people, in a way it feels as though I lived in those times), I am able to have an insane amount of information of everything of the past. This actually comes in handy when I see what is going on in the world today. For example, I have gone over how President Obama is just like King John Lackland in another post, due to the amount of knowledge that I obtain.

      In my eyes, knowledge is power. Knowledge is more important than materialistic things that we obviously do not need. Do not take school for granted. Do not roll your eyes when the teacher says that there will be a test. Do not make fun of those who are just like me, those who are very interested in learning. Because knowledge is important.

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Lunch Food Travesty

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     Look at those lunches, don’t they look delicious? Don’t you wish that when you were growing up you could have those healthy nutritious lunches? I definitely do. When I was growing up, the food was horrible. I went to school up in Gunnison, Colorado before I moved to Lamar. And the food in Gunnison was horrible. Chicken nuggets that weren’t cooked all the way through. Mac n’ cheese that looked plastic, and which by the way I did not eat. I hate Mac n’ cheese to this day. When I was in freshman and sophomore year of high school in Gunnison the lack of food was insane. They would bring restaurants in with big burritos or pizza hut, or you could get lunch out of the vending machine if you didn’t want any of the fast food or forgot to bring bagged lunch. Besides Gunnison having a lousy school staff, the food there sucks just as much. Not nutritional. Not even healthy at all. By the time I moved to Lamar, I got a little culture shock with the food. The food was actually pretty decent. I enjoyed it. But just like any other school in the U.S. it’s not good for you. The food in school systems is a load of crap. Nothing is actually good for you and your body.
      Around the world, kids get to eat amazing lunches. Did you see the photo at the beginning of the post? Yeah, if I was back in high school, I would love to be in Greece, Spain or Brazil. Not A fan of Korean food, some of it is delicious, but I don’t really like it. Look at those lunches. They are healthy. They are good for the body system. Not only that, it will fuel an athletic body like it should.
   Michelle Obama’s idea of a good lunch is completely wrong. She is definitely doing this wrong. She’s a lovely lady, salt of the earth, but when it comes to food she knows nothing of what to do. Food needs to fuel the body. It needs to be healthy. It needs to look like food from around the world. It shouldn’t look like munched up dog food and thrown on a plate. If I ever have kids, they are going to have nutritional food and be healthy. That’s what I want for everyone.

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#SavageNation: The Fight For The Name

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      “One, two, three, Savages!” This has been shouted at every game since I can remember. Graduating from the best high school in the world (in my opinion), Lamar High School, I am frustrated by the war on the mascot name. Lamar High School in Lamar Colorado is known as the Lamar Savages. Go Savages!
       I’m proud to be a savage. I have great pride in my school. The teachers, sports, and school pride is why I love that place. I had the best time of my life at that school. I made some awesome friends, made the honor roll, spent my time on a couple of the sport teams and in the library. Every year, that school has a football game against our rival, LaJunta High School, in order to see who will get the whistle. This game is called the “whistle game”. Yes, we had our school drama issues with the pathetic school fights. But one thing that remained the same, our school pride. Our insane school spirit is like a little kid hopped on candy.
        But that sad thing has come to light. The war on the mascot and the name of my beloved high school is getting out of hand. The lawmakers are trying to ban the mascot and name of the school. Why? Because politicians have nothing better to do and are ignorantly stupid. Oh yes, I called them ignorant and stupid. Best two words to describe the politicians and lawmakers. Trust me on that. Apparently the mascot and nickname of my school are offensive. Wait, what? Hold the phone. I’m part Native American (Algonquin and Miami tribes) and I’m not offended at all. I have friends who are Native American as well and they are not offended at all. I can honestly say that this whole situation has gotten out of hand and not even worth going over. Washington D.C. is getting worse. They want to demolish anything that relates to this nations past. Now, my high school is not actually linked to any specific tribe, but it does show pride for all of the tribes from this country.
       Even though it has been five years since I have graduated from this high school, I can say that I’m extremely protective of my school. I have great pride in my school. I’m proud to be a Native American. I’m proud to be a savage. And I’m against what the lawmakers in Colorado and Washington  D.C. are doing. If I have to, I will stand at the podium and defend the name and mascot of my high school. Wouldn’t you do the same thing?