Archive for August, 2007

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Nostalgia (WAAAAAAH!) :““(

August 30, 2007

I am really missing the people from my old school (specifically my choir friends). Today, by chance, I came across some midi files of some songs that my choir had done, such as Festival Sanctus and Homeward Bound (well, my choir didn’t do Homeward Bound, but the women’s choir did). Sanctus brought back some amazing memories of when my choir went to Festival in Flagstaff. (Wow, were we amazing, or what!?) Homeward Bound (the one by Marta Keen) was really hard to listen to, because it it just such an emotional song and it also brings back some more poignant memories, that usually involve the whole choir bawling. If any of you are reading this, I just want to say that I really miss you, and I hope that you are having a great time with whatever you are doing. Don’t ever stop singing!

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My Mandala

August 22, 2007

Mandala

The creation of a mandala is a journey into one’s self to find the values that makes a person who they are. My personal mandala shows the things that are important to me. It is composed of five major parts, the outer circle, the triquetra, and the three inner circles. My mandala is one of connectivity, as evidenced by the web pattern creating the outer circle.

The outer circle of my mandala is a web created by using the pattern X to X+10 on a 36 point circle, that is 1 to 11, 2 to 12 and so on. I chose a blue color scheme for the web, or Bezier curve drawing, as it is known mathematically, because I have always felt an affinity for the ocean and swimming. Water is also, coincidentally, the element associated with my birth sign, Scorpio. This web symbolizes interpersonal connectivity. It also serves to link the objects in the inner circle of my mandala.­­­­­­­­­

In the inner circle of my mandala, a tri-colored triquetra links the three circles to each other. The triquetra is an ancient symbol, made from the intersection of three circles, that has had many meanings to various peoples over the years. Specifically it represented an important triplicate of some sort. For the Celts, it was the Goddess, a triple goddess, with incarnations of a maiden, a matron, and a crone. For the Christians, it has been used to represent the holy trinity. In my mandala it symbolizes intrapersonal connectivity by linking the three things that I value the most. As such, the three colors of the triquetra are the three colors that encircle my core values.

The first colored circle in my mandala is blue, which I used to represent my search for knowledge. This is a detail from a well known representation of the heliocentric theory by Andreas Cellarius called Harmonia Macrocosmica. I chose this image because the heliocentric theory was an incredibly important contribution to our understanding of the cosmos. Below and to the left of this symbol is the green circle.

The color of the second circle is green, which represents my respect for the environment. It is depicted by a circle of people surrounding a “world tree”, a representation of the environment. The preservation of our earth is incredibly important to me, and I try to help in any way that I can. I conserve water, I recycle, I use eco-friendly products, and I practice vegetarianism, in an effort to preserve our planet. Next to this depiction is the final circle, the red circle.

This deep red circle symbolizes my religion, secular humanism. Representing my faith is a mandala created by Eve Margo Withrow and Terry Kreuzer for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne. Secular Humanism is a religion that, while it does not acknowledge a god, promotes justice, service to the human race, and the improvement of life for all humanity.

My mandala has five parts and they are as follows. The outer web of my mandala symbolizes my relationships with others and my affinity for the aquatic. The triquetra represents my intrapersonal connections. The blue circle is a representation of my search for knowledge. The green circle signifies my respect and care for the environment. The circle representing my religion, secular humanism, is a deep red. In summation, my five part mandala is a graphical representation of who I am, and what I define myself by.

 

Click to see my mandala :

My mandala

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School

August 16, 2007

Well, my first few days at school have been pretty good. I love LOVE the IB program. At least I love the one IB class I have… Actually, I have had two. For the first day of school I was in the Senior IB history. Yikes! They were all very tall… It seemed like a cool class though. Now I am still in a class with mostly seniors (a few juniors), though this is by design, not accident. It’s AP Physics, and I’m not sure that I’m going to stay in it, it’s very hard (only two years higher than it should be…). *sigh* Oh well. WOW! I sound really fatalistic! Anyway, it’s been an experience. I do know someone at Westwood, cuz she went to my junior high. We have been debating the finer points of her religion (LDS) and we both have been very polite to each other. For now… Anyway here’s my schedule:

Acc. Algebra II

Homeroom (Attached to 2nd hour)

AA Sophmore English

Spanish III

AP Physics

(LUNCH)

Theatrical Arts I (Drama)

Honors History (IB)

I believe that all of these but Drama are weighted. *sigh*

Missing Mrs. Griffin, cuz she’s way better than my teacher. Mine’s just so… so… I dunno? Uptight I guess, but not really. See she insists on a strictly PG rated classroom, which doesn’t make for the best drama environment. People have to be free to say what comes naturally to them (within reason), and to have to constantly monitor your self really doesn’t allow for that. Right now I want to play Halo with my cousin from Cali, even though he always kicks my butt. (Hi, if you’re reading this). (As always, no names until I have permission. I don’t want anyone getting stalked and then blaming me. lol) Alright. Let me know what you’re doing. Sent me an e-mail, or drop a comment.

-Connor

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School, Aaargh! (A Rant From Connor)

August 10, 2007

Well, school starts on Monday (13th) for me. I so do not want to go. For one, I don’t want to go for all the usual reasons: No more break, more work, earlier bed time. However, on top of that, I’m going to a school I hate. It’s called Westwood High School. It’s not the school I should go to (i.e. my school is not a feeder school for it). It is known for it’s poor standardized test scores and less than cultured students (gang bangers). Now, you may be wondering why I am going to this god-awful, funds deprived (did I mention they had little cash?) school. Well, that’s because, like any school district that has a particularly low scoring school, they put an academic program there. This is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. (Incidentally this is the same program that Mrs. Griffin is teaching, albeit in Belgium.) This is a wonderful program who’s diploma is not only accepted, but lauded, in colleges around the world. (For more info go to www.ibo.org ) I wish to go to college at Oxford so this is an amazing thing for me, that is if I don’t get jumped and killed, of course. *sigh* I only know two people who will be going to Westwood, and I don’t know either particularly well. On the other hand, all of my friends are going to the school I’m supposed to go to. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to see how things turn out.

-Connor

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A Day of Volunteering Cont.

August 10, 2007

During lunch I’ll usually talk to one of the employees. (I won’t put their names in here as they have not given me their permission.) Then I’ll usually go to the 3rd floor and do an activity until it’s time to go. A 1 1/2 hour bus ride and I’m home.