Lord Byron

April 4, 2013

In school we’ve been learning a lot about poetry. These are a few facts about the English poet, Lord Byron… please enjoy!

  • Lord Byron was born January 22nd, 1788 and died April 19th, 1824.
  • He was born with club foot.
  • At age ten he became the 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale.
  • Lord Byron was also believed to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
  • He was a poet in the romantic movement.
  • He fought against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence and was named a national hero by the Greeks.

 

Here is a portrait of Lord Byron:

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts about Lord Byron!

This is an example of an awesome poetry style called Blackout. Blackout poetry is where you take any excerpt of writing and use a marker to blackout the words you don’t like, emphasizing powerful words. This is one that I did with a page of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. I hope you enjoy!

Life

escape the knife

end young

scream

within a year, horror

come everyone

no better fate

You lose

power, old and evil

this life of ours

tyranny

would be our own overnight

Rebellion!

justice

struggle

victorious!

Band Photos

January 28, 2013

These are some pics of bands I like to help with inspiration for the LSV band Photos. I hope you enjoy!

 

This is a photo of my favorite band, OneRepublic. I like this photo because of the setting is the antique, old fashioned type room.

 

This is a new band I’ve discovered called the Grant Gordy Quartet. My favorite part of this photo because of the neat square-style layout and that it’s in black and white.

This is a pic of the popular country band, Rascal Flatts. I like how this one is taken in a tunnel.

 This is a neat photo of the band, Train. My favorite part of it is that the camera isn’t looking straight at them but more from above.

This is a pic I found of the band, Maroon 5. I thought it was neat that it only showed their faces.

Cribbage

January 10, 2013

This is a short summary of a fun game we’ve learned about at school, called cribbage… please enjoy!

History-

Cribbage was invented in the mid 1600′s by an Englishman named Sir John Suckling. He was also a poet, a playwright, and helped rescue one of his friends from the Tower of London! Cribbage was originally called Noddy. It became popular with American soldiers on submarines in World War II. Many cribbage board designs have been used over the years; most were made of wood, but other artists used marble. The modern cribbage board has 120 pegs for each player and each player uses two pegs to keep track of points.

 

Epic pheasant cribbage board!!!!!

 

Playing-

Cribbage is played using a cribbage board, pegs, and a simple deck of cards. Each player is dealt six cards to begin with, and discards two cards each to the “crib” which is used by the dealer. Then, the players do what is called “pegging” where they each play one card at a time and try to get points that add up to fifteen or thirty-two. After that the players count up the points based on combinations of fifteen, pairs, or runs. Then, the dealer counts up the points in their “crib” in the same manner. For more information on the rules of cribbage, refer to this link or the vocabulary list below.

 Magic 29 Point hand!!

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary-

  • Fifteen – if you get a combination of fifteen in your hand it is worth two points
  • Pairs - if you have two of the same cards (e.g. two fives) it is also worth two points
  • Run – if you have three of more consecutive cards in your hand (e.g. 4,5,6) it is called a run… a run is worth as many points as cards in the run (e.g. 3)
  • Muggins -if your opponent misses any points in their hand then you get to call “muggings” and you get two points

Traditional cribbage board

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief description of the game of cribbage! It is one of the most fun games I’ve ever played that involves math!! (Kids, don’t be scared, you just have to be able to count to thirty-one :) I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a challenge and saying the word muggings!

 

Takeoff!

November 28, 2012

This is a new poem I wrote based on a photo, please enjoy!

 

Wish I could leap off and fly away

like all the birds on the terrace

But thanks to the laws of gravity

I can’t see the top of Paris!

Stuck behind these iron bars

up on the seventh floor

while feathered pidgeons mock me

I can’t take it any more!

It’s Like This, Cat =^.^=

October 9, 2012

Hi there, Artsy Gnome followers! As a blogger I’m entitled to inform you about all the coolest stuff, and I have an update! I just finished reading the book, It’s Like This, Cat, and absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!!!!!! It’s a touching story about the bond between a teenage boy and his cat, and all of their empowering adventures. Cat (yes the cat’s name is just Cat) helps Davey overcome some of his anger with his father and even helps him make some new friends! I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes cats, adventure, or just wants a book that warms your heart!

 Meow and good day,

=^.^= Syd

Another Bio Poem

September 27, 2012

Here is yet another bio poem on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Orphan, Artist, Plain, Reliable

Who feels unimportant

Who dreams of starting a school

Who loves books

Who wonders about her future

Who serves Mr. Rochester

Daughter of a poor man and a rich woman

Resident of Thornfield Estate

Meow and good day,

=^.^= Syd

So, just started a new school year and I’m already totally pumped! I feel like everything has started to fall into place after the crazy summer with all the fires and insanity! Before I get all fortune cookie on you I want to tell you about something cool that happened to me today. So………….. my mom and I were getting a snack at Chick-fil-a and we ordered our food at the drive-through, drove to the pick-up window and my mom starts to hand the person her credit card and she tells us that the lady in front of us in line already paid for our food! That totally just made my day! It reminds me that there are still people out there who do a good deed just because it makes you feel good inside! Maybe you can think on that next time you go through a Chick-fil-a drive-through :) Well, I guess that’s all for now!

Meow and good day,

=^.^= Syd

The Ferret

April 11, 2012

I got some good feedback on my boiled peanut limerick so I decided to post one that I wrote in the fourth grade.

The Ferret:

 

 

Meow, and good day.

 

We have reached day three of Boiled Peanut Awareness Week and I have a boiled peanut poem for you;

Boiled Peanuts

A limerick by: Sydney

Peanuts should always be boiled

or else fun times will be spoiled

When you’re at a picnic

you will have to be quick

Or else all your nuts will be soiled

Meow and good day =^.^=