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Aug. 15 (1990)

April 19, 2014

Age 11/ Pre-Grade 6

MOO MOO  Today is Aug. 15.  I’m sick and my stomach is burning.  The song on the radio is Wind of Change by Scorpions.  Michelle said Darius said Matt said he didn’t like me that I was a cow.  It is probably true.  I hate myself.  I am so fat.  I am never going to lose my weight.  I am so ugly too, I hate to look at myself in the mirrir at that big hidious image.  I am such a blimp.  I will never be thin.  No boys like me I’m to ugly!  Why am I so fat?  I can’t stand it anymore.

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August 1990 (No date listed)

April 19, 2014

To day in bowling I played a 200 series and I cam home hungary. I didn’t like anything we had and mom said that she wasn’t going to take me to McDonalds or give me fatty foods.  She was talking to Dad and said she was ready to beat the crap out of me because I wasn’t going to anything.  Then she said that I was 157lbs and by the time I’m 13 I will be 20 and she won’t wait a year1/2 for puberty to take care of it and I’m stiking to it wether I want to or not.  So I’m going to starve myself.  I don’t care what mom says I will not eat.

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August 1990 (No date listed)

April 19, 2014

Today is Sunday and Wedsday we went to war with Iraq.  Three men from CNN where in Bhagdad and reported every things thay heard, felt and saw.  Thay had a microphone and thay placed it in the window.  you could hear the gun shots and bombs.  Many homes were hit in Isrial.  

 

 

*This portion was written sometime letter but added onto original:

Rob and Dan do not have to go there.

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Stop Pretending- What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy- Sonya Sones

March 28, 2010

This book is fun in two ways.  First, like Ellen Hopkins, the book is a collection of poems that tell the story of a girl with a “crazy” older sister.  Secondly, instead of focusing on the elder sister, we get to see how otherwise “healthy” people are affected by mental illness.

It’s much shorter than an Ellen Hopkins book and would be an appropriate read for a student in middle school.  There is no explicit language or material that can be found in a more mature problem novel.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find a problem novel that is appropriate for those that are younger since many are geared to a 16+ crowd.  However, this book meets the criteria of being interesting and perhaps pertinent to a younger student, while not exposing them to material that is too mature for them to read.

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RX- Tracy Lynn

March 27, 2010

If you watch any TV at all, then you know that we are all dying of some illness or have some awful condition that can only be solved by our friends the pharmaceutical company.  Don’t get me wrong, Rx drugs have saved many a life and they can do amazing things.  Like grow longer and thicker eyelashes… because how could we survive without that?  However, as is becoming more common place everyday, RX drugs are being abused, especially among teens that both want a readily available high, as well as a “boost” in academic performance.

Rx drugs are 2nd in drug-of-choice behind marijuana among teens.  Most new Rx users are 13.   Perhaps the fact that is most surprising for parents is that kids are getting these drugs right out of the medicine cabinet.  Parents, what is in your cabinet right now?  Vicodin from that knee surgery a year ago?  Xanax for when works gets tough?  What about in grandma and grandpa’s house?  Oxycontin for the arthritis?  Prescription drugs are everywhere!  And if grandma can take them, then surly they would be ok for my healthy teen body right?

“This whole pill addiction is here to stay, and the reason why is because we are raising a culture of kids on pills,” said Brett Bagley, program director for Purple Inc., a Lawrenceville drug treatment center for men. “All these kids have been taking pills since they were 7 or 8 years old for ADD [attention-deficit disorder].” -nineronline.com

We are used to people taking drugs to get “high.”  But, there is another side to this problem.  Teens aren’t just using Rx drugs to get buzzed  They are using them to handle the extreme pressure of simply growing up in our modern world.

Students call them “study drugs” while scientists call them “cognitive enhancers,” but nevertheless, the use and distribution of such drugs is illegal without a prescription, and yet, college students are abusing them at an increasing rate.

One such drug is Adderall, an amphetamine drug commonly prescribed to people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. “Addy,” as students call it, is the most popular study drug on college campuses across the country, according to an article from NPR’s Michelle Trudeau. -nineronline.com

This is where Tracy Lynn’s “Rx,” comes in.  Thyme, honor student (in the top 20 of the class), student council, NHS, applying to Ivy League Schools, takes and deals prescription drugs to her peers.  Why?  She takes Adderall to study.  It helps her to focus on the content as well as not sleep so she can study late into the night after her extracurriculars are over.  Her friends?  Valium for public speaking, Paxil for social anxiety, Oxy for the injuries of the hocky team.  This book is not about stereotypical drug users.  It’s the high flyers no one ever expects.  But, as the book illustrates, the pressures teens face today can be overwhelming.  Teens that would never do “drugs” like pot or acid casually take prescriptions just to make it through the day.  This is not a fantasy.  I myself have known many people who “share” drugs because they have to speak in front of the class and are nervous.  I knew two people who were neuroleptic and would overdose on their meds the week of finals so they could stay awake and study for days on end.  Xanax is gold and Oxy is diamonds.

So, what to do?  As always, parents need to be made aware.  They need to be aware that it’s not the “typical” kids that abuse drugs, but the valedictorians as well.

Law enforcement is encouraging parents to take the seemingly-drastic step of using a lockbox to keep prescription meds safe and out of the hands of teenagers and children. –tansworldnews.com

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It’s a fixer-upper

September 29, 2009

I am doing some much needed cleaning of this blog, so if things are all bizzaro world, that why. In the meantime listen to my station on Pandora.com!

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The Prodigal Son and all…

September 29, 2009

So, I was googling myself (because it’s what cool kids do), and my two book blogs came up and I was like, “Ooooohhhhh, yyyyyyeeeeaaaahhhhh.”  So, then I had to decide if I would delete them, because it’s been like two years since I’ve been on them, or actually start contributing again.  Obviously, I am doing the later.  It really boils down to me being bored and not wanting to start my memoir just yet.

I’ve been deep in thought for like 30 seconds just now trying to figure out what YA books I have read in the past 2 years.  I did read “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen.  Yeah.  Books about the environment.  sweet.  He’s got a lot of books, so apparently kids are reading them, but I don’t like a main platter of politics.  That’s why I hate Ani DiFranco.

Anywho, I liked doing this blog, I am just super lazy, so maybe I’ll be back in less than 2 years.