I’ve taken up photography

I haven’t posted on this blog in nearly a year. A lot has happened, yet life isn’t too different. One thing that is new is I bought a DSLR. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel T3. Translation? A fancy camera that I can switch the lenses on and take great pictures with once I learn more about it.

I’m still learning how the camera works, and I’m definitely not a sports photographer (yet?), but here’s a couple of shots I liked from Cosumnes River College’s women’s soccer game against Fresno City College on Aug. 28.

Jessica DeAnda

Cosumnes River College Hawks’ freshman midfielder Jessica DeAnda goes down on the field when a Fresno City College player tries to take possession of the ball.

Rachel Dube soccer

Cosumnes River College Hawks’ sophomore defender Rachel Dube during a lull in the action of their home game against Fresno City College on Aug. 28.

Well, that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll be updating this blog more often in the future, so keep a look out.

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The game of life

This game that we call life is played differently by all,
Just in my circle of friends you would be able to find it all,
There is a mixture of everyone, from your college bound students,
To the kids who just want to get the hell away from school.

All of us say we are going to make our own paths in life,
Not knowing that we have already made them.

Birth, death, and all the in-between,
All playing out in this exact moment in time.

People all think they know what they want in life,
But whether or not they know it, they all strive towards the same goal,
All have the same quest in the end,
To get to that higher level.

Spiritually, intellectually, it is all the same,
Whichever is your style, will get you the same.

Whether through Hod or through books, death will draw near,
With no way to stop it, there is always something to fear.

The unknown makes you pull away,
Yet at the same time draws you in,
It pulls you forward, quenching your thirst for the new.

Curiosity, the very same that killed the cat, will bring you the same.

Death marks the end, but also the beginning,
For matter cannot be created, nor destroyed.

Many years of fruitless searching for the truth,
All to be answered in a short time,
For in reality, life is such a short span.

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Just something I wrote a few years ago in high school. I read it just now and felt the need to post it.

It starts with a little white lie

Sitting home on a Sunday afternoon is a lot more thought-provoking than I thought it would be. My little cousins are over, and they were watching a movie. During the previews, one of my cousins said “I saw half of that movie!”

The movie isn’t out on DVD yet, and she definitely hasn’t seen it in theaters—I’d know, as I live with her.

I know she’s just trying to impress the other little cousins, and to most people it seems like a harmless thing to lie about. The truth is, it’s far from harmless and people need to realize this.

I know I told the same sort of lie as a kid, but that doesn’t make it any more okay. I realize this now.

You see, the problem is that the lies start small when you’re small and they continue to grow with you.

Letting kids tell these lies, and as frequently as we all know kids do, condition them into thinking that lying is okay.

Those five and six-year-olds on the playground grow into teenagers that lie to their parents and say their homework was finished an hour ago, and that they already started their essay that’s due in a week. A week later, the kid skipped a few chapters of math he needs to know for his test, but he still can’t study it because he still has to write about the themes and ideas presented in Catcher in the Rye.

Yet again, those teenagers grow up to be young adults who call in sick to work after skipping a few classes at the community college they go to so that they can drive out of town to see their favorite band in concert with some friends. Then they lie again a few days later when they get home late and tell their parents that they weren’t drinking with friends, when none of them are quite 21 yet.

Those young adults grow up and get married, get a job in the career they want. One day one of them has a young new secretary who he just can’t keep his eyes off of. Why not lie to his wife and say he has some extra work so that he can call her into his office just before she’s ready to call it a night? It won’t be more than a few months before his wife catches on to what happened and she leaves him.

Are those lies told as a kid still so harmless? This is why we need to teach kids at a young age that honesty is key. This is why it’s so easy to lie, because from such a young age it’s perfectly acceptable to lie. Parents know their kids lie, and you know what they do? They sit back and let them. That needs to stop.

Lies aren’t harmless, and after all those years and those little lies you let your kids tell, you wonder why they lie to you when you tell them lying is wrong.

Anything and everything, yet at the same time nothing, by Stephan Starnes

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