The Decision.

Today, in a 3-2 decision, net neutrality was repealed.

Movements often spring up out of seemingly nowhere nowadays, but don't often go anywhere. The case with net neutrality was different. I've never seen a movement grow so quickly. I've never seen so many people concerned over a single issue come together to cause a change.

It's so strange when we hear the words, "Your voice is important." Lately, it doesn't seem like it. How can a movement with so much momentum be shut down? How can the voices of over 80% of Americans be ignored so easily?

The net neutrality issue will change so... so many things. The internet will no longer serve as America's playground, library, teacher... or whatever you use the internet for. Access to sites will be limited. Everything from little blogs like this, to large sites like YouTube will no longer be available for free. All because of a selfish FCC chairman.

Typically, blogging isn't much of a challenge. I always hav…

Finals Study Guide

Howdy peeps! Here is a study guide that I created based on what DP was saying in class. I will include links to previous blog posts that may be helpful as well :)

1. Tone - how the author feels about what he/she is talking about. Some common tones are indifferent (not really caring), happy, excited, etc.

2. Mood - how the author's tone makes YOU feel. If the author speaks about something with a sad tone, it may give the poem a sad vibe. Or, the events in a story may give off some sort of mood. In Richard Cory, the guy committed suicide and it made the poem seem sad.

3. Diction - the specific words the author uses. Word choice. One author may utilize informal diction; he/she may use works like fuck and shit (me on a daily basis). Another author may utilize more formal diction; he/she may speak with a more advanced vocabulary.

4. Syntax - how the author arranges sentences. If an author writes really short sentences, that is a form of syntax. Similar to how an autho…

Immigrants in Our Own Land: Revisiting a Year Later

In class, we are reading and discussing the poem "Immigrants in Our Own Land" by Jimmy Santiago Baca. I read this poem last year, and cynical poetry-hating Lesley didn't get much out of it. This year is slightly different.

Having a sense of inner peace is important. Why? Because it makes everything around us seem less horrible. I mean, look at where we are now in time. We have a president that seemingly hates everyone. Slaves are being traded in foreign countries. People are attacking each other on the daily. It's like we're living in the apocalypse... kinda. You get the idea.

People define inner peace differently. For me, having inner peace means knowing that despite what's going on, everything will be okay in the end. It's knowing that after every bad event, life goes on and brings a lot of good events to balance the bad. It took me a long time to realize this myself. Last year, I wasn't anything like who I am today. Why? I didn't have a sense o…

The Art of Online Convos in a Nutshell

We've all been there. We've all been in a situation where we're talking to someone on social media. And some conversations are simple. Others may lead to something bigger. Conversations can start as a simple comment to an Instagram post, or in our case, a comment to a blog. It is important for us to know how to properly host a good online convo, especially since most of our course is online.

It's simple. I summarized the article on the course blog, The Art of Hosting Good Conversations Online, and decided to put it in a simple list of do's and don'ts.


Essentially what you want as a host is for people to feel welcomed to your blogs. You want people to be able to look at your blog and feel engaged to converse with others online. You want people to contribute. When people contribute and give you ideas, that leads to growth. Growth as a writer and growth as a person, really. As a host, you want to create an environment where people can contribute their idea…

Our American Literature Shoebox

Greetings, fellow readers! As I am writing this, y'all should be working on your journals, or reviewing vocabulary, or getting other shit done for this class. I hope you all are doing well with that, and of course, if you need assistance, I am always here to help.

It's been a while since I've posted on my blog. When you reach your senior year, and deadlines for everything being to flood your mind, you'll understand why it's been more than a month since I've posted. But things are calming down, and I've been getting ideas for posts. I am excited to begin posting more. Also, I am excited to see what you all have on your blogs! I haven't had a lot of time to explore the class blogs, but I am excited to get to know you all through that. I know that a lot of people in my class last year knew about me and my interests because of the things I posted on my blog, and I would like to get a glimpse into who you are through your blogs. Feel free to look through min…

DP Round 2

I'm typing this as I sit in the back of an empty classroom. DP is sitting across from me.

As a TA (teacher's assistant) for this class, I basically get relive the whole DP experience again, which is exciting for me. I love the way he approaches learning, and I'm excited to see how much the students in his class learn this year.


(Re)Learning Guitar with Technology

When I was about 13 years old, I picked up my first guitar. I named her Billy Jean. That was about 4 years ago now. When I picked up the guitar for the first time, YouTube was my teacher. I played guitar for my school's jazz band, and I was given music to learn on the first day I showed up for rehearsal. Obviously, I didn't know anything at that time, so I had to teach myself. Everything I knew about the guitar was self-taught, with the occasional help of YouTube tutorials.
There are good things and bad things that come from that. You can move at your own pace. You can learn songs that you like and you find cool. You can learn in a way that's easiest for you. That's what I loved about teaching myself how to play guitar. However, over time, I noticed that I was heavily focusing on one aspect of playing guitar. I learned how to play rhythm guitar like a fucking pro... but that's it. I could read tabs, but not well enough. I had trouble playing riffs. Things like that…