Tag: Novels

  • It was on the 5th of December, 2022 which we stopped by at Toast in Port Jefferson which they also have another location in Patchogue. The whole group went out for some brunch and had a wonderful time with delicious food and had some interesting conversations. I had Cinnamon bun pancakes which it was really delicious out of this world. There has to be stories about Scrooge and his life and time in the Victorian Era in the United Kingdom. Knowing old times of England is really good to know about their history and their past generations.

    We got to the Charles Dickens Festival Port Jefferson, New York. Next we stopped by to see some interesting events and people being all dressed up for “A Christmas Carol” which it was Charles Dickens famous plays in the local theatre for the performing arts. The show also popular in books, tv shows, movies, live plays, and other media sites. There was a campfire where everyone gathered and roast up their marshmallow with the whole crowd. I also saw a couple of people dressed up as Ebenezer Scrooge and saw other people being all dressed as people of London during the Industrial Revolution. Going back to the 1800s was interesting to see what was life back then. I took a picture with Ebenezer Scrooge with the cast of the “A Christmas Carol” and saw so much more live events. I saw a group of singing carol’s and then saw a horse on a wagon carried passengers around the Town Centre. At the end we saw the fire truck and get to see Santa Claus.

  • Ellie the Logical Flower is very helpful, She is a very observant, a good problem solver, sassy just like me. She is very helpful with her garden friends especially Charlie the Caterpillar and Fancy Fawn. Ellie loves to observe what’s going on in the garden at all free times and really researching science, especially when it has to do with helping” nurture nature.”

    Ellie loves that she has great knowledge and enjoys helping her friends when they get into situations.

    She is a problem solver by heart, and loves to fix them. Ellie strives to understand everything about life and nature. She always wants to feel positive about herself, and if she’s having a hard time she will find the strategy to make the best of the situation.. Ellie can be seem a bit sassy at first, for some of her appearances, but manages to shift her attitude quickly when she needs to help others out, trying at the same time not to sweat the small stuff.

    She is very smart and stands tall with all her floral friends. She’ll stand out from the rest, asking for help from the light and energy from Sammy the sun and Timber the tree. She has plenty of brothers and sisters in her flower bed.

    Her sister Victoria is the Queen of the Flowers, another sister of hers is Jess who is loyal and a fun flower, we call her the the comedian flower. She has one brother and his name is Fin, who is the smart one and the bravest of all. Ellie would also help out a science solution if one of the characters need help in environmental sustainability

    . Ellie can get very aggressive when she doesn’t get her way, but she understands and knows the tools to decompress her stress by spending time nature swimming in the Meadows. She often stops by to visit her siblings.

    Her parents passed away from a major storm and one of the oldest trees fell down during this storm, due to its age. Fin is the brave one who stands up with the other flowers in the garden with his lion heart full of courage, to inspire his flower friends. Victoria is the Queen of the flowers, and gives advice to nature on how to live and survive life. Jess is the Flower who loves to enjoy the others company with loyalty and she provides fun entertainment for all.

    She found the acorns underneath the tree because they were hiding under the rolling the plants

    Ellie would often resolve the conflicts because most of the characters in nature needs her when nessary. She can be sassy at first but finds a way to help out a character like Mabel and Moon laying in dirt and making the plant dirty. Ellie will tell them to find a solution on how to play without getting into trouble.

    Ellie found an idea to sort out each individual’s problems, while each character reflects on their perspectives.

    Every character in the meadow enjoy their time together.They are all very friendly towards each other and work together like one happy family. They must always be on point because sometimes they have dangerous weather that they need to be cautious about. The animals are very fun and playful when they show up in the meadows. Ellie the Flower loves to observe everyone all the time.

    Ellie can be the biggest teaser with the rest of the plants but uses funny sarcasm that often annoys her siblings when she feels like being sassy while being the biggest teaser.

    She can be a cheeky flower with an infectious spirit, when something good happens. Ellie is a unique flower who is very aware of her surroundings while focused on nature and what surrounds it.

    Ellie can live and grow from the plants with the rest of the characters in the field. Her mom and dad taught her kids to be strong, loving and independent flowers. She and all of her siblings grew up with all of the other flowers in the same flower community while enjoying to learn life’s lessons.

    The kids were grateful that their parents taught them how to respective environment and live for the moment. Her Mom’s name is Maddison and her Dad’s name is Jayson. These two parent flowers are very loving and encourages education for plants and nature while exploring life with critical thinking and compassion. They are always of their surroundings and keep a good eye out for each other. The meadows does often has new plants and visitors arriving to the field every year when spring arrives. The Meadows is one the greatest place to feel good about nature and run through the fields to get messy as they are getting inspired.

  • The Long Island Field Hockey 4 All Team went for a weekend trip to Orlando for ESPN+ Hockey. This is the first time that Special Olympic Games are hosted for the Florida Event. It was at the ESPN World of Sports Complex which it’s a Sports Park for Special Events. Most Tournaments are focused on Nationwide Teams for different Sports for Youth Teams. Over 200 Teams around the Country and thousands of people participated to play as athletes. Even the parents and fans decided to show up to the Sunshine Show Case Tournament of 2022.

    There’s so many sports fields in the park which is the ESPN World Sports of Complex and it has like 31 sports fields. Like Soccer Fields, Baseball Fields and so much more.

    The main Tournament was Long Island Field Hockey we got in before 9AM we wore special uniforms and we huddle as a team and were the first Long Island Field Hockey Team to join the Special Olympics Field Hockey Team joined the tournament and 1st annual Olympics tournament. It was also the first time that the special Olympics Field Hockey Team that was hosted because we wanted to show the world that Field Hockey is not just girls Field Hockey but it’s also for people with Development Disabilities.

    The Long Island Field Hockey went to the tournament but we end up two teams for ourselves. It was The All Stars in White and the Long Island Field Hockey in Gray. The Girls Team came to help us out and play like we’re having fun. One day the Sport would become a popular sport for the team when it reaches 2028 for the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics.

    We get to also be famous from ESPN which the players ourselves get to be interviewed by USA Field Hockey and Long Island Field Hockey

    During the bracket of the tournament was The Long Island Field Hockey Team but since the other teams never showed up we decided to make up two teams on our own. The Long Island Field Hockey Girls Team happily came to help and they volunteer with us. It was the Gray Team and White Team. Half of the group went to the Gray Team and the other half went to the White Team. The Long Island Field Hockey Team was the Gray Team and the All Stars were the White Team. All of them each got a volunteer to partner up to help our teams to achieve what they can achieve something. Originally I thought that we would have 200 Teams around the nation with disabilities but it was only 200 teams for the Girls Field Hockey Team, so we created 2 Teams and the team in Gray is the Long Island Field Hockey Team which is me, Michelle, Rebecca and Paul. The White Team is the All Stars which the team has Anthony, Elouise, Gia and Adriana

    During the Match, there’s 10 Minutes in 2 half’s of the match. During the first half of the match, I was already got a head start but it was just short not too far from the goal. Then my teammate Michelle scored the first goal and took the lead 1-0. Not for long, Elouise got the first goal for the All Stars which it tied at 1-1. Then the teams did a lot of defensive moves time to time. Paul on the LI Field Hockey did a lot of help with the defence to not let the All Stars take the lead. During the 5 minute warning, I ran into the other side and waited for the goal and Michelle passed the ball to me and I scored the goal to help LI Field Hockey 2-1. Then the All Stars went to take immediate action and scored then second goal to tie it up 2-2. Before Halftime I ran the ball and I was going to score again but they goalie blocked my shot and the defense took the ball from me so I went back to center field and passed it to Rebecca and give it to Michelle and she got herself the 2nd goal which give LIFH to get back the lead 3-2 and it was halftime. Everyone had a water break and then each team huddle up to work on teamwork and continue to have fun while making history.

    During the 2nd half of the match, the Long Island field hockey was leading the All Starz 3-2. It was neck to neck for the first few minutes until Michelle got the goal to take the early lead with my quick thinking pass before I got out of bounds and helped the LI Field Hockey Team continued to take the lead 4-2. Then I scored before I put myself in an offside position which I got lucky to allow myself to get that goal when the ball rolled to me and scored. In the meantime, Paul and i did a phenomenal job with the defense and not let the All Stars scored like 5 times. The Defense on the LI Field Hockey was outstanding during the tournament so hopefully we can get ourselves promoted for the 2028 Paralympics. Before the match was done, the LI Field Hockey Team scored 2 more goals which it was credited by the whole team with outstanding creativity of teamwork. Once the Tournament was about to draw to a close, Elouise helped the All Stars got one more goal even though they tried their best to get the goals from the great defense. She got the buzzer beater goal and happily got the All Stars 7-3 but the Long Island Field Hockey won the Tournament which it was a fun tournament. We won 7-3 against the All Starz which it was a fun game to remember while making History for the Special Olympics.

    The winner of the tournament was The Long Island Field Hockey Team but it was about a fun tournament which hopefully one day more teams around the USA to increase Special Olympics Field Hockey. I like to remember the score just i can focus on track with the results especially in every Special Olympics Tournament.

    Afterwards we took a group picture with girls team who helped us and the team itself. Then I was interviewed by 2 people like Sally from USA Field Hockey and Valeri from Long Island Field Hockey. I talked about that I wanted to explain about Field Hockey which its popular from Europe, Australia and India but Wanted to expand the sport to the United States. It would be interesting if the Special Olympics was a reality besides the Girls Field Hockey. One day this sport will be huge for the 2028 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics. I can grow as a player for myself especially my teammates.

    The Long Island Field Hockey Group Picture

    The All Stars at the Globe

    Websites for the Special Olympics

  • By Scott Weisbrot

    A photo captured by Scott of the changing leaves on a tree. The tree's leaves are changing from green to a bright red. Neraby, you can see a parking lot with a variety of different trucks. In the foreground, you can see a field covered in bright red, orange, and brown leaves.
    The falling leaves of a colorful tree

    Recently, I went with a group of friend on a trip to Hoyt Farm and Preserve in Commack, NY. Hoyt Farm is a preserve in the town of Smithtown, which is a nice place with cool parks and beautiful nature. If you go in the fall, it’s a great place to find the leaves changing color and walk pass through the animal farm. There’s lots of cool stops among the trails. There was also a garden gnomes village in one of the trees. We checked out the empty barns with different paths of bushes. We discovered the Hoyt Farm playhouse, which looked like an empty wooden house. Afterwards, we toured around the preserve. In total, it was a half a mile walk.

    Here’s a map of Hoyt Farm in Commack, NY:

    A map of Hoyt Farm and Preserve in Commack NY - in black and white.
    A map of Hoyt Farm in Commack NY

    You can check out all the photos I took on my trip to Hoyt Farm below:


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  • By Eric Zuelch

    The Storm Runner Trilogy is a trilogy of books by J.C. Cervantes under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, a subdivision of Disney Hyperion. The trilogy focuses on Mayan, Mexican, and Aztec mythology in the modern day. In the series, the Mayan gods have children with humans, however as gods and humans are not meant to mix. When these unions do occur, the child has some kind of physical, emotional, or mental disability. The main character of the series Zane Obispo has a leg length discrepancy with his right leg being a foot shorter than his left leg; as well as his right foot being two sizes smaller. Because of this, he has to walk with a cane. Another character Ren Santiago suffers from absence seizures. Another character Alana has light sensitivity issues.

    However, these disabilities are a result of their power inherited from their godly parents. Zane gains powers of fire manipulation from his short leg. Ren’s seizures are a result of her time manipulation abilities catching up with her body. Alana’s light sensitivity allows her to see lights that allow her to create portals. While some may see giving those with disabilities as a bad thing, others may see it as a metaphor for those with disabilities to not let their disabilities get in their way. While one’s disability can get in the way of accomplishing certain tasks, it can help them in other areas. For example, being deaf can stop one from becoming an air traffic controller, but it can allow them to focus more on the road if they are driving. The characters represent the potential of those with disabilities, their limitations, and an alternative way to succeed.

    The Storm Runner Trilogy shows how one should not let their disability limit them. They can succeed no matter what their disabilities are. While some disabilities can get in the way, there is most likely an alternate way to achieve one’s goals, or to discover something else. Zane, Ren, and Alana represent the potential of those with disabilities. The Storm Runner Trilogy shows how one’s disabilities does not have to hold them back

    Purple background with different pain textures. Advertisement/graphic for the Storm Runner Series by J.C. Cervantes. It reads: Rick Riordan Presents, The Storm Runner: A Maya Mythology Series by J.C. Cervantes, Read Riordan. On the right, you see several colorful covers of books in the series, including: The Storm Runner; The Fire Keeper, and the Shadow Crosser.
    Ad for The Storm Runner series by J.C. Cervantes. It shows several books in the series; from left to right, The Storm Runner, The Fire Keeper, and the Shadow Crosser.

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  • By Marissa Parody

    Jim Butcher is an American author who writes contemporary fantasy novels. Some of his most notable works include The Dresden Files, Codex Alera and the Cinder Spires book series.

    In particular, I love The Dresden Files By Jim Butcher. My favorite book in the series is Fool Moon. The book centers around the idea of wearwolves, humans that can transform into animals. The novel follows a wizard named Harry Dresden who lives in Chicago and uses their supernatural powers to protect their community from evil. The idea of transformation from human to animal keeps me very engaged as I am curious as to whether this could really happen? And I’m very intrigued by Harry Dresden as I’m left wondering what’s the difference between good and evil? Are they both riding on the same line?

    Photo of the cover of Jim Butcher's Fool Moon, a novel in the Dresden File Seriies. The cover features a man standing on the side of a building wearing all black clothes and a long black cape. Behind him, you can see the city skyline at night and the full moon. In white and green text, it reads: #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher. Foot Moon - A novel of the Dresden Files. "Butcher keeps the thrills coming" - SF Site
    Photo of Jim Butcher’s Fool Moon, a novel in the Dresden Files series

    Fantasy novels, like The Dresden Files have the power to take me out of my day-to-day reality and allow me to relax and feel inspired. The three reasons that really keep my interest and engagement are:

    1. The creativity
    2. The plot
    3. The inner struggle of the characters in the book and how they resolve conflict

    These thoughts keep me engaged in these series and keep me curious to keep following Jim Butcher and his books.

    Check out the following interview with Jim Butcher on his bestselling Dresden Files Series below:

    Video of Jim Butcher talking about his bestselling series the Dresden Files

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