Monday, 21 March 2016

Misadventures in Shakespeare

After recently starting Romeo and Juliet in our english class, I've narrowed down the broader topics we've covered to three solid life lessons:

a) Teachers tend to get overexcited about such important playwrights and enjoy assigning oodles and oodles of homework that could be done over a weekend but instead is due the very next day. I bet there are conventions in which English teachers get together and fangirl over the complete and utter genius-ness of Shakespeare.

you can now expect many Doctor Who gifs coming your way

b) Even playwrights dating back to the somethingth century use plenty of dirty puns and references, just to keep people entertained.

c) Each person can appreciate something new in Shakespeare.

I did have a certain respect for Shakespeare at the start date of our journey with him. He was a man of beautiful words, of perfect words. Words for every occasion, used always at just the right time. He inspired many of the words we use in our vocabulary today.



But as our minds were forced to be stretched each night with piles of homework and questions to ponder on and ideas to write down, I got a little tired of Shakespeare. We were given ideas and forced to stretch them and elaborate in such short periods of time. I wanted to rest and give my ideas room to grow. Epiphanies happen mostly when a subject is not being pushed so hard, so that their mind can rest and quietly ponder until bam- suddenly, the answers hit them. 

But in the short time I've worked with him, I've come to appreciate new aspects of his writing that I had not realized before. Understanding the meaning behind his work is difficult. He's challenged the ideas of love, life, death, and hate with his works. I never realized the questions he left behind as his legacy. Questions demanding to be pondered on, to be stressed upon as new philosophies hit humankind every day.

There are so many different interpretations of Shakespeare out there in the world today, as well as so much meaning that different people can grasp from each one of his plays. 

I suppose that's the beauty of Shakespeare. He's left us with questions to which the answers are so impossible that they're endless. That's why so many are able to interpret his works in so many different ways. That's why there's something to appreciate in him for everyone.

-Oakstar


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Canadian Confessions

17. I don't own a moose

I've done quite a few posts about being Canadian, (let's not forget about the dreadful It's Canada Day, Eh! post) but I enjoy poking fun at myself and my nation, so here's a compilation of my Canadian Confessions.



  1.  I only buy cartons of milk, and I feel seriously cheated out of the bagged milk experience.
  2. I know more about American politics than Canadian politics because we all know which nation's political candidates are more entertaining.
  3. I only discovered poutine when I was like twelve.
  4. I never saw the appeal of bacon.
  5. I didn't know that Justin Bieber was Canadian.
  6. I'm genuinely frightened by the smell of burnt toast.
  7. Does Canada even have T.V. shows
  8. I get stressed out every time I roll up the rim.
  9. Sometimes I say 'aboot' just for the heck of it.
  10. Once my friend thought I lived in Canadia
  11. I start wearing shorts as soon as it hits four degrees. 
  12. I didn't know that polar bears are really scary looking when shaved. 
  13. For the longest time, I thought beaver tails were made out of the tail of a beaver.
  14. I wonder how Alaska feels about being so separated from the rest of America. I bet they say 'eh' a lot and are very polite.
  15. We have some kind of incessant need to say sorry a lot.
  16. We do in fact dump maple syrup on snow for fun and scoop it up with popsicle sticks when turned cold. 
  17. I don't own a moose
  18. I wish I did, though.
  19. I actually hate hockey.
  20. All the Canadian stereotypes are true I'm not even going to lie
  21. I say 'eh' a lot. Too much.
  22. Niagara Falls is everything it's cracked up to be. Completely. 100 percent.
  23. I've sung the national anthem more in french than I have in english and honestly I have know idea what any of it means.
  24. I put the letter u in all of my words to make is sound more classy and sophisticated.
  25. I didn't know Coffee Crisp was a Canadian thing until this year.
  26. Canadian Netflix is downright shameful.


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

Why are we the lucky ones?
The ones that
 kill,
    maim,
      torture.
Why are we the blessed ones?
The ones that 
steal,
 lie, 
destroy.
Why are we the favoured ones?
The ones that
deceive,
plague,
hate.

this one's actually mine yay


We are the ones who
save,
aid,
pity.
Why are we the lucky ones?
We are the ones who
give,
wonder,
create.
Why are we the blessed ones?
We are the ones who
teach,
cure,
love.
Why are we the favoured ones?


a poem by Oakstar

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Harry Potter Spell Tag

Hello bloggers!

I've seen both Noor and Jollygirl partake in this tag, and it seemed absolutely perfect to do on this blog. The original creator was someone who I believe was a youtuber-kudos to you, youtuber who I don't know.

1. Expecto Patronum- A childhood book connected to good memories


I devoured the Nancy Drew Notebooks when I was about the age of seven or eight. I adored them all, but the one I would constantly re-borrow from the library was The Gumdrop Ghost. I was absolutely enthralled by it (I don't even know why) and I enjoyed it each and every time.

2. Expelliarmus- A book that took you by surprise


This was the first Agatha Christie book I ever read. I kept making speculations and assumptions, but was utterly shocked when I found out who the killer was. No spoilers here, but I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a mystery book to leave you shocked.

3. Prior Incantato- The last book you read


Though it was a bit repetitive and less sci-fi than I wanted it to be, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main message was positive, and the characters were believable. I recommend it. 

4. Alohomora- A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn't considered before. 


Narnia introduced me to fantasy books, but it also introduced me to reading in general. I had read many books before this one, but this was the first one that encouraged me to read deeper and more challenging books.


5. Riddikulus- A funny book that you read


I know that Harry Potter isn't a humor book, but I genuinely found this book funny. It is my favourite Harry Potter book, and the sarcastic one-liners of the characters are just so darn hilarious. I think it's brilliant. 10000/10 would recommend.

6. Sonorous- A book that you think everyone should know about


Besides J.K. Rowling, David Almond is my favourite author of all time. The melodic patterns he uses when writing are so soothing, and the plots and hidden messages are intriguing and thought-provoking. Skellig was my first David Almond book, but he has a large collection that unfortunately not many people know about. I seriously recommend people to check out his work.

7. Obliviate- A book you would like to forget having read


While I respect everyone who enjoyed this book, I would prefer wiping it from my memory. I found it so dreadful and depressing. I don't see the hype behind it. The main characters are pretentious and otherwise flat, and everything about it just screamed CLICHE! I hated it.



8. Imperio- A book that you had to read for school


While the first time I read Haroun and the Sea of Stories, I felt incredibly tortured and that I was served a great injustice, with help from my english class I learned to appreciate it a bit more for the messages behind it. 

9. Crucio- A book that was painful to read


I was 'lucky' to 'win' this 'prize' at my book store, but I was displeased to discover that this book was simply terrible. I read it grudgingly but I just couldn't stand it by the end of it. 100% done with the fandom behind it.

10. Avada Kedavra- A book that could kill (interpret as you will)


I was obliged to read this book for school. When I read the first thirty pages, I was ready to chuck it in the trash because I hated it so much. But by the time I hit page 100 and we started talking about it in class, I discovered that it's not about the actual book, it's about the countless messages hidden beneath it's surface. It's about world corruption and unbalance in the economy and the importance of language and so much more. By the time we were finished with it, I was so overloaded with thoughts that I couldn't even fit them into my four page long essay. It kills because it alters the way you perceive the world. It's just so incredible.


Let me know if you've read any of these books, I'd love to hear your opinions about them.

-Oakstar







Friday, 4 March 2016

Thoughts While On the Road

  1. I'm bored.
  2. Oh look, a tree.
  3. Maybe if I pretend to sleep, I actually will fall asleep, and when I wake up, I'll be there.
  4. That didn't work.
  5. Oh look, a tree. 
  6. I'm bored.
  7. I wonder if I can engage my parents in the alphabet game.
  8. I don't know a celebrity name starting with an E.
  9. I bet there's one in my history book.
  10. Nah, I'll just go with Eddy Murphy.
  11. Hah, my mom's stuck with Y.
  12. How did I end up with an E again?
  13. I quit. 
  14. Oh look, a tree.
  15. I wonder what Matt Smith does on road trips.
  16. I miss Doctor Who. I should watch it again.
  17. I'm hungry.
  18. I think we spent more money on Tim Hortons this trip than we did on hotels.
  19. I wonder if I won the roll up the rim.
  20. A car would be nice.
  21. Of course I didn't win anything.
  22. My dad got a free coffee.
  23. Lucky dad.
  24. Roll up the rim brings out the best in Canadians.
  25. Donald Trump sucks.
  26. I should blog about this.
  27. I should collaborate with other bloggers to write a giant book.
  28. That would be quite a task.
  29. I don't think I've blogged on my writer's blog since New Year.
  30. I'll get around to it eventually. 
  31. We need to sacrifice someone so Ellen never dies.
  32. How about Donald Trump.
  33. Oh look, a tree.
  34. I hope I don't have too much homework for when I get home.
  35. Rene Descartes was pretty cool.
  36. I'm cool too.
  37. But neither of us are as cool as Brian Cox.
  38. We are the Ants was a fantastic book.
  39. Imagine if I were abducted by aliens.
  40. Oh look, a tree.
-Oakstar