Hey, Yeah!

2:05 pm.

Hey guys, you know what? I think The Cure’s song “Killing an Arab” is about when Meursault kills the guy in the book The Stranger by Albert Camus.

“Killing An Arab”

Standing on the beach
With a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel
At the arab on the ground
I can see his open mouth
But I hear no soundI’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arabI can turn
And walk away
Or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky
Staring at the sun
Whichever I chose
It amounts to the same
Absolutely nothing

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arab

I feel the steel butt jump
Smooth in my hand
Staring at the sea
Staring at the sand
Staring at myself
Reflected in the eyes
Of the dead man on the beach
The dead man on the beach

I’m alive
I’m dead
I’m the stranger
Killing an arab

No More DOMA

11:28 am.

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Well, I think most of you, my readers, are from outside of the U.S., and therefore not directly affected by this occurrence, but I would just like to announce that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was just struck down earlier this morning by the Supreme Court! It was deemed unconstitutional.

This is a really monumental step on the road of progress and equality for my country, the United States. DOMA is–was–the law that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage legalized by the states. States can still individually make their own laws about the matter on the state level, but thanks to the 5-4 ruling this morning, there is no longer an overarching ban. This was said by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion:  “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. DOMA prevented gay couples whose marriages were recognized on the state level from getting the hundreds of benefits enjoyed by straight couples under federal law.

Like I said before, this is really important. I believe that equality is essential to a functioning society. I have friends who are gay, and this must be so important to them, even more than it is to me. Because this repeal of DOMA means that my gay friends are that much closer to equality, and it is that much easier for them to marry who they love.

So, cheers!

SNAILS!

1:03 pm.

Today was the last day of school (half day), and my blog’s one-year birthday, so the snails came out this morning ot celebrate with us! Isn’t that sweet?

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Thank you so much, everyone who has been a part of making this blog of mine a lovely thing (to me, anyway).

I had an ice cream cone when I came home from school.

No more school!

Once I have fully recovered from Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus class, I will make a large Pascal’s Triangle. By the way, I passed my trig exam! Yay me! And, I passed all my other classes’ exams with flying colours. I was only really worried about trig, but I passed, so hooray.

These thoughts are becoming increasingly disorganised, so I think I better leave it at the. Love you guys.

Oh My Bean! An Award!

1:10 pm.

Today has turned out to be a Very Nice Day. Know why? Well, besides the fact that it is another snow day (the second in a row!), I was just awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger award by InkPaperPen! She has a great blog over there–filled with meaningful discussions on important topics.

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Rules:

1.) link back to your nominator (check!)

2.) put image in post (check!)

3.) share seven facts about yourself:

-I dabble in photography.

Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of my top favourite books–it ought to be on everyone’s must-read list, regardless of age!

-I am a very organizational person.

-I am an overachiever, and I hold myself to Rather High academic standards.

-I love old stuff…that musty smell, the stories held by everything…

-I love finding pennies (and other coins), and I’ll go out of my way to pick it up.

-I’m frequently told my sneezes sound like those of kittens.

4.) Nominate other bloggers and tell them you have. Here’s a list of blogs which I think are fun, interesting, or just plain lovely:

The Penny Project

Rarasaur

Photo Booth Journal

The Future is Papier Mache

WTF is Photography?

Bucket List Publications

Daina’s Book

Spoon Humping

Malala Yousafzai

12:48 pm.

In my school library, I saw the Person of the Year issue of Time magazine. We have it at home (my mom is a subscriber), but I hadn’t read it in depth before. So, with a forty-minute lunchtime with nothing planned to do, I picked it up and flipped through it. I ended up reading the article on Malala Yousafzai, who was Time‘s Person of the Year Number Two.

Let me tell you, this girl is amazing.

She is a 15-year-old Pakistani girl who is the daughter of a newsman, a precocious learner, and a role model for girls, leaders, education advocates, and everyone in between.

She spoke out loudly and proudly against the Taliban and against the lack of education for girls in Pakistan and developing countries all around the world. When she was just 11 years old (eleven!), she gave a speech titled “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education?” People feared for her because of her “confronting the Taliban so brazenly”, as it’s worded in the article in Time (page 100).

Malala has made so much happen for education. She has supporters including Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister, Megan Smith, a Google Vice President, and Mark Kelly,  former astronaut and husband of former senator of Arizona, Gabby Giffords, who also survived a shooting to the head. These supporters helped to found the Malala Fund, named after her, to give grants to organizations and people working in education.

Because of her outspokenness and lack of backing down, the Taliban ordered her to be assassinated. On 9 October 2012, an assassin shot her in the head while she was riding in a “school bus” (no more than a glorified truck–Pakistan was, at that point, spending a mere 2% of GDP on education). However, the bullet grazed her brain, and went behind her left eye, down to her jaw, and ended up being lodged just above her left shoulder blade.

She is was recovering in a hospital in Birmingham, England, where many gifts and cards have been sent to her. Her family has received over 13,000 dollars to fund her recovery! She had been in the hospital for two months, and was just discharged from the hospital on the fifth this month. Instead of the Taliban silencing her, they did the opposite: her story and words are now more powerful than ever.

Malala is more than a girl–she is a hero. She is so inspiring, brave and courageous. She risked her life for her cause, and she’s on the road to recovery. She is just plain amazing. That’s why I signed this online petition to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize–Malala deserves it so much. It only needs 146 more signatures on it.

This girl is going to move a mountain some day, I just know it. Even if she stays in England where there is more security for her, and even if she retires from activism and raises a family, her message will not quiet or slow down. I am honoured to be growing up at the same time as she is.