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    Founded in 2006, Surrounded is an annual literary journal edited and produced by high school students. We are devoted to publishing the best and bravest creative work by teenagers nationwide.

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Samantha G. (‘10) spends the majority of her free time watching reruns of House, attempting to write a life-changing piece of literature, and forging her mother’s signature on permission slips. When she grows up, she’d like to live in a big house with a Puggle. She has no favorite book because by the time you read this, it will be different. Her literary tastes are those of a precocious fourth-grader: she fully agrees that sometimes one mustread about a good dragon or flying spaceship, but she also appreciates literature that remains on earth—especially if it’s set in New York.

Julian G. (‘10) is scared of clowns and snowmen. His favorite words are prism, soil, and moist. His favorite ice cream is Rocky Road, he loves Scrubs, and he plays soccer with a lot of heart. He grew up in England and claims that he was Babe Ruth in a former life. His favorite poet is Langston Hughes, and he will be the first to tell you that the average speed of an African male ostrich is 27.6 miles per hour.

Jillian W. (‘10) is a dancer in most aspects of her life, and art, including literature, is the primary source of her inspiration. She has entirely stopped watching TV on an actual TV, but instead watches her favorite shows, mostly Gossip Girl, The Office, and Grey’s Anatomy, on her Macbook. She is known to some as the Re-Run Queen because, even after memorizing all the lines to a show, she continues to watch the same episodes over and over again. Some might consider her a slave to media, but, in fact, she’s rather withdrawn from commercialism for a sixteen-year-old in the 21st century.

Chelsea P. (‘11) loves music. Her tastes range from Beach House to Yves Montand. Her current passions are her restored record player and her grandma’s birthday gift to her, a jade-green 1992 Lexus. She loves going to shows at various venues around Los Angeles. She is an avid reader who loves to travel. She hopes to study abroad for a semester in Spain next year with Izzy B., and her favorite foods are Jenny Craig S’mores Bars and saltwater taffy.

Natalie A. (‘11) has one sibling, a twin. She enjoys music, movies, art, and literature. Her favorite book is The Stranger by Albert Camus. To her close friends, she is known as the Wild Card. Her favorite colors are purple and green, and her favorite show is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Izzy B. (‘11) is a technology aficionado with a flair for gossip blogs. She loves nothing more than Christmas tinsel and born-again Britney Spears, but her favorite thing to do is to travel as much as she can. She loves chocolate, cheese, and Smarties. Her most pivotal literary moment happened when she read Night, by Elie Weisel, over the summer. She hopes to attend a college far from Los Angeles.

Mackenzie F. ('11) has an irrational fear of yodeling and twitches a little whenever she hears it. Her interests range from magic tricks to film. To some of her friends, she’s known as "The Brains." As a child, she loved coloring books but found she always had trouble staying inside the lines; today, she tries to apply that philosophy in all areas of life. 


5 Good Books To Read

1. My Uncle Oswald by R. Dahl

Even the most famous men had genitalia and probably engaged in coitus once on a while (or perhaps more often). Roald Dahl builds a whole story around this subject by introducing the predecessor of a sperm bank.

A man called Oswald Hendryks Cornelius is a typical skirt-chaser, a rather successful one. He has obtained considerable wealth via dubious schemes and has many weird hobbies, such as scorpions or Chinese porcelain.

Oswald partners with Yasmin Howcomely, a women whose greatest asset is her irresistible beauty. They come up with the strongest aphrodisiac in the world, place it in chocolate candy, collect sperm of important men (Picasso, Freud, Shaw, even Einstein) and then sell it to desirous women.


A Canvas Print From

Have you ever thought of making a brilliant art style looking object from your photos that you can hang in your home? Getting a canvas print from your most favourite picture is an absolute amazing way to show to the world that you're proud of that particular image and that you want to celebrate it by having it transformed into a beautiful looking canvas photo print.

If you do get your photo turned in to a very beautiful canvas photo print you will be able to showcase it in your favorite spot in your home or indeed if you wanted to give a canvas photo to a friend so they can hang it up in their favorite spot in their home then that would be a great way to show off the canvas print to.


A New Perspective For Your Journal

Do you dislike the preponderance of "I" statements in your journal writing? You know, your tendency to use journaling as a good old reliable data dump: "I hate my life. I can't stand my bosses, I feel fat and bloated, I, I, I¦!"

When you journal regularly, now and then you might slip into this kind of relentless focus on yourself. To a certain extent, it's very useful. You need a private getaway and your health definitely benefits from unloading your griefs on a daily basis.

But at some point, you may become dissatisfied with this approach. All of a sudden you may take an intense disliking to the first person singular. You want to write from a different perspective, somehow. You want to discover something new. It's not all about you, for Pete's sake.


Art Work In Communities

Arts transpire to be considered relatively remote components, vaguely mystical, hardly any solid predicament of ours; consequently we happen to be considerably much less favorable regarding our functionality within the arts. Folks in all destinations quite possibly at most intervals naturally seek to handle the exact elements with their environment in varieties of shades, types, colors, and ideas which are imaginatively gratifying, and that's that behavioral instinct that commonly underlies the roll-out associated with ways along with versions in which the creative imagination inside the artist locks upon expression.

Precisely what is really a Wall Art - MURAL ARTS?


Arts Impact On Society

Art is an extremely private experience, yet, it is meant to be shared with the public. Society, as a whole, examines the art produced and has the right to approve, disapprove, acknowledge, ignore, praise and abuse it. The public or society has not remained constant over the years. In the time of the Renaissance, for example, only a select few were "society." They commissioned art, were patrons of the arts and their artists. Today, almost anyone can share in the experience of art. They can attempt to create, view and act as a critic.

Does art make the world a better place, or is it quite useless? This is a very ancient riddle, and no one has solved it yet. A similar question - has art truly had any impact upon society? Has it fashioned or molded minds? Has it shaped opinions and altered how people feel or think? Is it practicable in or relevant to society and its individuals' daily lives?


Backyard Landscaping Ideas Pictures

Landscape, in its etymological meaning is the set up of features, characters, forms a territory, a region, a land.The current concept of landscape is, in short, quite recent. Before being the object of artistic or architectural representations, landscape meant a land, a region that is a part of the national territory with a clearly defined identity, just like your home and your backyard, a place to live or work for a family or local people belonging to that region.

Today, we hear expressions like political landscape, landscape, media, etc.. The landscape can therefore designate a group context: the vision of things for a long time. The notion of landscape is in constant evolution.


Benefits Of A Good Training

Most of us have trained at one part in our lives. Chances are if you've ever taken your training seriously you've used a training journal or a training log.

The main difference between training journals and training logs, is what you document in them after each workout or day, etc. Training journals are just that. They are more of a journal rather than a log. They will normally include things like mental health and how you felt during the day or your workout. They can reach a bit into some statistical information but this is normally saved for a training log.

Training logs are generally created of off some kind of a template. For example. Everyday you fill out a form that has the same fields. Things like current weight, daily workout, diet information, are all things that can be put in a training Log on a day to day basis.


Buying British Dresses For Weddings

After the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, most of us are still feeling a glow from all that is to be Proud to be British, a great position for us to really focus on the multitude of valuable goods Britain is producing which we should be spending our money on, rather than spending on imported products.

For those of us in Britain not succumbed by debt, now would be the time to focus your weekly, or even luxury spend to your home market.

The vast majority of clothing on the high street is made in the South East, why not shop for the special event dress by looking for a brand that not only designs but manufacturers here in the UK thereby helping support talented local artisans and designers.


Childrens Literature

Children's literature is defined as literature directed toward the child reader, plus the set of literary texts that society has deemed suitable for children, but they were written originally thinking of adult readers (eg Gulliver's Travels, The Island Treasure or Platero and I).

In another sense of the term, less common, also includes literary pieces written by children themselves. On the other hand, sometimes it is considered that the concept includes juvenile literature, written for or by teens, but what is more correct to call the whole children's literature or abbreviated LIJ.

The modern literary criticism considered essential nature of "literature" in this kind of writing, so that today it is excluded from the current production of essentially moral or educational texts, while still giving priority to these concepts throughout the LIJ given the context education which develops their reading. This is a very new concept and almost unprecedented in the history of literature.


Convert Your Inner Critic To Coach

We all have Inner Critics. Some of us have several of them. Journal therapy practice helps us to plow through the Critic's debilitating tactics, and transform them into useful coaching. The recipe calls for plenty of pen, paper, and journaling, tunneling through the morass of inner doubt, guilt, and fear until we can begin to see the light of day with greater consistency.

The process involves intentional role playing, as you conduct conversations in your journal with your Critic. While picturing the Critic as specifically as you can, write down the dialog that goes on in your head (or your heart).

Critic: You are so stupid.