In War and Peace, Tolstoy writes about the "law of retrospectiveness...which makes all the past appear a preparation for the subsequent facts." By the way, retrospectiveness is not a real word. Sorry, I guess you don't have the same clout that Shakespeare has, Tolstoy. Wait, did I just copy it down weirdly?? Ugh, there's no… Continue reading Guys, these are my thoughts on retrospectiveness
Quite a few of my beliefs are built out of and on top of stories. For example, one of them is that I will always keep an open mind towards "the impossible." There's too many books about people who miss out on everything because they dismiss things as crazy. A strong example of this: the… Continue reading This is what my friends are like
I wrote this essay for the New York Time's student editorial contest. The guidelines were to write 450 words or less that about an opinion you have. Yesterday was the last day (and also the day I submitted mine), but if you're interested in future similar things, here's a calendar of them. The Modern-day Magic… Continue reading On rest
The question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" used to be asked by adults as a bad ice-breaker, but now I'm at the age when it's turning into (if it hasn't already) a question that they're actually expecting an answer from. At this point, how I respond to that question usually… Continue reading When I’m asked what I want to be when I grow up
This year, around the time when summer was about to start, I felt the urge to get a haircut. It started off when a couple of girls got their hair cut and reminded me that I should probably get one too. Also, if I think about it, I usually tend to go for shorter hair… Continue reading Sometimes, all you need is a different conditioner.
Last week in chapel, the speaker said that this year's Halloween was the five hundred year anniversary of Martin Luther's ninety-nine theses. He also spoke about a hodgepodge of different things, including a truth that adults regularly tell teenagers. Nevertheless, it is still a very important truth and one that I forget on a daily… Continue reading Remember
When conversations happen magically Good conversations are tricky. You can’t force them. You can’t create them with mad scientist skills. It just occur, like a rainbow, and you enjoy it for as long as it goes on. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t elements that are better at generating good conversations than other. Now, what… Continue reading Miscellaneous thoughts on conversations