Looking Backwards

Looking Backwards is a book, focusing on main character Julian West’s blast to the future… and past too, I guess.

Julian West is a guy who was born into an aristocratic family in the 19th Century. The gap between the rich and the poor was far too big to ever hope of closing. And with Julian being born into a high class family, along with many others of his class, he was arrogant and narcissistic, believing himself to be above many others.

Our protagonist gets engaged to a woman named Edith, being considered very beautiful. They swear to becoming married once their new house is built, however this is delay by a year or so, due to strikes by the building trades. Meanwhile, our protagonist is revealed to have insomnia, and has secretly built a sleep chamber underground to flood out noise.

Doctor Pillsbury is a man hired by Julian uses hypnosis to help him fall into a deep sleep. Pillsbury also trained a servant of Julian’s to wake him up when morning was nigh. However, on one night, Julian hired Pillsbury to help him sleep once more. That same night, after Pillsbury’s leave, Julian’s house was burned down, leaving him unable to wake up. But, then he does.

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George W. Bush

George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946 in Connecticut, to his parents George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush. He was the oldest child of six siblings, and he spent most of his early life growing up beside them in Texas.

He attended various public schools before moving to Houston, in which then he attended a prep school for two years. After graduating, he went to a boarding school all the way in Massachusetts, where he finished high school and play baseball for a time. After finishing that, he went to Yale, and got a B.A. in history. He then attended Harvard and got a M.B.A. Continue reading

Culture of the 1970’s

The 1970’s was a time where famous tech companies were founded, and many inventors rised in popularity. Bill Gates launched Microsoft in 1975, and Steve Jobs had co-founded Apple in 1976.

The 1970’s was labeled the ‘Me’ decade by novelist Tom Wolfe, describing it as Americans in particular developing an attitude that made them only look out for themselves. People started leaving behind communitarianism and focused on what was best for themselves. Continue reading

Why Thunderstorms Are Dangerous

Thunderstorms can be classified as dangerous, for many reasons.

In thunderstorms, many changes to the weather are present. For example, lightning is present. Lightning strikes causes injuries to 240,000 people a year, and cause about an estimated 6,000 deaths worldwide in a year. Lightning can also cause fire to buildings, being a leading cause of barn fires.

There are also other conditions associated with thunderstorms, such as strong winds, tornadoes, and rain/hail (depending on the temperature).

Other conditions, such as floods, power outages, and flash floods have occurred during thunderstorms, flash floods specifically being one of the primary causes of death in a thunderstorm.

Topic Essay

Topic: Is homeschooling beneficial for students?

I believe that homeschooling is beneficial for students in many ways, and here’s why.

Homeschooling, no matter the curriculum chosen, presents a pace that fits to you. Usually, in public schools, pacing is based on every student. If a student(s) falls behind, curricular progression is halted, and only starts again when said student(s) catches up to the rest of the class. However, with homeschooling, you don’t need to wait for a student(s) to catch up to you to progress. If you get stuck, you don’t need to worry about holding up a class to catch up. It’s at your own pace, and you don’t need to worry about being inconvenienced/inconveniencing others.

As well, you can learn faster in homeschool. Public schooling requires a certain number of days learnt on a single topic, however in homeschool, you can go as fast as you need.

Another pro to homeschool, you don’t need to wake up early in the morning to get on a bus, and you don’t necessarily have homework to complete.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was an economic depression that affected in many countries, lasting from 1929 to late 1930’s. During this period, unemployment in America was at an all time high, spiking from 3 million to 12 million. There were a select few who managed to keep their jobs, but pay cuts became a common problem for them, and businesses didn’t feel like taking risks that would get them bankrupt. Continue reading

Roaring 20’s

The Roaring 20’s was a time period lasting from 1920 to 1930. It was a point where women in America broke many molds, and many people started doing things that would’ve been considered immoral years prior.

Around this time, women gained the right to vote, and get jobs alongside men. Culturally, the styles of hair and hobbies became edgier, but style wasn’t the only thing that changed. Everyone in this time had money to spend, and when they did, they’d spend it on similar items.

This time period was also a great period for technology, with new devices like radios surfacing. They became regular household items, with over 500 radio stations appearing in 1923. Near the end of this period, over an estimated 75% of Americans were going to theaters regularly. Also, the car Model T dropped to it’s lowest price, being $260, meaning it became more available to more people.

Despite the economic growth, it wasn’t all positive. The 18th Amendment had prohibited making alcohol, people still drank it. It became a point in time where people wanted alcohol more than ever, leading to the creation of underground taverns who smuggled beer.