Volunteer: Miami Rescue Mission

Today, I volunteered at the Miami Rescue Mission with MAST@FIU Key Club. Miami Rescue Mission’s goal is to serve the homeless and needy. They serve meals, shelter, and other necessities for their health.

We spent our day by serving food. Some were split into the kitchens where they helped in passing out soup, warm foods, drinks, and desserts. The rest and I were by the side where we passed out chips, fruits, salads, yogurts, and condiments.

This was an experience that left me feeling happy and proud that I was able to help our community. It gives that sense that you’re not only helping everyone but also yourself. It expanded my knowledge on how organizations, such as the Miami Rescue Mission, are helping the homeless and needy. The appreciation received from the people we served today was very warm.

I was happy to be have been able to volunteer to gain this experience.

VEMSSH Opinions

A group of friends and I have created a website that we are slowly building. On it, we discuss various matter such as discoveries, politics, society, and more. Along with talking about a certain subject, we also give our own opinions on it (hence the name). If you want to check it out (all the posts so far are in the “People” category), here’s the link:

VEMSSH Opinions – Opinions for All

Book Review: “The Reflections of Queen Snow White” by David Meredith

Let me start by thanking Mr. Meredith in gifting me this wonderful story for an honest review.

Author: David Meredith
Genre: Fantasy


Summary:

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

Review:

The story starts with Princess Raven’s wedding preparations, a happy beginning. However, a darkness seems to loom quietly in shadow. Queen Snow White is still devastated after her husband’s death. Erfreut is reading from a list of things about the wedding preparations. Snow White can’t seem to concentrate as she thinks about her loneliness. The one she was closest to, her Charming, has left the world. Erfruet is the only dwarf and friend left as the others one by one left the world. Snow White invited him to work at the palace. Erfreut was as helpful as can be when he saw Snow White feeling tired and distant.

She wandered around her palace thinking constantly about Charming, the one who saved her and led her to a happy life. As she wandered about to find a lone, quiet place, she found a door and staircase she had not visited in many years. She was fearful at first to come up the staircase and open up the door that lay ahead. It revealed a dusty room that once belonged to her stepmother. Everything was covered in dust—except for one. A full-length gilded mirror that reached from the floor to the ceiling was clean of the many years that had passed.

Snow White looked into the mirror, the same mirror her stepmother often looked into and talked to. The idea of a talking mirror seemed ridiculous until she met with what the mirror can show. The mirror reflected several deep memories within Snow White. The story of Snow White unfolded as the mirror reflected various memories from Snow White whenever she was up to looking within herself. After the particular memory has finished, Snow White is left with the emotions that came along with it. Sometime it was joy and pleasure, it was new strength and hope, or it was despair and loneliness.

Through this magical mirror, Snow White discovers what she has hidden from herself. The mirror reflected the deepest secrets and emotions trapped under Snow White’s depression. It had shown that Snow White is in fact, not alone and helpless. It shows that there is hope as there once had been in her past. It showed the hard times she’s experienced and the mistakes she committed.

I have to admit: I’ve never felt like crying for any of the books I’ve ever read. However, this story really moved me. In one of Snow White’s situations in which she harmed herself to the point that it nearly cost her life, I felt my eyes tingle and feel warm. My vision became slightly blurry. I was actually producing tears! “The Reflections of Queen Snow White” really brings out the emotions of the reader from what I’ve experienced from reading this.

The ending truly was a happy one, even if the king is gone. It wasn’t easy for Snow White to reach the real “happily ever after” in this novel but she found what she’s been hiding from herself all along. She put things right after all that time of refusing to see the truth. That is a true ending to such a wonderful tale of love, hope, and despair.

To conclude this review, I rate this story 8/10 stars.
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I recommend this novel for adults who would like to re-experience an all-time classic tale. It really is juicy with emotions (it moved me very much).
You can purchase “The Reflections of Queen Snow White” on Amazon as an eBook for $1.99; It is free for Kindle Unlimited users.

Purchase on Amazon HERE!
David Meredith

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Project P.A.!

I’ve been working on a secret project for my classmates the past 2 months. I made poems and made drawings or made origami for each of my classmates. I have completed the project and revealed who the mystery poet was when I passed around the artwork.

Here, I will be putting up the Google Docs with everyone’s poem and the plan for their artwork. I also had a log that I started this week as well as a plan for distributing the poems.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uE1LHR0ov8GESkq9MAD-6EmKnwnDtvS3g22_GYQUAVo/edit?usp=sharing

ENJOY!!!

Maus II: Review/Summary

Part 2 – Write an overall impression of what Vladek went through in Auschwitz and how it changed him. How has it affected Artie and Francoise?

The time period in which Vladek and Anja went through in the war were the worst times in their lives. Vladek had tried to keep himself as healthy and strong as he could, merely keeping himself safe from the deadly gas chambers. Auschwitz was very harsh on both Vladek and Anja.
Anja was treated very badly; she was weak and frail which kept her from doing the work given to her efficiently such as carrying the giant pots of soup from the kitchen. She could barely lift her side of the weight with a partner. She usually ends up with no food as she had spilled over soup from the pot.
Vladek’s conditions involved malnutrition and starvation. Clothes were randomly given so a lot of people couldn’t work well with the clothes given to them (ex: the pants are too big so they keep falling off). Vladek had begun to lose hope but a priest came to him and said that the numbers tattooed on Vladek’s arm are a sign of good luck (This link might help you understand more: Judaism & Numbers) It turns out that luck had struck Vladek when he gets the opportunity to teach his kapo English lessons. He later worked in a tin shop and a shoe repair shop (which helped him stay strong).
Knowing that Anja was out there in Auschwitz somewhere, he finds a kind Hungarian girl who works in the camps and has better treatment (she has a lover who’s an S.S. man). She helps him bring letters between him and Anja as well as food. After hearing that camps for females are being built near his place, he finds a way to have Anja be closer to him.
Vladek is later sent to Dachau in which he has to live through lice and getting infected with typhus. He was lucky to have survived it as it is not easy during those times and conditions to live through such an illness. Later on, they were saved.

The experiences that Vladek went through changed him to a man that never wastes ANYTHING. He won’t throw away anything and never wastes and food (like most people do with food they don’t like). Vladek has also been left with conditions like diabetes, heart problems, and lungs filling up with liquid. He is quite an ill man. This affects Artie and Francoise as it affects their responsibilities for a family member. Francoise had also converted to please Vladek in their marriage.

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Art Spiegelman
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