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I’m A Slightly Better Photographer With A Good Camera

Hi everyone!

As will be demonstrated in the images below, my photography skills have ever-so-slightly improved. I think the photo I am most proud of would have to be the close-up of the grass at the park. As the greenery stretches out behind the blades of grass, they become more and more unrecognizable, melting into each other, while the original blades stand out in the front.

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Posted in About Kiran, Personal Stories, Photos

I’m A Bad Photographer With A Good Camera

I think this title is pretty self-explanatory. I’m a little boy with an awesome iPhone camera with hopes of one day achieving fame through photography.

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Posted in About Kiran, Family, Photos, Travel

Our Last Day In Florida

Today was our last day in Florida!

I woke up at 7:00 and started packing my belongings. Around 9:00 we went to breakfast at the golf club. I had the biscuits and gravy with a glass of orange juice.

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Day 2: Alligators And Manatees

 

For years we’ve been going to our condo in Florida, and we always see alligators in ponds and small lakes around the area. Recently, they’ve started removing the alligators for safety reasons.

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My Design Collection

I just recently joined an amazing company called VIDA. It takes artwork and turns it into things like pillows, scarves, and tote bags. All VIDA designers get 10% of the money earned from their creations.

In addition, they donate a portion of their sales to help fund literacy programs for their manufacturers. I am proud to be part of this amazing program, and I hope you will help support them by buying something from my collection page or from someone else.

Use the promo codes below to save lots of money on your purchase:

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Posted in Advice, Photos, Reviews

5 AWESOME Halloween Decorations (In No Particular Order)

Haloween is only about a month away, and people are starting to prepare. Wether ‘prepare’ means setting up early or just ordering decorations off Amazon a month in advance so you don’t have to pay for expensive shipping.

I’ve compiled a short list of 5 awesome Halloween decorations. Please note that these are in no particular order or listed by least awesome to most awesome, or vice versa.

1: Halloween Deluxe Super Strech Spiderweb

This item is available at Target or on target.com for $3.00. It is 16 feet and can stretch up to 200. This is one of the mahalloween-spider-web1.jpgny classic items people use on Halloween and is truly something you can’t go wrong with.

 

 

2: Potion Bottles

Potion bottles make a really nice touch on a windowsill, or on a porch. Craft stores usually have them, but the price can be kind of steep. You can buy some pretty cool-looking ones on Amazon, but they usually come in sets and potion.jpgall look the same. Personally, I don’t like when they are all the same. I like to change it up and add some variety, so I recommend DIYing it. I found a pretty cool website that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own professional-looking potion bottles.

 

3: Rat Skeleton

Ok, I’ll admit, I’ve never seen this one before.

146225_mainA rat skeleton is a pretty cool idea! I found this on Grandin Road, and it looks really cool! The tails are bendable, the head swivels and the jaws open and close! I recommend buying several, to make your own rat colony!

 

 

 

 

 

4: Fog Machine

This isn’t really a decoration, but I felt like I had to include it. I’ve always been fdownload.jpegascinated with smoke and fog for some reason. The way it billows is just so enchanting to me. A fog machine is really a great touch to give a creepy effect on your house. I found one here.

 

5: Striking Snake

Everybody’s seen the creepy hands that grab you as you reach toward a bowl of candy, but what about a snake doing that same thing? I found a really cool one on halloweencostumes.com. It requires 4 AA batteries and is motion activated. With glowing red eyes and realistic sounds, it will surely frighten anyone who comes knocking on your door! View it here.striking-snake.jpg

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Re-Imagine The Story (Part 5)

This is the last part.

Caroline Hemmingway the child genius calculated out budget wrong. She took all of our monthly income into the equation, leaving no money for ourselves. It was Julius who pointed this out, and pretty soon everyone had given only about a fifth of their monthly income for Heidi the newly unemployed 42-year-old to use as a budget.

“I can work with $460,000,” Heidi said. Soon, the meeting had ended.

This is where the story from Austin’s point of view ends since he is not part of when Julius rushes to Katerina’s house after he hears the sirens. To read the original story, click here.

To read part one, click here.

To read part two, click here.

To read part three, click here.

To read part four, click here.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this event. Thank you for your support!

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Re-Imagine The Story (Part 4)

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Austin pulled up to Katerina’s house at exactly 2:29 PM. He saw Julius House pulling up at the same time. Austin parked his Jaguar on the street and hopped out. He tossed his towel over his shoulder and climbed out. He closed his door and locked the car.

“Hey, Austin!” Julius said, getting out of his car. Austin smiled and said ‘hey’ back. When they opened the door of Katerina’s house, she greeted them with 2 glasses of water. She handed one to Austin and one to Julius, and Austin sat down on the couch.

The last story will come out around 4:15. 

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Re-Imagine The Story (Part 3)

New message from Katerina Petrov:

NHW meeting @ my house in 10 minutes!

Austin’s phone read. I thought it started at 2:30! Austin thought. He checked his watch: 2:20.

“Hey, Jamie!” He called. Jamie turned around. “Do you think you can cover for me? My meeting’s been bumped up earlier!”

“Sure!” she called. I smiled and climbed down from my lifeguard chair. I grabbed a towel and hopped over the fence that enclosed the pool. Austin unlocked his car and hopped in. He punched Katerina’s address into my GPS and started driving. Estimated time of arrival: 2:29.

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Next story coming around 4:00 (CT)

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Re-Imagine The Story (Part 2)

For this project, I will be re-imagining the story I published yesterday that Caryn gave to me.

I will be writing it from the perspective of  Austin Charm (the lifeguard at the country club):

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Austin Charm stood at the edge of the pool at “Serafina’s Country Club” watching the kids splash and play in the pool, while parents and grandparents lovingly pulled them out of the water to reapply sunscreen every hour or so.

He knew that soon he would have to leave to go to the neighborhood watch meeting at Katerina Petrov’s house. Austin was glad that she had talked Julius House into joining NHW since he and Julius were friends, and now they would get to hang out.

End of part 1. Part 2 should be published by 3:45 (CT)

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A Writing Prompt: Re-Imagine The Story

Classroom Activity: Re-Imagine the Story
  • When reading a class novel or play, encourage critical reading and transliteracy by asking students to re-imagine the story in a different media.  In other words, if it were not a traditional narrative or play, how could the same story be told in different ways?  Students might choose to tell the story through the Facebook profiles and status updates of multiple characters; Tumblr posts incorporating text, photos, and video;  an interactive Prezi that permits readers to navigate away from the linear narrative flow; a series of Vine videos posted to Twitter or Instagram, or a series of posts on a website using pictures and text.

Found on https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/fanfiction-for-literacy/resources/classroom-activities

I will be posting this in a series, throughout the next 65 minutes (from 3:10 to 4:15 CT).

I hope you enjoy!

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Photo journal 2: The Importance Of Animals In Egyptian Culture

Animals are extremely important in Egypt, and they have numerous gods that have animal forms.

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Let’s start with one of the most famous mythological creatures; the sphinx. It has the head of a man (or woman) but the body of a lion. In some cases it is depicted with eagle wings. Continue reading “Photo journal 2: The Importance Of Animals In Egyptian Culture”