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    The California Earthquake

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    Imagine: you’re in your house, doing homework, when the ground suddenly jerks beneath your feet. With a second pitch your chair lerchs, chucking you into the air. You hit the ground hard then crawl underneath the table grabbing hold of the legs as ground continues to jerk. What you just experienced was an earthquake. There is often no warning and extensive damage. In 2005 my grandma, who lives in California, was in her apartment when one occurred. Though no serious damage where she lived, however roads cracked, and buildings collapsed and people were trapped nearer to the cause of the earthquake. This is not unusual, but still my grandma was lucky; now without further ado, the story of the earthquake. Nothing had seemed unusual before one of my dogs, Shatz, started.....growling. I had been going about my day like usual, went out to work, stayed for a several hours, then came home relaxed for a while. After that I got up and started to work around the house for a bit. At one point my other dog was taken outside because he had urgent business to take care of. That’s when the growl began. Shatz started making odd noises I had never heard her make before, they sounded a growl but deep and low, as if they were forming from deep within her gullet tried to make her stop but she just kept it up. Suddenly a wave of acute dizziness crashed over me like a tidal wave, surprising, disorienting, and with little warning. I began to stumble to the living room to go lay down on the couch.…

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    Wax Museum: A Short Story

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    “So guess where we’re going over spring break?” "Where?" I asked my mom. "Where going to St. Louis to visit a wax Museum." When she informed me regarding this outing I was not excited. I loathe leaving town. There 's nothing to do, you 're perched on your butt, and in the long run it begins to get numb; you 're exhausted for a considerable length of time. Also I have five more youthful siblings and sisters. I would need to it in the car with them the entire whole outing and they 're boisterous.…

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    Relationships are a part of life, some are good relationships, and some are toxic relationships. Elane had experienced two different toxic relationships. One with a friend, and one with a boyfriend. Both relationships had mentally drained her. "I can 't believe how stupid I was. I wasted two years of my life, " she said out loud to herself. She thought about how she tried and tried to make her friend, Haleigh, and her boyfriend, Joe, happy. She never got the same in return. Whenever asked,…

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    It is widely known that many people from other countries want to go to the United States, but what is not so widely known is that there is a lottery called the Diversity Visa Lotter run by the US government. Between eight to fifteen million people apply and only over 100 thousand people win. This information isn’t common because in the United States we are privileged enough to not have to worry about it, but for people like Abdi it’s there ticket to a better life in America. In the story, “Abdi…

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    Blue Hair, Red Hands Mystery is sexy. Although it is a thrill to meet someone new and let the imagination take over, it can be a life altering choice. No one ever truly knows another person because of the secrets that are kept by a closed lip friend, or a dead wife. The story of “Blue Beard” by Charles Perrault shows that with a beautiful bride and a house full of riches, even the darkest secrets can have light shed on them no matter how long or hard you try to hide the past from the…

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    audience to see this as pathetic. The content of the shot is interesting because he is in an enormous shower, signifying that he does have material possessions but his sexual life is inadequate. The scene with the masturbation is then quickly juxtapositioned to one with vibrant red rose, that is clipped by Lester’s wife Elaine. Certainly clipping the rose should not be seen as accident. The vibrant red rose is stark contrast to the boring vanilla blandness of Lester’s bedroom and…

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    So it was about three weeks before Spring Break and I had to make up my mind about what I was to do because I didn’t want to be cooped up in the house like I do annually anyways. My cousin Josiah had opened that opportunity up for me. He had asked me if I wanted to go to New York with him over the Spring Break and meet my other family. At first, I paid him no mind because I thought he was buffing until his mom called me and asked if I was coming or not. She told me that if I was coming, have my…

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    Teenagers are members of an uncontrolled circus, they are rollercoasters. Jerry Martin, a handsome young teenager, with golden hair brighter than the sun, was in a down swing of the rollercoaster. His Dad was blackmailing him, and he didn’t like it; not at all. He had promised Jerry ten thousand dollars, but only on the condition that Jerry received an OP1. And then came the lecture, “Life offers you many paths to choose from. You have to choose the one that is right, the one where you never…

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    Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton? Plane? These are only a few of the many thoughts racing through my mind. When I got an email from Mr.Pergament, i’ll be honest, I was worried I got into some trouble. However, after I read the entire email I was thrilled. I have never been in Washington DC, let alone an airplane! One thing troubled me, though. Money. I was worried, I already planned on using my Rowland grant for the Morocco trip. Money has always been a struggle with my family, I was usually the…

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    My Shocking Restoration of Faith in Human Race I am pretty sure after reading the title you are going like “Whaaat?”. In order to explain the title, and for you to understand my state of mind, I need to first tell you about an event that occurred few years back. Few years ago I used to go to a gym next to my office and I would keep my clothes and bag in the gym locker, like everyone else. Also, like everyone else, I would leave my sneakers and socks under the benches in front of the lockers…

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