A New Season On The Horizon:

Greenest Trees

A new season is on the horizon with the pedals of a rose bush are blossoming at an alarming rate. The grass and trees are growing too fast, the lawn will need a haircut very soon and dandelions are blowing out like birthday candles as the wind grants our wishes.

The Entrance of a Beautiful Spring:

The beginning of a new decade has started off very badly with a new virus which traveled from one country to another in a matter of seconds. As President Trump and the governor have ordered for all non-essential businesses to shut down and keep social distancing a matter of time before the curve of the virus drops on the charts, here is a beauty of nature to lighten the mood despite the darkest days of our time. The leaves on a tree signifying that there is beauty to behold, with a glimpse of hope as the warm air rises at a steady rate and the flowers blooming as new lives are making an entrance every day.

The Main Components To Run a Successful Yearbook Staff:

In April, applications to join the yearbook committee are posted on the outside door near the yearbook lab.

One month after you have been selected to be a member of the yearbook club, the adviser will host meetings during the summer and assign each staff member their new roles and drive to multiple business areas to have businesses purchase and place their ad in the yearbook.

However, it’s not only the amount of staff members you need to have in order to run a successful yearbook committee: it takes creativity, motivation, driven students who are willing to learn how to adapt to many challenges they never underwent in their many years of schooling. For example, I was on the yearbook staff during my sophomore and junior years as a class editor from August 2009-May 2011. The writing styles for the yearbook vs writing a class paper changed my perspective in many ways. I loved writing but my format and vocabulary needed tweaking. My sentence structuring was a mess because the details I wrote were not self-explanatory and out of order. Therefore, it takes a while to get out of one’s comfort zone and will start to realize how much it helped joining the staff overall. It helped enhance my writing and photography skills which is why I love writing and posting photography to this very day. 

Here are the main components to run a successful yearbook committee:

  1. Create a theme for the yearbook and ask the staff to create a layout for the book page.
  2. Along with the theme, assign your staff members sports pages, extracurricular and division pages. Create a deadline and have each grade member check their sentence structuring, punctuation and spelling mistakes (3 times) before closing the page to be sent to the yearbook company (Walsworth, if using Online Design)
  3. Ensure the division pages match the theme of the yearbook and list the accomplishments to which each class succeeded throughout the school year(s). 
  4. Create an Excel spreadsheet with their contact information, assignments and deadlines.
  5. Over the summer, assign them to take pictures and grant them access to Adobe Photoshop for photo editing, turn the wording above the picture upside down, etc.  
  6. Grant them access to two of the yearbook staff professional cameras during and outside school hours for their assignments only. Or request them to purchase a camera at Best Buy they can take and use to upload photos with a SD memory card. 
  7. And artwork is essential for running a yearbook because the pages are colorful and full of memories that will live onward.

Fall: A Time to Leave or A Time to Throw A Ball?

“As the year is coming to an end in a few short months, must we ask that fall is a sign telling us to leave all behind or a time to throw a ball with our hands in the air?

Must we say goodbye to our loved ones? Or say hello to a new beginning of our adventures on our own?

Through our journey together, we endured every smooth sailing and pebble crushing emotion up and down a hill in the South.

Tears, laughter and good times we had together will always be located on memory lane. Thank each other by the Grace of God uniting us together and held us oh so gentle yet tightly.

As the sun shines upon us on a cold, fall eve, our voices and spiritual beings unite and we praise God Almighty for bringing us together under circumstances to which we must fight or flee.

Oh must we fight for one another but has the wind in the fall blew us a high mighty kiss to slip away? Or shall we throw a ball with our hands in the air together and unite with delight from the sun’s bright light?”

Bell Witch Cave: Visiting Round #2

My second visit to the Bell Witch cave last Sunday went alright until we went deep into the cave where many visitors from afar crowded among the the rock formation with little space in between.

It was breathtaking to say at the least. I experienced shortness of breath as the tour guide discussed her experience talking with a geologist about the world ending events with rising temperatures, her theory on the Native Americans haunting on the Bell property and John Bell’s sons getting stuck in the cave until something of the unknown freed them.

One thing the tour guide mentioned is that the “witch” had spiritual moments where she would hum and speak about different Biblical hymns and subjects regarding religion.

In regards to who or what the witch was, the media twisted facts about the Bell Witch and Kate Batts. Batts was John Bell’s neighbor who made a bargain with him and he broke his promise to which she sought for in the court of law. From that point forward, the unknown presence despised Mr. Bell to the core and ensured that he would get a  taste of his own medicine.

Betsy was tortured as well until she married Professor Richard Powell and moved to Mississippi until her death in 1888.

For more information, please visit The Bell Witch website or Pat Fitzhugh’s website. Both sites have more clarification concerning about the witch and the town’s historical significance in regards to the Bell family and their descendants.

How to Create A Yearbook Page Layout on Photoshop:

  1. File–>New–>Blank File–>Photo
  2. Create new layers for typing, photo paste to which sizes have to be reduced to fit the layout and create/colorize background purposes only.
  3. To copy and paste a photo, use the Rectangular Marquees Tool.
  4. If you don’t want your photo overshadowing the background, you can lighten it through clicking on the layer to which you pasted that specific photo and decrease the opacity percentage.

Ghost Hunt for The Bell Witch: Chapter 2

As the men drive to the cave, the women stay at the hotel to interview guests and employees who had the experience visiting the Bell Witch cave in Adams.

John, Joseph and Arnold arrive within 10 minutes and approached an older gentleman who now owns the Bell property. The older man asks, “What do y’all want?” Without hesitation, Joseph said that they would like to purchase a ticket to visit the Bell Witch Cave. “Sorry, can’t do that now,” said the owner. “Sir, we are here for a college assignment. We will not create any problems and will be out of your hair within the next hour.” “Well, you will have to come back within an hour since we are fully booked at the moment. Y’all fellows should have booked an appointment with us online. For today, however, I will make an exception.” The men waited for an hour until a new group of tourists arrive to which they joined together.

Inside the cave was an empty grave where an Indian child was buried. They made a wish at the well when entering the cave to hope they undergo paranormal activity. They will report what they sensed and heard from the echoing chambers among the Bell property.

Entering the cave was a straight narrow path which lead to its expansion where an unmarked grave was located and an empty black hole above the ceiling with shadows appearing out of the blue. Arnold looked above and snapped a photograph to underline what the shapes and colors in the orbs symbolized.

“I found something unusual in this picture,” Arnold said. Joseph and John walked over and asked, “What does it look like?” “That rock straight ahead has the face of a witch and the orb has a young woman bending down and covering her face. We are unsure who it could be. Perhaps Betsy Bell.”

Joseph recorded strange sounds with a voice recorder and on there was a woman’s voice shouting “You have been warned! GET OUT OF HERE NOW BEFORE YOU ARE TRAPPED INSIDE FOREVER!” The tour inside the cave was complete and they interviewed other tourists who have experienced any sensation from visiting the cave. The day has been covered and on their way back to the hotel to record one of their first experiences from the Bell home and cave.

Ghost Hunt for the Bell Witch: Chapter 1

Arnold, John, Joseph, Diana, Anita and Rae are heading for a one week Fall Break vacation in Adams, Tennessee to investigate areas of the region where the infamous Bell Witch tormented the Bell family two hundred years ago.

“Moreover,” is a town located near the Upper Cumberland area in Tennessee where the students attend a small community college. Their professor assigned each group a haunted place to vacate during their one week fall break and write a five-paged paper about their experiences and historical research which can make or break their grades.

As the group of six broom down to Adams, they stop at a local grocery store and purchase their meals for the entire week. Diana had a strange feeling in her gut that they will experience the unknown as soon as they arrive at the hotel.

Two and a half hours later, they arrive at the hotel and settle in two rooms where three of the men gather in one room while three of the women stay together. “I have a feeling that there is a strong presence in this room,” Diana said. “It’s unclear as to who or what the presence is, but the feeling is rather unsettling.” “Oh Diana, it may be the air conditioner blasting throughout the hotel,” Rae said to reassure her. “After all, the temperature is boiling hot outside.”

Before heading off to bed, the men and women gather around to assign their tasks for the next seven days. For example, men visiting the Bell Witch cave on day two while the women stay at the hotel and collect information from the internet. On day three, women will take a trip down to the Old Bell High School while the men stay back at the hotel and write about their experiences at the cave. On the fourth day, all six of the members will drive into town to ask locals about their encounters with the Bell Witch and add it to their paperwork. Day five is heading to the cemetery where the Bell descendants were laid to rest. Day six involves editing their homework. Day seven, they conclude their proof and head back to class. Day eight, they present their project in front of the class. Day nine, their final results conclude if they passed or failed the course.

Tips for Aspiring Creative Writers:

For individuals who aspire to become creative writers, it is essential to have the visual and storytelling components because most readers don’t just simply read the story. Pictures and drawings bring the stories to life.

Here are some tips for aspiring creative writers:

  1. Balance your story with drawings/photographs.
  2. Organize your story with many details.
  3. Create a summary to get started.
  4. Determine if the story will be fictional/non-fictional.
  5. Will the story contain a rhythm pattern?
  6. Revise your work until you are ready for publishing.

Examples of these are:

Re-Write Post on: Anticipating from Photography Course

Older Post: Anticipate Photo Course

New Version:

“The new semester begun and I am taking my first photography course in college. My assignment for the week entailed: purchasing a Canon Power Shot SX 170 camera with a memory card and tripod. Unfortunately, the camera cannot fit due to its small size.

The cost to buy supplies for any college courses are off the Richter Scale, expensive wise. When I ask myself “What will I learn from this class,” I have to understand the fundamental basics of photography, adapt to the camera and use Adobe Photoshop which will enrich my photos on a professional level.

And I will learn about unknown professional photographers who built their careers through an enormous amount of training, practice and receiving constructive critique in order to become successful in the industry of arts. Those topics are what I will be learning this semester. I am excited about being educated based upon the elements of photography and the passion to which photographers strive for capturing the essence and beauty of life.”