Balloon Messages – A Favorite Memory

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When I was little I believed that when balloons flew into the sky they went to heaven and the people up there would catch them. This meant that if I sent a balloon with a message written on it my parents would receive it. This was something my family did in memory of my parents. My favorite time was my junior year of high school, when my aunt surprised my sister and me with 3 purple balloons. We were able to write messages to my Dad, which we had not been able to do in awhile . It felt good to send
something physical and meaningful up into the sky. I know that they get them because I can feel it in my heart.
Memories do not necessarily need to be happy to be favorites. Sometimes the best memories are in honor of the ones we love.

-B.M.

Thank you for sharing your memory with us.

I hope that someone might read it, and find that they are not alone in their troubles or find solace in such a beautiful moment.

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Falling for Autumn

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“You know, I’ve really missed these evenings with you.”

“What is it that makes you love them so much, other than my incredible presence that is?”

“The smell of corn fields, and crisp evening air. The smell of leaves on the ground as they become an array of brown. It reminds me of young love and first kisses stolen under blankets… of late nights with friends now gone.”

Biweekly Book Pick

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So I’m going to try and post a short synopsis/reason why you should read a particular book every two weeks. So that’s the definition of biweekly that we are going to go with since there’s two and that’s a little confusing for no reason. Love the English language it’s great. That being said, here we go!

All the Bright Places

via Penguin Random House

We do not remember days, we remember moments

Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

I don’t want to give anything away, but I think this quote does a lot to sum up not the plot of this book but the way it makes the reader feel (at least in my case). The moments spent between these characters build such an emotional connection between the reader and the work. as you read, you travel through these experiences with them in a way not often felt in other books. The weight of the moments within this books are felt, often deeply. I still remember where I was, and how I felt the first time I finished Chapter 53.

The writing style is beautiful, and at times thought provoking. The mind of someone as broken but strong as Finch resonates and when you are able to see the world through his eyes it becomes a magical place. However, this isn’t a story made of rainbows and cupcakes. I have to warn some that the major themes include suicide and depression.

sometimes there’s beauty in the tough words—it’s all in how you read them.

Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

This is the juxtaposition created by the book. The beauty of love and all its promise, and the cold uneasiness that grows throughout. When I first began reading, I was worried that it would romanticize depression, but it doesn’t. It shows all the terrible anxiety, the way it seems to swallow you up until nothing remains. As someone who has had many friends, as well as personally dealt with depression I found this to be a mostly accurate portrayal.

All the Bright Places is being adapted to a film! The movie is coming out later in 2019 and stars Elle Fanning, and Justice Smith. Elle Fanning has starred in other movies such as Super 8 and Maleficent. Justice Smith recently starred in Detective Pikachu. Since we all know how adaptations go, I’m a bit cautious with my excitement, but Jennifer Niven is working on the film I have some hope.

Overall, All the Bright Places is an amazing read that will have you sitting up at 3:00 AM eyes stinging as you push on till the end. If anyone does read it comment your thoughts or shoot me an email.