The Red and White Winter 2021 Overbrook School for the Blind High School Newspaper

Fear Will Always Haunt Us

By Khounridy

If you've never experienced fear, I envy you. But I don't believe there is a single person in the world who has never experienced fear. In fact, it is scientifically proven that when a baby is born, they are born with two fears. The fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. So, a person can say they never experienced fear, but it would not ever be true. Fear affects the daily lives of everyone, even animals. Fear controls us every day, even if we might not realize it.

Fear is a constant in the equation we call human life. It will forever be a constant in this equation, along with food and other biological needs required to maintain human life. Fear itself is an instinct, but it can also be used as a tactic to control something or someone. Being afraid is a part of human nature. It is a primal instinct that has been protecting humanity since the beginning of its time. This is an unchangeable fact.

Everyday there is something we are afraid of. Whether it is the expectations given to us, or just the fear of it being your last day. Entities around the world are haunted by this fact. Except, some may adapt fear into their lifestyle, for example through hobbies. Thus, creating the industry of horror films and the creation of extreme sports. People seek this thrill. I would not dare, but others might. It’s not that I'm against the idea or feeling of fear, but sometimes it gets in the way.

Rather than letting fear control someone, people indulge in what fear has to offer. However, there are people in our population who let fear and its entirety consume them. I can sadly say I am one of these people. Fear does not immensely consume me, but its impact still lingers. Can this be helped? I have learned that yes, it can. But it will take time just like anything else we know. A person will have to go through the process if one wants to stop fear from continuing its dark path. What we know now and what we will know in the future had to be learned. So, it all just depends on whether you would allow yourself to do so.

Therefore, can fear be stopped? No. Stopping fear entails that it would cease to exist and end. But fear can only be interrupted for a moment. Eventually seeking you once again. Fear will always exist, so do not be afraid of how fear might seek you but embrace it. Without fear, life would cease to exist.

Students in Ms. Moscato's room participate in a tactile art lesson with Ms. Difabio.

How to write a short story

By Breanna

Have you ever thought about writing a short story or wanted to learn how to write one but didn’t know how? Short stories are fun to write because you are writing fictional stories and you can just make up any type of story. I myself have a couple short stories. One of them is named “The Power Between Our Love”. I want to make this into a little book with a couple of short chapters. I hope these steps will really help you write the short story you thought you could never write because they helped me a lot.

Short stories are fun and interesting to write! So here are some steps on how to write a short story.

Step 1. Find your key emotion.

Decide if you want your story to be happy, sad, lovey or a mystery.

Step 2. Start with a hook

Think about how you are going to get your reader’s attention. You can put some clues in the beginning to make them start thinking about what your story will be about. Start your story off with something big happening like a flood.

Step 3. Create your characters

Decide what the parts will be for the characters in your story and decide if something big will happen to them. In your story, you will want to decide if you have one main character or multiple main characters.

Step 4. Write the story

To get started, you can write your thoughts out. Some people like to start in the middle. I like to start at the beginning, but you can start anywhere. Make sure you don’t get off topic while you are writing because this will confuse your readers. To stay on topic, just keep thinking about what your story is really about.

Step 5. Write a strong ending

When you write your story ending, you don’t want to leave your readers guessing unless you plan to write a second part.

Step 6. Edit yourself

Read your story more than once to make sure that you don’t have any mistakes. Use spell check to avoid any spelling or grammar mistakes. If you want to have a certain number of words in a story, your computer can tell you how many you wrote.

Step 7. Ask others for editing help

You can ask teachers, friends, or family members to look over your story. Tell them to be honest with you about how they feel about the story and how you can improve. It is better that someone is honest with you so that you can have the best story possible.

Step 8. Re-read your short story

Read it two or three more times because you want to make sure you like it before you turn it in or share it.

I hope you enjoy writing your own short stories and make sure to have fun and that you take your time. If you don’t know what to write about, you can look up some ideas on YouTube, Google, or you can come to me. I want to start putting pictures in my short stories so I’m going to start drawing some of my own pictures and I will ask family and friends for help. So, if you like drawing, you should try it out yourself or if you know anyone that can help you.

Miss Kelsey's class went on a virtual field trip to the Penn Museum where they learned about ancient coins and designed their own coins.

LGBTQ Book Review

By Joanne

“How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean how many years does it take people to see that we are all in this rat race together?” - P Johnson, gay liberation activist at the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Reading is a great way to learn about the paths of others. It helps us understand the experiences of people of different economic status, skin colors, and sexualities. It is important to learn about things unfamiliar to us because ignorance of other types of people leads to prejudice and bigotry. This is why I have provided a list of my personal favorite LGBTQ+ books.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue written by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague has always been the rebellious son of the family. This would be fine under normal circumstances, but Monty is the prince of England. Even after 18 years’ worth of boarding school, and his father’s high expectations; nothing could change his reckless behavior. Fed up with his attitude, Monty’s father decides to place him on a grand tour of Europe with his sister, Felicity, and his best friend, Percy. On this tour Monty will meet with leaders from all over the world. Montague will be expected to uphold the charismatic and pristine image of a prince, a direct contradiction from his natural character. From pirates to royal love affairs, attend the tale of Henry Montague.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy written by Mackenzi Lee

A year after her tour of Europe, Felicity Montague returns to her home country of England to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Ever since she learned how to read, Felicity has developed a strong passion for the medical field. However, due to the male dominated industry she is denied access to seeking the necessary education to become licensed. Heartbroken and disappointed, she is informed about a marriage occurring between her childhood friend and the most prestigious doctor in Germany. There is just one problem: she has not spoken to this friend in years and her father is not supportive of her pursuit of higher education. Nonetheless, Felicity is determined and dedicated to her craft.

Autoboyography written by Christina Lauren

Tanner Scott and his family moved from California to Utah, causing him to hide his bisexuality in fear of discrimination from peers and teachers. With only one semester left of high school, Tanner intends to cruise his way through the reminder of school. His best friend, Autumn, challenges him to take Provo High’s Seminary where the honor roll students compete to have their book published. At this point, life for Tanner was uneventful and carefree. Until the seminar instructor, Sebastian Brother, comes crashing through his shell.

Red, White, And Royal Blue written by Casey McQuiston

First Son Alex Claremont-Diez, his sister and the Vice President’s intelligent granddaughter are known as the White House’s trio. Following the footsteps of his mother, President Ellon Claremont, Alex decides to pursue a career in politics and government. Unfortunately for him, being a son of a world leader includes maintaining a positive relationship with other diplomatic leaders. This is difficult for him as Prince Henry of the UK and First Son Alex don’t quite get along. Such as, arch-nemesis level of not getting along. In order to keep good faith, both the Queen and Madam President agree to stage their unruly sons as being the bestest of friends. Reluctantly, the two are forced to spend an ungodly amount of time with the other. After a near lifetime of quarreling and bickering, the two start to see the other in a different light. Perhaps they would be able to be friendly after all, or maybe even more than that…

These books are best suited to those with a mature taste, but they are still very approachable for most audiences. There are virtually an infinite number of amazing books written by LGBTQ+ authors so I strongly recommend continuing your journey on educating yourself. Happy reading!

Joanne and Ms. Eva practice braille reading in the hybrid format.

Cooking Tools and Techniques for the Blind

By Nicky

Have you ever wondered what cooking devices are safe for the blind? Well, here are some cool devices that I have that are good for the blind. A mandolin slicer with a cover is good for slicing things real thin. I have a chopper for chopping things real small. I have a hardboiled egg slicer. I have a cool cheese grater. I have a spiralizer for making vegetables into noodles. I also have a vegetable cutter that cuts vegetables into long skinny sticks.

A mandolin slicer with a cover is good for slicing things real thin. You can use the mandolin to cut potatoes real thin and then bake them in the oven to make them crispy. You can also cut onions very thin like you would for pickled onions. Always put the cover over the thing you are cutting so you don't cut yourself and also use a special glove, so you do not cut yourself. It also has a lid for storage so you can take off the cutting lid and put on a container storage lid. It also has a special mat to stop it from sliding. I have a chopper for chopping things real small. You can put a quarter or half of an onion in the bottom and you push the handle down and up over and over until it is really small. It Can cut many hard vegetables but not many soft vegetables.

Another special tool is a hardboiled egg slicer. You boil the eggs and then you deshell them. Then you put it in the egg slicer, and you squeeze the egg slicer closed. It slices the egg, and the slices are on top.

For cheese lovers, you may want to consider a cool cheese grater. This device isn't like most normal cheese graters. You cut the cheese into chunks and then you put it in this slot. You squeeze the little door that covers the cheese closed and you hold it closed the whole time you are greeting that piece of cheese. Then after the cheese is in the greater you twist the handle, and the cheese comes out grated cheese. You do have to keep it on the side where the hole is so that the cheese comes out.

I have a spiralizer for making vegetables into noodles. You get a zucchini and you cut it into pieces. Then you put it under this thing, and you twist the handle, and it comes out through this hole as noodles. It has many different blades for whatever you are cutting. The blades are kept under this little door in the device.

Another way to prepare vegetables is to use a vegetable cutter that cuts vegetables into long skinny sticks. You get celery sticks and you cut them in half. Then you stack them up to the top of the space that it gives you to put the celery. Then you push hard on this handle and it pushes the pointy things against the celery that pushes against the blades and cuts the celery. After you are all done cutting your celery you take out the blades and you use a knife or fork and clean out the holes to get all the celery.

Have you ever used some of these cooking devices? Try them out. They

are really cool. A mandolin slicer with a cover is good for slicing things real thin. I have a chopper for chopping things real small. I have a hardboiled egg slicer. I have a cool cheese grater. I have a spiralizer for making vegetables into noodles. I also have a vegetable cutter that cuts vegetables into long skinny sticks. Start helping your family cook.

Kat, Alex, and Mr. Renz get the morning started on Zoom by checking the weather.


By Kiley

For those who were born in January, have you ever wondered what your birth month says about you? What January symbolizes? What the origin of the word January is or what different items are used to represent January? I asked myself these questions and I wanted to share what answers I found. What it represents, what it symbolizes, and its significance are what I wished to know and want to share.

First up is the significance of January. January is named after the Roman god Janus, also known as the two-faced god. According to Greek myth, Janus had the ability to see into the past and future and January is when we celebrate New Year’s Day, which is us leaving the past year behind and beginning a new one. Janus also represents all new beginnings which is another reason the first month of the year is called January. This is also where the tradition of new year's resolutions comes from, leaving the past behind and setting new goals.

Next is what January represents by being the first month of the year. It represents setting new goals for yourself as mentioned in the last paragraph. It also represents letting you look at things in a different perspective: New year, new perspective. January also represents the chance to improve yourself whether it is mentally, physically, emotionally, or socially. Another thing it represents is looking back and reflecting on your actions.

Finally, my personal favorite: what is used to symbolize those that are born in January. The two zodiac symbols of January are Capricorn, which symbolizes stubbornness and determination, and Aquarius, which means progressive, independent, intelligent, unique, and idealistic. The birthstone for those born in January is the Red Garnet, which symbolizes loyalty, self-confidence, perseverance, good fortune, a strong spirit, and being good natured. The two flowers that symbolizes January are snowdrops, which symbolizes purity, innocence, sympathy and hope, and carnations, which means admiration, love, and distinction. The animals that represent January are wolves and they symbolize guardianship, ritual, loyalty, and spirit.

Would you expect this information on the first month of the year? I mean, the last paragraph I somewhat expected but not the first or second paragraphs. I personally found this interesting because my nephew was born in January and this describes him somewhat. It was both my mom talking with me about my nephew's birthday that made me curious about what January signifies. Does this surprise you? Does it in one way or another describe you if you were born in January?

All About My Niece Theodora

By Angela

Angela holds her niece Theodora.

Today, I will tell you all about my niece Theodora and how I became an Aunt for the very first time. It has been a very exciting experience for me, and I feel like now would be a great time to share it with you all. My niece Theodora was born on December 4th, 2020. She was really tiny. When I held her for the first time, it felt like I was holding a baby doll. She was so tiny that I thought she could fit in the palms of my hands. She weighed 6 pounds and 5 ounces. She was also 18.5 inches long. She was a little chunker.

The first time I met her, it was over Facetime. My sister called my mom on Facetime and told her the news. Then my mom messed up my sister’s surprise for my sister to tell me herself. Anyhow, when my mom screamed, It woke me up out of my sleep. I asked my mom in a groggy but excited voice, “What's going on mom!?”

Then, she showed me and said, “Look Angie! Your niece is here! She’s here!” My mom started crying happy tears and then I started getting choked up and I started crying happy tears. At that moment, I fell in love with her. I told my sister “Congratulations! She is so cute!”

My sister thanked me and continued to rest. Then after that, I began school online a few hours later, and told my classmates the news. They all congratulated me for being an aunt for the first time. On the last day of school, before Christmas break, my sister, my brother-in-law, and my niece Theodora came over to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That day I just returned to the house from delivering Christmas gifts to my Aunts and Uncles.

Once I got into the house, I saw my sister and my little niece Theodora. I calmly walked over to my sister and the baby even though I just wanted to run over to her. I asked my sister if I could hold her. She said yes, but that I needed to wash my hands first. So, I did. When I held her, I smiled and talked to her. She was being fussy at that moment because she wanted to eat more. So, I talked to her, sang to her, and my sister said she likes when she is patted on the bottom. So, I did that as well. After that, she was getting ready to eat again.

That’s when I gave my sister back my niece Theodora. After that I got to help my sister a lot. I held the baby when my sister had to take care of business. Then on Christmas, I got to help my sister and my brother-in-law Nick with opening Theodora’s gifts while they were handling the baby. Once they left on Saturday, the day after Christmas, I felt sad that they had to leave. I wanted them to stay.

The good thing is that even though they could not stay, my sister sends me pictures and videos of the baby. One video she sent me was of Theodora rolling over at 3 weeks old! I know what you might be thinking. What? She’s rolling over at 3 weeks old? Yes, she did.

Now she’s 2 months old. She has changed a lot. When I was on Facetime with my sister and my niece Theodora, she smiled her baby smile at me. I was so happy she did that, and I smiled back at her that day.

So that is all about my niece Theodora, and my first time being an aunt. Who knows… maybe one day you will have your very first niece or nephew? And just so you know, my sister calls me Double A – AKA Aunt Angie.

Jahmir practices independent livings skills during lunch by opening his drink, his utensils, and a bag of chips.

Winter Fashion Finds

By Ny'Aziah

Have you gotten the newest fashion for the winter? If not, I will give you some tips on what to get. I hope you like my suggestions and maybe buy some of the things I suggest.

One thing that is popular is fuzzy socks. These are popular because if you are cold, they can help warm you up. They are also popular because if you want to go out and you need a warm pair of socks. They also help if you don’t want to walk on your cold floor with normal socks you can wear fuzzy socks.

Another thing that is popular is sweaters. They are popular because they keep you warm. There are some sweaters that have fur in them. Sweaters are very warm and furry.

The last thing on our list is sweatpants. These are popular because during these times everyone is wearing sweatpants for a short time. They became more popular when everyone had to start working from home.

In conclusion these are some new things that are popular in winter. Do you like these suggestions?