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Jan 08

Our Living World by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on January 8, 2021 at 12:50 PM by Genesis Gaule

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The Earth. As far as we know there is no other place like it in the universe.  With its blue oceans and green grasslands, its vast deserts and rainforests, the planet is completely filled with life from one corner to the other.  Plants and animals are vast and varied, adapting to the environment in which they inhabit.

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In Northern North America one can find White Spruce trees growing, and in the rainforests of the world some may find the Kapok Tree growing strong. You go to the far reaches of the Northern Hemisphere and you will see Polar Bears, while in Southwest Asia you can find the Giant Panda. The Amazon River Dolphins in South America to the Humpback Whales of the world’s oceans. Life can be found almost everywhere.

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However, we are reaching a point in the history of our planet that we may not be able to come back from. The planet as we know it is always changing. This is especially true for the animals and plants of the world. As mankind continues to expand we find ourselves losing so much more than we can imagine. The wildlife that has been on our planet for so long, is starting to disappear. So many different species of animals and plants are being driven to the brink of extinction because of our actions. We must find it in ourselves to change our ways, to save our planet that has sustained us for so long.

Otherwise, what will become of… Our Living World?


“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.”

 - Sir David Attenborough




Nov 06

Heroes Old and New! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 6, 2020 at 1:38 PM by Genesis Gaule

Look up in the sky. What do you see flying, could it be a bird, maybe even a plane? Or is it one of our superheroes.

In this modern world that we live in, superheroes are seen as people (or aliens) in costume, defending the common folk from the “forces of evil.” Every time we turn on the television there is another show or movie that has some form of superhero in it. We have become addicted to seeing them because the idea of a modern day superhero saving the day appeals to us. We want someone to rescue us, and as a result of that so many superheroes have been born.

The Justice League from the DC universe.

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The Avengers and Fantastic Four from Marvel.

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There are so many that have been created; yet before the heroes in spandex and masks, there were others.

Heroes from myths and legends, all around the world. Epics and songs dedicated to their deeds, both good and bad. Born descendants of gods, or blessed by beings of great power, they were the basis of why we became so dedicated to keeping the idea of heroes alive.

Heroes like the:

  • Mahabharata’s heroes, Karna son of Surya and Arjuna spiritual son of Indra.
  • The Greek heroes of the Iliad, such as Achilles, son of Thetis, and King Odysseus of Ithaca.
  • King Gilgamesh of Uruk.
  • The legendary King Arthur of Britain and his Knights of the Round Table.

Heroes are those who are looked up to for their courageous acts or their character. They are role models for those that learn about them, learning from their good deeds, as well as their mistakes. Without heroes our culture would be very different than it is today.

Sep 18

Schoolbook Overload by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 18, 2020 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

You hear that bell ringing?  It means that school has started once again, and with it comes the required textbook readings.


I do not have to tell you how many times I have looked at a syllabus and stared at the required reading list just thinking, “Why, oh why, did I take this class.”  It’s probably the same, if not similar, for quite a few students out there.  Then when it comes down to it and you start reading them, you just start to get tired and find no enjoyment.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some textbooks I have enjoyed reading.  However, the majority of them have been very long and dry.


Don’t let this deter you from enjoying reading though.  We all know that there are other books that we can read for fun.  You just need to know when to read them, while still maintaining that textbook reading schedule.  I have found a couple ways in which to do this.


Maintaining Fun Reading:

  1. One of the best times to read is of course right before you go to bed for the night.  Reading something that you enjoy will help you not only relax and de-stress, but it will also help to clear your thoughts for the evening.
  2. I have also found that reading right after you have your noon meal is a good time as well.  Instead of being on the phone or watching TV, reading at that point can be relaxing, it gives you time to digest and just relax the eyes.
  3. The final time is an interesting one.  If I can, I try and read something right after I finish with my homework for the day, whether it be actual work or reading a text from the required readings.  This is mainly because I try to get myself in a different mindset from when I am working on schoolwork, reading helps with that.

Reading is meant for a variety of reasons.  Whether it be for educational purposes, for informative purposes, or for fun.  Overload of schoolwork has been seen to cause many issues for students, and in order for these issues to not happen students need to have a way to decompress.  Finding time to read something enjoyable is what I try and do, maybe it can help you as well.