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    • Bernadette20
      By Bernadette20 in 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔬𝔩𝔣'𝔰 ℌ𝔬𝔴𝔩 30
      ~ 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔬𝔩𝔣'𝔰 ℌ𝔬𝔴𝔩 ~
      brought to you by @Bernadette20 and the Howlers
       
      Welcome Benedictines to the first issue of The Wolf’s Howl! We hope this newspaper will make you smile! Let us know what you think of it in the comments! Enjoy!
       
      𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬
      I would like to introduce our Howlers; @KitKat, @Nicholasw, @Dangerous_Wolf, @AltarBoy, and @Bookworm13
       
      𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐏𝐉 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫
      Interviewed by @KitKat
      The member with the most posts in their personal journal in the month of December was...  @Dangerous_Wolf! 
      When did you start your personal journal?
       I started my personal journal on March 19th of 2021.
      How long have you been in Benedictine? 
       So that's an interesting story.. I joined Benedictine a couple months after houses started.. sometime in March of 2021 I believe.. I'm pretty sure the day I joined I made my personal journal. On December 8th of 2021, I was looking through Benedictine when my tired brain clicked the leave house option. I was on the phone so I didn't have much time to react. I am a proud Benedictine. I have not joined any of the other houses, I've decided to stay with Benedictine for the reason of A) I get to spy on other peoples lives with the pjs /hj. And B) I like to keep my own reputation of staying in one house.
      Is it cool that you're the top poster? 
       I honestly didn't know I was the top poster until it was pointed out to me. I had a goal of beating Drummer325's post count but recently I've been told he's been deactivated. I haven't had much time to think about being the top poster, but it's pretty cool if I put it in one perspective. On the other perspective, I've spent so much time on my pj that it's kinda sad.
      How many followers does your personal journal have?
      Currently I have 24 followers. I'm quite shocked that they are all still there after the multiple times I've gone crazy on it.
      How did you name your personal journal?
      My pj has had a couple of names, but the current name I came up with because I have a pretty crazy life and I'm basically forcing my followers to come with me XD. I've actually been considering changing it again, but I haven't found the right name for it yet.
      Do you have anything you want to say to your followers?
      All the time! To you 24 followers, thank you for supporting me :) I am so grateful that you all put up with my insanity. Some of you I barely know or don't talk to, yet you still listen to me. I comment on my pj to mainly let off steam. You all have been so supportive and helpful, I love you all <3
       
      𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭; 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐎𝐧𝐞
      by @Nicholasw
      Saint Benedict was born at Norcia around 480 AD. That historical time frame, a mere four years before the Western Roman Empire formally fell by the deposition of the last Emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was quite difficult. The only authentic life of Saint Benedict is that which is contained in the second book of the Pope Saint Gregory’s Dialogues, probably written between 593-594 AD.  
      After attending primary schools in Norcia, Benedict went to Rome to broaden his knowledge of literature and law. However, since he was probably disgusted by the dissolute lifestyle of his peers and by Rome’s difficult political situation, he retired to Affile with a group of priests, taking his old nurse with him as a servant.  
      At Affile, Saint Benedict worked his first miracle, restoring to perfect condition an earthenware wheat sifter which his servant had accidentally broken. The notoriety which this miracle brought drove Benedict to withdraw further from social life. He took shelter in a cave in the ruins of Nero’s village, near Subiaco, where he began to live as a hermit. Immersed in loneliness, his only contact with the outside world was with a monk called Romanus, whose monastery was nearby. He gave Saint Benedict a monk’s habit and provided for his spiritual and material needs. Three solitary years followed. Some shepherds befriended Benedict. They began to follow his teachings and the pastoral and apostolic principles of the Benedictine Order took root.  
       
      𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐙𝐨𝐧𝐞
      by @Dangerous_Wolf
      Have you ever wondered about wolves? Why do they howl? How many are in a pack? What types of wolves there are? Well I’ve come to answer these questions and more! 
      There have been debates in the scientific community on how many different species of wolves there are. The current consensus is that there are two different breeds that are distinct from each other; the Canis Lupus and Canis Rufus. Canis Lupus wolves are gray wolves, and Canis Rufus are red wolves. 
      As with many animals, there are extinct wolves. Most of the extinctions were due to human interference, though the extinction of prehistoric wolves were due to environmental factors. 9 different gray wolf species have gone extinct. 
      Wolf packs can range from 2 to 10 wolves, with the average of wolf packs consisting of 6 wolves. There are usually a breeding pair, their current offspring, and some few yearlings. There may also be some unrelated and/or related adult wolves in packs. 
      Young wolves, or wolf whelps, will stay with their pack until they are 2-3 years old. During that time, they may choose to leave their pack to join or make their own pack. Newborn whelps weigh about 1 pound when they are born. When they are born, they are brown in color and they don’t get their final adult coloration until much later.\
      The gestation period for wolves is approximately 63 days, with most wolves giving birth between late March and early June. The average wolf litter consists of 4-5 pups, but can range from 1-10. These numbers can vary depending on the abundance of prey, wolf population density, and the size of available territory.
      Wolves have 42 teeth. They have 20 teeth in the upper jaw (six incisors, two canines, eight premolars, and four molars), and 22 teeth in the lower jaw (six incisors, two canines, eight premolars, and six molars).
      Wolves howl to communicate with one another, whether it’s to locate pack members, defend territory, or find a mate. On a flat landscape, a wolf’s howl can be heard up to 9 miles away. In addition to howling, wolves communicate in a variety of other ways. They make vocalizations such as growling, whimpering, whining, as well as a "huff-bark". They also use facial expressions, eye contact, body posture, and even scent marking to communicate.
      Wolves trot at 5 miles per hour, but they can run in short bursts at up to 35 miles per hour. They can travel as much as 30 miles per day while hunting for food. Wolves mainly  prey on elk, deer, and moose.
      Generally speaking, wolves are large predators, but they generally avoid humans as much as possible. The majority of conflict between wolves and humans exists because of livestock predation and general public fear and misinformation, rather than actual instances of wolf attacks.
      The average lifespan of a wolf is 5-7 years in the wild and 12-15 years in captivity. With Female Wolves weighing roughly 60 to 80 pounds, and the males weighing 70 to 110 pounds. Male Wolves can average 5 to 6.5 feet in length from nose to tip of tail. Female wolves average 4.5 to 6 feet.
      A wolf's footprint can measure 4 inches wide by 5 inches long. They have four toes with claws that are in an oval shape. A wolf runs on their toes, rather than their pads. 
       
      𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐨 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫!
      Starring @Delightful
       
      How long have you been a member on Benedictine?
       I’ve been in Benedictine since about May of 2021!
      When did you become a house leader?
       I became a House Leader December 20th of 2021.
      Is your job hard work?
      No, I wouldn’t say it’s hard work. You mainly have to make sure the house stays in check. 
      What is your favorite color?
      I have many favorite colors and they change all the time. My top one atm is either white or burgundy.
      What is your favorite midday snack?
      My favorite midday snack is avocado toast or a rice cracker.
      Do you have any hobbies?
      Yes! I play the ukulele/piano and also crochet and enjoy baking. 
      Who is your favorite saint?
      My favorite saint is St. Perpetua, my patron!
      What is your favorite part about Benedictine?
      My favorite part of the Benedictine house is definitely the PJs. I love it when I see a new member create one!
       
      𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐐𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬
      by @Bookworm13
      Let nothing Disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, Though all things pass, God does not change. Patience wins all things. But he lacks nothing who possesses God; For God alone suffices. ~St. Theresa of Avila
      What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless. ~ Pope John Paul II 
      God will never, never, never let us down if we have faith and put our trust in Him. He will always look after us. So we must cleave to Jesus. Our whole life must simply be woven into Jesus. ~ Mother Teresa
      Have patience with all things - but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. ~St. Francis de Sales
       Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. ~St. Francis de Sales
       
      𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲
      by @AltarBoy
       
      52 1 Mary Mother of God [Solemnity] 2 Saint Basil, bishop and doctor [Memorial] Saint Gregory, bishop and doctor [Memorial] 3 The Most Holy Name of Jesus [Optional] 4 Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (Archdiocese of Halifax) [2] Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious [4] 5 Saint John Neumann, bishop [4] 6 Epiphany [Solemnity] Saint André Bessette, religious [4] 7 Saint Raymond of Penyafort, priest [Optional] Saint Andre Bessette [2] 1 8 Baptism of the Lord [Feast] 9   10   11   12 Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys [2] 13 Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor [Optional] 14   2 15   16   17 Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot [Memorial] 18   19   20 Saint Fabian, pope and martyr [Optional] Saint Sebastian, martyr [Optional] 21 Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr [Memorial] 3 22 Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr [Optional] Blessed Laura Vicuña [1] 23 Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr [4] 24 Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor [Memorial] Our Lady, Queen of Peace [1] 25 The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle [Feast] 26 Saint Timoty, bishop [Memorial] Saint Titus, bishop [Memorial] 27 Saint Angela Merici, virgin [Optional] 28 Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor [Memorial] 4 29   30   31 Saint John Bosco, priest [Memorial]                          
       
      𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐆𝐮𝐲 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐞
      written by @KitKat with the inspiration of @Nicholasw 
      Chad Cooper's story is one of humble beginnings - being told as a child that he would never be good enough or succeed. Little did they know he was destined for greatness! Through hard work and determination, Chad became an acclaimed chef, talented musician, and successful businessman. Now, with a list of accomplishments to his name, he can look back and reflect on his remarkable life, while remaining humble about it all. Chad burned the midnight oil, crafting his record with Rick Astley, titled 'Whenever You Need Somebody.' All of his hard efforts were well worth it in the long run when it was eventually released and the song 'Never Gonna Give You Up' blew up, capturing the hearts of listeners worldwide! Not too long ago he decided to get back into college and pursue a degree in culinary arts. This was when he met Gordon Ramsay and the two of them began their journey to making outstanding meals and even had the opportunity to grant viewers a glimpse of what they could do through their own show. Chad Cooper is counting on you to show your support by changing your profile picture to the iconic image of him! It's a small gesture that could mean a lot in his mission to take charge of Catholic Harbor. Will you join him in this endeavor?


       
      𝐀 𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫
      Dear reader,
      Thank you for reading this first issue of The Wolf's Howl! I'm so glad I get to do this, I can't wait to see how long this will last! I hope that this paper helps Benedictine members have something to talk about and look forward to. I am very thankful for the members who helped me put this together, they are amazing! I hope that everyone has a great day! God bless!  
      ~ Your editor, @Bernadette20 

       
    • Bluebell
      By Bluebell in Theresian Newsletter 13
      Hello, Catholic Harbor! Welcome to our twelfth issue of the Theresian Telephone for January, 2023, our first blog post of the year! Enjoy your monthly look into the Theresian House!
      ~
      WELCOME
      Welcome to our newest members, @columbinamariae, @Alaina and @Philomena! We're excited to have you as part of Theresian!
      ~
      NEWS
      *chaotic screaming*
      I HAVE THE NEWS DO NOT BE ASLEEP
      Hello, hello, @Cath here today, sliding in at the last second with the news! “And what is the news?” You ask me. Excellent question! Well let’s see:
      First up we have Theresian Chat, and the new topics this month (month? Is that the schedule here? Plz correct me if I’m wrong) are some chatting about music, what I believe to be a topic about an OC, and some discussion of hairstyles. As someone who had the Dora haircut for 13 years, do NOT get bangs. Trust me. [note from the editor, do not trust her.] If you are NOT in Theresian House, consider joining us, and you too can have fun artsy convos. (we’re awesome)
      Next up we have Book of the Month! @Bluebell has set up voting for February, and the poll closes Jan 31! If you’re interested in that, I would go vote, like, now. Topic in the link!
      BotM Voting (Febuary 2022) - Cloister - Catholic Harbor
      Last, we have what I hope is every writer’s favorite part of my section, the WORD OF THE MONTH (editor, Bluebell, someone plz add lots of sparkles) [will do]

      This month’s word is Mundivagant – an archaic word for “wandering over the world.” It’s pronounced “Mun-DIV-a-gint”, by the way, I did have to look that up. 
      (source: rafalreyzer.com)
      That’s all from me, see y’all next month (and please stop letting me write these last minute, it’s why I write so cornily)
      ~
      IN THE SPOTLIGHT
      By @Starrydancer.
      Welcome everyone to another section of Into the Spotlight!!! Thank you for coming back and reading this, and thank you to @Strawberry roan for answering my questions. Here we goooooo!!!
      When did you join the Theresian house?
      October 2
      Why did you join the Theresian house?
      Because I like art
      What is your favorite part of the Theresian house?
      The newsletters
      Have you been in any other house?
      No
      Any words to those considering joining the Theresian house?
       To anyone considering joining the Theresian house: This is a fun house to be in, and the art is awesome.
      Thank you so much and enjoy the rest of the issue!
      ~
      LITERATURE
      Poetry by @Princess Aster.
       Rhyme of Short Time 
      I need a poem
      My mind has gone blank
      I need to check
      My word bank
      We have a short story by @Juan, who asked AI, a generator, to write it. He asked it to write about a force-sensitive ant.
      Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a tiny ant named Ant-wan. Ant-wan was just like any other ant, crawling around collecting food for his colony. But little did anyone know, Ant-wan was special. He had a unique ability, he was force-sensitive.
      One day, while out on a foraging mission, Ant-wan felt a strange pull towards a distant planet. Without hesitation, he followed the pull and eventually found himself on the planet of Dagobah. There, he met a wise old Jedi Master named Yoda.
      Master Yoda could sense the force within Ant-wan and knew he had the potential to become a powerful Jedi. He took Ant-wan under his wing and began to train him in the ways of the force.
      Ant-wan was a quick learner and soon became adept in using the force to levitate objects and communicate with other creatures telepathically. He also learned how to use a tiny lightsaber, made specially for him.
      As time passed, Ant-wan grew stronger in the force and his powers became more refined. He even managed to construct his own miniature version of Yoda's hut.
      Eventually, Ant-wan felt it was time for him to leave Dagobah and return to his colony. He said goodbye to Master Yoda and promised to use his powers for good and to protect the galaxy.
      Ant-wan returned to his colony and shared his new found powers with his fellow ants. Together they were able to gather food more efficiently, and defend against predators. The colony flourished under Ant-wan's leadership.
      Years passed and Ant-wan's legend spread throughout the galaxy. He became known as the "Jedi Ant" and was respected and admired by many. 
      As Ant-wan traveled through the galaxy, using his Jedi powers to help those in need, he received a distress call from a remote planet. The inhabitants of the planet were being terrorized by a giant Sith dinosaur, who was using the dark side of the force to wreak havoc on the land and its inhabitants.
      Without hesitation, Ant-wan set off to the planet to confront the beast. As he landed, he could feel the presence of the dark side looming over the planet. He made his way to the center of the turmoil, where he found the giant Sith dinosaur rampaging through a village.
      Ant-wan knew that this would be a difficult battle, but he was determined to protect the innocent and restore peace to the planet. He ignited his tiny lightsaber and charged towards the dinosaur.
      The dinosaur let out a deafening roar as it lunged towards Ant-wan, but he was quick on his feet. Using the force to enhance his agility, he dodged the dinosaur's attacks with ease. The dinosaur was powerful, but Ant-wan was resourceful. He used the force to levitate boulders and fling them at the dinosaur, causing it to stumble and roar in pain.
      As the battle raged on, Ant-wan knew he had to end it quickly. He used the force to telepathically communicate with the dinosaur, trying to reach the good that he knew was still within the beast. The dinosaur let out a final roar, and the light returned to its eyes, the beast was no longer under the control of the dark side.
      With the battle won, Ant-wan used the force to heal the wounds of the dinosaur, and it wandered off into the wilderness, no longer a threat to the planet or its inhabitants.
      The inhabitants of the planet were overjoyed, and they showered Ant-wan with gratitude. They knew that it was because of him that they were safe and the land was at peace.
      Ant-wan had many adventures throughout his life, but eventually, his time came to an end. He was on a peaceful mission to assist a colony in need, when he came across a small French poodle that was out for a walk with its owner. Ant-wan, being a small ant, was not noticed by the poodle and it accidentally stepped on him, crushing him.
      When the poodle's owner noticed what had happened, they were filled with remorse. Ant-wan had been a hero, known throughout the galaxy for his bravery and selflessness. They contacted his colony and Master Yoda, who came to retrieve his body.
      Master Yoda was filled with sadness when he heard the news of Ant-wan's passing. He knew that Ant-wan had lived a noble life, using his powers to help others, and had fulfilled his destiny as a Jedi.
      A memorial service was held in Ant-wan's honor, attended by many creatures from all corners of the galaxy who had been touched by his life and legacy. His colony built a small monument in his memory, a reminder of the tiny ant who had made such a big impact on the galaxy.
      Even though Ant-wan's physical form was gone, his spirit lived on through the memories of those who knew him and the good that he had done. He will always be remembered as a true hero, who had the courage to fight for what was right, no matter how small he was.
       
      ~
      PHOTOGRAPHY

      Welcome once again to the Photography Section by @Bluebell! This photo by me is called Electric Sea Urchin Accident because lucky for me, @Elleigh named it.
      Photography tip of the month ~ Tripods
      This tip is one of the most helpful things in photography, and I'm not sure I could do without them. We're going to talk about a couple types of tripods, plus how you can use a makeshift tripod but using yourself. XD
      One tripod that I go to the most is my little tripod, that is about the length of my hand and easy to carry around. While some larger tripods are meant to get height, this one I use if I want to be in the picture and have no one to take it, or I want a low height without shaking. Depending on the props around you, it might not be low to the ground. Here's what they could look like...

      (they kinda look like Star Wars droids...)
      Next, there's the traditional sort of tripod. They have an adjustable length which is really helpful.

      Now, you can use what I like to call makeshift tripods. I used this sort of tripod in my featured photo. It's called your arms or anything around you that's stable. XDD For example, in my photo, it was taken inside, so I had my arms resting on the windowsill and the base of the camera was also stationary there. Another example that comes to mind would be in a church, because you can rest the camera on the pews very easily. Sometimes there isn't anything to rest on, so if you're crouching, you can rest your elbows on your knees, or the ground. You should be comfortable while you're doing it though. Sometimes being a photographer is quite an acrobatic job. I have been in some pretty weird positions trying to get my balance, the perfect angle, and stillness. *cough* ANYWAY
      Why is this important? Well, the downfall of most photos that could have been super great is that they person taking them keeps shaking, so they turn out blurry. The highest quality photos are ones with the least amount of shake and are really enjoyable to look at. Having a tripod helps stabilize the camera and give you a clean cut photo. It can be really important for moving things. Like in my fireworks photo, I only had a certain time slot to capture that shot, so that was very helpful. If you read last month's article you remember what I wrote about macro and micro shots, and tripods are VERY helpful for that, because since you only have a small square that is zoomed in and if you shake you could lose the thing you're taking a photo of. XD
      Hope this helps you in your photography! If you really love photography and don't have a tripod I would highly suggest getting one, even if it's small.
      Here's a photo submitted by @CatholicIrishDancer in honor of Christmastide!

      ~
      HUMOR
      By @Rina Maria.



       
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      MUSIC
      First part by @Theresa and second part by @Stulta Artifex.
      Music Highlights
      Ave Verum
      The piece was composed in the summer of 1791, half a year before the composer's death and eight years after Mozart had last completed a piece of sacred music. The gentle and serene Ave Verum Corpus was written for Anton Stoll, a choirmaster in the town of Baden. Unlike the dramatic and famously unfinished Requiem in D minor K 626, on which Mozart was working at the same time, Ave Verum Corpus is of humble mien and perfectly suited to the small-town choir for which it was intended.
      The Best Bands and Artists
      Coldplay is a British rock band formed in London in 1997. They consist of vocalist and pianist Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, drummer Will Champion and creative director Phil Harvey. Coldplay penetrated the u.k. top 100 in 1999 with the single “Brothers & Sisters” on the independent Fierce Panda label before signing with major label Parlaphone. Later that year the band released the Blue Room EP to a flurry of glowing reviews. They are commonly known for their songs Viva La Vida and Something Just Like This.
       
      Today's instrument is…
       
      (drumroll)
       
      An Irish Bouzouki (pronounced Ba--zoo--key)
      The Irish bouzouki is an adaptation of the Greek bouzouki. This instrument has a beautiful warm tone with great bass and treble.
      The newer Greek tetrachordo bouzouki was introduced into Irish traditional music in the mid-1960s by Johnny Moynihan of the folk group Sweeney's Men. Alec Finn, first in the Cana Band and subsequently in De Dannan, introduced the first Greek trichordo bouzouki into Irish music.

      Cool right?
       
       
      Composer
      Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
      Vivaldi, one of the most productive composers of the Baroque era, wrote an astonishing 500 concertos – including the still oft-heard Four Seasons, four violin concertos that each depict one season of the year.
      The work is as fresh and colorful today, somehow, as it must have been when it was heard by Vivaldi’s contemporaries, such was his mastery of melody, harmony and scoring.
      ~
      HAIRSTYLING
      Hello there everybody, it is I, @Floribunda, with @Bluebell, bringing you another of our hairstyles.
      Today I will teach you all one of the only hair styles I know that keeps your hair out of your face. It looks very nice and old fashioned like
      Level: Medium (it takes a bit to learn what your fingers must do)
      What you need: Hairbrush, bobby pins, hair ties (optional), hair clips or claws (useful but optional)
      Instructions: First, brush your hair and part it. Side or middle, it doesn’t matter which. Next, starting on the left (or right) side of your part, separate a section of hair and hold it with your thumb and the side of your hand (this section is now called A). Then, separate another section of hair that is about the same size and cross it over A and hold it between your pointer and middle fingers (this bit is now called B). Now, add to A yet another bit of hair (remember to try and keep these all about the same size), and switch the places of A and B (going in the direction of the back of your head, if you go in the direction of your face, it will turn out different), so that A is now held between your pointer and middle fingers and B is held between your thumb and the side of your hand. Now, add some hair to B and, again, switch the sections. Try to keep the twist, that will start to form, about an inch away from your hairline. Continue this process until you reach the back of your neck. Now if you have a sister who can help you, have her hold the end of the twist tightly so that it does not get loose. If you do not, then use a claw or clip to hold it. If you do not have any of these, you can use bobby pins. Now, do the exact same thing to the other side of your part. (I promise this doesn’t so long to do as it does to explain.) Unpin the other side and, combining the two twists, use a hair tie to make a ponytail. Great job! You just finished the hardest part! Now you can leave it as it is or turn it into a bun.

      ~
      ART
      AN ELLEIGH IS NEITHER LATE NO EARLY
      SHE ARRIVES PRECISELY WHEN SHE GETS OVER HER PROCRASTINATION 
      WHICH, ER, IS NEVER REHEHEHEHEHE
       
      anyway, today we’re dabbling in a fun thing known as-
       
       
      FROOT FLYS
       
      THEY RAID YOUR HOMEEEEE
      THEY DON’T LEAVE YOU ALONEEEEE
      THEY WON’T PAY RENTTTTT
      THEIR TIME IS SPENTTT
      IN SUICIDE BOMBING
      DEATH BY MILK IS ALARMING
      BUT MY COLUMN ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE LITERARY
      ’CAUSE HECK, I CAN’ EVEN THINK OF ANYTHING THAT RHYMES WITH “LITEARY”
       
       
      no, froot flys ain’t no fun, we’re talksing ‘bout something which can be rightfully dubbed as “aggravating joy.” (Versus flys which are rightfully known as “aggravating aggravation”)
      Namely-
       
       
      ✨ANIMATION✨
       
       
      Animation is a subject. A very interesting subject, indeed. There are several forms of animation that I know very not much about, so no this ARTicle is not a substitute for college-course animation, I’m sorry
       
      Anywho, I’ve done mostly just stop motion and digital animation. Stop motion is basically where you take a picture for every frame over and over until voilà, all the pictures put together makes it look like it’s moving. That vague and unhelpful information will have to suffice for now, ‘cos today, I’m going to exhaust to you what little knowledge I have about Digital Animation.
       
      Digital animation has much the same principles as stop motion, and of pretty much any animation really: you put a bunch of frames together to create the illusion of movement. 
      Confused? I don’t blame you. Pictures speak louder than words, so here, take this:

       
      Here’s our first step in constructing le bownce bol. The green circles represent the frames that are coming next, so no they don’t just magically appear as you’re drawing or something, I’m sorry again
      Anyway, this is the first step: just draw a circle. Now, it’s time to make it bounce.

       
      Ayo that’s not much different, huh? See, we’re moving it only a little for this second one, because the ball in the air is going to linger there a little. It wouldn’t look as natural if we just sent it going down all fast. Generally, the more frames, the more smooth your transition between frames will be.
      Also red-tinted circles are the past frames, jsyk

      Our third circle. “Wait Elleigh, that ain’t a circle-“ “Yes child, it’s a homeschooler circle.”
      You’ll notice that we’ve done two things: increased the ball-dropping distance, and elongated the former Mr. Circle just slightly. This will also give our transition a smoother touch, and you’ll see more of this in the next frames:

      Our fourth non-circle. It’s farther and slightly more elongated than the last.

      Non-circle numero 5. Again, it’s getting farther down, and even more ovular now.

      Sechs is just about to touch bottom! Now time for non-circle sieben-

      Well…. That’s ah, most certainly a non-circle indeed…. I think it’s like, Jimmy the Gourd maybe…. Well at any rate, it just goes to show why whey they tell you not to pause Disney movies.
      Anyway, the ball got all distorted and smashed because it’s made impact with le floor. But wait for the last bit-

      And here we are, ‘tis sqmoshed! We’ve completed all our frames.
       
      Depending on what program you’re using, you’ll have to edit how the frames play in order to make the ball bounce. After you figure that out, ye wind up with this!


      I probably could’ve added more frames, but I was lazy I wanted to keep things noice and simple. 
      I exaggerated the squashed impact, so yeah this is most likely a very squashy ball. Depending on what the ball in question is made up of, there’ll be less squash-on-impact. 
       
       
      And there’s that! A brief little intro into animation. Hope you enjoyed, pretend there’s a clever outro here or something, I’m thrice sorry
       
      Happy arting, and God bless!
       
      ~
      THE SAINTLY SPOT
      Hello everyone! @Bluebell again. I couldn't think of what saint to do, so I decided to do the saint of the day (Jan. 17), St. Anthony of Egypt!
      He lived from 251 to 356 A.D. He gave away his large inheritance, being inspired by Mark 10:21 When he was 54 he founded "a sort of monastery with scattered cells". He hoped to be a martyr and was bold with his faith during persecution He fought against Arian heresy He is associated with a t shaped cross, a pig and a book ~
      Thank you so much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it and stay tuned for our next one in the following month! St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!
      With love from the Carmelite Contributors: @Elleigh, @Cath, @Starrydancer, @Princess Aster, @Juan, @Rina Maria, @Theresa, @Stulta Artifex, @CatholicIrishDancer @Floribunda, @The Horse Enthusiast , @RoseMH & The Theresian House!
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