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Turn the World Upside Down by Nyrae DawnThey’d have to turn the whole world upside down to understand us…
Hunter Donovan’s temper never used to be a problem. He lived the perfect life with the perfect family before the dark truth came spilling out. Now his dad’s in prison, and after Hunter explodes at school, accidentally hitting a teacher, his mom has him committed.
Hunter doesn’t belong at Better Days. He needs to be stronger, not sent to a well-dressed loony bin. If he’d been better, less selfish, he would have realized something was going on under his own roof. No amount of psychoanalyzing and group therapy can change the past.
But among the bullies, fights, and bad cafeteria food, Hunter meets a group of friends: anxiety-ridden Casey, wild and exciting Rosie, recovering bulimic Bethany, and Stray, a self-harmer who doesn’t think he belongs anywhere. Around this group of misfits, Hunter doesn’t feel so alone and angry anymore.
Still, as he’s making friends and falling in love with Stray, the guilt is always there. If Hunter can’t open up and find a way to deal with what happened, he might fall victim to his mental illness—and he won’t be the only casualty.
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When I first learned to call square dances in the mids, I was living in northern New York State, where on weekend nights, traditional square dancing could still be found at local grange halls, bars, VFWs, and fire halls as well as at various community events. Not only did I have the opportunity to dance and learn the figures, but I was also able hear the calling of some great old-time callers. Some of the traditional squares and rhyming patter calls that I still use, I learned from these callers. Since that time, I have sought out and visited old-time community square dances in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina in search of local versions of dances, new figures, and inspiration from other callers. Many dance callers use patter calls, as opposed to just prompting, as in contra dancing, which uses a minimum number of words to cue the dancers for the next figure. Patter calls include "filler" calls that are often nonsense rhymes; filling in the time while a dance figure is being done before the next call. Patter calls are part chanted, part sung, in time with the music, and pitched to the musical key.
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Some of them are pretty sorry. But with just a few little tweaks, they could be really great. Here are the three biggest beginner blogging mistakes I see every day …. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. Problem is, people who read blogs have ADD. They are not going to wait until the end to get to the punchline. Turn your blog upside down!