Bruce Lee by Anna P.

Bruce Lee: 8 gems gleaned from new biography

Bruce Lee is a name many know because he is a famous martial artist, actor and Philosopher.  Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco but his family moved to Hong Kong when he was young.  He became an actor at a young age and appeared in over twenty movies. Also, he got into many fights. One was against the son of a Triad family. Some of his fighting skills he learned might have come under the training of Yip Man who taught him more martial arts like Wing Chun.  He moved back to America when he was an adult and started teaching martial arts to everyone. This angered others who believed he should not train non Chinese people KungFu.  So a deal was made that if he got in a fight and lost he would stop teaching KungFu to non Chinese.  Bruce Lee had the man pinned down and won the fight. 

When his was at school around this time he studied philosophy and his philosophy went with his martial arts.  For example, he said that in life and martial arts one should be like water; Formless, shapeless.  Like how water in a cup becomes the cup or water in the teapot becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or crash.  Basically this meant one must know what to do in a situation like when to crash like water or when to expand like water because life and martial arts is about changing. This became Jeet Kune Do though Bruce said it was just a name and mirror to see ourselves in.

Bruce become an actor again after he went to an international Karate Tournament. A hair stylist saw him and told a producer about this amazing man. He had some roles in acting but not as much as he would later get.  Also he injured his fourth scarcel nerve around this time.  People didn’t think Bruce could do martial arts again however he tried his own treatment and began to get better. Because he didn’t get a lot of acting roles he decided to do more acting in Hong Kong rather than American movies. He was in the big hit in The Big Boss movie. He was in other movies even helping to make one of them. Finally those in Hollywood wanted him in American movies. Enter the Dragon was a big Hollywood/ Hong Kong production. Unfortunately Bruce later died after being prescribed medicine which swelled the fluids in his brain.  Bruce was so famous at this time that doctors from around the world came to see what caused his death. To me Bruce Lee’s story is incredible.   He was an actor, philosopher and martial artist together. I relate that when he got injured he still fought to be better. I think I am similar because with my OCD I try to get better even though it’s hard. Bruce Lee was an incredible man and a blessing to this world.

The Angry Birds Movie Review by Justin M.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE - Official Theatrical Trailer (HD) - YouTube

SUMMARY OF THE MOVIE

Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red, who just can’t get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck & Bomb. Red becomes more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs to their island paradise. As the swine begin to get under his skin, Red joins forces with Chuck & Bomb to investigate the real reason behind their mysterious arrival.

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS MOVIE?

It’s based on the mobile game series from Rovio Entertainment.

HOW DID THE MOVIE MAKE YOU FEEL?

The movie makes me feel angry

WHICH CHARACTERS DID YOU LIKE THE MOST?

Red, Chuck & Bomb

WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE?

Chuck’s Slow Motion Scene

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS MOVIE?

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Learning how to deal with being inside during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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If you’re feeling trapped because you can’t leave your house or interact with people who aren’t family members, I’ve got a list of things you can do to productively pass time.

  1. Write in a journal
    1. Whether you’re a writer, or just have something you want to say, but no one to talk to, writing in a journal is a great way to express yourself.
    2. It can be happy things or sad, it depends on what you’re feeling at the moment. It really helps.
  2. Pray
    1. If you’re a spiritual or religious person, praying in times like these might be the best remedy.
    2. You can also go on websites that provide daily devotionals
  3. Read a book
    1. Reading a book is a great way to divert your attention to something other than negative thoughts.
    2. Whether you’re reading fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, or picture books, just read something you’ll enjoy.
  4. Start a hobby
    1. Some people like collecting certain items, or doing activities as a break from life.
    2. Different hobbies or collections include scrapbooking, coin collecting, trading cards, sports memorabilia.
  5. Sing a song
    1. Singing a song is a great way to express your creativity.
    2. It’s a great way to spread joy in yourself and others.
    3. The key is singing something upbeat, otherwise it defeats the purpose, which is to lighten the mood of your day.
    4. If you don’t know the lyrics, go to youtube and find a sing-along version so that you can practice the words.
    5. It’s a good mind exercise.
  6. Watch a movie
    1. Watching a movie is always a great way to pass time.
    2. You can watch something new, or something that you’ve seen several times.

I hope this helps you handle the stress of staying home.

Jake M.

If you enjoy sports, please visit Jake’s blog: Jake’s Daily Sports Report

Things I Do At Home by Matthew N.

Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life. 
Robert Genn
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Creating art relieves stress, builds self-esteem and fills us with a sense of purpose, accomplishment and peace.  At SEEDs for Autism we understand the healing power of art and recognize the importance of having an outlet to express ourselves creatively during these difficult times. Encouraged by his family, Matthew N. shares his thoughts, his inspiration and his amazing artwork with our readers.
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Today is about 2 months that we are dealing with the coronavirus situation. My mom wanted me to write about my activities. I had to stay inside and worry about our future. I spent a lot of time painting to relax. New York City is a place that had many cases of Covid 19. I painted New York City under the lantern to represent the symbol of Hope. The lanterns light up the dark sky. I got the idea from the movie “Tangled”. I hope that things will be better soon but I hear mixed results. Some people on TV said that it is getting better. Some people said that it is worse. Everything is still confusing to me.
Matthew poses with his completed painting
SEEDs for Autism is a non-profit organization that provides education and vocational training for young adults on the autism spectrum. Participants learn a variety of job skills, social skills and life skills in a structured environment focused on the arts. Our activities and programs encourage our students to step outside their comfort zones and grow.
Please visit our website to learn more about this life-changing program!

Movie Review: Moana

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The movie Moana is about a girl who will become leader of her island but because of this lava monster called Te Ka her island will be destroyed. The ocean chooses her to help stop the monster by finding Dwayne Johnson I mean Maui, who will help her defeat Te Ka with the heart of the goddess Te Fiti which Maui stole and which had started this whole mess in the first place. Maui and Moana go on the adventure and both help each other in big ways. Maui teachers her how to sail while she helps him conquer his inner demons and helps save him from a monster named Tamatoa and then she helps him learn how to use the power of his magic hook that can turn him into any animal. However when they fight Te Ka they have a dispute, he leaves and Moana feels like she isn’t the one to help defeat Te Ka, but later gets the confidence again and Maui helps again and she learns Te Ka is Te Fiti and defeats her by giving her her heart again and then happy ever after.

I was surprised by the movie. I liked it more than I thought, the music was half and half for me. I liked the villain song and You’re Welcome song but the ones Moana sang were a bit corny to me. I also like the design of Maui and Moana, both different in terms of other Disney characters. Moana has muscles and not a very tiny waist. And Maui has muscles but not typical muscles you think of. Gaston and Hercules’ muscles look like muscle you usually think of but Maui almost kinda looks fat. So all in all I like the movie for the most part. 

3 out of 5 stars

by Anna

The Goldbergs: Erica Goldberg

The Goldbergs is a funny show about a Jewish family in Pennsylvania. The premise is that each episode is based off of the life of Adam Goldberg, the creator of the show, who had compiled a bunch of family videos, to show what it was like to grow up in the 1980s. At the end of each episode, we see some of the actual videos, and interviews of the real life Goldbergs, and it’s always amazing to see how spot on some of the depictions are. Even though it’s based off of parts of his life, it’s still fiction. My favorite character is Erica Goldberg.

In the show, Erica Goldberg, cast by Hayley Orrantia, is the older sister to Adam. She’s your typical bossy big sister, and also the popular kid in school. She also thinks that her musical talent, and singing abilities are going to help her make it big time. As the show progresses, and she gets older, she begins to act like she knows everything. In the end, she always comes through to stand up for her little brother Adam, and is often at odds with her other younger brother, and middle child, Barry.

I highly recommend you watch the show Goldbergs, and hopefully you enjoy Erica Goldberg as much as I do. It will be more fun if you watch from the beginning.

Jake M.

White House Visits and America’s Favorite Pastime — jakethesportsguy

Winning a national championship, and getting invited to the White House to celebrate seems like it loses its value over time, because it’s such a common occurrence. However, that wasn’t always the case, it wasn’t until Ronald Reagan became President in the 1980s that the tradition became more commonplace. It may surprise some to learn […]

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Support SEEDs Every Time You Shop at Fry’s

SUPPORT SEEDs FOR AUTISM EVERY TIME YOU SHOP AT FRY’S!

As a non-profit organization, we rely on financial support from compassionate, engaged patrons who care about the growth and future of adults on the autism spectrum. There are so many ways you can help! As a member of the Community Rewards Program, you can help support SEEDs for Autism every time you shop at Fry’s!

For existing members of Fry’s Community Rewards Program:

* Go to https://www.frysfood.com/i/community

* Select Sign In.

* Enter your email and password then select Sign In.

* Under Welcome back! click Your Name/My Account

* Under Account Summary scroll down to Community Rewards 

* Click Enroll under Community Rewards – if prompted, enter personal information

* Under Find Your Organization: Enter Seeds for Autism or the NPO# 87345

* Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization (left side)

* Then select Save Changes/Enroll

* If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your account summary page.

To become a member of Fry’s Community Rewards program:

 Create an Online Fry’s Account

* Go to http://www.frysfood.com/

* Click on Welcome! Sign In (top right)

* Click on No Account? Register (top right)

* Under “Create an Account”, enter your email and create a password (write down your email & password—you will need it to register for Fry’s Community Rewards)

* Under Select Your Preferred Store, enter your postal code and click Find

* Select your store then click on Create Account

* You will then be prompted to check your email for the confirmation email

* Click the hyperlink View My Account in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account

* See beginning of post for instructions to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice

 

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Video Game Review: Pokemon Shield by Anna

 

On Christmas I got as a present: the game, Pokemon Shield. Even though I have not finished the game yet, I already have three major opinions about it. The three major opinions are about the design of the Pokemon, how difficult the game is and finally what I think of the story and its characters.

In Pokemon Shield one of the designs I dislike is of the new Pokemon called Alcremie.  The reason for my dislike of this Pokemon is that it looks like pudding or some type of tasty cream dessert. I don’t want to have a Pokemon that will make me hungry because it looks like a dessert.  In the new Pokemon games, Pokemon that were introduced in other earlier games, like Pokemon Red, appear in Pokemon Shield but with a different form. Meowth gets a different form, and well just look at it!  This is such a weird design and I was flabbergasted to see it. I don’t get why they made it look like this. I don’t see the point and in the last game, Pokemon Sun, it already had a form change so why make a new one?  It doesn’t make sense. I did like the design of CorviKnight. It looks like a Knight which is cool considering this game is set in the UK which makes people think of King Arthur and Knights.

The game, to me, is a little too easy to beat. I have not lost a Pokemon battle yet. Why this game is a little to easy to beat is because of the Pokemon camp. Pokemon camp allows the player to play and interact with their Pokemon and I love it.  However, in Pokemon camp, your Pokemon gets stronger because they get experience points which makes a Pokemon stronger and they level up. Pokemon camp can happen anywhere so gaining experience points is just too easy. I think they should just have a Pokemon gain experience points just for the Pokemon battles, not for just playing with them in Pokemon camp.

So far in the story I haven’t gotten much into it because I still am at the beginning. But, there are already a lot of characters with really cool designs. I really like the designs of characters like Milo and Nessa.  Their designs are really original I think they don’t get that much personality right now but I’m sure to see more of it later in the game. One character I love because it inspires me to beat him in battle is called Bede.  He acts like a stereotypical high class British snob and I want to destroy him in battle every time. I love that about the character. He is my favorite rival so far. The villains I can’t take seriously. They are just too funny looking with their punk like fashion style. It’s just them carrying trumpets and being fans of my other rival and it is hard for me to take them seriously to be bad guys. At the same time I kinda like them as characters, because I think they are based on UK fans who like soccer and are very into their teams and rivalry with opposing team fans.

So, despite some flaws of the game, I still have been playing it a lot and so far it is a good game just with flaws like all Pokemon games have.

What I’ve Learned During the Break from SEEDs by Daniel N.

Hello, my name is Daniel and I’m going to be writing about what I’ve learned over the break.

I learned how to use Zoom, Duo, and Google calendar to get assignments. I learned Duo from my friend Kim so we could talk face to face. I learned Zoom from Justin, the Computer teacher at SEEDs and I learned Google calendar on my own.

I use Zoom to take martial arts fitness classes with Mrs. Lee and with Mr. Benton who is my teacher for Tai Kwon Do classes.  While it’s true that I can’t practice the practical aspects of Tai Kwon Do, such as self-defense, sparring, and board breaks, I can get practice in on my form and weapons.   

I use Google calendar to get informed about what’s going on at Seeds for Autism. 

I had my first zoom chat with Michele (Newsletter instructor), Francis and Brianna.   I was included in the Zoom meeting with my peers from Seeds.  I had to wait for recognition by the host of the meeting. I never knew how to navigate Zoom until I watched Justin’s educational   video (that was on the Google Calendar) on how to use the application for conferring with colleagues who might be on a business trip for example. Google calendar has helped me stay in the loop. 

I am staying active and connected during the outbreak of COViD 19 using online activities with Seeds and Tai Kwon Do with Mr. Benton and Mrs. Lee.  Missing seeing folks in person. Hope see everyone in 21 days.