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. 

Cosmo’s life by Sydney

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I got Cosmo when he was a puppy. Thru puppyhood, he was mischievous: licking the kitchen drainpipe, bringing rocks into the house and chewing holes in our underwear. He loved to run after bunnies in our yard. Once, he caught a dove in his mouth and brought it inside to show my mom. I remember seeing him for the first time: Christmas 2006. My dad brought this BIG box into the room and set it down in front of me. I opened it and there was this adorable ball of fluff inside, wagging his little tail. He was there when I had my first boyfriend at 17 and first kiss. but , that’s a story for another time. He used to be this active dog, always pawing at the door to be let outside, so he could chase away the bunnies in the yard. Then , he lost his sight in both eyes and his hearing too.  So, at the ripe old age of 13, we made the decision no pet owner wants to make: my mom and I took him to the Humane Society’s vet clinic to end his suffering. Mom fed him multiple treats to keep him calm. When we first entered the room, he began pacing around it and the vet tech administered something to make him sleepy and shaved some of his fur off in order to put a catheter in his leg. Then the vet entered the room and inserted a needle into Cosmo’s leg that contained the euthanasia drug. It was over in a matter of minutes. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room: I bawled my eyes out over Cosmo’s body. The pain of letting go is something I’m still dealing with. But I’ll always have my memories of him.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (Movie Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Muppet Christmas Carol. This movie was first released on December 11, 1992.

 

The cast of characters are Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge,

Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit,

Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit,

The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens,

Rizzo the Rat as Himself,

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker as Charity Collectors,

Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig’

Sam Eagle as Schoolmaster,

Statler and Waldorf as Jacob and Robert Marley.

 

This movie features a muppet-version of the Christmas Carol that is filled with both songs and humor (most of this movie’s humor centers around Gonzo and Rizzo).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to be hilariously rich in the fictional culture that is the Christmas Carol (especially when The Great Gonzo stars as the author of the Christmas Carol himself).

Under the Sun by Sydney

Once upon a time…………………….

There was a hunchback named Tyler, who was shunned due to his appearance, until, one day, he saw a young woman named Ginger, who had a beautiful smile. They decided to fly to Milan and spend the summer there, basking in the sunlight and ocean waves. They also agreed to get married in Frankfort, Germany. They adopted quintuplets from France and also adopted a litter of 115 dalmatians. They lived in a huge mansion in Barcelona, Spain. They went skydiving in Japan and dived for pearls too. They hiked to the top of Mount Everest, where they held a wine tasting party. They also learned how to operate a twin engine jet ski. They ziplined across the Grand Canyon and bungee jumped into a dormant volcano. They did a lot of wild and crazy things together. They decided to work together in a bakery and created the world’s biggest red velvet cake. It was the size of a mountain. They invited everyone in Eastern Europe to eat the cake. Tyler and Ginger went white water rafting down the Colorado River in June for 2 weeks in a pair of small boats.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth-Complete Edition (Preview)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth-Complete Edition for the Nintendo SWITCH. This game is scheduled to be released this Friday, October 18, 2019. This game consists of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and it’s sequel Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth-Hacker’s Memory.

 

The main cast of characters in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth-Complete Edition are Takumi/Ami Aiba (Gender: Male/Female “choice of gender”)(Digimon partner: Hagurumon-Virus, Machine type/Palmon-data, Plant type/Terriermon-Vaccine, Beast type “choice of partner Digimon”),

 

Kyoko Kuremi (Gender: Female)(Digimon partner: Alphamon-Vaccine, Royal Knight),

 

Nokia Shiramine (Gender: Female)(Digimon partners: WarGreymon-Vaccine, Dragon type/MetalGarurumon-Data, Android type/Omnimon-Vaccine, Royal Knight “WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon merged together”),

 

Arata Sanada (Gender: Male)(Digimon partner: Keramon-Virus, Unknown type),

 

Yuuko Kamishiro (Gender: Female)(Digimon partner, Samudramon-Virus, Dragon type) and Keisuke Amasawa (Gender: Male)(Digimon partner: Gotsumon-Data, Rock type/Betamon-Virus, Amphibian type/Tentomon-Vaccine, Insect type “choice of partner Digimon”).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to truly celebrate the entire Digimon Story game franchise to its highest degree of praises and honors.

The Peanut Butter Falcon movie review by Sydney

A truly inspiring story , THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is the story of Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to achieve his dream of being a student at the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. A unique turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they embark on a wild adventure together and cross paths with Eleanor, a worker at the nursing home, who was charged with finding Zak and bringing him back there. But no one had ever asked Zak what he wanted to do, so he threw the car keys into the river and she was forced to go with them on a homemade raft down the river. Their journey was certainly wild. In my opinion, the movie should be 100 stars because it was a perfect example of the struggles some people face every day. One of the things that was so amazing about the movie was the fact that one of the actors had Down Syndrome, which made the movie even more fascinating.Image result for peanut butter falcon

I think there should be more opportunities in the movie,t.v. and music industries for people with challenges.  The movie offered a unique insight into the world of people with special challenges. There are many different kinds of people who don’t often get a chance to really be heard. If only people would stop being prejudiced and really listen, the world would be a better place.

In Search of Dr. Seuss (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the movie In Search of Dr. Seuss. This movie was first released on November 6, 1994.

 

In this movie, we observe and learn the life and history of Dr. Seuss while experiencing some of the stories and characters he created.

 

The stories that are featured in this movie are The Sneetches,

Hunches in Bunches,

McElligot’s Pool,

Horton Hatches the Egg,

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,

Yertle the Turtle,

The Cat in the Hat,

Green Eggs and Ham,

How the Grinch Stole Christmas,

The Lorax,

The Butter Battle Book and Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

 

The cast of characters in this movie are Kathy Najimy as Kathy Lane (a reporter for the FernCrest Times),

Matt Frewer as Dr. Seuss’ Butler/The Cat in the Hat,

Cristopher Lloyd as Mr. Hunch (Hunches in Bunches),

Graham Jarvis as the Farmer (McElligot’s Pool),

Brady Bluhm as Marco (McElligot’s Pool),

J.D. Daniels as Marco (And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street),

Patrick Stewart as Sgt. Mulvaney (And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street),

Billy Crystal as Radio Voice aka The Voice of America (Hitler Lives),

Andrae Crouch as Yertle the Turtle (Yertle the Turtle),

Robin Williams as the Father (The Cat in the Hat),

Zelda Williams and Eleanor Columbus as the Daughters (The Cat in the Hat),

Howie Mandel as Sam-I-Am (Green Eggs and Ham),

Eileen Brennan as the Who-Villain (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and Terry Lindholm as the Once-ler (The Lorax).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to be extremely  hilarious, wonderfully musical and highly educational. Thus I end this article with a quote from Dr. Seuss at the end of this movie. “I hope for the children a world of peace and that they never lose their sense of wonder and discovery. From there to here, from here to there. Funny things are everywhere.”

The PageMaster (1994)(Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the movie The PageMaster. This movie was first released on November 23, 1994.

 

This movie mostly takes place in an Illustrated World of Fictional and Non-Fictional stories which are divided into three areas. The three areas are The Horror Realm, The Land of Adventure and The World of Fantasy.

 

The Fictional and Non-Fictional stories and characters featured in this movie are the Kraken from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea,

the Demon Dog from Sherlock Holmes: The Hounds of Baskerville,

the Raven from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven,

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde from Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,

Ghosts from Miscellaneous Ghost Stories,

Captain Ahab and Moby Dick from Moby Dick,

Long John Silver and his Pirate Crew from Treasure Island,

the Little People from Gulliver’s Travels,

Mother Goose, Pan the Satyr, Fairies and a Dragon from Miscellaneous Fairy Tales,

the Magic Carpet from 1001 Arabian Nights,

the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and the Beanstalk from Jack & the Beanstalk.

 

The cast of characters are Macaulay Culkin as Richard Tyler,

Christopher Lloyd as Mr. Dewey the Librarian/the PageMaster: Keeper of the Books and Guardian of the Written World,

Patrick Stewart as the voice of Adventure

Whoopi Goldberg as the voice of Fantasy and Frank Welker as the voice of Horror.

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to be truly Inspirational as well as educational in teaching us on how to broaden our imaginations/horizons in a big way.

Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer 2 review

This trailer review will be a mixed between spoilers and theory. If you haven’t seen Endgame, don’t read this trailer review or you have seen Endgame, read the trailer review.

 

My thoughts on the new trailer is Peter mourning for Tony Stark/Iron Man, what i like about Peter’s relationship with Stark is that he’s like a father figure/mentor, giving advice to be a hero and having responsibility, whether it’s being a man in the suit or a man without the suit. 

 

Lot of parts that I like in the trailer is Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio, the costume looks awesome, just like in the comics. What interest me when Nick Fury from S.H.I.E.L.D. played by Samuel L. Jackson says: the snap tore a hole in our dimension: Thanos snapped his fingers, opened a hole, there’s a lot of questions to be answered in the film.

 

Cool shots in the trailer is the Elementals: Sandman, Hydro-Man and the Molten Man are a super-powered creatures and I do like how they mentioned Thor and Captain Marvel. 

 

My favorite moment is when Nick Fury tells Peter: are you going to step up or not. what I like about that quote by Fury, is that everything that Peter had learned/experienced in Homecoming, Infinity War and Endgame. Is that he will face new challenges between his life as Peter and Spider-Man, saving the people that he loves/cares about, save the people of New York or any other world he saves and taking responsibility. 

 

So that’s my trailer review

 

The film will be in theaters on July 2, 2019. since the film is the final installment in Marvel’s Phase 3. no official word when the third MCU Spider-Man is coming. but we’re looking forward to the film and future MCU films.

By Angel

Personal Stories: What Is The Bravest Thing You’ve Ever Done?

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton

For those on the autism spectrum, advocating for ourselves, interacting with others and stepping outside of our comfort zone often takes a tremendous amount of courage. At SEEDs for Autism, we strive to empower our participants and help them develop the skills to face these challenges and GROW. Every day we celebrate with our participants as they persevere and demonstrate acts of courage. We asked them to share their personal stories of bravery and to let our audience know that not all superheroes wear capes. 

MATTHEW
On my first trip to Japan with my dad and brother, we were rushing to catch a subway train. While dad and I made it in, the doors would have shut for my brother if I didn’t reach out for him, even if it meant that the doors could crush my arm. This caused the doors to open and close again while my brother finally got inside the train. It didn’t even hurt my arm that much. I just couldn’t leave him behind at the station, so I tried doing what I could. My dad seemed proud for my quick thinking, as it helped us make the train in time.

CAMILLE
The bravest thing I have ever done was dealing with difficult people without having a meltdown and losing control of situations. I don’t listen to them so they won’t get me upset.

JESSE
The bravest thing I have ever done, was when I was really young maybe around 5 or 6 years old. It is hard for me to recall certain details but this story has been told by my family enough that it has stuck in my memory. My sister was scared of getting a shot so I cut through the line and I got my shot to show her it was nothing to fear. My mom was surprised by my actions. Some people in line were slightly annoyed but once they understood the event, they did not seem to mind as much.

BRIAN D.
Four years ago I asked for a first time date with Leanne. When I asked her for the date she said yes and I was so excited and felt brave about myself. Now we are so happy together and we watch movies and eat at restaurants and we talk to each other and have fun spending time together.

KERI
I went on a helicopter ride in Hawaii. It was a blast of fun. I was scared at first and terrified before I went on the helicopter then I did it and got rid of my fear.