The Biggest Ride
This was it. The most daring thing she had ever done. She was incredibly nervous, her stomach filled with butterflies, her hands unable to stop fidgeting, and her thoughts and heart racing. She was with two of her best friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. Just minutes earlier, her friends had dared her to go on a huge ride, something she had always refused to do. Ever since her childhood, she always looked on at this long, tall wooden structure whenever she came here and wondered how anyone could go on it without feeling anything other than fear and worry. She asked her friends to reconsider, but in response, they joked they would call her cowardly if she didn’t. She finally gave in, buying her ticket and waiting in the long line, anxiously waiting for this horrifying situation to be over.
Uncovering the Silence
Two weeks? They can't be serious. This must be some kind of practical joke. I can't survive two DAYS on my own, let alone two weeks. I always find excuses to talk to family and friends outside, keep myself talking. I can't stay stuck in my own head or else I start losing it. Keeping me here in an isolated, empty space for two weeks is just asking for something to go wrong.
A Startling Discovery
You know those times where you think of an absolutely brilliant plan? You spend hours thinking of something incredible or that perfect idea just comes into your head, but then when you try to execute it, it goes horribly wrong? This is one of those stories.
12 Films I Love That Are Based on a True Story.
I have a soft spot for movies based on true stories. When I was a kid, I primarily watched animated movies, never really going out of my way to watch live-action films. I had been fascinated with history since elementary school, however, when my fifth-grade teacher taught an interactive curriculum surrounding the Civil War. Movies based on true stories allowed me to appreciate live-action films for the first time, as they enhanced my love of history and allowed me to explore subjects I’d never been interested in before. In fact, the primarily dialogue-driven stories I saw in most of these films probably shaped my taste in movies as a whole. To emphasize how much I adore movies like this, I’ve created a top 10 list (or I suppose top 12, for reasons you’ll see within the list) of my personal favorite historical films. These aren’t necessarily the most technically brilliant, epic, or even well-known historical films ever made. These are just films that have a lot of personal meaning to me and that I would personally recommend to anyone who wanted to watch a movie based on a true story.
Nothin's Gonna Come My Way: Otis Redding's Posthumous Hit
Who remembers the day that Otis Redding died? It happened on December 10, 1967, at 3:28 pm, a rainy, foggy afternoon. Ben Cauley, the lead vocalist of the soul-and-R&B group known as the Bar-Kays, suddenly woke up. He felt a strange sensation, almost as if he was spinning through the air. He was on a plane, a Beechcraft H18 owned by Redding. He and his bandmates were traveling with Redding to Madison, Wisconsin to perform as his backup. Cauley looked over at Phalon Jones, the band's tenor saxophonist, and heard him exclaiming at something outside the plane window. Cauley quickly took off his seatbelt -- and suddenly, impact. The plane hit the icy waters of Lake Monona, breaking apart on contact. Cauley held onto his seat cushion for dear life. He heard Ronnie Caldwell, another bandmate, calling for help. By the time he got to Caldwell, the organist had already sunk below the surface. He heard Carl Cunningham, the band's drummer, yelling in the distance, but he was too far away. Already unable to swim well, Cauley had no choice but to swim to shore, using his seat as a flotation device. He was the sole survivor of the crash.
Saved for Later
Ads on social media involving shopping have never personally captured my attention. Usually, when I shop for something, I hear about a book, a movie, or a CD unavailable on streaming services and search for it on Amazon. I don't remember a single ad for a product that I've seen on social media, and I've certainly never bought a novelty item through one of those ads. Before a couple of weeks ago, the ads I usually clicked on weren't shopping ads. They were ads promoting an upcoming album or single from an artist. The strange part to all of this: I usually didn't click on them to listen to the song.