Don’t Let Me Go – A Review


Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble   

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 This is the story of a gay teen, Nate, who forces himself to say goodbye to the love of his life when his boyfriend, Adam, takes on a position at an off-Broadway theater far away from the town they grew up in. Adam moves in with roommates, and suddenly doesn’t have the time to talk to Nate as much as he used to. Nate gets jealous when Adam’s naked roommate keeps walking into their Skype conversation and touching Adam, making references to things that might or might not have happened.

 Lots of emotion is flung around in this novel. Nate makes new friends, and attempts to gain a new boyfriend, even though he can’t get Adam out of his head. I truly enjoyed this story for the real raw emotions it portrayed. There were a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but it was all worth it for the happy ending. If you like reading gay romance novels, I would highly recommend this well written novel! Plus, there’s a playlist at the very end if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

FREE Practice SAT Exam Offerings!


Find your local library branch below and attend a FREE Pratice SAT Exam from Princeton Review. Please be advised that you need to sign up in advance through their website: www.princetonreview.com/events in order to attend any of these events.

Copley:                 April 28              12-4pm

South Boston:     March 3             10-2:00 pm

East Boston:        March 10             9:30-1:30

Grove Hall:           March 10             10-2:00 pm

Hyde Park:           March 24             10-2:00 pm

Mattapan:            March 24             10-2:00 pm

Dudley:                  March 31             10-2:00 pm

South End:           March 31             9:30-1:30

Jamaica Plain:      March 31             9:30-1:30

For the exact location and directions to these branches of the Boston Public Library, check our website here: http://www.bpl.org/general/hours.htm 

 

The Benefits of Drinking Water


 WATER is the best thing you can drink. We all know this. But do you know some of the specifics as to why it’s better than soda, or even Gatorade? Here are a few details that might help make it all make sense:

Water is a great stress reducer! It will ease tension, give you more energy, slow your breathing, and reduce strain on your heart. When you’re dehydrated, the effects of stress are greatly increased. Drink water throughout the day and you won’t feel fuzzy in the brain, your headache and tense muscles will both ease up as well.

Yes, drinking water helps to reduce weight.   When you’re dehydrated, your body is not working at maxim efficiency. But when you’re not dehydrated, your body is enhancing digestion and muscle function while you excercise, both of which help you loose more weight in a safe, natural way.

Water can help you stay healthy! Your mucous membranes help to keep germs and other nastiness out of your body. Keeping yourself hydrated keeps those membranes working like a well-oiled machine, and thus, keeping the nasties out of your body, such as a cold or flu. If you should get sick, drinking water will reduce the severity of your illness, getting you back on your feet a lot sooner than without.

Remember what I just said about keeping your mucous membranes in top working order? When you’re on an airplane you’re in close proximity to a lot of people and a lot of germs, along with dry air, making you more likely to get sick. But again, drinking water keeps those bugs at bay, even on an airplane.

Body temperature out of whack? Drink water! Drinking water on a cool day will bring your temperature up and drinking it on a warm day will cool you off. The hypothalamus in the brain is what helps your body to determine whether you should be sweating to get cool or shivering to stay warm, but it won’t work as well as it should if you’re dehydrated. Many people drink less water in the winter because they don’t think they need it. The truth is, you do. And it doesn’t matter what your age is, where you live, what the weather is, what you ate for breakfast, or whether or not you did your homework last night, dehydration affects everyone. So drink your water and keep your body at the perfect temperature it should be year round.

Are you thinking of giving blood any time soon? Drink two glasses of water right before you do and you’ll lower the chance of fainting afterward. The Red Cross wants you to have a good experience giving blood so that you’ll return again and again. But when people faint, they’re likely to call it a day and never return. So drink your water and  visit the Red Cross the next time you get a chance.

Don’t you think those are more than enough reasons to drink water on a regular basis? Here are a few water drinking tips to help you keep it up:

When you’re flying, bring an empty bottle with you and refill it once you get past airport security. Make yourself the goal of finishing it before you land at your destination, and don’t hesitate to ask the flight attendant for refills while you’re in the air.

 Start swapping out one soda, cup of coffee, or high-calorie hot chocolate a day with an equal amount of water. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go so you don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Of course, drink more when you’re physically active, whether in water, snow, or any weather condition.

Dehydration can occur at night while you’re sound asleep. Sure, you can’t do anything about it while it’s happening, but you can drink a glass of water when you get up every morning. By doing so, you’ll also give yourself a bit of an energy boost, and who doesn’t need that in the morning? If you are the type to wake up in the night, keep a bottle of water by your bedside or a cup next to the bathroom sink.

NOTE: If you do put a bottle of water by your bed every night, or carry one around with you during the day, invest in a reusable stainless steel water bottle. Why? Because it takes up to 1,000 YEARS for disposable plastic water bottles to decompose. Also, 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year; enough if laid end-to-end to circle the globe 150 times… EVERY YEAR!

Approximately 25% of bottled water is actually municipal water (ie tap water) that has been treated and packaged in disposable plastic bottles. Think about it, what makes that different than your own, much cheaper water, right out of the kitchen sink? Save money and the planet by using a reusable water bottle.

Stainless Steel is tough stuff. Unlike aluminum bottles, it resists denting to a higher level and thus, lasts that much longer. It’s also dishwasher safe, so you can be as lazy as you want if you don’t like to hand wash your dishes. Stainless steel is impermeable, which means it does not retain any odors or flavors from anything that is put in it. These are great for hot or cold drinks as they do not change shape due to change in temperature, and stainless steel is great for holding food items too.

Why is stainless steel better for your health? Let’s compare it to plastic and aluminum, the common materials used in water bottles. Many popular, inexpensive plastic water bottles contain BPA (Bisphenol-A), and studies have shown that this substance has cancer causing tendencies. Raw or uncoated aluminum food service products have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease so virtually all aluminum bottle vendors line their bottles to minimize this risk. But liners have a habit of flaking or cracking off, leaving you with the plain aluminum underneath. Those linings are also “Flavor Savors” which hold strong flavors that can’t be washed out. Meanwhile, the steel used for making stainless steel bottles is safe and does not emit any toxic substances as bottles made out of plastic and aluminum do. It does not need to be lined with anything either. It’s perfectly safe, perfectly durable, and they aren’t that expensive. Why choose anything else?

  
The information posted here originated from this Yahoo! article: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/5-best-reasons-drink-water#0

And these other websites:

http://www.purastainless.com/about/yourbottle.php

http://www.thegreenlivingexpert.com/stainless-steel-water-bottles.html

Benefits of Stainless Steel Water Bottle By

Magic Johnson and Rappers Against Homophobia


GLAAD, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, reported today that Magic Johnson is teaming up with Rappers and Hip Hop stars to use their voices, their songs to speak against Homophobia and a fear of HIV/AIDS. Here’s what Johnson had to say on the matter:

 “What we’re trying to do is reach out to the hip-hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing. I have a lot of friends in that industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere. They can make a difference right away by speaking out, because they have a big fan base.

So we’re finding out that a lot of them want to be involved; they’re just looking for a group like ours to latch onto and be a part of it. We haven’t really had any push-back from the hip-hop community.”

There will be a press conference later this year when Johnson plans to reveal who all will be joining him in this venture.

Seriously, guys, how cool is that? I’d say that’s very cool. Let’s hope he can get a LOT of star power to back him up.

To read the article as posted on GLAAD’s website, here’s the link: http://www.glaad.org/blog/magic-johnson-teams-rappers-address-homophobia-hip-hop

Hark! A Vagrant – Book Review


Who knew you could learn some History while reading comics. In Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, that’s exactly what you experience.  Sure, you’re thinking, learning while reading comics? I think I’ll skip this one.  But trust me when I tell you that this book will have you laughing out loud.  Beaton leaves no moment of History untouched with her witty comic strips; which range from history to literature to just plain random and hilarious observations. For example did you ever wonder how to spot a wise owl? Well obviously it’s the one with a beard.

I’ll admit though, there were moments were I had no idea who she was referring to in certain comics, but a quick browse through Wikipedia and I knew exactly who that person was and look at that, I learned something new. Sneaky Beaton! The author also adds some commentary to explain why she created certain comics, and at times a little brief description of the historical person she is referring to in her comic.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading comics, but also those who enjoy their history with a side of humor.

To get a taste of what’s in the book, you can visit Beaton’s website where she posts comics frequently.

Hark! A Vagrant

The Last Herald Mage – A Review


This is the fantasy/gay romance trilogy by Mercedes Lackey which begins with the book Magic’s Pawn, which I’ve previously reviewed here. All three books contained in this large, single volume are these: Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price.  Now that I’ve finished all three books, I cannot speak highly enough of all three. Mercedes Lackey is one heck of an amazing author. All three books deal with many serious issues (such as rape, death of a loved one, suicide, and others) in a straightforward way. Some issues can be hard to deal with in a real life setting, and she shows just how hard they can be even in a magical place. Yet, at the same time, you won’t find these books hard to read. The characters are easily relatable, and most of the magic is easily understood. Here, there are no wands or Harry Potter-like magic. Within the world, the magic used is commonly referred to as “mind magic”. Hard to explain, but once you read it, it makes perfect sense.

This trilogy is roughly twenty years old now, but it’s no worse for the passage of time. If you enjoy fantasy books and like gay romance, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Hands down.

Congratulations to the Checkers Tournament Winners!


Wyclef Murat, Djosir Jor and Chedelyn Alexandre

The Checkers Tournament over at Mattapan was last night! Did you miss it? Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to have another one in the coming months!

But let’s congratulate Chedelyn Alexandre for being the grand prize winner of a new iPod shuffle!  Wyclef Murat and Djosir Jor came in close and managed to place in second and third place, respectively.

We want to thank all the other teens who also competed:

Christ, Kayden, Antonio, Ramsey Julmice, Enrique Espino, Johnae Johnson, Duckerson Pierre, Guy, Kepler, Maico Maisonneuve, Neida, Rosa Rodriguez, Zykeya Briddell, Abigale Parry, Rajai Edwards, Cristian Beato, Ricky Spiff, and Stanley Elie.

Make sure to keep practicing and be on the look out for the next tournament!