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The Waiting Game (Giant Sunglasses Not Included)

By ContributorJune 29, 2009
Sparkler thelionking has some creative ideas about how to pass time while you're waiting for your life to start (aka when you finally get your license.) Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Ah, summer.  That wondrous time of year when the birds are singing, school is out, and everybody... More  →

Lessons from a Dead Cat

By Joe_LynchJune 29, 2009
Last week my mom called me and started talking in that dreaded voice. It was uncomfortable, halting, distracted...the “someone just passed away” voice. That someone was the family cat, Chester. I'd known Chester since he was a fluffy, fits-in-the-palm-of-your-hand kitty. So to hear he was dead... More  →

How Not to Blow Your July Fourth Fireworks Viewing Experience

By Jeff_AlexanderJune 29, 2009
In just a short amount of time, you'll have your chance to see all the explosions your heart could desire. No, we're not talking about the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Next week is the Fourth of July, and we want to help you get the... More  →

Romeo & Juliet: A Bad Relationship Model?

By ContributorJune 29, 2009
Romeo, Romeo, how could you possibly fall so hard for that girl, Romeo?! In this post, Sparkler Etoile_Fille takes a closer look at what exactly constitutes the "love" between Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors When I read "Romeo and Juliet" for the first time a... More  →

Teachers Roam Free

By Katie_RolnickJune 29, 2009
Imagine this situation: You're hanging at the local pool, playing some cards and doing a nice job of keeping within eyeshot of the hot lifeguard, when a tall, dark shadow is cast on your pile of kings and queens. Nope, it's not a raincloud; it's... More  →

Blogging Twilight: Part 20

By Dan_BergsteinJune 26, 2009
Dan Bergstein is reading Twilight and blogging about it. Need to catch up? Previous posts are here. Need to join what is possibly the best Facebook group in history? Go here. Chapter Twenty-Two For about 400 pages, this novel was a bit boring.... More  →
Blogging Twilight: Part 20

Your Beach Problems, Solved

By Chris_DikenJune 26, 2009
Going to the beach is fun—in theory. In the days leading up to your trip, you’ll fondly anticipate swimming, tanning, and clandestinely checking out other beachgoers, plus subsequently judging those beachgoers who've decided to show a little more skin this year. (Here’s a tip: if... More  →

King of Pop, You Will Be Missed

By Kathryn_WilliamsJune 26, 2009
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you know that the world has lost a light. At 1:07 pm Pacific Time, following a heart attack, Michael Jackson left us for the big Neverland Ranch in the sky. Before... More  →

Cute Thing of the Week: It's Caption Time!

By Emily WinterJune 26, 2009
Well, hello, Baby Hedgehog! Sparklers, if this isn't caption-worthy, I don't know what is. If you're new to Cute Thing of the Week, let me give you some background. Two weeks ago, we asked Sparklers to write funny captions for Rocker Dog. Last week, there... More  →

Share Your Culture, Sparklers

By Matt_HunzikerJune 26, 2009

Last week’s post on world languages sparked (pun-tacular!) a great discussion about the different cultural backgrounds of you, our diverse multitudes of Sparklers. It was so interesting, in fact, that we’re back for more. We want to hear about what you do

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