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    Hello everyone! I really took my time with this crest and gave it a lot of thought. Here is the result: The Colors: The red shield on a white background, is meant to bring the Japanese flag to mind. My heritage is an intrinsic part of who I am, and I am very proud of it! The blue cross inside the shield represents Ravenclaw, my Hogwarts House. The golden banner represents the golden rule/motto that I try to live by. It will be further explained bellow. The Symbols: I researched a bit of heraldry in order to create this crest. The cross is actually St. Andrew's Cross, also known as Saltire. I chose it because it represents resolution. In this specific case, it's meant to symbolize a Ravenclaw's resolve to never stop learning. The swan in the middle of the shield is what I believe my Patronus would be. In real life, I have a small tattoo of a swan on my hip. The inspiration for it was the tale of the Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Andersen. Without going into too much detail about my personal life, it serves as a reminder that, no matter where you come from or what your childhood was like, you can always create a better, brighter, more beautiful future for yourself. (Fun Fact: Japan has serious issues with tattoos because of their association with the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. As such, my tattoo is an act of societal defiance, even if very private. It stays covered even at the beach). The background has three designs, which are meant to represent the three remaining Hogwarts Houses. The leaves represent the delicate and gentle nature of the Hufflepuffs; the sword and the axe symbolize the nerve and the bravery of the Gryffindors; and the crown portrays the ambition of the Slytherins. I included them because I believe that I have a little bit of every House within me. In my life, I strive to be as loyal, patient and hardworking as a Badger; as brave and adventurous as a Lion; and as resourceful as a Snake. I opted to leave these designs uncolored because, even though I embody some of the traits of each House, they quite literally pale in comparison to my most dominant Japanese values and Ravenclaw qualities. The Motto: The golden motto by which I live my life is Wabi-Sabi (侘寂). This is a Japanese word which designates a very particular way of living, which focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life, as well as peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. I hope you had as much fun reading about my crest as I had making it!
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    An epic great job by the GQT today. Though we lost , we got a combined 7 goals from our two captains and several key blocks! Go LIONS! Fighting for Red and Gold!
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    EXTRA EXCITING GQT NEWS (Part 2)!! Patrick James has agreed to be the GQT Co-Captain!! Congrats Pat!!!!! :D
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    Exciting GQT news (Part 1)!! During the GQT vs RQT game, we scored 80 points! We're making fantastic progress this year, so be sure to come out and support the GQT vs HQT next Saturday, 19 March 18, at 9 pm HOL (4 pm EST)!!!
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    Innocent, but I've had some near misses. Has re-read a book multiple times (excluding Harry Potter)?
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    The easiest way to help out your house and show your lion’s pride is to earn points! There are lots of ways you can do this so you’re bound to find some that play to your strengths. In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the regular point earning opportunities available to you. Whenever a new one opens up throughout the Autumn Term, I’ll post it as a reply so keep checking back! The first and most obvious is to take part in classes. Most classes will give you the chance to earn 60 points a month through homework and extra credit. If you take several classes (even if you don’t have the time for the maximum of 5 every term), those 60 points soon mount up to quite a tidy haul. Class sign-up opened on September 1st 2017 so remember to put your name down for the classes that interest you and get sending in that homework! (It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the individual assignment deadlines so that you don’t run out of time or put too much pressure on yourself) The next are the creative projects offered by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, have a look at current and past projects, as well as keeping an eye open for new ones. Finally there are the house newspapers. These are a great chance to earn plenty of points by writing about what interests you. If articles and reviews aren’t your thing, most also offer creative prompts and even the chance to submit your own puzzles, recipes, graphics and many other things. All of them have different windows for submitting so be sure to check The Great Hall on the Hol Forum and the Common Rooms for announcements from the editors of each (I’ll be doing my best to keep you clued up about the deadlines for all of them here too). The most important thing to remember is that whenever you have some spare time to get journalistic, you’re almost certain to find a home for what you come up with. Visit our own Paw Print: http://pp.gryff.net/ Slytherin’s SerpenTimes: http://holserpentimes.weebly.com/ Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam: http://altesententiam.weebly.com/ And Hufflepuff’s Wizarding Times: http://padfootsportkey.us/Wizarding-Times Throughout the term, there will be unique and exciting activities to take part in which will give you the chance to earn points along the way. Remember to check my replies to this thread for announcements and reminders about anything that might be occurring!
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    HOL is hoisting the mainsail and taking to the seas for a school-wide game of Battle Ship. There are plenty of points to be earned so be sure to check out the 'Battle Ships' section of the main forum for details. Don't worry if you don't have a team, you can sign up as an individual and be matched with a crew. Deadline for Sign-ups: January 4th The Serpentimes is still open for submissions so curl up with your keyboard and get writing on the theme of hibernation (or anything else you feel like contributing, of course). Remember their exclusives are a fun, easy way to snag some extra points. Deadline: 15th January Quick Update: As of this morning, there were 3 Gryffs in the top 10 of the point Earners list, Keep up the amazing work you guys!
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    A massive congratulations to Amanda for the hard work that led her to be crowned Mx Gryffindor. You did the house proud!
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    Care to earn some points for the house and have fun? Make sure to sign up for Mx HOL!
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    Happy Birthday, Missa!! :D Hope it is very purple!!
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    Wishing our very own PiC, Kim Alting, a truly amazing Birthday! I hope it’s magical ;)
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    The Gryff Paw Print is now accepting submissions for the next edition. Head over the the Quivering Quill for more info!
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    Finalists for the Paw Print Contest are currently being chosen. Stay tuned for more information in the next couple of days!
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    Heck. I would be a companion of one of the founders. Maybe the one who started up the Care of Magical Creatures. *nods* That's a picture of me in one of the portraits, screaming advice and encouragement! \o/
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    NEW CONTEST! A new contest is up for you all. Go to the Quivering Quill to check out how you can help rename some stuff in the Paw Print!
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    Class sign-ups are open, go go go! Learn, have fun, earn points: let's show everyone what lions are truly made of this year!
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    So many great classes to choose from! I narrowed it down to five, but I really, really hope all my favorites are offered again, cause I really want to take some of the unchosen next term. The History of Witchcraft The Her in Hero Beyond Hogwarts Confronting your Boggart Famous Witches and Wizards in History Especially Gail and Prof. Zenix, please, offer your classes next term. <___<
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    Top Ten Things Reggy Has to Bring Besides School Things: 1) My little spider plant that I’ve had for a few years now. 2) The many notebooks and journals where I’ve jotted down ideas and notes. Not taking those would be like not taking my brain! 3) A host of bracelets, mostly of wood, leather, and stones like agate, jasper, and tiger’s eye. I pretty much always have at least one of these on my wrist. 4) The Charmander plush I always sleep with. 5) Comfy sweaters and hoodies for chilling in the dorms and common room are a must! 6) Whatever couple of books are at the top of my reading list at the time. 7) My favorite mug, a large and sturdy one, for coffee. Because I know I’ll need it, haha...! 8) My favorite Muggle CDs, and... 9) ...A Muggle CD player. I swear that this year, I’m going to find a way to charm it so it’ll play. 10) The board game Betrayal at House on the Hill, for when autumn rolls around and I feel decidedly more spooky.
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    Absolutely loving the CR's makeover! Thank you Dario, just don't forget to put the sledge hammer and wrecking ball safely away, will you? ;)
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    Bravery can be standing up for something you believe in, protecting someone or protecting yourself, or continuing to go on through life even when it feels like life has no meaning anymore or that you don't deserve it. Bravery to some people is stepping out on a stage in front of an audience of over 2000 people and dancing like there's no one else in the room. Bravery can be admitting that you made a mistake. These are all things I have experienced in one way or another, myself or through someone else. One thing I also had to learn is that bravery can also mean just being yourself in a world that tries to make people conform to a type or an ideal. It's really hard to go out everyday and be different and have no desire to be like everyone else when society is telling me that I should be this or I should be that or I should look a certain way or do certain things just to be accepted. Brave is taking my hand and pushing all of that aside and saying, "That's nice, but I think I'm going to just be me today because I'm kind of awesome and that's good enough."
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    Brave is one of those words that can have so many different meanings to many different people. People who can show emotion and openly shed a tear are tremendously brave to me. Those people who are unafraid to show emotion, to allow themselves to be vulnerable are immensely brave. People who stand up for what they believe, for what they believe is right, even though most of the world may disagree with them. People who take that leap even though they may fall. Those people are brave to me.
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    Wanting something to do after you finish the latest Beedle the Bard challenge? Come to the Sett! We're playing with Fantastic Beasts there. :)
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    I'm still looking for that one quote, but found another which I'd written up which I like just as much. From Catching Fire by Suzanne Collinson (page 118) "Life in District 12 isn't really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it." ***edit*** and look what I found - This has been said in many ways, by many people. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~ "Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision." ~ Winston S. Churchill Courage is being yourself everyday in a world that tells you to be someone else. Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear." - Mark Twain "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~ Winston Churchill "When the warrior within you awakens, you will no longer fear death. You'll realize that a person can kill your body, but they can never kill your soul." ~Lonewolf