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October 29, 2013

Figure Skating: 11th Annual ISI Open Skating Competition 2013

DSC00064Figure Skating: 11th Annual ISI Open Skating Competition 2013

Feature Article: by Lily Adeline Rockwood

Saturday was my first ISI figure skating competition. It was exciting, and also a little scary at the same time. I competed against three other girls. I only knew one of them, her name is Kelly. She is a really good skater.  As we were getting ready for our performances, Kelly was a really great encouragement to me. She kept telling me that I looked really pretty, or that she knew that I would do well. I really appreciated that, because I was pretty nervous. We both did well I think.

While I was waiting for it to be my turn to skate, my friend Ella and I went up-stairs, and did my makeup. It was fun! She is talented at doing costume makeup. We always have to wear a lot of makeup during performances so our faces can be seen by the judges under the lights from far away.  It looked really good when she was done, and I got lots of compliments on it.

When it was about twenty minutes until I had to get on the ice for warm up, I ran down stairs, grabbed my skates, put them on, and found Ellen, my instructor. She helped me stretch and warm up off the ice. Warming up is important so when you get on the ice, your jumps and spins are at their best.  Also, the ice is really cold, so it helps to have everything already moving by the time you get there.

When I got on the ice to perform, it kind of felt like the world was revolving around me. It was a good feeling. The music I chose was “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.  They played it louder than I expected them to, but I felt like my jumps were higher than they usually are.  Over all, this performance was the best I have ever done, so far!  I got fourth place!

You can see Lily’s routine here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hGGDxHKYM

Making progress!

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September 8, 2013

A Man From Another Era

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Fashion Special: By Angela Rockwood

Troy loves to dress up.  It’s funny.  Everyone always thinks I’m the creative one, but he’s the one with all the big ideas when it comes to dressing up.   Maybe it’s just that he’s braver than I am.  Troy is a social skippy bunny.  He is unafraid of anyone or anything.  He isn’t afraid of what they think either.  He isn’t bold, he’s just oblivious to things like mortal danger and fashion faux pas.  I think that’s how he always comes off looking so perfect.  He makes me bold.

Last night he was Mr. 1973.  We went to a dance, dressed in the era we were born. Troy looked great.  He is timeless.  He can appear at home and comfortable in any era.

When we met, he was Mr. 1980-something, pegged pants, button shirt, closed to the neck.  Yep, even the top button– and don’t forget the high-top converse shoes.  Yikes. It took us years to get him to loosen that top button. He likes what he likes.

The funny thing is, we were looking through his closet and his costume isn’t actually a costume, these are his real clothes.  Red corduroys.  He wears them.  He passed up the turquoise skinny jean cut corduroys this time.  Dodged a bullet maybe on that one.  The glasses and hair are all the costume he needed.

The voyage into facial hair options has opened whole new vistas to his sense of time and style.  He spent several years experimenting on “The Quest For Every Beard Type”.  More than once, Mr. 1890 has gleefully stepped out of the master bathroom wanting a kiss.

The music he listens to?  All of it.  He loves all music.  Old, new, classic, pop, instrumental.

The tech he plays with? He is a computational physicist, working on cutting edge technology.   He worked for the company that designed the internet.  He had email when I was still faxing letters home to my parents.  I was listening to cassette tapes while he was on mp3 audio books– yet he still writes love notes on old IBM punch cards.

He is a Man from Another Era.  Any era.  It’s all there.  He fits.

If souls are eternal, that would explain it.  The rest is just dressing on the cake.

May 22, 2013

Dancing On Ice– My First Solo Routine Ice Recital

Dancing On Ice– My First Solo Routine Ice Recital

By Lily Adeline Rockwood

On May 5th, I had my figure skating recital. I skated to the song “River Flows in You” By Yiruma. It is a beautiful piano song that you can do just about any dance to. This song is one that my sister learned on the piano and it inspired me.  It’s so graceful and beautiful, you just want to skate to it.  “A River Flows in You” has two different beats to it. One beat is moderately slow, the other is just a little quicker. I paced my routine somewhere in the middle, not too slow, not too fast.

While I was skating, it felt as if the world was revolving around me. It felt as if all I could do was listen to my music and skate. It was like being in another world.  I felt like I was flying.

When I first got on the ice I was a little scared and was hoping that I would not fall or mess up. I did go a little fast for the music but I fixed that by adding in another jump right before the end. I had already practiced it that way before just in case that same thing happened. Personally I think it is better with the jump added in.

Throughout the time I was on the ice I could hear my friends and family cheering, yelling my name, and encouraging me. My friends the Pomars came. They have always been a great encouragement with my skating. They sometimes go and play hockey on Fridays at the hockey rink while I am on the other side practicing my routines on the figure skating ice.  It’s fun to see friends here.

I had several friends that also came. They said afterwards that I did really well. That made me feel good.

At the end of my song I rushed out of the rink so that I could say hello to everyone. We took a few pictures and talked for a little bit.  That was nice.

Today was my best performance to date.  Even though my routine was only a minute and a half long, I was able to fit in three jumps and a couple of twirls!  One year ago, I couldn’t do any jumps or twirls at all.  I’m excited to make so much progress in one year.  I think ice skating is a beautiful art.  My goal is to be an Olympic figure skater. 

I hope that at my next recital I will be able to perform even better than I did this time. Until then, the practice must go on!  

 “A River Flows in You” by Yiruma