A Tail of Three Kittens: Live Photo Collection (Video)

Since last August, I’ve been sharing countless stories and pictures from our adventures with our three kittens who live in our backyard. And pictures give a great view of the lives of our cats, but with Apple’s Live Photo feature, I had the idea to take such a perspective to an additional level.

I’ve compiled a video using the live versions of some of my favorite photos, put it to some pleasing music, and uploaded it to 12 and Beyond’s YouTube Channel for you to view.

Click on the image to watch:

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In Tune: The Les Misérables Collection

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Les Misérables has held a tremendous presence in my life over the past several months, and the experience was incredible. As a member of the pit orchestra for my school’s production of Les Miserables, we held our finale performance this past weekend.

One of the things I loved most about the pit was being able to play and listen to every song in the soundtrack (all 2 1/2 hours of it), an advantage you usually don’t get in the cast. Within the music, there were plenty of defining moments (usually in the main melodies) where I found so much confidence and triumph, and would get very expressive and joyous in my playing. That feeling was amazing.

And even then, I could really appreciate playing the smaller melodies that serve as the backbone of the play, especially with the accompanying vocals (which were phenomenal). The soundtrack as a whole is wonderful.

So, I’ve chosen a few of my favorite songs from the play, all for various reasons. Here they are:

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Proof Concepts: Definitions | It All Adds Up

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Today, we’ll discuss a concept found in proofs of all kinds. Definitions can be used to identify almost any aspect of geometry, and constitute an important step in solving a proof.

But first, some necessary background information:

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Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 | In Tune

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I’ve always had a love for music- whether it be the repetitive, over-played pop music on the radio, or the soothing piano melodies that I listen to at night, but especially for the tunes that I can play myself. I have been playing both the piano and viola, and have a tremendous appreciation and love for both instruments.

However, while I enjoy playing classical melodies on my own instruments, I’ve never really taken a moment to step back, listen, and admire the beauty the genre is. That is, until I met my best friend, Liam.

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Finding Inspiration

landscape tree water nature wilderness mountain meadow lake mountain range pond reflection autumn park blue reservoir body of water sunny mountains alps loch atmospheric phenomenon mountainous landformsLast April, after purchasing my new laptop, my mom, who is a writer, and I purchased the app Scrivener. It’s truly worked wonders in allowing for her to prepare a manuscript.

I, however, haven’t gotten as much use as I have wanted to, and that’s due to one factor: I’m waiting for inspiration.

Inspiration happens all the time, especially for me. Every day, for example, I’m inspired by the writing pieces I read. They might lead me to write a new book review, or simply provide a new Word of the Day. Each month, when I write a special edition, new ideas come to mind as far as what beyond my education I can explore. Our backyard kittens, for example, inspired not only a new series, but inspired us to care about and interact with an animal species in ways we could never have hoped to before.

Perhaps one of my greatest sources of inspiration was my Cross Country trip this past June. It was a life-changing experience, and I really got to observe the beauty of our country and the culture, nature, and landmarks within. It inspired a whole slew of posts thereafter, but also inspired me to gain a new perspective on the way I thought of our country, which I wrote about in this special edition.

As you can see, inspiration occurs to me every day. But for something as large as a novel, it has to be just the right idea. Once you find the right base for a story, that’s where all the smaller ideas can come into play. I’ve jotted down several smaller ideas, but none have come across as just the right one. And I’m okay with that.

Last Spring, I wrote about how I would strive to begin a novel over the next year. I’m still waiting for the right time, but that time will come soon enough. And I’ll keep you updated when it does. For now, I still have so many little inspirations to build off of, those that fuel my favorite content on 12 and Beyond.

I have yet so much content to release, and I look forward to continuing to share my story.  The next two months will be very exciting, as I have multiple special posts (especially in April) and a video planned that I can’t wait to release.

Finding inspiration isn’t easy or hard- it comes across in the smallest (or largest) of ways, and you never know when the right idea will hit you. I’m still waiting. 🤓👏



12 and Beyond’s Gallery: Now Open

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12 and Beyond’s new Gallery, a collection of my best work, is now open. Through a new, organized, and streamlined design, you have easy access to discover your next great read. Click here, or visit the Gallery page at the top of the blog, to visit my Gallery.

12 and Beyond has become a representation of myself as a whole, and I hope you’ll enjoy my collection of both my favorite and my best written posts, including Travel blogs, opinion pieces, and book reviews, as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Thank you,


A Tail of Three Kittens Winter Update

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Our kittens, miraculously, are surviving the cold. Each day, they continue to venture out into the snow-flooded landscape that is our backyard, and return countless times throughout the day for a meal. It’s hard to believe how much food our kittens eat. Mac and Callie have evidently thinned, but still look healthy (and just as cute) overall. Goldie even returns at night on occasion.

See, when the last edition was published, our kittens had only had to accommodate to a few inches- not a few feet, like we experienced at one point, where our kittens were absent for several days until the snow lessened. As of now, it looks like they’ll stand to live another year, and just might bring another litter of kittens for us to enjoy.

This post will be different that those previous- instead of providing journal entries in chronological order, I’ve put together a photo gallery, and each photo contains a caption. For the near future, I’m going to be continuing seasonal updates (the next one releases in April), though I have a special video post planned for late February / early March. All of this is subject to change. But for now, of course, please enjoy.

Click on the photos above to zoom in and read more of the description.

Thanks so much for reading! Stay tuned for the next edition, as we approach Mac’s first birthday, and share our latest adventures as our kittens adapt to Spring.


Negating the Passé Composé & More | French Connection

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In the past, we’ve touched upon the passé using the verb avoir and être, but today, we’ll tie each of those concepts together by negating each kind, and discuss more regarding être in terms of the verbs that require être. Then, we’ll discuss several new vocabulary words.

Let’s get started.

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