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Latino Washed

Latino Washed

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This is my imitative memoir for my 10th grade English class, based on stories about my family, Scottish culture and growing up in a not so good city in California

This is my imitative memoir for my 10th grade English class, based on stories about my family, Scottish culture and growing up in a not so good city in California

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Published by: Colin on Jan 11, 2013
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Colin McInnisEnglish A1
Latino Washed
Imitative MemoirBy Colin McInnis
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Robert Burns
My Heart's in the Highlands.
Colin McInnisEnglish A1
The Monster of River Ness
All men know of her by the sound of her name. The tourists flock to see her, my familystanding back in the house. All highlanders know Nessie will not come out for thousands to see.
My family‟s farm was a week‟s walk from Loch Ness, but we know the legend
. They wouldwalk, we would walk, to see friends on the waters. To visit friends and sell the harvest to thePicts. We would sit on the beach and swim amongst the waters, while our parents went to see themerchant. The Picts came down from the river Clyde, for they knew the powers of the Loch.They knew the tongue though, and soon were swimming and playing amongst us.The Pagans talked about the demons coming loose on the earth when the gods weredispleased, but never had we seen one before. The beast rose up from the Loch
‟s river 
, the water jumping aside as it emerged from wherever Hell it had came from. The man must havecommited awful acts in his life for he was pulled under the waters. When he came up we saw theextent of the demons wrath upon his corpse. The men took a boat out and retrieved the body.They began to prepare the burial ceremony for the man and mourners went to find the family andtell the news. Mother came back to us, as women were not allowed at the funeral. We wereshooed into the inn with the women and children,but we snuck out the back and hid amongst thereeds.The Picts ran as we buried our man. The devils work was too much for them. But theyreturned with an Irish monk amongst them. He named himself Columba and joined the funeral.
The man‟s family lowered his body and words were said. But the Irishman went to his follower 
and sent him across the river to see if he could make the beast return. Some little ones fled at
Colin McInnisEnglish A1
this, for they knew the demon would return. The hell-spawn rose again, but the Monk steppedforward into the waters. The sounds he spoke rolled off the cliffs, around the loch and wereswept through the breeze. The man formed a cross with his hands and we knew power was to be
seen. He commanded “Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once.” And we saw the
power of God banish the demon from where it was. We praised Columba, and the Picts rejoicedat the miracle at hand. The man who caused the beast to flee in terror, at the power of God! Wecelebrated the wonders of God and Saint Columba.Many years have passed since that day, and never has the monster bothered anyone elseagain. From time to time people see the beast emerge from the surface of the Loch, its long neck 
and scaled face, unlike any animal in God‟s creation. It‟s almost as if the beast is trapped insidethe Loch, unable to escape. As if some mysterious power was keeping it from exiting the river…

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Natalia Carbajal added this note
Your last story is inspiring. I didn't really understand the title of your pieces until I got to the end though. I liked the piece about your grandfather and the way you described what happened. One thing I would have liked was for you to take English 1A out of the header.
Daisy Sanchez added this note
recently had the good fortune of reading your stories regarding your personal life . It was well-written and contained sound, practical advice. In fact, I have already benefited from your discussion about achieving goals. You pointed out several things that I will remember for years to come. I look forward to reading your next informative work.
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