My brother just kept on spitting out "come on, Maggie. I know you can do this". I couldn't help but believe him, so yet again, I climbed the ladder. I arrived at the top of the boathouse, and I crept across the black gravel laid out on the roof of the building. It was burning on my feet, since the gravel had absorbed the heat from the sun. Finally, I edged myself to the step up that was the edge. It was metal, so now it was scorching on my feet; even worse than the gravel. I stood there and felt my stomach fill with butterflies. I heard my brother and Daniel acting like typical monkeys and both were taunting me like monkeys--(oops! I mean brothers) do. They yelled things like "don't chicken out this time". It was Samantha and Mara who were cheering me on. I gawked at the rippling water, tightened the straps on my black and yellow life jacket, and shut my eyes tight. I began to dream of hitting the water and as i began to float away, i heard voices in the background slowly chanting: One for the money….. (the pause was endless), two for the show…. (I clenched my fists), three to get ready… (oh, god)… and four to….
The definition of the noun "place" is a particular position or point in space. It is thought generally that a place is a random location and in being random, it can appear to people that it lacks importance. The definition, however, indicates that a place is particular. This specifies that a "place" contains significance. However, the definition remains unsatisfying. The definition of the verb "place" is to put in a particular position. The issue with this definition is that place does not mean put. They are very different things. Typically a reader would skim by the word "particular", but without it, the definition is incorrect. Placing refers only to setting in a specific position. This is what sets it apart from the word "put". "Put" is a vague word. It appears, also, that this definition is unsatisfying. The derivatives of plac: "placebo", "placate", "implacable", and "placenta" clearly defy any means of the above definitions. Readers do not view these words falling under the definitions because they simply do not mean the same thing. "Plac" means a state of rightness. A placebo is used to help someone feel better. The reason placeboes work is because the subject feels that they are comfortable once the placebo has been taken. To placate is to make more comfortable and a true "place" is where one feels most comfortable. The English dictionary has simplified the word "place" so dramatically that it no longer applies to most of the words that derive from the word "place". This is why the word place truly means something else. If my definition is correct, then my own "place" should offer a perfect example of that definition.
Niagara Island is located on the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada within the "Thousand Islands." It is currently owned by Deming Pratt Holleran, who is my mother's aunt and my great aunt. Jack Wood, an American architect who had previously worked for Mussolini in the early 1930s, submitted the blue prints of Niagara to Mussolini and was rejected. Later, Mr. Wood met Sherman Pratt (my great-grandfather whose son also began Pratt Institute in New York) and asked him to build the house in Canada on an island he had recently purchased. It is on a thirteen acre island and the house is 4500 square feet. This island is used by our family and close friends. Mostly we use it for a summer home, but it has also been known to host some of the most stunning weddings, reunions and other special occasions. There are two core reasons "the island" is so extraordinary. One is because of its sheer beauty. And the second, is because the house doesn't fit in with its surroundings. It is beautiful because it provides anyone that visits, a sense of joy and serenity. This is hard to come by these days and especially sacred when it does comes along. The weather is almost always perfect in the summer...
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