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Cow Finds Beef at Sherry’s Bridge Street Vegan Café

Bogel fiction cowSHELBURNE FALLS—On Saturday, Sept. 12, 2034, a cow was having a nice meal at Sherry’s Vegan Café on Bridge Street when he had to go to the bathroom.

“I directed him to the hall and told him to take the first door on the left,” waiter Wren Savoy told the press. “I forgot cows don’t know their left and right.”

Owner Sherry Anderson added, “He must have taken the first door on the right, which leads to the freezers.”

And in those freezers he made a grisly discovery: beef.

The cow was shocked by that discovery and now says he plans to sue the café for false advertising.

Health Department head Andrew Parkhull, who later inspected the café, told reporters, “We also found shrimp and several expired chicken breasts inside. We tend to agree with the cow that the café at least appears dishonest.”

According to Anderson, the beef might have been hanging in the freezer because of employee error.

“It might have been one of my interns. They seem very secretive lately,” she told the Bugle.

According to the café’s attorney, Stephen Schmitt, “the cow has the right to sue the company for $20,000.85, but first this will have to be taken to court.”

Judging from the aggravated way the cow said “Moo!” we think he is quite angry at this restaurant, reported Sharon Brown, a local cow language director.

Store owners everywhere said they are appalled by what appears to be dishonest business practices, as the café promises “There is never any beef on our premises.”

“We agree this is making a bad reputation for all our town restaurants, so we will have to straighten this out,” said Tom from Tom’s Seafood by the Sea. “We plan to further investigate this and get our reputation back to normal.”

The cow’s favorite food at Sherry’s reportedly is tomato soup and Caesar salad. He said through an interpreter that he is so appalled at what he found that he swears to never eat those foods again.

The cow’s farmer told reporters, “He seems very disappointed that they let him believe they were actually vegan.”

If you have any inside information on this case, please call the Health Department at 555-3657.

— By Ainsley Bogel and Eliza Bogel for the Greenfield “Bugle.”


 

Ainsley Bogel, left, and her sister, Eliza, pursued a moo-ving story touching on business news.
Ainsley Bogel, left, and her sister, Eliza, jointly pursued a fast-moo-ving story touching on the business community.

The best and worst parts of being a twin; don’t sweat hand-me-downs — try to appreciate what you have

Classmate Diana Yaseen looks on as sisters Ainsley (center) and Eliza Bogel demonstrate their “twin telepathy” on the set of Flow TV at Falls Cable on Sept. 21, 2015.
Classmate Diana Yaseen looks on as sisters Ainsley (center) and Eliza Bogel demonstrate their “twin telepathy” on the set of Flow TV at Falls Cable on Sept. 21, 2015.

Sibling logoDear Ainsley: I think it’s cool that you and Eliza are twins. I can tell you apart so easy so I don’t know why people say you can almost never tell twins apart. What is the best thing about being a twin and what is the worst? Eliza can answer too. I think you and Eliza are both awesome equally but for different reasons. I have a sibling but we are not twins. — Curious Kid

Dear Curious Kid: The best part about being a twin is that you always have someone to chat and play with. There are some bad parts too, like having to share a bedroom and almost never getting some time completely alone. There are many ups and downs to being a twin but overall I’m glad I’m a twin.

Here’s what Eliza says: “The best part of being a twin is that you can fool people and make them think that you are the other twin. The worst part is pretty much the same thing Ainsley said.”

— Your friend, Ainsley


Dear Ainsley: I have an older sister who gets the best clothes, the best everything. And when she outgrows something it’s passed on to me, even my bike. I don’t want to have her hand-me-downs. I want my own new things. How can I get my parents to understand and support me in this? — I Am My Own Person!

Dear I Am My Own Person: You have a good point when you say it is fun to have your own clothes but I also think you should be happy for what you have. Talk with your parents about getting some of your own items but also keep some of your sister’s things that are in good shape and that you don’t mind wearing or using. That way everyone’s happy. I hope this helps!

— Your friend,  Ainsley

What to do when your older siblings are rude to you

Sibling logoDEAR AINSLEY: I am the youngest of three sisters. The other two are teenagers, and they seem to treat me like I don’t exist. They are really good friends with each other but basically ignore me most of the time and are even kind of rude. My mom says it’s natural. This really hurts my feelings because, well, for obvious reasons. What would you suggest? — Left Behind

DEAR LEFT BEHIND:  Find an activity or hobby that you and your sisters like and try to bond through that. Also, if they keep being rude to you, you should tell them that you don’t like how they are treating you. If that doesn’t work, talk to your parents about how it really hurts you and how they won’t stop.

I checked with school counselor Jana Standish to get her opinion. She agreed with me:

“It’s kind of normal but it sure doesn’t feel good. How about if that girl makes sure her friend connections are really good and gets herself invited over to friends’ houses. Having some activities to do always helps,” Ms. Standish said.

She also suggested your mom sit down with you and your sisters and have a talk. Meet with one sister at a time — only one at a time, Ms. Standish said, to keep the power situation even — and use an “I feel” statement. “I feel really sad when you call me names.”

If you need further help, Ms. Standish said, you can ask your mom.
She added: “Maybe once in a while they can take her along with them or do an activity together for a short period of time. A game or an activity for a few minutes.

“Here’s the deal with siblings,” she said. “It can be really rough at times. But when the chips are down and somebody really, really needs help or somebody’s hurt, siblings are almost always there for each other. Siblings often — not always — but often end up being really good friends.”

I hope your sisters start treating you better!
Your friend, Ainsley


Ainsley Bogel tackles sibling/family strife issues for the Flow. Ask her your pressing question at advice@bseflow.com.

 

Help clingy siblings make their own friends

Sibling logoDear Ainsley: I have a younger brother. He should have his own friends and interests but he’s always trying to take over when my friends are over, and my parents just let him. Even though I love him I can’t get away from him and he’s driving me nuts! What do you think? — Annoyed in Fifth Grade

Dear Annoyed: Whenever Eliza and I get annoyed at each other because of space we get together as a family and discuss a schedule for where we’ll be in the day. I think that might work for you too.

As for the issue of the friends, you should try and encourage your brother to make friends and hang out with them and not yours. You could also give him tips on making friends. If you’re new to the school, you can tell him to go up and introduce himself to that person and they might get off to a good start and become friends.
It may be that your brother feels shy without you or thinks of you as a role model and doesn’t know what to do without you. That might change as he grows up and he’ll be better at making his own friends.

My sister and I are very rarely good friends but sometimes we are goodish friends because we did things like these tips, so give them a try. You don’t have to have a younger sibling to have these problems.
Good luck!


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A fun ‘Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’

Ainsley-logo“ESCAPE FROM Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” is a really good and interesting book. It’s sort of realistic fiction. The main character, Kyle Keeley, and 11 other people enter a contest: If they win they can go to a lock-in at a new library in their new town that’s not  open yet.

After they win, they spend the day in the library playing games, and then they wake up on Saturday and at noon a game starts where they have to escape from the library without using the doors or the windows – using clues they find in the library.

The author says Grabenstein rhymes with Frankenstein
The author says
Grabenstein rhymes with Frankenstein

Finding one clue leads them to another. At first, no one tries to solve the puzzles together. They all work against each other. Then Kyle unites his friends into a team, and it ends up being them against Charles Chiltington, who will do anything — even cheat — to win.

One puzzle is you can do an extreme challenge. To get a hint they have to solve a rebus, and it’s just really cool. The answer to the rebus is “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

What I think is cool about the library in the book is that they have a room just for educational video games. There’s also a Wonder Dome that has cool things on the ceiling, and if you play a game in it the top of the room looks like the top of the box in the game.

I have never been trapped in a library and had to solve my way out, but I sort of want to. I’ve been to Greenfield Public Library and our school library. I don’t think I’ve been to Arms Library or Buckland Library yet.

The description in the book is great. Books that take place in cool places, like this and in “The Candymakers” (2010) by Wendy Mass, I love how the authors describe settings. It’s really fun.

There are pictures in the book, but only when there’s a picture clue. What’s really cool is at the end there’s a rebus I could solve. With the rebuses, if you don’t look at the answers when the characters do, it’s a nice challenge for the reader. It’s fun.

“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” is not part of a series, but the author, Chris Grabenstein, has written many other books, including “The Smoky Corridor: A Haunted Mystery” (2010), “The Hanging Hill: A Haunted Mystery” (2010), and “The Crossroads: A Haunted Mystery” (2009).

If you like funny books, give this a try. There aren’t really any scary parts. It’s a book I think most people would enjoy.

Perfect for kids 8-12; grade level 3-7; paperback, 336 pages; publisher: Yearling (2013).