Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
My year has been like my greatest fear- a roller coaster. Full of ups and downs, twists and turns.
I've made a friend this year who is invaluable to me. Other friendships have become stronger than even Gorilla Tape and SuperGlue.
I've found confidence this year I hadn't had before. I've realized I am more than I thought I was. Better. Stronger.
This year has been a learning experience. More than the knowled I've gained inside this learning facility, I've learned the contents of my own heart.
I am more than ecstatic the year is over, but it has been invaluable to how invincible I feel now.
George's barely hidden love and compassion for the dopey Lennie tugs even the coldest person's heartstrings. Though gruff at first glance, George always appeases Lennie's wishes. Whether for a repeat of the story he knows by heart, or to get a puppy, or a rabbit, George always satisfies.
Lennie's apitude for trouble is heart wrenching. Though good hearted, Lennie's size and IQ often lead him to misdeeds. A big man, Lennie finds it hard to be gentle.
Though Lennie is a nuisance, George takes him under his wing every time.
I highly recommend this novel. By far, this is in my top 3 favorite books I have ever read.
Once again, I have have tricked you.
The House on Mango Street creates a jig saw puzzle view into the life of the Hispanic girl Experanza.
Each mini-chapter, or vignette, gives a glimpse into the multi-faceted life of this young girl whose race creates a struggle for acceptance and respect.
Some looks are happy and precious others are grim and haunting.
I did not enjoy The House on Mango Street as it did not have a specific or directional plot. There wasn't a true story to follow. However, it gives a realistic view into present-day racism. Good for light research.
Okay. Now that I've got you hooked. I was maybe-okay completely-lying about the above statement.
While The Giver does not include adrenaline pumping duels with dinosaurs, it is still a great novel. I highly recommend it.
The premise of Lowry's work is the following of a boy who stands out in his utopia of 'Sameness.' This is a boy who receive the memories of what was a happy, loving, often tragic and depressing world before the utopia was created.
Now a regulated machine, the world Jonas knew did not know love. His work with the Giver gave him a gift more special than anything he had ever received before.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I have read a book so expertly alluded to a taboo subject. George Orwell's Animal Farm is a blatant outcry of communism in Russia.
The character Boxer the Horse touches one's heart as much as any human character.
The story gives you a great insight to a historical event without the boredom glued to history class. The animals bring a livlihood to the book.
If you delve into the story of Animal Farm, you can find a Leo trotsky, a Vladmir Lenin, a Joseph Stalin.
I recommend the book with highest regards with a, "Job well done" to George Orwell.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Despite the book's gloomy air, I had to prove that it was indeed a testament to hope of man.
An example from my essay:
..... Anthem is a story of personal triumph. Prometheus, formerly known as Equality 7-2521 and also a man of Greek legend who brought fire to his people, discovers his true self. As an outcast in his former society, Prometheus realizes he must be attuned to his real needs, thoughts, and beliefs rather than those expected of him by his “brothers.” Prometheus longs for the freedom unavailable to him in this supposed utopian society of brotherhood. This is illustrated by the shedding of his burden of sadness in his escape to the Uncharted Forest. Prometheus wakes up realizing he is free of his binding and spins in a circle, arms flying free just like a child. ......
In Orlando's Universal Studios, I rode my first huge roller coaster. I had not been missing anything. Turns out, I hate roller coasters. I got off the ride which shaky arms and legs from holding so tightly to the bottomless seat. I was motion sick as well. Dueling Dragons, never again.
While all the amusement parks were generally great fun, I was quite home sick. I missed my family, especially my sister Hannah, and all the friends I left behind. I kept thinking of what they would say about everything we did. Especially the sarcastic comments.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
To change our world, I would:
-Begin a mandatory etiquette school.
-Make it necessary for everyone to listen to U2. And frankly, act like Bono and Co. themselves.
-Make it necessary for citizens to watch documentaries of groups of people many are prejudiced against.
-Let people release their inner child.
-Find ways to distribute food to starving countries.
-End intolerance of all forms.
No world is perfect, but the joint forces of all our people can help it. For the better.