Sunday, May 6, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This week I did a pretty good job at keeping up with my goals. I read for about 30 minutes every night of a book of my choice and quite more for my book for English class and I have
actually been enjoying my book. I am now reading the second Spellman Files book of the
series. It's called The Curse Of The Spellmans. I have given up once again on Wish You Well
because it so so boring. And since there are only a few weeks of school left (!!!!) i'm quickly
running out of time to finish it. It might be one of the goals i'm not going to complete. I did try
though. I'll try again this week. This week I also finished The Tale Of Two Cities for English
class. It was actually pretty good. I spent a lot of time reading it, but it didn't really bother me.
This week I will probably spend my time trying to read Wish You Well. I'm determined to give
it more of a chance this time.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Smile Is A Sign Of......
A smile is a sign of care
A smile tells how much to others
You are important and also dear
A smile is a sign of cheer
A smile is a sign of trust
A smile shows how you can
Be happy even in hard crust
A smile is a sign of joy
A smile is a sign of hope
A smile teaches you how you can
Remove the clouds of mope
For nothing but only a smile
Takes away your pain and trial
And pick your trouble's pile
And let you smile, smile and smile.
Baby Micah is a youtube sensation, or close to it. Micah laughs at just about anything from a book to a burp. But the best of all, is his video of when he helps rip up his fathers job rejection letter, which received more than 40 million hits. Micah laughs for at least a few minutes straight and he probably laughed even longer. This baby is adorably innocent and hilarious. In between gasping for air, Micah finds unbelievable joy in watching his father rip the letter piece by piece. Although it is his dad's rejection letter, Micah seems to find just as much, if not more fun shredding the paper to bits. His excitement and amusement towards a simple activity is absolutely admirable. His nonstop laughter and sheer joy is completely amusing. The sound of his airy and musical laugh is contagious and at the least, makes people smile. It's as harmonious and sweet-sounding as a soft song. The laugh of this baby is so heart warming and cheerful that it seems to light up the room.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
As a jolly Christmas song plays in the background and workers are dressed like elves, a cherry and playful mood is interrupted by a slightly annoyed manager. The energetic and enthusiastic elf, Buddy, annoys the manager obliviously and in a lighthearted manner. This clip of Elf shows a silly yet oddly uplifting section of the movie that can bring smiles to everyone's faces. The store worker is irritated by all of Buddy's jolliness. "I just like to smile! Smiling is my favorite!" shows how he is adorably cheerful, while "SANTA!!!!!!" expresses his childlike and innocent attitude. He always has a positive tone and expresses curiosity and excitement for everything. His free-spirited soul and playful attitude depict him as though he was still a kid. His friendly and eager smile expresses his passion for Christmas and for life.
We Wear the Mask
We wear the mask that grins and lies,It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—This debt we pay to human guile;With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,In counting all our tears and sighs?Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our criesTo thee from tortured souls arise.We sing, but oh the clay is vileBeneath our feet, and long the mile;But let the world dream otherwise, We wear the mask!
"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a poem that supports the idea of "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Unlike the popular saying, the poem uses the metaphor of a mask and how we hide our true feelings and project ourselves differently to the world. "Nay let them only see us, while We wear the mask." suggests that people put smiles on their faces to disguise their true feelings. "With torn and bleeding hearts we smile" is saying that we all have pain and suffering inside yet we hide it all with smiles. The poem seems to except the pain in life but has hope for something more for all souls. "Beneath our feet, and long the mile; But let the world dream otherwise," portrays a sense of hope despite the suffering in the world. People let themselves dream of something bigger and better although in the inside they may be tortured souls. He infers that people shield themselves with forced and fake smiles in order to hope for the best and shield themselves from society.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Miles from Ordinary
1. All these book seem to have a hook that draws readers in and makes them want more.From the very first paragraph of each of these reviews, I have already decided that I am going to read them.
2. Talk about the book and give a summary or the main story. They all seem to give me an idea of what it is I am going to be reading about. They give a sneak peak of the problem that the book is going to be about overcoming which is why I think the books sound so interesting
3. All the book reviews have a strong and bold ending paragraph or statement that concludes what the review is talking about. It also keeps me interested in the book, so usually they talk about what the characters are going to have to do to overcome the problem.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
: The road "bubbles up very weird smells that evil genie themselves up through the cruddy dark rain."
 Not only is a bitterness tone expressed, but also pure anger with some words and even sentences being capitalized such as "...because her little sister will NOT shut up she will NOT shut up SHE WILL NOT SHUT UP and Roberta is about to BASH her little sister's HEAD IN IF SHE DOES NOT SHUT UP.
Best post: More Cowbell Please
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
- Read Wish You Well by David Baldacci- this might not sound like a big goal but, for me it is. My dad tried to make me read this book in 7th grade but it was so boring that I never got passed the 1st page. I've been trying to read this same book for 5 years and since he loved it so much, I decided that its time that I finally read the whole thing.
- Read 30 minutes a night- Sometimes I feel like I don't have time to read so I'm going to make some time this quarter
- Try to read a variety of genres- I would really like to read a biography or a memoir. And maybe I'll try a nonfiction book too.
- Read at least 50 pages a night
A few poems that I found that I would like to include in my project is "The Smile" by William Blake, and "The Song of Three Smiles" by W. S. Merwin. I have a few more ideas for the poems but this is just my start so far.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
For English class we have been reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. So far I have read 140 pages plus the intro. At first, I thought that this would be just another awful and boring book that we are forced to read in school, but I have come to actually enjoy reading it. It's written almost like old English, but not quite because its pretty easy to understand. It's actually a good book. The first few chapters were really slow but the farther into the book, the better. I'm excited to read more and see if the book is really as good as I think it's going to be.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Perhaps it's because it offers a sense of adventure. For this picture, the adventure lies beyond the large boulders on the far side of the bay and pushing past into a great sea. The boats are just waiting patiently for someone to hop on and travel far away. Far away from the habits and routines of everyday life. Perhaps the beach is ideal because of the scenery. The soft white sand lays hot on the ground while the water gleams a soft sea foam green. The big boulders shoot up from the ground and seem to touch the big blue sky. Perhaps beaches are a symbol of peace and relaxation and everything "bigger then life". If beaches are really "bigger than life", it also offers some inspiration to those lacking it. There's something about looking out as far as possible but realizing that the other side can't be seen that makes people question what they think they know. Or perhaps people love the beach because of the sun,because the sun makes people happy. Maybe it's because the sun brings color and joy and hope to people. As someone once said, "It's impossible not to smile when your world is full of color."
There is more to the beach then the sand, and the palm trees, and the ocean. There's happiness, and relaxing, and adventure. Everybody could use a break from reality every now and then, and where is a better place to do it then on the beach?
Monday, February 20, 2012
The Book Surgeon
Brian Dettmer carves sculptures using knives, tweezers and surgical tools and manipulates the pages and spines to form his own unique sculpture. He folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create them. I think this guy is unbelievably creative. It's just a really cool way to look at art and this is one of my favorites pieces by him because it is chaotic but clean and neat.
I really love the water. I think it's beautiful and relaxing and interesting and natural. Who wouldn't want to stare at something so beautiful? Who wouldn't want to be there? I know I do, but for now I guess i'll just have to daydream.
Another segment of the Middle school podcast is Stutter Steps. In this segment, This American Life takes you though a typical middle school dance. It is explained that older kids will stand in the middle and younger kids will stand on the outside.The gym is full of tightly packed clusters of awkwardly jumping kids. Most kids just pray that the dance will be uneventful with no humiliation. When the slow songs come on, most kids leave the floor. The couples who choose to stay areaccompanied
by friends who stand only feet away and talk with them the entire time. When one boy was asked if he slow danced or planned to slow dance with a girl at the dance, he replied, " I just don't know how to do it. I just don't know if I'm ready." The stress and anxiety that these kids feel before the dances, suggest that they are scared about growing up and they don't know what to do or how to react.
Middle school is that time in life when everybody is awkward. It's when kids worry about how others think of them, and they are trying to figure life out. Girls and boys stand on opposite sides of the school dance floor, and couples aren't yet comfortable standing alone. "This American Life" does a great job reminding people of the truth about life as a middle schooler and I'm certainly glad that part of my life is over.