Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reading Log #6

 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

Reading log #5

This week I did really awful on my goals. I tried to start Wish You Well and yet again I failed. I got through the 1st chapter and then I stopped. And I started ANOTHER book. I need to slow down and read one book at a time. The new book is called Shrinking Violet and I don't even think I will read the whole book because it is totally corny and kind of boring. I also did awful on my reading goals because I did not read every night. Instead I read like 3 times this week and just read a lot those nights. I have mostly been reading The Tale of Two Cities for school (but I  actually enjoy reading the book) but I also read more of Royally Crushed. I would like to say that this week I am going to do much better on my goals and read a lot every night of books that I want to read but I think that will probably not happen because I feel that this week my teachers are going to go all out on projects and tests and homework. With that said, I will still try my best to read.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Note #6

Smile Is A Sign Of......

A smile is a sign of love
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.

by: Seema Chowdhury
Seema Chowdhury writes with a comforting yet extreme repetition of the phrase, "A smile is a sign of..."  which emphasizes what a smile is worth.  She forces each "smile" upon readers as though if she said it enough, each reader would smile too. She does this genuinely although in an abrupt manner. Chowdhury uses rhyming to help make the poem sound musical and it adds to the happy tune. The last line of each of the first three stanzas stand out the most because they don't start with " A smile is a sign of." This makes these lines seem more important and focuses in on the bolder meanings each has. Each show how smiles affect certain situations like removing "the clouds of mope" or being happy "even in hard crust".  The poem ends with, "And let you smile, smile, smile" showing the author's never ending optimism. 

Note #5

           1,003 Reasons to Smile by Elizabeth Dutton is one of those books that simply has what the title says: 1,003 reasons to smile. Most of the things the book lists are little things like finding some money in your pocket or holding a baby, but the best part of the book is the introduction. “When life is painful or even simply boring,” which seems to happen to everyone at some time or another, “we need to be reminded of the weird and the wonderful.” Just from the diction of the introduction, it is obvious that the rest of the book is written just a s straight forward and matter of fact as the introduction is. “The weird and the wonderful are what make us smile, and those smiles keep us going,” is as exact as her first statement. Because smiling infers happiness and happiness is what people live for. “Smiles are pretty much universal,” which implies that everyone can relate to it at sometime or another. The introduction passage is written in a relaxed and lighthearted tone that automatically draws people in. The book itself is as positive and uplifting as the title and introduction chapter says it will be. It state the simple truth, even if its somewhat embarrassing, like how it makes people smile to sing in their shower. It is lightly written as though someone was talking to you in person, and has just enough humor that it is endlessly interesting.

Note #4
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

Reading Log #4

I'm still working on the Spellman Files series. This week I did a pretty good job keeping up with my goals. I forgot to read one night but besides that, I read for an hour every night. I finished the 1st Spellman File book and now I'm on the second one. I also thought a little bit about what my next three Notes for the anthology project are going to be. I will probably do another book and another poem, and I would also like to do a song. Next week for sure I am going to read to force myself to read Wish You Well. No matter what, I am going to finish that book before the school year ends.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Note # 3

Elf- I just like to smile
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.

Note #2

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 cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath 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

Reading Log #3

Over spring break, I read a lot. I didn't complete my goal of reading every night, but I did read when I felt like it. I completed Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares, and part of Out of My Mind. And I also started The Spellman Files again because the first time I tried to read it I was unsuccessful. I once again failed at trying to read Wish You Well, but I will read it before the end of the year. I also started another book called Mostly Good Girls. I think I should add to my goals to finish all the books I start. I have a really bad habit of starting like 5 books at once and then only finishing a few.  I really need to slow down and read 1 book at a time.