Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Let us give thanks!

1. I am thankful for God allowing me to see yet another holiday.

2. I am thankful for parents that care the world about me because so many do not have.

3. I am thankful for a family to sit down with to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

4. I am thankful for television where I will be viewing football all day.

5. I am thankful for the Native Americans and pilgrims who played a major role in the reason we have this beautiful holiday

6. I am thankful for movie theaters that will keep me busy when I get tired of eating and being in the house.

7. I am thankful for Black Friday which will allow me to get early Christmas presents for cheap.

8. I am thankful for an automobile to do my day to day traveling in.

9. I am thankful for Kevin Miller who will get me back into shape after gaining ten pounds over the holiday.

10. I am thankful for cellular devices that will keep me in touch and update on everything.

No More Bullying?

Bullying has been a problem that has lingered in society from the very beginning of man. The bigger organism or whoever has the bigger stick has been the way for millions of years, but now we have embarked upon new times and things of the past should be put away. Instead we should all find a way to work together not just on a local but a national level countries should look for more efficient ways to settle problems than war.

Some find bullying as an ordinary thing and it is more like a circle of life kind of thing. You are picked on when you are small then when you are big you will do the bullying and the cycle just continues. This works especially in sports with underclassmen who must pay dues, but in all cases harassment sometimes becomes a little more than expected.

On the other end of the spectrum there are those that find bullying in the lightest of hearts as an evil cruel thing. Sometimes it is and events turn unfortunate, but all in all bullying may be an indicator to someone that a person likes you, wants to toughen you up, or shows their love through this way. Bullying is not good in most cases and punishment actions should be taken, and this will send a message to future harassers of the dangers.

Bullying is a necessary evil because even my country bullies other countries in certain situations. So as a solution I propose that bullying be controlled and held within the right restraints so it will not get out of control even if playful.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Book Review: Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak grabs you as a writer and does not let go until the very end. One theme of the book is that you can not let your past effect your future as the main character did in the book. Also acceptance is truly wanted by everyone, but some are afraid of finding it. I love the way the author writes different chapters in coherent spaces, times, and events instead of the traditional chapter by chapter. The setting of this book is obviously urban because of the size of her high school and the streets are not personal car friendly. Melinda's voice in this book is different from any other characters I have ever heard. It seems as the main character it is not her job to speak and she lets her past and actions speak for her.

I believe in these characters as people because some of them are seen in everyday life. I like Melinda in this book because she is the perfect role model for anyone that has ever let a problem beat them down. Throughout this whole book she grows as an individual and does not let anything get in the way of her progress. Though, she did not do all of this progressing alone she had help in major part by her art teacher. He was instrumental part of Melinda's recovery just because he helped her find herself through art, and this unleashed a side of Melinda that she did not even know was there.

The setting of this book is completely different from my world here in Arkansas where there are barely enough students to fill a high school. It is like our school in the fact that are a lot of cliques within the school, and outcasts remain outcasts like Melinda. The author makes me feel as if I am strolling the halls of Melinda's school as she hides from the world or sneaks off into her closet.

Well Melinda is social outcast that spends every single day of school alone. This is because once she was at a party, something happened, and she called the police. Before this incident Melinda was popular had friends and was very high upon the social ladder. Now almost at her lowest point yet she finds a friend and her art teacher helps her find a new outlet to the world. Then she starts speaking again and using her voice to show those that had turned against her that it was not her wrong doing that lead to her current situation.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Book Review of Touching Spirit Bear

Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear was an impressive roller coaster of a book. One theme of the book is that karma is a very prevalent force on this planet. Another is that most things in life work in a circle or cycle like your very existence you are born, you live, and you die. Also everyone can change no matter how bad of a person they are originally it just takes the right catalyst. The author's style is very descriptive and always giving very much detail. This style is the best, but it takes along time to get finished with the book in this style. This book's setting is easily seen because you go from the urban city streets to smack down in nature. The voice is unlike any other I have other heard because at times the main character Cole at times seemed somewhat evil.

The main character in the book is Cole, a troubled teenager that has a court record longer than some streets and has a very short fuse. Cole is the type of character that he seems like anything opposite of good is what he represents and he is okay with that. Cole is very believable because I have known and seen many kids just like him over the years. Some other characters in the book are Cole's pitiful parents who deserve to be exiled in Circle Justice themselves. His whole life his father and mother have been alcoholics and his father even beat upon him all the time. A lot of what is wrong with Cole is because of his parents, but that does not justify him to the evil deeds he does.

The setting is somewhat like my world because I live out in the country pretty close to nature. The author does a good job of painting a very clear and vivid picture of the setting that Cole is in. Sometimes I could feel the cold, splintering rain and the stench of an unwashed body.

In the plot Cole, the main character in the book, is being taken to a remote island because it is apart of an alternative program to reform convicts. He was arrested for beating up a kid that had told on him and Cole felt like he needed to get him back by slamming his head against the pavement. Cole only wants to this program so he does not have to sit in a jail cell and he thinks it will be a year long cake walk, but the spirit bear with some natural helpers helps open his eyes. Will Cole ever straighten up his act? What happens to Cole if he makes it out of Circle Justice?

This book relates to current events because some states in America are starting to use this type of punishment, and legal officials are starting to really considerate it as an alternative form of punishment. This book should be read by anyone because it teaches lessons that will help in the present and future.

Book Review of Twilight

Stephany Meyer's Twilight was a compelling novel that was an amazing adventure. One theme of the book is that human life is worth more than we give it credit for sometimes. Another is that love will make you even risk your life just to sustain it. The author's style is very long winded and descriptive. This is very unusual and helps the setting to be imagined easily in the mind. The author's voice is somewhat calm and at times melancholy and has its own style.

The main character in the book is Bella a new girl at Forks High trying to find her way, but she ends up going on an adventure that she would have never expected. Bella is very believable and anyone that has ever been to public school knows about new kids, and I like her because she is herself and stays that way the whole book. Another character is Edward Cullen a shady character in the book who at first makes a bad impression upon Bella. but they soon find themselves in a situation no one suspected. I like him because in this story he is the guy that seems like an enemy and becomes a friend. Charlie is Bella's father and he is, according to Bella, the type that does not hover, and I think he should be more involved in Bella's life.

The setting is in Washington and its one of the wettest places in the continental United States. This is completely different from my word in Arkansas where the weather fluctuates from day to day. In the plot of the book a new girl Bella moves to this school and crashes into Edward Cullen. At first, they do not like each other, but before its all over they can not live without one another. This love even holds lives in the balance and tests the strength of there two characters.

This book reminds me of Romeo and Juliet because it is a tail of two young lovers. Both Bella and Edward were willing to risk their lives for their lover. This is a great book for the teenage mind and should be read in schools everywhere.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No More Blogging

Ever since I was a sophmore in high school this disease has taken over my life and all the spare time I used to have and enjoy. I am a simple person and simple things make me happy and blogging is not one of them. Blogging in a sense is kind of uselsess to me because really does anyone in the world really care about what you have to say. It is like asking someone how there day is going you do not really want to know but you ask anyway.

For some blogging may be the greatest invention in this world, but for me it should be left to the older generation that for some reason loves it. I mean seriously if you have any sort of life blogging can not really be apart of your day because between homework, practice, and just living blogging is the least of my worries. Posting my ideas or feelings.

Especially sense I was not given a choice on if I wanted to blog or not it really does not rank that high on my agenda, and the sad thing is blogging is taking over the world it is seen more and more everyday. I consider bloggers as people with too much time on their hands and have nothing better to do than broadcast information via internet. If blogging was more like social networking sites like myspace and face book it might not be that bad, but blogging is just giving your ideas, someone reading them, and maybe leaving you a comment to be nice.

What has happened to the world and logical thinking? Blogging is a waste of time people and we should go back to the way we had before it. Good ole paper and pencil and whoever was meant to read information will. No more blogging it is irrelevant.