Friday, May 16, 2008


What is on my mind today you ask; well summer is of coarse! I am officially done with school after this hour, well kinda. I still have to go to 2 classes, but one is my science class where we are doing a student run project and the other is choir, and we're getting ready for Current Jam! I am also really excited for that too!

This summer I plan on playing outside alot and going to the pool. I also really hope I can find a job! I'm basically broke! I have applied to The Neighborhood Icecream Shop and Macy's. I also applied to Big Bowl but because I'm going to college next year they said they can't hire me, which is annoying, I eat there at least twice a week!

I also plan on attending many concerts! The first one I'm going to is in exactly a week! It's a music festival hosted by Rhymesayers Entertainment, a MPLS music company. It's 8 hours long and it's about 15 people performing, maybe a little less than that, but none the less alot of people I really like are going to be there! A perfect way to start my summer.

The main event of my summer is that I get to do workstaff at the camp i've attended the past few years. I am SO excited because workstaff is usually a really fun group of people. We basically do any busy work; wake up call, set up the activities, set up large group, and mess with the counselors and campers! That's the best part. I can't wait for that!

Other than that I can't wait to relax before I start my life, it's wierd, but I'm so excited!


Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Barbie can be two things to a little girl; either something they despise, or someone they want to be. Growing up I was more into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, and a Power Rangers girl, more so than a Barbie girl. I know I owned one, maybe a couple but I guess I just don't remember my feelings on her. I probably wanted to be like her; pretty, skinny, perfect. I think for young people that's not necessarily a good role-model, but the company has made good attempts at making her a more positive role-model. Making her a pilot instead of a flight attendant, and a doctor instead of a nurse. Not that those career choices are bad, just it shows younger kids, more specifically girls, they can be more than what people tell them.

Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny for me as a kid was a loveable character. I think our nation learns a new sense of humor from him, one that isn't necessarily violent, well sometimes it is. He was first created in the 1930s, it brought humor to people during those times, especially during WWII. I don't think sarcasm would have ever taken off as a style of humor if it wasn't for Bugs the loveable bunny!

Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible is a superhero, but I think the American people can see him as more than that. Along with being a superhero he is also a husband, father, and friend. In most other movies and books, superheroes are a superheroes and nothing else; they save lives, and they save the world. Mr. Incredible is someone who little kids, dads, moms, and even teenagers can admire. He has a crappy job at an insurance firm, which I think really connects to parents because I know my parents like to complain about work! It's never fun, no matter if you do something you like. Let's be honest, work is work, the majority of the time it's pretty stressful. He also on top of that has a wife that nags him about helping around at home, which is a common issue in households around the country and even the world, even if they are in love. He also has to deal with his whiny kids, let's just say that's an obvious one for parents. I think parents are really like superheroes, just by that alone considering all they have to do, puting up with kids is really far more difficult than one would think! Once you add on saving the world, that truly is a hero! That is what kids look up to. They aren't satisfied with just their average dad yet, they want a superhero dad; one who can lift up cars and planes. And to teenagers, some may act too cool for the movie, but it's one of my favorites. I think anyone my age who doesn't like it is lying. It's a heartfelt adventure, how can you not enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Characteristics Of A Well-Told Story

Part 1
Stories are a very important part of developing a childs' imagination. It helps them to develop a creative mind that can help with problem solving and help them develop a can-do-attitude. When parents take time to tell their child a story either from their childhood or completely made up, it can give the child the attention they need as a child. Parents are only helping their child to succeed later on in life by telling and/or reading their kids stories.

Part 2
When people get older reading stories serves a few purposes; It can be a hobby or even an activity for some. Some people really get joy out of reading, others it is just work. Many highschoolers have to read for school and alot of the time the books are assigned, but sometimes there is an opportunity to choose the book you want to read. I think this is more beneficial because it gives the student an opportunity to pick a book that they are going to enjoy reading and take something they may relate to out of. I think as you get older you take out various things from different books, and the reader finds the themes themselves instead of having it be obvious like when we were little.

Part 3
I think reading is a great tool to bring people together. So many people read the news each day and that helps to spark up conversation and adds to the knoweldge of an individual. Authors these days write about things that can relate to the readers which in the end is just one big circle. Writers write, then readers read, then everyone converses!

Part 4
I remember a story about a ballet dancer, one about a brown bear, The Boxcart Children, the story Olivia, and the Little House On The Prairie stories. There are alot more but those ones stand out. I remember these because they were my favorite and for alot of them I admired a character in them or wished I would be a character in them. I also remember stories my grandpa would tell me and my dad. They always had really great stories because they grew up in a small town on a farm. I also remember stories from my great grandma about the Titanic and imagrating to the US. Most these were fascinating to me and I always wished I could have experienced some of the things they had.

Part 5
1. One major theme, with underlying themes too.
2. Round characters, as well as some flat, but you need to get to know at least one character well.
3. Pictures! I still love looking at pictures, even if there is only a few.
4. A catchy title, let's be honest, that really gets people interested.
5. A climax, the story needs to get exciting somewhere.
6. A surprise ending, not always but it always makes a story that much better.
7. I think the author should have some inspiration to writing what they do, it attracts readers more I feel.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How Unpoetic

One thing I find myself talking about a lot with friends, family, and even people I don’t know is religion. Religion is a highly controversial topic that can fire up a conversation that seems to last for days on out. When I really think about it though, I’ve never had a controversial conversation about religion that has ended well. Most conversations I have ever had have ended abruptly and in all honesty because most the time I am the one that is sick of talking about it.

But consider this; if one is true to their religion, what is the sense in arguing about it? Most religions are based on faith. Faith is the idea that there is a nature and purpose to the universe we are a part of; so what’s the deal with all the arguments?

One thing that really makes me mad is a certain group of my friends. Though I love them and their goofy selves, they can really set me off at times. As we were sitting one night, having a ball, something led us to the religion talk. Now considering my friends are all extremely politically minded and very opinionated, (which I see as a good thing!) talks like these should be avoided. As we got to talking, it turned into more of an argument rather than a conversation. Now I am no preacher but when it comes to my faith I don’t want anyone trying to convince me not to believe in what I believe in. Under my roof, in my room, I don’t want to hear a bunch of my friends beleaguer me about God, faith, or what any Holy book says; I don’t care if it is the Koran, Bible, Torah, or anything. I just don’t feel like I should be pestered in my home. That is the first time I realized that it isn’t worth the argument. For everything I said, they had a counter argument, and for everything they said, I had a counter argument, and so on. That’s when I stopped. Though it made me angry for a while, I came to realization that I was contradicting my own beliefs.

Now if I am to get into any religious conversations, or should I say arguments, I simply leave it at the plain fact you believe in what you believe, you can’t define belief or what’s right or wrong. And to those who can have a decent conversation about religion, I respect that. I love to hear of what others believe; I just don’t like other’s to tell me I’m wrong. I respect others and their beliefs so I try hard not to offend anyone with different beliefs.

As Buddha said, “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”


The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The title of this poem really is the overall idea of this poem. Robert frost uses imagery to describe these two paths that may be taken, and through his images is where he reveals this idea of taking the road less traveled. One is worn and rugged, the other seems to be grassy and the leaves are still intact. He also uses repetition to force an idea in our minds that there is much to be said about these two paths. Though to some this may seem a very simple decision, he is making the point that there is much to think about. These aren't just paths, they are a way of life; I think that is the main reason I like this poem. There is much more to the meaning than two paths that lead into the woods. It is a life lesson Robert Frost is revealing through his poetry in a light, happy, optimistic tone.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Writing Territories

2) My writing style depends mostly on the mood I am in. If I am energized and in a good mood, I usually write satirically. If I am tired, or upset about something, my writing usually refelcts that. My favorite writing style is short stories, especially if the story I am telling is non-fictional. Outside of school I usually don't write much. Sometimes I'll write a note to my friend but other than that I'm really not too into it.

3) Every fall, a few of my friends, along with myself, venture down to Lake Calhoun to take a stroll and grab a cup o' joe. I usually spend alot of time there in the summer and fall, but this specific time is special becuase it's now an annual thing we do.
The temperature is always just right; the warm front hits the cold, it's never too cold or too hot. We always start the day off at my friend Casey's house to make some coffee. After we've had enough coffee we head off to the lake. Once we get to the lake we usually park somewhere in a neighborhood so we can make an adventure out of actually getting to the lake. Climbing trees along the way, hiking through hills covered in brush and trees, it's always fun.
After making it to the lake, we walk around and take some breaks to play on the various playgrounds and swings they have lined along the pathway. Our journey usually ends at the large playground that is located near the bandshell. We take some time off to swing, climb, and jump around on the playground. When it starts to hit dusk we usually journey back to our car and head home. It's sad to think that next year we may not be around Minnesota for the fall weather. But hopefully once Thanksgiving break hits we are all back to take a stroll at Calhoun, one last time.

Monday, February 25, 2008

My Writing Will Never Last A Lifetime...

I could never even imagine something I write lasting for over 2000 years, let along more than a year! It will never happen and I’m content with that. I think the reason the plays, novels, and poems listed have last for so long is because some of them are the “first of their kind.” The Greek plays written are all remembered well and taught because the Greeks were the start of western colonization, architecture, and many other things. It’s not even that some of the things remembered are even that amazing; they have just been put on a pedestal for various reasons.