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'Tis the Season to be Happy, but I'm Not

Christmas is tomorrow, yet that sentence doesn't give me any excitement. Like of all times my life decides to be a mess now, the holiday season. Everyday I am asked to quit the one of two activities that makes me happy, basketball. Like what the hell dude?? "Basketball won't take you anywhere.", "think about the time you spend at basketball, you could be putting towards academics.", "you should focus on track; in track height doesn't matter.", "if you were a few inches taller you might be able to go somewhere." Like ummm hellooooo, how about the simple fact that basketball and writing are legit the only two things in this world that actually make me happy? How about the fact that without basketball I probably would have been a lost cause by now? How about the fact that through every change in my life, basketball has always been there, and never changed or given up on me? I can't quit. If I were to quit it would be like harry pot…

Big Question in Action

At this very moment I am getting a head start on my big question. I am asking different people, from different backgrounds what their deepest fear is. I will then categorize the answers into broad categories

Nobody Cares, Work Harder

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Teachers don't care that you were up until 3 am completing the assignment; they care that it isn't perfect
Your boss doesn't care that your babysitter flaked; they care that you're late
Your coach doesn't care if you make every free-throw in practice; they care that you missed the one in the game
No matter how hard you try or what excuse you have, in reality nobody cares.
If you want better, you have to try harder.
If you don't try, you're guaranteed to fail.
If you try, and you fail, nobody is going to be there to pick you up and tell you it's okay.
You have to do it yourself.
You have yo be your own number one fan, because in reality even the ones who applaud you cringe at the sound of your success.
No it won't be easy; get that out of your head.
Life will knock you down time after time, and nobody will care
"Why don't you just give up?", "haven't you learned your lesson?", "you can't do it". You'll h…

Behind the Smiling Face

Why continue with life? Many people ask themselves this question everyday. They give themselves an answer that seems satisfying, but little do they know.... Every answer they give themselves ties into one. They believe deep within themselves that they have a chance to be successful. They believe deep within themselves that they have a greater purpose. They believe deep within themselves, that there is more to them than the emotional wreck that stares them in the face. So they wipe their eyes and paint a picture for society that seems nice, while their soul searches for the answer.
 This person could be your best friend, your mom, your cousin, it could be anyone, and you'd never know it. People have become accustomed to hiding what they really feel and what they truly long to say. Painted on emotions hide what truly lies within. They're okay. They're not hurting. They're happy. At least that's what they are to us. They know endurance is what it takes. Endure the pai…

My new big question

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." So my question is are we afraid of not being good enough or are we afraid that we're too good, and we won't be accepted for it?

"Immigrants In Our Own Land"

I agree with Jessica, but not entirely. I think the theme of the poem is choice because he had the choice to stay illiterate, or to do something about it, and in life with every situation you don't like, you have the choice to just deal with it, or to change it. Also

My Mad Dream of An Essay

Remember that time you ate that spicy sopita just before you went to bed on the night before the big game?  Oh, that weird dream you had about the 2016 presidential election.  When you woke up you couldn't quite remember the [adjective] details, but after reading "On Self-Reliance" and "A Sound of Thunder" it's all coming back to you now.

The dream started badly.  You were in line with your family at a gym waiting to be sent to the losing side.  Everywhere you looked there were posters of president-elect willy Wang Jr, looking like a crazy chimpanzee who could eat a whole planet.

Suddenly, there was Ralph Waldo Emerson telling you, "Ne te quaseveris extra"  You realized that you have something to contribute to the world so you decided to fight for it.  But it wasn't easy.  First you had to put on a fancy jersey and cape and then you had make a teleporting machine to go back in time to the gym so you could convince people to learn about the candi…

Excuses, Excuses

I can't do this
This is too hard
I am inadequate
I have been living this year jumping from excuse to excuse
I gave up
Then slowly but surely I came back around and realized there's no use
Excuses are reasoning with yourself as to why you don't want to
No excuse is a good excuse
You can make a way you can do anything you put your mind to
This year I came out uninterested, unmotivated and unprepared
I didn't want to hear anyone's optimistic bullshit
In all honesty I simply just did. Not. Care

Think about it

How do we know if the reality we live in is actually reality, and wasn't something else before, altered by time travel?

Emerson's Child

I am working on a response to Emerson, but its not quite up to my standards yet. It is coming soon.

My Emerson

Hey guys,
So to wrap up with Emerson I'll be doing something that's a bit different. I won't be doing a poster or essay you know, the norm. I'll be baking. I'm going to have three boxes. They are going to be stacked on each other. The out most box will have fondant on it perfectly smooth, with the quote from mean girls "it's not my fault you're like, in love with me or something". This box represents what society wants everyone to be, perfect. The box under that will also have fondant, but it won't be as smooth, and it will have the quote, "I used to walk in to a room full of people and wonder if they liked me, now I look around and wonder if I like them". This quote represents a little under the surface. You want to be yourself, but you're afraid of what people will think. The last box will have fondant that I'd just on there how ever. It is going to be far from perfect. This box will have the quote "accept yourself, yo…

Emerson said it

"Ne te quaesiveris extra" this quote absolutely stands out to me. It is so simple, but it gets you thinking. This quote means everything you need to be amazing is already inside you. You don't need things from the world to be amazing. You are great based what you exhale, not what you inhale. This quote is what got our conversation started today. It ignited disagreement, but also had many who agreed.

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." I just love this quote so much, but only because I couldn't agree more. In my eyes this quote means if you want to be happy, if you want to be successful, pretty much if you want anything in life you have to go out and get it yourself. You can't rely on others for ANYTHING because you won't always have someone there, and nobody is going to be willing to do these things for you. I see it as the outcome will be so much more enjoyable knowing you did it on your own. I brought this quote up today because I felt lik…

Shout out to Jish

I'd like to take a moment to recognize Jish. I read the last post on his blog, and I totally fell in love with it. I really like how when I read it I could hear Jish talking. It's great how he responded. He didn't just say okay this is what I think; he wrote a letter to someone who has been dead for decades. I like what he said as well, like I absolutely agree. Jish you did great. I love everything about it. The link to his blog is down below 👇
http://jwilliamssmhs18.blogspot.com/

Reality

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My American Voice

I personally need to work on when I speak up. I tend to always speak up, even when it's inappropriate to do so. I know when I shouldn't but when something comes to my head it comes out of my mouth.
 Speaking up is a responsibility we all have especially when it comes to protecting others who are afraid to protect themselves. If someone is being bullied it is a moral duty to speak up and defend the person who is being bullied. Wouldn't you want someone to do that for you?
In my opinion I think you should speak up in any situation that goes against your values. You don't have to be rude or even try to debate. You just have to let it be known there is another opinion and you'd like it to be taken into consideration. Sometimes people just need to hear things from a different perspective. They don't necessarily need to argue they just need another view, and by stating your opinion they are given that chance.
Although I'm all for speaking up, there are definitely…

Team vocab Test

When it comes to the elections of this year many people can anticipate these two candidates to surely accuse each other from doings of the past. Each canadate tries to remain stolid but Hilary definitely outbeats trump. It's aggravating because trump and Hilary are constantly sticking their probosci into everyone's business and venomously attacking each other. With each debate America is left suspended to watch the next one just to see the two yell at each other. Both Candidates try to hypnotize the world into thinking their fit to be president; trying to prove that they can transform this world into something greater, but they simply just illuminate each other's faults.

Keep calm and carry on

Beauty: the pleasing or attractive features of something.
The pleasing or attractive features of what? "Something" is so general. It's crazy how a million different things have become one over time. That something is no longer a thought, a sentence, a touch, or even a feeling, but that something is a physical appearance. I wonder who decided this, because they should feel very ashamed. How can you take something so great, and twist it into something that causes so much pain?
A girl who was once beautiful for her loving nature is now hideous for her lack of contour.
What have we come to this sad generation of mine?
Our eyes are wide open
Yet we are so blind.
Blind to the true beauties in life.
We try and fit in never second guessing if it's right.
We are more concerned with the shape of a girls body Rather than who she is as a person
Why not be blind to appearance. Let's open our hearts and look within.
So what she she doesn't wear make up leave her alone
Who …

Lovely Vocab Part 5

venomous: (of a person or their behavior) full of malice or spite

stolid: (of a person) calm, dependable, showing little emotion or animation

hypnotized: capture the whole attention of (someone); fascinate

suspended: temporarily prevent from being in force or effect

transformed: make a dramatic change in appearance, form, or character of

accuse: claim that (someone) has done something wrong

anticipate: expect or predict

fringe: not part of the mainstream

melancholy: a feeling of sadness with no obvious cause

earnestly: having a purpose and steadily and eagerly persuing it

dissolve: close down or dismiss (an assembly or official body)

aggravate: make a (problem, injury, or offense) worse or more serious

illuminate: light up

capillary: a tiny tube

proboscis: long mobile nose of an animal

Mentor letter draft #1

Dear mentor,

To begin with I would like to let you know I am willing. I am willing to do anything that with help me succeed in life. I want all of the knowledge you can give me. There may be times when I don't want to hear it, but tell me anyway. There may be many times when you get frustrated with me, and I apologize in advance for that. I need all of the motivation you can give, because sadly I lack it. I am going to be a challenge, so I hope you're up for one. I can be very stubborn, so I hope you are strong willed. I know you are just trying to help me and I appreciate that. There will be times when I say I don't need anyone, but don't believe it I need you. I need your advice, your experience, your stern looks, your motivation. I need you to never give up on me, because I often give up on myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm quite sure you aren't either, but if you'll have patience with me, someday with your help, I will be something great. I will make…

A Hug is Nearly A Gun Spelled Backwards

In my opinion personal relationships are a key ingredient to this mess we call life. Personal relationships provide a sense of peace and serenity. In the lives of many people patriotism is nonexistent; I didn't even know what it was until today. Lastly personal relationships are apart of being a human. It's in our biology; patriotism is not.
   Many times when things go wrong in our lives we run to family and friends. They comfort us when we are in need of comfort. When we are hurting deep down inside, patriotism wont do anything for us, and what you believe in will not fix your broken heart. Sometimes people just need to know they're cared about, so let's be real, you can care about your country as much as you want, but it will never care about you. Some people may argue that when they think about their country it makes them feel better, but in reality this country is not even comparable to how your loved ones pick you up when you're down. In my opinion thinkin…

The Struggle

I'm so sad. I am in the last paragraph of my essay, and now I have writers' block.

Mistakes for President

In the presidential debate tonight I observed many fallacies. For example Hillary about Trump, " Donald has consistently insulted Muslims abroad". When she made this statement it was distracting from her argument and highlighting faults in Trump. When she did this it led me to believe she didn't have anymore hard evidence to back up her argument, so she turned to insulting her opponent. Another fallacy I saw in the presidential debate was when Donald directed his comment, "That was a mainstream assumption, put out by her". To Hilary. When he did this his credibility decreased, not that there was much to begin with. When he made that statement he played the finger game. He pretty much said "no that's her fault she did it not me". When he made that statement I saw him as a child; not a presidential candidate. The final fallacy I saw in the presidential debate was when Hilary said, "policy of the united states, democratic and republican, is to d…

Sometimes My Mind Wonders

Why do our parents expect so much of us? They expect things that they couldn't accomplish. If they couldn't do it why do they expect us to be able to?

My Yoda

An ideal mentor is not someone who is perfect; in fact it's the exact opposite. An ideal mentor is someone who is everything buy perfect. Someone who has gone through tough times. An ideal mentor is going to be your number one fan. They will push you when you are positive you can't go any further or do any better. An ideal mentor you will hate at time because they are going to push you to your limits and push all your buttons even the ones you didn't know you had. An ideal mentor will be there to comfort you, but will put you in uncomfortable situations that they know you can handle. Pretty much an ideal mentor is someone who will be there for you, but will push you when you can't do it yourself. They are your guide down your rocky path you call life.

Lovely Vocab part four

adroit: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind

amicable: having a spirit of friendliness

averse: having a strong dislike or opposition to something

belligerent: hostile and aggressive

benevolent: well meaning and kindly

cursory: hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed

duplicity: deceitfulness

extol: praise enthusiastically

feasible: possible to do easily or conveniently

grimace: an ugly twisted expression on a persons face

holocaust: destruction or slaughter on a mass scale

impervious: unable to be affected by

impetus: the force of energy with which the body moves

jeopardy: danger of loss, harm, or failure

meticulous: very careful and precise

nostalgia: sentimental longing for the past

quintessence: the most perfect or typical form of quality or class

retrogress: go back to an earlier state typically a worse one

scrutinize: examen or inspect closely and thoroughly

tepid: showing little enthusiasm

Wait On It

Why am I investing so much time into something that will never matter?
 I don't care about the American Revolution or who beat the Spaniards what I care about is my future and my success
 but here I sit raising my hand in this desk
what I learn this year is shit
what matters to you is that my name is ranked number one on a list
a list of people who all feel the same as I do
 mentally confined longing to learn something new
 right now you expect me to sit down shut up and listen to what you have to say
but when I graduate I'm expected to make choices for my life every single day
my work must be perfect if I want to turn it into you
 should I require you standing up there to be perfect too?
I know it's not your fault you just do what you're told
 but this common core shit is really getting old
I'm sick of school but then again I want to be successful
so I'll sit here and I'll shut my mouth but watch, one day I'll be something special

*this is not directed…

My Big Question

Why do we invest so much time in something (school), that soon will not matter?

Lovely vocab part three

catharsis: the process of releasing strong repressed emotions

taboo: prohibited or restricted by a social custom

sordid: scandalous, sleezy,

swindle: use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions

frivolous: not having any serious purpose or value, not necessary

inadvertently: accidentally

incendiary: designed to cause fires

jargon: special expressions or words that are used by a particular profession or group and are hard for others to understand

colloquialism: a word or phrase that is not formal or literary (a word used casually, probably slang)

archaism: a thing that is very old or old-fashioned (a word that is no longer used often)

cudgel: a short thick stick used as a weapon

egregious: really, really, really bad

anesthetize: deprive a feeling of awareness

euphonious: pleasing to the ear

scrupulous: right minded, careful

perverted: having been distorted from its original course

superfluous: unnecessary

Saxon:

slovenly: messy and dirty

provocation: anything that provoke…

Lovely Vocab Part Two

intercede: intervene on behalf of another

hackneyed: (of phrase or idea) lacking significance through having been overused

approbation: approval or praise

innuendo: an oblusive or orblique remark or hint

coalition: an alliance for combined action

elicit: evoke or draw out

hiatus: a pause or gap in a sequence

assuage: make less intense

decadence: luxiorious self indulgence

expostulate: express strong disapproval

simulate: raise levels of physiological or nervous activity

jaded: lacking enthusiasm

umbrage: offense or annoyance

prerogative: a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class

lurid: vivid in color to create an unpleasantly harsh or unusual affect

transcend: be or go beyond the range or limits

provincial: of or concerning a province of a country or empire

petulant: childishly sulky or bad tempered

unctuous: excessively flattering

meritorious: deserving reward or praise

Literature Analysis Fail

I am unable to answer the literature analysis question due to the fact that I am only ten pages in. I have now had a couple of weeks, but these couple of weeks have also had me. I can guarantee I will try to finish, but for now it is a work in progress that is far from complete.

Lovely Vocab

theme: main idea of a text

tone: attitude of writer towards a subject or audience

mood: feeling PR vibe brought to reader through words or descriptions

diction: word choice or a style of speaking that a writer, speaker or character uses

syntax: how chosen words are used to form a sentence

syllogism: simplest form of argument using truth and validity

stupid: willful ignorance of new or disinant information

adumbrate: forshadow or represent

apotheosis: the highest point on the development of something

ascetic: a person who practices severe self discipline and abstinence

bauble: a small showy trinket or decoration

beguile: charm or enchant (someone) sometimes in a deceptive way

burgeon: begin to grow or increase rapidly

complement: a thing that completed or brings to perfection

contumacious: (especially of a defendents behavior) stubbornly or willfully disobediant to authority

curmudgeon: a bad tempered or surly person

didactic: intended to teach

disingenuous: not candid or sincere

excul…

Off To A Great Start

My satire project will be great; I promise. I will be discussing the social issue of stereotypes. Do not get offended with the great amount of sarcasm I will be using. This project will be appropriate and understandable by sophisticated 5th graders and up.
I hope you all enjoy it and take what you can from it.

The Laughing Heart

I apologize for the faces I make but this is my recital of "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski

What the Soul Needs to Hear

No, you are not perfect
Neither am I
But we are worth it
As long as we try
Some days the world will be seem dark
But youll always have a little light in your heart
You are amazing
You can do anything

This is somewhat my version of "The Laughing Heart" that is what i translate it to. The poem isn't just words; it is a group of words that guidr you to who you really are.

Do You Really Have the Right to Your Opinion?

What is the truth behind the statement "I have a right to my opinion"? The truth is that statement is merely said to save people from looking like an idiot. That statement is said when someone realizes they are wrong. You can say you have the right to anything, but in reality your rights are very limited. If you have the right to your opinion than i have the right to one million dollars. What I am saying is if you are wrong in an argument don't make yourself look like an idiot by saying "I have the right to my opinion" acknowledge that you are wrong and respect the correctness of the other person.
This was written in response to https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4N6VdfN_pCKYUt6ZkxFSHc0S3c/view

Welcome To Freedom

Welcome to a world of freedom. Here will be written the things the mouth are unable to speak. Here you and I will be free in a world where everyone is mentally confined. My goal here is to heal the hurt and voice the truth. Here you can escape. Here you can be free. Here we will conquer the darkness of the world with the power of our words.
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