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Sam Dean


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The Power Of a Classic



“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say”

-Italy Calvino


    I never understood how a book can have an effect on someone,  but now I understand. The Hobbit has opened my eyes to the world of books, I understand now that a book can take me places and suck me into its own world, I am starting to feel the power of a book. Reading about the journeys of Bilbo Baggins has kept me more interested in a book than ever. The author, J.R.R Tolkien, managed to suck me into his own world, and I am captivated by the adventures of Bilbo and his friends. It took me a while to decide what book to read, I knew it had to be a classic, and I was not yet sure what book would keep me interested. I knew for sure that I did not want a book that would make it seem like torture to read; although it would have to be a very bad book for it to be like that. I wanted a book of adventure, and I narrowed it down to The Hobbit and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. The one reason that made be lean towards The Hobbit, is that I thought Huck Finn would be too similar to The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer; Eventually, that decision payed off. I have never been as interested in a book as I am now; as a result, I now know what a classic book is really like, and the adventures it can take me on; subsequently, If I get an opportunity to read another classic, I will not turn down that chance. I was not confident that a classic book could really keep me interested; however, The Hobbit has changed that. This book has opened my eyes to more opportunities to read classics. I am very glad I had the opportunity to read this book for school and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good classic book.

A Weekend Full Of Skiing

A Weekend Spent Skiing

My first time skiing at Stowe


   I got picked up from school and drove directly to my family house in NewHampshire, during the ride my brain was filled with thoughts of skiing in fresh powder through the woods at Stowe mountain.

    On Saturday morning I woke up very early, it was sometime around 7am and I was so tired and had absolutely zero motivation to ski at the moment. The ride over to Mount Sunapee woke me up and soon enough, I was cruising down a GS course on the Lynx trail with my friends. During the many chairlift rides up the mountain I took, there was a lot of conversation about all the snow we are getting this weekend. I’m not sure exactly how much, but I heard from multiple people different stories about how we are getting 8-12 or 18 inches of snow; I knew this weekend was going to be a fun one.

     After skiing we took a fairly long drive to Stowe. We arrived at the place we were staying and I was surprised at how cozy and nice it was. That night we sat by the fire, talked, and watched the snow fall outside. Sunday was game time, for the Pats and for me. I walked out the door and skied down to the chairlift using a little path from the place we stayed to the trails. It turns out that the chairlift we were right next to was the longest and slowest chairlift I had ever been on, it took a long time. Some time had passed and I had some time to get back into the powder skiing groove. It was me, my uncle, and my brother and we got off one of the chairlifts and went staight down into a double black diamond called Goat (I think that is what it was called). It was super fun, I loved skiing through the woods especially when the snow is up to my knees. We took many more runs after that and had one slight problem during the trip, my goggles kept icing up every now and then, which also occurred to other people in my group, so I had to stop and clear them up every once and a while.

     That day of skiing was definitely the highlight of my weekend and I had so much fun at Stowe, I hope I get to go back to Stowe some time soon because the skiing was great. Also, another bit of information that I thought would be necessary to share; THE PATS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!! 

Does Pineapple Really Belong On Pizza

Sam Dean


Does pineapple belong on pizza


“If you never did you should, these things are fun and fun is good”

- Dr. Seuss

Recently, many people have been contradicting the idea that pineapple belongs on pizza. There has been a debate on what does and what does not belong as a topping on pizza. I think that you can put almost any edible thing on top of pizza and it is still an ok topping. You can put anything you want on pizza and call it a topping because you are just adding on to the pizza by putting something on top. I can add a pizza on top of a pizza and it still is called a topping, it is a pizza with a topping of pizza. Just because some people think that pineapple “doesn’t belong” on pizza, doesn’t mean that they are right. You can put anything on pizza, even if people say it isn’t a thing, and make it a thing. This doesn’t just apply to pizza. You can do it with anything you want. If there is something that you think would be cool, but others say it isn’t a thing, just make it a thing, do it your own way if you want. We are free to try all these cool things, just try something new. If something has not been tried yet or people say it’s not a thing, try it, and make it a thing.

Reading Blog #1

Sam Dean


My Reading Experience


          It was hard to decide what book I wanted to read, I wanted to make sure it was one that would keep me interested. To me, reading can be either the most boring thing ever, or something that can be enjoyable. This for me, depends on the book. If it is a long, boring book that makes me want to put it down and do something else, reading can feel like torture. On the other hand, if it is a very interesting book that makes me want to keep reading, reading isn’t all that bad. This is why I chose The Hobbit. From watching the movie which I liked, I knew that the book must be good as well. It is a book full of adventure and suspense which I really enjoy. Having an audiobook can be much more relaxing than flipping through a bunch of pages. I like the fact that I can close my eyes, lay down, and get the full experience of the book. I like it much better than having to sit down staring at some paper to get the same info. I have really enjoyed The Hobbit so far. I am almost halfway through the book and hearing about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves has been very interesting to me. It has not been torture for me to read this book, it is nice to be able to listen to a book for homework and enjoy it. The book is almost like a flashback for me. In some parts of the book I can think back and make connections from the book to the movie which I find cool. Having heard the movie helps me visualize what is happening. For example, when Bilbo meets Golem in the cave, I can picture what is happening right as I read it, from memories of the movie. So far, the book has been great and I have enjoyed it, my reading experience has been really good and I am ready to read some more.