The Importance of Eating Good Food

25D08ECE-6CBD-4685-A7B6-D96660648A72From age four to about ten, I was an incredibly picky eater. Before age four, I ate tons of things, such as fish, avocado, veggies, and many more delicious foods. But, the older I got, the more and more I realized that I could deny the food that I didn’t want, and I became a much pickier eater. As I grew pickier and pickier, I began to not enjoy the food I ate, as much as I used to. But more importantly, I did not feel as healthy, because of my small variety of foods that I ate.

This lasted for about seven years, until I turned ten, and my dad took me on a fishing trip with one of his friends. We went fishing for the entire day, and afterwards, we picked up some oysters from a seafood restaurant. We brought them home, and my dad's friend asked if I wanted to try one. Obviously I declined his offer at first, but with a lot of persuasion, he convinced me to try an oyster.

As I slipped the oyster into my mouth, I realized that it did not taste nearly as bad as I expected, and overtime, I slowly realized that this was the case for many other foods. So, as I tried more and more food, I began to understand why my parents were so energetic about eating, and how important it was for me to have a diverse food pallet, to stay healthy and strong. 

At this time, my sister was about five or six, and she (just like I did) was beginning to stop eating all the healthy foods that she ate, and becoming a picky eater. But the only thing different between me and her, was that she was way way pickier. The only things that she would eat were bacon, yogurt, tortilla chips, and PB&J sandwiches, and I know this sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. I noticed that she was becoming more and more picky, so I did everything that I could to stop what was happening, because I knew what would happen if she undiversified her food pallet, because I had done the same thing.

To this day, Maggie still only eats those four things, but she has added a few more foods to her menu. I do my best to get her to try new things, and sometimes she does, but until she eats lots of different and diverse foods, she will not enjoy eating, or be as healthy of a person.

Overall, diversity in food is just as important as diversity in the world. You need an equal amount of everything to have a balanced, Healthy, and happy life.

What Lesson is Life Trying to Teach You?

What Lesson is Life Trying to Teach You?

Well, in my case, life is trying to teach me how to procrastinate... and before you say, “WHAT? why would you want to procrastinate???”, well, I’ll tell you. 

Ever since I came to Fenn, I have been unable to function at all, unless all my work/homework was done. You might be thinking, “I wish I had that problem”, but trust me, you don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, in some ways it is very helpful, and makes me a better student, because I get all my work done faster, and usually I have no homework by the time I get home. But it is also very stressful, because I am constantly rushing from class to class, and doing my homework during every little free time that I get in the day, such as Recess, (a time that a kid should be outside playing), or when I’m walking to another class. 

So, (because I would obviously be better off, if I just slowed down a little), I think the lesson that life is trying to teach me, is that, if I just procrastinated a bit, I would probably be a better, and healthier student.


-Sam Elliott


The Power of Hard Times

94005D57-5007-4F49-AC22-EDC6B2CBDE81In life, we experience happy times, sad times, angry times, frustrating times (etc), and sometimes, when in the tough times, we wish for nothing but positivity to light up our life with pleasure and prosperity, and even though this does sound very appealing. It is also important to have some bad times in your life as well. When I was in the second grade, I was a member of the tennis team at, The Heritage Pool/Racket Club. I was on the B-Team, and my tennis skills were completely non-existent. 

One day, we were practicing overhand serving, and everyone took a turn serving until they successfully made the ball over the net. It was my turn, and I continuously failed in front of everyone, and every time I missed, I was presented with a “Hold your arm higher!” or “Hit the ball downwards, INTO THE OPPONENT'S SIDE OF THE COURT.” After a while of embarrassment, my coach ran over to me and held my arm to assist my serve, to hit the ball over the net, and as the ball bounced away on the other side of the court, I broke free of his grip, and said with a scowl “Are you happy now” and began to walk away. 

Almost immediately, he called me back to his attention and told me that I was not welcome on the team anymore. I walked off, and later that night, I had to talk to my mom about what happened while in tears. After explaining the unfortunate situation to my mom, she told me that I had to apologize to the coach for the way I had acted. So, the next day, I spent the day sobbing, begging my mom not to make me do it, but no matter what I said, she would make me do it anyways. We arrived to the coaches office, and I struggled to make a reasonable apology. But in the end, I managed to do it.

My experience in this situation was quite a bad one. But, I felt better about it after it was over. In conclusion, life can bring challenges and throw hard times at you, but it is vital to work through them because there is always light at the end of the tunnel. 

My Reflection on, “A Long Walk to Water”


In the blinding heat of southern Sudan, where food is scarce, and water is even scarcer, a boy named Salva urges to survive.

In the beginning, Salva's life is pretty ordinary for his village's standards. But, there is a civil war going on because the people want freedom from the government. When Salva was at school, a group of soldiers fighting the freedom fighters shot up Salvas school. So, the teachers instructed all the children to run and hide. After a while of running away, Salva discovered that he was lost, and after a while, he came across a group of people walking away from the violence just like him, so he joined them. 

Along the journey, Salva encounters many formidable obstacles such as extreme heat, lack of food and water, and harsh refugee camps. Along the journey, Salva meets his uncle, who helps him survive and find his way. In one of the refugee camps, there is a program that chooses a group of orphans to start a new life in America. After a while of failure, Salva finally gets selected, and fly’s to America and meets his new family. 

In America, Salva learns new things, such as how to speak English and how to use electronics. As he gets older, he learns more and more about the everyday world. Then, one day, he receives an email from his cousin, telling him that his father was alive and in a hospital; as soon as Salva learned this, he flew back to Sudan to see his father. And when he got there, he realized how Sudan was still so littered with war and poverty, which inspired him to create an organization to build wells and schools for villages all around Sudan. So, he got to work and started spreading attention to his cause. Until finally, he gets to visit a small village, to create a school and a well for clean water, and in that village, he meets a little girl named Niya. 

Going into this book, I looked at it as a required read, and I wanted to be done with it as soon as possible. But, as any book can make you do, I got sucked in. I thought this book was a very intriguing and engrossing story. In my opinion, this book didn't reveal many emotions, besides the sad parts. The main ways that I relate to the main character Salva is, we are both boys, we are both active, and we both enjoy our lives. A challenge for me was putting myself in Salvas shoes and thinking differently. Now that I have put myself in his position, my view of the world has changed. Now, I realize how a lot of the world is struggling an enormous amount with getting potable water and other necessities to survive.

A Long Walk to Water is a book of action, adventure, and in particular, courage. Courage is what kept Salva alive, and what helped him stay strong. What  I take away from this book is that it is crucial to stay sharp, and stay brave, so you can be successful and thrive as a person.

~Sam Elliott, 

September 17, 2020

My Top Three Favorite Foods

My Top Three Favorite Foods

Some people eat to live, I live to eat.


“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”

—Paul Prudhomme—


    3. Brie Cheese


If you’re anything like me, you love cheese, and you appreciate each and every different kind of cheese. In my opinion, brie is definitely the best cheese, because of its smooth and buttery I texture, and it’s un-describable taste.


    2. Steak & mashed potatoes

AF2B09F5-F0E9-422B-814B-5F62BD9E0FD7In my opinion, steak by itself is great, and mashed potatoes by themselves are great, but when put together, they become the most delicious dynamic duo of all time. They perfectly balanced each other out, and taste delicious when you eat both in one mouthful.


    1. Fried chicken sandwich


Here it is, the one we’ve all been waiting for, and I’m sure that a lot of you disagree with me, but in my opinion, a fried chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and extra cheese, is the best thing in the entire world. The way the chicken, cheese, and bun, balance out the lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, is a work of art.