Power of place II

Chaos is beauty, and chaos is Mrs. Libbys room at the Fenn school. I love mrs. Libbys room and all the memories I have there. Noah Wells saying “its the sweet one” in an octave higher then most professional singers. Henry Slate non stop washing his hands and who could forget Fru being Fru. I love all these memories and so many more, but my favorite memory happened the other day. Picture this, Thursday third period, after recess everyone as a little bit too much energy. Perfect class for that, latin! I love latin, not the language of course but the class. We have a small class of 5 people, Fru, Lukas, Andrew, Peter and yours truly, me. Lukas has always been very sarcastic to everyone and its sorta become part of him. So after mrs. Libby gave him his first recess recall I figured he’d knock it off. Mrs. Libby and Lukas butt heads almost every class. But today was different Lukas was more Lukas which is just not a good thing. Andrew asks a question to mrs. Libby about the quiz we are about to take, and of course Lukas has to cut in and say, “I don’t know Andy, IS IT?” Bam two recess recalls for Lukas. At this point mrs. Libby was not having any of it. When Lukas got back she had a grand idea, Lukas will be taking a kindness course in place of recess! We where crying at this point it was so funny. Lukas was trying to control himself but simply could, he did it again. Another “I don’t know, IS IT” comment and he was gone. Mrs. Libby hit him with the classic three recess recalls in one class. An achievement I have never been blessed to see, but am so glad I did. Lukas has his first “class” today, Friday April 19. I’m looking forward to a new Lukas!


A cold grey afternoon

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I went to the cape on Saturday with Ainsley, my mom and most importantly the dog. We went to the beach for about 30 minutes. It was grey, wet, windy and rainy. I rain beat down as i threw the frisbee into the ocean as the waves crashed down. The waves crashed harder as the rain beat down. We started walking back up to the house and as we reached the peek of the bluff i looked back over the vase shore of Dennis beach. The rocks in the small tidal pools, the sand bars over surrounded by water. I fog rolling over the ocean waves with the slight grey tint in the water. The wind blew the tall sea grass around and whipped against my face. I just sat and took in the moment. I love beach and especially this beach, i’ve been going there since I was born. The big rock sat solemnly on the sand bar waiting for warmer weather so everyone can jump off it. Stairs waiting to be put down for many afoot, and me waiting to go back somewhere warm!


Haikus

I was very inspired the first day of writing but after the first day I was struggling to write. I used image in action. 

Spring
I sit in the maroon chair
As timmy brushes his hair back
I know its spring time

The white buildings shine
In the winter sunlight
Boys in neon shirts play catch

The crack of the bat
I hear someone yell get back
I dive back, what a catch

The flowers bud
I look around at the color
Byeee school

I used narrowing and expanding (I hope at least) I’m definitely not the best poet but I try.

Fall
The brisk breeze hits me
Bonnie says welcome back boys
School has started again

The crunch of leave
I breath in the chill fall air
I’m tackled into the leaves

Crisp leaves
The smell of oak
I’m yelled at to hit harder

I start to run
I see a flash next to me
Bam I’m on my back

I used narrowing and expanding again for winter I really like narrowing and expanding for all haikus 

Winter
I step out
The cold wind slaps me
I know, its time to shovel

The light in the distance
I trudge through the snow
I hear a coyote howl

The wind slaps the house

No leaves left in the trees

i cant wait for summer

 

i sit in the snow

I cant wait to go home

i hate skating

Summer has been so long ago I forget what it feels like I just sorta wrote for these poem and used less of narrowing and expanding 

Summer
As the sun bakes me
I grunt and lift the canoe
Martha yells “DAVID”

A buzz in the air
June 9 last day of school
We are free

I look around
No one in sight
Just me and the beach

Swimming out to the rock
I grab the paddle board
There goes a fin

 


Economy, forever a classic

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Economy 

Daniel Haines

 

Even though I have lived in concord my whole life I have never read ANY Thoreau, non at all! Can you believe that? I have been deprived of a great author or so I thought. Thoreau is a well know historical author, emphasize on historical. I personally do not like this kind of writing, i can sit through and read it if need be but would never motivate to read it on my own. I did like where he talked about how some people are born with farms and tools they inherit from passed generations. This part really stuck with me, it just really shows how much impact parents have on kids. Further more, when Thoreau refers to “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country” really hit me and stuck with me through out the rest of the reading. 

 

“I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.” To put a quote this deep so early in Economy really surprised me but i guess that’s just Thoreau writing style. This really hit me hard cause of how true I feel it is. I was born very fortunate compared to the rest of the world but for example my dad wasn’t. He grew up for the from age 11 with a single mother. He turned out as my biggest inspiration but seeing him today you would not remotely expect how tragic his background is. A better example would be my moms dad who died because he was an addicted so addiction has run in my family and is something i have to carry with me. I’m probably reading to much into this quote given Thoreau is talking about land and tools but this is what i took away from the reading. 

 

The other part of the reading I really appreciated was when Thoreau said “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats”. I think Thoreau is sort of related this back to the other quote saying a lot of people are forced to do jobs they don't want to and that makes them sad and depressed. When i grow up do whatever i do for a living i want to be happy to wake up every day for work, and have it not be.


Poems day uno!


Me and god have a deal. I realate to this poem in the fake I don’t actually believe in god.


I dont like god
God and I have a mutual respect for each other
I wont mess with him if he doesn’t mess with me

I’ve always been a skeptic
And he’s never seemed to care

If god one day appears
I will go right ahead and follow the pack
But until then...


Daniel, Oscar and Andrew dialogue story

Daniel Haines, Oscar Patton, Andrew Heinze story.

“Back in my day when I was 15 years of age i was the man of the house. I had to hunt and work for my food each and every day. We couldn’t just send some text message to somebody and expect food in ten minutes!”

”so grandpa the world has changed that how we live now.”

”or so you thought...”

”what do you mean grandpa?”

”as of right now, sonny all of your “tech” is broken.”

”hahaha yeah right”

go try your device if you don’t believe me, plus all the super markets and other “new” things are gone, you are now actually going to work for you food.”

”is this a joke?”

”dead serious, you to want eat tonight or not?!?”

”of course”

”lets go hunting then, becuase that’s the only source of food now”. 

“What are we eating then”.

”I don’t know when I was your age when we got hungry we’d eat the closed hunk of meat we could find, even each other I bet you’d be a good hardy meat!”

”NOOOOO....”


Homecoming

Homecoming

Fenn had homecoming this weekend, this was my first homecoming game ever and this was probably the biggest football game I’ll ever play in. I was up at 9 and already super excited and wide awake, this is unusual for me if you ask any of my family they’ll say I am definitely not a morning person. I got fenn and immediately ran to get changed. After we got dressed we went to the MMR for a chalk talk pregame. I was super anxious and excited because this was my first fenn football game where I would get some decent playing time, and I was on kick off and kick return. After the chalk talk we walk down to the field it was fairly quiet because homecoming was in full swing yet. Once we got to the field we took our lap and stretch, by the time we finished that we all expect Fay to be there but they were so we went in to full field kick off. After we got a few reps in the enemy arrived. Fay was fairly small like us expect for 3 of there players who were all 6’3” 170 easily. Five minutes after Fay arrived the refs called captains. We lost the toss and they choice to receive so on marched our kick off team. We huddled up and stiga called a kick left which meant it was going to winters and I side. At this point all the nerves were gone, the crowd faded away it was just me and person down field. After teddy kick the ball of ryan and I sprinted down the field but the ball carrier ran to the right. I didn’t see much action until AliJah took it 30 yards to the house and on march our kick off team. We kicked it off again, same thing happened stiga called kick left and the runner returned it right! At this point I was getting upset, I want some action. After another four and out by Fay and a touch down by fenn we were on the field. I had a good feeling before running on the field like I knew something was gonna happen. Stiga called kick left and we where off. Teddy kicked it down field I saw it was drifting to the left, my side! I saw an opening and I took it. I squeezed through to blockers and saw the ball carrier and one more blocker. I ran to the left more to get a better angle and lowered my shoulder for the hit... not gonna lie I kinda missed BUT I grab his jersey and stop him dead in his tracks then i grab his legs and twisted causing him to fall. I had finally done it something I had thought was previously impossible... making a tackle in a really football game. As Neil Armstrong said “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." This just goes to show how you can work hard for years and not expect it to pay off but it almost always does.


My Experience at Camp Belknap

 

Camp Belknap 

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Daniel Haines 


W
ith overcast sky’s the boys prepared for the boat race. The 26 boys had prepared for this race for what felt like years, even though they had only spent one hour constructing the boat out of cardboard, duck tape and pool noodles. My group yelled “LETS GO FATI, LETS GO”! Buck and Mattew slowly lowered the boat into the water. Tucker then climbed carefully into the boat and got ready for the biggest race of his life. But before we continue with this heroic story of how tucker fought for his life lets go back to the beginning Camp Belknap is a Camp New Hampshire on the shores of lake winnipesaukee. I was fortunate enough to go for 3 days, there was amazing staff and counselors. There were lots of fun activities and the time really flew bye. The first day was great, the bus ride wasn’t that long. I sat next to ryan and used one of his AirPods. No one knew what to expect given none of us had been there, except Oscar but he hadn’t been there in a couple years. When I asked him later if this was like the camp he said it wasn’t so we really got a special experience. The first day was good it was a little overcast but not to warm or cold. We settled down into our cabins I was in cabin 4 we had, Mathew, Buck, Andrew P, Andy B, Connor K and Lukas, and our counselor was Declan. But I feel like I made a special bond with everyone in the cabin.

 

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My fenn life

My slice of fenn life

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Daniel Haines
My freshman year at fenn has been amazing so far. Our schedule seems to have less classes. Biology has been very interesting so far and very hands on which I’m very excited about. Double bio seems to be very cool and intriguing. English is a class were I really hope to grow and become a better writer, I’ve always thought I had room to grow in writing. Global I think will be very excited I was really interested in social studies last year. I also never really learned about the Middle East and I think it will expand my knowledge.

But I’m even more excited about football season. Last year I didn’t really play but this year I hope I get to play more. We have homecoming on September 22 and I’ve never played in homecoming before. There apparently going to be 200-300 people at homecoming watching the game. Definitely going to be the biggest stage I’ve every played on.

Being a senior is really different. You get senior seats obviously which is amazing you get a great view over everyone. I really don’t feel like a senior though it crazy that’s its already been 5 years since I came to fenn. I remember looking up to the senior like they were grown men. But now that I’m a senior it feels so different. I am really excited for senior year I can already feel as of this years going to fly by and I’ll be onto a new school. I hope I can really keep this in mind while the year flies by and cherish this year.


Changing the NBA

NBA offseason

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“In this fall, this is very tough, in this fall I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”-Lebron James, July 10 2010

Daniel Haines

Demarcus cousins, Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, have been some of the few big names in the NBA offseason. I’m still baffled by some of the trades and signings. The NBA offseason always has some big trades but this year was different. This NBA offseason has easily been the most interesting and insane. 

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