All Quiet on the Western Front

Horrors of war, Comradeship



“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” 


― Helen Keller

Paul lies in a trench with the body of a lifeless French soldier beside him. He was killed by Paul’s hand for the first time, and the horror of a man's dead face haunts Paul. As Paul looks through the man's belongings, he finds a wallet, which has a picture of his  wife and kids. Paul knows that by killing this man he has also taken away a husband and a father. He realizes that the only thing that differentiates him and the French soldier he killed is the side of the war that they are on. This scene in the novel All Quiet on the Western Front describes the horror of war, and the comradeship that these men had. The horror of war tore down Paul mentally and physically, but comradery kept him alive.

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The Power of Failure


In order to succeed you must fail


Failure is not the opposite of success, it is a part of success



You learn so much from failing. During one English class, I realized so much about failure, and what it teaches us about life. It was Wednesday April 28th as I walked to the gym. Fitz had let me take the class period to make a blog post and I knew exactly what I was going to do. I had also wanted to do a trick shot for my blog post, and I finally had my chance. I wasn’t sure what this trick shot was going to look like, but I knew that it was going to be insane. I started to try and kick a volleyball into the net from the opposite net, but soon realized that was way too hard. I started to throw the volleyball, and hit the rim several times, which was really frustrating. After a while, I kept getting closer and closer to the net but nothing was working. After the hour had passed, I was devastated, I had so much hope that I was going to make a trick shot but it never happened. While I was sad that I didn’t make a trick shot, I learned that in life you don’t always have to succeed, and you learn more from failing. It is important to remember that you don’t always have to win because it is important to lose. 


All Quiet on the Western Front


Six Chapters of Challenges


The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.



Nothing meaningful comes without struggles, and All Quiet on the Western Front is challenging me to comprehend words that I have never heard before, and it's making me dig deep for themes and the real purpose of this old war novel. While reading this book I have been forced to engage in a whole new way. The book is full of words and phrases that I never knew, and the vocabulary has taught me so much about life back then. The themes in this book are profound and make this book something special. I’m realizing that if you take away all of the confusing words and phrases then this book is a real masterpiece of Literature.


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The Power of Diversity

One thing can change the way you live



“We can never be satisfied with what we have, but only for what we can have.”


I remember the day like it was yesterday, when I heard my mom call my sisters and I down for a family meeting. Her tone was different. It was sad, and I knew something was up. I came downstairs and I knew that this wasn’t going to be a normal discussion. She looked at my dad and then looked at us and said that “We have something to tell you.” I remember thinking what was going to happen, were my sisters and I were in trouble? My heart was beating out of my chest when my dad took a deep breath and said “I have cancer”. Those three words have changed my life in such a drastic way.

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The Power of Family

The Power of Family 


My family’s love for me

The most important love is the love of your family. My family is always there for me whenever I am feeling sad or I am hurt. One time they were there for when I really needed them was my first day of Fenn. I was so scared about going to a new school and I was really nervous about what to expect. My family pulled up to Fenn and I got out of the car. I gave my sisters a hug and then I moved on to my parents. They both looked at with very loving eyes. First I said goodbye to my mom and gave her a hug. Then I said goodbye to my dad and it was time to go to class. Right when I was leaving they yelled. “ just remember that we always love you” . For me this was really important. All of the stress and nervousness that I had in me just kind of left. From that point on I realized that no matter what you do or what happens your family will always be there for you.

~Spencer Harnden 

A lovely haiku

Winter Haiku


At the end of the short day

When the moon is at peak 

You can hear the crows singing

~ Spencer H


This haiku tells a really good story and even though it is simple, it paints a picture in the reader's mind. This was challenging to come up with but once I had an idea what to write about it, I did it with ease. This shows that even in the night when it seems that all is dark, the night will never fully be dark and silent. 


The Art of Racing in the Rain

Perseverance. Listening. Life lessons

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
~Helen Keller


    One night Enzo and Denny are watching an old tape of his Denny racing. The track is wet, and Denny's team decided to switch to rain tires, putting Denny far behind the other competitors. The odds were stacked against Denny as the race was coming to an end. Denny starts passing other cars that aren't using rain tires and are therefore struggling. Denny was determined and raced with the rainy weather and not against it. He ended up winning the race. The Art of Racing in the Rain taught me that you should always persevere; you should always listen, and your life should be filled with many lessons. 

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