Power of Hard Times

Handling Disappointment

 

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''If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.''

Maya Angelou

 

            It’s hard to cope with a loss. When I lost my grandmother to breath cancer, I was devastated and didn’t think I would ever get over it. My recovery from losing my grandmother was a long road. This was the first time in my life, that I have felt real, devastation.When my grandmother was in the hospital, my whole family got to go visit her. This moment was super special, because I hadn’t been able to see my grandmother in months. Everyone was in the car, and nobody was speaking. We all just wanted to get to the hospital and see “Nana”. As we walked into the hospital, I was super nervous. As we walked on the gravel path leading up to the hospital, I found a striped rock, a Lucky rock. I was only 9 at the time, but I believed that the rock would give her the luck she needed to survive. As I peered over the hospital bed and saw my grandmother my face and her face both lit up. I handed over the rough and rigid rock with a white stripe going through it. She reached her weary hand out and accepted the gift. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that she accepted it. As I sat down after talking to her for a little while, I thought about the good times, making ginger bread cookies with her on Christmas, helping her cook the turkey on thanksgiving, having her bake a giant cake for me on my birthday, or even just sitting on her lap watching movie, I loved everything I did with my grandmother, and as I left the hospital room, I told Nana that I loved her. I didn’t know it then, but that was the last time I would see my grandmothers  face, with her rosy red cheeks and short black hair. I loved my grandmother more than anything, and when I received the news of her passing, I just balled my eyes out. I had never, ever, ever, felt devastation like this before. Dealing with this devastation helped me more than I think it did. I was bale how to keep going and persevere with out one of the most important people in my life, and that’s a skill that will never leave me. My grandmother wouldn’t want me to be sad and never get over it. She was one of those happiest people I know, and I know that she would have wanted me to be happy as well. While I was coping with the loss of my grandmother, it was like I ran into a big brick wall, but with everything I learned from my grandmother, she showed me where the door was.


Power of Place

My Comfort Zone

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'The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.''
Karen Salmansohn

 

            Your bed is different than all furniture. My bed is my favorite place to do anything, sleep, rest, eat, watch TV, play video games, anything. It would be a rare day if you didn’t see me in my bed. My soft, warm and luxurious mattress make it hard to get out of bed. My bed is one of my favorite places in the world, and it is my go to spot to relax. Whenever I am in deep thought, or feeling stressed, and I really need to think, I go to my bed. Whenever I need to work and study, my bed is inviting and I will always go there. When I’m in my bed my thoughts flow, and I work effectively. The day before I had to hand in my final literary analysis essay, I needed to write a one sentence conclusion. This is much harder than it may seem. I needed to think, because this was the most important essay of my entire 8th grade year. The first thing I did was go to my room, close my door and hop onto my bed. When I am comfortable and in silence I am able to think and do my best work. I was able to find the perfect sentence and get an A on the paper. It was because of the comfort of my bed, that I was able to do my best thinking. My bed is always inviting, and it’s by far the place where I do my best work and thinking. I do everything in my bed, and that’s why it is one of my favorite places to hang out. That is why whenever I am need to grind out a couple hours of homework, or study for an upcoming test tat I am stressed about, or even use think about life, I will resort to my bed. My bed calms me down, but it also wakes me up.

 

 

 


Call of the Wild

               Buck Lewis

     Section 2

Call of the Wild essay

Wednesday October 23rd

 

Devolution and Companionship 

 

 

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“The solution to alone-ness is not more solitude, but companionship and community”  

(Rober Fulgham)

            Buck, a young St.Bernard Shepard mix, is beaten and almost killed for stopping at a sled rest stop. He is exhausted and has no will to go forward. Buck is beaten by his master, Hal, and Buck would have had every last organ beaten out of him if it wasn’t for John Thornton. John Thornton is a middle aged man from Canada. He saved Bucks life by tackling Hal as Hal was about to take Bucks life. In the book, The Call of the wild, by Jack London, Companionship is what ended up saving Bucks life. Bucks will to survive and Devaluate is what kept him going and got him to the point of finding his forever long companion, John Thornton. While reading and annotating this piece of literature, I may have struggled with the wording of lots of things, but at the end of the day, this Novela has further extended my knowledge of sled dogs in the late 1800’s.

 

All dogs aren’t what they may seem. In the book, The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck has to show his true primordial beast when he is faced with adversity. Buck goes through thick and thin, and the thing that keeps him alive is his inner animal, and his will to fight and even kill other dogs. If Buck was not able to find an urge to kill other dogs and fight for survival, he would have died early on after leaving Judge Miller’s home. In Chapter three of The Call of the Wild, Buck and Spitz circle each other, both of them waiting to make a move. The hate and bitterness between the two has built up, and they are ready to fight. As they twist and tumble, a pack of six bony and scrawny huskies attack the camp looking for anything edible. He and Spitz are forced to defend their camp, and kill the huskies:

 

“Once, his teeth closed on the fore leg of a husky, and he crunched down through the bone. Pike, the malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular. The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness. He flung himself upon another, and at the same time felt teeth sink into his own throat. It was Spitz, treacherously attacking from the side”[Chapter 3]

 

All dogs have a true primordial beast inside of them, it’s just matter of when they let it out. Buck let his out a lot, but he did it in the right moments. When Buck needed to fight for himself or needed food desperately, he showed everybody what he had on the inside, and that’s a huge reason why he was able to survive for so long. With out it, Buck wouldn’t have made it far, and that’s why he owes his luck of survival to his primordial beast. All animals can release their primordial beast, it’s just a matter of wether they need to or not, and that is what the book, The Call of the Wild, has taught me.

 

Companionship works when nothing else does. In the book, Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck and John Thornton grow  very close overtime and the unlikely companions grow a bond that benefits both of them. The relationship between the two companions only gets better and stronger. Their relationship has ups and downs, near death experiences and overall fun, but the two are able too see through it all and sustain a close man dog relationship. The relationship between Buck and John Thornton grows the moment that Hal whips Buck with a stick and Thornton saves Buck. Buck was weary and almost unconscious. As Thornton scoops Buck of the ground and carry’s him into his warm and inviting home. As the relationship between the to grow, Buck saves John Thornton’s life. After that moment, Buck felt certain that John Thornton was the person for  him:

 

“Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Miller's.With the Judge's sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge's grandsons, a pompous guardianship. With the Judge himself, a stately dignified friendship. But love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.”[ Chapter 6]

 

Throughout the book, Bucks relationship with John Thornton grew and grew until they were inseparable mates. Without John Thornton by Bucks side, I don’t believe that Buck would have survived much longer. Although Buck is one of the toughest dogs ever, hd might not be able to make it on his own. That is why when John Thornton joined Bucks side, things took a turn for the best for Buck. Everything goes better with someone by your side, and the book The Call of the Wild, proves that. 

 

Buck is faced with adversity and answers with companionship; he is faced with death and answers the call of the wild, and if you can learn from this book, you will have learned good lessons.


The Power of Passion

My LOVE for Baseball

 

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''Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is.''-Bob Feller

 

            Running, hitting, fielding, scoring. Baseball is my favorite sport in the whole world, and for good reason. Ever since I can remember, I have always had a baseball bat in my hands. I have come a long way from there, and I now wake up every Saturday and Sunday morning and go to my games, and if I’m lucky a tournament. My dad has always had a huge impact on me, because he shares his passion and love for baseball with me. In 6th grade he was coaching my town team. We were in the semi-finals of a tournament, and I was very nervous. As we got to the field on a brisk Wednesday afternoon, I was ready to win. I started at catcher, and stayed there for the whole game. I struggles to hit a little, but in the 6th inning I drove in one run with an rbi single, I was exuberant. And then in the 7th inning, with two outs, bases loaded, we were up by one with 2 outs to go. The pitcher threw the ball, the hitter smacked the ball into the outfield were it was caught, and then it was being thrown home to me. I caught the ball and laid my glove on the runner before he touched home plate. Our entire team was ecstatic and nine of us could contain our excitement. I looked over to the dugout, and my dad had a huge smile on his face. My baseball career wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of my dad. That is why is you want to get better to something, you are probably going to need help and support. Baseball is my favorite sport, and I hope to continue playing at my new school. I will always love baseball, and I owe that to my dad. Baseball will always be a huge part of my life, because it opens new doors for me to step into


The Power of Family

Stronger Together

 

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“Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family”- Unknown

Family will always be there. My parents have supported me through mistakes that I have made and helped me get over them. My Mom and Dad have always been there for me when I needed them the most. When I am most sad, the first people that I look to are my parents.

 

My parents support me in whatever happens to me. When I was in seventh grade, I tried out for JV basketball, and when I received the news I didn’t make the team, I was devastated. When I got home that night my parents could tell I was not happy. When I told my parents what had happened, they told me that “ just because you didn’t make JV basketball this year doesn’t mean you won’t make it next year”, or “ this doesn’t make you a bad basketball player”, and that was the support that I needed to help me get over what seemed like a tragedy. And when the time came to try out for JV basketball the next year, the support from my parents was enough to help me make the team. They put my head in the right mental state, and without their help I might not have made the team.

 

To know that whatever I do, wherever I go and how I choose to live my life, my parents will be there to support me is the best feeling in the world. When I made JV Basketball in 8th grade, the first people I called were my parents. I knew that without there support and encouragement I wouldn’t have made the team, and that I needed to thank them. I knew from that moment on, that if I was down and needed emotional support my parents would be the first people that I would go to.   

 

When you are in need of help, the first people you should go to are those in your family.


The Call of the Wild

                                                                                                            Buck Lewis

     Section 2

Call of the Wild essay

Wednesday October 23rd

 

Devolution and Companionship 

 

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“The solution to alone-ness is not more solitude, but companionship and community”  (Rober Fulgham)

 

 

    Buck, a young St.Bernard Shepard mix, is beaten and almost killed for stopping at a sled rest stop. He is exhausted and has no will to go forward. Buck is beaten by his master, Hal, and Buck would have had every last organ beaten out of him if it wasn’t for John Thornton. John Thornton is a middle aged man from Canada. He saved Bucks life by tackling Hal as Hal was about to take Bucks life. In the book, The Call of the wild, by Jack London, Companionship is what ended up saving Bucks life. Bucks will to survive and Devaluate is what kept him going and got him to the point of finding his forever long companion, John Thornton. While reading and annotating this piece of literature, I may have struggled with the wording of lots of things, but at the end of the day, this Novela has further extended my knowledge of sled dogs in the late 1800’s.

 

 

All dogs aren’t what they may seem. In the book, The Call of the wild, by Jack London, Buck has to devaluate into his true self when he is faced with adversity. Buck goes through thick and thin, and the thing that keeps him alive is his inner animal, and his will to fight and even kill other dogs. If Buck was not able to find an urge to kill other dogs and fight for survival, he would have died early on after leaving Judge Miller home. In Chapter three of The Call of the Wild, Buck and Spitz circle each other, both of them waiting to make a move. The hate and bitterness between the two has built up, and they are ready to fight. As they twist and tumble, a pack of 6 bony and scrawny huskies attack the camp looking for anything edible. He and Spitz are forced to defend their camp, and kill the huskies:

 

“Once, his teeth closed on the fore leg of a husky, and he crunched down through the bone. Pike, the malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular. The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness. He flung himself upon another, and at the same time felt teeth sink into his own throat. It was Spitz, treacherously attacking from the side”[Chapter 3]

 

Companionship works when nothing else does. In the book, Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck and John Thornton grow  very close overtime and the unlikely companions grow a bond that benefits both of them. The relationship between the two companions only gets better and stronger. Their relationship has ups and downs, near death experiences and overall fun, but the two are able too see through it all and sustain a close man dog relationship. The relationship between Buck and John Thornton grows the moment that Hal whips Buck with a stick and Thornton saves Buck. Buck was weary and almost unconscious. As Thornton scoops Buck of the ground and carry’s him into his warm and inviting home. As the relationship between the to grow, Buck saves John Thornton’s life. After that moment, Buck felt certain that John Thornton was the person for  him:

 

 

“Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Miller's.With the Judge's sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge's grandsons, a pompous guardianship. With the Judge himself, a stately dignified friendship. But love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.”[ Chapter 6]

 

 

 

The lessons that the book The Call of the Wild, by Jack London have taught me are instrumental in shaping the way I think about dog sledding in the late 1800’s. This book has not only taught me about the relationship between a man and his dog, or how all dogs can devaluate, it also taught me about adaptation.m and the will to keep fighting. I really learned a ton about not giving up though. Buck was beaten, starved, dehydrated and weak, but it didn’t stop him from leading his lack of wolves onward. Buck was faced with death, and he answered with his will to survive. Another major thing I learned form this book, is how animals adapt. This was not one of my major themes, but Buck had to adapt to the life of a sled dog. Buck was born and raise in California, which is much different from the environment in Canada. Buck had to adapt to the extreme coldness and lack of food to survive. The final thing that The Call of the Wild taught me, was how to find companionship. Companionship is what saved Bucks life, and without it, Buck would have died early in in this book. I learned that one you are at the lowest point, and everything in life is going bad, you need to find a companion to help you get through it. When I first staring reading this book I wasn’t excited. I read slowly and highlighted everything that related or my theme and tough words. This wasn’t fun, but reading this kind of literature teaches many lessons. I may have struggled through tough words, spent hours of highlighting and having to read page after page, but looking back, this book was worth my time.

 

 

Buck is faced with adversity and answers with companionship; he is faced with death and answers the call of the wild, and if you can learn from this book, you will have learned good lessons.


Companionship in The Call of the Wild

How a Dog and a Man Progress Together

“A bond between a man and a dog is not one that can be easily broken.” -Anonymous 

Sometimes it takes time to find the right person. In the novela, Call of the wild, by Jack London, the unifying theme of companionship affected me and my classmates. It touched upon how at first Bucks  original family was ripped from him, but in the end he found the right family. In this novel, Jack London try’s to get across the point that although times can be hard, in the end it will all work out. This as a matter of fact happened in call of the wild. Buck went through thick and thin, but Thornton welcomed him with his arms out, and at first sight, it was friendship.

 

When Buck was first stolen from Judge Miller, I thought that Buck would be tortured and never loved again. He was tortured, but he was loved eventually. Buck bounced around from state to state, to country to country. I thought that after Buck left Perrault, and was sold to Hal and Charles, that he would end up on his own and die. But when Thornton welcomed him and took him in, I believed that companionship would come between the two of them. Thornton and Buck at first didn’t seem like they would work well together. Thornton already had two sled dogs. The thing that tested the companionship between Thornton and Buck was when their camp was raided. The camp was raided by the When Buck finally realized that Thornton had died, he was filled with rage. He fought and fought, until he had killed off an entire Indian fleet. After rethinking back to when he first started becoming best friends with John Thornton, he was able to clearly see what an amazing man he was, “Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time. This he had never experienced at Judge Miller's.With the Judge's sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge's grandsons, a pompous. guardianship. With the Judge himself, a stately dignified friendship. But love that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.” Buck was able to see the love that John Thornton had for Buck, and their relationship ended early. The love between the two will live on and a bond like that isn’t broken after one of them is lost.

 

Reflecting back on the book, I realized that when a dog and a human have a strong bond, it is hard to be broken. The bond between John Thornton and Buck was one that didn’t take a long time to develop. Almost instantly they had a connection. Right when Buck was abused and not treated well, he was at the lowest point of his life. Not long after, he hit the highest point of his life when he actually met John Thornton.

 

Buck may have lost Thornton, but he didn’t lose the will to fight for him.


A cool summer night

Where will the night take us?

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“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”- Steve Mariboli

 I look out over the dark blue water and see all the old Maine lobster boats shining in the sunlight. The sun is starting to set in a bed of clouds and the salty air feels like giant fan blowing all around me. It just felt like life was slowing down, and I wish I was stuck in that moment forever. But sometimes you just need to slow down and appreciate the small things in life. Wether it be watching a sunset or even just talking around a campfire, the small thighs in life turn out to be the best things. When you slow down, life has so much more too it, but most of us are just too busy thinking and worrying that we don’t. When you can appreciate life and slow down, life is simplified. 

 

It was Saturday night and our entire family was on the boat. The hip-hop music was playing loudly and the water was glistening. It was hot out, but the nice breeze relaxed all of us. It was the perfect moment. The sun was setting, the water was glistening like diamonds and the breeze felt amazing. It was like time stopped for a minute. I felt so calm and not stressed out. It was like everything in my outside life had just gone away and the only thing that mattered was in that moment. It was like nothing I had ever felt before. I look to my right and there’s nothing but clouds and water for miles and miles. I look to my left and I see the rocky coast of Maine, everything seemed surreal.

 

As we landed at the rough wooden dock, I jumped out and grabbed the rope. We all took off our life jackets and walked up the skinny metal stairwell up to the restaurant. This was everyone in my family’s favorite place to eat. We all went right up to the register and had to wait in line. As we were getting closer and closer, I couldn’t decide what I wanted. As it turned out turn to order, I chose the lobster roll with French fries. I grab the white recite with a number in bold, 422. We headed back to our table with cold root beers in our hand. Before our food came our family as talking about the days ahead, because that night was our last night in Maine for the summer. As we continued to talk, I heard I woman call out, “order number 422.” That was our number and I darted over to snag our food. As I put the food down, everybody grabbed for their food. We were all starving. I took a bite of the delicious lobster meat and it tasted so good. As I devoured the last bite of it, me and my siblings asked the question my parents were hoping we weren’t going to say, “can we get ice cream?” As it was our last night in Maine, they couldn’t say no. As we hopped back into our boat, with an ice cream dripping in our hands, it was a sad but special night.

 

The boat ride home was magical. The moon was a giant light bulb lighting up the entire sky. It reflected into the twinkling water illuminating everything. We were all talking about the following weeks. They then finally brought up the thing that none of us wanted to hear, “School starts in 2 days!” That brought all of our moods down. I love school, but the idea that summer was ending didn’t sit too well with us. We didn’t let that ruin our night though. As we slowly motored through the dark night, I thought to myself, “how could I make this night any better, and then it hit me I wanted to jump in the water.” As we found a spot out in the ocean with no rocks or motorboats near us, I was ready to jump. I took of my shirt and my socks and climbed to the  railing of the boat, I leaped off the railing into the brisk blue water. It was frigid, it felt like frosty the snow man had just given me a hug. As I climbed back into the boat, my mom wrapped a towel around me. As I put my clothes back on, I reflected on what a fun night I had, and that I would remember it for a while.

 

Slowing down and appreciating life doesn’t actually slow down your life, it just opens gateways and paths to happiness.

 


All Season Long

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“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
- J.K Rowling

 

Fall...

 

Cold and bitter air
Taking trips to the state fair
Warm clothes that we wear

  

Pumpkins all over
Trick or treaters with candy
Apple picking starts

 

Winter...

 

Frigid, frosty, icy
Snowboarding and ice skating
Red noses and cheeks

 

Snow flakes plummeting 
The snow blankets our back yard 
Boots, mittens and hats.

 

 

Spring...

 

Green all over the earth
Flowers blooming globally
Short sleeve shirts and shorts

 

Baseball being smacked
Kids blowing dandelions
Summers almost there...

 

 

Summer...

  

The suns always out
ice cream dripping from my chin
Going to the beach

 

Barbecues all day
Not a worry in the world
Hope this never ends...


Belknap reflection

Teamwork makes the dream work 

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“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."- Michael Jordan

 

Camp Belknap was definitely one of the more interesting field trips I have ever been on. It was fun, when we did the fun activities like dodgeball, Biju ball and build a boat out of cardboard. But there where some parts of the trip that I didn’t find as fun. I felt that whatever we did, the teachers and camp counselors always tried to relate it back to being leaders of Fenn. I’m not against getting told about how we need to be leaders this year, as a matter of fact I would also encourage it, but they tried to hard to relate dodgeball and leadership, it didn’t work. Leadership in the 9th grade is important though. We as ninth graders need to be leaders, but teaching us at belknap wasn’t a great fit. When we took a poll in our advisory all of the kids said that they over enforced leadership and that it made the trio less fun.

 

My Favorite part of this trip was building the boat made out of cardboard. Our group was thinking about who we should send in the boat and our first idea was “who is the lightest.” So it was decided that we would she Tucker. In our group there was about 7 kids. But most of the kids goofed off and Me, Mathew, Lukas Zhang Tucker and Daniel Haines. It was a fun group and we knew if we worked hard, we could have a good chance of winning. So we decided that if we used all of our duct tape, it would help make a steadier and more waterproof boat. So we worked hard taping cardboard into the boat and making it bigger and bigger. I distinctly remember Tucker climbing in and we all though that our bought was going to sink. So once our boat was fully duct taped, the timer rang, just in time. The very next day we had our card board boat regatta. We got Tucker excited to do it and we were ready. We put our boat in the water, put Tucker in and me and Mathew were ready to give him a push. The whistle sounded and me and Mathew pushed Tucker off. Our boat was the only boat that actually could be paddled. But it only made about 6 paddles, and then it was whoever could drag the boat in the water the fastest. Peter Schiebe was winning but he went to the wrong finish line! Tucker strides through the finish line as we all bombarded him. We were all so happy! That was definitely the highlight of my Belknap trip.

 

This was the best moment of the trip in my mind. We had tons of other fun activities like rock climbing canoeing and team building exercises. This trip went by quick and I tightened a lot of the bonds, but I also created new ones. After having a few days to reflect on the trip it think it went well and that we bounced back after our first night.