Cunning & Courage

Telemachus search for courage 


While i myself go down to Ithaca, rouse his son to a braver pitch, inspire his heart with courage”


Telemachus throughout the first and second book has been building up courage to find the whereabouts of his father. It seemed like all of fate and the gods had a grudge against Odysseus preventing him from coming home. Then Athena came and helped him find the courage to actually do something with his life and it flipped a switch. “ But I’ll cry out to the everlasting gods in hopes that Zeus will pay you back with a vengeance—all of you destroyed in my house while I go scot-free myself!” Telemachus finally got the courage to speak out against the suitors and speak out for himself. Telemachus said this in response to Antinous trying  to make Telemachus blame his mother for what was happening saying “ so high and mighty, Telemachus— such unbridled rage! Well now, fling your accusations at us? Think to pin the blame at us? You think again. It’s not suitors to blame, it’s your own dear mothers the matchless queen of cunning.” Telemachus mom was cunning because she found many ways to avoid having to pick a suitor.

Hero Cycle

I was having dinner with my family and then my dad asked him if I could help out with a foundation for kids in Uganda who aren’t able to afford education and are single parent households called Clover Foundation. He's been helping the foundation since he’s from Uganda and he asked if I could make a video that would go on their Facebook asking for sports equipment. I never wanted to do it because I thought it wouldn’t have any effect and I was nervous about how I would sound and how it would be perceived. I wasn’t really given a choice to do it, so I guess you could say that my dad helped me throughout this process. I started thinking about things I could say and we worked together on making a sorta script. My first test was overcoming procrastination when it came to filming the video. I used to make excuses that I had too much homework and didn’t have any time. I would  say I’m doing it tomorrow for multiple days until it becomes obvious that I would never do this unless someone intervenes. My dad helped me overcome this procrastination by telling me one day to film the video so we could get it done as soon as possible and get it over with. I started to record it and it took me a lot of tries until I finally got it down and became comfortable with my script and how I was sounding. I was proud of what I had at the end and the end video was as bad as I made it out to seem. Then they posted it on Facebook and I didn’t receive any feedback. After a while people were telling me that I did good and that my video was helpful. This made me feel good and I was really happy that I was able to take part in something like this. At the end of this was one of my first tastes of doing community service work and I felt good knowing that I was helping people who were less fortunate. I became intrigued in service learning and have done a lot ever since.


"Curiosity killed the cat"

It didn’t kill this cat….


It was my 5th grade year during flop, I used to always be curious, forcing myself to find the answer to everything that I haven’t solved. This curiosity led me to try and find out what was inside a baseball, using an exacto knife. You're probably thinking it’s not a great idea to give a 5th grader an exacto knife, you're right it ended with me cutting my arm pretty deep. Trying to find out what’s inside a baseball has led me into a spiral of always being curious

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Why we shouldn’t a flat tax rate


~Baze Kalisa

In an ideal world a flat tax rate seems like the best thing to do when it comes to taxes. Everyone is taxed the same percentage which seems fair and simple to do. Unfortunately in a world where poverty and lower income families are becoming more of a problem and the wealth gap increasing it isn’t ideal. If we were to use a flat tax rate it would only be beneficial to only 19 percent of America. In my opinion the pros greatly outweigh the cons and although a flat tax rate seems fair it is in fact unfair to the majority of America. Whether we should have a flat tax rate really depends on what you believe is more important, those who are struggling everyday to afford food, electricity, and a household and the wealthy.

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To be, or not to be, that is the question

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th'oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of dispriz'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th'unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.

Life with uncertainty 

Everyday our lives are filled with doubt and uncertainty. To be or not to be in Hamlet, by Shakespeare, Hamlet is going on a rant about a life and death about the world full of vengeance and corruption. life isn’t so simple to hamlet and is full of questions remaining to be answered. Hamlet is going on a rant about the madness of the world.

Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause—there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

This quote show how Hamlet is debating why life is the way it is. He’s wondering what the difference between life and death is. For me it’s kinda hard for me to find the themes in the speech and it was hard to find a quote that supports the theme just like how Hamlet is finding a hard time finding the themes in life. In life we are filled with uncertainty that we might never figure out.

I chose this poem because Fitz suggested it to me and I thought it was a good idea to give me a challenge. In 6th grade I had to do a Shakespeare play and I was in MacBeth so I know how challenging it can be to do memorize and present a Shakespeare piece infront of a group of people. I like how powerful this dialogue is and it gives a message that anyone one with at le war a small level of comprehension can understand and get a message out of the text. I’m a little bit worried about it but I’m excited to start memorizing it and saying it on my death bed in the future. Doing the WW Fenn video was a lot different than I expected I was able to find a lot of pictures that go with the video but they were hard to transition smoothly and I felt like It was hard for me to record because my delivery felt off and I might have mumbled and mispronounced some of the words. The recitation of the WW Fenn went a lot smoother that I expected I feel like all my classmates did great and did a very good job when it came to reciting their pieces I felt like I could have done a better job and that I rushed myself through my recitation. Other than that I think I had a great time reciting and I’m glad that the process is over

Life ain’t easy

The sun rose up before the break of dawn

The suns strong presence chased away the clouds

Ninety one million miles away still

it shined so brightly that it hurts the eye

The sun all alone in the dark blue skies

Small young children running around outside 

Avoiding all the cars parked to the side

Weaving  and maneuvering side to side 

Like a man once named Mohammed Ali

A blue car pulls up next to the children 

then bang, a gun shot a kid drops to the ground

A car drives away blood pools on the ground

A small child surrounded by thick red blood

Children running around screaming for help

Adults rush to help, some go to the kid 

And some chase after the blue car toting guns

A mother holding and grasping her son

Weeping as he takes his last staggered breaths

One kid unfazed by he has just seen


See something like this happens all the time

I first witnessed murder when I was nine

My brother died walking back home from school

But that’s just the usual it ain’t brand new

lost my three closet friends didn’t shed a tear

Many nights where gunshots is all I hear

Thinking one day I’ll make it out of here 

Focused on school stayed up late studying 

hard work paid off a scholarship to Yale 

Life was never easy where I am from

But I was motivated to get out

Now I’m successful happy where I am

All the pain I went through I remember 

One day murder won’t be the regular 

Kids won’t get used to the irregular 

I’m doing my part to make that come true

My story is over pass it on to you


An Interesting Exam

life is interesting you either have fun or you done


Finally I’m done with the exam, but honestly it was fun to do. It felt like a big game trying to trick my brain with the microworx and the big paragraph we had to proofread, edit, and revise. Since I was able to already complete half the exam beforehand I didn’t feel rushed and I could really take my time and go through the comma rules correction and the paragraph. And now writing this metacognition I can finally take a deep breath and exhale, the work is done, this long and stressful week of exams is over now all I have left to do is watch an interesting production of the Christmas Carol and it’s time for a two week winter break.

Doing the literary analysis was really enjoyable, because I got to do it with some of my friends in class. Even though we may have had our arguments and poked fun at each other we got our work done into an essay I’m really proud of. 

Doing the reflection was fun too. Reflecting on how I felt while reading the book is something I think I should practice more, because it taught me that how I feel is also important and that it’s something you should really think about.

Overall this exam was an enjoyable experience, I wouldn’t say I want to do it again because it’s an exam but I do hope that my exams from now on will have a similar experience. 

Old Man in the Sea reflection

The meaning in books


To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The meaning of a book doesn’t come right away.  The Old Man and the Sea made me really think about what the meaning of the book was. It made me have to read between the lines and think about the metaphors within the novel. Reading the Old Man and the Sea made me read with more intent. Instead of reading it just to get over it and then do my journal entries I started to look for the meaning in the book. This made it more enjoyable to read because I felt like there was a purpose to reading this book and I actually gained a lot from reading Old man and the Sea

When I first started reading Old Man and the Sea I thought of it as nothing other than a boring book we would have to read for class. I thought that it wouldn’t interest me and that the meaning of the book would be too complicated to understand or that it would be a boring tale about a man fishing, and then having the daunting task of writing a Literary Analysis. Looking at lit charts after I finished reading for the day and seeing some of the themes that were available I was finally able to connect with the book. I could see the true meaning of the book and look at it as not a boring fishing tale but a metaphor for life. 

I learned that often times meaning books have a deeper meaning than what you originally thought, and it might take a while to find it and understand but when you do you can start to enjoy the book more for what it is. I think I could see Santiago’s struggle when trying to catch the marlin and then after intense battles with sharks to see his amazing catch gone and wasted with nothing left but a skeleton. The fight he went through and the connections he made within nature helped me reach a conclusion and takeaway a lesson from the book. if you told me when I first started reading Old Man and the Sea I would enjoy it, be interested in it, and understand it. I would have never believed you. But now that I’ve read and have really gained something from the story I now encourage you to read it. It’s a short tale about an old man fishing and it’s up to you to see how you interpret the books meaning.


This assignment was actually pretty easy for me to do. I've done a literary reflection before, after we read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. And it was difficult to do it the first time but when I got the hang of it I think that it became much easier to write. Reflecting on my time reading a book is something I’ve never done until this year but I think it is really helpful. I’ve done reflections on books but I learned that reflecting on how you felt reading the book is also just as helpful. I don’t know if there’s any way to improve this assignment because I did enjoy doing it.

Literary Analysis

Man and Nature


Man is not above nature, but in nature. 

~Ernst Haeckel

Man is not against nature, man is with nature. Some people may see The Old Man and The Sea as a book about Santiago vs nature, but in reality it's about Santiago with nature. While Santiago is out at sea trying to catch a marlin, he is one with nature and makes connections with his surroundings. Santiago uses his relationship with nature to feel what the marlin would feel and says to the marlin “I’ll stay with you.” and always talks to it so he doesn’t feel lonely

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