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January 2020

Pop song (with lyrics this time)

Fitz English Song


get me out of here


Take me outta here


Bring me outta here


Out of dis hell


I got justice without borders and algebra 1


None of this stuff is really any fun


This homework overload 


Should be against the code


Just get us out of here


How are they not aware


That no one really cares


Sitting on their chairs


In this hell


School keeping us till 5


How are we gonna look alive


We got three tests a day


This feels like a cliche

(In a talking voice) can’t wait to graduate.

WW Fenn speech

Making It Work




EJ and Pipo squat in the driveway
and poke their heads through
the wheel-well  and pass
a half inch socket and WD 40
to my bloodied hand.

I shout out to them:
"The transmission cooler line
is completely shot,
and the thread
on the flare nut
is stripped bare--
it turns, but won't catch,
into the radiator.
In short: we're screwed."

I can hear them giggling
and splashing in the oily cold
puddle I am soaked in.

While Pipo runs to get
the extra red hose we used
to fix the heater on the bus,
I send EJ to get the cement
we used to fix the gasket
on the wood stove.

In my sarcophagus
under the old Buick wagon,
I fumble through my pockets
and find some hose clamps
that just might work.

EJ slathers the flare nut
in an icing of black glue.
And so Pipo can use
his beloved tape measure,
he cuts me a piece of red hose
18 ½ inches long—exactly.

There is no turning back now:
I cut out the old line
and jam the flare nut
into the fitting
until it sets.

For a few minutes, everything
is dead serious.
Pipo lays on his belly
and fits the 18 ½ inch hose
to the cleanly cut ends
of the cooler lines.
EJ takes his flathead
and tightens the hose clamps,
while I keep
the damn flare nut
from moving.

And in the stale air,
beneath a 1988 LeSabre Wagon--
soaked in mud, love, oil and anti-freeze--
I am the luckiest man alive.


I chose this poem because it such a small moment. Small moments are what make your life so good and this moment tells a short little story taking place in a driveway. I can imagine this scenario only lasting for 5 whole minutes but those 5 minutes were special. These small moments are important to me, and to everyone, even if you don’t realize it.

The Power of Music

How music can change the mood anywhere


“Music is the strongest form of magic” - Marilyn      


         Music has many roles in our lives. Music made my vacation feel good. For some, music helps them get through a tough time, for others they listen so that there is no silence, for me, music sets the tone of what I am doing. For example, over summer vacation I went up to my grandmothers cottage in New Hampshire. I still felt like school was around the corner because I wasn’t fully used to the fact that I had a couple more months of vacation to go through. So one night we were driving along the shore of Hampton beach at night after coming back from a restaurant. I was pretty bored because there was nothing to do. My sister suggested that she played music from her phone into the cars speakers. We all just agreed since there wasn’t much to do and we weren’t having any conversations. It turns out she has a really good taste in music. We played a variety of songs and that is when I realized that I was on vacation. All of my other thoughts were gone and I was just living in the moment. What added to the whole scene was looking out the window and seeing the roaring ocean next to us as we drove past some pretty neat mansions. The combination of the music we were listening to and the scenery was on a whole other level of relaxation. Every day I wish I could go back to that awesome moment on that night in New Hampshire. Music is what set the tone for me, music is what made me feel that sense of realizing I was on vacation, and music is what made a boring car ride into a moment I will never forget. So if music ever felt like it was there for you to listen to and that it wasn’t important. Just remember, music can create valuable moments that you will cherish for all of your life, and you won’t regret them.