The Power Of Reflection

           

The Thoughts Of Life

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            Being in quarantine has enabled me to better understand and appreciate the simplicity of life that must have influenced Thoreau when he wrote his thoughts about life for Walden.  Without the fast pace and endless distractions of what used to be my life, my days often seem long and indistinguishable now, and this sudden change of pace has given me a lot time to reflect on what I believe and how I want to live my life.  As I move into a new phase of my life in high school, this time has enabled me to recognize the importance of being part of a community, to empathize with those less fortunate than me, and to better appreciate all the opportunities that I have been given in life.

 

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Journal Entry 1

Going Through The Storm

Taking On The Covid-19 Pandemic Together

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      The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on halt like never before. This storm we are facing is a testament to the will of the human race that we have to face head-on. Humanity has never faced anything like this before and the unordinary and unpredictable has now become a common occurrence in this pandemic. 

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Personal Memoir

An Apology To My Sister

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                I think I owe my older sister Michaela an apology.  For the past two years, she has been doing an online high school program because her dance training with the Boston Ballet requires her to be in Boston at least 30 hours a week and regular high schools could not provide that flexibility.  So naturally, being the good little brother that I am and seeing an opening, I have consistently been giving her an endless amount of grief and insults about her educational status — from calling her a high school dropout, calling what she does fake school, and teasing that if I got to have my text books with me when I took a test, I would have perfect grades too.  She’s not amused by my comments and behavior and usually cuts me off at the get-go. Up until a few weeks ago (seems like years?), she had perfected the art of ignoring me when I go down that home school teasing road.  I would often get a lecture from my mom about how hard Michaela works and that I should keep my comments to myself.

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Journal Entry 3

Virtual Learning

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               Distance learning has taken us all by surprise, and me especially. I’m a hands-on learner so distance learning hasn’t been my favorite. Distance learning is simply different from walking down halls laughing with my friends to being replaced by hopping from zoom to zoom while texting with my friends, or asking a simple question turning into an email, and my learning being put on pause multiple times as my WiFi attempts to make out what my teacher was saying. It is what it is, and slowly I’ve been coming to terms with that, yet it is a strange time that we are living in and the thought of virtual learning still gives me an uneasy feeling in my stomach. 

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Journal Entry 2

Running 

 

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              Running. It’s painful, tedious, and exhausting. So, why do so many Americans do it? People run for many reasons. Most often, people run to stay in shape and to reach an ideal body weight, but for me it has become an escape from the craziness in the world. The power in a good run can be felt by anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Its simplicity requires minimal experience or equipment, as the running motion is an innate movement for the human body and healing for the mind. Running was never a a passion of mine and I’ve still never run on cross country or track teams, but I figured you’ll never know until you try. This is definitely true when it comes to running; and it is how I recently discovered my love for it. Though it can be a sport of endurance or speed, for me running means releasing stress and really testing my body's limits. Being in quarantine for the past month helped me find this new passion for running. Since then, I have been running almost daily with my dog Coco accompanying me on her leash.

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Savagery And The Beast In Lord Of The Flies

The Beast Within

Savagery And The Beast In Lord Of The Flies

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“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”
William Golding, Lord Of The Flies

      Savagery is found within us all. In Lord Of The Flies, the temporary civilization which the boys form collapses under the weight of the savagery and darkest impulses within them. In the book, the author Golding symbolizes the ‘Beast” as a representation of the savage impulses each boy experiences. Throughout the book savagery arises when the Beast is no longer is suppressed. Characters like Jack thrive on the savagery within them and use fear to lead, yet leaders like Ralph turn towards civilization to think and act responsibly. In the book, Jack and his hunters become true savages when they kill the pig in their hunt for food, but in doing so, surrender to their darkest impulses. 

“His mind was crowded with memories; of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, a knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” [Chapter Four, William Golding, Lord Of The Flies]

Dark impulses are within everyone, and in Lord Of The Flies, certain characters explore and reach into their darkest impulses.  For instance, as Ralph says in the book, “Maybe there is a beast... maybe it's only us.” The beast is within everyone — when Jack killed the pig, and when the little and big nuns both chanted “Kill the Pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.” Fear is power and savagery is a deep instinct in all of us, but savagery is the beast. The deep savagery in us all this theme of savagery in the book governs some but the real strong characters like Simon and Ralph suppress their inner beast. Savagery Is hidden within all of us, but what shows the true character is how you deal with it. 


Short Story Writing Advice

 

Short Story Advice

Advice On How To Write A Good Short Story

 

          Writing a short story is a long and hard process, but now that I have finished I have learned of a few important parts of the writing process to remember and consider. In writing a shorty story well it is crucial to work by yourself, just keep writing, edit and revise, give enough detail, and be dedicated towards your work. Knowing this will guide towards a productive and easy process in writing a great short story.

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Literary Analysis Mid-Year Exam Piece

Jack Moskow 

Mid-Year Exam

Ninth Grade Fitz English

A Children’s Imagination

A Child’s Christmas In Wales Literary Analysis Essay

 

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

— Albert Einstein 

          The imagination of Christmas sparkles in children’s imagination and in families’ love when they come together.  Dylan Thomas’s heartwarming tale, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, paints an unforgettable picture of Christmas through a young boy’s recollection of the holiday.  His vivid imagination and playful sense of wonder drive the story, reminding readers of the innocence and enthusiasm with which children approach life, and the importance of enjoying simple pleasures at Christmas and beyond.  By choosing a child narrator and highlighting only children’s experiences in the story, Thomas sends his readers a message that the playful perspective of children is equally important to that of adults and should be an opportunity for reflection for how we approach life.

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Narrative Writing Mid-Year Exam Piece

Jack Moskow 

Mid-Year Exam 

Ninth Grade Fitz English

The Power Of Tradition 

The Jewish Tradition 

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Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” 
— Gustav Mahler

 

          Mfather has always had a strong, positive influence in my life, despite the fact that I lost him as a daily presence when I was just three years old. A decade after he died, when I became a teenager, I decided to become a bar mitzvah in his honor because he felt very strongly about his Jewish heritage and having me follow his example was very important to him. Judaism had not been a prominent part of my life since my father died (my mom is not Jewish), but when we celebrated Hanukkah we always lit menorah candles for him and read stories from journals he wrote to us when we were little.  He was always there in spirit, and I knew that when I became a bar mitzvah, I wanted him to be recognized along with me.  

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