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January 2019

Moby Dick Reading Experience

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

Eleanor Roosevelt 

          When we read The Call of the Wild in the fall, I thought that it was a challenging book. This being said, I could keep up with the reading and understand the basic points with out a overwhelming effort. It was one of the toughest books I have read but became enjoyable because of the great writing (after you get used to it) and universal themes. I am currently about thirty chapters into Moby Dick and Call of the Wild seems like a cake walk. It looks as if The Call of the Wild was just a dulled down version of Moby Dick. I can see the same kind of life lessons coming out of Moby Dick , the same captivating plot. It only took me a couple of chapters to get used to  The Call of the Wild I was also more drawn to the writing and the plot I’m that book. I am still not truly comfortable with Moby Dick. The writing can be so sluggish that it takes me a couple minutes to finish one page, the vocab in the book has been so challenging that I have to look up tons of words, this has been extremely troublesome for me because I usually and very comfortable with vocab and having to change my approach to reading has been hard. The easiest way to understand the book that I have found has been listening. My routine whenever I have to read is to read the shmoop then listen to the book while I read along. This has helped me to go slow and just try to soak in as much information as possible. The Call of the Wild ended up being worth reading, I will try to keep a positive attitude about Moby Dick and hope for a positive result


Living wise or happy?

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          What makes a life the best it can be? A life lived gaining knowledge and being wise or a life untroubled by outside issues, only worrying about your happiness. In an ideal world I would choose to be wise and happy, to be able to have knowledge and still be content seems like a great life to me, but if I could only choose one it would have to be wise. In my opinion being wise does not translate to being sad.  Being wise opens so many doors for you and can help lead a happy lifestyle. If you are ignorant you can never really takes steps to be wise. Being happy is static, while it is a state of contentment you are not moving forward and seeking out happiness. Being happy is not risk, but it is also not a full way to live. On the other hand being wise is a journey, with every step being complex and bringing new challenges. These challenges can bring sadness and you are not shielded from sadness like you are when ignorant but there are opportunities to be happy during a life lived wise. Happiness is more enjoyable when you know what it feels like to be sad, when you’ve earned your happiness rather than just sitting and seaking out easy happiness. I would rather risk sadness than know that there are things that I don’t know because I decided to play my life safe. Working for happiness. That is what makes life worth living, overcoming challenges not knowing what tomorrow will bring but being excited for it.