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I have been through a lot in the past year and as the days go on I start to feel I am losing my true self. War is not what I thought it was when I was a young, new recruit. I thought if I did well it would bring me fame and honor to my family, but that's not truly how it is. War never stops, it doesn't end after both sides call a truce, it doesn't end when you vanquish your enemy. Or when both sides are eradicated off the face of the planet. War only ends when you are dead.
The reason I say these things is because of what I have seen, done, and how it has affected me. The things I have seen can only be comparable to the bottomless pits of hell, things no human should have to lay their eyes on, things I would not wish upon my worst enemy to see. I once saw a man holding onto a barbed wire fence when a second later an artillery shell blew him up and all that was left were the stumps of his hands holding on to the fence oozing blood out from the severed part. I have seen a man running for a trench, fearing for his life as bullets whiz by him, as he’s an inch from safety a bullet takes his head clean off and his body takes another step and drops into the trench, as his head rolls around above.
Something I have learned throughout this war is that the things you do to a man may be 1/10 as bad as what you have seen but have 10 times the toll on you.Let me tell you about some of the horrific atrocities that this war has made me commit. I was in a shell whole watching the enemy Frenchmen when one snuck up on me and jumped down intending to kill me, So I did what any man would do and defended myself. I stabbed him. Like I said it doesn’t seem very bad but for multiple nights I couldn’t get any sleep, and when I did the scene would replay in my mind over and over again, sometimes the man would appear to me and tell me he has a family he needs to get back to, and that I took away a father from his kids, that I should rot in hell for my actions
As I was on leave visiting my family I realized I wasn’t who I once was and I could never go back to the way I was. This war had forever changed me, made me a shell of my former self. When I tried to read the books that had excited me and brought me joy as a young student I just couldn’t, they didn’t bring me the same warmth that they once had. As your friend I advise you, never in your lifetime go out to this hell we call war.
Your friend, Paul
Emotional and Physical Damage of War
”Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime”
— Ernest Hemingway
The aftermath of war is often the worst part. In the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque the emotional damage experienced seems worse than the physical war. Chapter 6 shows the traffic and gruesome parts of war while chapter 7 focuses on the mental aspect after the carnage.
In chapter 6 of All Quiet On The Western Front Paul and part of his company are standing in a dug-out when an artillery shell lands a foot away destroying the trench, after Paul and Kat offer to play a game of skat to settle the new recruits: “We are calmer because we have had something to do.”
Paul and his company are sent to the front lines, and are subjected to ceaseless fire from the Frenchmen, the dugouts are left to pieces and the camp is left in despair. Paul was looking at the camp after the bombardments,men scattered across the trenches: “One lies down in silence in the corner and eats, the other, an older man of the new draught, sobs; twice he has been flung over the parapet by the blast of the explosions without getting any more than shell-shock.”
While Paul and his company rush the enemy's trench and the fighting begins Paul quickly realizes that if his company doesn’t kill them “they will destroy us”. After the excruciating battles of Chapter Six, Chapter Seven seems much more calm. Paul gets leave and goes home to visit his mother and sister. While Paul is on leave he reflects on his leave and his time in war: ”I find I do not belong here any more”.
While Paul is on leave he tries to go back to things that excited him while he was a child:“I feel excited; but I do not want to be, for that is not right. I want that quiet rapture again. I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books. The breath of desire that then arose from the coloured backs of the books, shall fill me again”.
While on leave Paul realizes he doesn’t enjoy the company of anyone other than soldiers: “I prefer to be alone, so that no one troubles me”. While the battles were very gruesome and cruel the author still showed the aftermath of it and how it impacted Paul even after he left the war showing that a soldier never fully escapes war. Both chapters show how war affects a soldier whether he is in battle or not.
In the final words of Chapter Seven, Paul says multiple times that he should not have gone on leave and belongs on the battlefield making us wonder why he says that.
You're a kid again, sitting in front of your TV on late nights in the early 2000s watching a young rookie LeBron James. You're fascinated by what he’s able to do on the court and he quickly becomes your favorite player. You begin to grow up with him, and you start to recognize him as your goat. Does that mean he is “the” goat?
The era something was born into plays a role in how it will affect society . MJ played in a much more ferocious era than LeBron. The 90s produced the most 50 and 60 teams wins for the next decade, these teams that had those 50 and 60 wins in multiple seasons broke dynasty records that have yet to have been broken by the players in James’s era. 8/16 teams have more than 5 seasons with 50+ wins in Jordan’s era, whereas 5/16 have more than 50 wins in James’s era. 27/37 of the teams Jordan played in the playoffs had 50 plus wins which shows that his era had an absurd amount of teams that would have 50 or 60 wins, compared to James who only had 19/37 have 50 or 60 wins.
Winners are always the best at what they do. So, why does everyone compare Jordan and LeBron? Michael Jordan has much better and many more accolades than James. One of the many reasons he is the greatest of all time when it comes to basketball. An article from basketball noise, https://basketballnoise.com/who-has-the-most-accolades-in-nba-history/ proves the Michael Jordan has the most accolades in NBA history.
”Michael Jordan has the most accolades in NBA history. The greatest player of all time collected 22 trophies during his career”
Jordan has 6 championships, 5 MVP’s, 6 finals MVP, rookie of the year, 3 All-star MVPs, and a defensive player of the year. LeBron has nowhere near the amount of accolades as that, in fact he doesn’t even have the second most accolades in NBA history.The player with the second most accolades is Bill Russell with 17 trophies. LeBron comes in third in the NBA of all time, with 16 trophies including, 4 championships, 4 finals and regular season MVPs, a rookie of the year, and 3 all-star MVPs. LeBron has an active chance of beating bill Russell as his career is still going. But seeing as he will retire soon and would need 6 more trophies to at least tie him, he will never do it. the ones who are the best, have the most awards.
better attributes contribute to being better at a sport. Jordan is a better basketball player than LeBron. Throughout Jordan’s career he was a very consistent shooter, but toward the end he started shooting more and brought his shooting percentage up and was known as a shooter. LeBron was never known as a shooter, and early in his career he barely shot the ball. Toward the end he still wasn’t known as a good shooter.
”Jordan shot over 50% in three NBA Finals (1991,1992,1993) while LeBron did it twice (2014 and 2017). That’s pretty close. How about shooting under 40%?
Jordan never shot below 40% while LeBron did it twice (2007 and 2015).”
Jordan shot over 50% in 2/6 of the finals he went to. While lebron did it in 2/10 the finals he went. Also Jordan never shot below 40% whereas lebron has proven Jordan is a better shooter and scorer. Lebron has played 300 more games than Jordan with only 4000 more points in his total career which is only 13 ppg. Proving Jordan is a better scorer.
Jordan is undisputedly the greatest basketball player of all time.
On Feb 1st the Phoenix Suns matched up against the Brooklyn nets for a great game. If you missed anything I’ve got you covered.
In the first quarter both teams came out strong, matching each other point for point. The Suns started to pull ahead toward the middle of the first with Devin Booker leading the charge, however the Nets didn’t back down and kept it close 39 - 29 Suns to end the first quarter.
In the second both teams put on a show with Kyrie Irving leading the nets to a comeback, the Suns tried to pull away but couldn’t seem to do it with the Nets at their back the whole time. And with 5.5 seconds left in the second Chris Paul hit a buzzer beating layup to send it to halftime. 65 - 58 Suns
The third quarter the Nets started to put on the pressure with James Harden making multiple 3s and bringing it to a 1 point game. That wasn’t enough to deter Devin because he came back and fired with a couple of his own.
The fourth quarter is when the Suns really started to pull away and put the game in their hands. The Nets tried desperately to claw their way back into it but the Suns lead by Chris Paul wouldn’t allow it. Final 121 - 111 Suns.
The standout from this game from the Suns were Devin Booker with 35 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Chris Paul with 20 points 4 rebounds and 14 assists. Mikal Bridges with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Suns went 35.5% from beyond the arch, and had a 55.3 FG%, they outmatched the Nets in every category possible. The Nets standouts were Kyrie Irving and James Harden who combined for 48, points 9 rebounds, and 13 assists. The Nets went 40% beyond the arch, and had a 49.4 FG%.
By Stephen Vincent Benet
My mind’s a map. A mad sea-captain drew it
Under a flowing moon until he knew it;
Winds with brass trumpets, puffy-cheeked as jugs,
And states bright-patterned like Arabian rugs.
“Here there be tygers.” “Here we buried Jim.”
Here is the strait where eyeless fishes swim
About their buried idol, drowned so cold
He weeps away his eyes in salt and gold.
A country like the dark side of the moon,
A cider-apple country, harsh and boon,
A country savage as a chestnut-rind,
A land of hungry sorcerers.
—Your mind is water through an April night,
A cherry-branch, plume-feathery with its white,
A lavender as fragrant as your words,
A room where Peace and Honor talk like birds,
Sewing bright coins upon the tragic cloth
Of heavy Fate, and Mockery, like a moth,
Flutters and beats about those lovely things.
You are the soul, enchanted with its wings,
The single voice that raises up the dead
To shake the pride of angels.
I have said.
~ Jaxson Terry
By Stephen Vincent Benet
The human mind is a complex and intricate thing. The theme in the poem I chose is differences. The author described differences by using people's minds, his and our own. He tried to explain how everyone is different. He breaks the poem up into two parts, part one, he explains his mind and how it is structured. Part two, he explains our mind and how it is structured compared to his. ”My minds a moon, a mad sea captain drew it.” Here he describes his mind as intricate and complex. “Your mind is water through an April night.” Here I think he tries to describe our mind as simple compared to his. Throughout the text he tries to act somewhat condescending towards us. He says his mind is complex and intricate, while he implies insultingly that our mind is simple and not as complex as his. I feel as though he was trying to be passive aggressive and try to feel above the rest of the world. He might have believed he was above and smarter than the rest of the world or he just decided to write a nice poem. Thus the theme of this poem is differences in people's mind.
The reason I chose this poem is because I like how it was structured and the feel of it. I like how the first part consisted of the poet's mind and how he thought it was structured, and the second part being the reader's mind and how it was structured compared to his. I also liked how he didn’t use complex and hard to pronounce words and rhymed a lot, making it easier than most poems to memorize. One part that seemed to stand out to me was that he had an arrogance about himself when writing the poem, the way he compared his mind to ours made him seem like a genius and hard to understand, while us being not so smart.
Jaxson’s Seasonal Poems
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Going into this assignment I thought it was going to be much easier than it was. At first I thought it was just us writing poems and Fitz was going to check them over but then he made us format it and post it to our blog.At first the assignment 3 haikus using the 3 different ways for each season. Then we had to format it a special way that Fitz instructed and post it to our blog.Some of the haikus I liked writing like the image + action or image + cool twist. The thing that made this assignment annoying was the expanding and narrowing haikus, I found those very hard and took a while to write.If I were to redo this assignment I would spend more time on the expanding and narrowing haikus.
Challenges are a necessary part of life
Challenge yourself, it is the only path which leads to growth
Have you ever been challenged to do something you thought would never end? The Call of Wild was very challenging as it caused me to slow down my reading and try to think about themes about the chapters because of the worksheets. But it also felt that it took almost 5 minutes to read a single page. When reading a chapter Fitz assigned it felt like it would never end because he told us we had to Highlight good quotes, words we didn’t know, and more. It challenged me to stop and think about the book instead of just blindly reading it which I do for most books. I planned on reading every amount of assigned pages and chapters the night it was assigned as he wanted us to and also highlight new vocabulary words and good quotes. The first night I tried to do that it became unbearable, one page felt like it took at least 6 minutes to read and highlight a single page. The book was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot, but it seemed very tedious. Every night I would try to read it, and for some reason I just couldn’t. So what I started doing was reading the lit chart the next morning. I started skimming through the book while looking at the lit charts, and it worked out fine for me. I could still do all in class work that was assigned and I wasn’t missing out on anything. What I learned from the book is that every living creature has a primal calling in them to go back to their roots. Every living creature has challenges that only they can overcome. Before we started the book I was very excited to read it. I had heard lots of good things about the book but had never actually read it myself. Now after reading it I would say that it was a waste of 2 weeks and I would’ve been better off not reading it.
The Power of Procrastination
Procrastination is like a drug
Procrastination is opportunity's assassin
Procrastination is impossible to get rid of. I've been trying to stop procrastinating for years but I just can’t. I think procrastination is a character trait that people are born with, and is very hard to get rid of. But it is also somewhat of a drug in the sense that once you do it you’ll never stop. All last year I wouldn’t do any homework until the night before or the day of putting it off. I thought I would have time to do it. What really happened was I ended up not having time and would have to tell the teacher that I forgot my homework. Last year when my school changed to online school over zoom it was really easy for me to put my assignments off for a couple days or just not do them. It was so bad it got to the point that I had barely done any work and only then did I realize how severe my addiction to procrastination was. I promised myself that it would never get to that point again. I've gotten much better handling my procrastination in the past year, but I am far from perfect. I still procrastinate in my classes a good bit and need to stop, however it will be really hard and I need to endure the challenge of that. If there’s one thing I would go back and change, it would be the first time I ever put something off. I Think that it was a chain reaction, once it started it didn’t stop. I also need to start working on not procrastinating more, I stopped working on it since I came here to Fenn and need to get back on top of it. Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate for the first time.
The best friend
Great friends are like extra siblings. I’d say my friend is even better than a sibling. He helps me out a lot when my parents don’t let me do something and argues my point for me.
One Saturday night at around 10, I was over at my friend's house in his basement. His mom asked me if I wanted to sleep over since I was there for so long. I told her I didn’t know and I'll ask my parents. After a little bit my friend kept bugging me and telling me I should ask my mom if I could sleep over, but I didn’t want to call, because I knew she would say no. My parents never let me sleep over at anyone’s house in case something went wrong. Then, my mom called me and told me she was picking me up soon.
He told me now was my chance and that I should ask her. I thought it was pointless, but I did it anyway, and as I predicted, she said no. He told me to hand him the phone, I was hesitant in fear he would say something wrong. But instead he respectfully debated my point for why I should be able to sleep over. It seemed like she was wavering and started to consider it. At the end of the call she decided that I can have sleepovers when I am 15 years old, which is a win in my book.
After this incident I viewed him in a new light, it was like I had a newfound respect for him. I was so glad he helped me out when he didn’t need to that I started doing anything he asked me to, no matter what it was. He did what my siblings wouldn’t do, and I gained a new respect for him. He’s more than a friend, he's like a brother, and if possible, I'll never let him go. After what he’d done for me that day, I decided that I was always going to have his back, and be like a brother to him.
Surprising treatment from my father
”Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst” -
Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Your family will never fail to surprise you. It was my father who had surprised me in this case. He would always do what’s best for me even when he was mad, and I didn’t listen to him. Whenever I did something I knew my father wasn’t going to like I knew he would be disappointed, and that would cut deep. On the day after my sleep away camp when my mom came to pick me up, I was like a zombie. I hadn’t gotten a wink of sleep the night before, and I wasn’t functioning like normal. My dad is big on sleep and thinks it is very important, so the drive back home I dreaded being in his presence in my current state. As I walked in the door I kept my head down awaiting the punishment he would dish out, only he didn’t. He laughed and said he thought this would happen, and told me to go get some rest and that I could stay home from school tomorrow. He didn’t care that I had done something he didn’t approve of, and betrayed his trust. All that had mattered for him was that I came home safe and sound. For these being my first nights away from home being sleep deprived were the least of his worries. In his eyes that was the best outcome. You think you know them as they are your family but some choices they make will come as a surprise and leave you bewildered.