Thank you bed.

I would like to thank for bed for always been there for me.

For being there when I needed a hug or a cuddle.

For always being my friend when I was sad or angry.

My bed has never left my side.

It takes my abuse when I need a punching bag.

It takes my stains when I need to cry.

It even helps me sleep at night, keeps me safe and warm.

Beds are a magically thing, I hope you thank yours!

Especially since Thanksgiving is coming around the corner.

Homes are like people, you see what’s outside not inside

article-2252792-1680A1AA000005DC-81_634x476“The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.” -Hazel, from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This is one quote that has really stuck with me after reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. As a child, I have always had a fascination with houses. I could always see a different face one each house I drove by: the windows were the eyes, the door was the mouth. Each house had a different personality, a different look that made it unique. I also imagined what the houses were feelings judging by the slant of the windows.

Even at the age of nineteen, I still sometimes look at the house faces as I once did as a child. But after reading this quote, I started to wonder: What are the people like in that home? Have they lost a loved one recently? Are the owners going through a divorce, the child doing drugs? The possibilities are endless. Just because the house may look fancy and beautiful on the outside does not mean the people inside are not suffering.

This quote relates so much to people as well. That’s why we should never judge a book based on the cover, whether it’s a legit book, a person, a school, or even a house. Everyone is going through something whether that something is big or small. This something maybe opening up to loved ones about being gay or telling their child they’re going through a divorce. Maybe they’re struggling with paying the bills or a loved one just died in a car accident.

So stop judging someone. Stop complaining about them and dig deeper. Find out why they are the way they are and you may just learn to dislike them a little less. When you learn information about someone, you might start developing compassion for them. Sure, you hate your cowork because they complain and yell at you, and they’re always in a bad mood. But remember, they are probably going through something too.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak -Book review

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Published: March 14, 2006

Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

Setting: Molching, German 1939

Source: Paperback, own copy

550 pages

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time

My thoughts:

The Book Thief starts off with Liesel, our main character, heading to her new foster family’s house. On the way, her brother ends up passing away.  At the funeral, she steals a book, which ends up being the first book in her book stealing “career”. We go on an epic journey with Liesel as she steals books, learns to read, and becomes friends with a Jew. A Jew she’s not suppose to tell anyone else about because if she does, things may become fatal.

I found myself falling in love with all of the characters in this novel. They’re so beautifully written. They have striking personalities. They made my happy; they made me sad. I found myself laughing out loud a lot to what Liesel’s new found friend, Rudy, kept saying. He was a great addition to the story. I think my favorite character in this whole story was Hans Hubermann, Liesel’s papa. He was so kind and sweet. There really wasn’t anything to dislike about him.

This story wouldn’t have been as powerful if the following didn’t happen: Death wasn’t telling the story, the main character wasn’t a little girl, and if it’s wasn’t told from the German side of the Holocaust.

Death felt like a long lost friend to me. He didn’t seem like a bad thing. Reading this story actually made me accept death a little more because he doesn’t seem like such a bad guy. He hated some of the ways people died and that’s what I admired so much about this story. He had such a poetic way of telling Liesel’s story.

The thing I loved MOST about this story was that it was told from the German side. Every time I hear about the Holocaust, it’s always from the Jew’s. Don’t get my wrong, I love hearing about the Jewish side because I feel horrible about what happened to them. However, the Germans also suffered, and I feel like a lot of people don’t understand that because they go straight to hating the Germans. So it was interesting to see how they suffered and it made me sad just as much as the Jew’s.

There was so much heavy matter in this book. I love how this story touches prejudice and how it’s created, not made. I loved how a little boy just wanted to be Jesse Owens because he was a fast runner, but Jesse Owens was a black man. I also loved how this book teaches you to accepts others and to help those who are “smaller” than you are.

The ending. The ending was just beautiful. I absolutely loved it. There really isn’t anything I would change.  It was so powerful. I actually felt a sense of peace. It was so a great ending to a great story.

Overall, I recommend this book. It’s so wonderful and powerful. It truly moves you. It moves you into a positive direction. I think everyone can learn something new about this book. That is not something you can say about many books now-a-days.

Some favorite quotes:

“The keep triggering me. They harass my memory. I see them tall in their heaps, all mounted on top of each other. There is air like plastic, a horizon like setting glue. There are skies manufactured by people, punctured and leaking, and there are soft, coal-colored clouds, beating like black hearts.”

“Summer came. For the book thief, everything was going nicely. For me, the sky was the color of Jews.”

“They were French, they were Jews, and they were you.”

“The first soldier did not see the bread- he was not hungry- but the first Jew saw it.”

“It kills me sometimes, how people die.”

Why should you read?

There are many people who have told me that they don’t enjoy reading. Coming from a book lover, this seems odd. How can someone not like reading? Reading is an important part of life whether it’s reading a book for enjoyment, seeing how much your bill is, or even following directions on your homework. You maybe thinking, yeah reading directions and bills is important but why do it for “fun”?

Reading is a great way to use the imagination part of your brain. You have to mentally create what the plot and the characters look like. Whereas in movies, that information is given to you. There is no imaging. You have to image what the characters are feelings based on their actions and facial expressions that you create.

You learn to fall for someone’s personality, not their looks. Of course physical attraction is important to any relationship, but when that’s the only thing you look for, things won’t go far. I’ve repeatedly found myself falling in love with the male love interest based on their personality because I don’t have an image of them besides that one that I created.

It’s a great way to travel. It’s an amazing tool when you want to travel the world but have no time to do it. There were many times when I traveled to Paris, France;  London, England; all over the United States.

Along with traveling, it’s also a wonderful way to time travel! Many classic’s are a wonderful way to go back in time. Even books today can! I’ve read one book, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, that took me back to World War II.  I was able to see a story of a young girl struggling during the time Stalin wanted to take over. I am also able to travel forward in time.  It’s extremely interesting to read Dystopian novels (novels based on the future). I am able to see what could happen if we took out certain laws or added new ones.

Reading is a great way to escape from your every day to day life. If I’m having a bad day, I can read a book with a kickass lead character. I become the character so it feels like my life isn’t falling apart around me. It’s also amazing to read about hidden doors that lead into a new word because that wouldn’t really happen in really life! Just like reading about vampires, werewolves, or witches.

Not only that, but reading ensures you that you’re not alone. You become friends with the characters and soon you find that you can talk to them and they won’t spread your secrets. Maybe you were raped and the character in the story was too, so you finally have someone who understands your situation.

It teaches you things that you may not know from school. Again, it can teach you about rape, drugs, eating disorders. It can show you what’s going on in someones mind while they take drugs. You can witness how the drugs affect their life. Reading also helps some people cope that might be going through these situations, because again, they feel like they’re not alone.

I’ve also started questioning life. What if we really DID take away love like Lauren Oliver’s trilogy, Delirium. Would we be affected the same way? Dystopian novels are really good at doing that.

Last, but least, you learn some great vocab. I also feel like I’ve become a much better writer. I’ve learned that hon is, in fact, spelled hon and not hun. If you want to expand your vocabulary, then just read!

Overall, reading is not only a great way to escape life but a great way to learn about yourself and life. You get to travel to a new country, into the past, or even into the future! You befriend characters that accept you for you. They listen. You fall in love with personality. I hope you start reading soon. Just because you read one book and didn’t like it does not mean you won’t find the book for you. You just haven’t found the right story to be told yet.

Pros and cons of high school

School is known to be someone’s best experience and for others, a bad one For me, high school started off great. It was wonderful, to be honest! Then everything went down hill, and it went fast. But I’m not here to give you some crappy rundown of my high experience. Instead, I’m channeling it into the pros and cons of high school. But of course, every school runs differently so these are just my examples.

Pros:

1. Pick classes: I don’t know about other highschools, , but I was able to pick the classes that I wanted to talk. Of course there were still classes that I was required to take such as English, Math, Science, History.  But for the most part, I was able to pick from music classes to family classes.

2. Freedom: I know a lot of schools don’t let you use your phones during school; however, my school gave us the freedom to use phones during lunches and in the mornings before classes started. Another thing that I loved when I moved from middle school up to high school was the privilege to chew gum. We were also allowed to have crazy hair colors. This is something that was against school policy. I guess it’s because it distracted the other students, yeah please.

3. Good things: The second best thing was having good things. Good things were where we were able to share good things that were happening in our life’s. It was suppose to make us appreciate the small things in life like hanging out with family, friends, or even going to the movies.

4.Graduating: The absolute best thing about college is obviously graduating. It’s extremely stressful to get there but it’s definitely worth it. The whole ceremony was boring, but still wonderful.

5. Easy: No matter what anyone says, high school really is easy. You just need to make sure you do your homework and turn it in on time. I got mostly C’s in middle school but passed high school with a 3.60 GPA. You can do it!

Cons:

1.Cliques: Pretty sure every school has these. If you’re not in the “in crowd” then you’re pretty much shunned. At least, that’s how it was for me.

2. Graduating: Yes, graduation is a con as well as a pro. It really sucks growing up. After graduation, you start moving into the direction of work, bills, and not enough time to do everything you want to.

3. 5days a week: I hated going to school five days a week. I never got a chance for a break. I also wished I had more time to sleep in which I couldn’t do when I woke up at 6:00 A.M.

4. Lockers not close: The lockers in my school where all over. We had three floors- a basement, main floor, and a second. It would really suck when your locker was in the basement by the gym but all of your classes where all on the second floor! It was so bad that I never used my locker for four years.

5. More crazy stuff happening: Last but not least, more crazy stuff happened. There were a lot more fights, more people smoking in the bathrooms. We had several girls become pregnant. There was a bomb threat my freshmen year three weeks into the school year. One year we even had someone run out of school through the back door!

After Earth Movie Review

Released May 31, 2013

1hr 39mins

pg-13

Genres: Action/Adventure

Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo, Lincoln Lewis

Directed by M. Knight Shyamalan

Father-and-son space travelers crash-land on a desolate planet Earth 1000 years in the future, and fight to find a way back home in this sci-fi action thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan. It’s been nearly a millennium since mankind was forced to flee their home planet for the safety of Nova Prime, and in that time Earth has grown increasingly hostile to human life. Gen. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) has just finished an extended tour of duty when he reunites with his 13-year-old son Kitai (Jaden Smith), and begins making the transition from military leader to father. When an asteroid storm damages their ship, however, a badly injured Cypher and his son are forced to crash-land on Earth. Now, the only way for young Kitai to save his father’s life is to find the rescue beacon that was lost when their ship came plummeting through the atmosphere. In order to survive and succeed, Kitai will have to become the type of soldier who would make his father proud.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. i thought the special affects and acting were stellar. Yes, there have been many movies about life after earth and exploring the inhabitants; however, I don’t think I’ve seen one movie where someone was directing you where to go, telling you when there is danger near by and how to avoid it. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where the young boy was the one doing the exploring. All the other movies I’ve seen, it’s usually older actors and their usually in groups and something usually kills them.

I did find myself getting jumpy at times because I’m a complete and total chicken. For me, I could feel the suspense but people who want a knock out mystery/suspense movie, you won’t find it here. This movie is more towards to sci-fi/ adventure types and the obvious Will Smith fanatics.

It was really interesting to hear about what went wrong on earth this time. The alien-like creatures in the movie where kind of disturbing looking. To be honest, earth looked beautiful. Nothing really looked “wrong”. I have always enjoyed how our future people and the world are perceived.

Let’s get on with the cast, the people who really make this movie. Will Smith and his son both star in this film. However, Jaden was more the lead role appose to Will. That was pretty much the movie: Will Smith and Jaden Smith. You didn’t really see any other actors/actress except at the beginning and ending. There is one more actress that is involved in flashbacks that both the Smith’s characters have. I could really see the similarities in acting from both father and son. Jaden makes a lot of the same facial expressions as Will which makes them look a lot more alike.

One thing I wasn’t a huge fan of in this movie was the accents. Okay, I’m not really sure if it was their real voices or acted voices. Pretty sure they are just acted, but anyways, as I was saying- I found the speech a little hard to understand. I also felt like some words were mumbled so I had to turn my volume way up in order to hear what they were saying, and even then I wasn’t completely sure.

Overall, I would recommend this movie. It’s just not something I’d watch again and again. One time was enough, but it was still a well done movie. What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy it? Dislike it?

The story of a lonely safe

I grew up long ago, locking secrets up inside me. These secrets held hidden words, hidden objects.

In the late 1930’s to mid 40’s, I witnessed a lot of tragedies.

One being the death of my home owner, Max; I’ve been past from generation to generation in his family.

It all started when Führer Hitler came to power.

You see young friend, my home owner was know as, what Hitler would call him, a filthy pig.

All he did was practice the Jewish religion, he wasn’t harming anyone, such a poor old man.

The only way to stay alive back then was to hide the identity you have carried with you throughout life.

That is exactly what Max did, and he used me to do it.

I kept all of his jewish secrets hidden.

It stayed like that for a long time, until the Nazi’s finally caught on and became suspicious.

They tortured him in front of my eyes and all I could do was sit back and watch.

My door was forced opened and out flew the secrets.

Soon the house was engulfed in flames, matching the color of the sun assembling a new day.

I knew I could fight out of the burn, but his body began to melt, his soul leaving me behind.

Now here I stand- lonely- many years from now.

I have been rusted from the sun and my lock no longer working.

My door still ajar from where I was forced to betray my owner.

Here is where I watched him disappear.

The house maybe gone and the grass is starting to grow around the edges, but this is where I shall stay from now until forever.

I shall be the grave stone of my master, keeping watch where our house once stood.

I will stand here telling everyone of his and my story.

This is where he once felt safe.

It’s my job to keep it that way.

Image credit: “safe” – © 2007 Paul Keller – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Bowling is a sport.

Nothing is more upsetting than when someone say’s that your beloved sport is not really, in fact, a sport. I’ve heard this being said about bowling, cheer leading, golf, and many others. The definition of a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment” (dictionary.com) This is why not only football is a sport, but so it chess or poker. However, my main focus is on bowling; this is my beloved sport.

Since I have been bowling for around eleven years, I know a pretty good deed about it. Yes bowling can be a fun hobby, however, that hobby only requires you to bowl with a ball and the shoes that the bowling alley provides for you (of course if you’re bowling as a sport, you can use these options as well). When you’re bowling for fun, you don’t take the mentality to focus on what you need to do to pick up a pin or how to improve your game.

When you’re bowling as a sport and taking it seriously, there is lot that goes into bowling well. First things first, you need to know where to stand. That is why there are dots on the approach before you lay your ball down on the lane. You need to know where to move, how fast to throw your ball, when to move forward or back. Nothing makes bowling harder than when you’re not in the mind set to bowl.

Not only that, but your bowling ball always plays a very important role in your game. Every ball has a different type of weight that causes each ball to hook differently. There are different ways you can throw the ball to get it to hook. There are ways to cover spares. Getting a 300 (the highest score in bowling) is not an easy task; you need to hit the same mark and throw your ball at the same speed every time. ALSO, every lane has a different oil pattern that affects the way the ball moves. Fake lanes and wooden lanes also affect the turn out of the game.

Overall, bowling is a sport. It’s a very challenging mental sport much like golf or poker. You don’t need to be fit in order to play the game. If you want to bowl better, then don’t just granny throw the ball down the lane. It takes practice like any sport.

How do I know this is the career path I’m suppose to follow?

Teenagers knowing what they want to do for the rest of their life by the end of high school blows my mind. I myself being a teenager as well, am still conflicted. Of course I have narrowed it down but how could I? College has way more classes to choose from. Half the classes I could take in college, I’ve never even heard of! I never understood how teachers kept pushing us to choose a career path by taking all of these test online, for example, careercruising.com .To me, I feel as if many kids going into college knowing what they want to do, are only choosing the simple careers that they know about. How could they possibly know if they want to be an astrologist or anthropologist if they’ve never taken the classes to learn about them? Yes they could look at all the majors and read about them, but you’ll never truly know unless you take the leap and experience it first hand. I’m taking a class next semester in college called “The Art of Being Human” The class it self sounds extremely boring, but hey I might find something intriguing about it after the class has started. College is all about experience. Yes classes and college cost loads of money, but it’s still great to take a risk. You might find a new passion. Heck, you might even believe you made a mistake taking the class, but at least you tried it. Life isn’t worth living if you’re not taking risk and experience everything life has to offer. If it were me, I’d regret not taking the class or even studying abroad. So don’t get into college with a narrow mind saying “I’m going to do this for the rest of my life” because as soon as school starts, your mind might change.

Ravenswood- TV show review

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Released October 22,2013.

Aired on ABC families, tuesdays, at 8/7 central.

Ravenswood is a play off of the popular ABC show, Pretty Little Liars. I, myself, having never watched the PPL series, still found myself following easily along with the new Ravenswood show. For those who don’t know, this new series follows around five teenagers on an epic journey in a cursed town. This curse has drawn these teens together in order for them to solved the mystery that has plagued the town for generations.

Some people did not find this show to be creepy, but myself on the other hand, was jumping every few minutes. However, it may or may not be because I’m a total puss when it comes to scary and creepy. I was so intrigue on what was happening, that I found myself getting engrossed in the story. The ending was such a cliff hanger, I want to watch the next episode to know what happened!

The only problem I have with Ravenswood is the acting. To me personally, I felt the acting to be a little fake. But I think I’ll get use to the acting the more the story progresses. It’s a tv show that I would recommend if you enjoy creepiness or you just want a new and refreshing show to watch and captivate you.