Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lord of the Flies, 6-8

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Response of Hope

Dear Virginia,
            Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
 Because if they flew over the bay, they would be called bagels! Haha…
Get it? Are you smiling? I hope so, because I love you. The fact that you’re smiling just proves that you have a reason to live the beautiful life that God has given you.  You’re beautiful, do you know that?  God has given you this wonder life and has made you the strong person that you are today.  Don’t give up when you’ve already gone so far. 
            I get you Virginia.  I truly, truly do.  Life is so hard.  I’ve been broken so many times and in so many different situations.  Sometimes, you just want to end it.  But Virginia, trust me on this one, it’s not worth it.  I know you can do it Virginia, just fight through it.  I believe in you.  You may be thinking: why should I fight through it? Well Virginia, because I love you.  Your husband loves you. God loves you.  I know this with all my heart.  Terrible times only lead to better times.  Trials build you up and give you strength.   
            You think you’re a burden to people? Virginia, you have it wrong, you’re a beautiful, wonderful girl.  God has created you for a purpose.  Don’t be afraid of other people feel toward you.  “Have I not commanded you? Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS; d not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” God’s always there for you.  Don’t feel guilty, because Jesus has lifted up the burden of your sins.  He saved us.  You’re a blessing towards your husband and towards me.
            It’s okay if you’re sad.  If you cry, I’ll cry with you.  I’m here for you.  I love you Virginia.  Anytime you need a friend, just come to me or better yet, go to God.  He will give you peace, a peace that’s so rare to find.  Girl, you’re the bomb.  I know you can get through this tough time.  I love you.
Love your friend,
Kara <3  
Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. "Virginia Woolf." Introduction. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1992. 705. Print.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Joyce Recap

In my video, I wanted to create a video of me drawing illustrations of the story. After I filmed, I realized that I did not have enough time to do so, even though I tried to fast forward the time.  Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Short Stories by Kipling

"How the Camel got his Hump" by Rudyard Kipling is an excellent short story.  This short story tells the story about a lazy camel.  Because the camel refused to help the dog, horse, and ox, with work, he, consequently, ended up with a hump on his back.  Kipling tells the life lesson about laziness and its negative consequences.  In my opinion, the short story was very cute.  It reminded me of short stories read when I was young about good morals and standards to go by.  Kipling's way of teaching people about laziness is both unique and interesting.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Poem Inspired by Kipling

If you can keep confident when everyone around you
Is criticizing and analyzing all the hard work you’ve done,
If you can be strong when times get tough,
But gentle in times that it’s needed,
If you can be loyal when temptation around you,
Is coming from the one you love most
And attacking from every other direction around you,

If you can maintain patience when people are lost,
Or diligently wicked,
Or unthankful in any kind of way,
If you can cut the pathetic apathetic ways,
That has caused you to be distant from the one who loves you,
If you have the courage to stand up for something pure and just,
When all people reject it,

If you can be generous when people that see you,
Mock you and are unthankful,
If you are willing to stop and just listen to anyone at anytime,
If you can seek true humility,
If you can realize the wretched sins that you have done,
When you owe God your life,

If you are forgiving towards the wicked thing a person has done to you,
If you can truly love others – and look pass their flaws and imperfections,
If you are willing to lose it all to be a servant – a SLAVE,
If you are able to let your life go and give it to the one person who deserves,
If you are able to do this and ten times more,
You will be a true leader.

Charles Dickens in London

I think I played this game 8 times.  I know I died 3 times trying to collect dead bodies on that London river. Can I get partial bonus points?

Dickens' Stories

Have you ever read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens? If not, check out this three sentence summary of the great novel below!

Both Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton fall in love with Lucie, Dr. Mannette’s perfect daughter; however, Lucie chooses Charles, who later turns out to be a French nobleman, and marries him.  Charles secretly goes to France because of family and political problems but is arrested and sentenced to death; however, Dr. Mannette saves his beloved son-in-law from death in France and is arrested and doomed to death himself.  With disguises, trickery, and smarts, Sydney Carton comes to the rescue and dies in place of Dr. Mannete.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"The Hound of Heaven"


When I Was One-and-Twenty
A.E. Housman

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
'Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.'
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and twenty
I heard him say again, 
'The heart of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.'
And I am two-and twenty,
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

Works Cited
Housman, A.E. "When I Was One-and-Twenty." British Literature, for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1992. 303. Print.

Friday, April 5, 2013


"God's Grandeur"
One example of alliteration in "God's Grandeur" is the italicized words in this sentence: "Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs..."

Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1992, 303. Print.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Answer to the White Queen's Riddle

The answer to the White Queen's Riddle: An oyster.

One of two "ironic, unexpected twists."
In the first paragraph Carroll writes about the sun shining with all his might on the sea, which was odd, because it was night time.

Have I Not Striven

Works Cited
Shaking Off the Rust. Jared C. Balogh, 2013. MP3.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Love Similes

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee abundantly, as far as the highest mountains and as deep as deepest seas.
I love thee to the ends of the universe, in its infinite depth.
I love thee constantly, as the sun shines on the earth.
I love thee naturally, as a happy child smiling.
I love thee profusely, like any man that loves food.
I love thee with devotion, like an athlete in training.
I love thee undoubtedly, like a stubborn man who's made up his mind.
I love thee with a passion I cannot lose and that cannot compete with any human love on earth.
And if God allows, I will love thee forever and always.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Crossing the Bar"

Works Cited
Tennyson, Alfred. "Crossing the Bar." British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones UP, 1992. N. page. Print.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


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Who is Kapiolani? Kapiolani was a Queen of the Hawaiian Islands who is famous for defying the goddess Pele in the name of Christianity.  Alfred Tennyson wrote about this bold story in his poem "Kapiolani."   The words in my TagCrowd above describe the heroic, vivid story that Tennyson displays in his poem.  Tennyson describes the scene with bright, dramatic color from the fire goddess Pele.  Because of Kapiolani's dauntless actions against Pele, she can be seen as a heroic figure for Christianity.

Works Cited
Tennyson, Alfred. "Kapiolani." Poetry Cat. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Newman Survey

What is this survey about?

This survey is about education! John Henry Newman was an Anglican in Britain famous for writing The Tamworth Reading Room in 1841.  Newman believed that "Christianity, and nothing short of it, must be made the element and principle of all education." What do you think? You can respond to this question by taking my survey seen below!
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What did other people think?

A wide variety of responses are seen in this survey.  For example, a few agreed that education should be the element of principle of all education.  However, others believed that preparing the students for life was the main focus in education. Want to know more about what others thought? You can checkout other people's responses by clicking the link below! 
Click this to checkout the responses for my survey!

Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1992. Print.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Keats' Song

I stare at the blue glass sparkling,

 And breathe in the sweet clear air.

I know no beauty can ever compare.

The hall of dark green history,

Outlined with colossal a mountain view,

Leads me to a new natural point of view.

My mind begins wander,

And my heart begins to care,

About the sight in front of me, that God gave to share.

Each moment that I hear the sweet bird’s melody,

Inspires me to understand,

The glory made by God’s perfect hands. 

Gregson-William, Harrys. "The Door in the Air." 2008. CD.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Percy Bysshe Shelley

My drag on tape contains the poem "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelly and "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay.  The first tape sets the setting and vibe of the actual poem with it's pictures and presentation.  However, "Viva la Vida" is a song that describes the fall of a leader, although it's probably talking about the French revolution.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Byron Poem

I hear the sound of waves on the shore,
And soaks up the everlasting heat,
There’s nothing more that I could wish for,
 As the sand buries my feet.
They bring joy, like playful birds,
 Floating and dancing in the breeze.
Their smiles are like words,
 That put me at ease.

The stars glisten in the cloudless sky,
 And we lie here in the cold, dry sand around the fire,
We reminisce about the time that went by,
 And relax under the beauty of the night that we admire.

The love, the pure bliss, the cheer,
 These memories can never be replaced.
The fear that the end is coming near,
Puts all the time we have to no waste.

 How does the poem use imagination and feeling over reason?
This poem utilizes feeling and imagination over reason in many ways.  By emphasizing the poem’s theme of happiness and togetherness, emotion tends to triumph over analytic reasoning.  In addition, this poem describes the beauty of nature.  With the description and words that I use to portray the setting, the reader hopefully imagines a day at the beach with their friends or family.    

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Uncommon Appears Believable

“Honey! Wake up, it’s your first day of school and you don’t want to be late!” my mom yelled as I rolled lazily out of bed.  I stretched and put on my lucky necklace that my brother gave me.
I grumbled as I walked to the bathroom and brushed my teeth angrily.  Today was my first day of school at Jackson high as a junior.  I wasn’t very excited, the kids at my old high school, Story Brooke high, didn’t like me very much.  I mean, it’s not like I was bullied or anything, I just didn’t have any friends.  I mean it wasn’t anyone’s fault. My parents moved around a lot, and I was constantly changing schools.  I never got to get close to anyone before moving away to another school. 
“ARE YOU DONE SOPHIA!?!?!?!?” my twin brother Aiden screamed through the bathroom door. 
“Chill out Aiden, I’m done.  Why are you so impatient!?” I replied grumpily as I walked out of the bathroom and into the kitchen for breakfast.  I ate some of my mom’s delicious pancakes and got my stuff ready for school.
“Okay mom, me and Aiden are heading out for school, have a good day! Love you!” I hugged her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. 
“Love you too, drive safe okay?” my mother sternly told Aiden as we walked out the door.  Aiden got into the driver’s seat and we drove to school.
“Do you think that this time will be different?” I asked Aiden nervously, bighting my purple colored nails nervously. 
“You’re the one who was telling me to chill out Soph.  Relax, I’m sure it’ll be different this time.  You’ll meet lots of new friends.”
“Easier for you to say Aiden, you’re all athletic and charismatic.  I’m not exactly a social butterfly like you Aiden.”
“Don’t worry sis, I got your back.  I’m sure you’ll make friends, after all, you are my sister.” Aiden replied back sarcastically with his broad smile in the process.
“Shut up! But, thanks, I feel a little better now.”
Twenty minutes later we arrived at school.  The school was smaller than most high schools I’ve been to, but cute and relaxed.  My brother pulled up into a parking stall and we got out.
“Let’s go to the office.” Aiden said and looked at me and smiled. “Don’t worry Soph, it’s a new day.  Just be happy.” Aiden told me, obviously seeing the panic in my eyes as a pack of students brushed passed me. 
“Okay.” I replied nervously walking toward the office.
“Good morning. I’m Aiden Johnson and this is my sister Sophia, we’re here for our schedules.” Aiden said to the lady at the front desk, obviously charming her with his perfect manners. 
“Oh, I’ve heard about you too! You’re Lillian’s children huh? Welcome to Jackson high! We don’t get many new students here often.  Here’s your schedule and a map of the school.  If you need any help, just ask around.”
“Thanks miss, we’ll be on our way now.  Have a good day!” Aiden said as we walked out the door. “So…it looks like we don’t have any classes together Soph…but I’m sure I can go back in and chan…”
“It’s okay Aiden, don’t worry about it.  I can’t depend on you for forever, I’m sure I can find my way around. Have a good day!” I quickly said as I grabbed my schedule and map of the school and scurried away before he could say anything.  However, I couldn’t understand the map at ALL.  Suddenly, I bumped into someone and fell down, flat on my butt.
“OH NO! I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to run into you! I was looking for my next class and..”
“Hey don’t worry about it! Wait…you’re new right?.  Do you need some help finding your class?” I looked up at the tall, brown haired girl and grabbed her hand as she helped me get up.
“Sure, thanks! I’m Sophia by the way.  What’s your name?”
“I’m Mia, nice to meet you. What’s your first class?
“Ummm, AP World with Mr. Smith.”
“Really!? I’m in that class too! Great, we can walk together.” Mia responded with a smile that looked genuine. 
            We walked to history together and chatted along the way.  Mia was so nice, I’ve never had a friend like her before, I mean, besides my brother if that even counts.  She explained to me all the information about the school and even walked me to my next two periods because we had the same class, until third period trig, where we had to part. 
            “Hey, I’ll meet you at lunch okay? I’ll save a spot for you!”
            “Thanks Mia! See you later!”
Two periods later, I walked to the cafeteria and spotted Mia and sat down with her.  I was introduced to all of her friends, Matt, Olivia, Connor, Lindsay, Laura, and some other people that I didn’t remember.  Suddenly, someone jumped behind me and startled me.  I turned around, only to see Aiden, of course.
“Aiden, seriously, you know I hate when you do that!” I said, trying to hide the laughter I held back. 
“Sorry Soph, I just love doing that to you.”
“Wait, you guys know each other?” Mia asked, with a confused face.
“Oh yeah, Soph’s my sister.” Aiden replied squeezing his face into mine.
“GROSS! Get your oily face off of me!” I squealed as he let go of me. 
We all ate and laughed.  For the first time in a long while, I had friends.  As the day passed on me and Aiden headed out to the car to go home.
“Bye Aiden by Sophia!!! See you tomorrow!” Mia and her group of friends yelled as we got into our car.
“See, I told you that it was gonna be a good day.” Aiden told me as we drove home from school.
“Yeah, you’re right. Thanks Aiden.  Today was fun.” I smiled at him.
On the ride home, I thought about the day.  I looked at my brother and smiled.  Who knew that he would be so right about this new school? I grabbed my necklace that he gave me and closed my eyes, thinking of all the new possibilities that could happen.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cowper and the Mental Illness

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What are panic disorders?
Panic disorders is when a person is a condition in which a person experiences fear and anxiety in their daily lives.  Symptoms include heart rate increase and sweating.
What makes it a disorder?
Panic disorders cause a person to panic without a cause or warning.  It causes a fear that can be drastic and threatening to a person's life.  
What can you do to treat this disorder?
Many people take antidepressant medicines that help calm the nerves.  However, cognitive-behavioral therapy is common and helps a person to overcome their fears.  By eating right, staying fit, and sleeping well, the disorder can become more weak.

Works Cited
Katz, Marina. "Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder." WebMD. N.p., 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.
Rogge, Timothy, and Davod Zieve. "Panic Disorder." PubMed Health. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 25 Mar. 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Modeling Burns

A Red, Red Rose

My Version:
O, my love is like a red, red, tulip.
 That’s bright and happy in my sight:
O, my love is like a song,
 Playing through my mind every night.

My love is beautiful,
 I think about it all the time,
And I will love it forever,
 And hope that it’s always mine.

I will keep it deep in my heart,
 Until it can no longer stay,
And I will cherish it forever,
 And be happy in every way.

But for now my love,
I have to let go of you,
But, I’ll come back when I can,
Because I love you. 

My Version:
O my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June;
O, my luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile. 

Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1992. Print

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Praise Song

My praise song is called "Glorious Name." Here are the lyrics:
God hear my prayer as I sing your name,
My life is yours to claim,
I give myself to you, oh Lord,
Because you love me so much more,
Now therefore, My God, I Thank You,
And praise your Glorious Name

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Semester Reflection

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I also learned a lot about the writings of early British history! I learned that the true meaning of them is in a lot of the author's personal stories.  A lot of those things are easily relatable to modern things!

Monday, December 10, 2012


I Refuse by Josh Wilson
In my opinion, this hymn is very inspiring to apathetic Christians like myself.  In just the first few lines, the song describes my Christian life.

"Sometimes I, I just want to to close my eyes, and act like everyone's alright, when I know they're not.  This world needs God, but it's easier to stand and watch, I could say a prayer and just move on, like nothing's wrong."

This song inspires me to encourage my friends and I to go out and do stuff for God.  I think many of the people at Hanalani do not feel the need to share the Gospel.  However, this song continually challenges me to grow in my relationship with God.

"But, I refuse.  'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care, I don't want to say another empty prayer, Oh I refuse, to sit around and wait for someone else, to do what God has told me to do myself, oh I could choose, not to move but I refuse."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Modest Proposal

This was the most questionable readings that I have ever read.  At first, I thought I was reading the wrong thing because it was so weird and different!  Why did I think this? The title is called "A Modest Proposal."  What is modest about selling children to eat?!?  That is just disgusting. I think Swift's writing made me think how thankful I should be about my life.  I have it SO good! I'm not ever sold to people for food!  In addition, this writing also made me question what I eat everyday.  It literally made me scared to eat Mcdonald's or any other junk food.  This writing was awfully disgusting and ugly.  However, it teaches others to be thankful for what you have! I don't think anyone in our state would allow newborn children to be fed to others because of the hard economic times that are happening today.  Swift successfully challenges a family to be more loving and respectful.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dryden's Satire

According to the first paragraph of "Of Satire," what is the purpose of satire? What does Dryden say in the second paragraph is the type of satire he admires most, and to what does he attribute one's ability to use this type of satire successfully? What words does he use to show his disapproval of harsher forms of satire?

Monday, November 26, 2012

A One Day Diary

November 26, 2012
Up very early, at two o’clock in the morning, I crawled out of the comforts of my bed from a dream that I did not seem to remember.  After stretching, I fell fast asleep in the comforts of my bed until later woken up by my mother, who claimed that my carpool to school was terribly sick and I needed to drive myself.  After brushing my teeth, brushing my hair, changing into my uniform and saying goodbye to my mother, I went back to the comforts of my warm bed for just five minutes.  At 6:45 I walked down the stairs and said good morning to my grandparents.  At 6:50 I packed up my things and drove to school in the green Camry.  I thought to myself, “I wish it was Sunday again, so I could sleep in and get more rest.”  I arrived at school at 7:15 and sat in my usual spot conversing with my friends about the academic schedule ahead.  The bell rang, and I quickly went to homeroom to start another long day of school.  In homeroom, Miss Miller asked the class what we all did during our long holiday weekend.  Many answered the usual shopping, beach, or eating.  Kayla Kawamura answered “I went to a homeless shelter and helped out.”  I thought to myself, what a very unselfish thing to do during the long holiday weekend.  The bell rang and I said bye to my homeroom friends, leaving to robotics.  During robotics, I worked my project with Jared Shimabukuro.  Although we did not get very far on the project, I was content with our progress of the day.  The bell then rang for second period, my study hall with Lindsey Ogata, Faith Lopez, and Kellie Kitaoka.  Kellie and I worked on the rather challenging physics homework, while Lindsey and Faith did otherwise.  After doing half of the physics homework, Kellie, Ryan Arquines, and I dropped off our books and headed for third period AP European History.  During the short break right before history, we discussed our grades with the other people in our class like Kai Saruwatari and Kyle Harrison.  Then, Miss Stoker called the class to order.  She then read a short part of Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas, which was rather gory and depressing, then moved on to further teaching about childhood rearing during the eighteenth century.  We then broke up into groups and discussed a question Miss Stoker gave us about witchcraft.  Class was dismissed and I talked to Zach Cowan and Kellie Kitaoka on my way out to leadership.  When I arrived to leadership, I sat by Chris Thomas and Colby Schoniwitz.  I opened my laptop, and before class started, looked at my English assignment and discussed it with Colby.  Class started and we talked about the upcoming Christmas events that we were planning as a student senate.  I started to get slightly bored, and I could tell that Chris and Colby were as well, and I started to play a game of hangman.  After class was dismissed, I headed to homeroom with Kayla Kunisaki and Colby to get ready for College Prep.  We then headed to the Freemont to go to a college meeting with UH West Oahu.  The speaker, a short-filipino man, did not convince me to go to the college at all as I sat by Jesse Tory and Sabrina Stratton.  He excused us late, which got me a little sad, and I headed to get my lunch with Gabby Shen.  After this, I went to Mr. Fort’s room to discuss the hard Physics homework that I could not complete during break.  The bell ran to signal lunch ending and I headed to Analytic Trigonometry with Miss Miller.  There, we went over a new lesson about how to algebraically find vectors with several equations.  I finished the homework within the class period and talked to several of my classmates including, Kai, Kellie, Johnathan Brady, Zach, Noah, and Ryan.  I also helped some of my classmates with the seemingly difficult math homework.  The bell rang for eighth period and I headed to Mr. Fort’s physics class.  During the class, Mr. Fort lectured Kai, Clay Asato, and I about talking when he was lecturing and I did not talk after that.  I understood the work, and when the bell rang, thanked Mr. Fort and waited outside of the atrium for Gabby and Jesse.  I realized what a chilly day it was, and I finally felt the true feel of Christmas coming into town.  Gabby and Jesse were late, but we still walked rather slowly to class, enjoying the company of each other.   Jesse and I then arrived to our last period, Digital Storytelling with Mr. Robinson, and waved Gabby goodbye.  In class, we watched an interesting music video that included fast forwarding and rewinding the clip.  After this, I downloaded the videos from our camera onto the Mac while Mr. Robinson watched stop motion videos next to me, which was rather distracting.  The class was then dismissed and I headed to homeroom with Jesse and Gabby.  After gathering our books, Kayla and I went off to concert band with Mr. S.  After concert band, which was rather boring, Kayla and I walked up to the Lanai area where Jordan Ebisu, Logan Oyama, Niko Milon, Rafael Wilding, Colby, Jesse, and Gabby were.  We talked and had a fun time until 4:00, when Logan and I headed down to the SAC for basketball.  I then walked into Mr. Habegger and Mr. Delizo’s room to change my shoes when Colby showed me the picture of his car parked to my car VERY close, and I mean very.  I didn’t care at the moment, but I would soon come to realize I could not reverse out of my parking stall.  However, practice started and we did a few drills and practiced our fast-break transitions.  After practice, I got ready to go home and headed to my car saying by to the boys and girls on the basketball teams.  Then, I realized how close Colby’s car was to mine and yelled at him to move it.  After this, I headed home around 6:15 and finally GOT home at 6:45.  I was replenished by seeing my cute husky dog at the door and my Christmas tree all lit up in the background. I then ate dinner, cleaned my belongings and showered.  After this, I watched the voice and voted for Cassadee Pope.  My mom then bugged me to do my homework, so I wrote my diary of the day for English while eating my Grandmas freshly baked banana muffins.  I’m happy that this week will end shortly for me, because I am going to Maui with my basketball team.  I can’t wait to sleep and get ready for the new day God will give me. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Milton Slidebomb

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Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1992. 303. Print.
BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2012.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"On My First Son" by Ben Jonson
Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; [The name of Jonson's son is found within this line.  "Child of my right hand" literally means Benjamin.]
   My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy.  [He hoped so much in his son, that he put him above God in importance.]
Seven years thou were lent to me, and I thee pay, [Benjamin's son was seven years of age when he died.]
   Exacted by thy fate, on the just day. [Jonson realizes that life is precious.]
O, could I lose all father now! For why [Jonson loses his sense of being a father.]
   Will man lament the state he should envy? [Jonson feels conflicted.  Although his son gets to be in heaven, he is sad because he has "lost" his beloved son.]
To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage, 
   And, if no other misery, yet age? [I think that Jonson is sad that his son has died in such a young state.  Jonson describes that his son has escaped the wicked world and has left his father in it alone.]
Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, "Here doth lie
   Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry, [This describes how much Jonson loved his son.]
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such
   As what he loves may never like too much. [Jonson kind of gets "emo." This line seems to say that he wishes that he may never like anything so much so he doesn't get so hurt.]

    Ben Jonson's "On My First Son" is a wonderful epigram that is deep and depressing.  Because Jonson focused on artistry and decorum in writing poems, "On My First Son" vividly describes Jonson's feelings toward his lost son.  Not only is this poem depressing, but it is personal and meaningful.  Jonson reveals the "depressing" side of "YOLO" that people have a hard time dealing with.  Jonson also describes his confusion in how he should feel despite his sons journey to heaven.  
    This poem caught my attention because of its meaningful story.  Jonson tells a sad story in just twelve lines.  Characteristics of "On My First Son" can be seen in many movies, TV shows, books, and music.  For example, "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton describes the loss of a newborn son.
"Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I'll find my way through night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven."

In addition, the movie "UP" by Pixar captures a sad love story about an elderly man losing the love of his life in ten minutes.  The poem "On My First Son" depicts the grief of a father in a vivid way that captures the reader's attention.
Works Cited
Horton, Ronald A. British Literature for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1992. 303. Print.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Of Studies

I feel that this quote from Sir Francis Bacon's Of Studies depicts a very accurate picture of how people study in current times.  For example, many people in today's time do work in order to reap "worldly" benefits.  Instead doing school work comprehensively, I sometimes find myself studying in order to only maintain good grades.  In addition, I often take for granted any reading that I do.  Like reading devotions, I often read without comprehension just to say that I have read my Bible.  However, instead, I should think about what God's work has to say for me.  I often assume that I will learn what I should have read in my devotions in chapel or school.  This quote from Bacon is very relatable and true.  It actually describes many of my apathetic and spoiled characteristics in taking education for granted. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Macbeth Analysis Outline

Click this to look at my outline!

Shakespeare's Works

Works Cited
"Shakespeare's Plays, Listed by Genre." Open Source Shakespeare. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2012. <>.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Faerie Queen Animation

Sonnet 79

Sonnet 79 
All pictures are taken by me. By looking at the beauty of God's creation, we need to realize that God is the only perfect beauty.  In my collage, I illustrated the some of the beautiful things in my life.  Although many of the things in life are pretty, it will all die and fade. God is the only everlasting beauty.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wyatt's Farewell, Love, and All Thy Laws Forever

Artist: Joanna Beasley
Song: Mighty to Save (Instrumental With Background Vocals)
Album: Joanna Beasley Karaoke: Patiently Waiting

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


What is a ballad?
A type of poetry that tells a story or series of events with a rhythmic format.
 The Break of Day
The sun quickly creeps out,
The cold air dwindles,
It's time to wake up,
Though your sure sleep was swindled.

Sweet dream have gone elsewhere,
Comfort has gone astray,
You slowly get up to stretch,
To get ready for the new day.

Breakfast is in the making,
Sizzling it's way to a perfect crisp,
Your appetite continues it's growing,
Until your stomach gets a lovely gift.

You brush your stinky teeth,
And change out of your sleep-clothes,
Make yourself presentable,
And hope the day swiftly flows.

After the long day has gone by,
And you obtain your night's sleep,
It's time for the break of day,
To, once again, disturb your precious deep, sleep.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


1.Church brings “...people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires.” Why is this such a problem for Screwtape?

     Screwtape does not like when people of different classes and psychology come together in unity because, it branches out to different people. If the church was consisted of one type of people, it might be a possibility for them to be a critic to others. People commonly reject others if they are different than the people in their clique.

2. “...all I want....” What are your reactions to this sin?

    “All I want” is a very selfish statement. When I perform this sin, I usually think evil thoughts. For example, I think about what is convenient to my wants rather than thinking about what is convenient for other people in their desires. I start to feel a sense of pity for myself when I don’t get my way.

 3. “...she never recognises as gluttony her determination to get what she wants, however troublesome it may be to others.” Give some examples of this quote.
     1. When I ask my mom if I can go out, I forget how she is over-loaded with work from school!
     2. When we litter at school, we don’t recognize it, but it makes it a lot harder for staff at school.
     3. When I don’t show up for things I say I was going to show up for because I’d rather sleep in.
     4. When I forget something very important for my family or friends because I don’t really care.
     5. When people don’t log out of their computers at school because they are in a rush to leave.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chapters IX-XI Questions

1.Why do our “trough periods” make us so vulnerable (43)? Is this applicable to you?

      “Trough periods” are times in which we experience adversity or difficulty in our daily lives. During these times, we often portray strong emotions in negative ways. For example, when people feel sad during adversity, they commonly blame God for the bad things happening in life. By being desperate for happiness and peace in our lives, we often fall into the temptations of the world. For instance, many people in the world turn to drinking and drugs during hard times. We often look to find peace and happiness in worldly or temporal things instead of spiritual or eternal things. When I am going through hard times in my life, I often feel hatred toward other people or things. Because of this, I become vulnerable to sins like gossip. Because I feel guilty for myself, I act selfishly by blaming others for my mistakes.

2.What beautiful truth about pleasure does Screwtape share? Make a list of pleasure? The beautiful truth about pleasure is that God produces it. However, pleasures are often corrupted because of intentions.

     1. Using electronic devices
     2. Sleeping/ Relaxing
     3. Food
     4. Scoring points in games
     5. Getting good grades

3. What are your thoughts regarding “parallel lives” (51)? What does this mean to you?

        I think “parallel lives” are when people live hypocritical lives. When we are hypocritical, we tend to lie in a sense about how we act.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chapters V-VIII Questions

What is Screwtape’s idea on the best way for humans to die? Why? Screwtape’s idea on the best way for humans die is with a false sense of hope. In chapter five, Screwtape describes care homes as the best way for humans to die. He explains that at care homes, friends, doctors, family, and nurses all lie to you about your health. They give you a false sense of hope without looking at the other aspects of life. For example, during war, many people look to unselfish causes and moral. They fight for their cause and most likely exemplify heroic features. How does “...malice thus becomes wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary” (28)? How does this apply to your life? In my opinion, malice becomes wholly real and benevolence becomes largely imaginary when we start to treat others in kind ways for the wrong intentions. For example, if we sit with a new student at school for the purpose of looking good, we become a selfish, sinful person with horrible intentions. I have done this many times in my life with simple things like picking up trash or cleaning my house. In addition, malice becomes wholly real when we take people for granted and treat them badly. I have done this in my life many times to both friends and family. By making mean comments without thinking, I become a hurtful person. Finally, malice becomes wholly real when we have hatred bottled up inside us. It’s a high probability that every person in this world strongly dislikes another person. I have been guilty of this many times in my life. I tend to hold grudges against other people. When I finally talk about it with someone, I can say horrible, mean things out of anger! What is the “law of Undulation” (37)? Give an example of this in your life. The law of Undulation is a cycle in which a person experiences the rise of excitement or interest at different times of their life for the same thing. For example, I tend to get excited for the first day of school. However, as school goes on, I begin to detest school until a new school year! Additionally, I get excited when planning things for my class! As I get more into planning an event, I realize the hard work that I have to put into making fun activities for my class.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chapters I-IV Questions

1. Give an example or two about situations in which you are "...attending to universal issues and withdrawing...attention from the stream of immediate sense experiences" (2). For myself, I quickly found three: 1. Emailing a local friend instead of doing something or making a call. 2. Hanging out with someone - by going to the movies. 3. Having a party but being too busy to spend time with guests.

 I often read books without remembering or understanding anything from a whole chapter. My mind often “thinks for itself” while I am reading. Even though I do not notice it, I read in my head while thinking about other things about my life. I do this even when I am reading out loud! Even when the book may be very interesting, my mind wanders off to other subjects. Because of this, I usually lose the whole experience of an awesome book. In addition, I do not always remember to pray to God.  In pages eighteen and nineteen of the Screwtape Letters, Lewis explains that Christians do this often. I often do not realize the greatness of God when I talk to Him; I don’t always get the full experience of talking to my Savior because of surrounding thoughts.

2.  What are your "daily pinpricks" (11)? For myself, spiral paper eats at something deep inside.

 I have a lot of weird “daily pinpricks.” For example, I hate when people touch my shoulders. It makes me feel gross and gives me “the chills.” What makes more aggravated is that people touch my shoulders purposely to irritate me! In addition, I hate when my folder paper isn't exactly folded in half. My OCD kicks in and I have to fix it until it’s perfect. Finally, I hate when people don’t listen to me when I am leading an activity. I get stressed out when my class doesn't listen to me! When any of these things happen, my frustration comes out! I know that instead of showing frustration, I should show peace and appreciation because of God’s mercy and grace. What are your thoughts on prayer? Compare your prayer life to this chapter. I often pray during the mornings and night. Before I go to sleep, I thank God for the day. I often pray on my rides to school for my class and family to grow closer to God. Like most people, I tend to pray “more intensely” while I’m in panic or stress. Like Lewis mentions, I often don’t have the desire to pray or talk to God. I take God for granted because of my selfish desire for worldly things.