Sunday, September 30, 2007

blog 2 outside reading memior

Riding The Bus With My Sister
Loaded words
Selfish pg. 49- this has a negative reaction to me. Mostly negative because people who are selfish don’t think of others so are most of the times not very nice or pleasurable to be around.
Demanding pg. 51-this has a mostly negative reaction for me. It’s not all negative because sometimes when people are demanding it’s a good thing. But sometimes its bad so that’s why it’s negative because demanding can be annoying.
Hippie pg. 54-this has a positive reaction for me. It's positive because in my mind hippie are radical or liberal and fight for what they want and they fight for a lot of my values.
Donor pg.57-this has a positive reaction for me because donors save peoples lives and are selfless and I think that a good value to uphold.
Purity pg. 59-this also has a positive response for me because it makes me think of clean or pure water, which is good, but when talking about something’s it could be bad because pure isn’t always interesting.
Bullheadedness pg. 66-has a mostly negative reaction to me because it means stubborn and when people are stubborn to me it bugs me but I myself am stubborn so it's fine for me
Feistiness pg.67-a negative response because it means ill tempered which isn’t good
Mentally retarded pg.70-negotive but not because someone like that just because of how it's worded it's nicer then some other terms but just doesn’t have a good vibe with it
Afflicted pg. 77-negative just because it's in my mind is probably linked with something bad
Agitated pg. 79- negative because it's like irritated which is annoying and I don’t like to be agitated
Jacob is the bus driver we meat in this section and he is also friendly. There are children on this bus and Beth plays with them because she is much like a child. Jacob tells a story about how he once almost died but was saved by a liver transplant just in time and he also was in a coma and his heart stopped for a minute and after that he stopped his alcohol problems and appreciates life much more. They also search for a bathroom and Beth knows them all and she also has a great instinct for whom to trust.
In her memory her father leaves then and they get a dog and her mom tries to get over it but her mom is very sad and cries a lot Rachel and her sister Laura also go around the neighborhood to collect money for their moms present and lie to people saying it's for charity but they decide to stop.

blog 1 outside reading memior

Riding The Bus With My Sister
Rachel Simon has a mentally retarded sister and the book starts out with Rachel joining Beth her sister on one of her ordinary days. Beth hasn’t been able to keep a job a job for a while so an ordinary day isn’t ordinary to most people. Beth does what makes her happy and that is riding the buses, she rides sunrise to sundown Monday-Saturday and knows all the routs, stops, drivers, and most of the people that ride them. Rachel has decided to join her sister because she is a writer for a newspaper and she has grown a part from her sister.
She starts off her day buying coffee for the first driver and makes 16 cents. This bus driver is her friend but some drivers don’t like her at all and if they see her at a bus stop they pass her buy because they think she is annoying. She is always the first person to buy her bus pass and each month has #000001. She also has a boyfriend; Jessie and he is also mentally retarded but doesn’t ride the buses he rides a bike and sometimes they see each other. Rachel also accompanies her sister later to a meeting about her health where they talk about her health and Beth is loosing her vision and currently receives only $527.40.
Rachel makes a decision with Beth to ride the buses with her for a whole year as often as she can. The second time she rides she has to wake up very early and the first driver is Tim but Beth calls him happy Timmy because he is so happy but some call him the professor because he teaches people things. He dropped out of collage to drive busses because he loves people he has 3 kids. Norma is an elderly rider and she recalls old times about movie theatres and today is her anniversary. Beth writes Rachel a thank you card and draws pictures
Part of this book is also her memories of her childhood with Beth. Her mother knew something was wrong with her after two months with her because of her blank look and she never cried of reacted to things so they took her to a doctor but they said nothing was wrong. And after another year they took her in again and she stayed in a hospital for a while so they could figure out what was wrong and after 2 months they knew she was mentally retarded but didn’t know why.
The second memory was about Halloween and Beth didn’t want to wear the costume and when she didn’t want to do something she didn’t and then her mom painted and when she left her paints for a moment Beth eat a whole tube and was rushed to the hospital and was ok but her mom didn’t paint anymore and you could see her sadness
So far I have a better understanding of how mentally retarded Beth is and how Rachel deals with it I also have seen a lot into the different personalities of drivers and riders. I think I'm going to like this book a lot and I think it has some very good life lesions though by a variety of characters.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

this i belive


2) Living in the Here and Now

3) Jeffrey Hollender

4) This person belives that you should always live in the present and not get to caught up in life with the past and future.

5) he lost his brother and wasted time with him not living in the present
and he had his life on an auto pilot nevering thinking or enjoying what was happening right then

6) "I often cry when I think about my brother. It's one of the few things I let myself cry about. I missed opportunities with him because I wasn't present — missed opportunities I will never have again. In some ways, he was almost always fully present. He didn't know any other way to be. I don't want to miss anymore of my life than I already have. By being present and conscious, aware and awake, I believe that I can honor my brother, just a little bit, every day."

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

goal for sophmore year and the thing im most anxiouse about at EHS

I have a variety of goals that I would like to achieve at EHS. Some socially and some academically, both are very important to me but most of all I would like to have an excellent time at EHS. So within that I have to achieve my goals of maintaining good grades, learning valuable information, meeting new friends and keeping old friends, having a variety of friends, and also having a nice mix of extra curricular activities. And if I can do all that I think I will have a great time at EHS with few regrets.

The thing that I am most anxious about a EHS is my cheerleading. I am on the comp cheer team and it’s a very demanding sport and I’ve never done before so it’s a kind of a mystery of how it’s going to turn out. Also part of my anxiety has to deal with the stress of school and such a strenuous sport, I’m curious to know how I’m going to deal with it as well as afraid that I wont be able to do both. Another part of my anxiety is excitement though because last year our team placed 11th in the nation so I hope we are just as lucky this year.