Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One Little Word

I chose the word courage. I chose courage because I need to be courageous in the many battles of life. Sometimes life throws curve balls, but with a little bit of courage you can withstand anything you choose. I have always been quiet in many ways but now I choose to have courage and I know that that is what I need. I will follow this word all year and hopefully by the end of the year I will be a changed person, and have the courage I need.

Information about Haiti

Haiti is a small country next to the Dominican Republic. Before Haiti was struck by a huge earthquake it was a country with very little order and very much kayos. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with a poverty rate of 85%. The Population in 2003 was 8,326,000. there is literacy rate of about 65% so that means that only 65% of people that live in Haiti can read and or write.

Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper by Martin Espada

Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
by Martin Espada

I believe that the theme of this poem that I linked is that hard work can take you places. I believe this because of the quote:”Ten years later, in law school, I knew that every legal pad was glued with the sting of hidden cuts, that every open law book was a pair of hands upturned and burning.”
I think the poetic device that was used is Imagery which is when something appeals
to the five senses (touch,sight, taste, smell, sound).

Friday, January 22, 2010


On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 the Caribbean and North American plates slid past one another in an east-west direction. Which caused the Haiti Port-au-Prince earthquake. There is been nothing but devastation since then. The earthquake was at a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M. With this earthquake there has been 200,000 dead in total. There have been so many deaths and so much destruction because Haiti is a country that is in poverty. Haiti is always in kayos even before the earthquake. There buildings were built poorly because of the lack of money and they were not prepared for something of this destruction. If an earthquake were to hit California today with the magnitude of 7.0 like the one that hit U.S in 1991 there would be no deaths, and very little damage. It is that way because the U.S is prepared for earthquakes and we built our houses and towers somewhat better than Haiti. Haiti is not a bad country because it is in poverty but, if they had buildings like we do, on the west coast then there wouldn’t be as many deaths if any and the buildings wouldn’t be a total loss like they are now.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Review for My Blog

My Review of my blog. My blog is in my opinion neat and clean. There is not a lot of writing yet but I have started to write a little more often. I believe that since I have had a blog I care more about my writing. I love the Cluster Map. I love it because it shows me how many people look at my blog and where from. I can improve in a couple areas such as my grammar and spelling mistakes. Although I do go back and correct them as I see them. My goal for the rest of the year for my blog it to write a little more and more. Overall I am proud of my blog and will keep blogging in my adult life after I graduate.

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Anke’s got quite a life. Her father doesn’t look at her like he looks at her like he looks at her siblings. Anke knows what he does to them but not her, he wont even look at her. It’s as if she isn’t even there. All she wants is some attention. She gets just that when she joins the Volleyball team. At first she wishes that he would do to her as he does to the others, but when she finds her dad at his office with her close friend everything changes. She realizes that what her father does is wrong and nothing can stop her from telling his just how she feels. This book Is an exciting read, you don’t want to put the book down and take a break. All three hundred and fifty two pages keep you at the edge of your seat, so to speak. I encourage adults and teens to read this book. It is a very strong book the effects of I Am Furniture can very. Some people may be alright with his book and others may not be able to read it.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A life lesson unlearned

What happens to a life lesson unlearned?

Does it hold up
like a jet in the sky?
Or last like a fugitive --
on the run?
Does it sink like ship gone wrong ?
Or adjust and cloud over--
like a forgotten dream?

Maybe it just hangs
like a heavy load.

Or does it implode?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

found poem

there was a baseball game on
as if the world wasn’t real
they were playing baseball
as if baseball was important
all you have that’s important
is the surface stuff
that’s all you have
in here-- you don’t smile
they don’t care
i think i finally understand
the world i come from
where i had my family--
that’s important