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Lonely Loners and Mr.Solo Dolo

Much of my life thus far has been spent around people. If I'm at school, I'm usually around my friends, cracking jokes and making conversation. If I'm at home, I'm usually playing with my dog or talking to my mother. These interactions of companionship bring joy to my life and allow me to learn different aspects about myself. It is comforting knowing that there are people around me experiencing life at the same time that I am. No one wants to feel alone because it prevents us from sharing our thoughts, creativity, and joy. Feelings of lonesomeness also cause tasks to appear increasingly more daunting than they would with a companion. Companionship helps prevent feelings of sadness, and is necessary for maintaining human sanity to a large extent. Without friends or family, our lives would be hollow shells, dwindling into the insane.       Throughout history, humans have desired connections with others, especially in the face of hardship. It is very difficult to face imme…

The Jungle Persists...

Imagine an average Friday afternoon for a high school student like myself. I've been sitting in a stuffy classroom for the past 8 hours, taking notes and paying attention to lectures. The only thing I ate for lunch was half of a soggy sunflower butter and jelly sandwich. I'm dying to eat something tasty, far away from the school cafeteria. The bell rings. I am now finally able to escape my institution and enjoy what freedom I have as a 16 year old. A friend and I hop in my car, and drive to the nearest fast food restaurant. We race through the drive thru, and in moments, our dinner is served, quickly and conveniently. As I eat my double bacon cheeseburger, very little goes through my mind. Fast food has existed my entire life, and never once have I thought about it's detrimental effects on society. I've never stopped to think about the impact the rise of fast food has had on impoverished communities. I've never realized how hugely America's fast food consumpti…

you (and your family) vs. the world

Since the beginning of the school year, I've been hearing rumors about Hawk Theatre Company doing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timefor UIL One Act Play Competition. I consider my self to be a pretty optimistic person, however, I'm also a realist. I'm a realist who understands the unlikely odds of MY school securing the rights to such a high caliber, sought after show. Well, remind me never to doubt Ryan Heitzman again, because Hebron managed to secure the rights. Thus, the directors suggested that we all familiarize ourselves with the material by reading this book. At first, I panicked, thinking that I would have to toss another book on top of my (incredibly long) reading list. Then, I realized that this book is an AP title, a would be the perfect subject for my next blog. Call me a prehistoric hunter, because I'm hitting two birds with one stone. That's a pretty clever metaphor, even though it doesn't work for this situation because the directo…

The Catcher in the Rye: a Filthy Book for Normal People, a Normal Book for Filthy People

For the past 4 weeks, I've been slowly reading the Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. Unfortunately, I haven't read the book as much as I've wanted to, which is why this blog might sound slightly limited. However, I'm still 110 pages in, and I have begun to read at least 10 pages each day outside of class. I don't mind reading this book because it's very entertaining, despite what very little is actually happening. I have to hand it to Salinger for making a book about an average 16 year old both fascinating and unique. I really do. Anyways, on with the actual blog.       As stated earlier, I've been reading the Catcher in the Rye, which is an AP classic that has been banned throughout time for being too vulgar. When I picked up this book, I was expecting to be utterly offended by the sheer amount of explicit content put on display. That's the whole reason why I chose this book, to be completely honest. I just really wanted an excuse to read a bunch of 4…

wow, it's actually good...

Well ladies and gentlemen, I finally did it. I finally sold out my traditional reading values in exchange for popularity points. I conformed to the masses, I gave in to the peer pressure, and I allowed my curiosity to get the best of me. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am currently reading Th1rteen R3asons Why, written by Jay Asher. As I've said in my last blog, I would love to start talking about this book immediately, but unfortunately I have to talk briefly about my goals. Well, I've read a lot over the past few weeks. I read everything from The Epic of Gilgamesh to the Treaty of Versailles. In other words, I skimmed through my Barron's AP World History Study Guide. Honestly, I haven't picked up a conventional book in weeks. So Ms.Mayo, if you're reading this, I just want you to know that I'm sorry. I'm sure your disappointment doesn't compare to my incompetence. Well, silly jokes aside, let's get talking about the book in question: Th1rteen R3asons …

wait, this book has aliens in it?...(ap title)

Slaughterhouse Five: the book that gets more confusing the more that you read it. This is a fantastic book that's worth talking about immediately. However, the rubric says I can't talk about it until I comment briefly on my goals. Well, if I'm to be completely honest, I didn't set a specific goal for this project. I just wanted to have a more consistent reading schedule and finish a book in a reasonable time. While I did finish this book in a decent enough time (about 2 weeks), I failed at keeping a consistent reading schedule. I would instead go a few days without reading, and then make up for the loss of time by reading in bulk. Reading large chunks of a book used to be very hard for because I would get so distracted, but I found a way to counteract this by switching between audiobooks and conventional reading.      Alright, let's finally talk about Slaughterhouse Five, which I'm assuming is the whole reason why you're here, or else reading this would be …

goals.

So apparently we were supposed to write about our goals for this assignment. I forgot to do that, so here I am doing it now. I hope improve my reading skills, and I also hope to discover different kinds of literature, as well as different AP titles. I just have a set number of pages that I want to have read by the end of this blog. All I know is that I want to read a lot more and develop better habits. Who knows, maybe I'll develop great reading habits through this assignment that will stick with me for the rest of my life. (Let's just all be positive.)