My Winter Poem- Alex

A cold morning awakens.

The snow falls off the trees,

into piles on the ground.

Behind a cloud,

is a warm, bright sun.

Not making the air warmer.

Wind blows through the air,

making a whistling sound.

A river, nearby.

Rushing cool water,

that never has an end.

Snow everywhere.

It makes the air cold.

Every second it gets colder.

The breeze becomes faster.

The river water rushes faster,

turning to ice slowly.

A girl stands alone,

waiting for who knows what.

The snow softly touches her hair.

Every second she moves one step forward.

No one knows,

no one cares.

Only a shadow left of her.

A short, dark shadow,

moves away from you.

Taking the last step,

Going home.

She was the only one to know where home is,

but everyone knows where she’s going.

Far but close.

You watch.

The girl stops,

looks around,

and sees one thing.

Home.

My Winter Poem- Alex

A cold morning awakens.

The snow falls off the trees,

into piles on the ground.

Behind a cloud,

is a warm, bright sun.

Not making the air warmer.

Wind blows through the air,

making a whistling sound.

A river, nearby.

Rushing cool water,

that never has an end.

Snow everywhere.

It makes the air cold.

Every second it gets colder.

The breeze becomes faster.

The river water rushes faster,

turning to ice slowly.

A girl stands alone,

waiting for who knows what.

The snow softly touches her hair.

Every second she moves one step forward.

No one knows,

no one cares.

Only a shadow left of her.

A short, dark shadow,

moves away from you.

Taking the last step,

Going home.

She was the only one to know where home is,

but everyone knows where she’s going.

Far but close.

You watch.

The girl stops,

looks around,

and sees one thing.

Home.

 

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Identity Memoir- Alex

A quote comes to my mind, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” I never expected to have such an experience on the last week of September. Seeing it, many times before, I never thought it would be so unbelieveable. Standing there with 4 other shadows, thinking. Living here all my life, I finally get to see what is behind my house in Montgomery, NY. The Wallkill river.

 

I was with 4 people that made the whole experience life changing. Leah, my twin sister, one of the most important people in my life. Kayleigh, one of my best friends since I don’t know when. Rilee, the oldest of the group, 19, has been my friend for a few years now. Last but not least Alison, the spontaneous and adventurous one, who led all of us through the paths. All of my friends have made this adventure in my backyard amazing.

 

So now lets go back to how it all started…During September I was hanging out with Rilee and Leah. We didn’t have any idea of what we were going to do. Rilee suggested calling Kayleigh and ask if she wanted to come over, since we are practically neighbors. So we did. We found out that Allison was at her house and invited her too. After a while of figuring out what to do, I realized after twelve years of living here I haven’t been to my backyard. Kind of strange most people would think, but to us it wasn’t. Our backyard consisted of the wallkill river, thorns, woods, and rocks.

 

As we were walking down the hill, I could see the different colored scenery from the leaves on the trees. Even though it was pretty to see, I was disappointed since I knew summer was officially over. We all could see millions of ways to go, different paths full of different adventures. Out of all the paths we could have followed we went through the water, luckily we had boots on. At least we thought we made up the name, water hiking but later realized it was a real thing. As we hiked through the cold, rushing water, we saw many waterfalls flowing into the river. One by one the leaves fell into the water, from the serene wind blowing. Alison led the way most of the time, since she has hiked many times before.

I’m still sitting here with my friends, on top of a giant rock, thinking. Thinking about how this experience would have been different if they weren’t here with me. To me, the small things in life make a huge difference. That’s why this was such a life changing experience, it’s small but big at the same time. My friends, the scenery, and just being there was incredible. If I went down to my backyard again it wouldn’t be the same…it would be different. The same quote comes to my mind as before, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

Heroes in “One For The Murphys” – Alex

So far in “One For The Murphys” there’s been many different heroes. I have to admit that they are all in important in their own way. I think that the biggest hero is Mrs. Murphy. This is because she was the one wanted to help and take care of a foster child. She was also the one who made Carley feel like she was at home and made her feel more welcome. Without Mrs. Murphy the whole book would have been completely different. Her personality sort of shaped Carley to be who she is now.

Mrs. Murphy might have some experience with foster care and maybe was a foster child herself. It could have even been one of her friends going through foster care and told her about the great experience when she bonded with the child. She probably also heard bad things about other foster parents and wanted to make sure that a kid could have a powerful experience that could change their life. There were many hints that Mrs. Murphy wanted to adopt Carley because she cared about her so much and wanted to make sure she was safe.

I feel that Mrs. Murphy is a very powerful and strong person that can change someone else’s perspective. Maybe she could even help Carley get through her tough time. I predict that maybe Mrs. Murphy will find some common interests or different things that have happened in their lives with Carley. Mrs. Murphy could have even been a foster child herself since she said she understood how Carley was feeling. Overall Mrs. Murphy was a hero in my opinion, she was a powerful, smart, strategic, hardworking leader.

Googling My Name- Week #4 – Alex

Challenge 4,  Activity #2

When I looked up my name on Google, many different things came up. For example, an author and even a doctor. One of the first things that came up was a female doctor from the University of Wisconsin. It was very engaging to read about her life and how she became a doctor. I also found an author who wrote the book “White Horse”. One thing I found funny was the Author wrote the book about a girl named Zoe and I have a dog named Zoe. This author also released “White Horse” in April 17 2012 which is a day before my sister’s birthday. I made many different connections between the author and me, which I thought was very interesting to find. After a while of scrolling through Google I never found myself which wasn’t that surprising, since there are so many search results. It was cool to find some connections to the all of different things I searched.

My trip to Punta Cana- Alex

2 years ago when I was on spring break, I took an incredible trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. I was there for about 2 weeks and it was an amazing experience. The flight wasn’t that bad, it was only about 3 to 4 hours. When we were getting close to land I saw a lot of palm trees and all different kinds of exotic plants. After we got off the plane it was really hot and  it turns out I was wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants. Once we checked into our hotel and got all of our bags unpacked we checked walked around. Whenever you drove around somewhere you use a golf cart and it was a lot of fun. Mainly when we were there I went swimming in the giant pool that went all away around the hotel. One of my favorite activities we did while we were at Punta Cana was snorkeling. I got to feed a lot of different fish and got some amazing pictures. The place itself was so beautiful, all the trees and flowers made the place so warm and tropical. The only bad part was I got really bad sunburn and it hurt for a while after the trip. Overall Punta Cana was a breathtaking trip that I wish I can soon visit again.

This was when I was riding on the golf cart and looking at the view.

This was when I was snorkeling. Pictures taken by me.

The 13th Challenge – Week #1 – Alex

Week #1

At first I was wondering how can you get the number 13 without using math. I kept thinking about it and finally I figured it out. The American Flag has 13 stripes. At the time Betsy Ross sewed the American flag there were 13 British colonies, so she decided to sew it to have 13 stripes. This flag has been modified 26 times since 1777 but they always kept the 13 stripes design. Francis Hopkinson was the designer of the first American flag that had 13 stripes but over the years it has been modified and a lot of different changes were made. All of the changes were made to the stars and not the stripes which was surprising since they no longer have 13 colonies. I guess they wanted to make sure people remember how America came to be an independent country. Its hard to think about how you would get 13 without math so I thought about it in a different way.

Creative Commons By; Vít Luštinec,

 

Should kids have iPhones? Week #2 – Alex

Challenge #2

A lot of people agree and disagree that kids should have iPhones. Not every kid has a phone but a lot of them do. Some parents believe that kids should have phones for different reasons. One reason they should is because you can use them for educational reasons. Kids can do homework on the phone or use certain apps to help them learn. They could also use it for emergencies, if they had to call their parents during school because something is wrong they could call them. Parents are also able to track their kid and see what they’re doing on the phone. It also keeps them busy so they won’t bug you.

Another group disagrees with the idea, even with the Internet the parent needs to be able to trust the kid to be able to have a phone. This goes along with responsibility, as they need to be responsible and not do anything they’re not supposed to do. They could call anyone or even look up anything they want to. Another reason people are saying they shouldn’t is that they get distracted too easily and are always on their phone. It distracts them from school work. People also want their kid to be outside playing or doing something active  instead of being on the iPhone all the time.

We can conclude that people have different opinions about the question “Should kids have iPhones?” That is an question for you to answer. Do think they should have iPhones?

Creative Commons By:Kelvinsong

 

The Closet- Alex

The Closet

“Anna go in, you said you weren’t scared.”

“I’m going.” I walked towards the closet very slowly, as my friends were staring at me. I was terrified of going in but what was I supposed to say. It was a dare and if I didn’t do it they said they wouldn’t be my friends anymore. Right when I took my last step, BAM!!! The door had slammed right behind me, I realized it was locked. My friends ran out my house terrified, “What friends they are,” I said to myself. All of a sudden all of my nightmares were surrounding and mocking me.

 A voice finally appeared, “Isn’t it Anna Rogers?”

“Let me out of here!” I screamed.

“Why do you want to get out so badly?”

“Because I hate all of my old nightmares.” I said scared.

“Aww too bad because you’re about to live one.” The voice said with a cackle. All of a sudden colorful sparks of lightning started to swirl around me. The lightning had struck on the door which made it open and I ran outside screaming, feeling no different.

 Then I saw dozens of zombies with green and pale skin. I saw my friends and family turn into zombies, that was my worst nightmare losing the ones I loved. All the zombies even my parents and friends were chasing me. I ran as fast as I could but it wasn’t fast enough. I was trapped in the middle of all the zombies and I couldn’t get out. I fell to the ground lying there thinking in my mind, how can my nightmare become real? I started bursting into tears, WHY ME! I finally woke up. “Wait that was all fake?” I said.

“Yes, now its time for you to face your real fear, trying to get out.”