In the novel, The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls, a conflicted mother, named Charlotte, struggles with taking care of her two kids named, Liz and Jean. Jean is a twelve year old girl who goes by the name Bean. She is very responsible and good at taking care of herself. Liz is fifteen years old and she takes care of Bean and herself. The girls try hard to figure out where to stay whenever their mother unexpectedly leaves for a couple days.
After reading 80 pages of, “Skud,” by Dennis Foon, I felt motivated by the actions and determination shown by the main characters of the story, especially Andy. In the book, all the characters had a goal or objective and worked hard to reach that goal. Although most people would not advise someone to center their life around one certain thing, I think that when one finds a purpose or objective in life they should always do their best to reach this goal regardless of what others say or thinks of it. In the book, Andy dream was to become a popular actor.Although the possibility of getting cast is low and although he was hurt and unwell, Andy still went to the audition because of that small possibility. After reading about this, I felt determined and motivated by actions like this.
Nesbit, a close friend of Miranda’s family, died in her house. Before she died Miranda had a conversation with her. Mrs. Nesbitt told her that Miranda’s family could take all of her food, and take her furniture to burn during the winter to stay warm. This became a very stressful time for Miranda because someone that she was really close to died. Even though they were saddened by the death, they were still the beneficiaries of Mrs. Nesbitt’s stuff. Afterall they were very grateful to have her belongings.
After Tea Cake ignores all the preemptive warnings of the approaching Hurricane Okeechobee, Janie gets trapped in a flood in the Everglades with a rabid dog. Witnessing this event, Tea Cake risks his life and jumps into the water to save Janie from this beast. Afterwards, Janie tells Tea Cake, “Once upon uh time, Ah never 'spected nothin', Tea Cake, but bein' dead from standin' still and tryin' tuh laugh. But you come 'long and made somethin' outa me. So Ah'm thankful fuh anything we come through together.” (Hurston 167). Janie’s quote demonstrates her gratitude to Tea Cake, who was the only person to truly treat Janie as an equal. By following Nanny’s ideals, Janie lived most of her life neglected in various ways by both Logan and Joe. However, when she finally abandoned Nanny’s dream and met her own needs by marrying Tea Cake, she experienced happiness for the first time. The life of security with little emotional fulfillment deeply contrasts with Janie’s new life with Tea Cake. Finally, she is able to experience true love instead of living as a mule under Joe and Logan, both of whom tried to shape Janie to fit their own personal needs instead of treating her as an equal . Although Nanny wanted to secure Janie’s life by marrying her off to a respected, landowning man, this resulted in unintended consequences that restricted her freedom and harmed her well being. Unlike
It’s February now, and the groceries don’t last long, nor does the store of food they had packed away from the garden either. Upon entering the house one day, Owen notices a foul smell. They discover that the old chest freezer in the basement has died and all the pork meat inside had gone bad. Mardi tries to get by on discount food from the store, but eventually needs help. She is forced to apply for the free lunch program at the boys’ school. On the positive side, Mardi has been working more and is beginning to receive more consistent income from her writings. March comes and she wins tickets to an Uncle Kracker concert. She invites Pete, who is the carpenter that had started working on her house before her separation from Mr. Wonderful. They have a good time, however, Mardi is a little distracted and informs Pete that her divorce hearing is Monday. Monday comes and the divorce is finalized. The judge gives Mardi 90 days to refinance the farm in her name only and she is hopeful that she can keep it. She also has a surprise encounter with Pete at the courthouse. He informs her that he also, is getting divorced that day. Easter Sunday comes with Mardi and the boys trying out a new church, as they have started looking for a place to go regularly. The following weekend they go to the local Tractor Supply Store and purchase chickens to raise. Mardi also discovers that she needs a new water pump for her water well and
In the book Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, the author predicts the future of today’s society. Bradbury predicted the future of today’s technology and societal issues. Some technology from the book that is similar to today is the small electronic earpieces that fit into peoples’ ears to communicate with people; nowadays, it exists and people call it Bluetooth. In addition, there was large flat screen televisions that were the size of a wall. Technology is part of the societal issues from the book, they are similar to today’s society because the people do not care about reading or gaining knowledge anymore, it’s all about television and technology. In addition, suicide is not taken care of or prevented properly It is almost as suicide is taken as a joke. Actually, there are many ways today’s society is similar to the book, society that Bradbury based in the future containing advanced technology and societal issues.
Fudge brownies are always a game-day hit. The "touchdown brownies" from thebakermama.com combines sweet and salty into the perfect play. Like a quarterback hitting a receiver in stride on a fly pattern. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray. In a large microwavable bowl, melt 1-and-1/2 sticks of unsalted butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips in 30 seconds intervals until completely melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of sugar then four large eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/4 tablespoon of salt and stir until just combined. Stir in 1 cup caramel bits, 1 cup crushed pretzels, 1 cup
He wins her heart with his energy, and willingness to make Janie his equal. Tea Cake is the only husband that actually takes a genuine interest in Janie. He takes her hunting, fishing, and plays checkers with her. She especially enjoys playing chess, the fact that he considers her intelligent enough to learn such a game shows that he thinks more of Janie than Logan or Joe ever did. The town disapproves of Janie and Tea Cake because he is poor and younger than her. They have the impression that he is just after her money. Janie and Tea Cake leave the town of Eatonville and travel to a town called Jacksonville where Tea Cake has work. The sense of gender equality is very important to Janie in a relationship. Tea Cake asks Janie to work alongside him in the Everglades fields. Logan and Joe both wanted her to work, but she resented it. The difference is that Logan wanted Janie to do hard labor because he thought of her as an object like a workhorse. Joe wanted Janie to work in the store, which she also disliked because Joe just wanted to publicly display her as his trophy wife. Tea Cake’s attitude about Janie working is completely different. He gives her the choice of working and doesn’t command her. Janie goes to work the next day, “So the very next morning Janie got ready to pick beans along with Tea Cake. There was a suppressed murmur when she picked up a basket and went to work. She was already getting to be a special case on the muck. It was generally assumed that she thought herself too good to work like the rest of the women and that Tea Cake "pomped her up tuh dat." But all day long the romping and playing they carried on behind the boss’s back made her popular right away.”(133) This is the first relationship that Janie doesn’t care to work. She actually likes working alongside Tea Cake. As time passes the town gets word of a hurricane coming. All the people start fleeing to different places, but the boss
After watching Jane’s interview I was ecstatic with my choice. She was born in New York City in 1939. Both of Jane’s parents were well-established writers, so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. Jane has always enjoyed writing; she can still remember and site
She opens the door to her childhood, beginning with when she was 3 years old and boiling her own hot dog by standing on top of the chair to reach the stovetop. While doing that, her pink dress catches on the fire because of which gets her horribly burned. She spends a few days in the hospitals and enjoys it too, because she is getting food on time and is not left starving. One day her dad shows up and they run off out of the hospital without paying the bills of her treatment. That night her family leaves the town and move to another place, taking as much stuff as possible with them. Most of her childhood memories involve her whole family- mom, dad, Jeanette, Lori, Brian, and later on Maureen -moving from one desert towns to another, settling in as long as her dad can hold the job. This happened more frequently due to the dad’s alcoholism coupled with his paranoia about the organized society and the state. One of the towns they stayed in was Battle Mountain, Nevada, where they spend a few months. Jeanette and her brother Brian spent many hours exploring the desert and collecting rocks. Even their mother got a job as a teacher and
The author Gail Gibbons was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1944. Even when she was a little child she was in love with books. She was always putting books together. She would make books and then try to bind them together with yarn to where the pages would hold. She wrote her first wordless picture book at the age of four. She was a very curious individual and she loved drawing and painting, and she always asked questions when she was young.
Janie falls in love with the Everglades, everything there is new and strange. Tea Cake finds them a room, and he decides that he will pick beans during the day and at night, he will play guitar and roll dice. Once the season begins they live a comfortable life picking beans. Tea Cake teaches Janie how to shoot a gun, and she eventually becomes a better shot than him. Once the season starts, poor workers start to move in to town, and soon all the houses are taken, those who could not get houses sleep in the fields at night. The bars soon come to life and all night there is loud music spilling out of them. Tea Cake and Janie’s house becomes the center of the Everglades; people hang out at their house and listen to Tea Cake play his music. In the beginning of the season, Janie mainly stays home and cooks meals for Tea Cake, but he soon starts to gets lonely working in the field alone all day. He begins to leave work early so he can see her, Janie decides that it would be best if she would join him in their field picking beans that they can be together all day everyday. Janie wonders what the people of Eatonville would say if they
Janie was forced to marry a man named Logan at the age of seventeen. Logan was a rich man who owned a big house and approximately sixty acres of land. Janie’s grandmother thought that with Logan’s wealth, Janie could benefit and live a soothing life financially. After their marriage, the couples began to have disparity. "Janie!" Logan called harshly. "Come help me move dis manure pile befo’ de sun gits hot. You don’t
A book I clearly remember is the book I read in 6th grade. I saved up my lunch money to buy it from the book fair. There was a lot of book I could not choose but my teacher helped me picked one. The book was torn on the edges. It had an off-white cover with faded writing. I remember it smelling like my pumpkin spice candle I had in my room. I also remember the book being small and easy to carry. I loved the size of it because I could take it anywhere to read. There were times where I would stay in the classroom instead of going out to play with my classmates. I still have the book but now its dusty and covered in highlighter and writing.
Carl Deuker wrote the book, Gym Candy. Although as little as I read, he is my favorite author of all time. I really enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. For one, I could relate to what Mick, the main character, was experiencing. Throughout Gym Candy, it got my attention by how intense the story would become. I also enjoyed how well Carl Deuker explained certain aspects of the story with great emotion. By reading Gym Candy, I have learned a few life lessons, and this book has made an impact on how I view future occasions.