Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sophmore Reflections

My sophmore year has been wonderful so far. I have almost finished the first half of the year and I am extremely excited! Not much has happened, though. All I do is usually the same from one week to another, which gets very boring. I am very honored to be a Batesville student and take pride in being a Pioneer. I represent the basketball team for Batesville and play as hard as I can and have fun every day on the court. The first half of my sophmore year has gone wonderful!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Leadership

Mark Antony, a perfect example for a true friend, is the only leader I can see in the book Julius Caesar. In his magnificent speech, found in Act 3, Scene 2, he displays a true leader when he persuades a huge crowd to turn against Brutus and all of the conspirators just after they heard Brutus's speech and were for him. Hearing Antony's speech, the crowd quickly opened their eyes and saw they needed Caesar for a leader and not Brutus. The crowd could not have noticed such an event if Mark Antony was not such a wonderful leader.

This sort of leadership applies in all sorts of situations today. Ways to change a crowd's mind can vary from selling a product to voting for a president. Salespeople are always showing how their product is better than the other person they are competing against just like how Antony proves how Caesar was better than Brutus. Chosing a president is also in the same boat. One candidate tries to slam the other in many different ways, while the other is doing the same technique. These are just a few of many examples of how leadership Antony shows can be compared to in todays society.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rope Up!

Life is not fun when someone is falling over the edge and has nothing to hold them back. Therefore, people must rope up with someone who has similar problems and the two people could work together and have a rope between them.

I named my post "Rope Up" because I have ropes tied to different people for different problems. One major example is my basketball team. We are very competitive and push each other allowing the team to improve as a whole and individually. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has a small exerpt about roping up with someone in a similar situation and let the two work together to overcome at the same time. I have many ropes tied to Colin, my older brother, and he has the same tied back. Thinking I am a clone, many people do not see the simile in us. In some areas, we do not have ropes tied to each other and cannot save the other if in trouble. All of the time, we kindle each other, but such actions show brotherly love and nothing else. But underneath all of the fussing and fighting, there are many ropes holding us together.

Simile: A stated comparison (usually formed with "like" or "as") between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens #1

I have recently been reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, a book worth reading if someone wants to straighten their lives out. In one particular part of the book, a story is told about a boy growing from the 90 pound weakling (metaphorically speaking, he would be a walking stick) to the football team captain and had the "Best Body" award. I can reference this story to my life because, as in his life, I have made a commitment to getting stronger and heavier while going to the gym every single night and practicing as hard as I can. I feel this is the only way to reach nirvana within myself. The same story was written by the boy in the book and i guess my eye was caught on the selection because of my personal goal and experience.

From my point of view, I am positive everyone reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will better their lives in many different ways. The guide has helped a lot of people's lives and could help out someone else in need.

Metaphor: an implied comparison between two unlike things that actually have something important in common

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Letter to the Next President

Conor Lawrence
P.O. Box 145
Mt. Pleasant, AR 72561
(870)-346-5164
October 3, 2008



Senator John McCain
McCain-Palin Southwest Regional Headquarters
5353 N. 16th StreetSuite 120Phoenix, AZ 85016

Dear Senator John McCain:

I have three pet peeves about the next President of the United States. I shall start by asking you if you are planning on having a well structured education program. My view of a well structured education program would have the staff at schools more interested in their jobs by increasing the amount of their gross income. . The last two ideas in the series will make teachers hate school, but, over time, I know they will appreciate the idea of disciplined teaching. Another topic irritating me on presidency is the economy. Will you raise or lower taxes? Depending on your interests, are you going to raise the tax prices and make the cities a cleaner, organized, and prettier place, or are you going to lower the price of taxes and make life easy going for the common man? Personally, I would prefer the lower of tax prices because I live on a farm in a small town and the town does not need any of the topics I listed and there are places of such a status all over the United States. Lastly, what are you going to do about Iraq? Are you going to let the war continue and let America suffer by possibly having terrorists come and try to destroy our nation, or, on the contrary, are you going to make peace in the Middle East and save the families of the soldiers from their worrying and send the people who are fighting for all who lives in the United States’ freedom? For me to support you, get the soldiers out! There, simple and easy to remember. I know you have the best choice for president and if you can do these three issues, you will make the greatest presidential choice for America.

Sincerely,



Conor Lawrence

cc. Tammy Gillmore

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sci-fi, a promotional genre of choice.

I promote science fictional writing for three reasons, it is entertaining, it is sometimes scary, and it is not real. First, sci-fi writing is extremely entertaining. Because the writing is not real, adventure stories can be made out of crazy ideas, such as going into the future. Secondly, science fiction writing can sometimes be scary. Once again, because the stories are made up, scary plots can be designed to frighten the reader in many ways, possibly even creating a monster to scare even adults. Lastly, sci-fi writing is not real. A reader might already know this because half of the title is fiction, but sometimes while reading, one might forget this and have to say to themselves, "this is not real!" for they might be a little scared. In conclusion, sci-fi writing gets a check under promotional from me for three reasons, it is entertaining, scary at times, and it is always made up in the imagination.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My hero "Guapo"

The name of my hero is Guapo, which is Spanish for ''handsome''. Guapo is a warrior, strong, and can become invisible. First, Guapo is a mighty warrior. He has been into battle 384 times and has always come out alive. Secondly, the handsome man has super strength. Guapo once proved his strength to the whole village of people in Akhdad by crushing three of the best warriors together into one small cat. Lastly, Guapo can become invisible. The stars on his robe contain sensors that allows the robe to ''blend-in'' with the environment. Although many characteristics could describe Guapo, the ability to become invisible, having super strength, and being a powerful warrior describe him best.