Woman Work by Maya Angelou

Woman Work by Maya Angelou

I’ve got the children to tend

The clothes to mend

The floor to mop

The food to shop

Then the chicken to fry

The baby to dry

I got company to feed

The garden to weed

I’ve got shirts to press

The tots to dress

The can to be cut

I gotta clean up this hut

Then see about the sick

And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine

Rain on me, rain

Fall softly, dewdrops

And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here

With your fiercest wind

Let me float across the sky

‘Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes

Cover me with white

Cold icy kisses and

Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky

Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone

Star shine, moon glow

You’re all that I can call my own.

As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes

As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes

It was a long time ago.

I have almost forgotten my dream.

But it was there then,

In front of me,

Bright like a sun—

My dream.

And then the wall rose,

Rose slowly,

Slowly,

Between me and my dream.

Rose until it touched the sky—

The wall.

Shadow.

I am black.

I lie down in the shadow.

No longer the light of my dream before me,

Above me.

Only the thick wall.

Only the shadow.

My hands!

My dark hands!

Break through the wall!

Find my dream!

Help me to shatter this darkness,

To smash this night,

To break this shadow

Into a thousand lights of sun,

Into a thousand whirling dreams

Of sun!

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Five Books on my Christmas Wish List

 The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

I am currently reading it right now with my English 10 class. I absolutely love it. The way the author doesn’t leave anything underutilized and the way he pushes the plot to be even better is just amazing to me. Even though I’m reading it right now, I woud just like a to have a copy at home to read in free time.


Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

Reading about the after affects of something that broke a family is way more fun for me than reading about a teenage girl falling in love with a vampire. *cough*twilight*cough*

Summary:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.


If I Stay

Yeah…I’m that person who purposefully reads the book before the movie, just so I could criticize.  Also it seems like a great book from my standing as a young adult.

Summary:

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

 

Boy,Snow,Bird

This. This is original. This is very interesting. The summary is great, the reviews are awesome and I would like to have this book under my tree for Christmas.

Summary:
In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.
A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.


The Vacationers

If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing about books about family secrets and the aftermath. I think that it’s pretty cool that an author can make up or take parts of their lives and put it in a book.

Summary:

For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.


 

7 Things to do on Sunday Night

I was sitting here in my back yard watching Orange is the new Black on Netflix and  a thought came to mind. ‘Oh my goodness, I have school tomorrow.’ So instead of getting out my clothes and taking a nighttime shower, I have decided to blog

7 Things to do Sunday Night

Clean out your closet until you are too tired to even see another hanger

imageAh this will bring back memories that you just might not want to remember. Like those ugly shirt(s) that you wasted money on and will never wear in public again. You’ll try to make use of them by wearing them around the house, but no, no no those shirts got to go.


 

Read a good book…correction GREAT book

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Sitting down and reading a book for any amount of time is good for your body and mind. Unless you sit there and read for thirteen hours straight.Goodness please don’t do that. So instead of stressing about tomorrow and all the stuff you’ll have to do, why not sit down and relax for a bit. I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a good dystopian novel.


Watch your favorite 2000’s movie

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Yes, from Bring It On to those hopeless Twilight movies, we’re talking about the best of the 00’s . Why wait for the next RomCom to come out when you can just warm up some Cranberry juice and pull up Netflix?


 

Go to your local coffee shop

images (24) I know that coffee kinda defeats the purpose of nighttime and sleep, but the shop is still a cool place to be. Because of its comfortable interior, its a nice place to get social, eat, and relax.  And there is usually free Wi-Fi there, so duh, it’s  the perfect place to be.


Go out with some friends or family

Diner again

Sundays nights are considered one of the most stressful nights of the week, because people tend to worry about tomorrow and the rest of the week. Having some friends around can really change a persons mood. So whether you guys go to a Diner, Drive-thru, or just sitting at home talking and drinking warm cranberry juice, being with them is probably one of the best things you can do with your Sunday night.


Or you could just blog

shrugHey, when in dought, blog it out 😉

The Types of Teachers You Usually Get in High School

  Side note;Hello. School starts in a couple of weeks and I read the news about teachers complaining about getting underpaid. So from these two start offs I came up with The Types of Teachers You Usually Get in High School . This all based off of my point of view, but when school starts I’ll just take a poll on teachers from the students and update this post…

 

Some are lazy, passionate,or just OCD driven. Yep, you guested it we’re talking about teachers. Thanks to today’s school system teachers aren’t the ones who can make you or beak you. It’s you who does the making and/or breaking now. So now and days you can’t come home with that report card saying that your teacher hates you. Thanks America for taking away our one excuse. But anyways here are the 3 types of teachers that I have been stuck with multiple times.


 

1)The Power Struggle

shutterstock_16194385_crop380wGoodness! Just thinking about this one makes me irritated. The Power Struggle spends more time trying to show that she/he has power over us than she/he does teaching We don’t care, if that one kid walked in late. Talk to him after class! The rest of us don’t want to hear a lecture on how walking in late is a distraction to the class because by then you’re being an even bigger distraction.

Average Class Grade: C

Usually: English Teachers


2)Mr./Mrs.Passionate

WHAT-YOU-PASSIONATE-ABOUTThese are the teachers that really get to you and inspire you to be a better student. They talk about how much they love a certain subject. And about great life can be if you just do what you love. They make the world seem possible in every single way. Seriously we need more teachers like Mr./Mrs.Passionate. 

Average Class Grade: B+/A+

Usually: Science and Math Teachers


3)Mr./Mrs.Cool

images (26)Yes, every kid who isn’t there wishes that they were. This is the teacher who lets you on your phone and talk to your friends after you finish your work. The teachers who throw class parties just cause its the end of the semester. The ones who incorporates watching Hunger Games into the lesson plan. Every kid needs a class with a cool teacher just to unwind and learn at the same time.

Average Class Grade: C+/B

Usually: Science Teachers

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill the love of learning” – Brad Henry