The Final Chapter

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Dear Readers,

Today is my final post. I will no longer be writing my blog. It has been a fun time learning how to become a better writer though reading books and blogging about them. Maybe one day I will get back to blogging. For now I am finished with my last week of this semester. I am looking forward to a fun summer.

This summer will be fun. I have a little one I am putting into swim lesson.That will be exiting to watch and see him grow. I am also getting a job to boost up my savings account. If you do not have a savings account that you are putting a little here and a little there away you must do that. If you are not a good saver or not very good with money in general and need some guidance Dave Ramsey has a book called “The Total Money Make Over.” It will change your life for the better.

After saving some cash I plan on also going on a few family trips. TN is calling my name as well as SC. I have friends and family there that I am looking forward to go see.  Looking forward to getting out on the lake and getting my tan on. I have also been working out and eating healthier. I am not doing anything extreme. I am just taking each day and making the best food choice and activity choice that I can. Plus if you did not know this exercise helps increase brain function and memory. So it will help with energy and memorizing for school, work, or regular everyday life.

I hope everyone else has a good summer and keep making healthy choices so that they have a happy productive future. It is so very important to make sure you take care of yourself because if you don’t how can you holp those around you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this last blog and any other bog post I have posted.  J92017

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Book Review “Twilight”

           “Twilight”

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I have been reading the “Twilight” Serious by Stephanie Meyer. I finished the first book “Twilight” which is 498 pages, and I could not put the book down. At first I was very apprehensive about starting the serious. I had heard so many people bash the movies. I had also watch the first movie, and thought that the books must not be very good. I was totally wrong. The movies destroyed the beauty of the books. Well, I can only assume that because I have only finished the first book of the serious. The Characters you are introduced to first is one of the main characters Bella Swan. Bella is the one narrating the story. Stephanie Meyer does a great job getting the reading inside Bella’s mind. Edward Cullen is another main Character who is a vampire, and Jacob Black who is Bella’s family friend that gets caught up in all the drama.

“He unleashed the full, devastating power of his eyes on me, as if trying to communicate something crucial.” (Bella)

Stephanie Meyer’s ability to draw you into the different scenes is amazing. Every little detail is enchanting. As you keep reading, and if you watched the movies, you start to realize that there is so much missing from the first movie. Just the simplest detail that helps you better understand a character or setting is poorly depicted by the movie.

The setting of the book starts out in Bella’s home town of Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother remarries to a baseball player and they start traveling. Her mother does not want Bella to be traveling and missing out on school. So Bella goes to live with her father “Charlie” in Forks, Washington. The two different places are polar opposites. Phoenix is hot and dry where Forks is cold, wet, and rainy most of the year. As you are drawn into the story you fallow Bella as she starts school and meets the new people in her new town. She is entrances by Edward Cullen.

As the story goes on you are entangles in different stories that connect. I highly recommend reading the first book in the Twilight serous if you like imagery and drama.

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Coffee and a Good Book Part 3

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I am currently reading the 1831 addition of “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley. The book is 231 pages in length. I would have never picked this book up to read but I had two positive events that pushed me into reading the book. What changed my mind was that I had read a blog from a former class mate of mine who loved the book, and the book was also recommended to me to read by a friend as well. These two different events happened a couple weeks a part. So I decided I would pick it up and finally read the book. I have currently just read the introduction and letters in the front of the book before the story even starts. Getting to know Mary Shelley a bit and her life. They also added a timeline of Mary Shelley’s life as well. Very interesting and full of cool information. You should pop by your local library or book story and pick it up.

Beware; I am Fearless, and Therefore POWERFUL. -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.

As I went to our college library to pick up “Frankenstein” I noticed that the book the title of the book is on each page in the upper top right page, and on the upper left page it says “or, The Modern Prometheus.” I was curious about that. I do not know much about the Greek gods so I did some googling and found that the correlation had to do with getting the secret of life and giving it away. In “Frankenstein” Dr. Frankenstein steals the meaning of life and gives it to this undead body to give it life. Prometheus steals the fire from Mt. Olympus and give it to the humans for life. I thought that was quite interesting. Mary Shelley’s husband wrote another book after Frankenstein was published called “Prometheus Unbound.” That might be a good one to read after this to get a better in sight to all the stories at hand.

It was fun sharing with you this week. Stay tuned for my blog about the wonderful story of “Frankenstein.”

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Book Review 2 “The 5 Love Languages”

fullsizeoutput_abbI have just finished reading “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The book is 203 pages long, and only has thirteen chapters. It is a quick read, but packed full of information. The cover of the book says “The Secret to Love That Last.” It made me think how does a “Love Language” make the love you and your partner or spouse have last and stay passionate? How is this possible? What changes when you learn what your love language is and you learn your partner’s love language? The “One Fundamental Truth: people speak different love languages” (pg. 14 Chapman). Learning your love language and your partner or spouse’s love language will keep the love ignited in your relationship. You will each be working together to fill your “love tanks” as Chapman puts it.

“The number of ways to express love within a love language

is limited only by your imagination.”

One of the Chapters is called “Love is a Choice.” Out of all the issues that couples deal with the one thing that was consistent is they all fell out of love. What Chapman teaches is that the love you had for each other in the beginning is not the same love years or even months later. The illogical “in love” emotions fall to the way side and all you have left are two imperfect people trying to make a life together. Learning each other’s love language and choosing to love the other person they way they need to be loved is the glue to making a relationship last.

The five different love languages taught are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical tough. Each person has a primary and secondary love language. When your partner or spouse is communicating to you in the way that fills your “love tank” you fill loved and full of it.It was a good read and very informative.

I would recommend this book any one to read it.

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Coffee and a Book Part 2

I just started to re-read “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The book is 203 pages. I had first read the book a little over 10 years ago. I could not remember a lot of the book, but it is all coming back to me after I started reading the fist part of the book. When I had first read the book I was not looking to better a romantic relationship at the time, but my relationship with my mom. I did not know at the time the author had written other books on helping all other kinds of relationships. I remember the book being very helpful in how to really better communicate with others, and to personally reflect.

“With all the help available from experts, why have so few couples found the secret to keeping love alive?” (pg 13)

After re-reading the first part of the book I realized that it was not just one story but many stories. Chapman tells many different stories of couples going through different trials in their marriages. Chapman teaches the reader about how each person expresses love and receives love in different ways.

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As you journey through the book each chapter is a new lesson on how you can love a person better and how to communicate better to your spouse on how you like to be loved. You learn about Chapman and how he has helped thousands couples fall back in love with their spouse. Couples at the point of being enemies completely turning a 180 degrees and falling in love again. Chapman has written other books helping parents and children as well.

Besides reading “ The 5 Love Languages” in my english glass I have also been working on rhetorical analysis. If you have never learned how to do that it is quite interesting. I really enjoy being able to read an article and dissect it properly. To be able to better understand what the writer is trying to communicate and to be able to figure out the different rhetorical styles.

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Book Review “Tuesdays With Morrie”

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I am going to be going over my thoughts and impression of the book “Tuesday With Morrie” by Mitch Albom, 192 pages.

” The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”- Morrie Schwarz

I can only speak for my self about this, but I know there are others out there who must feel the same and have gone through a similar experiences. I have gone through life and  have met people that have made a lasting impression on me. Sometimes these impressions are bad and I wish I had never met that person. Some impressions are good. Those are the people I cherish for ever. I have found in my own life I have come across a few people that I am grateful to have met. These special people have taught me valuable lessons and held my hand through hard times. I have gained wisdom I would never have gained without ever meeting these wonderful people. I like to call these specific people my jewels. For Mitch Albom Morrie Schwartz was his jewel.

I love how the Tampa Tribune summed up this book, “ An elegantly simple story about a writer getting a second chance to discover life through the death of a friend.”

You go on this journey with Mitch for 14 weeks. He meets up with his old professor from college each Tuesday of these fourteen weeks is a new lesson Mitch and the reader learns. Each week is a new lesson Morrie can impact and impart on you. One of the quotes Mitch puts in the book is “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” by Henry Adams. Even after death Morrie’s life lessons can ring true to everyone who reads this book. The book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you glad you are in better health then you thought you were compared to Morrie. If you have not been impacted by someone in your life in a positive way let this story be one that you will hold on to for ever. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I have.

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Coffee and A Good Book

I have been enjoying my English class. I am not a big reader, but I love being able to pick a book of my choice. I have chosen to read “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom. It is one hundred and ninety two pages and is “The runaway bestseller that changed millions of Live” quoted from the front of the book. So lets see how it will change lives. It captured my attention so I decided to pick it up and read the book.

An old man, a young man,

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life’s greatest lesson.

So far I have gotten through one fourth of the book. It is a true story about an old professor named Morrie Schwartz. He is dying of ALS. An old student of his comes back into his life after finding out his beloved old professor is dying.  Then the final lesson begins.

I personally like to read books about true stories. I love to read stories of peoples lives and what they have gone through. Learning from their life lessons. From what I have read Morrie has no secrets, and all he wants to do is teach one last class before he dies. He has no fear of death. He is a fun, loving, intelligent man who loves his family and loves teaching. His favorite thing to do is dance.

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For me personally I love to dance and enjoy life. So I was intrigue by this old professor. When you read about Morrie and the love he has for people and teaching is inspiring. He grew close to one of his students, Mitch Albom. At this point in Mitch’s life he had strayed away from his young idealistic persona on life. Mitch had suppressed his dreams and got lost in the trials we all face. A very successful writer who has made a huge name for himself in the sports world. Lets see how it end.

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Book Review “Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

“The Last Lecture” is a one hundred fifty page, inspirational and thought provoking book written by Randy Pausch. It engages your emotions and reasoning skills on a higher level than most. Mr. Pausch is writing his incredible thoughts during the last few months of his life. It is awing that the horrible diagnosis of cancer did not leave him depressed and unable to live a fulfilling life. We, as readers, go on an amazing journey with him as he leaves a written legacy for his students, colleagues, and family.

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He begins,“With thanks to my parents who allowed me to dream, and with hopes for the dreams my children will have.” He describes how his parents encouraged him to reach for and achieve his dreams, and invites us to look into his past through the stories of his childhood, young adult life, and through his successful career. He claims to have won the “parent lottery”(pg 21). You gain a glimpse of his magical life through his childhood anecdotes. He was able to dream without boundaries because he was able to see past the “brick walls” that render most people incapable of achieving their goals.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.”

Throughout the book he says, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.”(pg 51-52) I love this quote. He struggled with achieving some of his goals and describes his battles to reach them. Each “brick wall” he faced shows us that it is not always reaching the goal that is important, but rather the journey you go on to get there. He took to heart his parent’s legacy of goal oriented inspiration and passed it on to his students, encouraging and helping them to reach their many goals as well. By writing this book, he was able to leave his children a piece of himself to carry with them through their lives they would, inevitably, live without him. I have taken many notes, for my own life, to remind me of his perspective while I achieve my dreams and goals. Some of my dreams are huge and will take time to achieve. I am content with being patient and learning from the journey, as I get closer to reaching my goals. There will be “brick walls”, sometimes seeming insurmountable, but my determination and desire will get me over those obstacles and turn my dreams to reality.

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Ten Random Facts About Me

Ten Random Facts About Me

My name is Jeanine H.

1. I played the flute for eight years. During those eight years I played in band at school and for the youth symphony for the county I lived in at the time.

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2. I love helping others. I hate to see people in pain. When I was in high school I use to go down to Mexico once a year in the summer time to help build houses and do fun stuff with the kids in the villages we went to.

3. I have an extra vertebrae in my lumbar spine. I just found this out about three years ago. It has never really bothered me. I was never a noticeable thing to me while growing up.

4. My guilty pleasure is to watch music videos. I love to see how artist express their music in a visual way.

5. I have been a massage therapist for the past ten years. I had to do a directed study in high school of something I was passionate about or was good at doing. So I studied massage therapy for a year. I have to write a research paper arguing my thesis. I had to also shadow a professional and get a one on one experience. At the end of the year before graduation we had to do a thirty minute presentation on the topic we had researched. It was such an exciting project. After I graduated I went and became a massage therapist.

6. I am not a strong reader or writer. I am looking forward to fine tuning some new skills I will be learning this semester. This blog is exciting and also scary. Not being very confident in my writing skills this will be a scary adventure. I am looking forward to the adventure and all the twist and turns that I will be experiencing.

7. I hate the sound of chewing and the sound of utensils scraping plates while sitting down for a meal while I am eating with other people. I try and have back ground music or sound on of some sort on, and I try and eat as fast as possible.

8. I love playing with my little b. It is so much fun watching his little eyes light up when he learns something new. He brings me so much joy to my life.

9. I love art and  music. I love being creative and creating things from anything. I am excited to be able to spread my creative edge to my new writing skills I will be learning this semester.

10. I love to drink coffee. I use to work for Starbucks a few years back. We were taught about how to taste the different flavor notes in the coffee. It is kind of like wine tasting. It was so much fun and educational. It gave me a better appreciation for a good cup of coffee.

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