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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