Thursday, September 27, 2007

Part 1 Connotative Words pg. 1-52

pg. 2 cigarettes-nasty and gross

pg. 6 cackles-evil

pg. 10 chain-smoked- constant aggression

pg. 11 ascends- to better oneself

pg. 14 sour-bad, intoxicating

pg.15 crushed-regretful

pg. 22 snap-angry, become insane

pg. 23 M.D.-promise and knowledge

pg. 29 normal-unattainable

pg. 42 therapy- an answer, promising

First Outside Reading Summary pg. 1-52

At the begining of Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs introduces himself as a young child living with fighting parents. His parents Deidre and Norman are abusive physically and verbally around Augusten. The only way their fighting ceases is if the see a psychiatrist named Dr. Finch. In general Augusten likes Dr. Finch looking up to him as a person of peace.
Eventually Deidre and Norman get a divorce where Deidre receives custody of Augusten and Norman leaves the family picture. Deidre and her son move closer to the Finch office. Deidre is now seeing him multiple times daily. Eventually Augusten starts spending weeks at the Finch household where his is introduced to the Finch family. During this time he does not go to school often and doesn't want to go because he always feels left out.
The Finch family is a large one. Their house is messy always and has patients living in it. Dr. Finch's daughter hope works and the office and Augusten's stay was made much more comfortable by this relation. Two other daughters Natalie and Vickie who introduce Augusten to a dirty inappropriate world for a young boy. Agnes, the wife of Dr. Finch tries to clean but is very unsuccessful. His mother starts to become more distant.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I Believe


2. By: Roxana from Inglewood, CA


4. The belief of this passage is that one should always make time to exercise.

5. The first example from this story is that every morning Roxana wakes up at 4:30 am to go running everyday of the week. The second example is that she runs marathons so her physical training is very important to her.

6. My favorite passage is this: "I am joined by Meryl and Julio on Wednesday and Thursdays. They are the appointment which keeps me accountable. If I don't show-up, Meryl will chid me with, (Hey lazybones, slept in and ditched us yesterday, huh?) The mother of an 8 year old and a working dental hygienist, she is an elite runner as she can complete a marathon in 3.5 hours while I take 5 hours."

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The thing I'm most anxious about at EHS is the homework load. Last school year there was too much homework and I became very stressed and overwhelmed.

One goal for myself in my sophomore year is the be on the honor roll.