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Tuesday, April 21

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    Quotes like these found throughout the book open the eyes of the reader to know that he had ambitions just like any normal person and it shows that Frederick Douglass was ready to overcome the impossible. Fueled by his previous experiences, he was ready to take the chance in order to experience the joy of freedom. He is a great example of my philosophy statement, and I would assume, one of the only people who knows what it is like to "do the thing you think you cannot do."
    The Great Gatsby
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    "I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." (Fitzgerald 35)
    In this quote, Nick, the narrator, is talking about his new life as Gatsby's neighbor. He had just met the Buchanans, Daisy and Tom, and he was describing how he felt. He was not used to this way of life at all. He was used to mellow things and Daisy certainly was not mellow. With Tom cheating on Daisy, Nick felt a little bit intimidated by the way of life in the roaring twenties. Yet although all this was unknown to him and even a little bit fearesome, he dealt with it in his own way. He was "simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." This quote can also be applied to real life. Life throws things at you one after another and it doesn't stop. It is important to just keep pressing on and deal with those problems head on, like Daisy did and like Nick did in The Great Gatsby.
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    The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    This book has so much to do with my personal philosophy statement. Frederick Douglass was a slave who did complete the impossible. He overcame the pressures of society and not only published a book on his experiences, but also learned how to fight back. He had encountered many horrible trials in his life, but then somehow found the strength to retaliate from his slaveholders, and used those experiences in order to escape. His story is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend reading the book.
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    "Any thing, no matter what, to get rid of thinking! It was this everlasting thinking of my condition that tormented me. There was not getting rid of it. It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate. The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness" (Douglass 46).
    Quotes like these found throughout the book open the eyes of the reader to know that he had ambitions just like any normal person and it shows that Frederick Douglass was ready to overcome the impossible. Fueled by his previous experiences, he was ready to take the chance in order to experience the joy of freedom. He is a great example of my philosophy statement, and I would assume, one of the only people who knows what it is like to "do the thing you think you cannot do."
    The Great Gatsby
    "I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." (Fitzgerald 35)
    In this quote, Nick, the narrator, is talking about his new life as Gatsby's neighbor. He had just met the Buchanans, Daisy and Tom, and he was describing how he felt. He was not used to this way of life at all. He was used to mellow things and Daisy certainly was not mellow. With Tom cheating on Daisy, Nick felt a little bit intimidated by the way of life in the roaring twenties. Yet although all this was unknown to him and even a little bit fearesome, he dealt with it in his own way. He was "simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life." This quote can also be applied to real life. Life throws things at you one after another and it doesn't stop. It is important to just keep pressing on and deal with those problems head on, like Daisy did and like Nick did in The Great Gatsby.
    "He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass." (Fitzgerald 161)
    This quote is referring to Gatsby near the end of the book when he realized his undying love for Daisy was not returned by Daisy. Life handed him this beautiful thing years before, and he had held on to that. Then, it took it away just as fast but not after Gatsby had idealized about that his whole life. When he finally met Daisy again, he was afraid that something of their love before had died, but, again, he faced it head on. It did not end in harmony for Gatsby, but in this quote it is saying that everything beautiful in life has something that goes against it. You will never encounter something that does not have a downside to it. That is the cause of fear. The fear of what MIGHT happen or what COULD happen. To face those fears head on is a good thing because you will grow stronger by not allowing the bad things to get to you. Some people think that it is impossible to avoid the bad things, but "you must do the thing you think you cannot do." Going above and beyond is what Gatsby ultimately did for Daisy, but it turned on him. Life can be very harsh but only by encountering the bad will you find the good.

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Tuesday, January 20

  1. msg Way to Go message posted Way to Go Well i know i have read this already! but it is really good! and how i really feel like i was actu…
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    Well i know i have read this already! but it is really good! and how i really feel like i was actually at practice in the water swimming!! i really like it! awesome job :D
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    Hey, Morgie!I love your essay! It is written so well! I do feel as if I am in a pool and under that nervous presssure! I love how your writing relates to all. I mean, you can take any sports related situation and to some degree, it can be almost the same in the matter of pressure and nerves. Sorry about this writting! Hopefully it makes sense to you! Love you!
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Sunday, January 18

  1. page Essay of Place edited dont stop believin - Journey On The Outside Looking In The serenity of untouched, glimmering …

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    On The Outside Looking In
    The serenity of untouched, glimmering water; unforgettable. The sun’s rays shine through the windows making the water shimmer. The water is completely calm; nothing there to disturb it. The water sits, waiting expectantly, for someone to dive in and take a stroke. Around me, in the pool area, the quiet hum of the atmosphere seems peaceful and unobtrusive.
    I snap back into reality by my coach telling me to start stretching. It is an important day today. It is the state meet. I’m a jumble of emotions: fear, enthrallment, motivation, and anxiety all mixed into one. I look around and feel proud to be here, going over, for the millionth time, what I will be swimming today. It required a lot of hard work and perseverance to get here. Being a freshman at state was more than I had hoped for. I’ve been swimming for eleven years and was extremely nervous about making varsity when the season first started. I had been distressed since tryouts, hoping that I possessed enough talent to make varsity as a freshman. My fear melted away when I learned I was put in the “advanced training group.” That meant I would more than likely be on varsity. As I reached down to touch my toes with the rest of my team, I recalled the time when I qualified for my first individual event in state, the 100 backstroke.
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Friday, January 16

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    I qualified for three events, more than I hoped for, and also made some of the A-relays. The last meet before state I qualified at the last minute for two other individual events, the same day: the 100 butterfly, and the 200 freestyle. I could hardly believe that I was capable of something like that! It seemed as if my smile never left my lips or my heart for the next few days. There are moments like that where I know I still have a genuine love for swimming and all the hard work was worth every second of my time. I left the pool that night feeling happier then I had in a long time.
    I jumped, feet-first, into the pool. It was cold to the touch and sent shivers up and down my spine as the bubbles caused by my contact with the water surged around me. I submerged myself into the clear, blue water and gave a powerful kick to get back up to the surface to start swimming. The familiar technique starts to set in as I propel myself forward. Adjusting to the water temperature gradually, I continue swimming, the familiar taste of chlorine in my mouth. As I approach the wall, I keep my eye on the black strip of tiles run {Swim_meet_013.jpg} A couple years ago at a year-round meetning down the wall as it comes nearer. Before I crash into it I flip, plant my feet on the wall and push myself off the wall feeling the cool water rush around me, my body in a streamlined position as to create as little friction as possible. It was as if the water and I were moving together in order to create the perfect environment. Without the water, the swimmer is nothing, and without the swimmer, the water serves no purpose. I stopped at the wall to catch my breath. When looking at the pool from above, it seems to be complete chaos, but from in the water things seem to be completely normal. Now that I was in the water, the current subtly splashing around me, that ball of fear that had been developing since early morning seemed to drop down to my feet spreading through my arms and through my fingertips. It was a good feeling, although slightly unnerving. My adrenaline was starting to kick up a notch. I took a deep breath as the clouds in my head began to disperse. Before I knew it, it was time to practice starts. I climbed out of the pool, a new shiver running through me as I felt the cold air brush past my skin. I gave a powerful shove off the blocks, crashing into the water below; I was ready to swim.
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Thursday, January 15

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    I qualified for three events, more than I hoped for, and also made some of the A-relays. The last meet before state I qualified at the last minute for two other individual events, the same day: the 100 butterfly, and the 200 freestyle. I could hardly believe that I was capable of something like that! It seemed as if my smile never left my lips or my heart for the next few days. There are moments like that where I know I still have a genuine love for swimming and all the hard work was worth every second of my time. I left the pool that night feeling happier then I had in a long time.
    I jumped, feet-first, into the pool. It was cold to the touch and sent shivers up and down my spine as the bubbles caused by my contact with the water surged around me. I submerged myself into the clear, blue water and gave a powerful kick to get back up to the surface to start swimming. The familiar technique starts to set in as I propel myself forward. Adjusting to the water temperature gradually, I continue swimming, the familiar taste of chlorine in my mouth. As I approach the wall, I keep my eye on the black strip of tiles run {Swim_meet_013.jpg} A couple years ago at a year-round meetning down the wall as it comes nearer. Before I crash into it I flip, plant my feet on the wall and push myself off the wall feeling the cool water rush around me, my body in a streamlined position as to create as little friction as possible. It was as if the water and I were moving together in order to create the perfect environment. Without the water, the swimmer is nothing, and without the swimmer, the water serves no purpose. I stopped at the wall to catch my breath. When looking at the pool from above, it seems to be complete chaos, but from in the water things seem to be completely normal. Now that I was in the water, the current subtly splashing around me, that ball of fear that had been developing since early morning seemed to drop down to my feet spreading through my arms and through my fingertips. It was a good feeling, although slightly unnerving. My adrenaline was starting to kick up a notch. I took a deep breath as the clouds in my head began to disperse. Before I knew it, it was time to practice starts. I climbed out of the pool, a new shiver running through me as I felt the cold air brush past my skin. I gave a powerful shove off the blocks, crashing into the water below; I was ready to swim.
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    of swimming. {n1078110424_30145036_7765.jpg} A lot of the group from State
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