Monday, April 10, 2017

"Adults are easy to get around"

So I've been reading and really enjoying the book Cameron and the girls but I'm a little confused on why the author forgot to put in something in the book. I was reading and saw that when he was at his doctors he said "I'm going to be able to tell him what Nina told me in the library." Not that big of a deal but I don't remember seeing Nina talking to him in the book. I also didn't know that he would have to be going to the doctors to take a shot instead of just taking medicine, I thought he was only going to have to take one and that was after he had his episode and was in the hospital to get rid of the voices. But enough of not understanding stuff, I really like how the author brought back one of Cameron's voices and makes his tell everyone that he's fine so he can hear the over voices. Most likely "The girls" voice. I liked that he did that so I can get more into the story and so he can make it longer and more interesting.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Weirdo schizo kid"

On Monday I got a new book called Cameron and the girls. It's really good and I can't stop reading it, I on page 54 and can't wait to see what's going to happen next. So Cameron (the main character) has schizophrenia and has had for a while, I just wondering when was the first time he got it? And was he thinking cause he told us that he had to go to the hospital ever since he got it. The last time he was at the hospital was when he as 11 years old. (one year ago) I know weird an 11 year old hearing voices in his head and having to take medication so he can "be normal." But anyway I don't quite the whole voices and naming them. Like does he just hear a new voice and name it? But I do like how he tells us everything he's hearing and what he's saying when he hears these voices, like how in some books they will just cut to a part and say that talked to their new friend and tell us how long they were talking for. But over all I liked the book and I'm hoping that he gets deeper into the story with his schizophrenia.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Window into a person's soul"

I was sitting at my grandma’s big round table waiting for her to come and join me for her interview. While I was sitting, I was wondering what the interview would be like considering my grandma is somewhat stubborn, and doesn’t always make sense to me since she has a huge vocabulary. I was waiting for her to come and sit down with me, which is very rare because she’s always up and cleaning. I was admiring her nice big two-story house. From where I was sitting, I could see the whole dining room and half the kitchen, which included the chandelier above my head, a display rack, a big window behind me, and a glass covered china cabinet, which is weird because she never seemed to use them. I chose my grandma because she has a wealth of life experiences gained through her years in school and over 40 years of work and life experiences. Also, my grandma lives in the San Luis Bay Estates in a gated community, which she has had for a while, considering I would always come to her house to visit when I was younger. I was close with my grandma, and we would sometimes have fun when we were out of the house; otherwise she was always cleaning and would think that going to Costco was a fun thing to do for a day.
My grandmother has brown hair, the color of walnut, her eyes are a dark nutmeg, and her nose and her lips are flattering. Many years of care and regular use of beauty products has left her skin glowing as it was in her 30’s. My grandmother always speaks in a calm voice, carefully choosing her words so that she can be more easily understood. My grandma can be stubborn, picky, and is very happy. She is not very tall; she is only 5’1”, but is very energetic.
Once she finally sat down, I was able to ask her some questions. “So grandma, first question, what are some things you would like to pass down to your grandchildren?” I got my pencil ready to write down her answers and listen to her answer. “Well, that I stand by my values and morals, because it builds who we are as a person. Regardless of our life experiences, I think we can always move forward. And, have a good positive attitude no matter what.”            
Believing that she might have misunderstood the question, I still wrote it down and kept going. Ok so next one, I say looking into her brown eyes, “How would you like to be remembered by your loved ones?” “That I stand by my convictions and that I don’t waiver. I have been known that I don’t walk the fence, because some people may waiver depending upon their situation, but I do not waiver.” I did have to tell her to slow down at some parts because she was talking too fast and saying too many things.
“Uh okay, so what contribution have you made to society that you are most proud of?” I could see that she was thinking about what to say. “ I believe in the last two decades of my career that I helped people realize their potential in life. Specifically, that they could improve their quality of life.” My grandma was the director of the Transition-to-work Department at a school district.
“So as a 12-year-old, I sometimes wonder what you liked and disliked when you were 12?” My grandma never really told me what she did or did not like when she was my age. She usually just said how responsible she was for being the oldest of ten kids and basically taking care of them. She said, “I disliked nothing! I will tell you why.  Whatever life presented itself, I managed without resentment.  For example, I believe I started to prepare myself in life at the age of five when I had a revelation.  My revelation was that I appreciate and value life. I realized that I was older beyond my age.”
“So speaking of age, what do you think the teenagers in 2017 would never experience like you might have in 1963?” “The connectedness and the inter-relationships with people  The opportunity to debate intellectually with each other in a very safe and comfortable setting.” It was a very short answer, but it was a good and meaningful one.
My grandfather fought in the war against the Japanese, and he survived.  We still have pictures that he found from a dead Japanese soldier. “Since your dad fought in World War II against the Japanese, did he ever tell you his knowledge of the Holocaust?” She was taking a little while to answer, but I could tell she didn’t really mind talking about her father and the war. “No, he did not; however, he didn’t talk about WWII until I was much older. I believe he found the war hard to talk about. Therefore, when I became older, he shared some of his war experiences. He believed in democracy, justice and the right for human equality.”
I decided to just keep on asking questions since I only had two left. “With what you know today, what would you do differently 50 years ago?” This question took the longest to answer so I guessed it would have the longest answer, but surprisingly it wasn’t. “Sadly, I do not know that everything would be different because as a human race, we are subjected to committing atrocities given the propaganda and economic challenges. “In other words, there is a Tiger in all of us.”
“What do you think the next generation's greatest challenges would be?” She quickly answered with “To stand together as a whole and what they value for the purpose of the human race. We in the U.S. are the melting pot of the world, which means we value diversity, regardless of race, culture, religion; and even with our differences, culturally, we come together united.  I am not convinced because the role model has to come from the top, our government.”
Okay last question, “If my great grandpa was alive today, what would you like to talk about with him?” “That I appreciate the conviction that he held dearly in regard to family values.  Family commitment was paramount to him. I respect his value system, even though I didn’t always agree with him in all family matters or life situations.”
I really liked all the answers she gave but I was hoping to know a little bit more about her past since she never really talks about it. I did learn that my great grandfather fought in the Pacific and saw some awful things. I do know that if I couldn’t see my grandmother for some reason, I could always ask my mother because she obviously knows more about her. I did find it surprising that my great grandfather rarely talked about the war and what was going on. But, hopefully, my grandmother will tell me more about herself, my great grandfather, and her past/siblings.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cheesecake Queen

Monroe was the year's "it girl" and the "cheesecake queen"as Florabel Muir and Hedda Hopper called her. In February, she was named the "best young box office personality" and began dating Joe DiMaggio the most famous sport personalities of the era. Which last to long cause they hardy spoke and she died of boredom. He was also gone for about 2 years because he was shipped out to the pacific. When she then left and started live with his parents and started working at Army Air Forces First Motion Pictures and like we said she was taking pictures there but they weren't for FMPU. She then got a divorce with Joe and started dating Arthur Miller which some people did not like, including Walter Winchell's statement that " America's best-known blonde moving picture star is now the darling of the left-wing intelligentsia." Monroe Married Miller in the civil ceremony at the Westchester County Court in White Plains, New York on June 29. Not to long after Monroe converted to Judaism with the marriage, which led Egypt to ban all of her films.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

As I read about Marilyn Monroe's acting, singing and modeling career, I learned that she was in two movies when her contract was renewed in February 1947. In her first movie role she had only 9 lines in the film, Dangerous Years, and only one line in her second movie, a comedy, Scudda Hoo!  Scudda Hay!  Since her movie contract was not renewed, she went back to modeling.  She then later started acting again and appeared in a short-lived play called, Glamour Preferred.  Marilyn also dyed her hair blonde to look more employable after her job working in a Radioplane factory.  She sometimes modeled while working but the pictures were never for First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) where she worked.  After she stopped working at FMPU, she was in some advertisements and men's magazines.

Marilyn was one of the most ambitious and hard working models, said an agency owner, Emmeline Snively.  She was on the cover of 33 magazine covers.  Marilyn got her name by Ben Lyon, a Century-Fox executive, and she came up with Monroe herself which was her mother's maiden name.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Norma Jeana Mortenson

After I searched up Marilyn Monroe on Wikipedia, I learned quite a lot. The first thing that surprised me was her real name that I had never  heard; her real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.  She was famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters.  She was famous for singing, modeling and acting.  I think what really made her popular was all of the movies she played in.  She appeared in 29 movies.  She was famous for her movie, The Seven Year Itch, along with many others.

Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 and died on August 5, 1962.  She died at the early age of 35 years old.  She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  She spent a lot of her time as a child in foster homes and an orphanage. She married when she was only sixteen years old. When she began working in a factory in 1944 as part of the war effort, she was introduced to a photographer from a famous Motion Picture Company,  She then began a successful pin-up modeling career.

She became a popular actress in many comedy roles roles, such as, Monkey Business and Clash By Night.  She had a leading role in the film the noir Niagra and a comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire, which made her image as a "dumb blonde".  She was disappointed at being stereotyped and underpaid by the studio, even though she played a big role in her creation of her public image.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"Black Death"

Today in World history we learned about "The Black Death". We learned about how many people it killed, how it spread, and about the animals that carried them. I learned that it came from fleas and rats. It mainly came from fleas by sucking a rats blood and transferring it to a humans body since the fleas aren't capable of fully sucking up all the blood. People spread it by leaving or moving out if their village while having it but not knowing. And since that happened more people got the disease from other people's fleas and leaving their family's. People left their family's because they didn't want to get sick or die even though as a result they always did. I learned that about 25 million people died In Europe alone. One way it mainly got around was by ships going to Europe, France and North Africa. In about the middle of 1348 the plague had struck Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and London. Still not knowing how many people were killed. Because they did not know back then what they biology of disease was they though it was punishment by God. Some people believed that the way to do this was to purge their communities of heretics and other troublemakers so, for example, thousands of Jews were killed in 1348 ans 1349. The "Black Death" epidemic had run it's course by the early 1350s but was sometimes reappeared every few generation for centuries. I personally think that the whole thing is crazy and surprised that scientists still haven't figured out how many total people died from "The Black Death."