Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The End of Caucasia!

Okay so... you probably shouldn't read this if you havent finished the book yet! I was sick yesterday so I decided to read ahead so I wouldnt have so much homework and I ended up finishing the book. As I was reading it I couldnt wait to find out what happens next, and if Birdie was going to find her dad and Cole or not. The dad, as usual disappointed me, I think I just really didn't like her parents. I felt so bad for Birdie, I mean he hasnt seen her in 6 years and all he can talk about is his stupid book!

I was really happy when Birdie found Cole, because it seemed like she was finally with her family. Cole disappointed me a little that she didnt try harder to find Birdie, but in a way her excuses made sense. Overall I really liked the book and it was my favorite for the class.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


So, I just finished the reading that is due for Friday, and I really like Caucasia so far. This is the first time I've actually gotten into the book for this class, and I am happy because it is making it much easier to read. Its hard for me to even imagine what Birdie has been through in her life. I'm really close with my sister as well, and the longest I have been apart from her is five months, and I thought that was hard. Even though its very different than the situation that Birdie is in, it makes it easier for me to understand how difficult it must be for her.

Plus, the mom just makes me really mad. Half the time she treats Birdie like she is two, and the other half she acts like she is talking to someone her own age. Plus I think she should listen to Birdie about Jim. Even if she is right and he is completely safe, she is being very hypocritical. And also...does anyone know if her mom is a lesbian? Or was with Bernadette? Because I'm pretty sure she was.

So anyway, I like the book and I'm very interested to see what happens next, I'm hoping that Birdie and Cole will get to see eachother soon, but it should be interesting if they do because now Cole is 17 and Birdie is 13, and a lot has changed.

Have a wonderful day! =)

Friday, December 19, 2008

So it goes.

So it goes…

So today Mr. Kunkle was talking about how Vonnegut writes so casually when talking about such serious things, and how it is significant. I think he was right when he was saying that he was trying to make a point about what society views as bad. We allow children to watch things like “Saw” and other shows of violent nature, yet it is horrible to have a naked woman on the TV. One thing that he said really hit me hard. Which is worse, saying motherfucker or killing thousands of people? You decide. People were very against this book when it first came out, but not because of what it said about war, but rather its views on god and the bad language used. I think sometimes people get so caught up in something they fail to see the bigger picture. I think this book is a really good example of how a lot of people worry about the wrong things.

Have a good break!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Aware of my Race.

First of all we only have 1 1/2 days of school left before winter break (and we will probably have a snow day) so I hope everyone has a good break! and now for the whole class related blog thing...

Well, it's no secret that mcfarland has mostly caucasian students, I would venture to say about 97%. So clearly I am used to living in a culture that is not very diverse. When Mr. Kunkle asked about a time we became aware of our race/gender I immediately thought of when I went to spain to visit my sister. Her host family was having a birthday party for their youngest daughter so I went with Mallory. I had taken a few spanish classes, but I definately couldn't understand what they were saying. I felt completely out of place, because even though they were nice and smiled at me, I couldn't communicate with them at all (and I felt really stupid when I tried). The little spanish I did know didn't help me either, since they had such thick accents. Oh Well...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pimps and Prostitutes

Haha! Ohhh dear lord, I loved reading "speaking in tongues".

At first I was pretty skeptical, and I still don't really understand the whole "speaking in tongues" part, but this was probably my favorite story we have read so far. For the first time I really wanted to know what happened and I was wondering why Tia was doing the things she was. Seriously, that girl didnt really know any better, but anyone could have guessed that Dezi was super sketchy. Especially when he hinted that he was following her. CREEPER! It was all okay though, cause marie the prostitute gathered up all the other prostitutes and saved her in the end.

And now I just found out that speaking in tongues really does exist in religions! I had never heard of it before, and I thought they were just making it up to make the story better. Wow, that really intense. It must have been hard for Tia, she didn't really fit in at home, but once she left she ran into all kinds of trouble.

One thing I did notice, was that even though her religion had taught her that the outside world was evil, she still found good in people. For example, when all of the people on the bus were cheering that one guy on, or when the prostitutes helped her run. hmmm. well thats all for today, because study hall is main point...I LOVED IT =]

Monday, December 8, 2008

Avant Garde.

"Avant Garde refers to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics." ... According to wikepedia, and lets face it, wikipedia is awesome :)

I think that some of the best things are those that are controversial. If people always stuck to the same old same old, then life would be BORING. I think when people are brave enough to step out of the norm and try something new than it should be appreciated, not criticized. It may not be your idea of beautiful, but thats not always the point.

Sure, you can look at a painting of a flower all day, and don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's beautiful, but sometimes I want something a little more interesting. So when it comes to modernism I think it's great. Sure, some of the stuff is a little bit weird for me, but at least it makes me think.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Okay, so I didnt exactly write about this for my metamorphosis paper, but whatever. Its still related...well, kind of...

Have you ever noticed how quickly a person can change? Especially in high school. I feel like sometimes you think you know someone and then you blink, and its like your talking to a completely different person. I don't know. Sometimes its for the good, sometimes for the bad, but it seems to me that change is always surrounding us.
I couldn't exactly relate to Gregor's change in metamorphosis, but what did make sense was him being outcasted. Sometimes the people you should be able to rely on let you down, and I think it sucks that it happened to Gregor...even if he was a giant bug. Even though it was an odd read, I think that one thing everyone can relate to is feeling out of place.