A Desire to Travel

I want to travel the world and learn about other cultures. There is so much more to the world than just the United States. The problem is that traveling takes time and money and I have little of either. I hope to someday explore the world but right now all I can do is wait. But while I wait, I am looking into hosting a foreign exchange student through AFS for next year. I think it would be a lot of fun and a great experience!



You broke down the walls
Slowly at first,
against resistance
But then all at once
With nothing holding you back

The forces were down
So you let yourself in
Initially, no harm came
But then a sharp turn
Devastation, destruction, desolation
Blood, a new red
The forces were down
The walls completely broken
So you let yourself in
And made everything shatter

But little did you know
That it was stronger
It build itself up
And began reconstruction
With highs and lows
It got there all the same
And what once was broken
Is now back again
Stronger than ever
Yet not back for revenge.

You thought you were better
A Jesus, a saint
That your destruction was for the better
Because in your eyes
Not you but it,
something out of no where to despise,
Was the problem
Because you felt superior
A blessed soul
But look in the mirror
And realize that what you see
Is exactly what you tried to obliterate

Yet again I may state
That there is no revenge
For what you have mistaken
As something lesser and inferior
May actually be superior
Or at least in moral and strength

For those walls that were once broken
Are now standing tall
Stronger than ever
Unbreakable to your touch
Only to others may it again fall


The first day of second semester we painted rocks and listened to “calming” music in my English class. I had to think of a word that represented a goal. I chose “happiness” because, like everyone else in the world, I strive to be happy. I chose it over other words because I think it is very important to be happy with your life. I am going to treat this single word like a New Year’s Resolution for 2017 since I want to continue to be happy during this New Year. I plan to achieve this goal by doing things that make me happy and trying to be more optimistic.

Photo Attribution: photos taken by student (me)

Food and Family

Thanksgiving is the day of giving thanks. To most, it is also the day of eating so much food that you feel like you’re going to explode. Every family has different recipes and traditions. My family’s Thanksgiving dinner usually consists of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, corn casserole, cranberries, and pie. We usually try a new recipe or two every year as well. We used to have a huge Thanksgiving dinner with the entire family but over the years people started moving away, unable to come. Now, only about half of my family shows up and we eat “dinner” around noon so we can go shopping. I miss the way Thanksgiving was when I was a kid.