Thursday, May 19, 2016

KBAR 29: Lit Like Lanterns

Lit Like Lanterns

Since I finshed Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, I decided to reread my favorite book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is my favorite book because I love hearing Death narrate Liesel’s story. This historical fiction book tells a story about a girl living in Germany during World War II. I admire Liesel and her desire to learn how to read, even when most people frowned upon reading. I also respect Liesel for the way she stood up to a boy at school that called her dumb. Just like myself, Liesel is not afraid to say her opinion. Even though I have not reached the end of the book, I look forward to the ending. “ Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained the color of lemons forever.” (Zusak pg. 544) I like this quote because it is so descriptive and you can picture what the author wrote. I highly recommend this book because once you read the first page, you will never want to put the book down.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

KBAR 28: Never Too Late

Never Too Late

This week I finished the book Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. I really enjoyed reading this book because of Morrie’s sayings, stories, and advice. For example, Morrie said, “Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.” Morrie is saying that we should not give up and give life everything we’ve have; however, we should also know when it’s time to walk away. Another one of my favorite quotes from Morrie is, “There is no such thing as “too late’ in life.” What Morrie means by this is that even as we get older, we can still do the things we want to do.  Age should not decide our destiny. Morrie proved that it is never too late to share your life with others. Mitch learned from Morrie what was important in life and I definitely learned a lot of lessons throughout this book!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

KBAR 27: “Even After You Are Gone”

“Even After You Are Gone”

As I am getting near the end of Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, Morrie is getting weaker in every chapter and unable to do as many things. For example, he is no longer able to raise his hand and turn his head.  When my great-grandparents were dying, it was hard watching them go through this stage.  It’s sad to see someone you love lose his or her independence.  Two quotes in the book stood out from the rest. “The big things—how we think, what we value—those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone--or any society-determine those for you.” (Albom pg. 155) Morrie is saying that nobody should be able to control our decisions and what we do. We choose the person we want to be, and we should not let anyone tell us who that is.  Morrie was very insightful and inspiring even when he knew he was dying.  “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” (Albom pg. 133) I believe that Morrie was trying to tell us even after we pass away; those that loved us will still remember us. I lost my great-grandfather about two years ago.  From the moment I was born and until the day he passed away, we spent a lot of time together.  Even though he’s been gone for over two years, I still feel his presence around me, and I will never forget him. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

KBAR 26: Age = Wisdom

Age = Wisdom

 I found an interesting quote while reading Tuesdays that Morrie this week. “Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth.” To me, this quote means that aging should be considered something positive, not negative.  If we view aging as decay, then we are not experiencing everything that life has in store for us.  I’ve read that people in other countries honor and respect the aging process.  These elderly people are admired for their wisdom.  I wonder why the United States has a different philosophy?  I personally believe that older people have a greater knowledge and insight on the world.  We just need to take the time to listen. Morrie also observed that people wish that they could go back to a certain age, which means they are not satisfied with the lives they are presently living. I understand why he says this, because I constantly hear others say they wish they could back in time.  My mom is always talking about mindfulness.  She wants us to be present in that moment, and not to dwell in the past or wish away the future.  I have so much to learn!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Human Agency

Human agency shapes a person's life more than forces beyond our control. I believe human agency shapes a person's life because if you choose not to study, it will most likely affect your grade. Another example could be whether you choose to do something bad or something good. Depending on what you do, it could affect your life. If you do something bad, it might ruin your chances of getting into a good school. However, if you choose to do something good, it will make you feel good and it could help you in life. Even though some of us don't get to be in control of some things in our lives, we still make a lot of the important decisions that shape our life.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

KBAR 25: Learning How to Live

Learning How to Live

I am halfway through the book Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom. The chapter I read about today was about Mitch and Morrie talking about death. One of my favorite quotes from Morrie was, “Once you learn how to die, you learn to live.” To me, that quote means that once you have accepted that you are dying, you can enjoy nature, family, and friends more than you have ever before. Also, many people have written letters to Morrie about his story, people they have lost, or other things. Morrie always read their letters, and responded back. However, since Morrie could not write anymore, he had his son write the letters. I connected to that because when someone in my family was dying, they could not care for themselves and relied upon family members to help them.  I think we all need to be reminded once in awhile how to learn to live.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

KBAR 24: The Tuesday People

The Tuesday People

I am reading the biography Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. “Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do.” This quote stood out to me because I believe that we should accept everyone for who they are.  Another quote that intrigued me was, “What if today were my last day on earth?” This quote makes the reader think how they would spend there last day on Earth. I would spend it with my family, friends, and other people I admire or love.  It also makes you think about how important it is to make the most of each day. Mitch and Morrie’s talks on Tuesday’s were what I enjoyed most in each chapter. I loved that they called each other the Tuesday people!  If I were to name my conversations with my sister, it would be called the Sirois Sisters!