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Theme?!

posted Apr 14, 2010, 9:32 PM by Taylor Olinski

While reading Enrique's Journey, I have come across a certain theme. I think a possible theme for this book is to simply act your age. I think Enrique failed to act his own age and that didn't work out too good for him. But at the end of the book I do think he learned something and that to act his age he has to just deal with the problems that he faces. When his mother left him he was just a little boy. He didn't really grow up having a mother. And so I think that could be part of the reason why he doesn't act his age in the first place. He just thinks about how lonely he is without his mother. He feels that she abandoned him. So, he basically rebels and doesn't act his age. Enrique is a teenager who tends to act as if he is a little boy. He should at least act somewhat mature, because he is a teenager, and that's the next step to becoming an adult. When he is older it will be hard for him because he is so immature but if he would act his age and grow up I think he will beable to face some problems that he runs into. But by the end of the book I do think that Enrique learns to grow up, because he does move out of his mother's house. I thought this was a big step, but it was a very good one. He doesn't have to face the problems he has with his mother anymore.

What I've Discovered.

posted Apr 14, 2010, 9:30 PM by Taylor Olinski

From reading the book Enrique's Journey, written by Sonia Nazario, I have discovered some things that could help me outside of school. In the book it's a big issue for Enrique to stay positive and to look at other peoples views. Also, in the book the reader will find that it could have been possible for Enrique to do these things. So, not only in school you can learn to be optimistic and look at other points of views around you, you can learn and do them outside of school.

I have learned that the way you approach the position your in, that is how it will go. So if I'm having a really bad day and everything is going wrong then I should think on the bright side, because I'm just feeling angry at the time. If I focus on what I can do to fix it then I will be more confident or motivated and succeed. This can happen at a job. When I don't want to get up and get ready to go work, then thats my fault. I lose an oppurtunity. But if I think of the good consequences that might come, if i do chose to go to work then I will be motivated. This would help me accomplish many of my daily tasks in life. Also, when seeing other points of view helps me think of a different way of looking at something. I makes me be more open and also helps me think of new ideas of my own.

Mother&Child

posted Apr 14, 2010, 9:28 PM by Taylor Olinski

In the book, Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario, Enrique is finally reunited with his mother. When Enrique was very young his mother, Lourdes had made a decision. She decided to go to the United States to find work. She planned on sending her children money to support them, and when she finally saved enough she wanted to bring them to the United States as well. This decision changed Enrique's life dramastically. He was very sad when his mother had left him at such a young age. And so he reacted poorly to this situation. When he was in school he would act up and soon enough he wouldn't even go at all. He was very disrespectful and he began to sniff glue. But most importantly, he had a loss of hope, that his mother would never come for him. But what he didn't understand was that his mother was struggling. She did all she could and soon she had gotten herself pregnant!

After the many failed attempts of traveling to go to the United States and see his mother, Enrique finally makes it. But the story doesn't end there, the problems are not over yet. At first things are good between eachother. But after a while they suddenly realize that they don't really know eachother, their just strangers. So, Enrique struggles with the same problems he had to face in Mexico. His relationship with his mother wasn't good, the problem was that they didn't know eachother! Enrique starts to drink and sniff glue once again.

Enrique was going to have problems with his life no matter what, but I think that he could have prevented them. Whenever something bad came his way, he would negativley react to it. All he really had to do was stay positive, even though it was hard. He should have understood his mother's purposes. He could have prevented the feelings of loss and being alone, like when he was with his girlfriend.

How did this book make you feel about your own life?

posted Apr 6, 2010, 4:40 PM by Taylor Olinski

After reading the book, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky" made me think differently about my own life. To survive people really need is water, food and shelter. But once people have those items then they want more, to were what they have is unnecessary. It made me realize that we don't really need things we want. Sometimes I feel that I don't have enough things, that someone else has more than me, but this book showed me that I should be grateful for all the things I do have. The lost boys don't really have anything, they don't have a toothbrush, clothes, money, food, water, a nice bed with a blanket and pillow, when i have more than enough to satisfy my needs. Reading this book gave me the need to help people like the lost boys to make a difference in someone elses life.

Surprising?!

posted Apr 6, 2010, 4:38 PM by Taylor Olinski

In the book, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky" there were many events that I found surprising. How the lost boys had to survive the war that was going on around them made me angry at the people who started it. Reading this had also made me very sad for the lost boys, by being alone at times and having no comfort from my parents through the tough times would just crush me. The lost boys were very brave and young when all of this was happening. It is bad enough that they had to live without clothes and they could hardly eat. I found it surprising that they walked for days and days, especially in the hot sun in Africa, with no food and no water! And it's really surprising how Benson, Alepho and Benjamin (lost boys of Sudan) survive all of this. They were practically skin and bones! It almost seems unreal but the truth is, is that this is reality, in some countries this is just what happens in people's lives and it makes me want to help them.

African Proverb

posted Apr 6, 2010, 4:36 PM by Taylor Olinski

In the beginning of, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky" there is an African proverb, "When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled". This quote is refering to imperialism. Imperialism simply means when one country takes over another country. To me this proverb means that when the leaders of two countries start a war then it is everyone else who is going to suffer. People might think that not everyone is involved in a war, but they are because it effects everyone's lives, in the country that the war is taking place. That's why wars never really solve anything, I think, because more and more people just get hurt or even die.

about me

posted Feb 22, 2010, 9:04 PM by Taylor Olinski   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 8:31 PM ]

Hello! My name is Taylor Ann Olinski. I am a sophmore currently attending Kearny High School (Digital Media&Design). I am 15 years old, and my birthday is on  June 13, 1994. My favorite color is blue, my favorite flower is a sunflower, I have broken my right arm when I was 5 years old, I love animals, I love all kinds of music (except heavy metal and hard rock), I like watching movies, I like art and photography,  I am a christian, I am afraid of alligators and sharks, I love inspiration and creativity, I love the holidays, I like to bake, I am usually shy at first when I meet new people but once you get to know me you will see that I am not. I am interested in alot of things but i've been told I don't manage my time well. So, it's hard to do the things I want to do.
 I am a Varsity Cheerleader at Kearny too! I love this sport, even though some people do not believe it is a sport. I have been cheering since I was in the sixth grade and loved it ever since. Next year I am interested in joining track and trying out for soccer and cheer again.
Family and friends are very important to me. I have 6 older sisters and 2 little brothers (I know that's alot of kids!). I only have 2 sisters and my little brothers who live with my parents, grandpa and I. Two of my sisters have their own families now and currently live in Oregon. One of my sisters live with her boyfriend in Washington, and my other sister lives in North Carolina.  My friend and I are trying to learn how to play the guitar together. I would like to play the piano when I am older too.
 I have taken spanish classes and would like to speak spanish fluently when I am older. At one point I was trying to teach myself sign language, I want to "speak" fluent sign language too. I am in Drivers Education at Kearny and will be driving soon! I am in Key Club and Art Club, they are fun.  I would like to travel all over the world when I am older. But I am not sure what my job choice will be. I want to be successful and be happy with my career.

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