Want to be a hero?

Question for this week;

What type of person comes to your mind when you hear somebody talk about a “Real Hero”?” What are the qualities and who is one person you would consider to be a hero today.

In my opinion, anybody who gets up and helps without being asked is a “real hero.” Sure, what they do might be something small like helping someone pick up their books, but it’s still a nice thing to do. What about Superman? He saves cities from distruction and doesn’t ask for anything in return. Ever thought of being a superhero? Well, help someone, and you have your dream of being a hero.

Vote for a vote or the President?

Another question from my social studies teacher, Mr. Bogush came up on his blog recently.

Do you think the United States government should become more or less “democratic?”

I believe that the United States should be less democratic. When people go to vote, they don’t actually vote for the President. They’re really voting to get electoral votes. Each state only has so many electoral votes, and the people at the electoral college vote for the President for us. So generally we really don’t “vote” for the President, we vote for people who vote for him or her for us. Not that what we vote for doesn’t matter.

If you ask me, I think that during elections, instead of totaling the electoral votes, find the total popular votes. That way there’s no “bend” that can have one candidate win even though he or she didn’t get the most popular votes. That has happened on a few occasions.

Popular vote is important. If less people vote for one candidate but he still wins, that’s upsetting more people than it is making happy that their candidate was elected. Now, some people might say “Oh, well maybe some people didn’t vote.” I don’t deny that one bit; some people don’t vote. To me, people who don’t vote are saying either that they don’t like any of the candidates or that they can’t decide between them, but that’s just my view.

Thank you all for visiting – Leave comments with what you think about this, please! ^^

How we judge people, whether you like it or not.

Let’s say you’re in your classroom, waiting for class to begin on the first day of school. You see another student you have never talked with or seen walk in, push someone as he walks by and not apologize. You think to yourself (very sarcastically), “Wow, he’s REALLY nice,” then you roll your eyes at your own comment.

To get to my point – My teacher, Mr. Bogush, asked us a question. The question was “Do you judge people based on their actions, or their intentions?” I have an answer to this, after a little bit of talk with him and a few of my classmates…

When you first meet someone for the first time, you tend to judge them by their actions, not their intentions. As you get to know this person and get closer to them, you begin to judge them on their intentions.

In the story up at the top of this post, you labeled the kid a mean person because he didn’t apologize to the person he bumped into. Now, if you had been friends with this person, you would know that he has a lot of trouble at home. He’s just having a bad day. But because you aren’t his friend, you wouldn’t know.

Keep in touch,
Sam 

Oops. I lost.

What did I lose, exactly? The game.

What’s the game? You’re all playing. You’re just un-aware.

I’ll explain for those of you who are confused. The rules, I mean.

Rule 1. You are always playing the game. You always have been and never will stop. Ever.
Rule 2. When you think of the game, you lose. You cannot win or tie. Only lose. All losses have to be announced. (When you think of it, say “I lost the game.” That’ll do.)
Rule 3. When you lose, you stop playing until you forget about it. 
Rule 4. If you lose the game, and someone asks you, “What game?”, you have to tell them. Tell anyone who doesn’t know.

Have fun! By the way… You just lost. :D

>Sam

What would I change..?

Hi out there to all of my visitors.

I was asked yet another question from someone, this time by one of the teachers in the blogging challenge. Here’s the link if you’d like to read it. < http://studentfriends.edublogs.org/2009/01/18/what-do-you-have-to-change-about-yourself-before-you-change-the-world/ >

The question is – “In order for you to be a person who will change things in this world and make it a better place to live, what must you first change about yourself?”|

A tough question indeed. After some thought, I decided on something that I’ve dealt with for much of my life. This one thing has bothered me for a LOONG time, and I’d like to finally tear it out of my life.
That thing is… Pessimism.

I have been pessimistic for a lot of my life and have almost always looked down on things. For a while now, I’ve been trying to fix this problem. It has effected the quality of a lot of things that I do.

In attempt to fix this problem, I’ve tried doing things that I’m good at to make myself feel better, then go do something else that I look down at myself on. I figure that if I feel good when I’m going to start something that I don’t think I’m good at , I’ll be in a good mood so I’ll do better. It has been working well for me since I’ve started, but any other suggestions I’ll be glad to take them!

Stay in touch!
> Sam

What would you say?

Hi everyone.

Todays post involves an interesting question sent out  from someone named goes by Bill Generux. The question was –

““Complete the following statement: The quality of my life is determined by the quality of my _____?”

My teacher, Mr. Bogush, asked all of his students to finish this sentence. My answer –

“The quality of my life is determined by the quality of my actions.”

I say this because you can choose whatever actions you want, but wether they are good or bad is up to you. The better your actions are, the better your life will be in my opinion.
There are probably a billion different words I could use to finish this sentence, and as soon as Mr. B had asked us to finish it, I knew my answer right then and there. Of course, there was a little “Am I sure I want to use this word?” going back and forth in my head, but I eventually decided on it.

Now, for all my visitors…
Complete the following statement: The quality of my life is determined by the quality of my _____?

Leave a comment with your answer and why.

Thank you all for visiting, come back soon!
> Sam

Wordle!

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog again… Thank you for coming, hope you enjoy your stay.

For this post, I have taken every word in my entire blog and crammed it into a program called “Wordle”. What does Wordle do, you ask? It basically takes all of the words you put into it from a document or website and throws them onto a white paper. If a word is common, for example the word “Blog”, then that word will appear larger than the others on the picture. If a word is uncommon, for example the word “Internet”, then that word will appear smaller than the others.

I have included a link with this post, so you can see what it looks like. Wordle is fun to use, you should try it, too! Enjoy.
< http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/373369/Samw09%27s_blog_wordle >

Thanksgiving Weekend!

Hi everyone.

We have about half of this week off from school – we start our weekend tomorrow (Thursday).
This is because Thanksgiving is here.

Usually, for Thanksgiving, I visit one of my relatives house and we have a huge dinner there. We always go to a different house each year, and there is always something different about our dinner or our stay that is different. Too bad it’s always a surprise, or I would tell you what was going on. 

Anyway!
I’m going to be “busting” one of the Thanksgiving myths to see if it’s true or not.

 

Did The Pilgrims Eat Turkey?

Actually, nobody knows if they ate turkey. Surely they didn’t have things like corn on the cob, apples, pears, potatoes, or cranberries. Even though they were used to eating turkey, they still might not have actually had it. We do know, however, that they most definitely had deer for the feast. (They didn’t eat with forks, either. No forks back then. Yuck.)