Archive for October, 2010

MLA Practice

Happiness can only be achieved by the person themselves. It’s not something that can be bought or found, it’s something that takes time and, “happiness comes from within.” Everyone has their own opinion of what happiness means to them. While some people believe, “becoming rich and well recognized,” is the key to true happiness, “others grade their children as their source of happiness.”

In order for one to really have a full and happy life they must look past the idea that, “happiness can be afforded because of wealth.” If anything this idea can destroy a persons perception of life. Someone can have all the money in the world, but without love and companionship, there is nothing, but emptiness and saddness. The key to, “true happiness comes from satisfaction with your life.”

Arthur, Michelle. Money Can’t Buy Happiness. Irving: Northlake College, 2010. Print.

Okuqo, Victoria. Fulfillment. Irving: Northlake College, 2010. Print.

Reed, Leslie. Happiness and the Pursuit of It. Irving: Northlake College, 2010. Print.


Summary Of Current Event

Death toll rises in Indonesia as volcano continues to rumble

So far 120 people have dies since the volcano began erupting on October 26, but since then it’s only getting worse. There is urgent need for food, water, mats, blankets, and hygiene kits. The president has instructed the military to assist relief efforts by building facilities and field hospitals in the area. In return, residents will receive compensation for the loss of animals due to the volcano. The volcano is much worse than anticipated.  Houses have burned down due to lava balls raining down on the village. Streets and cars are covered in ash, and people are wearing mask to cover their faces. This is also causing cancellations of air flights  and delays. There is no predictable time to when the madness will end.

Personal Experience (Pathos)

Cluster: Broken heart

  • Love
  • Hurt
  • Lies
  • Pain
  • Relationship

Scheme: Broken Heart

  1. Boys
  2. Life changing
  3. Experiences
  4. Journey
  5. Sadness


1)      How many of you have ever been in love? How many of you have ever had your heartbroken? Most people experience this at least once in their lifetime.

a)      Some say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever gone through; others say it’s a part of life.

i)        They can’t explain the emotions.

ii)       If you can get past a broken heart, you can get past anything.

b)      I have experienced a broken heart before and even though it was the toughest thing I ever faced in my life, I learned that time really does heal all wounds.

i)        The best feeling can go to the worst feeling in an instant.

ii)       Love truly defines who we are.

2)      One of the greatest stories is the story of how two people fall in love.

a)      Although we met in sixth grade, we didn’t get together until the end of our junior year.

i)        We were happy, things were good, and my life had changed.

ii)       Then the fights came, and things started to change.

b)      After breaking up, I started to experience emotions and feelings that I never knew I had.

i)        I experienced anger and sadness at the same time. I felt like my life was over, as if I wasn’t me anymore.

ii)       After months of overwhelming myself with depressed emotions, things started to get better. It just takes time.


                 How many you have ever been in love? How many of you have ever had your heart broken? Some might say it’s the hardest thing they ever had to go through; others say it’s all a part of life. What people can’t tell you is the hurt and the miserable emotions that you’re going to go through. However, I believe that if you can get past a broken heart you can past just about anything. I know this because I have experienced a broken heart and it was the worst time in my life. I also believe that you’re lucky if you even get to experience love at least once in your life. For me being in love was the greatest feeling I had ever experienced. When you’re with that person it’s like a whole other world, like all your problems just disappear and you don’t have a care in the world. I feel like I never knew myself until I fell in love. Love defines who we are and what we feel.

                 This was my first real relationship, I had never felt this way about anyone before. We met in sixth grade, but it wasn’t until our junior year in high school that we got together. Things were unbelievable, everything about me had changed. I was happier than ever and I felt like I had actually found someone that I could open up to. About a two years into the relationship things took a turn for the worst. The fighting was getting worse and instead of feeling happiness, I felt drained, I felt like I wasn’t myself anymore. We decided to end things. I felt like my heart had been ripped out and there was this excruciating pain in my stomache almost as if there was a hole in it. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t face the fact that it was over.

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