We are not Fine.

In the spirit of Franklin’s pursuit of Moral Perfection, we as a class will pursue our own personal goals this semester. This project will count as a test grade and will last through the first week of December (begins October 1- ends December 1)


*Write down four goals you want to attain by December.
(These goals should be achievable. While I want you to dream big, don’t make a goal to run a marathon in December if you aren’t a runner.)
(These goals should require thought and effort on your part.)

*Start with the goal most important to you, OR the goal, which upon reaching, will help you in your journey to reach your other goals.

*For each goal, you must create a 5-10 step action plan. The more specific, the better.

*Each Friday for the next 9 weeks, you will reflect on your failures and accomplishments, no matter how small, in a 250-300 word response (Submitted to Canvas).

*You must join our class on Remind.

*You must upload a weekly calendar each Sunday onto Canvas detailing your plan and where/how you plan on incorporating time to work on chosen weekly goal.

*Tangible evidence of your pursuit should be provided when you submit your weekly response.

For each goal, I encourage you to…

-Find an encouraging quote/s to remind you why you are doing this.
-Set reminders in your phone everyday.
-Be proactive. Think about what we can accomplish if we cut out an episode on Netflix every night, turned our phones off thirty minutes, played intellectually stimulating games instead of mind numbing games, etc.
-Never give up. A setback is merely that… a setback. Recover and proceed as always.



The first week you will work on Goal 1. The second week you will add another goal to work on in addition to the first one. By the fifth week, we will work on achieving all four goals for the remainder of the month.




Here and Gone: A Gripping Thriller

Haylen Beck’s thrilling novel Here and Gone keeps its readers waiting with bated breath. With every new twist and turn, I struggled to put the book down.

Audra, a young mother fleeing from an abusive husband, faces one difficulty after another. While in flight from her husband, she is pulled over in a seemingly routine traffic stop on a barren highway. And here her problems truly begin.

The author brings life to his characters and accurately portrays a loving mother who will stop at nothing to save her children, even at the risk of her own life.

Review of “Never Settle for Normal”

    Jonathan Parnell has found ‘the proven path to significance and happiness’ in his book “Never Settle for Normal”. The author boldly answers the questions we all have: What is the missing piece? What are we really hungry for? What do you do when enough isn’t enough?    This Christian book is not only for the ‘glory chasers and pleasure seekers’, but for anyone struggling with his/her faith. For those who feel firmly grounded in their beliefs, it serves as a useful reminder as to what loving God is really all about. Parnell focuses on our fallen society and the continual shift away from Christian values. He describes the influence of the secular world on Christians and their mindsets as ‘stupid normal’. This new attitude contributes to the ever thinning faith of followers of Christ. Throughout his book, he makes an excellent case for Christ and includes many relatable references to literature as well as notable Christian authors and thinkers. Chapter by chapter, the author retells the story of God and his ultimate sacrifice for mankind. He never strays from the biblical story of salvation. Parnell also addresses the watering down of Christian beliefs and secular society’s need to make Christianity more acceptable to the masses. He stresses the dangers of accepting such changes and believes this is why so many are still search for something more, despite seeming to ‘have it all’.  

    Does he answer the questions so many have hidden in their hearts? Read it to find out. 

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for review. 

Middle Man 

Cheyann Armstrong 
                                Middle Man
Day 87 out of I forget how many.

Same cold desk and white walls.

I have been here so long I have 

Become numb.
Numb. numb to the outside world.

Do they not care about me?

All I know is how to find why X hates Z.
Do I choose letter A or C?

Why do they not care about me?

I try and try, but it’s not enough.

This district better stay an ‘A’.
But, hey, as long as Middle Man is 

Happy you are doing good.

It does not matter if you came from the 


State test are all that need to be understood.
Test. A word that now brings fear. 




I get it; I better do my best.

My well being? Oh, the Middle Man

Could care less.
A pat on the back, a thing I’ll never get.

I could leave. Forget it all. No more tests.

I don’t want to face the downfall. 

God, why so many tests?
I swear I’m trying my best.

How do I do my best on a

Test I wasn’t prepared for? 
Enough! I want to actually learn.

Teach me the ACT.

I need to be a better me…
Me. Middle Man, why don’t you care

About me?

I do my every test my very best.

You drive me crazy.
You sit there and call me lazy.

Sleep is a rare visitor all because I

Try to be better. For you Middle Man!
Middle Man why can’t you see…

See that you are slowly killing me.

Killing my dreams.

God please let me be.
God middle man why can’t you let me be me…

My Desire 

Loftin Price

                             My Desire

    I long for a certain attitude, a new mindset. One where each individual allows a light in and allows it to change preconceived notions. Don’t understand? Let me explain.

    I’m a white male from the state of Mississippi. I live in a small town. My favorite restaurant is Popeyes, so I eat there often. Knowing this, I would like for you to think about the scenario I’m about to present.

    I walk into Popeyes and get in line to order. Shortly after my arrival, a black male who attends the same school as me enters and joins line behind me. No words are spoken. I order, get my food, and sit down to eat. He does the same. The table he chooses to sit at is a few feet from mine. We both eat alone. I finish and leave. He does the same.

    This story needed to be told. Why? It needed to be told because that’s how most of us live on a daily basis. Still confused? 

    Our personalities and attitudes are entrapped in a cloud of darkness. It took no time for me to notice the obvious differences between the male and myself: our skin color…and maybe what we planned to order at Popeyes. We recognize a difference such as race, social class, or religion, and we let these minute details create a barrier from communication and friendship with these people who are “different” than us. Can I share some news with you? The black male in Popeyes and I have more in common than one might think. Don’t believe me? We’re both guys. We are classmates. Both of us live in the same small town. We share a love for fried chicken. We’re both American citizens. Both of us enjoy sports. Both of our bodies require the same things to survive. We breathe the same air.

    You see that? This guy and I have so much in common, yet we did not speak to each other because we let one little detail create a barrier between us. It’s all about our attitudes, our mindsets. If each of us removed this dark cloud that tells us to focus on the external differences, communities could unite through the common ground we each share.

Review of Finally Focused 

James Greenblatt and Bill Gottlieb present a natural treatment plan for ADHD in Finally Focused. This book is an excellent source for anyone searching for alternative methods to treating the symptoms of ADHD without resorting to medication. Part I of the book details the Plus-Minus Healing Plan created by Dr. James Greenblatt. In the first eleven chapters, he details the effects of adding various minerals to one’s diet. He gives first hand accounts of patients who use the minerals mentioned and shows how these minerals help alleviate specific ADHD symptoms. In addition to including case studies, he explains in depth exactly how the specific mineral treats the symptom/s and goes as far as explaining the differences in an ADHD brain versus the brain of someone who does not have ADHD. For those who need further convincing, the ample evidence he provides to support his treatment plan is such that one should have no qualms about at least trying the program. A multitude of scientific studies are provided, which can be difficult to wade through at times. The second part of the book is a brief two chapters and addresses prescriptions commonly used to treat ADHD and also discusses the use of behavioral therapy. I found this book to be a great reference, and I particularly appreciate the Step-by-Step Action Plan for Healing ADHD provided at the end of each chapter which recaps the highlights of the chapter.  

*I received this book from Blogging from Books for review.

Be anything.. Except a Teacher

There is a teacher shortage*, and it seems the mass exodus is only beginning. While many reasons are cited for this growing crisis, many fail to recognize an important factor: We teachers fail to inspire students.

There are some teachers who have lost their zest for their chosen career. For a myriad of reasons, teaching no longer appeals to them, and all too frequently they share this discontent, if not with words, with actions, with the very students they stand before.

Our collective attitude towards teaching as a profession is shameful, and we are discouraging our greatest students from seeking careers in the field of education. We teach our students to pursue not their passion, but the almighty dollar. And when we ourselves don’t show a passion or drive to teach, why would our students want to follow in our footsteps?

I’ve heard colleagues tell students: ‘Never become a teacher.’
I’ve heard parents say: ‘I don’t want my son to teach; I’m not paying for his college to be a teacher.’
When I asked a former student how many people told her teaching is a poor career choice, she responded: ‘A lot.. Pretty much everyone.’

Why do we tell our students this? Why do we, as teachers ourselves, dissuade them from following this career path?

A question for the naysayers: Who do you intend to teach your children or grandchildren one day? Our classrooms need knowledgeable teachers who care just as badly as hospitals need capable doctors and nurses. Sure, the weight on some teachers can be unbearable at times. I don’t dispute there are many school districts in which it’s less desirable to work. I have had friends who had terrible experiences and quit teaching altogether. But to tell a teenager, or anyone, teaching is a terrible profession? In telling students to steer clear of education, you become a part of the problem; you are contributing to this teacher shortage crisis. All those who cite lack of money- were you unaware of the pay scale when you chose this profession? Have you taken advantage of opportunities to advance yourself or grow? And if you’re miserable, why are you still taking up space in a classroom?

All of our students are special to someone: an undeniable truth. Don’t they deserve the best?
And yet.
We tell our Valedictorians to pursue nobler dreams. When students with high ACT scores go into education, we respond, ‘She could have done anything.’
We tell our students becoming a teacher is a bad idea.
A bad idea?

•To create problem solvers
•To educate the very people who will vote on laws determining our fates
•To share the gift of knowledge we were fortunate enough to have shared with us

And teaching is a bad idea?

Bright students who show interest in education are persuaded to pursue something more worthwhile.
What is more worthwhile than teaching America’s children? Than teaching my children?

When my most capable students say they are thinking about becoming a teacher, I’m thrilled. Because that’s who I want in a room with my kids and future grandchildren. I want the smartest and most talented. I want the overachievers. I want the students who never settle for less than the best to lead the next generation.

Isn’t that what we all want?
*Joe Heim “America has a teacher shortage, and a new study says it’s getting worse.”


Angel Chennault