A Poem ©

A Poem *
Genivyve Smith 

A poem.

A piece of art.

Quoted and loved by many,

related to many more.

Something that never truly grows old.

Its verse carries,


*This was published in The Conrad Record: Your Hometown paper Serving Beaman,Conrad, Liscomb, Union, Whitten and Central Iowa. 


My Take on Literature

I’m sure we have all had miscommunications when texting or emailing someone. But what can we do to improve our communication skills? We could teach our children, as students, how to interpret literature. Students should continue to study literature to prepare them for the real world . Even if the student will not use email communication frequently in the future then it would certainly help with ACT/ SAT/ standardized test scores, which would probably not be a drastic change for a few schools who took the studying of literature out of their curriculum. It is important to study this.

15 minute writing exercise for my Comp. II and A.P. English class over my take on literature’s importance or lack thereof. 

Gary’s Father’s Reaction

By King’s words, “A look of mixed grief and sympathy crossed his face, and he nodded…” Gary’s father’s reaction here alone shows he knows more than he wishes. Gary took the bulged Bible and when his father noticed it, reacts this way, it implies that he relates. His father is overcome with nervousness as he is sweating when they return and as Gary’s father is recalling a memory at the fork in the stream. The memory or the carrying of evil could not be an option, so thus he throws Gary’s creel over the railing of the bridge. He is defensive, of his memory? Defensive of his son…


Analysis in 5-10 sentences of Gary’s father’s reaction in the story The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King. 


Genivyve Smith 
Sat. 6 April 2013

Hmmmm he looks over

She turns glancing- feeling

It’s a wicked life.

(Note: Used Writer’s Blocks with the rolled theme of “A Reflection on my Romantic Life.” Made to be a Hakiu.)


Last Lecture Paper

Genivyve Smith

Les Penick

Human Growth and Development

11 November 2012

Last Lecture

            There are two ways to perceive the dying of a person. First, you can look at it as being a motivational tool, helping others and yourself. Second, you could look at it as being a depressing time, which it is at first, but you could stay at this time of looking negatively at the situation; not smiling when you could smile, because that’s what they would want you to do right? There are two things from this lecture that I can learn, and there are many things my Human Growth and Development class could benefit from this.

I learned many things. The one that most applies and sticks with me can be summed up in one word: determination. Determination can be a powerful thing. Lucille Ball, for example, was dismissed from drama school with a note reading, “She’s too shy to put her best foot forward.” Michael Jordon, another example, was cut from his high school basketball team, going home to cry. If a person doesn’t fail they have nothing to learn from. They have nothing to push them on. Michael Jordan may have mourned in the beginning, but that’s someone who took from it and pushed on, trying harder. He was being determined. Many people just give up. “Oh those were just dreams. That’s all. Just silly dreams…” If you can dream it you can achieve it.

I believe my Human Growth and Development class, plus the future classes can learn a lot from this.  The cognitive and socio-emotional development at this age is so important, so vital. People influence us, especially our guardians. If they support your dreams, no matter how impossible these dreams may seem, I think, a child has a better chance of achieving them. Also these dreams could be swayed by our guardians, our peers, our mentors, and more. Dreams are based on our values formed from our environment and by our capacity of intellect.

There are two things from this lecture that I can learn, and there are many things my Human Growth and Development class could benefit from this.  Determination is everything and our morals come from the people around us and how well we function. Life is a blessing. Dreams are not impossible, for everything begins with the spark known as a dream.


Teens To Do

10 Fun Things to do with Your Teens

Teens like to do many things, and teens even though they are branching hopefully know where their roots are, family. While they are branching out allprodad states that there are 10 things to let them fly and yet keep flying back again. “Some of the ways to do this are to reminisce (look in the photo album; tell stories of some of the photos or go to an elementary school and visit old teachers taking new photos), play sports (make up a game or simply play catch, be active with your teen), catch a flick (go to whatever theatre they want to go to and maybe take your teen(s) out for a shake afterwards [YUMMY]), the great outdoors (It doesn’t have to be camping, go for a hike in a state park), Big parks and big fun (For us this would mean go to adventure land!), community service (this doesn’t have to be a huge lesson, but teens need to know and be exposed to the good and importance of community service, plus they will feel better about themselves), hit the road (take a random road trip let the teen help read the map [this helps develop life skills]), photo hunt (go looking for things to take pictures of give clues maybe), bowling (what teen doesn’t like cosmic bowling?), let them decide (‘the whole point is to spend meaningful time with your child.’ give them the control [generally] and you may discover she’s a great leader or you may discover something about yourself).”
I believe this is important to me for two reasons: I’m a teen, and I plan to have kids someday. I think all of these sound like fun, and, honestly, the only two my family haven’t done is bowling or community service. I believe parents and children should always try and find time to spend together. NOTE: this doesn’t mean all the time.