Get Philosophical

I watched a TED talk about what we are, and the title was “Who am I”? This TED talk is all about who we are and how our physical parts of us, make us who we are. Hair, skin, shape etc all make us who we are and make us different in many ways. Would we be the same if we looked different in any way? What if we had to get a kidney transplant. Would that kidney be ours?  These questions all relate the the envelope in Sophie’s mailbox, who are you? Since then she has had to ask herself, who am I?

Letter to my 100 year-old self

February 9, 2015

Ty Martin

101 Main street, 66 st

Phoenix, Arizona     Y8n 7i8

Dear, Mr. Ty Martin

I hope you are still living life to the fullest (but not to be mean or anything). Oh yeah I almost forgot this letter is from you but I made it back in the old days! I am wondering what has happened between when I made this letter, to when you are reading it at the age of 100. I realize now that age 100 you might forget some of the moments in your life that you thought you would never forget. You are probably a very accomplished person that has done a lot of travelling, met a lot of celebrities and have still throughout the 100 years, you still have been loyal to god.

I realize that I am retired, and have a bunch of time on my hands to travel with your loved ones. I can only imagine the places I went to. Like Hawaii (all the islands), maybe go on a cruise around the Caribbean with my family, or maybe even going to New York during Christmas (which I heard its like a Christmas wonderland) and the most important travelling vacation I hope I went to is the great state of Washington. I hope I actually build a little cabin in the state of Washington because When I travelled through there in 2014 (I was 14 years old) and all I could see is thousands and thousands of acres of forested land, that is the perfect spot to get away from all the chaos that Edmonton and Calgary has.

Oh boy the people who you have met must have been amazing. I hope that I met so NHL stars like Wayne Gretzky or even “Sid the kid” (Sidney Crosby). We both know that NHL was my favorable sport out of all the sports, but NBA was one of the sports that I knew the most (like player-wise). Micheal Jordan, Demar Derozan, Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross and Steve Nash are all the players that I would most like to meet. Especially Kyle Lowry because he was my idol when I was about 13 years old (close to when I wrote this letter).

In Psalms 89:28 Verse it states , “My loving kindness I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.” God has been a huge impact on my family especially my parents and grandparents. My family has been catholic all their lives and I believe my Grandma only missed church if she was sick. I hope that I did the same thing (go to church every weekend), but when I am not at church I keep the faith inside me when I’m talking and when I’m walking.

You are probably a very accomplished person that has done a lot of travelling, met a lot of celebrities and have still throughout the 100 years, you still have been loyal to god. This letter shows that you are at the record-breaking age of 100 and you should be proud of yourself for pushing so hard to be at that age and please continues to push to live your life more years. If you haven’t done what I have just stated of what my bucket list is/ what I wanted to do, go out there and do that which probably hard to do but still do try.

By: Ty Martin (Young Ty)



Extra Credit: Expository Essay

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. Writing an essay encompasses so much more than just copying and pasting. It involves structure and imagination. Some may choose to be in a galaxy all their own while others need only the luxury of home. Needless of what your comforts are every expository-literary essay can be so much more with the right tools. To construct a satisfactory essay be sure to encompass correct grammar, coherent, well-developed paragraphs and substantial details and examples.

Spelling and grammar are components that greatly enhance a correctly drafted, first-class, paragraph. Austin provided an example of a grammatically incorrect sentence, ‘Dixon didn’t remember that the cameras made a noise, which Navorski hear and decide not to go outside the doors or he could be in more trouble than before.’ This sentence illustrates a passive message simply due to the inclusion of Dixon’s name first. It can be modified to sound more definite and embellish a solid idea by the placement of Navorski name at the start. With minimal effort the broken sentence can be changed into a compound sentence including more than one subject or predicate connected by a conjunction. ‘Navorski hears the cameras and avoids temptation’ is a redevelopment of the previously broken into a compound structure. Installing helpful programs that detect grammatical and spelling errors is a key feature that can help make an essay great. If Connors sentence ‘Viktor waits at least 1 year to get it to, but he achieves his goal’ would have been put through a spell check program the error of creating a sentence which is connected by a conjunction, that is not a compound sentence would have been detected. This can make an essay easier to understand since there are no errors present to confuse the reader. This example that can be easily revised to sound exceptional, ‘Victor waits at least one year to fulfill his goal, which is to leave the airport and get the last signature of the jazz musician.’ The sentence not only shows the writer has a favorable understanding of the English language but also demonstrates the implementation of grammatical programs. Dictionaries and thesaurus’ will not only enhance your assay but will demonstrate your ability to use a higher vocabulary. ‘When a character was faced with waiting in the airport some handled it good, while others didn’t’. The sentence above created by Austin, could be strengthened by changing the dull words with ones that are acceptable for a grade nine level. This sentence could be further elevated by using more crafty vocabulary. ‘When a character was confronted with a challenge of waiting in the airport, most handled it in a satisfactory way, while others didn’t cope with the challenge’. Altering your words will make them more complex in your essay which intensify your usage of better words in the future. If you want to exceed your previous self or class expectations of literary writing be sure to utilize the tools given to you such as thesauruses and dictionaries.

By having a well formulated paragraph you create a coherent flow yielding an outstanding provision. To grasp every detail, it should not skip from one topic or idea to the next. Navorski had to go to customs but instead went and shaved. This is a poor sentence to use in a paragraph, it skipped from mentioning customs to stating that he was shaving. Although flow is a crucial criteria when producing structured sentences, to refrain from the use of the same word can be just as much. Taking the same word for continuous use is not a valuable habit to develop in any writing piece. When choosing your words use a variety to complete each sentence so selecting the same is not a high possibility. The formation of circle sentences like, because a Bulgarian man from Krakozhia named Victor Navorski was left to wait at NYC airport/ John F. Kennedy airport because he couldn’t enter the USA or go home because his country is in a military coup.  will be non-existent with definite understanding of your topic. Organizing these points is a habit that should be developed. A prolific conversion between your themes is a crucial maneuver. The ability to keep organized helps all your techniques advance in quality. Have a good opening and closing statement to receive organization. Quality will also advance if you specify not only the details in an essay, but in examples too. Specifying and having precise, distinct details will efficiently present your illustrations. As we saw in the Terminal nobody at the JFK airport could wait for anything. Who is the nobody and what is the anything, you always need an explanation. In order to make an efficient essay, formulated paragraphs, along with sentences, and flow throughout the piece is vital.

The formation of an acceptable literary expository essay starts with the inclusion of strong detailed sentences and appropriate examples.  Any well fabricated manuscript uses references to archetypes as an enhancer for detail. In Kale’s Terminal essay he uses the phrase ‘Frank was trying to get rid of Viktor out of the terminal for quite a while, 9 months to be exact. But Navorski wouldn’t take the bait. (Fisherman Joke Relates to the story line of Dixon)’.  Here the author just states that the ‘fisherman joke’ relates to the story of Dixon. We have no concept of what the joke he is referring to is about and are provided with no background knowledge to contemplate how it is supposed to tie in. To improve the construction of this argument we can use hyperlinks to give background knowledge and be explicit in the course of how to correlate an explanation of the archetype with the topic. An example of a correctly used archetype can be found in Shae’s story. ‘Frank becomes so impatient to get this position that he is wishing for the death of his superior. The story of Faust tells about a man who makes a deal with the devil where he sells his soul in exchange for a life of pleasure and riches. This represents Frank’s life. He lusts for the power and wealth that comes with a bigger job but can’t wait for his time to come so sells his ‘soul’ and in essence becomes the devil himself, running hell. Hell is a place for the wicked, for murderers and terrorists.’ By connecting the ideas to Dixon character well providing the needed bit of history you heighten the detail and the archetype. Be sure to choose a fight that you believe in. Connors uses the following concept in his manuscript, ‘He tells the officer who takes him into the office.’ This particular sentence has very little description that can be related relevantly to the topic. A better option would be to stray into his reason for being in this situation. Such as ‘During his delay in the airport Viktor carries around a can of peanuts. He is taken to Thermin’s office to discuss the reasoning behind this.’  By mentioning the can of peanuts you open up the opportunity to weave in reputable ideas. For the greatest impact and to ensure the reader’s continued interest do not stray in implemented details. Be sure to be specific. This sentence drafted in Chelsey’s essay include an idea that leads the reader away from the point that you were trying to convey; ‘But in this movie Frank Dixon is the bad guy because he tries to make Viktor leave the airport so he didn’t have to deal with him and wait till he left to get his job part he wants to get from his boss’. By adding the extra ideas about Dixon’s job you draw attention away from the main point you were trying to make. Using a basic sentence to convey the point and a complex sentence to enhance the meaning would create a more effective essay. ‘Frank Dixon’s character is like that of the devil. One point in the movie shows Dixon lying to Viktor about the security to convince him to depart’. This sentence from Sierra’s essay does a tremendous job of capturing what needs to be said in the first thought. This allows the reader to easily follow the connection being made between the concepts. ‘Patience is important in how Viktor coped with all the waiting he had to in the airport and terminal’

Writing an essay needs ‘outside the box thinking’. In order to produce a satisfying provision include proper spelling and grammar, substantial details, and coherency. Be sure to use these variety of tools at your writing disposal to ensure …. spelling and …….. grammar. A major component to any thesis is examples and robust sentences with well-developed details to help boost the meaning of the article. Any piece must have the proper coherency to help advance and refine paragraphs to go along with your illustration.

Letter to Mrs. Jones

6106 66ave, Vermilion AB


Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones

Thank you

Beauty Saloon

#53 washington street, Chicago USA


Dear, Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones

Thank You

Hi Mrs. Jones, this is Roger (the guy you half-nelsoned when I attempted to steal your pocketbook). I want to thank you for what you showed me. You really turned my life around and I want to thank you. Before you appeared in my life I was a total wreck and couldn’t control my life because I was in trouble with the cops and thought my only path in life was to steal but when you told me that you where exactly like me (in trouble and on the streets) it showed me that a new path can appear if I stay out of trouble.

I am now a professor at Vermilion Alberta school of St.Jeromes. I teach biology to grade 10-12, I get good money too. After I met you I decided to work at Tim Horton’s (which would get me some money to go to school). Then after a year of school I went to high school grade 11 and grade 12, graduated and went to community college at Minnesota. 5 years later I applied at a job in Vermilion Alberta and got the job . I have a wife, her name is Susan, 2 kids, John and Abby. We live in the country with 50 acres of farmland. We also have 20 head of cattle which is my favourite hobby.

We should hang out sometime in the near future, it’s going to be hard but I know some day it will happen. You Have been a role model in my life and I know that one day I want to help some one like you helped me.

Sincerely yours,


Thank you.

Thank You Ma’am Respond Questions

1. In the story there were multiple humorous details, like the narrator called Mrs. Jones big and fat throughout the book. The type of language that the main characters used in the book was more old fashion/funny. Even the idea of how Jones didn’t Frick out when the boy stole her pocketbook but she instead took him into her arms and tried and sort of succeeded to teach the boy right from wrong.

2. This story was serious based but had a humorous type of talking about the seriousness of this book. In this book it shows that this is very serious, for example when she asked if he has anybody at home to tell you to wash your face? He replied with “No ma’am”, so in real life he has nobody at home and we don’t even know if he had a home to go to at night!

3. Yes I think that meeting that Mrs. Jones was a huge turning point in Rogers life, like within seconds he was trying to be good and Mrs.Jones was being a role model to Roger. He now knows that he can change his life after Jones told him she was actually in many ways like him (in trouble and has no family).

4. The kindest thing a stranger has done for me is when I stayed with my Grandma and she had volunteered at the Islay museum which was pretty awesome because I had to help. I helped for a while then a lady came in with a sweet gadget and showed me how to do work it and I still have it today.

The Terminal


From Left to Right: Mr.Navorski, Thurman, Mr.Dixon. Having a meeting about the Americans.

The hardest part of life in this world is having to wait. This is the reality in the Steven Spielberg, (the producer and director) film, The Terminal. This film is based on the book by Andrew Niccol. In this film, a man, Mr. Navorski (Viktor Navorski) has been faced with waiting and has been put in the terminal, at the JFK airport in NYC.  His homeland is at war, which means he has no citizenship, which of course means he can’t go back home or anywhere in the world. He has been stuck with the options to wait for the war to end or break the rules of the USA and leave the Terminal. Mr. Navorski chosen to wait for the end of the war and get his citizenship, but Frank Dixon (the villain of the movie) can’t wait and is pushing for Mr. Navorski to leave the Terminal and break the law. Spielberg has shown us how Viktor coped with all that waiting, how other characters in the film (Amelia & Mr. Dixon) responded with waiting, and showed us a very great general message of this film.

“I wait” is what Mr.Navorski has said many times to everyone in the film. The main character is this film that Andrew Niccol has created is Viktor Navorski, Viktor has been faced with sitting tight a whole bunch of times throughout this film. He coped with waiting in many ways, that most people would have a tough time with. Which was a lot like Borders the book that he read already this year. He did not scream or yell at the supervisors. He did not leave the Terminal, but he did consider it multiple times. He also remained likeable to anybody that he meets, except for Mr. Dixon. Now remember, he did stay at the Terminal for close to 9 months! He found many ways to cope with waiting all this time, but these 3 were the most significant;  a new language, got a job, and found some friends. Now ask yourself, would you try to learn a new language, if so, would you try to do it by yourself? In this film, Viktor was trying very hard to understand the supervisors and workers of the airport when giving him directions.  For example, the beeper, the free 15 minutes on the phone, and coupons, were all things he did not understand. Thurman tried very hard to give him instructions to cope with staying or living in the Terminal, but of course at that time, Mr. Navorski did not understand him. So, like everyone that wants to fit in or to understand the US world of speech, he learned the language. He went to Borders (the bookstore in the Terminal) and bought a small book that was in his official language and another book that was the exact same but only in English (US official language), so he can learn the dialect of US (English) world step by step. Just a note, he mastered English very quickly. Getting a job in this world is getting harder and harder. The unemployment rate in Canada is 6.5%. The lowest it has been in 1 year but it’s still very hard to get any job especially when you have no country,  home address,  phone number, email, or  security number, which Mr.Navorski was in this scenario. Now why would Mr.Navorski need to get a job? Well his main reason was that he needed money to go to a fancy restaurant with Amelia, and another reason to try to survive in the Terminal. Mr.Navorski went to many places to get an American job like at the Beauty Salon, the Convenience store, a cell phone store, Chinese store and the one store he almost had a chance with, was the Science store.  However, everyone seems to say, “The position has already been filled”. Then after hard day behind him, he went to his home (gate 67), and on his way he stopped, looked at a wall, then looked around and started little by little taking small pieces of the wall to start to fix it. Morning came and his future boss walked in with amazement at his great work on this wall. He gave Viktor a career as a contractor on his team (the team was rebuilding and updating the airport, that’s why he slept at gate 67 because no one was there  getting ready to update or fix it). We all know that nobody can last this life that we live in today without….friends! Do you have friends? Of course you do, everybody does, but, it’s always hard to make new friends, especially when you can’t understand their language like Mr.Navorski. Navorski had many friends such as Amelia, Thurman (in a way), Enrique, Dorres, Gupta,and Mulroy. Now as you can see by the list of acquaintances, he made friends by helping them. Enrique Cruz had a huge crush on Dorres Torres, so instead of Enrique going up and talking to her, he got Viktor to ask her  many questions about herself  to try to know more about her hobbies and likes. We know that many friendships are mutual and of course Mr. Navorski had a lot of help with understanding the world of America and with getting into NYC, not the Terminal. In one scene in the movie, Viktor has got blackmailed, which involves his friends and their jobs and he is forced to go home.  His friend Gupta stands up for him and stops the plane with his broom, so that the plane is delayed. Viktor has more time to  leave the airport and enter New York City. Gupta sacrificed his job for Viktor Navorski, sort of like Jesus died for all of us on the cross but only Jesus dying is way more extreme than Gupta stopping a plane with his little broom. Jesus died on the cross for the people of the world but he didn’t think that him dying on the cross would start a revelation of a new faith, but Gupta knew that he would get in trouble and probably would be sent back to his home country.

Most people we can’t wait, and for Amelia and Mr. Dixon they were the “Most people”. They couldn’t wait for anything; not for Life to happen, not for a plane to come, and not for people to come and go. Amelia was a strange woman, who couldn’t wait for Mr.Navorski (for her and him to have a relationship) or any man in that circumstances. She also thought to much ahead, she couldn’t wait for the response of a person that was talking to her, she had to guess what they’re about to say which means she couldn’t wait, now to a normal person that isn’t right but for Amelia it was her way of living. In this movie she had a lover but it wasn’t Mr.Navorski it was the silver back male (known as Max in the film) as we called it in class, she couldn’t wait for him to marry her, so she hit on or flirted with every guy that she saw in a way. When the silver back male gave her any attention, she couldn’t wait for the persons that she was hitting on. She called that her poison like Napoleon. I personally think that’s why she’s a first class plane attendant because she can’t wait to go on trips, she just goes on and pushes her way on to them for work. So her response was very badly toward the idea of waiting. Now Mr. Dixon was different, He could wait to till a certain time (like 5-6 hours), but Amelia couldn’t wait literally five seconds. He couldn’t wait for Mr. Navorski to leave the terminal, so as his evil ways of thinking, he found a plan to manipulate him and getting him to leave the terminal by telling him many lies. Many times he couldn’t wait for Viktor to leave so finally he caved in and broke his job rules many times which got him in trouble with his boss and you know when you get in trouble it’s frustrating and it makes you even more mad about the situation. So Mr. Navorski was in trouble off the start. He was a pain in neck (Mr. Dixon’s neck). Mr.Dixon has also getting a promotion in his job but he couldn’t wait 5-10 years he wanted the promotion now. He tried so hard at his job that people like Viktor was in the way of getting his promotion. The funny thing is that if Mr. Dixon waited for the job to come to him rather than chasing it, he would be better at his profession. So right now we went through Amelia and Dixon and how they couldn’t wait but they weren’t the only ones that couldn’t wait in this film but their response was probably the best two, so that’s why I picked them.

“Sometimes if you wait it can help you”. For Mr.Navorski this general message really did help him in many ways. Like when he waited he learned how to read, write and speech English, get some new friends that helped him go to the America, got some money and work experience with his job, learned some new food of the Americans, and finally got his final signature of a Jazz player (Benny Golson). All of these things he did, wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t wait. So Mr. Navorski waited a long-span and in his future it really helped him learn more about himself, the world, and why waiting is going to help us one way or another! We both know that Amelia & Mr. Dixon did not like to wait for anything but in this film waiting did help them in many ways. What? How? Did it actually help them? Well yes it did. For Amelia she had to wait for Max (silver back male) and with that waiting time she learned that she truly loves Max and doesn’t what any body but him. She also learned to stop taking her “poison”. For Frank (Mr.Dixon) his job was number one in his mind and when he didn’t get his promotion, he was really mad but he didn’t know that actually, he learned more about his job and learned how to be a better leader in his field of work. At the end of the film, he did get his promotion while Viktor finally entered NYC. Have you ever waited for a long time and when you got what you waited for, it’s even better than you expected? If you wait, apparently on the internet that gave me some information on how waiting can help you. It gave me this; it can give you some helpful rest, you can fully understand yourself, produce healthy habits, and learn some skills of patience. So with Mr. Navorski, Amelia, Frank, and us (citizens of the world), waiting helps or can help us in the near future.

Spielberg has shown us how Viktor coped with waiting and learned more on the way about waiting, how other characters (Amelia & Mr. Dixon) responded with waiting very badly but it will help them in the future, and showed us a very great general message of this film which was, “sometimes if you wait it can help you”! This film changed my point of view about how waiting can actually help you in many ways, such as learning some new skills which has made a huge impact on my view of waiting and I know that many people in my class have learned that too.  Now I know that waiting is very helpful and I will choose to hold tight now. So overall a great film and a great topic! Remember that even though waiting sucks, it can always helps you. Now will you wait?


Borders Question

6. I think why Thomas King (the Author of Borders) thinks that Borders are so Compelling is because he knows that the Canadians and the Americans struggle day-to-day that they have labels on them or borders. Their names are labels, their actions are labels, basically everything that we do in this world puts a big fat label on us. When he said, “As soon as we get rid of our old ones we construct new ones” it’s of course really true and we all have it in our lives like for example when you make a mistake when you where 22 and finally when you 26 they all stopped bugging you about that mistake than you make another mistake that same year then they bother you again. Its like the monkey on your back that you can never get it off.

Borders Story Sentence Types

This Story from Thomas King has a lot of interesting sentence types that makes him a very high-end narrative writer/ Author. These sentence types below has some great story types that can give you an extra mark on a story or Assignment!!!


Simple Sentence: “This is real lousy coffee.” (Page 1)

Compound Sentence: “I knew exactly what my mother was going to say, and I could have told them if they had asked me.” (Page 4)

Complex Sentence: “I would have preferred lemon drops, but it was nice of Mel anyway.” (Page 9)

Parallelism Sentence: “My mother got a coffee at the convenience store, and we stood around and watched the prairies move in the sunlight.” (Page 3)


All this different types of sentences makes the reader not fall asleep while reading it keeps the story more entertaining or more enjoyable to read.

A Sunrise on the Veld Poem

Out for a saunter on some rolling hills with a morning abroad,

with nothing he can’t accomplish,

no country he can’t see, no country he can’t go,

Nothing can stand in his way,

The taste of control is something to be had,

For he could control the world,

The world is all his never mind the less,

They all say you can control your life,

Everyday is a new bouquet,

But today is a special day waiting upon on his feet,

He goes to the forest today for the optimism of the thrill of life,

He can sing as rambunctious as he can go,

For only the world can hear him,

The blood rush threw his head is what he truly joys,

For today’s the day that he walks with complete Joy.