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    Consuelo Samarripa's Life

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    Her stories then shift to the nucleus of life in the west side Barrio to her grandmother’s house. Like the hub of a wheel, all family life came from it and especially in the kitchen where they gathered making tamales at Christmas and learning life lessons sitting around the table beneath the light fixture. “A light socket, a light bulb and a dangling string, so primitive yet heartwarming, it was a sure sign of home,” she wrote. The tales fluctuate from climbing backyard chicken coops and trees, starting her first business of ironing clothes for a nickel a garment, to eating hamburgers at the local car hop with her mother on Saturday night to learning about puppy love in the third grade. The amount of detail Samarripa remembered in her stories is remarkable given she was just a child, yet she recounts the stories with such vivid imagery and wonderment it’s easy to forget this book isn’t a work of fiction from a talented writer’s imagination. Consuelo Samarripa writes in a relaxed, authentic voice that many autobiographies from a child’s perspective lack. The book is separated into 13 short, yet satisfying chapters telling key episodes that define the important life lessons she learned as a young girl while giving glimpses to significant decisions she made later in her life. However, Samarripa doesn’t shy away from the difficulties of growing up in two culturally different worlds as the U.S. edged closer to Civil Rights and the political turmoil of the 1960s. Then her…

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    Deciding to pursue a career in administrator requires looking at education through a variety of roles. Each day in the life of an administrator will be unique as education consistently presents new and different challenges and working with people requires an administrator to develop the skills to adjust and adapt. A look in to the day of an administrator can be summarized in an informal speech made by Dr. Robert Duron, of Texas Association of School Boards. Dr. Duron presented five things all…

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    While I was waiting for a slot to open up, I went into the Air Force Active Reserve as a Target Intelligence Analyst and at the same time I joined the Bell County Sheriff’s Office, working in the “old” old Jail, built in the early 1900’s. In 1996 I received 60 stiches cause by inmates during a jail escape. Unluckily for them I still was able to remember something that had happened early in the evening and that information was instrumental in them getting captured down in Houston. During that two…

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    We remembered to stay close to the field so that we could hear the calls for water. The conversation was so intense we mistakenly walked further than regular. Next, I distinctly remember hearing loud ship like bells ringing. Around the plantation, bells ringing meant two things: runaway or fire. Abraham and I, heard the bells and looked at each other with fear. We quickly made our way back to the path to led us by the water stations. As we got closer, we heard dogs barking and seconds later we…

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    uncomfortableness around your peers with a sigh. They are not amused and have decided you are blacklisted from their social group. These are the elite, and only few can gain entry to this group during your first years of high school. The bell rings and you hastily move to history down the hall, ducking and dodging the herds of sheep who have nothing better to do than walk as a barricade in the hall, a single annoying organism. As you arrive you see a select few with the same interests as you.…

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    For half of my kindergarten year I would hear that bell. Not the one the teacher would rattle to get her students attention, but the one that indicated that the time for recess had come. I would halfheartedly get out of my seat and walk out onto the play yard. Ready to go on a lonely adventure that my imagination had been dying to show to me. I felt like each second ticked on like hours as I ran out of new adventures to go on, and after a while I would just end up waiting for the bell to ring…

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    Locker-Personal Narrative

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    The bell rang dismissing students from the torture called school. Piper and I packed up our belongings and made our way out of the library. "Hey, Piper, did Gabe give you a solid reason why he broke up with you?" The question should have been asked earlier, but my evil mind had gotten way ahead of me. "Nothing in particular. He said we were getting too serious. Thus, we were done," Piper answered. I nodded and replied, "Well, he will be regretting it soon. I need to go to my locker. I'll meet…

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    Edgar Allen Poe work on “The Bells” makes use of the following literary techniques: mood, rhythm, universal themes, and lastly the style of poem. The Bells consist of four stanzas of varying lengths that follows no particular rhyme scheme (Poetry E., 2003). Each stanza consists of four different bells: sleigh, wedding, alarm and lastly funeral (Poetry E., 2003). Common occurrence of the ringing, Poe finds a metaphor for the progression of the common man from the carefree times of youth (as in…

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    “Let’s put her in the closet before teacher comes back!” Let me go! I shrieked as they threw me in the cramped closet. Thump! Slam! Let me out I screeched as I pounded on the door. “Hahahaha!” The children chuckled as they left me sobbing on the lumpy floor. I cried out for the teacher but my mournful words were muffled by the towering wooden door. It was total silence and I was determined to see the sun. Just before they locked me in the closet, I saw a light bulb at the top of the…

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    Personal Narrative Essay

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    “Pepper!!” The voice echoed up the stairs. “Pepper!! Get out of bed this minute!!” Pepper’s Mom shouted over the screaming of the baby in the background. “If you’re late to school again, you’re grounded for a month!” Pepper rolled over and pulled the covers up to her chin. “Just five more minutes,” she whispered to herself. Pepper thought about how the day would unfold. She’d show up to school and the math teacher, Mr. Blotson, would give her a disappointed look because she hadn’t simplified the…

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