THIS week in photos

We saw everybody’s backyards, homes, and schools. I think that was one of the highlights this week for me. We all had such different backgrounds to our daily lives.

We went to Jamaica, there’s good tubing there. Jamaica= Jamaica State Park.

Everyone wrote down 5 things they would bring into Alaska in order to survive. I wouldn’t agree with some of those things, but I do agree that I would want a dog.

If you’re mountain biking, stay on the gears 1(123) and 4. Otherwise everyone will get mad at you because you can’t get up the hill.

We spent an entire morning trying to build a fire. The hardest part is holding everything still so that the bow doesn’t come off and fling your peg a hundred feet away. If it was just a matter of drawing the bow string back and forth it would be easy.

(I didn’t get my camera out much this week so there are a few random pictures)


(My dog I built in Ceramics class. He’s coming  with me to Alaska)


(The result of 13 people working on building a fire all morning)


(Another “nature invading the school bus” themed picture)

IMG_1662[1](Hanging out with Belle)

What does it mean “to survive”?

When I saw this question, I immediately thought of this chart I saw when I was in school. It divides the needs into material and spiritual. The author is trying to point out that yes, you need material things, but spiritual needs are just as important. They’re essential parts of our life, our emotional stability.

The most important point in this chart is “Arts/Culture”. Where would we be without art? How would humans stay sane if they didn’t have a sense of community and safety within cultural structure? They are a part of us that we couldn’t live without. What if you were sent into space in a rocket ship, and watched as earth exploded, and you knew that you were the only human left? Would you want to live?

I think what I’m trying to say is that you need these spiritual things to survive. What is the point of surviving physically if you lose your mind? YOU wouldn’t survive. Only your body, but not your self. It’s a two way deal. For me, these are the things that I can’t live without; My family and friends; books to feed my mind with new ideas and philosophy.

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation  rather than upon mere survival.”-Aristotle