Snowboarding is a relatively new sport. It has only become popular in the last ten years. A small group including Jake Burton, Chuck Barfoot, and Tom Sims pioneered snowboarding in the late 1970's. All of whom now head or have lead snowboard companies with Burton being the largest snowboard manufacturer in the world. (Wallace, pg. 8.02) Most snowboarders got chased off the slop...
Cascading down frozen mountain, crystallized flakes of chilling water gracing my face with it’s presence; free falling sixty feet, only to be saved by a pillow of snow: this is why I snowboard. The pure rush of adrenaline from the sport has turned what started as a backyard hobby into an Olympic event. Though you may think snowboarding is just a board strapped to your feet; the engineering and history of it have a much richer back story.
In a world that is hungry for heroes and leaders to rise and speak up for the weak, there will only be a few people who will step up and take on that role. Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, is an Alan Paton Award winning book that speaks of the struggles of an influential leader who faced adversity in the early 1900’s, while trying to gain freedom from his own demons and for the African people whose voice had been oppressed by their government. The idea expressed throughout the Mandela’s work is that the struggle for freedom is never over. Thus, freedom is not only for the oppressed, but for the oppressors too, and to achieve this, one must take a long walk to freedom just as Nelson Mandela did for his people and South Africa.
Barack Obama has made no secret that over the past three decades Nelson Mandela has been the greatest influence in his life. Coming from an African ancestry, Obama drew inspiration from Mandela’s life and influenced Obama to take himself upon a journey of self-discovery and find his own voice (Obama, 2004). The repercussions of Mandela’s inspirational work caused Obama to become a part of an anti-apartheid divestment movement in college and to shift to focusing on law and politics (Epstein, 2013). Now that Barack Obama has become President of the United States of America, he has consistently quoted Mandela in all his keynote speeches speaking of freedom and equality and his actions and words are inspired by the desire to emulate Mandela’s powerful actions and movements and the examples that he set, in the 21st century (Killough, 2013). Even within the tribute to Mandela, Obama (2013) says “You can make his life’s work your own…It stirred something ...
The challenging nature of a sudden or unexpected discovery can alter an individual’s perspective in various ways, resulting in the re-evaluation of a persona’s belief, values and behaviour. In the stanzaic poem ‘Invictus,’ William Ernest Henley examines the notion of ‘discovery affecting an individual’. The notion itself successfully interrelates with William Shakespeare’s tragicomedy play ‘The Tempest’, and is portrayed through various language forms and features. At the beginning of the first stanza, Henley describes his journey of self-discovery after contracting tuberculosis during his early life. The hardships faced within this stanza, clearly shows the author’s rejection of the discovery in a negative manner. The quote “Out of the night
Living in the Lehigh Valley, there are a ton of people that snowboard. Most of my friends snowboard and I never did, so I decided to give it a try. With a small group of my friends, we went to Bear Creek. Many kids at my school often met here, so it was pretty crowded. It was cold, wet, and uncomfortable at first.
When I was twelve years old my family decided to try snowboarding and skiing for the first time. So with some arrangement made and the car packed, we were ready to go. After several hours of driving we found ourselves surrounded by bright white snow. We were almost to our destination of Seven Springs Pennsylvania. As we approached the mountains of snow we were all excited, but there is more to snowboarding/skiing then meets the eye.
“Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou, and “Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley, are both poems about Perseverance. They focus on still staying strong even after people and things in life have tried to bring them down. However the differences of the two poems may be as significant as the similarities.
“Againy! Againy!” This is something I would chant at my father throughout my childhood. In our small, wooden-floored kitchen, my dad would place his skateboard on the ground, and push me back and forth, providing hours of entertainment. These fun filled hours became the origins of my beloved hobby, snowboarding. At the age of six, a plastic snowboard wrapped in colorful Christmas paper was placed under my family’s tree, introducing me to the wonderful world of winter sports. With age, I graduated from the plastic snowboard, which I learned the basics on, to a real snowboard. All of the sudden our neighborhood sledding hills became small, and I began to ride on immense ski hills. Every winter during the weekend, my family hits the slopes, bonding
Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest leaders of our time. In the movie Invictus, the devotion and love he had for the South African people is exemplified. The movie was named after a Victorian poem that brought President Mandela strength while in prison. The meaning of Invictus is “Undefeated”, a perfect fit for this movie. The opening scene of the movie shows President Mandela being freed from jail and driving past a field of young boys playing soccer. All the boys start chanting the Presidents name and running to the fences to get a better look. This is the first scene, and an obvious show of support and following for Mr. Mandela. Throughout the movie there are many different styles and approaches of leadership shown. Not only is President