Chapter 3: The boys join The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. The club meets every night. Phineas and Gene open each night by jumping out of the tree. They make a new kind of war game called blitzball, in which everyone is everyone elses enemy. Phineas breaks the schools swimming record, but tells Gene not to tell anyone, he just wanted to do it for himself.
On the first night, his dogs chase a raccoon up into the biggest tree imaginable. Billy immediately sees that it will take days to cut down, but he is determined to cut it down, because he told his dogs that if they chase and corner a raccoon he would take care of the rest. His dogs are counting on him so he can’t let them down. His parents bring him food. His grandfather then shows him how to make a scarecrow; so that the raccoon in the tree will stay there and then he comes home with dinner.
Fishing Trip It was a crisp Spring Saturday afternoon in Pictured Rocks, Munising Michigan. The trees were budding, the birds were chirping. We arrive at camp, unload the quad from the truck. We put our gear into the log cabin right in the middle of nowhere. Cj, a wild, funny kid my age, and I, a adventurous, 14 year old kid, had to build a fire in the wood stove to warm the bitter cold cabin.
We fished on the far side of the lake where there was a tunnel through the weeds that we called turtle bay. We made homemade live traps out of netting to catch small minnows and frogs. On days after it had rained we went looking for worms and nightcrawlers to use as bait. Seeing how passionate my brother was about fishing made me feel the same way. Today fishing is one of my favorite
Where the Red Fern Grows Billy Colman is hard working and determined ten-year-old boy who lives in the Ozark Mountains. He lives with his mother, father, and two sisters, in a log house near the Illinois River. Billy loves to hunt and explore the hills and river bottoms and dreams of one day owning his own coon hounds. His family is poor, and cannot afford to buy animals. One day while exploring an old fishermen’s camp, Billy found a magazine with an advertisement offering a pair of Redbone Coonhound pups for $50.00.
She is always constantly getting into fights with boys like Walter Cunningham, the son of a poor farmer. During that year, Scout and her older brother Jem begin to find things in a hole in a tree on the Radley property as they pass it going to and from school. The next summer, Dill returns and the three continue their plans to make Boo Radley emerge from his house. They try to use a fishing pole to stick a note onto one of the windows of the Radleys. One night they decided to sneak up to one of the windows to have a peek inside.
He is attending a special Summer Session at Devon, designed to speed up education to prepare the boys for the military draft in their senior year. Gene stands at the same tree with his best friend and roommate, Phineas (nicknamed Finny), and three other boys, Elwin Lepellier (Leper), Chet Douglass, and Bobby Zane. The tree seems enormous to Gene, but Finny suddenly decides to climb it and jump into the river, just like the Devon 17 year olds, who are training for military service. Finny jumps and dares Gene to follow. Against his better judgment, Gene climbs the tree and also jumps, but the three others refuse.
Three friends sat around a roaring campfire in an eerie Tennessean forest sharing ghost stories and local fables. It was Johnny’s turn to share a bedtime story that his father told him as a young boy. The other two men sat with baited breath as he began a story about an Indian woman and a medicine man’s curse. There was an enchanting Cherokee woman with raven hair and emerald eyes who despised staying home while the men went hunting for supper every night. One evening she followed the men into the forest and witnessed them sitting around a fire performing magic.
The recess bell rang and we rushed towards the recreational area, hopping over every obstacle in our way, trying to free our minds from the depressing issues of the world. “I feel bad for the earthquake victims Ms. Hillary was talking about,” said Alicia, “Even after donating everything I had, I wasn’t satisfied.” “Yeah, earthquake last year was a disaster.” I sighed, as dull memories from the past rejuvenated all over again. Finding ourselves a bench under a shady tree, amongst hundreds of other young teenagers, Alicia and I made ourselves comfortable as we shared our homemade cheese steaks and scrumptious vegetable Pizza slices. The recess was a refreshing break from the tiring schedule of the day and enjoying every bit of it was important. While pushing the last morsel of her cold pizza slice in her mouth, Alicia pointed at the captivating mackerel sky and commented, “The clouds in the sky look beautiful today.” To me however, the scattered clouds in the sky seemed thought provoking rather than “beautiful.” I could feel my heart pounding faster and hear my instinct scream from within, trying to tell me something.
1968, Six o'clock in the morningThe Olympic village was quiet in its lazy sleep, but Kevin Reybur was already awake, and ready to run. The easy 8-mile morning workout was only a part of the blonde-haired phenomenon's training schedule. Later in the afternoon he would suffer through fifteen miles of pace-work and intervals on the golf cart paths and quiet streets of the peaceful suburbs of Mexico City.Despite his short legs and strong upper body -unusual characteristics for a distance runner- Kevin was really a man born to run. His specialty was the 5000 meter event. By breaking the Southeastern High School Conference record in his junior year, and setting the national record in his senior year, Kevin had the attention of all of the college scouts and was offered full scholarships to many Universities.