Friday, April 17, 2015

My Ispiration

Do you know how Curt Carstens grew up? Or what his definition of success is? How about what he would change about his life? You can learn these things and much more if you read this essay.
         Curt Carstens is my dad.  He grew up on a farm. My grandpa milked cows and my dad did chores around the farm. One time, a cow kicked my dad.  Another time, a pig chewed off his boot! But don’t think he had to do all the chores on his own.  He has five siblings, four brothers and one sister.
         My dad’s definition of success is to be surrounded by people who love you. A strong supportive family is what he wants in life and that’s what he has. His siblings and closer family (aka my mom and me) are very supportive.
         If my dad could change anything in his life, he wouldn’t do anything different. His life defines who he is and he is proud and glad of who he’s become. Meeting my mom, having me, and anything else he has done in his life.
         My dad inspires me because he is hard working and very patient. And the fact that he works so hard and gives up what he wants to do to support our family inspires me. I’m glad I have a dad like him.  He sets an example for me.  When I have kids, I want to be a dad just like him.  


Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Rome is a great and magnificent city. That alone is just one of the reasons you should visit Rome. The other reasons are the wonderful people, historic sites and the flavorful food.  Those three things are what I’m going to talk to you about.
         The people in Rome speak Italian so you may need to learn some or hire a translator. But most people also speak a little English so it’s not vital that you learn Italian. Italians take their fashion very seriously and many like to dress in dramatic black.  For example, almost $900 American dollars for a pair of Italian designer sandals! When Italians wake up in the morning they don’t have a big coffee Americano-they have little shots of espresso, which is basically pure caffeine. Italians normally eat lunch later in the day like at 3:00 p.m. and then 8:00 p.m. for dinner. Here’s a fun Italian fact: they don’t put ice in their drinks! Most Italians make a living in commerce and politics. Tourism is a big part of the economy. Throughout the country, Italians enjoy soccer. Children like to play in the streets so you’ll need something nimble like a moped.  The moped is one of the most popular forms of transportation.
Oh the places you’ll see, the places you’ll go. Rome is filled with marvelous works of architecture dating from ancient times to the renaissance era. You can’t miss the Pantheon! It is one of the most popular places to visit in Rome. And don’t forget the Coliseum where the gladiators used to fight for the Romans entertainment. Are you a bit religious? Then there is no way you would miss the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica. Or are you one of those people who depends on luck? Then the Trevi Fountain is for you. It is said that if you toss a coin backwards into the fountain you’ll have good luck. Have you heard of Spanish Steps in Italy? The famous steps were built  to commemorate Rome’s conquests in Spain in ancient times.  Next on the visit list might be the Forum.  It might be reduced to a few columns but there is a great deal of history here. This is where the Roman senate met to decide the city and empire’s fate. Sadly during riots of the citizens, the Forum was burned down in ancient Rome.
As I mentioned earlier, tourism is a major part of the economy. And what do tourist need? Food! Restaurants play an important role in Italy’s economy. Pasta, pizza, lasagna, ravioli, spaghetti and canolli are offered if you’re hungry for local food.  Be prepared because true Italian pizza has less cheese and the dough is flatter than what Americans expect. However, if you are feeling homesick for a good old fashion burger, then you can probably find something. And don’t worry; they’ll put ice in your drink if you ask!
Rome is a great city with over a thousand years of history within its walls. The people are amazing, there are great and wonderful places to go, and the food options are limitless. So trust me when I say you should go to Rome!