Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Exploration 8

After reading through the speeches what stood out most to me was the one written by martin luther king jr. I felt his words impowered me more than the other ones writing did. He goes into great depth about his beliefs and his motivations for changing what was going on around the world at that time. A passage that stood out to me most in his acdeptance speech was recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time. king has and will go on to inspire people all over the world for years to come.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

exploration 8

After reading a few acceptance speeches from Nobel Prize recipients, I feel I connected with Martin Luther King Jr.'s the most. His words grabbed my attention immediately; from the beginning he acknowledges that his battle is far from over, that only days ago protesters from his movement were attacked mercilessly by dogs and fire hoses. He then asks, why would he deserve such an award if the Civil Rights movement seems so far from success? King concedes that he is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize not for his own personal accomplishments, but in "recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time." I think this idea still holds true today, and there has still been no one to say it as eloquently as Dr. King.

Monday, March 8, 2010

I am leaning towards the photo essay, i think i can bring alot more to my paper by doing this and exploring something thast people have the same intrests in as i do. Ive been doind alot of brainstorming and i think whatever i choose i can compose a great essay through this.

My second choice would have to be doing prompt for question 8 dividing the world into "us" and "them" i think i could also develope alot from this

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My first choice would be promt one because it would be a thoughtful and long essay. There would be a lot to write about, and usage of examples. We did a lot of reading on the Nobel Peace Price winners so it would be a good way to keep talking about some of the things the winners want to be done.

My second choice would be promt eight because again it links to peace and not really having "us" and "them" if there was peace we wouldn't have that.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Prompts for Essay 3

My first choice for an essay prompt would be choice #1 in the textbook. In this essay i would describe several definitions for the word "peace". I would quote several of the Noble Peace Prize speeches that we read last week, and then i would state my own definition for peace, and explain how it can help the world.

My next choice for prompt would be choice #6. This would describe a necessary balance of civil liberties in the United States, and it's societies needs for balance and protection. It is important to have personal freedoms, but sometimes freedom must be sacrifice in order to provide safety for a population.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Essay 3 Brainstorm

I am leaning towards the Photo essay because I am a regular at a place called "winking lizard", its are reasaurant/ sports bar. I feel this would be a good place to choose because I know it first hand. The other place I thought of was the Bowling Alley on the westside. I go every once and a while but I have friends in the leagues there and I like going and always see the same people.
Out of the choices we have for the second essay Im again torn but leaning towards number 10. The question about how far a person would go to attain their freedoms. I can relate and have experence in it. The other one was question number 8, asking about how to avoid paranoia and dividing the world into "us" and "them".
I have already done pictures for the bowling alley just because I was there over the weekend but Im still not a hundred percent sure which one to do.

topic ideas for essay 3

My first idea is for prompt 9 in The Essay Connection. I'll use motivation, empathy, and presence to describe the qualities that I believe it takes to become a national or international leader. I'll give an example of a Nobel Peace Prize winning leader that obtained one or more of those qualities, and explain how it helped him or her succeed.

My second idea is for prompt 8. I will explain that suspicion and paranoia can be avoided through proper communication, knowledge, and inner peace. I will incorporate my opinions on being on guard against selfishness, putting importance on material objects, and ignorance.

"Brainstorming Ideas"

I would like to do my last essay on the Golf Club of Dublin or the OSU Delaware Center. I chose the Golf Club of Dublin because there are so many things to do there besides golfing. people go to the restaurant to hang out and enjoy the good food, people have weddings, parties and all sorts of banquets there. The Golf Club of Dublin is like my second home and I have been going there since I was a little girl. It's a family place to be. I also thought of doing my essay on the OSU Delaware center. In the past couple of years the amount of students coming to the Delaware Center has increased and continues to. I am curious to see why certain people come to this school and what this place really offers students. For both of these topics I will be doing the picture essay and I will be doing kind of an investigative report.

essay 3

For the first prompt i was thinking about doing Newport music hall. I thought this would be a good one because it has so much history in it that not many people know about. Also i could invite people who have been there for concerts and why they like it. Many people like that concert place and go back over and over again.
The second prompt i was thinking about doing is number 10. There are many things i would be willing to sacrifice my time to but the main one would be helping the environment. I do not feel like i would give my life for the causes, but i would give up a lot of my time and change my life. I think it is worth helping because it effects everyone and will change the world for bad if not stop.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Exploration 8: A Planetary Emergency

The biggest key idea that I got from this passage was that we, as in everyone in the world, need to come together and do our part to help reduce global warming. Al Gore talked about how the United States and China are the two biggest CO2 emitters in the world. Both countries need to be aware that we live in the same world and despite what one country is doing someone needs to take the initiative and do their part in stopping global warming. Gore also talks about how carbon emissions aren't allowing heat to leave the atmosphere which could cause a "carbon summer", this would not be very pleasant. If the U.S. is one of the two largest contributers to these emissions then I think it is time for us to do something. I know in recent years that a lot more fuel efficient and electric cars have been made to help reduce the harmful carbon emissions. Also that more people are using solar energy and other natural resources to help to their part. I think that we need to recognize a bad situation before it happens and everyone should start using less of the world's natural resources.

Exploration 8

One of the noble prize speeches that I thought was interesting was Al Gore’s speech on global warming. It really got my attention because I learned something that’s very important to us as human species. Al talks about global warming and how we are living in the midst of a great chemical experiment and some serious consequences are becoming obvious to scientists. It is inspiring to me because Al gore gives us details that so many people don’t know about and what’s coming to our planet in the future. After reading his speech what come to mine was that we could do a lot of things to help our planet to not change that way it is right now. Our planet is changing very fast if we keep continue what we are doing right now. He said this, “So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun” (619). This quote got me say wow because what al gore said on his speech was unbelievable and people don’t care. there just doing what is good for them right now and don't give a care about the result that is cause to us. We need to stop immediately and take more action to fix our planet.

Exploration 8: A Planetary Emergency (2007)

The speeches were great. These leaders accepted the noble peace price highest award somebody could possibly achieve but also these leaders did these speeches to get their point across to inspire people the citizens of the world like Al Gore did in his speech when he was accepting his Noble Peace Price.
To me the most interesting and the most intriguing speech was Al Gore’s speech. The former vice president of the United States delivered a great speech and he brought his intentions and concerns on the harm we are causing in to our planet as humans. His speech was precise and it caught most people’s attention. And Al Gore’s got his point well a crossed and he told his audience about the harm we are causing on our planet by dumping a toxic waste and air pollution. Al gore said “we dumping another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution in to the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet” (618 Al gore speech).
To most people global warming and climate change isn’t a concern while others think it is myth and un real. Al gore’s Speech was refreshing their memories and giving them new perspective by showing the evidence on the harm we are causing are causing to our planet.
My favorite quote from the speech was “we are what is wrong, and we must make it right” (619 Al gore’s speech h). I like this quote because it is short to the point and it basically says we are the ones who are causing the global warming and the climate change and we are the ones who could prevent it by being more responsible, and more caring to our planet.

Exploration 8

The Nobel speech that caught my eye was Al Gore's speech "A Planetary Emergency." Being a "Go Green" person I enjoyed know that it is being brought up in politics. Al Gore talks much about the way we as people treat the earth and how its not going to be around forever. He talks about how people never new what they were doing would have such dramatic and harmful changes to the world. He states, "We never intended to cause all this destruction..." (619: 10) which is true back in the beginning of the 1900's no one new the automobile would cause so much damage to the Ozone layer and people didn't realize that sooner or later the trash that decomposed in fields would release harmful gasses into the air. People didn't know but now that we see the damage humans are doing to our world we can try and fix the problem. I liked hearing that Europe and some of the smaller countries around the world are making an effort to put the environment and climate first. It was disappointing to learn that the US was one of the two major contributers to the problem. Though in recent years I have notice a large increase in "GO Green" ads, use of Hybrids and recycling throughout the country. I travel a lot and have see the improvement and the attempt by the government to improve the environment. But I must say in the end its all on the individual. I might recycle but that doesn't mean everyone does and I feel until its a law not many will take their time to do their part to save our world.

Exploration 8

My favorite speech from the Nobel speeches was A Planetary Emergency (2007). This issue affects our world because we only have one planet to live on, and if we abuse it by not taking care of it then we are doomed for survival. Al Gore talks about how our society is destroying the Earth by polluting the atmosphere. He states, "so today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dumb a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun". I believe that some things have been done in order to solve this problem. For example. most car companies are coming out with hybrid vehicles that are more environmental friendly. Something that I believe needs to be done is regulations on factories that pollute our air. These steps will hopefully improve global warming.

Inner Peace and Human Rights

Tenzin Gyatzo placed emphasis on every individuals responsibility to obtain inner peace. I think that the points that he made are important for today's fast paced society to absorb. The material objects that individuals strive for, do little to promote true happiness. A lot of issues continue and worsen because people are spending so much time struggling to create the ideal environment instead of working toward mental peace. I use "work" because like most things in life individual peace doesn't just happen, one has to commit to it. He says, "Without inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances". I agreed with the comment that spiritual development should coincide with material development if not surpass it. Tibetans' determination to gain human rights and end violence has stayed strong throughout hard times because they had the inner peace to keeping fighting for it. I think that faith, hope, and true happiness throughout a battle is a powerful trio. Spreading awareness of issues like this to young people would be beneficial if we want the world's next generations of leaders to to promote peace instead of war.

"A Planetary Emergency"

I read "A Planetary Emergency" by Al Gore. His speech was about the supposed global warming. I'm not going to argue weather or not global warming exsists or not, however Al Gore was proposing to help create a better envioronment. According to Gore we as humans are the reason that global warming is occuring, why the earth has a fever. "Indeed, without realizing it, we have begun a wage war on the earth itself. Now, we and the earth's climate are locked in a relationship familiar to war planners: "mutually assured destruction""(Gore, 620.) I do agree with Gore that the environment could be better and that we are destroying and taking advantage of our world. I feel like we could take better care of what we have and be more respectful of the earth. Things like hybrid cars, solar power energy and wind power are just some simple steps that have been created to help cause less pollution. I think more could still be done like making it mandatory to recycle or try and create a way where everyone could get solar or wind power energy.

A planetary Emergency

I disagree with much of what Al Gore has to say about global warming. There is no doubt that he has a way of appealing to the audience and that he has a heart for the environment. However He states in paragraph 6 that"we are what is wrong, and we must make it right" which is completely wrong and a very shallow comment. There is no doubt that the climate is changing and things that are happening in the world cannot be explained but to make a blanket statement about humans being the sole reason behind global warming is obserd. He does however have a point that people are being foolish with pollution and need to take steps to reduce their "carbon footprint" if you will. The main idea that I got from this passage was that we need to work together to do our part to help the environment. However I feel that many of Al Gores speech's and editorials are very one sided and fail to show that the environment has been changing ever since the creation of earth, and that in various points in history the climate has went through extreme warming and cooling periods. The other thing that he fails to do is come up with a plan to reduce green house gasses, he just induces panic among his audience and warns that we are going to create a "permant carbon summer."

The Revolution of Spirit

All the speeches shared one thing in common and that was the heavy emphasis on how the award is a symbol for their cause and the people that support that cause. I picked this one specifically because it is said so clearly. The idea that is put forward in this essay is the idea that the award is step forward for Aung's people. In the speech there are several things that emphasize the idea of the Nobel prize being more of a symbol than anything. they also use the award as a way to honor the people that fight for there cause. Aung herself is a strong person to do what she is doing and is willing to suffer the consequences. The fact that someone is willing to go as far as being put under house arrest is deserving of such a prestigious award.

world noble peace prize

the writing speeches i choose is the green belt movement.2004 . the green belt movement its talking about how some african country and othe country strugling hungry , povery and other many problems. Wangari Maathai. telling the world how her country some of the children are uneducated because the eviroment they live in. some them doesnt have parents to put them school educate them. mos

we must understand the connections between the climate crisis and the affliction of poverty, hungry, HIV-Aids and other pandemics" its sad how some of the young childrens and women are strugle poor envirment and they doesnt have anybody who help them. most the young boys and girl had effected Hiv - Aids . this country the green belt movement the main problem they had is hungry and poverty promlem. there many things has been done since the world spechess in the green belt Moventment. they many orginazation and aids to help those children and womens who lived bad enivimment. it could be done good things to help the poor people.

Exploration 8 " A Planetary Emergency"

My favorite speech was the one by Al Gore called "A planetary emergency". It really caught my attention because it seems as though many people have forgotten about the planet. I really like how Al Gore gets everyone involved by telling them that they owe it to the planet to help rebuild since they contributed to the destruction of the atmosphere. At one point in his speech he says "We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed". He tells us that we if continue on the path that we ware on right now there wont be much left. I really like this quote becuase its reminder to everyone that we need to make some changes or else we wont exist.

Exploration 8

Exploration 8: responding to a Nobel speech

For this exploration I wanted to respond to Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize Speech: The United Nations in th 21st Century. I really enjoyed reading this speech because of the things that Annan had to say. He says that humanity is indivisible and I really believe in this. For the world to be at peace, all countries and nations need to work as one towards that common goal. There cannot be any peace when countries are fighting one another and others who dictate their own people in an abusive manner.
My favorite passage from his speech says, "People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what--and who--we are not." I liked this because it is very true. We all live in a melting pot society with all different backgrounds. We seem to tolerate differences in America, but why can't we appreciate them all around the world?
Since this speech the UN continues to try and end poverty, prevent conflict, and promote democracy. But there is only so much that one group can do. It is going to take full cooperation from the world to better it for future generations.

Exploration 8

One of the noble speeches that I thought was interesting was Al Gore’s speech on climate change. Throughout his speech, Gore gives many examples to show that the world is experiencing problems from climate change. For example, Gore states “ Major cities in North and South America, Asia and Australia are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers. Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods” (619).
Since Gore’s speech, countries have been more concerned about how climate is affecting the world and have taken action. Gore stated that Europe, Japan, and Australia, are making climate change their first priority to reduce it. I think in order to continue to reduce climate change; more car manufactures should develop hybrids or even develop cars that run off of hydrogen.

exploration 8

The essay i am writing about is "A planetary emergency" by Al Gore. This issue affects our world because it is talking about global warming, and the effects to the plant we live on. also it effects every signal human being on this planet. Al Gore said "we are what is wrong, and we must make it right." I like this quote because people seem to always blame others, and this is making the point that we are wrong and need to make it right. Since this speech, more companies and individuals have been taking daily steps to improve how much pollution they do in a day. Also there are many more products that has come out that are environmentally safe. I think more could be done in individuals, because many people still do not feel the need. Also i think companies should have cheaper products that are "green" for people to afford because i think that is one of the reasons many people do not buy products.

The Green Belt Movement Response

I decided to respond to The Green Belt Movement speech, because trees are obviously a vital resource throughout the entire world. Trees are important for many products throughout the world. As stated in the book, trees/tree planting "provide fuel, food, shelter and income to support their children's education and household needs". Without an adequate amount of trees, many, if not all of these, could be lost. The Green Belt Movement helped to plant more then 30 million trees. They also created a citizen education program in Kenya. The tree eventually became a symbol for the democratic struggle in Kenya. One interesting passage that stuck out to me stated, "Many countries, who have poor governance systems, are also likely to have conflicts and poor laws protecting the environment."
I think trees should continue to be planted. Lately, the "Go Green" movement has been very popular in the United States. I think that is great, because every little bit helps. If we continue to get everyone to pitch in just a little bit, we can take a great step in heading in the right direction.

exploration 8: A Planetary Emergency

The key idea that Al Gore was about the issue of global warming affects us in a major way because it has to do with are world and how its dieing. The reason why it is its because were filling it up with all this pollution treating it like a sewer. After the speech more people have been aware of the problem and have decided to do there part. Theirs a lot that could be done the main point of his speech is everyone in this planet is to blame because without knowing it we haven't been taken care of are planet. Which means everyone needs to do something to do their part in keeping are planet clean. He said, "As a result, the earth has a fever. And the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself.We asked for a second opinion. And a third. And a fourth. And the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong. We are what is wrong , and we must make it right."I agree with what his saying I think he does have legitimate proof and the reason why people don't believe him at times is because their in denial. Nobody wants to be faced with the reality that if we don't take action we wont have a planet to call home anymore.

A Planetary Emergency (2007)

“Al Gore Jr. shared the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to inform the world about “man-made climate change” and their work to establish measures need to counteract such change.”
Al Gore talks about the climate change in his speech and what has caused it to be happening over the years. He talks about how our world is “spinning out of kilter” and how CO2 is a big affect. I do not agree with all that he says because I feel there is not much proof with things he states, because I think it’s just how the world is just changing not because of people living on it. I do agree to help out our environment to make some changes. I think the changes are being made such as helping recycle materials and not wasting things like water, food, and electricity. His issue affects our world by people becoming more paranoid and helping our environment to become healthier and less waste full. The things that have been done since the speech, is people have been working on keeping the air healthy trying to make cars with less poison coming out of it. I think it’s mainly our air that’s dirty and the ground is not clean so somehow invent a different way to help our air and environment if nothing is working. I like the quote from this Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, “Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the path as you walk.” I liked this small passage just because it is so true.

Exploration 8: "A Planetary Emergency"

Al Gore received his Noble Peace Prize on December 10, 2007 in Oslo, Norway. Gore had created several documentaries on global warming and it's effect on the world and it's population, his most famous one being, "An Inconvenient Truth".

Al Gore is, in my mind, a leader in American politics, and a leader in stopping global warming. Before you can fix a problem, the population must be educated, and that is exactly what Gore did when he created, "An Inconvenient Truth".
In Paragraph 21 of his Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech, Gore call out the United States and China for not doing enough to limit their Carbon Dioxide emissions. "But the outcome will be decisively influenced by two nations that are now failing to do enough: The United States and China", Gore states when blaming world powers for a failure to act.

That statement was the most important one of Gore's entire speech. The United States and China have a large affect on how other countries react to conflicts and problems, and global warming is a problem that every human has to worry about. The CO2 emissions that we pump into the ozone, will endanger the entire world.

As Americans, it is our responsibility to pressure our governing officials to act, and it is their responsibility to pressure the global community to make better decisions that will help the enviorment. If we can set an example as an efficient community, then the rest of the world will follow in our footsteps.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Exploration 8: The Green Belt Movement (2004)

"In 1977, when we started the Green Belt Movement, I was partly responding to needs identified by rural women, namely lack of firewood, clean drinking water, balanced diets, shelter and income."

This quote best explains the issues that Maathai discusses in her speech. She explains how women are the primary caretakers and how commercial plantations have ruined the resources they need in order to take care of their families. Women use the land to to feed and shelter their family, so the destruction of the land makes it harder for these women to take care of their families. Tree planting is the natural and basic resource they need because it provides fuel, food shelter and income to support their children's education and household needs. So, the tree became the symbol for the Democratic struggle in Kenya and a symbol for peace and conflict resolution. Also, what people didn't realize is that trees were not only a mean of life in Kenya, but it is also a part of their culture. For example, their elders used staffs from the trees to prevent them from fighting and seek reconciliation. This issue is important because people do not realize that the environment is also used by other people as a way of life. We try to see if commercial plantation is going to benefit or hurt that nation because we cannot assume that just because it is beneficial to one country it also benefits all countries. We need to consult one's government or research a countries traditions and values before interfering and installing things that we think is helpful or useful. Governments need to work together and agree on certain things before planning out or doing an action. Since the Green Belt Movement started in 1977, over 30 million trees have been planted. Women have been trained in forestry, food processing and other trades that help them earn income while preserving their lands and resources. The communities in Kenya have been motivated and organized to both prevent further environmental destruction and restore that which has been damaged.

Essay Three Ideas

For the first essay prompt I'm thinking about doing the hair and nail salon that my Aunt owns. I would interview her and ask her to recommand me two people, one nail and hairstylist, to interview.

For my second essay prompt I'm thinking about doing prompt number six. There are so many historical events, movement and people who have given us the rights/liberites and security/protection that every America has to this day and forth.

I'm leaning more towards the second essay prompt but I'm going to think about the two topics more before making my decision.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two Ideas for Essay 3

For the first choice, the photo essay, I thought a great place to observe would be my local Starbucks. I know there are many regulars there, and have recognized people at many times. The employees are always friendly as well, and will eventually start to remember your order, which makes it personable.
For the second prompt, out of the book, I chose to consider prompt 8. I think that is a great topic, that can be widely discussed. I am sure there are many different opinions about this certain subject as well.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

essay three ideas

I choose to write this paper about a restaurant called African Pradies. this is a very speciall restaurant that salws somali food whic is located colubus area. they sale very nice food, i met the owner and intervie, asked him what kind of food they sale, and he said he sales Somali and ,middle Eastran food.

Essay Three

My first idea is to do a photo essay on the cafe I am currently working it. I feel that this public place will work well for this essay, because I see many regulars whenever I am working and they seem thrilled to come get their daily Starbucks coffee. They always strike up a conversation with you up at the counter while you prepare their drink. This is my favorite part of my job, for the friendly customers make working so much more enjoyable.
My second idea is prompt number ten. I would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to make sure that no one goes hungry. This is very important to me because I feel that our nation needs to take care of our brothers and sisters. Everyone deserves to be given a chance to survive.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Essay Three ideas

I was thinking about going to my family own local restaurant which I always go. I really enjoy going there. It is located on the corner of Ferris Rd and Cleveland Ave. It's called Billan restaurant and it have opened up for about two and a half years ago. The restuatant itself occasionally advertieses with flyers and has daily specials. Therefore, it is simple for me to gather more information about the place and take pictures.

I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to obstruct texting while driving. This cause is effecting many people speacailly young people and it has taken so many lives and is one hundred percent escapable in this country. So I would secrifice my time and freedom to take action on this issue.

Essay Ideas

1.) For prompt number one, I will give my definition of peace and analyze how it relates to the differing ideologies of past Nobel Peace Prize recipients Theodore Roosevelt, Lech Walesa, and Barack Obama. As these men all came from very different backgrounds, and confronted a wide range of problems, their ideas about peace are diverse. I will use their speeches to support my view that peace is a term that changes over time.

2.) For prompt nine, I will argue that the qualities necessary for a distinguished leader are vision, communication, and knowledge. A leader needs the vision to affect change for his constituents, the ability to communicate sincerely and clearly with his country, and a strong knowledge of past history.To support this, I will discuss Peace Prize winners Martin Luther King Jr., Woodrow Wilson, and Nelson Mandela.

Brainstorming Essay Ideas

1. My idea for the photo essay is my work, Sport Clips. It's a men's hair salon with many of our clients being regulars. I still have it yet to be approved because it's my job, but I think it would be a good idea. We know our regular clients very well and I could interview a couple of them for my paper for their personal opinions and reasons they continue to come back to our business.
2. Personally, I would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom for prevention of drinking and driving. Although it is impossible to stop everyone, I would definitely give up a lot to support the causes such as MADD and to stop others from drinking and driving. Drinking and driving has taken so many lives and is one hundred percent preventable. It's something that is personal for my family and I, so I would absolutely be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom. I think it would be a good idea to write about for my last essay.

Essay Three

1. I was thinking of this restaurant near my house that enjoy going to for breakfast. Its called Hellas Kitchen. Its a family owned restaurant that has regulars every week, if not every day. Their breakfast food is the best in town.

2. I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to find the cure to cancer. Cancer is an illness that takes thousands of lives every year, therefore it is worth the commitment to sacrifice my freedom and time to attain a cure.

Essay 3 Ideas.

Ideas for Essay 3:

1. I plan to go to my local coffee shop where there are lots of regulars. I have been going there since I was really young so it has good significance for me. I am going to go there on a friday to take pictures while there is live music going on, which is a big event they always do.

2. I might go to a indoor skatepark that just opened up near my house. It is the first only skateboard park in town. Regulars come daily and it is a great time for everyone. It is a good atmosphere, with music playing, drinks and food. I would like to do this because skateboarding is a huge part of my life and people don't usually know what a tight knit group of people skateboarders really are.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

spiritual love vs. physical love

The author is torn between what she feels is acceptable and what those in Iran consider appropriate. She doesn't mind wearing the hijab but remembers being accepted in a mini skirt while in America. There is a contradiction between her flesh and serving Islam when she is scolded for baring her neck in public on a hot day. The author says, " I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also a hint of shame". In America the majority of our actions result from how we feel or what we want. But in Iran, Islam has a much larger role than fleshly desires. Asayesh reflects on spiritual love versus physical love and says, " All I know is that such moments of passionate abandon, within the circle of invisibility created by the veil, offer an emotional catharsis every bit as potent as any sexual release". I believe that this is significant because it shows the meaning of the hijab beyond the obvious physical purpose. She appreciates it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

exploration 8 Shrouded in Contradiction

In the essays “Shrouded in Contradiction” the author felt let bit confused because she grew up in America and got used to American culture. The author didn’t have problem wearing the hijab but when she went to visit her native country Iran she been question a lot and that made her uncomfortable with her feelings. She said, “I grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque. In the Tehran of my childhood, women in bright sundresses shared the sidewalk with women swathed in black.” She is torn between two different cultures. She wants to be like the Iranians that wear veils. The reason Muslim women wear hijabs is to hide their beauty. In Islam your hair is considered part of your beauty, and if you show your beauty you are increasing likelihood of temptation. Temptation is the first step to committing many sins. And it can lead to one of the biggest sins, committing fornication. Women are not required to wear the hijab 24/7, only when there are individuals of the opposite sex who are mahram. Mahram refers to men who are of no relation whom you can marry. It was contradicting because there are a lot of women who feels the same way when they go from the U.S. to a very strict Islam country.

exploration 8

what contradicts is that the writer is trying to make thin people not as good as fat people. by cracking jokes at thin people and the writer giving examples of all the things that thin people do even if they a good things like being polite, being organized, watching you weight, and their good intentions. the writer is making fun of thin people that is what contradicts. fisrt of all the things that writer claimed about thin people doesnt neccessarly have to be true at all times.i believe the writer is trying to make fat people the best people out there at the same time while dissing thin people and claiming all the good things they do as not as good.

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In this essay, I feel like the author can't decide if she wants to wear the hijab or not. Sometimes she' wears it becuase she feels like she has to and other times she wears it becuase she wants to. The scarf makes her feel like a part of something but at times she just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be hot but she doesn't want to be going against her religion. She feels as though she has to wear becuase her mother wore it and so on. She says "To wear hijab Islamic covering is to invite contradiction. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I value it". I feel like she's torn between what society might think of her and what she wants to for her self. In some situations she feels like she has to wear it becuase she wants to but then she finds herself questioning why she is wearing it.

exploration 8:shrouded in contradiction

I feel that this essay was the one that had the most contradition's its starts off the first sentence with a contradiciton. She says, "I grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque." A miniskirt symbolizes more sexual, flirty type of girl , eye catching. Allthough a veil is suppose to symbolize modesty, a religious type of girl, not at all eye catching. She even described as feeling uncomfortable at times with the scarf but then she when on to say she also feels uncomfortable wearing pantyhose. There was a lot of emotions going through her mind throughout the whole reading she felt torn between the two influences. The strong influence of Western society and the fact that you get to do what ever you want, dress freely, and fulfill your desires. Yet being drawn back to her religious culture knowing all the strict rules, and regulations have their reasons. They are all explained and are for her best interest at heart. That's what the author faces. Depending on who the audience is they can either relate to her struggle in some way or have a understanding. Or either feel one way like shes being a hypocrite of her religion if they are muslim. Or they can feel that she is trapped by her religion and she should stick with that of the freedoms of western society and throw off her scarf and let her hair blow freely in the wind. A passage she said, "To wear hijab -Islamic covering -is to invite contraditcion. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I value it." When I read this I basically thought she was saying that she hates the fact of it being restricting, but values the security it leaves her with God.

That Lean and Hungry Look

I disagree with this essay entirely. The author goes on to talk about how thin people are dangerous and menacing. I believe the opposite, fat people are dangerous and menacing. Obviously they eat to much and they can't stick to a diet plan. I guess that doesn't say much about their character, that is if they have any. Fat people are either lazy or have a disease that has made them that way. The author makes fat people look better than thin people, I don't think someones weight determines their character. The author says, "they think these 2,000-point plans lead to happiness. Fat people know happiness is elusive at best and even if they could get the kind thin people talk about, they wouldn't want it. Wisely, fat people see that such programs are too dull, too hard, too off the mark. They are never better than a whole cheesecake." For starters, I really hope this isn't how fat people think. The author condones an unhealthy lifestyle saying it is ok to be fat. I don't see how the author can say fat people are happy not being thin when she says that fat people think happiness is elusive.

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In the story That lean and hungry look the author Suzanne Britt talks much about the differences in "fat" people and "skinny" people. She discusses that the fat people are seen as "neurotic, sick, sad people" (282). She states that fat people aren't that way and that skinny people are in fact the ones who are mean and unhappy with life. She also talks a lot about how skinny people are more logical in their thinking, but fat people have a more rounded view on life. To be honest I don't know if I agree with everything she says about the differences between fat and skinny. I am not overweight but I still know how to have fun and how to relax at the end of the day. I enjoy working out and eating somewhat right but I can still appreciate the "value of a hot fudge sundae" (282). While I was reading this essay I kinda felt put down, much like many overweight people probably do. I truly believe its a personal choice; if someone, like myself, feels better both mentally and physically by working out and staying in shape that doesn't mean someone cant feel the same way by eating and watching television.

The quote I feel is very important to the essay is, "Long after fat people have removed their coats and shoes and put their feet up on the coffee table, thin people are still sitting on the edge of the sofa, looking neat as a pin, discussing rutabagas. Fat people are heavily into fits of laughter, slapping their thighs and whooping it up, while thin people are still politely waiting for the punch line" (283). She pointing out the fact that thin and fat are different and that people view them differently. People view thin as uptight and perfectionist, and fat people as relaxed and realistic. I believe this is important because it paints a picture for me. I can really see how people might view someones size as a indicator of fun or logic.

Though I enjoyed reading this essay I was a little confused about it as well. I don't understand satire very well because I tend to take things for face value when I read. Especially when the writer makes what they are saying seem so literal. So hopefully what I wrote here makes sense for most, though for the ones who totally understood it, it may not.

Shrouded in Contradiction

"Each time I return to Tehran, I wait until the last possible moment, when my plane lands on the tarmac, to don the scarf and long jacket that many Iranian women wear in lieu of a veil"

I like this passage because it shows how Asayesh is torn between two different cultural lifestyle. She values and respects her culture but she also enjoys the luxury and freedoms she has in America. She talks about how her sister comments on how she wears her makeshift scarf. She wants to feel "hot" at least according to what we Americans would consider to be hot. However, her sister believe that they are "hot" because she is a little more excepting of the things her culture wears. Yet, she describes what the hijab means in Iran. "The veil masks erotic freedom, but its advocates believe hijab transcend the erotic-or expands it." I think this best describes the conflict that Asayesh has between American and Iranian traditions and believes. I believe that this story helps the audience understand the cultural conflicts people have when they come to American or to another country and to show that it's not easy to transition from one place to another.

Exploration 8: Shrouded in Contradiction

Some of the feelings the woman in this story felt were wanting two different things in her life. She liked wearing the hijab and what it has represented for generations, but also she liked to have some freedom from that. She was being pulled in two different ways from her feelings. She sees other women wearing bright color dresses and working women wearing other clothes and then looks at herself, and wanting something different. The author is the one telling the story about herself so she is feeling this, but I do not have a religion such as this. I go to church at times but it is not as strong as these men and women have in their culture and religion.
"Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says shaking her head. "This is about Islam." I marked this as important because it's a key statement for women telling them how it is and has been, it's for the country not for yourselfs. The women cover their skin and men do not but it is for the country they live in, just like other countries have a certain norm to follow by, or at least try to follow it.

Shrouded in Contradiction

the author is torn about her clothing and the rules that apply to her beliefs. Sometimes she values wearing her scarf but other times she absolutely hates it. she really doesnt think wearing her scarf is as big of a deal as everyone in her culture makes it out to be. During a part of the story she explained how she was very hot so she turned her scarf into a turban so that her neck was bare and the wind could touch her bare skin to cool her down. then a paid government employee yelped at her to to put it back on the right way. she explained how she was hot but the woman didnt care. the author then murmerred under her breath "the men arent hot". her basic view is that she doesnt think the issue on clothing should be such a big deal.
"none have been more daring than i. ive wound my scarf into a turban, leaving my neck bare to the breeze." she made a huge statement when she did that. she didnt really care what people thought or what her beliefs were, she was hot so she took her scarf and turned it into a turban. the tradtional top that a male would wear. she was a rebel and in a way sort o proud of it.

that leam amd hungry look.

concratadiction of this write was two different subject about how thin people and fat people against each other. both people have different mantelity to share their ideas. but i feel people thin feel unhappy how the write describing them. some people prefer to be fat and other prefer to thin. the write more crising the thin people. " fat people are convivial. they will like you even if you are irrugular and have acne." sometimes fat people show a car even you are bad person. i disagree that because some of the treat you nice. it could be either way thin people sometimes say good things about the fat people. some of the time thin people they believe they are health and they watch out their diet. fat people doesnt care about their die they ate whenever they feel hungry they dont care about colories. Thy feel good about their self." thin people are downers. they like math and morality and reasoned evaluting of limitations of human beings. the reason they like math is they doing more excrise make their self more busy not to eat too much food.The thin show ed the fat people how to stay in health way and lose weight.

Exploration 8

Shrouded in Contradiction is a story about the way that cloths effect the way people are viewed in different countries around the world. The girl is torn between wearing a veil and not wearing one she says "Sometimes i hate it. Sometimes i value it". She longs for the freedom to wear cloths and walk freely down the street without being look upon for what different cloths meanings are. One of my favorite quotes from this piece was when shes controversing with a fellow woman police officer, Asayesh turns her scarf into a turban wearing it to where her neck is exposed. " Fix your scarf at once!" she snaps. "But I'm hot," i say. "You're hot?" she exclaims. "Dont you think we all are?" I Start unwinding my makeshift turban. "The men aren't hot," i mutter. This really stood out to me because she wants to be able to wear what she wants but at the same time she has respect for her homeland and the way they run things and the certain thins that they value. It would be hard to want to be your own individual and not get that chance because the way you were raised or brought up or what kind of culture you originate from.

That Lean and Hungry Look

One contradiction that the author makes is that thin people oppress their feelings. They do not act loud and obnoxious and focused on appearance where as fat people do not care about appearance and do not care about the same things that "thin" people do. This is contradictory because all people are self conscious about stuff and I'm sure that many large people are conscious about what people say about them.

"Thin people believe in logic. Fat people see all sides. The sides fat people see are rounded blobs, usually gray, always nebulous and truly not worth worrying about. But the thin persons persist." if you consume more calories than you burn," says one of my thin friends,"you will gain weight. Its that simple." Fat people always grin when they hear statements like that. They know better.

This is important because many people see an overweight person and automatically think that they are larger than normal because all they do is eat. Fat people rarely grin when they hear comments like that because truly they know that there is not much that they can do about it. and deep down many of the comments hurt. "She says that people say the business about the jolly fat person is a myth, that all of us chubbies are neurotic, sick, sad people." In many ways, some people use eating is a means of release.

Exploration 8:Shrouded in Contradiction

I recently read the story, "Shrouded in Contradiction' by Gelareh Asayesh. this story describes her conflict of clothing choice in her home country of Iran. Iran is an Islamic Republic. All of the women in the country are expected to follow both the written, and unwritten rules of Islam. Women in Iran are expected to wear hajba, which is Islamic covering. The covering of the body by clothing ensures that the people in an Islamic society find passion in the soul, and they do not become distracted by passion on the body. In theory, this rule of culture seems to be acceptable, but it becomes extremely annoying to some women, especially for those who have spent time in Western cultures, like Gelareh.

"The veil masks erotic freedom" Gelareh states in her writing. It makes sense, if a body is covered by clothing, then it will be harder for men to find them physically attractive, but why is it the woman's job to contain the sexual tendencies of men? If a man looks at a woman and finds her sexually attractive, it is not her fault that she is sexually attractive, it is the man's fault for thinking about sex so much. It would make sense to this reader, if the Men of Iran attempt to cleanse their thoughts in order to find religious peace. In stead of just covering every Woman's body in clothing, which makes them extremely uncomfortable.

Exploration 8 "That Lean and Hungry Look"

In the short story, "That Lean and Hungry Look", Suzanne Britt compares fat people with thin people. The author really criticizes thin people. Some of the things she says gives thin people the feeling of being torn. For example, Britt states in her story, "Thin people turn surly, mean and hard at a young age because they never learn the value of a hot fudge sundae for easing tension." Although this is funny, if somebody who is thin that reads this, they may have the feeling of being torn.

Throughout this short story, Suzanne Britt really shows how fat people are more laid back and sincere than thin people. She shows this at the end of the story by ending with, "Fat people have plenty of room. Fat people will take you in." I think this quote is important because it helps show what Suzanne thinks about fat people.

Shrouded in Contradiction

I think the author is torn between her beliefs and how she lives her westernized life. Because of this she is confused and objective of her own Iranian life. Anyone would feel this if they were put into a different culture and told to adapt. I believe she feels worse when a government employee tells her to cover up. the main contradiction here is when she wears all of these garments but hates wearing them. The passage I thought was the most important was the last one where she states "I gather up the wet and grimy folds with distaste, longing to be home, where I can cast off this curtain of cloth that gives with one hand, takes with the other." I believe that summed up her feelings in one simple sentence. She believes that when she wears the scarf it is a symbol of her country but it also limits her as a person.

Shrouded in Contradiction

The author is contradicted in the writing because she lives in America were she dose not have to wear it, but her faith still is telling her to wear it. She says she likes wearing it because shes says she finds passion in it and that it makes erotic freedom. Also she says that she dose not like wearing it because she wants to roam her country with the wind in her hair.
The quote i picked as being important is"its annoying, but so is wearing pantyhose to work. " This is talking about how she thinks wearing a hijab is annoying but in a way she has to, just like girls have to wear pantyhose to work. I liked this quote because it puts it in way to make sense to women who never had to wear a hijab. I also liked this quote because it made me realize more that it is just a way of life, something she has to do to fit into her social norms like many women carrying purses or wearying pantyhose.

That Lean and Hungry Look

"Thin people don't like gooey or soft things becuase they themselves are neither gooey nor soft" Why is it that we cannot choose the way we are, but yet we criticize and sterotype others for being different. I think that this piece makes us think about ourselves and why people are the way they are. It seems like in modern day most people bash people on their outside appearance and never really look inside. People are so caught up in fitting in and looking a certain way. The way the author turns the page and trys to make thin people feel bad is important because I have very rarely heard a good reverse argument for this debate. We all need to be conscious of what we say and be aware of the way we see people.

That Lean and Hungry Look

A major contridiction that the author faces in this writing is that she notes herself as being "plump." Throughout the reading, she puts down thin people, but in a way does the same for fat people. She makes fat people seem careless and lazy, which is putting down herself. An important passage from the reading that I found is, "The main problem with thin people is they oppress. Their good intentions, bony torsos, tight ships, neat corners, cerebral machinations and pat solutions loom like dark clouds over the loose, comfortable, spread-out, soft world of the fat." (283). The significance of this quote is that it basically sums up the reading. It shows that the author is vastly stereotyping thin and fat people as a satire. Though many of the things she says about thin and fat people may not be true, I think she is trying to get people to see how people may view others in the world. I think she recognizes the true problem of obesity and is showing her concerns through satire.

Exploration 8: "That Lean and Hungry Look"

Two Contradictions that Suzanne Britt is dealing with in That Lean and Hungry Look are whether thin people are too caught up in themselves and their work and if fat people are more carefree and accepting all other people. I think that she is taking a shot at thin people in this essay. She labels them all with hard working but snobby titles. I think that this true in some instances, but I think having the attitudes that she desrcribes comes with the persons personality and work ethic more than how they look physically. On the other hand I do not believe that all fat people are caring and joyful. There are many overweight people who work hard all the time, they just have an eating problem. I also know a few very mean fat people, they are all not jolly and accepting like the essay depicts.

A passage that I enjoy from the essay is in the middle of paragraph 4 on page 282. It says, "Thin people turn surly, mean and hard at a young age because they never learn the value of a hot-fudge sundae for easing tension. Thin people don't like gooey soft things because they themselves are neither gooey nor soft. They are crunchy and dull, like carrots. They go straight to the heart of the matter while fat people let things stay all blurry and hazy and vague, the way things actually are." I wanat to bash this in the literal sense first. I am quite thin, yet I enjoy hot-fudge sundaes as well as gooey soft things. This is because they are good and I know how to eat right and still enjoy sweets. I think that this passage really relates to how people are raised. People are crunchy and dull because of the environment they grew up in. People go straight to the heart of the matter because they think logically, they are problem solvers.

Shrouded in Contradiction

A major contradiction in this story is that the young woman feels torn between two different ways of life. One being an obedient Muslim in Tehran Iran, and the other taking place in her new American home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While staying in Iran she is forced to wear hijab, the Islamic covering, and at times she misses being able to feel the wind blow threw her hair. Having to go back and forth between two life styles is a hard adjustment for her to make. This causes her to question her views on Islam and to ask why women are so different from men. My favorite passage takes place after she gets in trouble for not wearing her scarf correctly. She states, "I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame. I do as I am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering". I like this passage because you can really understand how she is feeling, and how difficult it is for her to adjust to two different life styles.

That Lean and Hungry Look

In That Lean and Hungry Look, Britt is outspoken about how she feels about thin people, and fat people. According to her, thin people do not enjoy life, and are too critical. According to her, fat people know how to enjoy life. I think the audience are the ones who are torn when reading this essay. Britt really tries to influence on us that being overweight is a desirable way of life. What are we supposed to believe? How are we supposed to feel about thin, and fat people? Is Britt correct in her justifications? Are thin people really too uptight? Is being fat an essentially good thing?
One passage that I really did agree with was in paragraph 12, when she states of fat people "They will like you even if you're irregular and have acne." It sounds horrible, but obviouisly acne and fat are not things society finds overall desirable. I think people who suffer behind these problems can benefit from interacting with one another, because maybe they will inspire each other to accept themselves for who they really are.

"That Lean and Hungry Look"

While reading "The lean and Hungry Look," an essay by Suzanne Britt, I myself being the audience felt torn as to how I felt about the reading. Britt exaggerates on and on about how thin people are condescending, efficiency experts, there are tsk-tsk thin people, and are mechanical. All in which she claimed were dangerous people and needed to be watched, (Britt, 281.) She felt very differently about fat people saying that they realize that life is illogical and unfair. That all is not right with the world, (Britt,282.) So is she trying to say that fat people have more fun, are relaxed about life and don't have a care in the world? No she is not saying that. I personally think she is trying to make us as the reader feel a little more comfortable in our own skin. In today's society looks are everything it seems. Being 5 pounds overweight is the end of the world. Here she is saying that being thin is bad and if your fat you are in a sense normal. "Fat people are convivial. They will like you even if you're irregular and have acne, (Britt, 283.) Obviously being over weight is not a good thing health wise but if your comfortable with yourself shouldn't that be okay? The pressures that are put on people to look a certain way is very draining. She does not want us all to be fat in any sense she wants us to be happy with our selves and not to worry about the pressures that our society has put upon us.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Exploration Four

My favorite chapter in the book had to be Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong. It was my favorite because to me it was the most unusual out of all the other stories. Mark Fossie somehow managed to get his girl to Nam and when she arrived she was immediately taken back by everything. She was in awe because of the new sights she saw, the new scents she smelled and simply how different it was from what she was use to. This book doesnt really change my opinion on the impact of tragic loss. War or no war its still a tragedy and in most cases its still going to effect the people close to whoever lost their lives in the tragedy. Seeing that its war the post effects might be a little different. But war or no war they mostly are gonna feel the pain, deep inside to. Struggling to get over the person is going to be hard. One of the hardest things to do in my opinion. But thats ok its natural. Its not suppose to be easy. This person was close to you one of the closest. They have been there with you through the good and the bad. You hold a bond together that you hold with no one else. You can talk about or share anything with this person, they understand you and arent going to pass judgments. All of those things are reasons why it is so hard to get over the tragic loss of someone close. You are so use to them being active in your life, your use to them being there and then all of a sudden they are gone. Not gone and coming back later but gone for good. You try to play it over in your head and you just cant believe it. You start thinking if there was anything you could of done to prevent it. Your mind starts racing and playing different scenarios over and over and then you just fall into a hole and crumble because through all of your thinking the cold hard fact will hit you. They are gone for good. They are never coming back and all you have left is memories. You dont know what your going to do without the person. You start to freak out and it all starts over again. Playing the scenarios over and over in your head. Wondering if you could of done anything to prevent it. Its going to be hard, its suppose to be hard to get over it. The only way to get past it in my experience is to simply give it time. Dont rush it. Mourn for as long as you need to. Mourn until you have made peace with what has happened and yourself. It is then you will be able to start moving ahead and getting on with your life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Things They Carried

Its hard to pick one single chapter that has been my favortie in the book because ive really enjoyed reading this. Chapter one would have to be one of my favorite chapers though. Its the chapter that really got me interested and made me not want to put the book down. Its hard to grasp what they really had to go through, at times i felt right their along with them going through the everyday struggles they did. Some parts of this chapter caught me off guard in some parts i felt very irritated that they couldnt quit deal with the death of the soldiers among them. Then at other times i felt sad, some of those people carried things for comfort of having something to need to go back to. Jimmy cross though he knew he didnt have Martha the thought of her in a sense is what kept him going and kept him from thinking about the reality that he was in.
The part in the chapter that really grabbed my attention was when Cross sat and burned the memories he hd of martha and tried to make himself realize that he couldnt hlod onto these things as he did. Then he realized it was all in his head and he couldnt stop thinking about her even by burning the stuff and trying to forget. To me this was so sad to just feel like you have nothing and that its a fight for your life everyday. I have great respect for the people who fight for our country.

Exploration Four

The chapter in this book that I found the most engaging was “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”. This chapter gave me a good idea of how lonely the guys fighting in the war could get. Even though they had each other they still missed their loved ones back home. Mark Fossie showed his love for Marry Anne as well as Marry Anne did for Mark Fossie. Mark had to have went through troubles getting her all the way to Vietnam, and Marry Anne knew she was going into a warzone but ignored the dangers to see Mark. I also thought the chapter gave a good example of how much people changed from being in Vietnam. When Mary Anne first got there it was to see her boyfriend, she was eager to get married and have children with him. After being in Vietnam for a while Mary Anne was in no hurry to get married, and I think towards the end she was somewhat losing her mind. This book makes me feel like there are many different ways people can deal with the loss of a loved one. Some people show their emotions and deal with the loss as best as they can and others may handle it just by not trying to handle it at all and become numb to the situation. I think that people struggle so much over losing friends or family because they have built special bonds with these people throughout their lives. Then when one day they are not there anymore could be very tough to cope with. From my experience, the best way to deal with the loss of someone of meaning in your life is to come to terms with what has happened and be thankful for the people that you still have in your life.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"The Things They Carried"

Chapter one was by far my favorite chapter of the whole book. It is what drew me in and made me more interested in the book. I loved how everyone had something physically they carried with them that had meaning, like the toe , the comics, rabbits foot etc. It was there piece of happiness, luck and strength. Not only did they carry physical stuff my emotional baggage. Which sometimes seemed to weigh more than there actual stuff. I was sad to see that Jimmy Cross blamed himself for the death of Ted Lavender. It was in no means his fault, but he still blamed him self because he was distracted on Martha. He carried that with him through out the whole war and never ever forgave himself for his death. I feel like it is hard for people to deal with death because life is such a scary thing that in one second it can be taken away. It is hard for any one to deal with a tragic loss. That's why they call it a loss, because you are loosing somebody you care about. People struggle so much because when your so close with some one and its taken away and never coming back its hard to deal with. I have personally never delt with a tragic loss in my family. I am lucky to have a happy healthy family. I would say the best way to deal with a tragic loss is to appreciate life and appreciate the life that was given to you. Dwelling on it will not bring that person back. They wouldn't want you to dwell they would want you to live your life.
Jimmy Cross is in charge of his troops so he takes a lot of responsibility for things. In my case I'm the oldest child in my family. I take a lot of responsibility of how my siblings act and what the do. They see as i do and I'm the one that sets the influence. If they do something bad i almost feel like it was my fault that i was the one who did it. I have an opinion about war. I don't support any type of war or fighting or violence but i do support the men and women who risk their lives to fight for us. I feel that there are other ways of dealing with issues than killing each other.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Exploration 4 Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong

I really liked this chapter for many reasons. One of them would be that it really shows how being in a place of violence and brutallity would influence the personal, characteristics or traits of an individual. It talks about how Mark Fossie got his girlfriend to come to Vietnam to visit him. She starts of as this really sweet, bubbly young lady named Mary Anne Bell. She was very young and kind hearted until the war changed her. I think that this book makes me feel a lot of emotions due to the tragic loss that is occuring through out the book. Many people die in the book, but the reason why it is so hard to get over the death of someone very close to you is when you know it could have been preveneted. I think people grief more when the person dies in a preventable situation rather than natural causes or when you know that it's coming.

"Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"

I enjoyed reading "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" because I can relate with Mary Anne. There were two part of the chapter that caught my attention the most. The first was when the the Rat was describing the changes in Mary's look. It doesn’t take long for someone to adapt to war, its not so much they want to its more that they need to. To survive someone must worry about what’s outside the walls and the soldiers you work with, not so much your personal preferences to hygiene or material possessions. The second part I liked about the chapter was on page 111, she talking to Fossie and describing how she truly feels about the country and the situation she has been put in. She describes how much she has learned about herself and how when she is out on mission she can feel her body working. War is like no other experience, your body is on a constant adrenaline rush and all your senses are heightened. It’s a feeling not many understand, nor want to but once you've had it you don’t want any less.

As for responsibility, in the past few months mine has changed dramatically. If you asked me this lat year I would of said that mine are no different then the soldiers in the book. Today they are not as stressful and I have to say, though it may not make sense to most, they don't feel like responsibilities as much as they feel like privileges. I have school and family matters that I am responsible for, along with bills, friends and my boyfriend. Through these responsibilities I am in control of my own life. To be responsible is to be "grown up" or mature. It shows someone's independence or their will to strive. For example in high school most teenagers didn't have to worry about electric bill or mortgage. Then in college they decide to get a place of their own, now they have an electric bill and rent. As we get older we strive for more; a good job, a family and with that comes more responsibilities. To some the less responsibilities the better, others feed of them.

Exploration 4 Spin

Spin is the chapter that was most intrigueng and intresting to me. this chapter talked about how the writer tim obrian having a within a fight to forget the horror of a war or to the live the memories he had about some 20 years ago. this chapter talks about how the soldiers were very young and they were all teens and into their early twenties. this chapter brings the vivid images or the horror and nightmares of the vietanam war, but it also talks about the good times. some of the good times tim talked about in this chapter was forexample when kiowa was teaching Rat kiley and dave jensen to dance in the rain and the local villagers were watching with a mixuture of fascitanion and giggly horrror. in this chapter just like every other chapter in the book Obrian gives a good discription of the chracters and the scene. but to me most fascinating quote is from the end of the chapter when Obrian said "stories are eternety, when your memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story."(tim obrian p 38). this shows that writer feels the resposiblty to tell what had happened some 20 years ago on a place half globe away. and he wrote this book so those stories the glory and horrifying truth were told and those young heroes will never be forgetting and their stories is being told.

this book takes us through how hard it is for one to get over the horror of lossing someone you love infront of you. and seeing the way they died. and living that memory and playing it like a dvd in your head over and over again the rest of your live and it is really a struggle.