Tuesday, May 31, 2011
“Don’t Forget Your Dreams”
From Boston to Normandy
From Clocks to Mountains
From Family to Strangers
The Storyteller left
His mark on them all
Wounded at birth without parents,
He trudged on.
Luck guided him to Mount Rushmore
Yet he seeked more.
Fought in battle at Omaha beach
He would not give up, when wounded.
Home became the Black Hills,
The center of the World.
Theirs and now his.
Through winters cold
Or broken bones
Or heart attacks
He pressed on.
With rewarding work
Came joyce happiness
A wife and ten children
Joined his life.
Blast and Blast and Blast again.
Time rolled on,
Like an hour glass in slow motion
Until fatal hour.
By deaths cold embrace
Beneath his last great monument
There forever “Left Unknown”
But even still his dream lives on
In such a wicked world where we live
We close our eyes so as not to give,
Where there is so much violence, insanity and disease
My brother, My brother, please
So hiding these truths in books is something we all can agree
Never wanting them to reach the Hollywood lights shining on the bright marquee,
But at last there is a man named Stanley who corrects these things
His truths rising like water from the springs
His screenplay and direction in A Clockwork Orange revealed our true selves as we are today
While his 2001: A Spaceship Odyssey spoke of computers named Hal who fail to obey,
Although his works are considered science fiction
I’m left wondering if they’re not a true prediction
For aren’t all visionaries suppose to foresee what’s ahead
And speak those words better left unsaid,
Because our tomorrows are like looking onto the open sea
We need a captain to keep our ship clear and free
Stanley Kubrick takes us to that place
Which is normally so difficult to embrace,
But eventually our eyes open and we try to see
All those things that Stanley has brought for you and me
1. What is the fire represent?
2. what reason did the mother committed suicide?
The American Dream
1. How did the failures of Martin Luther King Jr. continue to drive the Civil Rights Movement?
2. How did the Hamiltonian society shape our current communites and cities?
“I make westerns”
I was one of the first
Nobody did it better than me
Visions in my head
Spinning like Ferris wheel
There were a lot
Of Uzis in
My western movies
I even fought
For my country
Saw bodies fly like birds
I loved directing movies,
Even though some flopped
Most of them were great
Like heaven on earth
I went crazy
Like the man who shot liberty
I won many awards
I was the best director ever
My movies will live on forever.
Monday, May 30, 2011
A tragic figure,
Always seeing the obscure
Taking portraits of empathy
Unable to escape the images in her mind
A tortured restless soul
Giving compassion to others, showing their beauty
Unable to see her own
The ups and downs
Black and white
Her parents encouraged her
Stieglitz influenced her
Showing her Brady and O'Sullivan
With her husband she did advertising
Restless and blue, taking after her mother
Popular with magazines
She didn't know she was like a modern Van Gogh
Photographs from Diane Arbus... http://www.masters-of-photography.com/A/arbus/arbus.html
A regular black hole in science,
The center of it all
Challenging the standings,
But unable to walk.
Cambridge Math Professor
More genius than the rest.
He's lives in his chair
69 with ALS
A computer does his talking
But none could compare
His dream for solving
The theory of everything
Unable to speak for many years
Still teaching every day
He lives for the questions
Still yearns for the answers
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Born with name Walter Elias Disney
He the fourth son
Start to interests in drawing art
Sell the drawing to neighbor
He studied art and photography at school
Temporary job is created ads
Start own business
often have money problem
But become famous in the field of entertainment
Co-founder of Walt Disney Productions
As the same as Walt Disney Company
Best known motion picture producers in the world
Start the animation and theme park design
Creator of Mickey Mouse,
Famous start and the magic start as well
He is like a legend for Disneyland
He is like a magical person that start the magic in entertainment
Founder of Disneyland,
famous park around the world
He died at 1966
He is 65 years old
He is a creator
An imaginative person
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I Am More Than You Thought
I am 60 years old
I love children
And helping to accurately
Education is a priority
At age 27 I obtained
A doctorate in physics
June 18th 1983
I flew with NASA
As a mission specialist
Aboard the STS-7
After the Challenger accident of 86’
I was appointed to the
Presidential Commission investigation
Then I became a college professor of Physics
Ten years ago I stated an organization
In my name
To help girls and young women pursue
Careers in science or technology
I’ve written five science books for children
And I have won countless awards
My name is Sally Ride
I was the first female to enter space
They said I couldn’t make it
That a women astronaut and physicist was as crazy as a mad bull
But my knowledge and determination swept them away like a rip current
And I proved them wrong
Roy Lichtenstein had the type of art that literally went--------->
Pop Art was the game
Roy Lichtenstein was the name
I came from Manhattan
I started my art when I was young
I became fascinated with bright color
My colors are as bright as a spotlight
I moved to Ohio
My objective was fine arts
I was an Ohio State Buckeye
I took a break from school
It was time to go to WWII
I would come home to tragedy
I would come home to see my father pass away
I became a professor at Ohio State
I would only be there ten years
I decorated windows to pay the bills
I finally moved to New York City
I would start my first art studio
I was interested in making comic book art
I was not an original
I was the best at what I did
I was appreciated for my colorful work
The kids loved my work
My art exploded off the canvas like a bomb
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Movements of Martha Graham
Movement to dance
Music to moves
Contorting and twisting
To the eye as it soothes
Why I chose to be a dancer
I did not choose
I was chosen to be a dancer
Live your life with nothing to lose
With all of my movements
I wanted to begin
Not with characters or ideas
String up the violin
Dancers are messengers
The messengers of Gods
I will defy my family’s wishes
I will defy all the odds
Boom, Twist, Pop
One cannot stop
I balance like a crane
I peak like the dawn
I’m the center of all gravity
While as graceful as a swan.
At a lonely window
Passion birthed a crescent moon
And every tale spun of sorrow
And every creature’s joyous tune
Left abandoned but for movement
Left abandoned but for song
The lost forgotten ancient river
Flows now through Babylon
I worked as an instructor
Nicknamed the mother of modern dance
Moved from colder to warmer
I move like the elements
Staggering, Still and Smooth
I’m flexible like the wind
The Mastery of the move
We are not dancers
Because we are good
We are all dancers
For our passion understood
I bestow this upon you
My own soul and gift
I’ll twirl and swirl-
And whirl and drift
The only sin is mediocrity
As to only not try
The only sin is not giving everything
I’ll do this until I die
15 minutes of fame
Everyone wants to have
Their 15 minutes of fame
Either in movies, books
Painting or photography
I will always have my 15 minutes
I was loner as a child
Very close to my mother
Best known for my art
You’ll need a million bucks to buy it
I painted people that were as famous as the stars
Like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis
I will always have my 15 minutes
I painted a new type of Icon
And changed the way you view coca-cola and Campbell’s products
I became the muse for Velvet underground
The In crowd came to my factory to play
I lived in style
I was buried in style,
I wore a cashmere suit, a paisley tie, a platinum wig and sunglass.
I’m as bright as a peacock
I have many colors
Some people might say I was a little cuckoo
But I will always have my 15 minutes of fame.
Born poor in upstate New York
Sold at the age of nine
Slave who worked hard for her master
Boom, sold just like that
Beaten and bruised
Til she was black and blue
She was sold again
Dear lord, I pray
We need you like a heart beat
She changed her name to start over
She fell in love faster than lightning
Thirteen children later
Soon, she was as free as wind blowing
Because she walked away from slavery
She became a preacher
Sharing God’s word for all to hear
Fighting for women’s rights
Oh, Sojourner Truth
I was born Thelonious Monk
But im known as the Bird
Born in the south flew
To the north like a bird
To accomplish my dream to
Be a Jazz musician
My style was “hard-swinging”
And considered one of the giants in the game
I competed with the greats
And only came in 2nd
But I was still featured on time
To leave a trace of my life
Largely self-taught and
Im not trying to brag but
Should have been the
a Jewish mouse
underground comix movement
my creation emerged
like an animal from a cave
Picasso as my inspiration
tell a story and be comical
a mutual hate
like cat and mouse
a subtle comparison
revealing extraordinary lives
cat vs. mouse
• Is the constant battle to survive worth it in the state of the world
• How important is the relationship between the boy and the father
The American dream
• In today’s modern society where you can make so much money gambling have we lost the puritan ethic that we once hold so dear still be present
• How did the civil war shape Abraham Lincoln beliefs and views
1. How does the reliability of the father on his son effect the strength of their relationship throughout their journey in The Road?
2. How important is that the father and son continue to be the good guys and retain compassion even when encountering the bad guys?
I Fought Goliath
My name is Harvey Milk
In high school and college
I was one of the boys
I excelled at football
I was the class clown
No one suspected there was another side to me
I went to college and majored in Mathematics
I served in the Navy and fought in the Korean War
I became a successful Wall Street banker
Unsatisfied I gave all that up
Life was calling me to do so much more
I moved to San Francisco
I settled in on Castro Street
I started my life over and began to embrace my disease
I rubbed elbows with future politicians and artists
I knew people present at the Stonewall Riots
I was ready to come out
My name is Harvey Milk
Social injustices caused me to rise from my chair
It wasn’t enough to be a business owner on Castro Street
I became the Mayor
Put a face to the people and you give them hope
I was wise about publicity and broke down stereotypes
I was peaceful and strong like the waves crashing to shore
We are gay and lesbian, we are queens, and we are transgender
Most of all we are human
I ran three times for public office before I finally won
There was criticism and roadblocks
Amid death threats, I prevailed
It was a huge win for us
I changed the face of politics
My life was about getting the freedom to be who I wanted
Freedom for everyone like me to live openly
I firmly believed amid all the chaos
Hope was all this world needed
Danger lurks around every corner
Progress cannot be made from fear
If a bullet should enter my brain
Let that bullet destroy every closet door
I wasn’t trying to become a martyr
I was just a guy trying to make things fair
I was the dove that flew out and came back with the olive branch
My name is Harvey Milk
By Karis Jones
1. In The Road how does the boy grow from the lessons and value he learns?
2. What does Cormac McCarthy use in The Road to serve as warnings to the man and the boy?
Thesis statements for the American Dream.
1. The American Dream, no matter what the form has always been one of gain.
2. In the American Dream people have always wanted freedom of choice.
1.) How does the boy represent god throughout the novel?
2.) Should the man have kept the boy alive in their postapocalyptic wasteland?
The American Dream
1.) How has the dream of upward mobility shaped our culture?
2.) How did the Hamiltonian society shape our current communites and cities?
1) Did the walk to the coast help or hurt the father?
2) Was the struggle of staying alive and keeping the boy healthy worth the final payoff?
The American Dream
1) The idea that there is always something to work for that is better than what you have.
2) Do Americans take the American Dream for granted?
How did the father protect the son physically and morally, both?
Why are the father and son heading to the coast? What do they expect to find?
The American Dream ideas:
The dream of equality has been a driving force that has been key in shaping America since its founding.
The dream of betters ones self is so wide spread, but it also the most unique from person to person.
A Wisconsin foundation
His mother’s influence
His first building
Form follows function
Not a wasted space
Organic colors, organic feel
House and land blend together
Brick by brick, board by board
He built his career like a foundation
First of his time, deep in fame
He rose in fame like a canted roof
White hair, white snow
Expierence etched across his face
Tweed jackets, Red Ties
Red Bricks, Brown Tiles
One of a kind
He and his buildings are one.
How does the child in The Road mature throughout the book and prepare for independance?
How is the innonce of the boy transferred to the other characters we meet throughout the book?
The American Dream:
How does pursuing the "Good Life" effect a person's morality and values? Do you think that compromise is a necessity to reach this goal?
How did the failures of Martin Luther King Jr. continue to drive the Civil Rights Movement, and the desire for Upward Mobility among African Americans?
1- How does the father and son demonstrate care for one another?
2- Why do you think carrying the fire is so important to the father and the son throughout the book?
The American Dream:
1- How did The American Dream represent the importance of having your own dream?
2- Why is home ownership a part of The American Dream and do you think it will be part of it in the future?
Mansfield’s favorite son
He has a plan
To write, have some fun
Then attempt to save the land
Crop rotation is like rebirth
Determined to renew the soil
Determined to have better stewardship
A new kind of pioneer
Not one to rape the land
But one who will stay here
One who creates new land
His father was a farmer
His grandfather was a farmer
His great grandfather was a farmer
His mother hoped for writing
After the University of Cornell
Pulitzer Prize came from Early Autumn
He got rid of pesticides and chemicals of the same
He goes down in the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Pat furlong was amazing mother that loved her kids to death and she would do anything for them, just like when the doctor told her that her kids would never walk again and they would die on that illness they got. She started not to listing to them and began to raise money for establish a research center for her kids and other kids who have same illness. I like when she said “from the day my sons were diagnosed, I wanted to buy time.’ Who would think like that, she didn’t even care about the money and the time. Seeing those illnesses reminds me my brother son who is 7 yrs old that has autism. Seeing that kids that does talk and also having diaper .
After reading mother courage and watching the video walk on I believe that the lesion to be learned is not to give up on your goal. Both set them self’s what seemed like unreachable goals and both never gave up despite the odds and the criticism they got from the people around them. The most memorable part, for me, would be all that pat had done for Duchenne research. To go around the world and research and then to start a research center the first in the world no less is a remarkable accomplishment and inspiring.
““you have to do this, I made up a big lie,, oh, my gosh-I’m crazy, I’m a lair but you have to come!” he just said, ’O.K.’” furlong shrugged.” I think he was afraid of me.”” This is the part of the story were Pat try to convenes Anderson to join the fight against Duchenne. I think this is very powerful moment were Pat lays everything on the table and actually breaks down but it works out.
I myself have a disability. Although nothing compared to what the Furlongs or Gregory went through. I was Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and have had constant struggle to try and overcome my memories from Iraq, as well as, my temper when I get frustrated. I decided that I was not going to use PTSD as an excuse to be mean, or demand sympathy. I instead try to help other Veterans who want to talk about their problems and struggles. I am going to use my disability as a tool to help, rather than a crutch to complain.
Monday, May 16, 2011
““I love what you’re doing for the fifteen per cent of the patients—now you got to do something for the rest””. This is the quote when pat is talking the CEO of Therapeutics, which was developing a drug for kids with duchenne. I like this quote because it shows how persistent pat was with getting done what she wanted. I also like the fact that she was doing this to help everyone that needed help and not just do it for her own kinds. Another story that shows what persistent can bring to you is the story of DJ Gregory which was told that he would never walk because of the disease he had but yet in 2008 he did something that nobody had ever done before which was to walk every whole in every PGA tournament that year.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
DJ Gregory was a golfer and the doctor told him that he will never be able to walk. But he didn’t give up his hope and did something anyone in the couldn’t do walking walking in the whole golf course almost more than 900 miles. He did the same thing that Furlong traveling across the country. I learned that when sone one tell you that you cant do anything don’t listen to them and try your best, don’t ever give up on your hopes.
In terms of connections, my cousin has MS pretty bad. She uses two crouches to get around, won’t drive a car, and never lead a normal life. Now these words “never” and “wont” are just words. They are ones I hate to use with people like my cousin because if the people around them give up it just becomes that much harder. I would love for her to live a normal life, I would love for her to drive, but when her family and friends expect nothing of her how can she expect more of herself. It’s hard to be around her because of that, but I am glad these two sources didn’t give up.
I think a big lesson to be learned from both Mother Courage and DJ Gregory is to never give up a fight for your life or the life of someone important to you. I also think a big lesson is to not blame yourself or other's in situations like this. The most important thing about both of their stories is that they devoted their lives to fighting through a challenge or fighting for a cause and cure. I can relate to this personally. One of my friends has two little kids that were both born with Cystic Fibrosis. This is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of new borns. Children with this disease typically don't live past their mid-thirties. Currently, researchers with the support of family, friends, patients, and volunteers are working on a cure for this disease and it's been an ongoing fight since 1955.
As DJ Gregory stated, "I'm going to fall, it's going to happen. I just have to get back up, and keep on going." This goes for all people around the world that are fighting for their lives everyday, and it goes for their families and friends fighting for them, scientists and researchers trying to cure these diseases, and anyone out there that has faith.
Pat Furlong was just as motivated to help fund the research to cure Duchenne Disease. Even though many doctors didn't even want to acknowledge Duchenne because of its rareity and the seemingly hopelessness of the disease, Pat Furlong persisted to bring it out to the public as a cause that needed attention. "To get past secretaries, she would impersonate a doctor on the phone, then arraive at meeting dressed for the part." She was willing to do whatever it took to get a meeting with people that she needed help from. At first she was motivated to save the lives of her sons, then it came to a point where she got to know many other people suffering from the disease and their loved ones. The motivation shifted to try and help everyone in need. To completly devote yourself to curing the "incurable" is an astonishing undertaking.
The point of walk on that stuck out the most for me was when DJ Gregory is talking about his adventure. He explains how he doesn't like to watch himself on television. "When I see myself on t.v., I just have to turn my head", says DJ. The reporter asks him why and he simply says he is embarrased. Sometimes I feel like people look at disabled people like they can't funtion at all. Where in reality, they have feelings too just like DJ. One other thing that I found awesome is how these announcers and players in the PGA recognized him in the first place and gave him something to live for that he was proud of. The only connection I can make to my own life is the impact these stories had on me. Just like Kenny Perry the PGA pro said, "we are out here playing golf and complaining, yet he is living with a disability and isn't complaining about anything." I look at the times I feel like my life is bad and then you look at people who struggle everyday just to be independent. It is a reality changer to see that there are people who have it way worse and we should appreciate the life we have.
My brother had two operations and can hear today, he speaks with a little delay, but its otherwise normal and healthy. But I could just imagine how my mother and how Pat Furlong felt when she found out something was wrong with her boys. And that they were going to doe.
In the video Walk On DJ said that the day he would accomplish his goal would be a hard day, but a great one. That made me think of Mrs. Furlong when she continued to pester doctors and they finally sent her to the director of agency, who said "we have heard about you Mrs. Furlong". That had to be a great moment for her. When she realized she pestered them so much that they knew her, and knew she wasn't going anywhere!
These were very inspiring readings.
in "Mother Courage," Pat Furlong a mother of two children with Duchenne disorder. she fought and fought to help find a cure. she had a doctor tell her that she should have aborted both of her sons because this disease was genetic even though her children's Duchenne was from a random mutation.... i digress, she fought and fought against people telling her that there is no cure and no help. against all odds, she has raised millions of dollars in order to help fund research, but it hasn't been without hurdles. in 2000 after six years of appeals, she got the N.I.H. to fund a short two day workshop. it was progress, but it was backhanded. "Here's your workshop, now go away. it's not enough." despite this and the death of two of her children, she continues to fight to raise money in order to fund research and to fund hope for thousands of children.
I can imagine the loss of a loved one because my father died when I was ten. He was born with tetrology of fallot--a condition in which there is a hole in your heart. Born in 1959 my grandparents were told it was so bad that he wouldn't live past five. My grandparents moved from Lima to Columbus and worked with doctors at The Ohio State Universidy Medical Center and miracuosly my father lived to be 41 years old and left behind a wife and seven children. My dad underwent a series of surguries throughout his life and was required to take medication to stave off getting sick and keep his heart functioning properly. He never gave up, he never felt sorry for himself, and he was determined to live the life he wanted. I really like how Pat Furlong has a determination to bring about more awareness regarding this disease. I really sympathized with her notion that she was guilty for passing this gene to her sons. As a parent that has to be the most heart wrenching thing to know that all you want to do is protect your children. What struck me by surprise is the reason she gave for why she continues to push for funding even though her sons have passed on, "Do you think its fair if its just Pat and me?' Just in a very weird kind of kid-like way. 'Wouldnt you want everyone cured? Aren't there more kids like this?" I think its natural to be focused only on what is right in front of you, and kids have a way of being very blunt, innocent, and loving all at the same time. Christopher opened her eyes from looking at this through a small lens and widened her scope. I think its unfortunate that her family went through this but I do believe that in life sometimes we have to go through things and whether our loved ones are with us for a short period of time or through old age, everyone has a purpose. I think everyones lives interconnect and that if not for someone else's struggle then there wouldn't be hope or inspiration for someone else. Our life experiences help us give back.
In the video, Walk On, I was able to connect to it. I have a cousin who will be 13, May 13 and he was born with Cerebral Palsy. He has had several surgeries and has been on medication for his disease all his life. He loves sports and is so interested in them. He tries to play baseball with me and the rest of our cousins. He really gets upset when we go easy on him. He does not like being treated like he has a disease. He says, "I am normal and perfectly fine." In the video they talked about it not being a long walk towards perfection but to measurability or something like that where you basically are just performing your, personal, best. From the video, I learned that anything is possible as long as you really want to pursue it. I think this video was encouraging.
The clip on DJ Gregory the golfer also had the reoccurring theme of Determination. Although he was told that he wouldn't walk, he did but that wasn't enough. He then proved to himself and the world that he would walk further on a golf course than anyone else has before. He traveled through the US just like Pat Furlong, going from place to place conquering his quest. Both people were iron-willed and despite doubtful prognosis's, they were determined to prove them wrong. "To me it's proving to myself and everyone else that you can do something despite being told you can't." Again, he physically fought through pain and difficulty to attain his goal.
The most memorable thing to me between both these stories was that although both of them were "dealt a bad hand" they both rolled with the punches and made the best of some pretty bad situations. You learn and connect it to your own life in that although your own personal life feels bogged down sometimes, it's a reminder of how good you really have it compared to other people and it can make you thankful for what you have.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
One of Americas intellectuals as in Jonathan Edwards; a man of pure importance. Edwards was a theologian, preacher, and missionary. He dedicated his time to the service of “God”. At the age of thirteen, he was enrolled to Yale, by his father’s guidance (Christian Classics Ethereal Library, /A). He gave the best education which help in his later years when he attended Yale. At his later years, he was profoundly interested in John Lockes Essay on “Concerning Human Understanding”, which made him interest in study the mind and Philosophy. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Jonathan Edwards was born on Oct 5, 1703 and he was raised by his father; Timothy Edwards who was minister at East Windsor.
His father worked for his salaries by help boys go to college. Jonathan, was also trained by his dad for college, which he received the best education. His works was based on two themes (the absolute sovereignty of God and the beauty of God's holiness) (William Wainwright, 2009). After all journey he went thru, he left a legacy that profoundly influence many individuals to this day. The things that differentiate from any theologian or philosophy is that you could dispute the fact that Edwards Ideas is indeed impressive and has affected American culture.
My two favorite profiles would have to be those about Johnny Tacco and Dugout Dick Zimmerman. I just loved Johnny’s story because of how much of a character he is. He was so unique in the way he looked, talked and worked. I work with many elderly people at work, some who are ww2 veterans, and I can very much see the similarity about how they still want to keep working till the day they die.
I very much enjoyed reading Zimmerman’s profile. During the whole story I kept thinking all I wanted to do is go and visit a dugout ranch. Its simplistic life style is something that seems very appealing to me because of my busy life. I think all Americans should go and visit and take load off. I believe in our modern day life we try to do too much like driving and texting. I think a return to a simplistic life would be good for us.