“A Blizzard under blue sky”
The story “A Blizzard under blue sky” by Pam Houston is about a woman who is not happy and very depressed. She makes a decision to go out into the wilderness. The woman believes that this adventure is the best cure for her even if it means death. She refuses to take any drugs that her doctor tries to prescribe her. She suffers from depression. Her friend Alex is very concerned about his friend and wonders why she would go out knowing that a bad snow storm is headed that way. So he offers her something that she can stay warm with, he offers her a heavy sleeping bag that is thickly layered for the coldest of winter days for her wilderness trip to Beaver Creek. Even though Alex thinks that she is crazy for going on this adventure, he gives her tips on surviving in the wilderness. He advises her about a drink, telling her that if she adds Kool-Aid with your water it won’t freeze up. She is not completely alone she has her two dogs name Jackson and Hailey for company and to keep her warm. Her two dogs that will accompany her have different personalities. Jackson who is a big dog has energy and also encourages her when she’s down. Jackson seems to understand her and knows just what to do when it comes to lifting her spirits. Jackson gives her a breath of fresh air. She communicates with Jackson and understands his body language. And then there is Hailey. Hailey is a small dog who is lazy and laid back. Hailey is a constant groaner. But, she cannot imagine her life without Jackson and Hailey. She talks to Jackson and Hailey daily, they are her companions. Animals can be a spark of joy in someone’s life and will make them forget about any worries, depression, or problems you are experiencing…. I remember I had a Yorkshire terrier name Georgie, and I would talk to Georgie all the time. When I was sick he would not leave my side or if one of the...
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The story I would speak about is written by Pam Houston. Pam Houston (born January 9, 1962, Trenton, New Jersey) is an American author of stories, novels and essays. Houston's stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. It comes as no surprise then that "ABlizzardUnderBlueSky" is a very interesting and deep short story despite the fact that it occupies only four pages.
The story opens with narrator’s words “… I was clinically depressed”. We can see then some details what has got her down in life: there are bills to pay, work to be done, and men uncommitted men. The author enhances the effect of this entire decadent mood in second sentence incredibly: story takes part in February, the month that is always imbued with grayness of everyday life in anticipation of spring and “in which depression runs rampant”; on striving the desired effect the author uses epithet “inversion-cloaked” in regard to the place of action and in comparison with Park City where “city dwellers escape” it seems stronger and shows main character’s self pity. The combination of this, and the haze of winter, made it so that "the machine that drives [her] is broken". According to the story, the doctor, she is consulted...
Pam Houston seems to be an extremely talented writer. It comes as no surprise that “A BlizzardunderBlueSky” is a truly compelling short story (despite the fact that it only spans four pages). The reason Houston is able to draw readers in is because she opens by introducing the underlying topic of the piece, than puts the topic on the back burner to make room for a fascinating narrative, and in the end ties the theme and the tale together without making the connection seem forced. Based on her writing structure, the three key points of “A BlizzardunderBlueSky” seem to be identifying her problems/treating depression, persevering through a near death experience, and then realizing how the two are intertwined.
Houston opens the story by detailing what has got her down in life: there are bills to pay, work to be done, and uncommitted men. The combination of this, and maybe even the haze of winter, made it so that “the machine that drives you is broken” (Houston 284). In the story, the doctor suggested medication to get her functioning correctly again, but Houston was adamant that she would never fix her depression with pills. She came up with an alternative solution: winter camping.
From here, Houston drops basically all discussion about her depression. As a result, the reader almost forgets why she was going camping in the first place....
...Characterization in Pam Houston’s “A BlizzardUnderBlueSky”
Houston’s “A BlizzardUnderBlueSky” explores and exhibits the idea of psycho-physical experience of being in the natural world to heal one’s psychological and emotional ailments through its invigorating contact. The narrative, by drawing on the theme of depression, relates how the narrator, seeing “everything in [her] life…uncertain” (Houston 185), goes winter-camping alone in the high country; undergoes a chilling near-death experience; and gleefully returns reinvigorated with the memory of “joy”, and “hopefulness” (188). Though highly personalized in the narrative, the narrator’s experience of depression is a common phenomenon and, Houston, in this sense, seems to generalize the issue and be prescriptive in offering an insight into its cure through an experience similar to that of the narrator’s. And this implied prescription seems to exact its influence splendidly through Houston’s description of her characters’ action, behaviour, thought and speech—that is, through the representation of persons or characterisation in her work.
As such, “A BlizzardUnderBlueSky” employs merely a round single character, the highly individualized protagonist, who acts in the capacity of the narrator—unless one deems the personified dogs, Jackson and...
Why is the SkyBlue?
Did you know that the sky wasn’t always blue? The story goes thousands of years back. It all went like this…
It was just another day in Aika village. The sky was gray and dim(Put it here or remove it from myth). There weren’t a lot of people walking around town, and the only sounds heard were the soft autumn wind and rustling leaves. One girl, named Ai, was sitting alone on a knoll. Every day she hoped for a change in the village, as everything was always dark and gloomy. No bright colors existed, and the village lacked personality. Just then, a boy named Yu approached her.
“Staring at the sky, huh?” Yu asked.
Ai was startled by this. She rarely spoke to anyone outside of her family, but she tried to keep calm and answer back.
“Yes. Do you find it boring as well? I feel like something is missing.”
“It’s always been like that,” Yu replied. “Some people have tried to do something about it, but only one clue was found.”
“Oh?” Ai was surprised. “What is that clue?”
“It was a small stone tablet, inscribed with ancient writing. It states something about a crystal and a magical wizard. Sounds like someone’s idea of a joke, to me at least(Delete).” Yu shrugged.
Ai thought about what Yu said for a moment. Her mother always told her magic was real, and she believed her. Her mother also said that one day, the world will be filled with color. After all, her own mother...
Rayleigh scattering experiment?
Why is the skyblue?
The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light
moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer
wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange
and yellow light is affected by the air. However, much of the
shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The
absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It
gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look,
some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see
the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue.
Why is it paler close to the horizon?
As you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler
in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass
through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other
directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the
sky near the horizon appears paler or white.
Courtesy of Science Made Simple. Used with permission.
Why is the sky red at sunset?
As the sun begins to set, the light must travel farther
through the atmosphere before it gets to you. More of the
light is reflected and scattered. As less reaches you directly,
the sun appears...
...Vacationing under the Big Sky
In an obscure land lies Lone Mountain Peak. It soars into the Montana sky at 11,166 feet, and towers over the tiny community of Big Sky. This remote area is home to the Big Sky Ski Resort that was built in the 1970’s by the late news broadcaster Chet Huntley. It also houses the newly built Moonlight Basin Resort. The small town of Big Sky has grown to be one of Montana’s most sought out year-round playground for recreationists. During the summer months, Big Sky is a golfer’s paradise, a fly fisher’s sanctuary and a whitewater rafter’s dream. As the temperature drops and winter emerges, strap on a set of snow skis and tear up the softest powder on one of 220 ski trails. Of course if Lone Mountain is too difficult of an undertaking, then hop on a snowmobile and take a nice and peaceful trip through the scenic trails of the Gallatin National Forest. Gallatin National Forest spans across 1.8 million acres of land and includes six mountain ranges. As anyone can see, whether travelers are looking for a summer or winter destination, Big Sky Montana offers many fun-filled activities to meet everyone’s needs.
In the beginning Big Sky was not the hotspot it is today. The U.S. obtained the territory that is now the State of Montana with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During this time the territory was home to twelve Indian...
...Consider the structure, rhetorical strategies, and content of the two essays and answer the following questions.
1. How does Bass construct and support his argument?
He constructs the argument by stating that he was a hunter before but not to the degree that he is now. He then states the reasons why he has become an avid hunter. He describes how beautiful and life changing the landscape and wild life is in Montana. He says how the valley of Montana has converted nearly every local into a hunter.
2. How does Rinella construct and support his argument?
Rinella starts out the essay by stating that there are fewer hunters in this day and age then ever in history before. Rinella then continues to try to explain the reason why he hunts by telling personal hunting stories. The two hunting stories were well written and describe events that inspire the pastime and the way of life. The two stories engage the reader and for me caused adrenaline. He then supports his argument by describing the beautiful moment when he was hungry and tired in Alaska then a huge portion of caribou charge in his direction fulfilling his goal of killing male caribou.
3. Which essay is more effective and why?
“Why do I hunt?” by Steven Rinellla is a more effective essay. Why I think it was a more effective essay is because when I read the stories of his hunting experiences I was able to get into a story. I felt aderaline when he was describing the bear that was standing right next to him. He was...
...TEACHING NOTE BlueSky Thinking Case Analysis 1. Company Profile First Choice Holidays This session's students should describe the company profile of First Choice Holidays (FCH) - a travel agent which has more than 14.000 staff, operate in 16 different countries and have £ 2,6 billion turnover in 2005. The students should able to define that FCH is the major player in travel industry and what the business they are in. 2. Problem Formulation This session's students should formulate the problems of FCH that shown by Sales Conversion rate had been static for two years, and also should be able to mention the FCH efforts to solve the problems and why they choose to hire BlueSky Consulting. The hidden problems of FCH are sales and management staffs on motivation, focus, and believe in themselves and their products. One of the methods could use the fish bone diagram to find the problems. 3. Problem Solving Methods The problem solving methods are tend to fulfill the objectives of FCH is to increase 10% revenue yoy and to merge brands between ‘First Choice Direct' (Direct) and ‘Eclipse Direct' (Eclipse). The case shows that FCH hire the BlueSky Consulting, in these section students should place themselves as BlueSky Consultant and be able to show what BlueSky do to achieve the FCH objectives. The first steps, Blue...