August 29, 2013
Dreams seem so real sometimes that you will wake up out of your sleep just to make sure they aren’t real. Nightmares are the ones that really make you do it though. They are so scary. You can have a nightmare about a monster, someone dying, or maybe even somebody breaking into your house. I have had plenty of nightmares, but there is one that I really want to talk about. My all-time worst nightmare was my whole family dying. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened. Luckily it was just a dream though.
One night I was sleeping and I started to dream that me and my whole were going on a vacation in an airplane. I don’t even know where we were going. We were flying on a private plan so we were all playing board games and just laugh and having a good time. It was one of the best times because for the first time since I was little my WHOLE family was together.
My family and I were so anxious to get where we were going. We were flying over the ocean and the plane started to rock. The pilot came on the loud speaker and said he was having technical difficulties, but everything would be okay. My family tried no to panic, but nobody likes to hear that
Then the oxygen masks fell and the pilot asked us to place them on our faces. Everyone was panicking and I started to cry because I don’t like scary situations. My mom and Dad were trying to comfort me but it wasn’t working. All of a sudden the plane started rapidly going down. Then BOOM, we crashed! We crashed in to the water. All I remember is being the only one alive and the plane was in pieces. My family member were all dead, every single one of them, I was freaking out. I didn’t know what to do. I was in the middle of the ocean with no way to call anyone, no boats around, no food or anything to drink, and I had no life jacket all I could do was hold on to a piece of the plane. At that point, I woke up because it seemed so real....
Professor Xavier Rauscher
2 October 2013
All You Need is Love
In the short story “For Esme With Love and Squalor”, J.D. Salinger tells of an American soldier in England during 1944. He explains how this solider meets a young girl, Esme, that makes a profound effect on his life. By the end of the story, the reader can see the effects the war can have on an individual, and how important Esme really is. In this salinger story, the love of a young girl saves a man from a life of squalor.
From the beginning of the story, one can already see how squalor can surround this soldier’s life. He is described to be walking in the rain and lighting, not regarding the lightning strikes at all. On his walk he noticed the Red Cross recreation room, which was crowed with soldiers drinking coffee and playing ping pong. Instead of going inside, he crossed the street to an empty civilian tea room and took off his wet jacket. After ordering his tea, which was the first time he had spoken to someone all day, he pulled out a “couple of stale letters to reread.” One can see the absence of love this soldier endures in his day so far; even more, it seems he cannot accept love and rather chooses the opposite. I believe the narrator’s view is affected when Esme arrives in the tea room. He sees the love she has for her brother, and how motherly she acts...
...The Wonders of Love
What is it about love that makes people search endlessly for it? We are all capable of love, yet more often than not, we seem to have trouble finding it. Often, once we've found it, we have a hard time holding on to it. Why is that?
I believe it's because people don't know what true love is all about. They think it's all about the feelings the butterflies in your stomach, the passion, the anguish of waiting to see that person again. And don't get me wrong, these are all wonderful things to experience. However, they are not what makes love. They help to create the initial relationship, but what will ultimately hold your relationship together is time and effort. You can't simply run away when things get tough, you need to sit down and work things out together.
Love isn't just about the lust you feel for each other, or about always going out and doing things. Real love is when you can sit around the house, quietly reading books together; when you can cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie that you hate, but you know he loves; or even when you have a huge argument about the silliest little thing. When you're simply sleeping with someone, you don't get the chance to experience these (some may say)...
...Phillip O’ Callaghan
9 May 2013
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1. How did you get starter in this field, and what was your educational preparation and training? Where would you recommend a graduationg senior go for education/training? Why?
Well, at first I didn’t know I was going to become a lawyer, when I was in highschool I used to argue with my teachers about everything, even the smallest things and they always said, “Phillip, you’re like a meenie lawyer, always arguing everything.” After that I decided that maybe being a lawyer wont be so bad, so I started of easy by joining the debate club afterwards I searched up good law schools and ended up choosing Stanford University - I didn’t get in but I did get into Columbia University. I would recommend to not do Poli-Sci or Criminal Jusitice just because you wish to become a lawyer, unless that certain field interests you, the choice in what training you receive is up to the area you choose to practice.
2. What courses beyond highschool are most helpful in preparing for this kind of work?
Try to find a good liberal arts program and within that you’ll get a new set of skills, of course to find such program you’ll need to get into a good college. Some of the skills you’ll...
...Will money buy love?
I have chosen to make an analysis and interpretation of the song “Money Won’t” by Brendan MacFarlane. He has written the song with the main theme: will money actually buy happiness? Or does your happiness depend on the loveyou receive from others? I will take a deeper look at the text.
As mentioned in the introduction, the text is about happiness and love – and its dependence to money – or the opposite. He is saying a lot of things that money will not do, and it is his way to prove his claims. E.g. in the third verse first line he says: “Money won’t heal a heartbreak” – and he says it a couple of times. With this he wants to tell the receiver that if you have been through some “break of love” you cannot heal your sorrow with money.
Through the whole song he has a lot examples of why love is not dependent on money. He uses a lot of figurative language in his song, which gives us something to ‘think about’. It is written pretty clearly though, but we still have to make an analysis to understand the meaning and message.
If you take a closer look to the third verse, he says “them” as “the others”. He says they all dream of being rich, they literally pray for their dreams to come true – but in the end, they all have to walk on back through “that door”, which I understand as the “poor...
...the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need. What would you do once you find the one thing that you were created for? You may not want that thing, or you may totally love it, but once you are sure it was meant for you, wouldn’t you feel a certain possession of it, a certain knowledge that you have what it takes to excel in it? If you found your purpose in life, if you found the one thing that makes you feel you belong in this world, would you ever let it go? How far would you go to keep it, and for what cost would you ever give it up?
There are people who are made to feel that they can never belong; there are people who in their hearts so want to give you an honest fight for your niche, but even that is no good. Nothing in this world is ever fair. And how can you even fight if you are Sam Dawson, mentally handicapped,...
...approaching and you have nothing else to do. You have no time to extend your vacation (or else your boss will kill you) and you have no money to spend. What do you do? Well, you do what our forefathers have experienced all their lives, live with nature. That’s right, enough with the first class trip with a hefty price tag and explore what nature has to offer. We’ve got 5 reasons why you should try living it up and awaken that little kid searching for an adventure out in the wild.
1. All you need is a tent and you’re good with accommodations (well, sort of)
The Philippines is rich in natural resources. Enough said. Nature enthusiast will surely love what the Philippines has to offer. From picturesque volcanoes to calm and soothing rivers and lakes, one will surely enjoy the natural amenities our great land will offer. With that, all you need is a tent to sleep in and you’re good to go. But in some places, you have to pay at least 50 pesos to spend a night. But hey, it’s better than spending 2000++ per night in a mediocre hotel, right?
2. Did we mention the things you can do?
Compared to some swanky resorts, where one will only be expected to do beach activities or stay inside the resort, camping has a variety of activities in which the manly man will surely enjoy. For photography enthusiasts, it...
How does Jessie Nelson use a range of film techniques to portray the conflicting ideas of competence in parenthood in relation with disabled parents in the movie ‘I am Sam’?
Jessie Nelson’s ‘I am Sam’ directed in 2001 tells a story of a mentally-challenged man, Sam Dawson, and his relentless fight with the legal system for custody of his daughter, Lucy Diamond Dawson. Nelson forces the audience to question Sam’s capabilities and limits of being a ‘good parent’ through symbolism, characterization, use of camera and editing techniques.
Social security services bring their attention to Sam and Lucy as her 8th birthday approaches. They are doubtful that Sam will be able to provide Lucy with the education and resources she deserves to reach her full potential as she slowly surpasses her father’s intellectual capabilities with the mentality of a 7-year-old.
‘All you need is love’ is the central quote of what the film’s message is built upon. Nelson’s use of a contradictory contrast between the two main characters sparks a conflict about what defines a good parent that challenges the viewer to ask themselves if love is enough. Sam is a very simple man. He is unexpectedly the dormant character in the film. Sam’s happiness solely relies on the happiness and security of his daughter Lucy alongside the support of his also mentally challenged close friends. On the other hand, Rita Harris who is Sam...
...I Am Special
Every human is different and has their own story to share. They all have a turning point in life, and they are all born with a special talent, or more! Their special talent can be sports, writing, or something really unique and special. Well, people like you and me, happen to be one of those special people. I’ve been playing tennis, dancing, and art ever since I was little. I was just naturally talented like most people.
I took my first tennis lesson when I was three years old. The second I held the racquet, I already had a passion for tennis. Then, at about five years of age, I began dancing. I did every kind of dance, and still do! In kindergarten and above, I’ve been one of the best artists in my class. I never took art seriously until last year. That’s when I got all of my supplies. I do not paint, but I do pencil sketches. So far, I have a portrait of a wolf, bulldog, and a rose with a butterfly. I am proud of my talents, and I know they will stay with me the rest of my life.
Over the weekend, my family relaxes. Since we work on Saturdays, Sundays is our only day to relax. Usually we watch a film or go swimming depending on the weather. I always enjoy spending time with my family on Sunday,...