As in the Beginning

What makes us whole?

My definition of what makes us a whole is when others work together and help them when they need it. Being apart of the ” whole ” needs participation from everyone.

Why does the speaker describe the “man” so objectively in the first nine lines of the poem?

He decribes the man in the poem with no emotion to later. I think the poem show his emotions in the end. I think that the author was building his way up to show emotion later towards the end.

How does the tone of the poem change after the first nine lines?

The tone changes from the man talking about money and insurance for his finger in the beginning to talking about his father who had beautiful hands which broke the bread for them at supper.


Which lines or phrases do you think express what the speaker is feeling most powerfully? What do these lines convey to them?

I think the phrases the speaker is feeling most powerful are, ” give me my father’s hands when they are not broken and swollen, give me my father’s hands, young again, and holding the hands of my mother, give me my father’s hands still brown and uncallused, beautiful hands that broke bread for us at table, hands smooth as marble and naked as the morning, give me hands without a number tattooed at the wrist, without the copper sweat of clinging change, give my father’s hands as they were in the beginning.” The author seems to show emotion in these lines of the poem about his father.

What is the significance of the title?

The title is showing that him and hsi father are two different people, the man has had his finger cut off, and his father had perfect uncallused hands.

Does thinking about a “multiverse” get you wondering about heaven?

Are their multiple heavens?

No on really knows for sure if there is even one heaven nevermind multiple it is all what you believe in. But for the believers, I think there is only one true heaven that spirits go to when they pass on. There is heaven and hell I don’t know why there would be more heavens or even multiple hells.

Paul in 2 Corinthinans speaks of a “third heaven.” What was that about? and what are the other two?

The third heaven is a division of heaven in religious cosmology. The scripture mentioned the three types of heaven. First, where the birds fly, second,  the area where the sun and the moon and the stars are, and thrid, where God is.

What does the expression “seventh heaven” mean?

The expression ” seventh heaven ” is not saying there is seven heavens, it is a state of extreme joy. This is a figure of speech when you say something that relates to something else.


1. What is uncertainty? How does this relate to faith?

Uncertainty means to not able to be relied on; not known or definite. This can be related to faith by whether you believe or not. You can be uncertain with which faith you would like to choose or if you want to believe in a faith at all.

2. What does it mean to say that God exists outside of time?

This means that God existed before time was even created. He was there before everything. Before God created the sky, the land, animals, and humans, there was no time before all of that.

3. Why is our ability to know and describe God limited?

It is limited because we have no proof God exists other than the Bible. They talk about God and how he created himself in the image if Jesus. No one really has any proof God exists at all.

4. What is the only “proof’ that we can have of God’s existence?

The only proof of God’s existence that we have is the Bible.

The New House

Do people exist beyond a physical presence?

That is a question that could be presented from different perspectives. One would be yes people live on to be spirits or ghosts after they pass. The other would be no after people die they have no life after and diaspear into nothing. It is all about which one you chose to believe.

What is the significance of the title?

The significance of this title is the author is presenting when she dies what would be left on earth, about her, to be remembered.

Gaining Yardage

Are Arlo and the speaker friends?

Yes, they hang around eachother and play football together.

What makes someone a good friend?

To be a good friend you need to be trustworthy so you don’t have to worry about your friend telling people something you didn’t want them to know.  Being funny is also something that makes up a good friend because, why would you want to be friends with someone who doesn’t make you laugh on a daily?  Also you should be honest with your friend otherwise they might not be honest with you.

What ideas does this poem share about friendship? Do you agree?

The poem says that they were neighbours, they hung around eachother, and played football together. I agree this can be friendshi[, just maybe they aren’t the best of friends.

What is odd about the last two lines of this poem?

The last two lines of them poem state “unless my old man or his decides to move to another part of the country.” They will always be friends unless one of them were to move away.

List the jargon used in the poem. Find definitions of each term. Do the definitions you find work within the context of the poem?

lateral – of, at, toward, or from the side or sides

Yes, the definition I found matches the one in the poem.

Examine the poem’s use of pronouns. Is the antecedent for each pronoun always clear? What would you recommend the poet do to solve his pronoun problems?

I think the antecedent for each pronoun is clear. I wouldn’t recommend the poet to fix or change any of his pronouns because I understood the poem perfectly.

What does it mean to be human?

Humans are adaptable to thier living environments. For example, us humans can make fire. Can any other living organisms make fire? No. Fire is an excellent resource for us to use. It creates heat to keep us warm, and the heat can cook and warm up food we find in the wild.A thought is an idea that comes from your mind. Theres things that should be said out loud and some that you should just keep to yourself.

Showing affection to others can be showed as love or hate. Some people refuse to feel either love or pain but we all have it no matter what. You can choose to feel and show pain or not, as well as love. Affection also realtes to what people think of you and how they see you as a person

When you are understanding people appriciate that. We can all try to understand how people are feeling, but can’t exactly be put into their shoes. We all understand that we have things to do during the day. Kids go to school, and adults go to work, we understand that this is what we have to do. Adults come home from work and cook supper. After school children do their homework and do the dishes.

We are very differnt and we can do many other things like understanding, affection, and adapting. Other creatures cannot do these, none that we know of anyways.

My Father is a Simple Man

Can life really be compared to an orange?

Well, life could be compared to an orange if you really want to beleive that. I think that it could be compared to and orange a little bit. We both have life, and we both die, but if you plant the orange seeds, new oranges grow.

Does education make someone a “scholar”?

Education can make someone a scholar. They would have a better chance then someone who did not have the opportunity to have a good education.

What is greatness?

Greatness is have the qualities to be great. To be ¨ great ¨ means that you are above average or being a good friend by being kind, trustworthy etc.

How old do you think the speaker is? Justify your response with reference to details in the poem.

I think that the speaker is an older man. The way he projects the poem makes him sounds very knowledgeable. I also searched his name up on google and he passed away is 2008 at the age of 71.

For what audience do you think the poem is intended?

I think this poem could be intended for any type of audience because anyone can read whatever poem they would like.

Do you think the poet ever expressed these thoughts and feelings to his father? Explain.

I don’t think the poet ever expressed these feelings to his father because it seemed more like he kept these thoughts to himself and didn’t share them with anyone. I think it is what he thinks of his father and how he looks up to him.

Four Postulates of Faith

Can something exist from nothing?

I don’t think something an exist from nothing. If you were to make a plastic disposable water bottle you would need to have the materials to make it. They must have existed from something at one point or how could it exist at all?

Does god exist?

Honestly w have no proof of God existing but it has been passed through generations down to us so we ar just told to believe. It is still questional because of no proof whatsoever so I guess it just comes down to yourself wether you want to believe or not.

Do humans have immortal souls?

I think that humans have immortal souls but we just can’t remember from our past lives. I still beleive that they exist but we just have no memory of them existing.

Do humans have free will?

Humans can have a free will in some cases. You technically can do whatever you want but if your mom or dad says no then you can’t have a free will. Once you are an adlut though you may go to someone before making a choise because you can control your life on your own.

Friendship Tableau

I’d enjoy spending time with my friends in this way because we are doing something together that we all like to do.

I think it would be good to have some one on one time with one of your friends every now and then because it good to talk to only one person sometimes.

I would think its good to usually be doing the same thing in big group of friends because when you are with your friends you should be doing stuff together. You can do your own thing when your alone, not with friends.

Sometimes people can feel left out in a big group but in a smaller group you may feel like you can join in more or be more apart of that group.

I would be happy to talk in a large group sometimes because I think it’s good be able to share my thoughts and opinions with others.

I would enjoy talking in a small group because in a smaller group you can relate with others easier because people aren’t usually talking over you.

I think it’s important to welcome and introduce new people to your friends because it makes them feel welcomed.

I think it’s important to be there for one of yours friends when their sad or upset because it’s good to know that someone cares and will be there when you need them most.

I love celebrating with friends if one or two members is successful in something because it makes them feel good about themselves and what they accomplished.

I would feel good about trying to make peace between of my two friends who are in a fight becaus I don’t like when my friends are in a fight.


Counter culture came up in the Pure Witness retreat presentation last week and many don’t know what it means. Counter culture is a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm, which means you can be any cultures you want.

Being a Christian is not about keeping rules and regulations, or performing rituals, or even going to church. It’s about a friendship, a friendship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said that knowing him is the doorway to a special relationship with God. It is imortant to have a healthy relationship with God because he can help you throughout life.

The beatitudes are kind of like rules we should follow if we want to have a good life. They let the people know the rewards they get if they follow the beatitudes.