Wild Horses-Brian Fawcett April 29, 2016

Our family has two horses. One me and one for my sister. It’s too bad our lame little brothers don’t like horses as much as we do, otherwise maybe our parents would buy another one for us. First, there is Jane. She’s my horse. She is a small, brown and white pinto, miniature pony, and blonde trimmings. However, unlike her small size, she has a big attitude. Broken fence posts, shattered barn window, and I can’t even count the amount of lead ropes she frayed up. Jane is a trouble maker. My horse actually resembles me quite a bit. I’ve been told many times that I have quite the big attitude, and that I can be quite the trouble maker. Whatever trouble me and my sister get in, I’m usually considered the instigator. My sisters horse, Skeeter, is quite the contrary. Skeeter is an older mare, nearing 26 years old. She is an old blue roan, and has never caused trouble in her life. Skeeter is gentle, and always a pleasant ride, and is almost never spooked by anything. Skeeter is just like my sister, now that I think about it. My sister always avoided doing anything that would get her in serious trouble. We got Skeeter from our Aunt Joanne, so she has been with us for a pretty long time. Joanne used to do barrel racing and other gymkhana events, and you can see that history in how sore she appears to be all the time. I was planning on taking Jane in some cart events, so that she has something useful to do, since I can’t ride her anymore. That seems to be the way horses are, they always mirror their partner, in my case, Jane mirrored me, and in my sisters case, Skeeter mirrored her.

 

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Anne Hart-The Friday Everything Changed- April 25, 2016

What qualities make this story entertaining? Does it have a significant message for readers?

 

This story really appeals to us because it tells us how we got to where we are today. This story takes place in a time where gender stereotypes were accepted, and the treatment of both genders was based on these stereotypes. For example women were looked at as the weaker sex, and people had no problem telling them that. Even women believed that themselves. Now, however, it is much harder to find people openly accepting this stereotype.

I believe the message behind this story is that women are stereotyped, and that gender should not decide what kind of person you are. Men and women are biologically different, and for the most part, have different characteristics. However even with some pretty big differences, they should still be treated equal to each other. For example in the story it tells us the basic stereotype, boys are stronger than girls. For the most part, that is true, and in the story it is pretty obvious that they are. However the boys do not treat the girls as their equals. They are only looking at how they are better than the girls, instead of looking at how they are similar, or what the girls might be better at than boys. Maybe the girls are getting better grades than the guys in their class. You should not be looking at someones sex to judge what a person is like. Even though there is some actual differences between men and women, they can easily be overridden by an individual. There is women that are stronger than a lot of men, for example. Many people bring in the wage gap to support that there is discrimination among the genders. I think this is more of an individual discrimination. The common statistic  that women make 78 cents per a mans dollar, is a very wide and low detailed census. This doesn’t take into account women majors, and the experience level that women lose due to maternity or parental leave. Statistics show some women also take more vacations and days off. In general I don’t think the wage gap is based on gender, rather individuals.

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Barney-Will Stanton April 19, 2016

How did you respond to the surprise ending? What has happened? What was the foreshadowing of this plot twist?- The end plot twist really wasn’t that much of a surprise to me, considering how it really made the rat appear. The story writer, or the scientist, only saw the rat how he wanted to see the rat. He looked at the rat as a hero when he saw it snickering as he climbed up a dangerously frayed rope. He looked at the rat jokingly when it escaped and ditched the key in the well, which is right where Barney, the rat, wanted the scientist. There was a few details hinting towards Barney, being the real bad guy. From the sloppy job of framing Tayloe of poisoning him, to Barney dropping the key down the well. The rat had the scientist exactly where he wanted him. It is uncertain on what Barney’s real motivation was, but we can infer that Barney was doing it, over a simple matter of a young rat, wanting to be alone with some young girls, thinking he will find happiness that way.

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After Act 3-Response to Questions April 17, 2016

What was the real cause of the street brawl?- The cause of the street brawl was at first Tybalts unwavering determination to deal with Romeo, and then end what he started. However it mainly escalated partly due to Mercutio, however I have to put the blame on Romeo here. Tybalt never went to kill any of them. He came to settle things with Romeo, and Romeo only. Romeo should not have let Mercutio step in for him. As soon as Romeo saw Tybalt could not have been persuaded to stop his objective, he should have honoured that, and settled it with him one on one. However romeo could have persuaded Tybalt to sway from his fight, if he would have chose the right things to say, such as his current situation with the young Capulet Lady.

I really enjoyed Friar Laurence’s part in this act. Especially in his talk to Romeo about his banishment. Friar Laurence told Romeo the hard truth about how lucky and well off Romeo actually was after the ordeal about his banishment. Romeo really didn’t think of others during this talk, only thinking about how the banishment affected him and his love for Juliet and how it was cursed. Romeo wanted to give up in this act, which was a selfish look at this considering Juliet’s unquestionable loyalty to her love for Romeo. Yet he was willing to give up on the love himself by killing himself.

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The Doctor Says- Love Pox

God ye good den young Romeo.

Doctor:I hear you seem to have caught a vile illness that you can not identify. It is so vile that I may need 50 florins in advance simply to diagnose this case.

Romeo: Very well, whatever will help me get through this, this money is worth less to me than the value of your help.

Doctor: Alright this will certainly cover the costs of your diagnosis, now, if you will, describe the symptoms of your case.

Romeo: Well where do I start,

-I have lots of aches around my heart area.

-I seem to be telling lots of bad poetry lately.

-I have been experiencing plenty of moments of confusion and dizziness.

-And I just cannot focus on the task at hand.

Doctor: Ah yes, I have definitely heard these symptoms before. Tell me, where and when did you begin to feel those symptoms?

Romeo: Hey, now that I think of it, it all started when I met that lady Juliet! I must have caught it from her. That lady has given me the sickness. How dare she!

Doctor: Ah well, don’t panic young lad, for an extra 50 florins I can give you just the cure you need.

Romeo: Yes! Please tell me!

Doctor: Go back to the person you got this disease from. You see, the Love Pox is not like other diseases. If you are exposed to a normal deadly disease, you immediately quarantine yourself and start treating it as soon as possible. The Love Pox, is very different, if you quarantine yourself from the person you caught it from, it will only get worse.

Romeo: You want me to go back to the lady that gave me this terrible contagion?

Doctor: Yes, with the Love Pox, you must find the person who gave this contagion to you, and spend as much time as you can with them, until you build an immunity to it. Eventually when you spend enough time with this lady, these effects will go away, or at least most of them will, in the future after you build your immunity a few of these effects will come back, but it is nothing to worry about.

Romeo: Wow, this certainly is a weird disease.

Doctor: Yes, it most certainly is. It is just like chicken pox, everyone will catch it sooner or later.

Newscast
Reporter Gerard: This just in. We have recently had countless reports of some sort of contagion that has affected almost everyone on the planet, and is sure to infect those who think they are safe right now. Studies have shown that this illness has been around as long as we have, and that newborn babies are actually born with this virus already in them. Doctors have called this new disease the Love Pox. All of us currently have this virus lying dormant in us. If you think the contagion may have activated inside of you, refer to the following symptoms our cases have reported feeling. On to you Lampow.
Reporter Lampow: Thank you Gerard. I have an interview here with a person who feels they have activated the virus in them. Now, describe some of your symptoms.
Victim: It started with confusion and the inability to focus. Then later I found out I was starting to feel a sort of depression. It must of been some sort of bipolar thing because one moment I was feeling great and happy, and the next, I just could not concentrate. Also, at the local declamation competition, I was telling some really bad poetry. I have been feeling these symptoms for about 3 months ago, which is coincidentally when I met this girl. I think maybe she somehow activated the virus in me, because she is experiencing the same symptoms.
Lampow: Now if you feel you have this contagion activated, luckily, there is a great cure under way. Here I have Dr. Shingle explaining how to build an immunity to this virus.
Dr. Shingle: Alright, now if this was a normal disease, the first thing you would do is separate yourself from those who have it, and start treating it. The Love Pox, however, is drastically different. You must locate the person who you first got this virus from, and spend as much time with them until you develop an immunity to it. The ill-side effects will disappear for the most part. However they will come back rarely after you build your immunity to it. There is nothing to worry about in that case, these ill side-effects are just feelings and will go away shortly after they return. This is certainly a weird disease, and almost everyone will be affected by it sooner or later, just like the chicken pox. There is certainly much more studying to be done on the Love Pox, so we may have more information in the future. Thank you.
Gerard: Alright there you have it. The Love Pox is a completely treatable illness and there is really nothing to worry about in the long run. Only short term symptoms. It certainly is a weird virus this, Love Pox. That is all we have time for, so goodnight Lloydminster.

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What Questions Do We Think Deeply About?- April 13, 2016

What does Father Paul think deeply about?

Can we confess anywhere? In private?- I believe it would be hardly be wrong to confess by ourselves, although it would not really be a confession. It would be an admittance to yourself, which would be the first step to confessing to God. Obviously you can’t confess your sins to God, if you did not already admit them to yourself. Confessing to yourself is vital for the confession to God, however confessing to yourself cannot replace confessing to God.

What does the very existence of abortion say about us?- The idea of abortion, along with other related issues such as suicide and prescribed killing, all revolve around an idea of self-hate, or self-loathing. We don’t believe we are good enough to parent the child, or in the case of suicide, we don’t believe we are good enough for others.

Carbohydrates- Father Paul thinks deeply about carbs. He believes he really needs to keep his health up since he is traveling a lot. So he tries to stay away from high doses of carbs and oils. However, because of that traveling, he often finds that he isn’t in charge of his meals very often. People either offer to make him food, or he goes eating out at local food joints and restaurants. The reason he points this out is because he also believes many things that affect us in direct ways, are completely out of our control. It could possibly relate to how people treat us, as often we can’t affect how others treat us.

Humor- Something Father Paul said was “If you can’t laugh you can’t live.”. Humor is the spice of life. Many people may not know the true end purpose of life really is, but it doesn’t matter as long as you are having fun and finding happiness on the way. If you die being mostly happy with your life, than you know you have fulfilled the purpose of your life. Something as simple as humor can really bring out the brighter sides of people, and it is what makes humans, human. Being able to laugh at our previous mistakes, or laugh at ironic situations, really separates us from other organisms.

What questions do we think deeply about?

Do we really have free will?– This one is tricky, because you can look at it two ways. On one hand we do as human beings have the ability to do what we want to do, however, usually what we want to do is something we know we shouldn’t be doing, so in that sense we could be considered as sometimes a slave to our own temptations, or our own poor conscience, that is telling us to do things we shouldn’t be doing.

Can we imagine tastes/colors/ideas we have experienced before?- The answer to that is no. You can not even begin to imagine colors you have never seen before. It begins to prove that there is a limit to our imagination, and our imagination can never create new things in our mind. We can only take things we already know and use those things, and maybe mix them together to make something we think is a completely new created idea.

Do others see the same things as us?- I believe this can not really be answered. We may not be seeing the same things as others, however we will never know. It would be like seeing a blue sheet of paper in front of you. The color you call blue may be the same color someone else calls red, since it is impossible to really describe colors. We will most likely spend our whole life not knowing the answer to this question.

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Man of Constant Sorrow-Soggy Bottom Boys April 6, 2016

(In constant sorrow through his days)

I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my day.
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised.
(The place where he was born and raised)

For six long years I’ve been in trouble
No pleasures here on earth I found
For in this world I’m bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now.

[chorus] He has no friends to help him now

It’s fare thee well my old lover
I never expect to see you again
For I’m bound to ride that northern railroad
Perhaps I’ll die upon this train.

[chorus] Perhaps he’ll die upon this train.

You can bury me in some deep valley
For many years where I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While I am sleeping in my grave.

[chorus] While he is sleeping in his grave.

Maybe your friends think I’m just a stranger
My face you’ll never see no more.
But there is one promise that is given
I’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.

[chorus] He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.

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