Monday, June 21, 2010


My name is Esther Appiah. My hobbies are reading-i have about 3000 story books, watching movies; mostly action movies, skateboarding, drawing, painting, writing poetry, dancing, guitar playing, cooking fashion designing, and sewing.
The types of stories that appeal to me most will have to be Romance, Mystery, and Action. Movies that appeal to me are Action, fantasy, Japanese Anime, and Comedy. During this past year the best Movies I have seen will have to be Avatar, The Karate Kid and New Moon. The best book will be the Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks. What made this book so good was the action, romance and mystery incorporated into the story and also how the story draws you in to understand and try to feel what the characters feel.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nobel peace prize speech

I really thought that the "GREEN BELT MOVEMENT" speech by Wangari Maathai was a really srong speech and had a lot of motivation behind it. Caring about the environment and taking care of trees is something that's ignored by the majority of the population. She emphasized this and also had made a big responsibility for everyone, especially women. Planting trees not only gives us shelter and food, but it also helps regulate the climate change in our planet. More people are taking action because people like her are stepping up and adressing these kinds of issues that are ignored throughout the world.
i chose to talk about the pictures. i went somali retuarent and all the arise a food they have.i interview one of the emplayee in the restuarent and he told me the restuarent was open 15 years. and cook all the food in every cultures. alot of deferent racial come to the restuarent. when i went their it seems they were so busy. actually he was nice guy he was asnwering every question that i ask him.

exploration 9

the speach that enteresting me most was nelson mandela the end of partheid. when he said" shall we live because we will have created a society which recognizes that all people are born equal, with each entiled in equal measure to life, liberty,prosperity, human rights and good governance."he basically saying that a nation should allow people have equal rights their human rights. the resond he said that because his country had segregation and he was fighting human rights.. he was one of the popular for freedom fighters like luther king. he stop the segregation that was going on in his country and brought the country great change.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Exploration 9: a Nobel speech by Kofi Annan

The United Nations in the 21st Centuary is a speeech by former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Annan starts the speech by remembering the bombing of the World Trade Center, and explains what needs to be done after the incident- what change needs to take place.
Annan warns the world that after the horror of September 11, a new security has flooded everyone's mind, and that instead of working as nations, we need to focus on the individual citizens of the Earth to bring global peace and prosperity. As Annan states in paragraph 6, "We must focus, as never before, on improving the conditions of the individual men and women who give the state or nation its richness and character." He basically says that to weave peace through the lives of all, we need to not just look at a macro perspective, but also look at the micro perspective. We need to look past the barriers of smiley politicans, and wipe the tears off the individual civilains. Only then can we achieve true world peace. Every human being is equal, and so everyone deserve the most fundamental rights, regardless of power, race, religion and culture.

Not much has been done since the speech to aid the situation, because people take the issue too lightly. They do not realize the great impact a better democracy can make- it can make our lives a lot easier by allowing for more prosperity. The issue has redefined the idea of democracy- it has enlarged the idea by stressing the value of every individual than whole nations. After the speech, an effort to allow more people in little cities to vote could be made.

Exploration 9

In the speech "A Planetary Emergency," Al Gore says that everyone on the earth is in jeopardy from the pollution that humans have emitted over the past few hundred years. This pollution is the cause of what we now know as global-warming. Gore informs, "So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun." Obviously, this severely effects our planet in a very negative way. Since this speech has been presented, there might have been a slight increase in awareness and recycling; however, if we are serious about preventing global-warming we are going to have to get to a point where there will be virtually no additional pollution emitted. This seems like a impossible task, but once all the nations/cultures of the world (most importantly the United States) gets on board with "getting green," we might be able to make this happen. I think that additional pollution-preventing laws are going to be inevitable to keep our environment safe, though.

Response to a nobel speech

As Wangari Maathai said, "Entire communities come to understand that while it is necessary to hold their governments accountable, it is equally important that in their own relationships with each other, they exemplify the leadership values they wish to see in their own leaders, namely justice, integrity and trust." This quote is a really great issue that affect every country. We as individuals all blame our governments for the foods that we eat, the diseases that we have and even the smells that we whiff through our nostrils everyday. What we do not pay attention to is that we make up the government. We put those foods in our mouths and we are the basic structure of the government.
In everyday lives we all here people blame the president for everything that is going wrong in the economy, even global warming but we as individuals are the people who hate to recycle and pollute the environment not the president. Wangari's speech makes a lot of sense because like telling a person to feel good about his/herself to be confident is the same as fixing our individual leaderships before we can talk about that of the government's.
What has been done about this since this speech? I don't believe much because as humans we feel much more better blaming others than facing the truth so i believe this situation of blame is a long way from solved.
What could be done is us as individuals taking a stand and stop blaming our governments and gear toward building our own individual leaderships, then coming together to help the big leadership in general.

Exploration 9: Responding to a Nobel Speech

The speech I though to be most interesting was Nelson Mandela's, The End of Apartheid (1993). He really ephasizes the simple things that people have taken for granted like equality, democracy, and justice. My favorite passage was, "The value of our shared reward will and must be measured by the joyful peace which will triumph, because the common humanity that bonds both black and white into one human race, will have said to each one of us that we shall all live like the children of paradise" (631). Nelson lends credit for his Nobel peace prize to many people not just himself, because the effort of the nation brought an end to injustice. He also references the ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Since the speech, there has been a large effort to bring democracy to other nations in Africa. Not only that, but all over the world, things are changing and for the better. There is always room for growth in the future. But for now, I think that the only thing that can be done to continue to move forward is to share the idea of democracy to the world. Also, to portray equality in our own lives.

Exploration 9

The Nobel Price to Wangari Maathai, "The Green Belt Movement" (2004) was very influential to me. By experiencing poor environment in Kenya when she was a child, she thought she could change the place. When she was young, she saw destroying the forests, lack of water, and poor rate of income. She helped by planting trees, which became a symbol of peace, by African women and ended up planting 30 million trees. They plant those trees on farms, schools, and churches. The trees helped to create an environment, clean water, and provide food.
The change she made was beneficial because other people who lived in Kenya had not experience what she experienced when she was a child. She was giving people a better life. So by planting trees, not only she made better lives, she also made better environments. She made a big contribution to the well being of everything.

Wangari Maathai

I found Wangari Maathai’s impact in Africa to be particularly interesting. She says much of her motivation for what she did came from her childhood and was nurtured by a good education. I found it interesting how she focuses on the women of Kenya and how they are the ones who are most affected by environmental damage. She talks about how since the women are the caretakers, they notice when recourses to feed the family are diminishing. She came up with a solution to meet the needs of the women of Kenya, “we have planted over 30 million trees that provide fuel. Food, shelter and income to support their children’s education and households needs.” Maathai had to help the women realize that “meeting their needs depended on their environment being healthy and well”.

The Green Belt Movement also developed a “citizen education program” to help people understand the connections between their society and the environment. The program educates people in diseases particularly HIV/AIDS and how much of a pandemic it can be. They discover they can be a solution to stopping disease and healing the earth.

This issue is an example that can be used world wide of how we can be solutions to the damaged earth. We can reverse some of the damage. The Green Belt Movement is doing a great job in not only taking action directly on the earth, like planting trees, but also spreading the knowledge and educating others on how to help.

exploration 9 response to A Planetary Emergency

The speech that I found inportant was "A Planetary Emergency" by Al Gore. In the speech he talks about global warming which is an issue that affects the entire world. It is an issue that affects the whole world because we are destroying our atmosphere by the pollution that we produce today. He says, "Now science is warning us that if we do not quickly reduce the global warming pollution that is trapping so much of the heat our planet normally radiates back out of the atmosphere, we are in danger or creating a permanent "carbon summer". Some changes that have been made to aid the situation or help reduce global warming are the smart cars, green tires, hybrid cars, and semi-world alliance has been formed. I agree with Al Gore that a world alliance should be formed. Currently, we have an alliance but not a full alliance of all the world and I think we should strive for that. I also think that we, especially as Americans, should watch the amount of CO2 that we produce.

Exploration 9 Nobel speech

The noble speech "A Planetary Emergency(2007) by Al Gore sent a really strong message to everyone in the world about global warming. He is trying to persuade the people stop doing something wrong, which will affect everyone in the near future. In his speech he says that " So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun."(616) this is shows the readers how important this problem to our life and also we can see that Al Gore gives us lot of scientific information throughout his speech. As we here in news that glaciers are melting in the northern region and animals living are either dieing or moving to a new location were they can survive. we could also be in the same situation if we don't stop polluting the world. Nowadays, people around the trying to find new ways to reduce this pollution, for example car companies like Toyota, created a new hybrid which has low emissions and could make big difference in the world. Also i feel that people should try not to use cars for short distances, this could reduce the level of carbon emissions.

I found the speech given for the United Nation very interesting and it contained many elements that helped the reader realize that there is a similarity between all humans and that we are all part of the “human family”(627) I feel like this speech called us to action to promote the welfare of all people all across the world. It describes three main priorities “eradicating poverty, preventing conflict, and promoting democracy.”(627) It says that these are the visions of the United Nations but the speech invokes feeling that seems to evoke the audience or reader that they have a responsibility and a role in bettering today’s world. I also like how the speech unites the peoples of the world through similarities in religion. Although some beliefs of various religions differ they share many aspects which include “ to love our neighbor and to pray for those who wish to persecute us”(628) I find this speech the most influential of them all because it not only states the facts and goals of the United Nations but still leaves us with a sense of responsibility to accept the wonderful diversity of the human family.

Exploration 9

This issue effects our world greatly, it is about our world. Every one knows about global warming and it's effects. However, there are skeptics to the theory which makes the process of reversing global warming effects nearly impossible. Al Gore stated in 2007 "70 million tons of global warming pollution was dumped into a thin shell of the atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer..... As a result the Earth has a fever. And the fever is rising." He goes on to talk about the polar ice cap and how scientists predict that in as little as seven years the ice cap could completely disappear.
Sadly, to my knowledge, not much has happened for this cause. Global warming is a very touchy issue. Many people do not want to deal with it at all. So it take quite a bit of time for any rules or regulations to pass about this hot topic. I think that a lot, however, could be done. We could take little steps to insure our world will not change drastically. We need to take steps to stop or reverse global warming before it is too late for us or even our grandchildren.

A Planetary Emergency

"A Planetary Emergency" is a Noble Peace Prize speech made by Al Gore, who is the former vice president. Al Gore is an environmental activist and in his speech, he drew our attention to the current climate change issue.
He said, "We are what is wrong, and we must make it right". He is calling for people to change. We human is the major reason for global warming and the rapid climate change. In order to raise our living standards, we do a lot of harmful things to the originally green environment. Today, the concern is how to best utilize lands which is already cleared by massive deforestaion, we ignored the fact that we are the largest greenhouse gases emitters and keep on damaging the natural environment. Al Gore told us how extreme the temperature is nowadays, and how rapidly the glaciers are melting, which cause the rise in sea level and floods in some places. There are tsunamis, earthquakes and different kinds of natural disasters happening in the past few years which proves that the climate is getting worse day by day. There are sayings that the world will end because of the twisted climate but Al Gore's speech made it clear that we still have the chance to make thing right and we should start making peace with the planet and the nature.
I think that there's a lot we can do in our daily lives in order to save ourplanet. We can turn off electrical devices when we're not using it, we can recycle paper and simply go green. Al Gore mentioned that China and the United States are the largest CO2 emitters in the world. China and the United states are the world's leading economic power, however they are also contributing the most in destroying our planet. I think that the government should start making measures for conserving our natural environment and raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection. We should all contribute in "making peace" with the planet because we are the one who will bare all the enormous consequences if we keep damaging it.

A Planetary Emergency (2007)

The noble lecture presented by U.S House of Representatives Al Gore was directed towards the quick shifting of our world's climate change and other destructive issues created by mankind that are about to put us in a major crisis.
The horrible affect is proven as Gore states, " So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun." I felt that this was one of the most moving sentences in his whole speech. It really put things into perspective for people to realize the drastic damage we are doing to the very world that we live in, and possibly creating our own death sentence. Reading this speech, I think that Al Gore is a great speaker and uses many good metaphors such as " The Earth has a fever. And the fever is rising" and catching sentences to keep the audience engaged.
I think this speech could have helped build the turning point to so many people in the mass movement to "go green" and positively change our planet. This issue continues to affect our world and there are two choices we can make. The first is to sit back and continue to the damage until eventually animals along with so many trees and other CO2 inhibitors are so wiped out, the world will be unlivable. The second is to continue to work towards cleaning our own mess we have created such a pollution, deforestation and limited space and take little steps into cleaning up our environment. Since then, there have been growing campaigns and companies working to creating "greener" grocery bags, lighting, chemicals and other uses that have already made a huge impact in our everyday lifestyles. As we continue to slowly change our bad habits, we can train younger generations to do the same in a way they only see acceptable.

The United Nations

Kofi Annan The 2001 Nobel Peace Prize along with the United Nations. The reason they won was for, “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.” That was the main idea of Kofi Annan’s Nobel speech, The United Nations in the 21st Century (2001). He wanted to change the world for the better. His message was to break the separation and the gap that is widely noted throughout the world based on race or religion. He said that we should look deeper and find truth, basically in every person and accept what they have to share with us as a nation. The main reason the United Nations was created was to bring forces together and find the value of every person. They also wanted to protect people’s peace and progress made.
One passage I really liked from his speech was, “ We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the producst of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.” This makes me think of compromise. Two people struggling to get along, what is the best solution? I think is it to compromise. Both ideas could be goo but together they could be great. Having ideas from several cultures and sever races or religions could help us all as a whole. We will never know unless we try. I feel as though some people are open and understanding but at the same time we could be doing more.
I don’t think very much is being done to bring the nations together, to break down the wall separating everyone. Instead I feel like sometimes nothing is being done or it looks like nothing is being done. We are all trying to live in America and earn our way but if people are not letting others then how is anything going to get accomplished. Many people say they are open to change but maybe they just say that to make themselves feel like a better person because when it comes down to it, most people go back on their word because change is different. That’s what change is. And change scares people. I think people need to be more open about things that need to change and the only way to do this is try to make a change for themselves.

Exploration 9

Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem De Klerk's Nobel Peace Prize speeches were powerful to me. Even though they both had different views they both wanted the same thing, peace, stability, progress, and prosperity. De Klerk says in his speech, "We will do it-and many others will do it with us- because there is no other road to peace and prosperity for the people of our country. In the conflicts of the past, there was no gain for anyone in our country. Through reconciliation all of us are now becoming winners." They wanted hope for their country and looked towards the future instead of looking at past mistakes. They both believe that as long as they give hope to the people, the future will be better.
This affects our world greatly. If people don't agree and work together there will never be world peace. I think there will always be a controversy going on somewhere in the world, but if we focused more on the future and we could eliminate huge problems that could occur. Mandela and de Klerk did not see eye to eye on things, but they came together and gave the world hope.

A Planetary Emergency

Al Gore's speech titled, "A Planetary Emergency" was very thought provoking. He started out the speech by explaining was a planetary emergency was, and it was very helpful for me as a reader: "confronting a planetary emergency- a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here." I thought this was very important because it made me feel like we have to take immediate action on this issue because it is happening right in front of us today. Also, Al Gore gives the earth human characteristics by saying that, "The earth has a fever and the fever is rising." It is scary to think that bad things are happening to our planet that will effect not only our lives, but all of the generations to come if nothing is done to prevent it. 
I believe that a key idea in this speech is that global warming, due to pollution, will destruct our planet. Al Gore uses very important facts stating that major cities in our country and several other countries are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers. Also, people living on low-lying Pacific Islands have to evacuate from their homes. Al Gore used a very powerful quote at the end of his speech saying, "In the words of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, "Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the path as you walk." This was very significant because I think he is saying that nobody is going to do the job for you, you have to pave the way for yourself. I believe that this speech created awareness for thousands of people around the world and will encourage countries to work together. The world needs to step up and make the world a cleaner place if we do not want to create a "permanent carbon summer."

Exploration #9: Resping to a Nobel Speach

The Noble Speech titled, “The United Nations in the 21 St Century (2001),” by Kofi Anna, was a words of motivation. I believe the overall intention of the speech was to make the world a better place to live in regardless of color, race, religion, and so on. The united nation was created to stop the violence that’s going on around world. The world is not a safe haven for all of us, there are people suffering in Africa and all around the world, lack of freedom, and the violence is at the top of the ladder. There were several key passages in the speech, but the one that stood the most to me was, how Kofi Annan used the Quran, Bible, Torah, and Buddhist tradition. he mentioned, “The Quran, for example, tell us that, we created you from a single pair of male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other.” Today people are killing each because of tribes, and how every tribe wants to be on top and have the higher power. Tribes are there, so that we might recognize each other and know where we came from, but it is not there, so that we kill each other; commit great crime onto the innocent civilians. He continued, “Each of us has the right to take pride in our particular faith or heritage. But the notion that what is ours is necessarily in conflict with what is theirs is both false and dangerous.” This affects our world, because if everyone continues being hardhead then innocent people will continue losing their lives and the past will never be solved. Since the speech, things have just been getting worse although the UN is trying to be great peacekeepers; still there are no solutions to stop the crimes that’s happening all over the world. We have the war in Iraq, suicide bombers, war on terrorism, tribal conflicts, racism, and so on. In order to get things done, I believe that our world must work together, each nation should take responsible for their action, and we must educate our children and create a loving and caring community all over the world in order to prevent hatred.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The United Nations

The key idea in the Nobel speech titled," The United Nations of the 21st Century (2001)," by Kofi Annan, is to make the world an overall better place. The United Nations was created in order to join forces and create a better sense of peace, security and and growth for all kinds of people. More recently it has become a place of sanction for many people, in regards to their race and religion. The point that stood out to me the most in this acceptance speech was the part of immigration. In the speech, Annan writes, "The rights of the individual are of no less importance to immigrants and minorities in Europe and the Americas than to women in Afghanistan or children in Africa. They are as fundamental to the poor as to the rich; they are as necessary to the security of the developed world as to that of the developing world" (627). He is trying to get the point across that each and everyone of us is significant in our own, unique way. I think this issue (meaning immigration,) affects our world in particular because many immigrants from mostly Mexico, and South American countries immigrate to the United States, and are called/portrayed as being "aliens." My father and his family are immigrants from Colombia, South America, and I know first hand, and can guarantee you that they are not aliens. Calling them this gives us a sense that they are completely different, and do not stand for the same values that we Americans do. This is not the way things should be. We call it the "American Dream," and America is the "melting pot," then we should be able to accept these people who are in search of this dream.
In my opinion, I do not believe that there has been much down to help aid this situation. Yes, America has become more open to the idea of allowing immigrants into this country, but so many people are ignorant. They may chose to not see the hardship and struggle that these people might be facing back in their home country. Some further things that we could do in order to better this situation, is sit down and look at the issue threw their eyes. We should try and understand their struggle, and instead of calling them "aliens," maybe we can call them a father in search of a better life for his family.

Essay 3 Ideas

One option I have come up with for essay number 3 is to take pictures at the mosque. THe mosque I visit every Friday that I am available is called The Omar. It is located off of North Broadway and every week I see the same woman wearing their usual veils and hijab. Usually I am one of the last to take my spot before the prayer begins but I see the same woman in their same spots sitting next to the same sisters they normally would sit be. As they sit there in silence I always wonder what each of them thinks about as the prayer goes on. I think for myself but then wonder about the other ladies. I think through a picture I could really capture deep emotion and thought.

Another option I have which doesnt interest me as much would be to do prompt 1 from The Essay Connection. Where I am to research 3 Noble Prize winners. I would defintely do Barack Obama as one of the winners because it shows how far our genertaion has come. I need to do more reaserch and see what else I can find. I am sure this will be difficult but well worth it.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


I think I could write a lot about one of my favorite music venues around town. I feel like I always write about music, but there are some kind people here and a lot of memories I think I could write about. More specifically I'm thinking about a place called Espresso Yourself in Powell. That's where I first played my guitar in front of an audience and I have some good friends there. I'm pretty sure that's what I will write about, but another option would be the first prompt in the book about peace. I have a lot to say about peace and I think it would make for an interesting essay.


The two essays that i'm interested now are the photo essay and essay response one. I think it would be great to share with you and the classs with interesting pictures about Somali culture or Islamic the islamic side of it. Taking pictures of the Mosque or Somali restaurant would be really interesting in my opinion. As for the essay response on, i think peace is something that everyone wants. Peace in their country, home, school or whatever it maybe. I would really express how i feel if i choose to write about this.

Essay three prompts

The first prompt I would want to do is promt #10 on page 647 , If i was able to sacrifice my time and freedom to attain something then it would be to reduce the corruption in the world especially in India, where the rate of corruption is increasing. The second prompt I would like to do is the photo essay contest where i want to take pictures of some of the small restaurents in old dublin and write a story behind the restaurents.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

two essay questions.

I choose to write about the pictures because, i want to talk about somali culture. i choose to write a man who owns a small bussines, which he sales somali vultural staff. i know this guy about four years and he is very intersting man. everytime i went to visit Somali mall i visit his store. the first idea that i want to write this guy is about the culture and intersting man who knows about Somali culture.

Two Best Ideas for Essay Two

My favorite idea is to do the photo essay on the Starbucks in Lewis Center. I am a regular there and I know many of the people who work there as well. I think it would be really interesting to hear how starbucks is important to them. They are so passionate about their work and I want to know why.
My second idea would be to go to the local Dairy Queen. It is privately owned and very popular. Everyone on the staff is really good friends and they have passion for what they do as well. There are regulars that go to Dairy Queen, even in the winter temperatures, everyone always needs some ice cream.

My Ideas

My first idea is for the photo essay with text and analysis is to document the “regulars” at Nancy’s Home Cooking on high street. This restaurant has been almost a home to many people for many years. The atmosphere is very friendly and the food is simple but delicious. Recently the restaurant has been struggling to the owner’s health and the facilities were also not up to code. But with the help of the surrounding community and many generous donations Nancy’s was able to open back up for business. This story is not only interesting but also shows insight to the sense of community the people of Columbus have. I also there are more than enough interesting regulars to interview and document. I am also taking a photography class at the moment so the technicalities would be no problem.
My second essay idea would concern writing prompt number eight on page 647. It talks about how we can avoid suspicion and paranoia, dividing the world into “us” against “them”. I feel like this is one of the single most important issues in the world today. From this idea countries declare war on one another because of the actions of a small group of people. We must not generalize and create stereotypes, we must think of people as individuals and hone in on a single isolated actions if we ever want to create a peaceful world. This topic is easy to talk about and is an issue discussed among many people throughout the world and I don’t believe I would have any trouble writing and article about it.

Two ideas from prompts

The prompt that jumps out at me first is prompt #9. It seems like this would be a very opinionated essay because there aren't national or international qualities that are defined as optimal. It seems like you would have to talk a lot about peace, but also do a decent amount of research on past leaders that were considered to be great, such as Gandhi, Lincoln, or Caesar.
I was also thinking about taking on prompt #6. It would be fitting to talk about the indispensable liberties that everyone in this country has since we did a lot of reading on this topic. This includes the Freedom Rides from the video that we watched, as well as Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from Birmingham. In this essay, even poetry could be discussed from the "Ain't I A Woman?" piece that we read recently. With a good idea of what other people in history have thought about civil liberties, it should not be very difficult to combine their thoughts with my own interpretations to produce a persuasive essay.

Friday, February 26, 2010

two best ideas

My first idea that would work will probably be AMC Theatre or Hot Topic at Easton Town Center . I go there most of the time. And it is a great place to see customers and employees. My second idea on essay response number 1 would have to be #8 because I think the idea of suspicion and paranoia can apply to anyone and even our country goes through that too.

Essay three brainstorming ideas

For the essay three, I have two ideas that would work well for this assignment. First would be The Bob Evans restaurant in Delaware off of 23. I am in there on a fairly frequent basis and I think it would be a good place to meet regulars and talk to both customers and employees. I think a great store could come from this. My second idea is to essay response number 1 regarding peace. I think it would work well because it relates well to everyone. We all want peace not only in our country and other countries but also in our everyday lives. I think certain circumstances change what peace actually means and that peace means different things for different people.

Response to Writing prompt..

For the response writing for the Essay connection essay, I think the most significant essay would be #9. The qualities it takes to be a nationally or internationally leader is not written out word for word. I think what makes is good leader is their own passion and uniqueness they put into what they are good at. However, some of those qualities that are important to have are confidence, good speaking skills, understanding and patients, a motive and passion for what you do and of course a person who is making a difference in the world in a positive manner. Many people can learn how to be a better person through using these leaders as role models. It gives people a drive to want to become successful like them and be such a positive, well known icon.

Two Ideas for Essay Three

Idea 1:
My first idea is the Columbus Zoo. I think this would be an ideal plublic place because not only does it attract many people from all over the United States with its animals and other attractions, but it is not rated the number one zoo in the United States. I think many people who live so near take advantage of the fact that it is such a well recognized zoo and that one of the most famous people to work with animals, Jack Hanna, also is the spokes person for the Columbus zoo and started it. It had alot of history behind it and good information that could be gained from everyday people enjoying to go to the zoo as well as the staff and trainers that work there.

Idea 2:
My second idea that I thought would be really interesting is the Indian Caverns located in Delaware. This is a place pilled with so much history that you can actually experience yourself by going under ground into the indian caves. It is a very well known historical site and it also contains trails and other historical artifacts from hundreds of years ago. This site had many different views and stories behind it.

Essay Three: Brainstorming

Schmidts Sausage Haus and Restaurant: The place is the one I LOVE to go. It has been showed in Man vs. Food show in the Travel Channel multiple times. It is the place where Bahama Mammas were first made. It is a place with live music, with a variety of its unique sausage recipes that have now become common. Schmidts wows the young and the old with the amazing, deep taste at an affordable price of just $11.99. I will talk to people to know why they come to this place and how it is different from other restaurants, and the owner of the place to know how the restaurant has never failed to wow its audience, let alone the Travel Channel!

Der Dutchman Restaurant: This is situated in German Village. This is probably the most famous Ohio's Amish Restaurant. Olentangy High Schools go there to take a field trip year. I have visited there twice, and every time I admire the of rich taste of the food and the culture that surrounds it. The employees are also primarily Amish, which adds to the attraction of the restaurant. This will be a good project for me, as I will write about how the restaurant is a great ambassador of the Amish culture.

Essay Three: Brainstorming

1.) My neighborhood park
The reason I chose the neighborhood park is because so many people of so many shapes, sizes and colors go to this park. No matter what season it might be. No matter how wet, dry, hot or cold it is outside, there is always some one at the neighborhood park. It might be a kid walking around all by their lonesome. It might be a huge group of kids playing a game of "horse," underneath the freshly painted basketball hoop. It could be this same group of kids sledding down the swirly slide. It could be a father and the family dog running around playing fetch. It could even be a new mother walking her barely old newborn in a stroller. The neighborhood park is a place where people can come together, talk about life and enjoy the company. I think the park is a good for the six picture essay because it is a place of color, happiness, uniqueness, and diversity.
2.) Essay Question 10 on page 647
The issue that I would sacrifice my time and maybe even life for is the fight against women being domestically abused and sexually abused. Along with this I would fight for more equality among women all around the world. I believe that every woman has the right and freedom to wear what she wants, be who she wants and not have to worship any man. Many woman have been raped, molested and so much worse, but they are afraid to speak out in fear that that man will hurt them or their family. I want to be the voice for them. I want them to know that it is okay to fight back. That is the right thing to do.

Two Ideas for Essay Three

1) Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is the one of the popular stores we go in daily life. Everything is cheap and they have from groceries to gardening. I chose Wal-Mart because I go there whenever I need something for school or anything, and I could get with less money compare to other stores. I know someone who works as a manager at one of the stores so I would like to interview her. I think it would be interesting to write about different sections they have such as food, toys, electronics, etc.

2) OSU main campus
My second idea is the Ohio State University main campus. Since I am thinking about changing the campus within two years, I thought I could write about my major school, Fisher School of Business. Fisher School is the one of the newest buildings in OSU and it is a great campus. I know some of my friends go there and maybe they could show me different class rooms. It would also be fun for me to research my future school.

Brainstorming for Essay#3

My first idea us place called Global Mall located in Morse Road, this is a mall owened by the Somali Community in columbus. This is very attractive to many different races that lives in Columbus, especially the somali people. they find this to be very popular, becuase inside they tend to find many of the things that are related to their culture, such as clothing, food groceries, and even a place where they are able to send money back home.
My second idea is going to be about Lifetime fitness located in Easton. this a wonder gym and many people finded to be very striking and feel like their money is being well spend. there are the basketball courts, swimming pools, jacuzzi, locker rooms, showers, steam room, all located on the first floor and if you go to the upper floor you'll find all different types of lifting equipments, flat screens TV's, and much more.

Ideas for Essay Two

Idea 1:
The Sunflower is a chinese restaurant in the columbus area. A lot of Chinese here love the Sunflower because of the nice environment and the delicious food. They serve different kinds of authentic Chinese food, a lot of families enjoys having "Dim Sum" there in Sunday mornings. The design of the restaurant is very oriental, and you can experience the Chinese culture by dining and talking to the friendly employees there. My mom is a close friend to the employer in Sunflower and it would be fun to interview him about the history of the restaurant.
Idea 2:
Godiva Chocolatier is a well known chocolate shop originated in Belgium. Godiva now owns and operates shops all around and world and the high quality chocolate it sells attracts a lot of chocolate lovers. Godiva chocolate is one of the most popular gifts during holidays like the valentine's day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. My friend works in one of the Godiva shops in columbus and I will interview him in order to know more about how the shop runs.

Final Essay Ideas

1. I really like Question 9 in the textbook, "What qualities does it take to become a nationally or internationally distinguished leader? What can the rest of us learn from the experiences of the Nobel Peace Prize winners?" I think there are many qualities that I could use on this question that will have a lot of supporting evidence. These qualities are not difficult to have, but many of us fail to be good examples of them on a daily basis. I believe that the Nobel Peace Prize winners demonstrate these qualities all the time, and I really look up to them. Dedication, perseverance, respect, and hard work are just a few that I could use as leadership qualities. 

2. Urban Coffee is a little coffee shop at the bottom of the Worthington Hills neighborhood. I think it would be really neat to take pictures of the shop and to talk to some of the workers. There are probably many regulars and I could go to Urban Coffee early in the morning to talk to them about why they choose Urban above other coffee shops. It is a really cool, small place and I think it would make a great paper. 

Final Essay Ideas

The Franklin Park Conservatory
I LOVE going to the Conservatory, especially since the addition of the Chihuly pieces! They are fantastic! It is a really relaxing place to go, and famous for being a hotspot for local weddings and events. It gives plenty of photo opportunities too, which is my favorite part. Every time I go back there is always something new for me, that I might have missed or has been added. The parrots in one of the indoor exhibits are pretty sweet too- they enjoy having staring contests.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The zoo seems like such a normal thing for everyone who has lived in Columbus, but we actually have a hidden gem in our midst. The Columbus Zoo came to be in 1927, when it was only a small collection of animals and called the Columbus Zoological Park. It was home to the first gorilla born into captivity, and has one of the few programs outside of Florida that rehabilitates injured manatees. It so full of history and all kinds of interesting animals, and it is an attraction that is visited almost yearly at minimum by locals.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Two Good Ideas for Essay Two!!

My first idea for essay two is to write about Staufs. Staufs is a popular coffee shop in Grandview. I go there allot to study and talk with friends. The coffee shop has tons of regulars. One person that stands out the most is an elderly lady who walks there everyday. She always wears a hat and reads the newspaper, she usually stays for a couple hours. The coffee shop has a huge selection of coffee from all over the world and sells wonderful lose leaf tea. The place is always busy and smells richly of coffee.

My second idea is Foxridge Farm. Foxridge is the barn i ride horses at. It is a beautiful place, lined with white fences and trees. The barn its self is beautiful as well. Its made out of dark wood and the horses' stall doors are shaped in arches, which is very unique. I love meeting my friends there to ride. It is the one place i can go were i know the worries of life can't bother me, all i think about is riding. Foxridge is very well taken care of by a couple people who have worked there for over 15 years. They have everything very well scheduled: feeding times, stall cleaning, vitamins, turnout etc. It is by far the cleanest barn i have ever been a part of. The people there are all horse lovers and will take care of your horse if you need a hand. The instructors are passionate and encouraging. There are a variety of riders: those who are competitive, young riders and people who ride for pure enjoyment.

Two ideas for Essay 3

Idea 1- Handel's Ice Cream
I worked at Handel,s Ice cream for four years, I had a few regulars that I would talk to. We knew each others names, exchanged stories, and I knew their complete order. Sadly, the Handel's I worked at has recently closed, but there are several other stores located around Ohio. I was thinking of going to one and talking to employees and customers. Although I am not totally familiar with a different store I know it would be easy to find regulars. People that go to Handel's Ice Cream in the winter are usually regulars, and obsessed. This would also be fun because I coulds add my own personal input into the paper.

Idea 2- Thrift store
Thrift stores could have so many different people to talk to! There are definitely regulars, but most people come from different income levels. Some people shop at thrift stores because they cannot afford much else. It is an inexpensive way to cloth themselves and family. Other people come from higher income levels, and shop at thrift stores for the "fashion". Finding good deals on nice clothes. Thrift stores have many different roles and functions within a society. I think this would be a great place to find regulars and obtain answers to why they are drawn to this place (all different income levels).

Essay 3-Brainstorming

Idea #1: Leeno's Cafe
In our culture today "hookah" is used for entertainment. Brought over to America from India and is becoming more and more popular in the Middle East and the U.S. Hookah has a big history and a lot goes into it. It has also changed drastically from year to year and keeps becoming increasingly popular. For most teens and older adults it's a relaxing, different thing to do!
Idea #2: The Cachet Hair Salon
The Cachet is a small, privately owned hair salon. It's a popular place for regular customers and clientele. It's not your everyday hair salon, and definitely not like Charles Penzone or any chain salons. Clients usually have a specific stylist they love and continuously see. Every stylist has their own unique way of giving clients what he/she wants. With an excellent line of products and a happy, helpful staff, you'll want to keep coming back!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Exploration 6

One of the things that struck me as the most interesting from the documentary was the dedication people had while partaking in the sit-ins. When protesters were arrested from sitting in stores and restaurants, a new wave of protesters would come in and take their spots. Once that group was arrested, another wave came in. It kept repeating so there was always a room full of non-violent protesters. It says a lot that these people completely knew what was going to happen to them if they participated in direct-action, but it was important enough to them to suffer the consequences.

My favorite speaker from the video was Frederik Leonard. He had a unique and effective way of telling stories from the civil rights movement. He illustrated how awfully racist people were during that time. My favorite story of his was when he recollected attending a court hearing revealed that even prominent authorities were racist. Leonard recalled, "While he was defending us, the judge turned away and faced the wall." Not even a judge of a county court gave any sort of respect or courtesy to African Americans. This gives us an idea of how hard it was to be a minority during this time.

It amazes me how recent these events are from the documentary. It feels like we are so far past segregation in our society that the civil rights movement should have happened over a hundred years ago. I think what has really pushed it along is fact that there are a couple of new generations of people that were born after the civil rights movement. We've moved on quickly, but that doesn't mean our society is free from discrimination by any means.

Exploration 6

The documentary, Eyes on The Prize is a film that focuses on the efforts of students during the 1960's Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement brought drastic change to the United States and it is astonishing to see how much of an impact the young men and women in this film had. Through non-violent direct action, they take the matter into their own hands. They take action by staging things like sit-ins, boycotts, and the famous "freedom rides."
What I found to be very memorable about the film was the fact that many of the students in it were my age or even younger at the time. It felt very empowering to see 18 year old Diane Nash confronting the governor of Alabama in such a crucial movement in American History.
In the film, some students who participated in the movement were interviewed. I think that one of these students, John Lewis, represented in a sense, this empowerment that was shown in the film when he said "It was like being involved in a holy crusade; it became a badge of honor." It truly was a holy crusade and the students portrayed in this film should be celebrated for everything they have done for the world.

Explortation #6

Civil rights was the main topic in the 1960, especially in Southern states. All Americans are aware of Martin Luther King Jr., the main person that really pushed civil rights. However, the civil rights movement and desegregation had several other groups that were not written in the history books. Many high school and college students decided that they were going to change things. They decided to hold nonviolent protests, it first started by refusing to leave the downtown lunch counters. The very same counters that blacks were never served at. They all sat quietly, John Lewis a Fisk College student and nonviolent protester stated "we continued to sit all day long". After about a week of the sit ins, the white community became frustrated. They stated to beat the non violent protesters and the police took them away.
"As the police started to handcuff the first set of protesters the second wave of students sat down. In shock the police decided they would arrest all of them too. Then the third wave of students sat down." says Diana Nash, another Fisk College student whom was merely 18 years old at the time.
More than 80 students and other nonviolent protesters were arrested that day. This shows that the protesters had a mission. They were going to get the point across-they wanted there constitutional freedom. They were going to be heard and recognized. All of the protesters stuck together, staring the realization of jail directly in the face.
The best quote to sum up this movie is one that Dr. King preached in a church in Alabama, he states :Alabama will have to face the fact that we want to be free....we are not afraid and will not back down." It's amazing how much the nonviolent protesters endured, and how far they went to get the rights they deserved.

Exploration 6

The documentary/film "Eyes on the Prize" was very interesting. The film focused on the college students who were part of the civil rights movement and what they did to fight for the cause. These college students used non-violent direct action to make their point. These were usually sit ins or protests. But no matter what, they did not use violence. Even when the police were arresting them and other citizens were hurting them.
What was most memorable about the direct action the students took was when they decided to march to the Capital building to talk to the Mayor of Nashville. By that point the word had spread to everyone throughout Nashville, not just the students. While explaining the march, Reverand C.T. Vivian said once they got into to town, they stoped singing and all that could be heard was, "the silence of the feet." This was very important. It just showed how many people, black and white, came together for a cause. Civil Rights.
A good source in this film was Diana Nash. She was the person who asked the Mayor, Ben West, his thoughts on segregation. She played a very important role in the movement in Nashville. Overall this film really showed how everyone came together for a cause and stuck together through good and bad. They made it through.

Exploration 6

Segregation was a rising concern for the black community of Nashville Tennessee. Everyone was used to the segregation, and no one was making any changes. Until black college students decided to take matters into their own hands. They joined together and started to prepare for non-violent direct action. They attended training sessions, Rev. C.T. Vivian described the sessions simply as “we learned how to take the blows and still respond with some dignity.” They would take turns pretending to yell at one person, saying all the nasty remarks the whites would make at them while pushing and shoving them slightly. They learned to not let their angry win but wanted to show that they meant no harm and they just wanted equal rights.

What stood out to me the most about the non-violent direct actions in Nashville was that the college students were so young. They took on such a great issue and changed the pattern of society. They were so mature in the way they went about gaining equal rights, threw peace. It was inspiring to watch how many beatings they took yet still held true to their purpose and morals. They really believed in what they were doing, no matter how many times they got arrested.

There were many important people in this film that make it very creditable. Whether threw interviews or actual footage of the time. I found it amazing that there was actual footage of Martin Luther Kings Jr. and everyone in the church when they were trapped in there because of the mob. There were countless interviews from many of the college students and witnesses during the time.

Exploration Six: The Civil Rights Movement

I found the documentary to be extremely interesting and moving as well. Living in the current era we do, it is difficult to imagine being so separated from people of other ethnicities, races, and religious beliefs. Yet only forty years ago, the country was divided based on nothing more than the biological pigmentation of the human body. Quite the depressing thing to think about.

The college students in Nashville, Tennessee, used non-violent direct-action to create a stir in the city, leading to the eventual desegregation of the city. To think that individuals my age leading such a large movement- it sends chills down my spine. They did this through a series of sit-ins at "white only" diners and restaurants, and through boycotts of the downtown merchants and shopping district. To use such subtle planning to set a chain-reaction of human nature in motion is an awe-inspiring deed. My favorite source in the movie was Diane Nash, who at the tender age of 18, called the mayor of Nashville out in public, leading to his approval of desegregation.

As the boycotts continued into neighboring states in the deep south, the racial tensions sharply increased, and white supremacists felt it was their "moral" obligation to stop those, African American or sympathetic white, who protested the unequal treatment of an individual who had different colored skin. One of the most memorable quotes for me, was when the governor of Alabama, John Patterson said, "We can't guarantee the safety of fools- and that's that these people are. Fools." Who would have thought that someone was "foolish" for trying to obtain equal treatment- it truly is not an unreasonable request.

exploration #6

the movie"an't sacrred for your jail"was very emtional and inspirational.the moves was mainly talking about the major issue that happened the segregation the state of tanasse.the issue were nonviolence students in the city of nashvile in 1960 during the civil rights movements.the balck were segregatedin the eating in the public restourant. in order to stand their rights they sat in the lunch couner. the whites gave them worning to move the luch couner. the nonviolence students refuse to and they were sat in in the lunch counter for a week. the non violence students beatten up while they were not fighting back.the police came where the fighting was and didn't help them. the student's got arrested. they were not sacred the for the jail, but their parants were worried if the students end up for the of the sadnest think was when 18 years old ask they mayor Ben west in the city of nashvile if it is ok to discrimonated color? he answered" is not a myor sagregated the town ,but is a man who think discriminated is right. in addition the mayor knew that segregation that happend in the downtown of nashivle,but he didn't want help. eventhought the mayor answer the question honest.

Non-Violent Direct Action

Throughout history there has been a fight for human equality. The direct action that took place in Nashville was not only a progressive movement for the African American race but also for human kind. Ben West, a white mayor of Nashville during the time of he non-violent direct action, stated, “I am interested in Americans interested in Democracy.” When Ben west declared this statement he was not only declaring his interest in the equal treatment of African Americans in his city but also equality of people across the united states, which was a radical thought for the time.

The process of non-violent direct action in Nashville was simple. Supporters of the movement, including many students, dressed like civil humans quietly took their seats in diners across the city. They gave no fight but took beatings and criticism, and were even convicted for disorderly conduct. They key to the effectively was no resistance. These actions went onto influence other activities such as the freedom rides, which led to equality.

There were many people in the film Eyes on the Prize that spoke influentially about the situations in Nashville. I found that the interviewers with the individuals who actually took part in the sit-ins and freedom rides the most interesting. Their insights and information was irreplaceable for the legitimacy of the film. One of my favorite quotes was by Alice Walker who quoted her son who was in jail saying, “Be cool mother.” This woman’s son was not only taking part in a vital role in American history but was doing it from pacifist’s point of view.

Movie Review

The movie "Ain't Scared of Your Jail" is a civil rights movie that is catching, informative and also paralyzing and inspirational at the same time. The sit ins of the students in this movie was a direct challenge of the south. Ben West was the mayor of Nashville Tennessee at that time. This movie was educational and inspirational because these student were beaten but they still continued their non-violent sit ins without fighting back.

"Mayor Ben West, do you feel it is wrong to segregate people solely on the base of race or color?" Asked Diane Nash, at that time a student of Fisk University.
Diane also continued to say at that time she resented segregation because she felt stifled. John Louis, Angela Butler and Diane Nash were the first three students to begin the sit in.

This movie was an epitome of non-violent direct action. It shows the length and what people will risk for freedom. Freedom Riders, as these students were known as, with all their mind believe they could achieve something with non-violence and they did this with perseverance.

This movie showed me that, even if it's not the fight for freedom, and it's a little thing that you fight for, as long as you believe it's worth it, then go for it. and it doesn't have to involve violence.

"Ain't scared of your jail", an incident that shook History

The Documentary movie "Ain't scared of you jail" succeeds to effectively to show the brutality the college students and everyone else involved in the non-violent direct action movement went through. After suffering years of cruel discrimination, the supressed fear had to come out. The Blacks realized that they weren't anything less than the Whites, and that it was finally time to protest, to howl a cry against the tyranny of the Whites. The only method effective enough to be long term was the non-violent method of direct-action.

In the 4 black colleges of Nashville, which attracted many youngsters to the city, the professors taught the method of direct-action.

It was now time to implement it.

The first protest was the lunch counters downtown. The college students continued sit-ins for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, white gangsters arrived at the restaurant, and thrashed the college students. They bet them up. But the students hung on. They decided to not quit- to endure the pain, so that one day, their fellow Blacks friends may enjoy the rights of the White people.

According to the movie, "The students were forcing people to decide whether the segregation was right or wrong... The Court found the students guilty in disorderly conduct", but they still held on. The students were changing the established laws regarding Blacks' rights.

The most memorable things about direct-action are the graphic videos of the "freedom-riders" dying dirty deaths for their rights.

Diana Nash is a good source in this film because she was herself involved in the action, not just as a "freedom-rider", but also as the leader of the freedom riders.

Exploration 6:

The Movie called "Ain't scared of your jail," was a very powerfull and emotional movie. it was about a young student who who refuse to fight back and they stood up for thier rights. they was called the non-violant becasue they were no willing for a blood shed. During the civil rights movement in the 1960's the black people in Nashville, Tennessee couldn't eat at public restaurants becase of their color and race. this was very hard to take for the black folks and they felt they had to do something about it. So they went ahead and protest against that. they sat at the launch counters as a group and decided to stay there and not do anything. On febuary 27, they were warned, then comes the police and told them, "all nigros get up from the launch counters, we gonna arrest you." I believe that the students was very scared but they way tood up together was a very memorable about the film. Martin Luther King and the way he encourage the people to stand for what's right was a very good source of the Movie. When the students were taking to jail, they wasn't afraid of anything because they knew that they was doing the right thing. Alice Walker was talking her on the phone becasue she was very worried about her son and he told her, "Mother be cool," it showed us that he knew everything was gonna be alright for the future and what ever it takes would be something to sacrifice for.

Exploration 6

 "Ain't scared of your jail" a 1960s movie on the Cilvil Rights Movement was very powerful and inspirational. The movie described several black students who felt out of place and felt the need for change. So the students took direct action and went after the change they were looking for. The direct action stared out art local lunch counters in downtown Nashville. The black students preformed sit-ins. They continued to sit there all day long and were not going to give-up. They dealt with physical and emotional attacks. They also had to fight through the arrests. But that didn't stop them, as soon as one group of protesters got arrested, a second group sat down, once those members got arrested a third group sat down. Law enforcement didn't know what to do. 

Once in jail the blacks were either told to pay a $50 fine or to spend 33 days in the work house. Most blacks felt like paying was giving in so the opted to work the 33 days. Blacks shut down the town. They eventually stopped spending money at white stores. This also created a riot and violence broke out. The blacks wanted to put pressure on the town so they could change the rules and regulations. Sit-ins spread to 60 cities across the nation, nearly 2,000 were arrested and a national boycott was being organized. It took one month for it to be completely affective. Those who joined the boycott were know as the "freedom riders." And that's what they were. They road until they were free.

A white male named Jim Zwerg joined the freedom riders and he was a brave young man. He was the first to step off the bus in Alabama, on stop away from Jacksonville, he was beat and beat badly. While in the hospital he said, "Segregation must be stopped. I am a freedom rider. We will continue to ride." With support of the feds and police the freedom riders made it. And they fought for what they believed in. They got the change they wanted. Diane Nash another freedom rider took her own action when asking Mayor Ben West if he thought all of this was morally right. And Mayor West thought as his own person that is was morally wrong. He set up a public announcement and said that change would be occurring, and it did. The freedom riders rode for weeks and sang and sat in jail and were arrested beat and battered but they got what the fought for. They got freedom. 


The movie, "Ain't Scared of Your Jail," was mainly about the civil rights movement and how people of color wanted to have the same alienable rights that that white people had, and what they deserved. I thought that the movie was very powerful, and a great way of showing us and putting us through the hard ship that these miraculous people had to venture threw.
The main purpose of the direct action was to take action without using violence on their part. A great example of this were the events that we know as, the sit-ins. The blacks and some whites who were against segregation, in groups of many people, marched down the street of the town to the local lunch diner, and sat at the counters. Many of the people were described as, being dressed like they we heading to church. They sat there for two weeks without any incidents, but unfortunately on February 27, violence broke out and many blacks were beaten by the mob of white folks.
One of the most memorable events throughout these hectic days, was when an eighteen-year-old woman known as, Diane Nash, asked the major of Nashville at the time, Ben West, "Do you feel its right to discriminate solely based on the color of their skin?" Remarkably, Ben West answered not as a major of a segregated town, but as a man and said that he did not think that it was right to discriminated solely based on someones skin color. He did this knowing that he would be looked down upon by the white people, and yet he chose to be honest and truthful. That moment in itself, was significant and gave hope to many people of color.

Exploration Six

"The only thing that's right was the day we start to fight", this is part of the lyrics from a song which students sang during the Civil Rights Movement. This is a really powerful film which showed us how students strive for their rights with non-violent direct action. During 1950s to 1960s, there was a practice of racial segregation, black residents were not allowed to do basic things like receiving seats in the lunch centers and sitting at the front seats in buses. Black residents decided to fight back in a non-violent way to restore their sense of dignity and to fight for their rights and freedom.

The students organized a series of nonviolent direct action,which is to take direct action without relying on violent tactics, in order to end racial segregations. The leaders organized workshops to train and teach students techniques in nonviolent direct action.They dressed nice and took seats in a orderly way in downtown luch counters. They sat on streets downtown and some of the participants were arrested by the police for "disorderly conduct". Black residents started staying out of town and they stopped spending money downtown on national retail merchandises. Eventually, there are more and more random violence to the blacks downtown.

I think the most memorable part in this film is when all the students and all the blacks marched to the city hall. The eighteen year-old Diane Nash, who was a female leader in the student movement, asked the mayor of Nashville,"Do you feel it is wrong to discriminate against a person solely on the basis of their race or color?", the mayor admitted that he did. The mayor then allowed black residents to be served in downtown lunch counters. This was a huge turning point in the whole movement.

The police keep using massive violent action to stop the student movement, which was totally nonviolent. However, the group of students never gave up and showed us that freedom and rights should never be stopped by violent attacks. It's really touching how students were willing to accept death in order to fight for their human rights and freedom. They were determined to be free and nothing could stop them.

As students nowadays, we are very fortunate that we are living in a democratic country and we have the Bill of Rights and the constitution to make sure that we enjoy our rights and freedom. We have to thank those people in the civil right movements in the history who helped the country making a great step towards an equal world with social integration. We are living in a more democratic world because of their sacrifices and courage to "fight" back, in a non-violent and civilized way.

Exploration 6

After watching a film about the 1960s Civil rights movement in Nashville, Tennessee, I had to think many important things. I could not believe how the town was divided into two because of the race and fact that there were two names on one thing for blacks and whites. Blacks were trying to stop the segregation from Nashville. The most memorable part in the film was when blacks did not fight back when whites warned them to move from the lunch counter, which was a non-violent direct action. They continued to sit for weeks. However, a lot of blacks who did not do anything got arrested. John Lewis said, "Growing up in the rural South, it was nothing to do, not to go to jail. It was bringing shame and disgrace on the family". The blacks felt the same about, just to stop the segregation. They were not afraid to be in the jail. I think the powerful protest was a right choice to do because if they did not cause the action, we might still have segregation today. I think the Mayer of Alabama, Ben West is a good source in the film because he stated "I could not agree because it was a moral right for someone to sell and refuse". Everyone respected him the way he responded about the segregation. I have to be thankful to them what they have done in the past so we have freedom today.

Exploration 6 movie review

I thought the movie "Ain't scared of your jail" was a very powerful and emotional movie. The movie focused mainly on how the people of Nashville used a important tactic, the non violent action remove the problem of segregation in the 1960's. The most memorable non violent direct action in Nashville was when the college student went and sat in lunch counters and never got up or reacted back even when they were getting beaten up by the white people. A good source in the film would probably be Diana Dash because she was present through all the events in the movie even when Ben West became the mayor. The best part was when the cops came to arrest the student more students came and sat in lunch counters. It shows courageous and determined they were. I think the best quote in the movie was at the end when Jim zwerg says " I am not going to stop singing you can try to take my mattress if you want". This scene in the movie was the strongest out of all because when the big muscular guy came to beat up Jim to leave the mattress but instead the big guy started to cry. This movie showed us that you can rid of bad things with non-violence.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Exploration 6

The film on the 1960’s Civil rights movement was a very powerful and thought provoking film.  It truly makes me appreciate my freedom, and how fortunate I am to live in this great nation. The direct action in this film focuses on a nonviolent approach to protesting. The civil rights activists were beaten down mentally and physically and it must have taken so much inner strength to not back down to any of the torture they went through.

I believe that the Governor of Alabama made one of the most powerful statements saying, “We cannot act as nurse maids to agitators.” Although this doesn’t seem packed with meaning, I believe it is because leaders should set good examples. Yes, this film takes place in a much different time than we live in today, but there were many good leaders around the country open to desegregation and freedom for all. He is a leader in the city, and thousands of citizens look up to him. I believe that this remark made it ok for the whites of Alabama to segregate and to be hateful towards blacks.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Fear not, we have gone too far to turn back.” I believe that this is very motivating and inspirational for the freedom riders. It would have been very difficult to keep moving forward when at times, it felt as though progress would never be made. I look up to these men and women for their perseverance and dedication to what they believed in and they never lost hope.

Diane Nash is a great source in this film because she was a leader of the freedom riders, and many people looked up to her. Diane Nash was a student at Fisk University, an all black University. She is very inspiring, positive and hopeful for the future.



Exploration six

In the 1960s, segregation was widely occuring in Nashville,Tennessee. The process of direct action is to openly protest with a pact of non violence. They would just take beatings and not fight back. They were taking a stand. The most memorable non-violent direct action in Nashville was the sit ins. In which four black colleges participated in going to lunch counters and sitting at the counters. The owners began to shut down the counters, but the black students still continued to sit there. Gangs of white people gave them a warning and then beat non violent black students. 80 non violent black students were arrested for disorderly conduct when doing nothing wrong. The police did absolutely nothing to help the students. After time the black community also began to stand behind the black students. During the boycotts of the downtown Nashville area, it spread to 69 cities in two months with 2000 people arrested. They continued to protest non violently. After awhile Ben West the governor of Tennessee, made a statement. Three weeks after that statement, blacks were served at the lunch counters. After that some students began the Freedom Riders striving to get rid of segregation in other parts of America. In the movie, Eyes on the Prize, we hear from many different sources. We hear from many Freedom Riders and black students that were involved in the sit ins. Jim, one of the Freedom Riders, says " segregation must be stopped; it must be broken down." I think this best describes their reason for the non-violent action and for the need of having the Freedom Riders to get rid of segregation in other places. They would die if thats what got them freedom.

Expoloration #6

This film of Civil Right is very emotional film to watch, there are many problems because the struggle was about more than Civil Right. This wa issue of economic and educational problems. this equality during the Civil Right Movement, the act of nonviolent protest and Civil disobedience included Boycott such us successful Montgomery Bus Boycot. these caused a lot of problems. stuent told not be nonviolent and be prepared to be arrested if they do violent and order to put in jail. The student diddnt listened. The police arrived and arrested student. in Feb 28, 1960 Mayor West announced biracial committee to invesgate, but not came of invasgation. in 1969 after two months later Boycott started then 2,000 people had been arrested . Civil Right Movement stood me out after i watched the flim , the part that talked about between black and white going to school and drink fountain . The eighteen years old that asked the Major of nashville (is it okay to discriminated someone). This quote stood me out because it is really good question to ask , but the Majer didnt answer the question. It is not right to discriminated someone the way they look and the color they are. i really like those who were the frreedom writters and they were fighting their freedom. Without freedom is without a life. i feel sorry those who were riding the bus while the bus destroyed in 12 people rushed to the hospital. After all that happen the goverment didnt find those who caused the problem to the innocent people who want peace everything will be okay if their were respect each other between black and white and if they treated some especial if they had good goverment to protect them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exploration 6: Film Review

I thought this film of the civil rights movement was very significant and moving to watch. There were many negative emotions that were brought out when I watched this; emotions such as fear for black society, anger, and frustration at white people and how harsh they treated blacks. To know that not too long ago, about 50 years, society was separated so finely that people of a certain color could not even use the same water fountains as people from another color. It is hard for me to fathom how life would be today if it were still like that. According to Reverand Vivian in the film, the sit-ins and boycott the black citizens made to the city and the merchants made a great impact on the town. The sit-ins continued for 2 weeks and then warnings were given by white people who began to grow angry. The boycott began and within 2 months, 69 cities were involved and 2,000 people were arrested. As I watched the film, it came to my mind multiple times what my choice would be as a white citizen and how I would I choose to treat blacks if I was living during those times. Of coarse I am so strongly against it and the mistreatment of blacks I told myself I would do exactly what some white people were doing as they got on board and joined in on the Freedom Riders. But when I started to see how there were mobs waiting at certain stops ready to kill, it did bring a hesitation to my mind on if I would really have the guts to do that. Though it seems like a simple choice today because we all see eye to eye, at that time, I would be considered the minority if I stood up for blacks and I could be severely criticized for it. In the film there was a white young man named Jimmy and he was the first to step off of the bus to the waiting mob and when he stepped off, it said many of the folks were almost confused and shocked to see a white man sticking up for black people; then they went on to savagely beat him. Later, he states "Segregation must be stopped; it must be broken down. We are willing to accept death and we will keep riding." I thought that Jimmy was very heroic for standing up for something that was affecting him on a much lower level than it was for blacks people. It really put into perspective for me all that black people had to endure during that time just to get an equal chance and respect in life. I really give all those who were brave enough to make a stand credit because they changed our nation for the better.

Exploration 6:Nashville

I think the movie about Nashville's non-violent, direct-action approach to desegregation was very powerful. The students that were involved were courageous and are the one's who eventually took things into their own hands. It all began when a group of black students went into a restaurant and sat there. They went two weeks without any incidents and then gangs emerged and got themselves involved. They beat the black students and the police did not get involved. I think the blacks knew that things would get bad but they were prepared to remain true to their non-violent commitment. Those black students were arrested and waves of them continued to come into the restaurant to take their places. From this point on things continued to get bad, but they never once gave up their fight.
I think the most memorable part was when it was said, "When the marchers came closer to town, it was silent except for the sound of feet." This is when Diane Nash asked the Mayor if he thought it was wrong to discriminate against a person solely based on their skin color. And admitted, Yes, it is wrong. This was the main turning point and the most memorable one. The whole story was educational. I didn't know this went on for so long and everything that went into it. There were a lot of people involved and a lot of people who really helped the blacks fight for their rights.
There were also a lot of good sources in the story. Diane Nash interested me because she explained her experiences in a way that it felt like you were there. And she was only eighteen years old when all of this was happening, it was really good to see someone her age fight for what she believes in. I'm not sure you'd see people come together like that these days. All of the people that witnessed and were involved with this had good stories to tell. When Jim Zwerg, a freedom rider, beaten and in his hospital bed said, "We're going to keep coming until we can ride from one place in the south to another place in the south, until we can do it without any comments. We are American Citizens." It's really amazing that he, and many others that had been badly beaten, would die for their rights and freedom.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong

This chapter was one of my favorites not because I'm a girl but because Mary Ann's story made me see how the war can change a person especially the men even though we don't pay much attention to them. This story showed how the war can make you become drawn into yourself. Mary Ann went to stay with her boyfriend Eddie Diamond because she wanted to be with him but her being there close to the war, here perspective changed and she later became one with the forest as O'Brien writes it.
Even though we in general don't pay much attention to the changes in the men in the war, Mary Ann's story made me in particular pay attention more. Like Rat Kiley seeing his team mates dead and picturing himself dead, I see how traumatized Kiley got through seeing dead bodies day after day.
I didn't really pay attention much to wars and how they affected people and also I was not into politics. Though I still I'm not into politics, I now have great respect for the veterans and their strength to stay in the war

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Exploration Four:

Chapter two "love" , has really engaged me the most. Jimmy Cross has finnaly reconected with Martha at a college reunion and spent most of their time catching up, but Cross rememers how he loved her and how they used to spen alot of time together. The love jimmy had for Martha made him go through alot and he always blamed him self for the death of his friend Lavender, because he always fantasies about her, her smooth skin, if she was still virgin, so instead of being a leader he was always thinking about Martha.

In life we have alot of responsibilites and duties, we must feel resposible for our loved ones but at the same time we should feel responsible for our duties. Jimmy had love for Martha but his duty was to lead the Guys and that's why he feels guilt for the death of his friend Levender. Reponsibilites can affect us in many ways, for examble if we don't do our jobs the right way or if we don't take care of our families then we failed responsobility in my opinion.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Dentist

Surprisingly, this short chapter was one of my favorites. It engaged me the most because it showed the true personality of a young man that made himself look tough to his peers. It was a short story about a boy by the name of Curt Lemon, "a real mans man....a true soldier". No matter how tough he made himself seem, when the dentist came around he was scared silly. Scared enough to faint. The theme that I saw was profounder, this nineteen year old boy may have been swayed by the war, but he was unchanged. He was so ashamed of the fact that he fainted, he was embarrassed. Just like any young teenagers would be. But to prove to his platoon that he was a real soldier he had to do something....he had to pull a tooth. This terrified him, so not only was he proving something to himself but also to his platoon. I suppose the reason this chapter engaged me so much was there was a point. A strong bold young man will never allow himself to look weak. Which in war is probably a good quality, but also sad that he will never be able to put his guard down, even though he is still a teenager.

This book just confirms to me the same feelings I have always felt about war. It is a sad fact, but wars in some occasions are absolutely necessary. War kills, but brings peace. It destroys old ways, but allows new theory's to emerge. It is a blessing and a cures. I guess I feel the same way O'Brien does about war, to some degree at least. I don't approve of some things, because I don't know enough about them. But others like WWI and WWII were there is a deviant reason and a solid understanding of the war I strongly believe people should fight for their freedom. Now a days people except to much, they except things to be handed to them. They feel like the privileged ones that would never have to fight in a war (just a O'Brien did.) But there are some people that would not only die for their country, but they would die for the opportunity to honor and represent their country. This book just confirms all those feeling I already had about war.

The Man I Killed

"The Man I Killed" was a really important chapter and emotional one as well in my opinion. The feeling of killing someone is something that i can't even imagine no matter how well O'Brien explains it. It's a burden that one has to carry for the rest of his life. Killing someone for something that they had nothing to do with is pretty hard to deal with. O'Brien imagines what kind of life the young boy had-he wonders if he was maybe a scholar, or maybe hated politics and was teased through out his life for being soft. I like the insight of what war was like and how a person killed by a grenade looked like.


in chapter how to tell the true war story was engaged me most when the author said war is hell, but that is not half of it. is thrue because the soldiers were strugling and surviving . they would see alot of troops deying in the war friends because they know each they eat to gether and slept to gether. imagine aperson you was talking last night get shot in next day in the war. am pretty sure they were alot of sudness in war. a war is another name for dead beause you never know if you would die in war or come back savety.
this book make remain me one of my best friend that based away two years ago and it is hard to forget when you lose a friend that closed to you.and i can imagine how these soldier felt when they lost their friends it is hard to forget. the characters in the book don't want came back for the war becouse they feeling embarrassed.

Exploration Four Response

How to Tell a True War Story, was a very engaging chapter. I believe this because they emphasize the importance of friendship in the war and dealing with the death of a soldier. The letter Bob Kiley writes to Curt Lemon's sister is very moving and powerful, but she never responds. I think that she should have responded out of respect, but it would be very difficult to deal with the loss of a family member. I thought it was very thought provoking when they said, "A true war story is never moral." It then states, "If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie." These two passages really hit me because it shows that unless you are there, you cannot fully understand how brutal and terrible War really is.
I don't know how I would handle the loss of a family member because we are all extremely close. This chapter allows me to appreciate the time I spend with them. Death is a part of life, and coping with such a tragic event could allow you to become closer with your loved ones. People sometimes struggle with the loss of close friends and family because they do not have strong supportive relationships with others. People may not have religious beliefs, and therefore have no one to pray to.
I have had a few loved ones pass and it is a very tough, emotional time. During these times, I think it is best to stay close with family or loved ones, and not to worry about other nonsense in your life. I believe that the best way to cope with this tragic loss would be to reflect on good times spent with that person. Also, prayer is very powerful. You should be trusting that your loved one is in a better place.


Exploration Four
chapter two has engaged me the most because it remined me that when i left my dad in back home. the event themes that is important to me in this chapter is when Mrtha and Jimmy run to each other and reunite and still loved her and remember how many hours that they used to spend togather.
This book make me to thing about to go back in Yemen and see my dad, it touch my felling, how much i miss my dad and what a imporatant thing that i am missing without my father. peoplpe struggle because they dont want to loose their close friends because they know how much important it is to be close with their friends and family because they will be their for you when you need their help. The best way is not to be far away from your family and your close friend, stay with them all the time if you can. i feel that its painful to go war and lose you friends at the war. This responsibilities will affect us today if still war going on around the world.
This book book make me to feel the wars that we have around the world included my country Somalia people killing each other without a good reasons both in the past and present war is a war absulatly war is not good for us.

explor. 4 Death of Kiowa

In the field, was very touching and emotional, the chapter where Kiowa dies. It was not a courageous death, and was sorta like one of the war stories that was talked about, one of those stories that you couldn't believe. This chapter was touching as two men, friends of Kiowas both felt blame for his death. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross felt it was his duty to protect his men and he should have known better than to camp in that mud mess, he took full responsibility and was going to write a letter to Kiowa's parents, at first he was going to make the letter simple and sympathetic, later did he decide to tell them it was his fault not go into details, but so they knew. Both Jimmy and the younger boy, whose name was forgotten were very hit hard emotionally. The young boy was a very good friend of Kiowa's and knew it was his fault the ambush came, because of his flashlight and the picture he was showing him. This boy cried and was so shocked, but what shocked me the most was he was more worried about his picture lost in the field, maybe it was because he didn't know how to react or deal with his emotions, trying to be the strong soldier. Kiowa did not deserve this. All the men searching for his body for hours was what good friends, good soldiers did. Finally finding him was a relief for me and the characters in the story taking all the men they had to pry him from the crud, this made me so proud of the courage, love, and devotion they had for each other. Many people have ways of couping with death and as soldiers they are numb to death, not allowed to cry, not allowed to feel. Soldiers kill and die everyday and in order to stay focus can not let emotions run wild. As for most civilians we deall with it by weeping, eating, sleeping, talking, ect.. Its life, people die.