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Sunday, March 14, 2004
  I got to thinking about family history and where people originate from. My family doesn't talk about it too much and I was wondering if that is a bad thing. Should all people know where they originate from or is it not a big deal. I had never really thought of myself as missing out on something until a friend of mine had asked me where I originated from and all I could tell him was I thing from Germany. I asked my mom in pursued of an answer and she didn't know an answer except that we might be Irish because we have fair skin and freckles. I don't think that this is a good answer either because there is no proof or family story behind it. Are people in America loosing touch of where they originated from in general? Do people care anymore about where they were at before America? Is it bad if I can only define myself as an American but not as a person whose family originated from elsewhere? Sorry this is a lot of questions but I was just thinking if heritage matters any more. 
  I got to thinking about family history and where people originate from. My family doesn't talk about it too much and I was wondering if that is a bad thing. Should all people know where they originate from or is it not a big deal. I had never realy thought of myself as missing out on something until a friend of mine had asked me where I originated from and all I could tell him was I thing from Germany. I asked my mom in persuit of an answer and she didn't know an answer except that we might be Irish because we have fair skin and frekles. I don't think that this is a good answer either because there is no proof or family story behind it. Are people in America loosing touch of where they originated from in general? Do people care anymore about where they were at before America? is it bad if I can only define myself as an American but not as a person whose family originated from elsewhere? Sorry this is a lot of questions but I was just thinking if herratige matters any more. 
Sunday, February 29, 2004
  One of my very close friends is getting married next weekend. She is eighteen years old and the person who she is going to be marrying is nineteen. They have been together for almost a year. When I think about her getting married now, I could not possibly see myself in the same position. I think that eighteen is too young to be thinking about settling down for the rest of someone's life. I know that my opinion is much different from hers because I do not have a steady boyfriend and I have not met anyone that I would consider marriage material for myself, but I think that if you love someone, marriage can wait for a while. I don't believe that an engagement should be a short period of time. I don't see her reason in rushing into the whole thing because she has not even known her fiance for a whole year yet. Am I wrong for thinking that she is rushing into the whole thing? I will be at the wedding to give her support because I think it is important to believe in your friends and be there for them no matter what there decisions about their life are. Even though I might not do the same some day, I would want my friends to be there for me.  
Thursday, February 26, 2004
  For the presentation part of the project I wanted to possibly do a power point presentation because I think having a visual along with an explanation makes learning easier. I also thought that it would be good to read some stories of people who have had to deal with some type of discrimination. I think that the personal stories of people who have been hurt by someone else's actions make people think harder about intolerance and what things need to be changed. 
Sunday, February 22, 2004
  I don't keep up with American Idol all that much, but a while back I caught the episode with William Hung's audition. When I first saw it I thought to myself this kid has got to be kidding, but apparently he wasn't. I looked him up on the entertainment section of CNN.com after hearing on the radio that someone was going to give him a record deal. I was shocked because I thought that to get a record deal you should have had to work hard to prefect your talents. My impression of William from American Idol was that he was just some guy that wanted to get on TV. The article basically said that Hung is a student at U.C. Berkeley who won a dorm talent show with his version of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs". He tried out for American Idol and was told that he couldn't sing or dance by Simon Coweil. Hung had a cheerful disposition after the audition saying that he gave his best and had no regrets. Viewers of the popular show loved his performance because it made them laugh and it was so different from the other auditions of serious musicians. Since the show has aired he has become very popular at school and he has made some appearances on TV shows. I think that Hung represents something bigger than a loser on American idol. I think that his perseverance shows that if you try hard to do your best at something you love, it doesn't matter what 1(or 3) person thinks... What matters is what you think of yourself. Hung thinks that he did his best, so I think that makes him great. If you want to see the full article then you can go to http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/20/music.idol.ap/index.html
 
Thursday, February 19, 2004
  Hi there! I have found it difficult to just think of things to write about because nothing extreemly interesting happens to me a lot. I'm taking this class called world perspectives and right now we are learning about different acts of genocide. When I think of genocide the first thing that comes to mind is Nazi's killing off the jewish people, but I had never even herd of the genocide that happened in Rowanda in 1994. I dont know that many other people my age have ever herd about it either. I was only eight when it was taking place and I have never herd an adult, teacher or family member even speak of it. I watched a video on it in the class and I was horrafied. It surprised me that something so horable could happened to people not even 10 years ago. what surprised me even more was that the UN did nothing to help these people and the killers were alowed to walk in the streets after commiting genocide. I want to know why the genocide in Rowanda is not talkied about in schools and how I never knew that this happened until yesterday.  
Thursday, February 12, 2004
  I was having a problem thinking of ideas for this project. I read the article in the oracle about the noose and I was surprised that someone would hang a noose in a tree. I mean the person who did it must not be too bright. I am having trouble of thinking of an Idea for this project. I read the questions in the book on pg. 146. Something that has been in the news lately is the kidnapping and murder of Carlie Brucia. I think that a problem with children not being educated enough about kidnappers and what they can do to prevent themselves from being a victim. It is sad that children should have to be educated on a topic such as this one, but there are too many crazy people out there that can do harm to kids. I also read tome of the other blog entries and I thought that many other people had great ideas on topics like gay marriages and racism.  
Thursday, February 05, 2004
  Organization of My Paper

1. Introduction. This will include a story about two people who have recently adopted a child and the thesis statement. Adoption is a better choice than abortion for women who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
2. This should include some facts about abortions and adoptions. How many women choose to... ect.
3. The adoption process. What are things that people have to do in order to give a baby up for adoption.
4. What are things people have to do to adopt a child
5. What people think is good about adoption. Opinions of various people
6. Refutation
7. Why Adoption is still the best choice for all people 
  I liked reading "Blame it on Feminism" by Susan Faludi. I thought that she made some very interesting points about women today. It's ironic that women have made it in this world and that they have so many more opportunities than women did in the previous generation, and yet most women still don't have good jobs, decent pay, reproductive freedoms, equal education or even equality in there homes. My opinion is that I enjoy my life the way it is. I don't think I am necessarily oppressed by men or that I do not have the same privileges or opportunities as them. I think that the article does make some interesting points about illnesses that women are more susceptible now (pg.395) such as stress-induced disorders, hair loss, bad nerves, alcoholism and heart attacks, but I don't think that women should use the excuse that there job caused all of these things to happen to them. I come from a working class family. My mom is a letter carrier for the post office and she has been putting in over 50 hours a week for the last twenty seven years. Her opinion was that women who have the problems that were listed in the article are women who don't have any way to get rid of the stress in there life or who keep all of there problems inside of them. My mom said that she doesn't like working as much as she does and that she did get to miss out on some of the things she would have liked to have been there for when me and my sister growing up, but she couldn't imagine herself staying at home all the time. No one ever said life was easy!  
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