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“I heard a fly buzz when I died” (I heard a fly, 1); the death in this poem is so effortless, besides the illusion of death that it presents it is so scary. The appearance of a simple and trivial fly at the peak of life only frightens and disconnects us. As we approach the end of the poem, the fly has obtained an awful meaning. Without doubt, the fly becomes the most central image. The fly makes a genuine appearance in four stanzas of the poem and that is what the speaker experiences in dying. ”I felt a funeral in my brain”(I felt a funeral, 1), this poem also clearly shows us that Emily addresses her fear of death which is very frightening to the speaker she shows this by her selflessness...
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Explication of Emily Dickinson's "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain"
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In the poem "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain" Emily Dickinson exposes a person's intense anguish and suffering as they sink into a state of extreme madness. The poem is a carefully constructed analysis of the speaker's own mental experience. Dickinson uses the image of a funeral-service to symbolize the death of the speaker's sanity. The poem is terrifying for the reader as it depicts a realization of the collapse of one's mental stability, which is horrifying for most. The reader experiences the horror of the speaker's descending madness as the speaker's mind disintegrates and loses its...
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An Analysis of Dickinson’s "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain"
Emily Dickinson was a poet who used many different devices to develop her poetry, which made her style quite unique. A glance at one of her poems may lead one to believe that she was quite a simple poet, although a closer examination of her verse would uncover the complexity it contains.
Dickinson’s poem " I felt a Funeral, in my Brain", is a prime example of complicity embodied by simple style and language. In this piece, Dickinson chronicles psychic fall. The use of many different devices such as sound, repetition, and metaphors, all help to develop the theme of the poem.
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Death in Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," "I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died," and "I Felt A Funeral In My Brain"
Emily Dickinson's poems "Because I Could Not Stop for Death",
"I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died", and "I Felt A Funeral In
My Brain" all deal with one of life's few certainties, death.
Dickinson's intense curiosity towards mortality was present in
much of her work, and is her legacy as a poet.
"Because I could Not Stop for Death" is one of Emily Dickinson's
most discussed and famous poems due to its ambiguous, and unique
view on the popular subject of death. Death in this poem is told
as a woman's last trip, which is headed toward eternity. This...
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A Funeral in Austria Many people would not think that a funeral could be beautiful, but it can be. My husband and I were in Vienna, Austria two years ago on vacation, and we decided to visit his grandparents' gravesite. While we were there we came upon a funeral in progress. We decided to watch from a distance, to see what happens at a funeral in Austria. The cemetery's location, the funeral procession, and the way death is treated impressed me.First of all, the cemetery was located almost in the heart of downtown Vienna. As we approached the cemetery, my thoughts veered to, "I do not know if I want...
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With a standing ovation from the whole school and a look on my father’s face that seemed to say ‘I am proud of you’, I realized I had just taken a big step to overcome my public speaking demons. I suffered from stage fright anytime I stood in front of people to speak, and if these demons that cause this anxiety are the same ones in hell, then I am surely booking my flight to heaven as soon as possible.
Since my childhood, I had always been the kid all parents wished they had; I was intelligent, smart, thoughtful and too wise for my age. What those parents did not know was that I lacked confidence in when speaking. That was my Achilles heel, if I was Superman, then public speaking was my...
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Table of ContentsParts of the Brain 3How the Brain Works 4Vocabulary 5Optical Illusions 7Jingle 8Bibliography 9Parts of the BrainHow the Brain WorksDoes chocolates really satisfy women? That has been a widely asked question from just about every man. The answer is, it actually does. Chocolate causes the brain to produce natural opioids, which are found in opium, producing a feeling of well being. This chemical dulls pain. Chocolate produces a chemical like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana. Your brain controls...
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One year in high school some of the boys thought it would by funny to make a list of all the girls. They wanted to rate and make a comment about them next to get their hands on the list. They wanted to see how they rated and what they said about them. It seem like we couldn't get the list quick enough. I never thought anything was wrong with me until I heard of the list they were making. I always thought there was nothing wrong with me and that's what everyone else...
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I live in a town called Kotka. Kotka is located in south-east Finland on the Gulf of Finland.
The town was founded in 1878 and the population is now about 56 000. There are so many things that are good about Kotka. We have the biggest export port in Finland, the imperial fishing-logde in Langinkoski and there are so many sport facilities here that you can almost do any sport you want.
To live in Kotka as a teenager isn't that bad. There are a lot of different activities, e.g. you can play football in KTP, the team with maybe the most fanatic audience in Veikkausliiga(the national soccer league). I have myself played for their youth-team and you can develop your skills. The...
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One Family, Two SocietiesGrowing up in a Pakistani household I was expected not to question or disrespect my father in any way. My father who was raised in Pakistan was a stern man, and stubborn at that. My father and I never really talked about anything serious. There came a point where I started to think and express my own opinions, which were different from what my father had. Over the past year I had become more independent of my father due the growing differences between both of us. Being raised in different societies caused a major conflict between my father and I, but now I realized that I could...
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HOLD MY HAND OR ELSE!!!List at least 8 slang words found in the text.Dunnies- ToiletsSpewin- Not happyYabberin- Talking a lotDorky- Not CoolDumpers- Big waves that dump you underBummer- DisapointingDude- GuyDer- How stupid are you?Dunno- Don't knowDescribe Sam and Belinda's familySam's family consists of Sam, his Mum and his sister Leanne. He has no father figure as his Dad left them. Sam's family has little money to spend even though they...
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Fear in Wordsworth's My heart leaps up when I behold, We Are Seven, Tintern Abbey, and Resolution and Independence
Fear in Wordsworth's "My heart leaps up when I behold", "We Are Seven", "Tintern Abbey", and "Resolution and Independence"
Romantic poetry conjures in the mind of many people images of sweet, pastoral landscapes populated by picturesque citizens who live in quaint houses in rustic villages, with sheep grazing on green-swathed hills, while a young swain plights his troth to his fair young maiden, who reclines demurely amidst the clover and smiles sunnily. William Wordsworth is perhaps the archetypal Romantic poet; his most famous poem, "I wandered lonely as a cloud", would...
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My Eating Disorder - I Had a Problem with Food
Everyone wanted to see me get fat, I was sure of it. For once in my life I had some semblance of control over my body in a way no else did. Managing my body took discipline and I was not going to have anyone interfere. I sat crouched in the small space between my parents’ bathtub and toilet, the cool white ceramic tiles reflecting the blonde of my hair, the tears that somehow managed to eke out of the eye ducts were streaming down my hot, mucus slathered face. In the corner behind the toilet, the dog hair swirled in little eddies, and the rim of the toilet had faint speckles of urine, unnoticeable to anyone not at eye level. The shower was...
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Tense TimesIn February of 2000 I was stationed in Kuwait as a senior airman in the United States Air Force. I was a member of a flight of paratroopers (also known as "pj's") assigned to help enforce the No-Fly zone in Southern Iraq. Life there was fairly uneventful; most of the days were spent sweating and placing bets on mid-eastern versions of cockfights with scorpions and camel spiders. While on duty we went though life-like exercises to keep us ready for a real threat that could become a reality at any moment.While patrolling the No-Fly zone one afternoon, a squadron of our F-15's was fired...
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What I thought would be a relaxing day for me as an American Army Soldier at Camp Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq proved to be untrue. It was the morning of May 28th 2003 after a "normal night" consisting of a somewhat manageable sleep schedule despite the frequent mortar attacks on our camp. Emerging from my Colman tent I started my daily routine, shaving my face using the drivers side mirror of my humvee to see myself, and using my canteen cup to rinse my shaver. After cleaning up I ate cold chicken and rice from a MRE packet to energize myself for the long and hot day ahead.
I was the 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major's Driver; I was also part of the Brigade...
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Have you ever had one of those horrifying, yet incredibly funny stories of things that have happened to you? Well, I have. The house of doom has scarred me for life!I have a cottage on Walloon Lake in Petoskey. We go up there every summer for about 2 months. This summer, Alexis came up for a week and we had a very interesting experience.Walloon Lake is beautiful. It has tons of really huge expensive houses on it, right across from our cottage. The day Alexis got to my cottage, we decided to take our
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In researching information about Aristotle, I found many articles that proclaimed him to be the greatest philosopher of the ancient world. I thought about other philosophers we have studied this semester, especially Socrates and as I compared them to each other, I was surprised to find how different their philosophical methods are. Socrates played the role of Aristotle's mentor yet they were very different thinkers. Socrates believed in proving things by math and science while Aristotle took a more spiritual approach and believed that everything could be formed from above....
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RDG 096 is a course wherein students will learn to improve their reading and comprehension skills and will be provided by substantial reading methods and techniques. Halfway through the course, I have written lessons that I have learned in this course and to name a few were the differences among ideas, context clues, word parts and tracking information. Now that the fall semester is almost over and course RDG 096 is almost already through, I have learned new things such as basic patterns of organization, comparison/contrast and cause/effect pattern, fact and opinion, and tone and bias.
Right after learning how to track information, I have learned how to recognize the basic patterns of...
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I am a stay-at-home mom. When I used to hear the words stay-at-home mom, I would picture; a mom eating bon-bons, lounging on the sofa watching soap shows all day. This is a common stereotype for stay-at-home moms, who have choose to let their careers go out the window to stay home with the children; however, I have chosen to be a stay-at-home mom while being a full time college student, as well as being a full time mom. In order to dispel some of the stereotypes of a stay-at-home mom, allow me to share a typical day in my life as a stay-at-home mom of my nine month old daughter. My day usually starts at seven in the morning. If my daughter has not woken up yet, I usually get up to do a...
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A Day in My Life
It's 7am and once again the annoying repetitive sound of the alarm on
my phone rings again. As I still have my eyes closed, I feel around
the floor for my phone to stop the alarm. After ten seconds I find the
cancel button, the alarm is still ringing in my ears. Eventually I
open my eyes to find nothing but darkness. I feel as dead as Kurt
Cobain. I stumble to the door and pull down the cold handle. As I open
the door, I hear the sound of the T.V downstairs. I sit on the top
step of the steep stairs knowing if I were to try and walk I would
most probably fall.
When I reach the bottom I see my Dad lying on the sofa looking
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It was 3:45 on a cold but sunny afternoon in Berkley, Michigan when I got the phone call I will remember for the rest of my life. A woman was calling from my wife's cell phone telling me my wife, Mary, hit a semi-truck, she was thrown from her car, and was lying in the middle of the road. At that point, I was overwhelmed with fear, anger, and grief all at the same time. The woman told me my wife knew enough to tell her my cell phone number and that she was going to call the police as soon as she got off the phone with me. Immediately, after I hung up the phone, I called everybody I knew who knew Mary and informed them of the situation. Mary was on her way back up from a...
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CONTENTSINTRODUCTION1ASSESSMENT2PRE ASSESSMENT FORMS2ASSIGNMENTS3OBSERVATION3PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT4INTERNET RESEARCH5REFLECTION6BIBLIOGRAPHY6In this essay I identify and discuss the assessment methods that I use within my training.ASSESSMENTIs finding out formally or informally how students are progressing throughout the course? Students are assessed to ensure that they have understood what they been taught and to ensure that the course was enjoyable and all course objectives have been meet. Information gained from assessment is...
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In today's society, all types of music artists are expressing their views, opinions and feelings in their songs about what they see and what they know. This is oneof the great things about this country Canada, the freedom to express yourself. It is not fair, nor is it constitutional that music should be censored in anyway. It is not only rap music trying to be censored it is in all types of music. They are taking away their rights and it isn't fair. As reported in the New York Times. "Wall-Mart CD standards are Changing Pop Music", Wal-Mart and other large department stores sell CD's by your favorite artists which are not what your favorite artists originally created. Some retailers...
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Someone once said, Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will. Have you ever been with someone that you loved so much, only to see them being pulled away not because they want to, but because they had too? I did and I regret ever experiencing it. My purpose for this essay is to inform you on that heart wrenching day when I lost the love of my life.My love life in the past was pretty average for a teenage girl. Had a few boyfriends, most of them did not last that long. But of course there is always that one guy that takes your breath away. His name is Manuel. He...
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A new chapter began in my life on the first day of ninth grade. That day, I went to my first day of freshman football practice. Although I knew a little about the game, I had never played football before, so I was somewhat apprehensive about what might happen. The coaches guided us through a series of tests designed to place us into the appropriate positions, although most of the guys already knew where they would be playing. I did everything the best I could, and was soon assigned to Coach Green and the linemen. Through that year I never got to start a game, but the things that happened both on and off the field with the other players made me very interested in what would come in the...
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Messing with NatureIs our food supply safe? By genetically modifying our food sources will we have problems in the future? Enough time has not passed to answer this question; we could be unleashing untold consequences that we are yet to suffer. Ecovandals, people who fear GM (genetically modified) plants and foods destroyed them in an attempt to stop their spread. These people fear that these GM plants may cause problems that we won't be able to deal with. We may be opening a Pandora's Box, releasing genetic demons that will be beyond our control.There is a soil bacterium - Bacillus thumnginsis (Bt) that has been...
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How long should compassionate care continue in a case of a brain-dead patient? Does the definition of ‘death’ need to be reconsidered? Who should decide when treatment should stop on a loved one? All these questions were brought up in the recent case of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl, who underwent surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland, on December 9th.
The procedure was meant to cure her case of sleep apnea, by having a routine tonsillectomy as well as clear some tissue from her nose and throat. However, due to complications she went into cardiac arrest, and was placed on a ventilator. On December 12th, she was deemed “brain-dead” by several neurologist, and was to be removed from the...
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4 May 2014
I live my life a rebel, a vigilante, devils try to get at me
Intro:Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late
19th and early 20th centuries. Born to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the Civil
War, Dunbar started to write as a child and was president of his high school's literary society. He
published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. I've only read one of Dunbar's
poems but I know Dunbar's work is known...
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Public Schools Should Require UniformsMore and more schools are making uniforms mandatory for students. Uniforms can help students in different ways. The children who cannot afford name brand clothes would not have to worry about getting picked on. Other students would be able to concentrate on their studies and not what everyone else is wearing. Uniforms can help decrease the discipline problems such as fights and theft. Last but not least, parents can save money by not buying high-priced clothing and put that money back into education.High-priced or name brand clothing are clothes that are popular now. For example brands like Tommy Gear, Timberland, Addis, and Nike are the...
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Tone is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as a manner of expression in speech or writing. Our literature book expands on this definition by saying tone is not an attitude, but it is whenever the poem makes an attitude clear to us. One poet to whom tone is very important is Theodore Roethke, author of "I Knew a Woman."� Roethke's writings range from clever poems in strict meter and regular stanzas to free verse poems full of imagery. Also, he is known for his use of environmental images in his works. In "I Knew a Woman,"� Roethke's tone is of a...
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Forty years ago, in the heart of this country's capital, an assembly formed near the Lincoln Memorial, a memorial to the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all slaves in the Confederacy "free forever". Just as Lincoln did in his time, another man raised during the time of the early sixties, to lead the Civil Rights Movement. The speech, I Have a Dream, given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not long nor complex in fact it was simple, However, the truths that were said, the feelings that were provoked and the power of Dr. King's diction impacted those in the...
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The field of industrial/organizational psychology is integral to the understanding of how the human mind and the workplace can come together to perform tasks in a smart and efficient manner. It is especially useful in determining which way to proceed when it comes to hiring and training employees, and making sure that those employees can do their work as well as possible. An organization that I am familiar with that can use the skills of industrial/organizational psychologists would be a
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Should a Woman Have The Right To Choose?I was raised to believe Abortion was wrong. There were always other options. My best friend, Kimberly, had a sister who used abortion as a form of birth control; we were aware of three before graduation. If she had only known her choices, she might have saved innocent lives.In 1994 a friend of mine found herself in an unwanted pregnancy. She had only one year of college left; she knew she couldn't disappoint her parents by going to them with the dilemma. She felt her only option was abortion. I remember having very long, in depth conversations with her, trying to persuade her against the abortion. I also told her I was there for her no...
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Perception is reality. As human beings our thoughts and beliefs are often the basis upon which we construct our social environment. Perception is a powerful phenomenon, and in a single moment one’s perception of a set of circumstances can shift, altering an individual’s reality as they know it. Given that one of the key factors in defining a crisis can be found in an individual’s perception of the precipitating event, perception becomes a vital component of maintaining balance in life.
This shift in perception was solely responsible for the complete alteration of my world as I understood it to be. My perception of the past three years, the future of my marriage, and my own future was...
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Savannah.It is the quietest most serene place I could ever go. There isn't anywhere else in the world that can compare to my little space. Being there makes me feel relaxed and calm. It is the best place to feel loved and be treated like a king. My papaw's house is the most majestic place in the world, and I love to visit there.It takes a long time for me to get to the best place in the world. Usually three of four hours will but us in Savannah, Tennessee, unless I'm driving. Although the drive is long...
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As her head rose from her tiny hands, she glared up at the dark figure standing in front of her. The room in which she was sitting was like a cave carved into the side of a tall mountain. It was quite dark, smelt funny and made her feel insecure. Kadie stared at the man sitting in front of her continuously before lowering her face into her hands again. "Come on love, the sooner you tell me the faster you can go home," said the man softly as he reached across the desk to wipe a tear from her eye. "You can trust me you know""I can't trust you. The only person I can trust is my daddy. I love my daddy," she snapped back."Ok then love, tell me about your dad.""I love my...
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Standing in awe, cold air permeated through my hair. The smell of fresh and mint pine scent complimented the beautiful view of the wilderness. With my boots wedged in the snow, a shiver came over my body. This was a place of peacefulness and tranquility. Never before had I been so close with nature.Facing the north was the vast forest. To the left and right, only the crystal white snow was visible. While looking up, I caught a glimpse of the old ski lift with fresh blue paint on it, the single tarnished thing in this whole oasis, that...
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Sometimes I wonder why tragic things happen and if it’s a part of God’s plan. My faith teaches me that God wants us to be in good health, even as our soul prospers in 3 John 2, (KJV, 1994). When I see events like 911, Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami and the Haiti Earthquake I sometimes wonder why these things have to happen. I know that I can not blame God because some things are man made. Everyone suffers at some point in our lives, whether it’s a divorce, cancer, an accident, a disability or a homicide we all have pain.
The bible tells us God causes all things to work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose in Romans 8:28 (KJV, 1994)....
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PEAS, STEAK, AND, JAKE.By Daniel NobleAn elderly man, wearing a jacket with only one button attached sits at a dinner table with his equally elderly wife, who is wearing tattered evening gown. Before them is a dinner of steak and peas. In the other seats of the table sit two stuffed animals that the couple believe are their children.Ronald: Margaret, I must say, tonight the peas have quite a bit of spunk. What prey tell is your secret, to such delightful green morsels of green peas?.Margaret: (Sips from her cocktail) Pepper, I love pepper, it turns an everyday meal, into culinary delightment. I used to use Mrs. Dash, but then she started giving me dirty...
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Dear Alex,Thank you for writing me with regard to the issue of giving your ex - boyfriend a second chance or not. According to your letter, you and your ex - boyfriend were really in love since you two both decided to move together from L.A. to San Francisco for school. However, your relationship was broke up but you didn't mention in your letter what causes this. So I assume that your ex - boyfriend cheated on you and you no longer want to keep the relationship and decided to break up with him. But now you are confuse of giving him a second chance or not and you wrote in your letter that you still have some feelings for him. From my point of view, it always come a time in every...
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We all have heard, "if it is too good to be true, it probably is", but the thing is, maybe it sounds good to you and it is not as good as it sounds, but it may be worth your time to get involved with the company.
How much are the start up costs?
Let me start out and say that I am not bashing any one company. As you look at what each company requires for you to sign up, you will find most have minimal start up costs. However, if you came to me and said you wanted to own a McDonalds franchise, and I told you it was $25, you would get excited. However, in order for you to start, you need the building, start up products, employees, insurance and money for taxes, even before you can open...
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If I could only choose fifteen words to describe myself and how I life it would be "everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven" which is an old Yiddish proverb. I take this to mean we all have only one life and we should try to make the most of it. In this light I try to life my life to the maximum and also help others enjoy themselves as much as I do. In my community there is a summer reading program run through my local library that promotes reading to youths between the grades of pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. For the last three summers I have volunteered there and for the past two summers I was the head teacher of the program. On average there are...
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The First ManJelani JohnsonI read a piece by Frederick Engels that went over the evolution of man through labor, and practice. He talked about what set us apart from animals, and his beliefs about how we came to be the way we are now. Where did we begin to take strides towards civilization? How is it that we have such advanced technology and practices now?The piece I read talked about the evolution of man. Engels did not believe in creationism, or fully in Darwin's theory either. He believed that apes evolved into man from labor. The constant use of the hand over time developed...
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SMALLPOXThe variola virus causes smallpox. The disease is at least 3000 years old, confirmed in China and India, with a few isolated cases in North Africa. There is no mention in Europe until the 6th century.During the 17th and 18th Centuries smallpox was the most serious infectious disease in The West and accounted for a substantial proportion of deaths, especially among town dwellers. The mortality rate varied regionally, with 10% in Europe and 90% in America. During the 20th Century, there was recognized for the first time a milder form of smallpox called variola minor or alas trim. It had a consistently low mortality rate of the order of 1%. This disease was endemic in...
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I usually wake up at around 7:00 am. My actual alarm time is at 6:30 am but I always snooze it. In the holidays, I wake up around 12 o’ clock. My friends say that I am the laziest person in the world. The first thing I hear from my mum is, “You are late”. I will then stream downstairs for breakfast. My parents always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I try my level best not to miss it. My mum really loves cooking, so I can have different varieties of breakfast everyday. But my favourite breakfast is cereals. It will always put me in a good mood to be in school. When breakfast is finished, everything is a rollercoaster for everyone in the family including me. My...
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A Change in My Life - Original Writing
The significance and intensity of a single word can be beyond
imaginable. A word used correctly in a sentence can emphasise
different aspects of your life. This can give you the power to look at
things close up and magnify faults to help you understand what needs
to be altered to achieve the lifestyle you'd always dreamt of.
I never thought a word that my friend who dropped out of school came
up with would change my perspective on life. I was proved wrong.
The British sun was beating down on my head; I could feel the heat
through the window. The traffic was hectic; I was stuck on an
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My group was the earthquake group. I had six members in my group, none of which I remember except myself. Our group never divided up jobs. Everyone just did what they wanted to and in my opinion this should not have even been considered a group project. We individually collected information and brought it into class. None of it that I know of was done as a group. The majority of our research came from the internet. Only two resources came from the newspaper.
In our group we had Sarah, Walt, Montaze, Eric, Jennifer, Reanell, and Tommy and Norman. Sarah and Jennifer worked together on the whole thing. Nothing that anyone gave...
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My Brief Time in a Wheelchair
Why didn’t she smile at me? Why did he avoid eye contact with me? I smiled, I said hello. Ah, yes. The wheelchair. For a split second, I forgot that I was sitting in a wheelchair as the young couple scurried by me. It seemed so natural for me to smile and greet someone as they pass, and it hurt that a similar greeting was not returned.
This was not the only hurtful reaction I received as I learned to operate a wheelchair around a K-Mart. And, it was not easy to maneuver myself around the store. At one point I knocked down a pile of blankets on a shelf and in the clothing section, I caught my wheelchair on a rack of shirts.
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Having lived in America my whole life, it feels as though I've been brain washed in wanting to have the perfect body. Everyone understands the pressure to be thin, especially being a Persian American living in Los Angeles. In LA we are surrounded with the movie industry, and the movie industry means lots of beautiful men and women, all with amazing bodies. With this kind of influence, it is not easy being obese, let alone overweight. But it's something I've dealt with ever since I can remember.I have various memories of my childhood, most of which relate to my weight problem. When I was about 5...