Writing 201: Drawer

An Ode to My Socks

My feet are cold

I need them now

I look through my drawer

I see a pair of green fluffy socks

I put them on

My feet feel warm

I had a regular pair of socks on before

Now with green fluffy socks on

Over these normal gray ones

My feet feel warm again.

Writing 201: Prose

An Attempt at Prose

So here is my first attempt at prose. Please review it if you like. I know that I am new at this. One day I hope to be better at writing prose. Attempting something new is far from easy. Especially, since this is my first prose piece. So I am going to write a prose about thinking about what to write.

When I try to think of what to write I just stop for a minute. I look around me and wonder what to write about. I look at books, movies, magazines, and the internet. I read about historic things that happened on the day in time. Such as people being born, holidays around the world, and events that can change the course of history forever. History is something that happens everyday. One day we are going to look back on what happened in the years that we lived and realized that our generation made a difference in some way. We are going to understand that there are somethings that weren’t meant to be. Hopefully, one day this will all make sense.

So, my attempt at prose is a tough one. Not exactly easy trying to write something in a form I have never done before. So please enjoy and review

Writing 201: Hero

Flying

Looking up above

I see a man fly by

I saw an angel

Who valued freedom more than life

I know my friend now has wings

Because protecting freedom

Meant more to him

Than life itself

I think of him flying constantly

Hoping that one day

I will get to fly with him

70 Years Ago Today

On this day 70 years ago a group of marines were photographed raising a flag atop Mount Suribachi. The unstaged iconic photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize. The men in this photo would go down in history in the photo known as Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. The men that are in the photograph: Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank, and Rene Gagnon. Unfortunately, three of these men died in action within the course of the next few days that happened after the photo was taken. The others that survived World War II have all passed on. But they will forever be immortalized in a photograph that shows patriotism and strength. This photo is iconic for those reasons. When I see this photo I am reminded of the how lucky I am to be an American. More importantly, I am reminded that America is free for a reason. We are free because of the brave servicemen and women who put their lives in the line of duty every day. So, when you look at this iconic photo please remember that it was raised after battling a war to protect the freedom that Americans value.

#119 Alice in Wonderland

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Everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A young girl who falls down the rabbit hole and ends up in a upside down world. Alice goes on her own adventure facing her fears and realizing her strengths. In this classic children’s book Alice becomes a good female role model because she always finds her way. Through out the movies and retelling of the story we see Alice lose her way and find it again. She does get help sometimes from the Cheshire cat. For example, when we see Alice walking through the woods in the 1951 Disney movie she is shown to be walking on a path and encounters the trail disappearing before her eyes. She breaks down in tears beginning to think that she is forever lost. However, with the help of the Cheshire cat she gets up and follows the trail to the Red Queen. Another example is in the 2010 Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland when she realizes that she must go up against the Red Queen to make Wonderland a better place. She realizes her strength and how strong she is. In all of her different stories and retelling Alice in Wonderland becomes a little girl who ends up becoming a heroic young woman for facing her fears and knowing there is always tomorrow.

#120 Rebecca Rubin

Being true to your religion can be a tricky thing. This is something that was proven through the American Girl story of Rebecca Rubin. Rebecca Rubin is the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants who has dreams of her own. She wants to go into the film industry which her family disapproves of. She cherishes her Jewish beliefs and stays true to them throughout her book series. In her book series the theme of maintaining familial beliefs is very common. There is one book in the series when Rebecca was faced with being told to go along with the Christian belief, when she is Jewish. She did not want to go along with it. None the less, she was faced with having to do something that she does not believe in. I won’t go on to say what happens in the end. But, Rebecca is able to stand up for herself when it comes down to accomplishing her dreams and for her beliefs.

Blogging 101: Ideas

I am back from a weekend away and blogging again!!! I went on the commons for Blogging 101, on there was a post about topics. There were three of them: one on photography, one on authors/books, and the other on a place that you would like to visit. So, I have decided to go with the place that I would like to go. The one country that I would really love to go to is Japan!!

Japan is a country that I have wanted to visit ever since I found out Sailor Moon takes place there. Growing up on manga and anime I have seen pictures of Tokyo, the ultimate city on my bucket list. I remember watching Sailor Moon and there being many action scenes taking place on the Friendship Bridge and characters walking by the Tokyo Tower. Also, there are parts that show the inside of temples. I am very interested in seeing the different traditions that take place inside these different temples. There are certain episodes of Sailor Moon that involve different ceremonies and traditions that are part of the Japanese culture that I would like to know more about. 

One of these traditions is Girls Day! I learned about this tradition through Pokemon, not Sailor Moon. This day is also known as Doll’s Day, in Japan this day is known as Hinamatsuri. The day is celebrated on March third of each year. There are platforms that are covered in red and each platform there is a different type of doll. On each section there is a specific placement order. In this specific episode that I had watched, Misty was determined to get a the special doll set. She would have to go through a series of pokemon matches in order to acquire them. Eventually, Misty did acquire the dolls in the end, but I wanted to know why. Apparently, the dolls that they use are set up to represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional Heian period court dresses. This was a tradition that was started long ago and has just stuck to the day. These dolls are made with traditional Japanese techniques. I guess these dolls signify beauty and youth in young girls. Throughout the years these dolls, known as Hina dolls, have grown more popular through out the world. I believe that learning more about these dolls and their significance to girls day will lead to a wonderful eye opener to Japanese traditional holidays.

The final reason why I want to visit Japan is to enjoy some of the food. One of my favorite foods of all time is sushi. To go to Japan and enjoy sushi is a dream of mine. Not only sushi, but I have seen photographs and TV shows that take place in Japan, and the way their dining etiquette is. They sit on the floor, not on chairs and they enjoy the use of chopsticks. I want to know more about why they do things the way they do. Like why do they take their shoes off when they enter a restaurant? Does this signify something? When I go out for Japanese food at a hibachi restaurant they serve the soup with a different shape spoon. Do they do that as well in Japan or do they have regular spoons? I think that by going to Japan I will be able to understand why they do things the way they do. 

So, when it comes down to it seeing Japan will be a lifetime opportunity for me. I will be able to learn more about their culture, enjoy the food, and see different buildings that I would not see elsewhere. Japan is on my list of countries to see before I pass on. Syonara! 

Happy Chinese New Year!!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! On this day, the year of the sheep begins. I also learned that it is also being called the year of the goat. This was a bit confusing in my research on which one it is. So, in honor of the Chinese New Year, I looked up some fun facts about the year of the sheep/goat.

  • The flowers are carnations and primroses
  • Lucky colors are brown, red, and purple
  • Lucky numbers are 2 and 7
  • Lucky direction is north
  • Lucky months are August and November
  • Personality: calm, gentle, creative, thoughtful, amicable, persevering, frank and honest.
  • Best suited careers: pediatrician, actor, teacher, interior designer, musician, and editor.
  • They are said to have fewer health problems due to their serene nature
  • Their best work partner is said to be those born in the year of the horse and they work well in teams
  • The people who are born in the year of the goat/sheep are said to be private and work hard for the ones they love

So, there are some fun facts about those who are born in the year of the sheep/goat according to Chinese legend. It is odd to think that approximately, one sixth of the world will celebrate this holiday. There are many people who are of Chinese origin where I work. Through them I was able to learn about some of the traditions that come with this day such as children sleeping with money under their pillows and that children are given a red envelope with money in it. The color red is considered to be lucky. I found a website with other celebrations the Chinese use every year. Also, attached is the site that I used to find information on the year of the sheep/goat/ram.

http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/traditions/

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/goat.asp

Faith Friday

Pope Francis QuoteDuring Lent, I have decided to do Faith Friday. But, seeing as I am going to be away on Friday to go see a friend I have decided to move it up to Thursday. So, today I am going to write about Pope Francis. This pope is different from all the other popes that we have had in the past. He spoke about how gay people are welcome into the Catholic church. He stated that those who have been divorced should be allowed to receive communion. He has stated that Muslims, the Jewish, and Atheists are good people. The pope was even pictured sneaking out of the Vatican in order to feed the hungry. He stated his disgust at the priests who had partaken in child molestation long ago. He started a search into a priest who had spent too much on himself, as well as showing his sadness that the Catholic church misuses money. He called a rape victim on the phone and told her that she was not alone. Pope Francis is a true man of God who stays true to the Catholic faith as well as moving the church into the 21st century.