Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Maybe I want to be free
like the leaf when it let's go
the arrow coming from a bow
I think It'd be best for me
Leave the weight behind
let my spirit do the talking
my heart do the walking
and keep your hatred confined
I'll smile like the sun
when I see that white rise
because there'll be nothing left to despise
knowing both battles are done
But until that day
I'll keep wishing
that maybe you'll say
Throwing the line out,
And waiting for the bite.
It feels like a jerk,
Like a dog pulling the leash.
Reeling in the fish is such a surprise,
Not knowing what you’ll find.
Whether in the cool of a summer night,
Or on the ice in the winter cold.
The wind blows on the water,
Like a twister heading for the shore.
It provides a time,
Of relaxation and a time to think.
Every aspect of fishing,
Makes me fall in love.
By: Aladin Saleh
Three, two, one, and the crowd goes wild.
I look out to their faces and I feel like a child.
Content in my mind, I suddenly feel okay.
I have just won it all, I have gotten my way.
We were back twenty yards with only seconds to spare.
I ran as fast as I could, caught the ball in the air.
The leather felt smooth, fitting tightly in my hand.
I had stiffened my grip to the sound of the band.
My cleats stabbed the turf leaving behind trails of dirt.
Stadium lights flashed over me like I was at a concert.
The cheerleaders screamed at the sight of the action.
I looked over and winked with egoistic satisfaction.
I felt the world in my presence with one simple touch.
All eyes settled on me with one moment of clutch.
The other team wept insults and yelled in despair.
May the best man win, it has always been fair.
Now I leave my season, played my last successful game.
Leaving behind conditioning and workouts I overcame.
I will always miss the game, remembering my finest time.
I stole the championship ring, my committed victimless crime.
My team and I are one; I did not succeed alone.
Now we leave the broken turf, our names famously known.
It has been thirteen years now since you have passed,
These past few years have gone by fast.
I miss your smiles and all your hugs
Wishing that I had someone to bug.
You stayed with me through thick and thin
Even when it appeared I wouldn’t win.
Every day I sit and wonder what it would be like
To have you be the one to teach me how to ride a bike.
Basketball games were never the same
Without you sitting there yelling my name.
The more time that goes by, the harder it is to remember
But I know that everyone is here to help me.
Grandma and Grandpa still send their love
And I know you sit and listen to me from way up above.
You come in my dreams, but I have never said good bye
Because I know you are the one who is teaching me how to fly
I’m trying to be everything that you want,
Just never forget, you’re never forgot.
-Laura Katherine Neff
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I wrote it out of respect for the older people I grew up with in southern Minnesota, and my father, who I saw growing old and struggling with his health in profound ways. I wanted to capture some of that old hope.
My new hope is always that our writing and conversation strikes a chord that will resonate and deepen our experience in this mysterious life.
It's been my honor to be your teacher this quarter. Hold on to your dreams, my friends.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Arctic mists loom over the decayed forest
The roar of death draws near,
For when I stand before the paths
My heart fills up with fear.
The first of two shrieks loudly
The sound gnawing at my ears,
In madness I look up to find
My wife of many years.
She stands aloof yet beckons
Her lips made out of gold,
But as I move to take her hand
I see into her soul.
Her beauty is beholding,
A succubus from afar,
But inside lies a lifeless heart
As black as oozing tar.
I gasp for breath yet bellow
As we exchange out countless blames,
But my lips seal shut and quiver
As the Beast of many names,
Leaps out and tears my very neck,
His titan grip and endless wreck,
The jaws of blight,
A massive sight,
Infernos sweep the endless night,
But the second path I did forget
A light shinning from the Son,
And although my eyes were darkened
It caused Lucifer to run.
He grasped my hand and pulled me up
While holding the Sacred tome,
Then he winked and led me down the path
The day my savior called me home.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Clank, Clank, Clank,
the orgasmic sound of heavy weights.
Dedication keeps, my muscles pumping,
like the pistons on a machine.
I push the boundaries, of my endurance
and the limits of my pate.
Clank, Clank, Clank,
like a train on searing tracks.
My mind screams, as my body tears
the muscle from shear bone.
Scorching lungs, ache for life
in the despair of my lack.
Clank, Clank, Clank,
I must never stop this race.
My heart rends, from my heaving chest,
boiling blood strengthens my resolve.
Why am I here? What is my coerce?
For me it's the thrill of the chase.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"We can't endlessly fool ourselves that nothing is wrong and that we can go on cheerfully pursuing our wasteful lives, ignoring the climate effects and postponing a solution. Maybe there will be no major catastrophe in the coming years or decades. Who knows? But that doesn't relieve us of responsibility toward future generations."
Monday, February 27, 2012
"I checked with her one day not long ago and 63 of our 700 hospital patients were colonized or infected with MRSA ( the shorthand for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and another 22 had acquired VRE ( vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) unfortunately , typical rates of infection for American hospitals. This shows just had bad it can get if you don't sanitize or wash your hands at a hospital.
For me, sometimes I find it really hard to change my time management when it comes to getting stuff done, whether it be school related, work related etc. I know I need to change my habits and get things done, it is just the matter of doing them. Most of the time I put it off and I decide to choose to hangout with friends instead of doing important tasks. The one way i guess I could change was try and sort out my priorities and do whats more important first, such as doing homework, cleaning up , etc. and doing what is least important last.
If we choose not to speak out against global warming and the prevention thereof things will just continue as they are, leaving a very horrible place to live for our grandchildren and great grandchildren to come.
Gawande is very passionate as he goes through his essay, "Washing Hands" and tells the reader about all the diseases that people have and also all of the problems there are in a hospital. Many people feel that a hospital is a place to get well and treated at, but many do not realize how dangerous a hospital really is. Gawande states in his essay, "Each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital". I think this quote stands out the most to me because when someone thinks about a hospital they really think of getting well, not getting sick. The whole purpose of most people that go into a hospital is the idea of getting treated for something that is wrong with them.
People get so used to their habits that it can almost be the death of them. For someone to change a habit that they do is very difficult and it is for many reasons. We just do the same things over and over again. Our lives are very repetitive. When we get into the habit of doing something there is something in our brain that tells us to keep doing that and keep doing it the way you started. That is why it is so hard to change the way that we wash our hands. We could even link this into the addictions that many people have today. Smoking is a good example of this. I have worked with a very nice lady for almost 5 years now. She was a smoker and has smoked her whole life. About two years ago she got Leukemia and was off work for almost two years. She recieved many treatments and is now in remission. They are not sure exactly how she got it. She never did stop smoking through all the time she had cancer. Now she wonders if it is going to come back again. Smoking may not only be a habit, because there are chemicals involved in smoking, but it is defintely partly a habit. Someone is so used to smoking that breaking that chain of smoking everyday is hard because they get so used to doing it. Even if we know that something we are doing is harming us, we continue to do it. Most people know that if they stop smoking or wash their hands more often that they can become healthier, but they keep doing it.
My favorite quote from the whole passage was, "Maybe we should start considering our sojourn on earth as a loan." That quote stood out to me a lot because it interprets that we as humans use earth like it is invincible. We use and abuse the earth without any consideration towards the earth's future. We have taken many things from earth and we should think about giving back to the earth now. Just like a loan, we should work hard and stop the debt from growing. Vaclav Havel also talks about how if we, as a society, do not change then earth will never return to its previous state.
I think that it is hard to change habits because changing a habit takes more energy and thought than to not change it at all. Even if we want to change it, sometimes the factor of laziness kicks in and makes us want to do absolutely nothing. The only way to change this laziness in ourselves is by starting from the beginning. In my experience, I realized that when ever I have to do change something, the worst part is just getting started. I hated reading books when I was in high school. Finally during my junior year I was in a class where we had to read 3 books in one quarter. I never used to read, I always used sparknotes and BSed my whole essay. But I realized that I could not keep doing this going into college so i decided to read. When I got started, it wasn't too bad and eventually I knocked down all my books. Just gettting started is the worst part, so if you can get past step one, it will be a lot easier.
I think that changing habits is often so hard for people because as many times as we are told the correct way once a certain age is reached it is hard to remember until after you have already done it the wrong way and then many people think there is no point to go back and correct it beause you will do it next. But then then next time you say that and the cycle jsut keeps repeating itself. One cna change just by making sure that they practice good habits and whenver you do it the wrong way you do it again so you will remember the right way. I liketo think of recycling when it comes to change becasue many people know its the right thing to do and it doesn't take that much longer to do it right and set up a system, but people will still just throw all the trash in the same bin. This is one of the reasons that we are not moving ahead on the whole "Go Green" effort.
This essay really opened my eyes to the dangers of simply not washing your hands. Of course I wash my hands before eating and after the restroom but I never saw it something that important, just another everyday habit that I don't notice. By not washing hands, people could pickup diseases and transfer them to anyone who makes indirect contact with them. In a part of the essay, the author talks about how especially doctors need to pay attention to good hand cleaning because if they don't "...wash their hands well enough, Obstetricians [are] themselves to blame for childhood fever" (154). Something as simple as washing hands can prevent the spread of diseases.
Often for people, changing habits in any area is extremely difficult for a couple of reasons. One is that people could just forget that they're trying to make a change and continue with original habits. Another is that if it's a habit having to do with the body like smoking or eating constantly, then the body has adjusted to those habits and stopping or changing those habits could be very uncomfortable and tough. One can change those habits by perhaps having someone help them change. For example, I had always been a bad listener. If someone were telling me an "important" story that I wasn't very interested in, the often times I'll zone out and not hear anything they were talking about. My roommates have pointed that out to me and are trying to help me with it.
What really stood out to me in his writing was when he talked about how hand soap does not completely wipe out all the germs on your hands. I always learned that washing your hands was a necessity, but the process which he describes is way beyond the procedure I was taught. After talking about the germs that can congregate on our hands, he says that, "Plain soaps do, at best, a middling job of disinfecting. Their detergents remove loose dirt and grime, but fifteen seconds of washing reduces bacterial counts by only about an order of magnitude" (208). That statistic is staggering to me. I always thought soap killed everything after washing your hands.
Overall, changing habits is incredibly difficult for humans because we are, in essence, creatures of habit. Everything we do revolves around patterns and habits to make things less complicated. For example, work schedules are made in advance so that we can plan accordingly around it. If something goes wrong, such as a last minute time change, that interferes with other plans, we freak out. And even if there is habit that we know is bad, it is still hard to change because again, it is not convenient. In a society that is constantly moving, it is hard to find the time to change a habit. Study habits in particular were very hard for me to change. All throughout elementary and middle school, I never had to study for anything. But once high school came around, and my grades started to slip, I knew I needed to change. However, I would always get distracted while trying to study and venture off to do other things, because I was not used to studying. Eventually, after putting a lot of time into studying and forcing myself to do it, I overcame and changed my habit.