Sunday, September 30, 2012

Discussion questions for The Grapes of Wrath

1.) So far all the characters do seem to have flaws.  They all seem kinda of lost in life.  However, they all are able to talk.  Which is good because Joad doesn't really like to talk unless he has a few drinks in him. 
2.)Joad and the truck driver didn't get along on a lot of things.  During most of the chapter it seemed like mostly misunderstandings.  But towards the end when Joad brought up him doing time, things got tense.  I think Joad felt like the truck driver was being nosey. 
3.)Women don't seem to have too much place in this cultural.  It is a lot of them waiting on the men.  And them just being looked at as a piece of meat.
4.)I personally don't like all the detail. I feel it is overwhelming and unnecessary.  However in this passage... "The right of way was fenced, two strands of barbed wire on willow poles.  the poles were crooked and badly trimmed.  Whenever a crotch came to the proper height the wire lay in it, and where there was no crotch the barbed wire was lashed to the post with rusty baling wire.  Beyond the fence, the corn lay between down by wind and heat and drought, and the cups where leaf joined stalk were filled with dust."...  I liked.  Even though you wouldn't think it was needed.  It is nice to feel like you are in Joad's yellow shoes just walking on the road taking all the sights in. 
5.) The short chapter devoted to the turtle was very weird to me.  I am not quite sure why it was there, maybe it was something Joad witnessed.  Or maybe it was supposed to show how people react differently to something.  No matter the meaning, so far it was been my favorite chapter.  I was on the edge of my seat for this turtle life.  It was amazing how interesting Steinbeck can make a chapter like this.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Groups and subjects for Presenations

Abby and Nicole: The Harlem Ren.

Kyle and Noah: Battle of Matewan and labor unrest

Nate and Tyler: Al Capone

Devon and Rhonda: March of Dimes

Mercedes and Kori: Prohibition

Chris and Margaret: F.D.I.C. and banking reform

Frank and Ritu: Stock Market Crash called Black Tuesday

Paul and Andi: the Lake Placid Olympics

Tiffany and Holly: Bonus Army and government protests

David and Lauren: FDR

Monday, September 24, 2012

List of possible topics for Presentations

Amelia Earhart, aviation
Herbert Hoover, politician
Frankin D. Roosevelt, politician
Richard Correl, artist
Thomas Hart Benton, artist
Jean Harlow, actress
Edward Hopper, artist
Joe Hill, labor leader
Huey Long, politican
Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers
John Dillinger, bank robber
Al Capone, gangster and mafia boss
Sinclair Lewis, writer
Mabel Dwight, painter from Ohio
Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer
Joe Lewis, boxer
Al Capone, mob boss
Lou Gehrig, baseball star
Che Guevara, rebel
Dorthea Lange, photographer
Bing Crosby, singer
NRA act.  National Recovery Administration
Auto-Lite strike in Toledo, Ohio
The Dust Bowl
Prohibition and its repeal
Smoot-Harley tariffs
Completion of the Empire State Building
Opening of the Golden Gate bridge
Lake Placid Olympics in New York
Battle of Matewan
Child Labor Amendment
Building Hoover Dam
18th and 21st amendments
KKK reaches peak influence
1st freeway in L.A.
Lincoln Tunnel in NYC built
Seabisquit achives fame
The Harlem Renessance

Groups and Organizations
Share our Wealth Society
Famers Security Administraton
National Union for Social Justice
Bonus Army, veterans of World War I (also an event, as they protested in D.C., to tragic results)
Civilian Conservation Corps C.C. C.
Works Progress Administration W.P.A.
S.E.C. Securities and Exchange Commision
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Reserve
March of Dimes

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Being quite Frank about things...

Hello everyone! I'm Frank, and although I grew up a Michigan fan, I love it here at Ohio State. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Nutrition and Exercise in hopes to be accepted into Pre-Physical Therapy once I graduate. I've been exposed to a lot of pain - both physically and mentally so I would be here all day in an elaborate description of myself. But to sum it all up would be for me to say, "(I am) the kid who has been through hell and back who is now the man trying to find his piece of heaven."

For today's review on the essays we have read, the passage that moved me the most was from "Shrouded in Contradiction" (Gelareh Asayesh) It says:

"... I gather up the wet and grimy folds with distaste, longing to be home, where I can cast off this curtain of cloth that gives with one hand, and takes with the other."

I can totally relate to this because although I have lived in Cincinnati almost my whole life, I am originally from Southern California. To me, its like being in another country when I go back out there to visit relatives. I love the scenery and being around family, but when I return home to Ohio - especially after the first time I went back out when I was younger - its like I totally denounce my heritage(s), just to blend in with my surrounding society. I do this because although I am biracial, when I tell people that my father was half Mexican, it seems that my explanation of my Irish, German, Italian, and Puerto-Rican backgrounds falls upon deaf ears - or simply just fly right out the window. I think it is because of the stigma that follows the Mexicans in our country = illegal aliens. My friends and I joke about it sometimes, and I'm fine with that because it breaks the ice and racial tension (I feel), but I promise you people, the brown won't rub off on you! ;-)   

    My name is Ritu Sharma.  I am twenty years old. .I am a sophomore at the Ohi State University.I want to become a pharmacist. Thus, my major is pharamcutical sciences. Currently, my goal is to get into OSU's  pharmacy program. I, also, love being in english 1110, it is teaching me alot about writing and how to think deeply about the readings. So, I am excited to be here.
     " Stopping the epidemics spreading in our hospitals is not a problem of ignorance - of not having the know- how about what to do. It is a problem of compliance - a failureof an individual to apply that know-how correctly" - Atul Gawande, 211. Gawande says that it is not about ignoring the instruction and not doing what is told. However, it is about doing it correctly. I think I can see that doctors can be very busy with their patients, appointments and such. Due to their running around, they might not remember to do it properly. Doing the job is good. But, the problem is not doing it, the problem is how you do it. The important part is how you do it and it should be done correctly to get the best resutls and for the protection of others.

Kyle Cavanaugh, First Post

Hi, My name is Kyle Cavanaugh.  I was born in Louisville, Kentucky but I grew up in Dublin, Ohio.  I currently live in Dublin.  It's about 45 min away from Marion and 15 min away from Columbus.  I work at Kroger in Dublin on my days off from school and on Saturdays.  In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends.
"None have been more daring than I.  I've wound my scarf into a turban, leaving my neck bare to the breeze.  The woman in black is a government employee paid to police public morals.  'Fix your scarf at
once!' she snaps. 'But I'm hot,' I say.'You're hot?' she exclaims. 'Don't you think we are all?' I star unwinding my make shift turban 'The men aren't hot,' I mutter. Her companion looks at me in shocked reproach. 'Sister, this isn't about men and women,' she says, shaking her head. 'This is about Islam.'
I found this essay very interesting being just by what you are wearing you are judged by everyone.  I find their culture much different then ours because they are very strict about what they can and can't wear even out in public.  It showed that after spending time in America it changed her views. She became more rebellious and didn't think it was necessary for her to wear a scarf when it was hot out.

Mitchell Skeens Intro

My name is Mitchell Alan Skeens.  I'm 20 years old and I am originally from Cardington, OH. I am married and expecting a little one around March or April. I am majoring in Business but I plan to change that.  Not sure what to yet.  I work as a Corrections Officer at the prison in Marion.  I am also a soldier in the US Army.  I'm in the 412th Civil Affairs Airborne Tactical unit out of DSCC in Columbus, Oh.  When I get free time I enjoy doing stuff outdoors. Hunting, fishing, rock climbing, repealing, snowboarding. Pretty much anything outdoors I would enjoy doing.

Devon Hardwick

    Hello there! My name is Devon Hardwick and Marion has always been my home. I ma a history major with the plan to go on to seminary after my time here at Ohio State.  With my call into the ministry I have found that I have a good ear for listening and I am always open to hear the problems of my friends and classmates.  With my studies I have developed a passion for history and its play in the world around us.  I am an active member of the Marion County Historical Society, where I am a reactor and tour guide at the museum.  Needless to say I am very involved with my church and my church family.  I am a simple person who is always ready to talk and shear in good fellowship and to tell you about my lover for history.  After all what is history, but His story?
      "There isn't much they haven't tried. Walking about the surgical floors where I admit my patients, Yokoe and Marino showed me the admonishing signs they have posted, the sinks they have repositioned, the new ones they have installed."  I grew up in the home of a surgical nurse(my mother), who's practices at work followed her home with her at the day's end.  As I read this article, "On Washing Hands,"

Clayton Carpenter Intro

Im Clay from Lewis Center, Oh. I went to Olentangy Orange high school but spent my childhood and elementary years in Battle Creek, Michigan. I spend most of my spare time on music, i love playing guitar and just listening. A couple best friends from high school and I just started a band called Metacom and are taking it into the studio soon to be recorded.

My favorite quote from the On Washing Hands article is:
A few days after that he developed a fever up to 102 degrees. His blood pressure began dropping. His heart rate climbed. He was septic. His central line-his lifeline for nutrition-had become infected, and we had to take it out.  
Until that moment, when I stood there looking at the sign on his door, it had not occurred to me that I might have given him that infection. But the truth is I may have. One of us certainly did.
I liked this quote because you never think something as harmless as a hand shake could put a man in critical condition. It shows a man with all his technology and science cant defeat a life form as simple as bacteria. Its true we don't have the means to defeat it yet but it can be prevented and the best victory in war is one that didn't have to take place. We can apply this in our every day life, instead of fixing problems we should work on preventing them. Humanity never thinks something bad will happen and is always taken by surprise when it does. Simple preplanning could fix issues in our lives.

Paul Hartschuh

Hi my name is Paul Hartschuh  I live in sycamore which is 45 min away. I have my pilots license I got that Almost one year ago and i love to fly. I have my own business my dad and I raise market pigs from birth to sale. We have been raising pigs for around seven years and this year is my last year due to school.  I am going for agribusiness and a minor in aviation.

"Shrouded in Contradiction"

Hi, I'm Tiffany! I graduated from Marion Harding High-school, and obviously I'm a freshman at Ohio State University at Marion. My major is still undecided, I'm considering early childhood education, also interested in nursing. I'll probably end up going with the teaching career, rather than a nurse because I love being with kids, and I'm terrified of needles, so nursing probably isn't my thing. In high-school I cheered varsity football and basketball, and I ran track. In my spare time I enjoy going shopping, tumbling, baking, coloring, watching movies, and being with my friends and family.

"I long for the days when I could walk the streets of my country with the wind in my hair. When clothes were clothes." Gelareh Asayesh, explained in this essay that some women were just wearing the veil, because their mothers did. They didn't even know the real meaning of actually wearing that veil.

Andi Perdue

Hello, my name is Andrea or I go by Andi.  I am from Bucyrus which is about 20 miles northeast, somedays it only takes me fifteen minutes to get here. The major I am going into is nursing so far, which I hope I can pursue that. I'm interested in reading, softball, singing, and having fun when I can. Right now the only thing have time to do is work and school. I love coffee but only if it is cold, hot coffee to me is nasty.

The quotes that caught my eye in "On Washing Hands' was

 "U.S Centers for Disease Control, two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital. Ninety thousand die of that infection." Its on page 207, paragraph two line one.

"hospital's statistics...we doctors and nurses wash our hands one-third to one-half as often as we are suppose." On page 207, paragraph three line ten and eleven.

 I thought this was shocking because just thinking that if doctors don't wash there hands, their giving us a infection. From now on when I got to the doctors or the hospital, I'm going to straight up and ask the doctor if he can wash his/her hands.
Hi there classmates,

     I am glad to be part of this class. I am a freshman and trying to get back in the swing of things. I am a author of a poetry book published 2010. I love to write poetry and short stories.  I am a mother of 2 adult sons and have 4 grandchildren.  Coming back to college after 35 years is very scary but I am slowly learning new things. I realize I am not as smart as I thought i was.  Remember to always Stand tall Stand strong through any storm. if the Storm knocks you down than get back up and start all over again. I am looking forward to getting to know you all better.
Rhonda aka Rho

    My 2 favorite sections are in the reading of Shrouded in Contradiction. I felt these two passages really tell us (the reader) her inner most feelings.

     "I want to argue. I feel like a child.Defiant. but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame.  I do as i am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering."

     All  know is such moments of passionate abandon, within the circle  of invisibility created by the veil. offer an emotional catharsis every bit as potent as any sexual release.

Hey, I'm Tyler from the middle back of the classroom. I come from a suburb known as Olentangy . I wrestled in high school and I Ski. I come to Ohio State with the intention of getting a Criminology degree and I plan to get into federal drug enforcement using the degree.

"the veil masks erotic freedom, but its advocates believe hijiab transcends the erotic-or expands it". This shows how torn Asayesh is, she wants to practice her freedom and be comfortable but knows she will be looked down upon if she does, as she was earlier in the writing. This is the overall message of the writing, that women are often torn between their Islam culture because of the lack of freedom in expression that is expected of women. This is more of a problem with American-Islams who wish to embrace both cultures, which isn't an easy task. Iv always known that this is an issue, especially today when prejudice directed at Middle Eastern people is very high, but what I learned is that there is no actual punishment for breaking the rules of clothing in Iran, you are only looked down upon. I was under the impression that if someone were to break the acceptable clothing rules, that they were to serve jail time of be punished in some way.
I'm Abby Itterly and I live here in Marion, Ohio. I have worked at Sears for almost two years, and I hate it. I graduated from River Valley High School. I am currently an undecided major but I plan on going into audio engineering where I will be able to work with musicians and produce music. One day I hope to work at successful record label. My hobbies are hanging out with friends, going to concerts, listening to music, and reading.

In the essay by Gelareh Asayesh called Shrouded in Contradiction she said "None have been more daring than I. I've wound my scarf into a turban, leaving my neck bare to the breeze. The women in black is a government employee paid to police public morals. "Fix your scarf at once!" she snaps. "But I'm hot" I say "You're hot?" she exclaims "Don't you think we all are?" I start unwinding my makeshift turban. "Then men aren't hot" I mutter. Her companion looks at me in shock reproach. "Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says, shaking her head. "This is about Islam" I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame. I do as I am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering. In policing my sexuality, these women have made me more aware of it". I really like this passage because it gives you a scene where she is defying her Islamic culture but in the end feels remorse and judged. It really shows you how serious they are about their scarves. I liked how the author brought up how she murmured "The men aren't hot" because it gives us some insight on how she felt about being the only ones forced to be hot year-round. I think I learned that not all Islamic women are the same, clearly, and the seriousness that comes with wearing a head scarf.

Nicole and my view on "Shroded in Contradiction"

Well, I'm Nicole Stacy. I am here at the Ohio State Marion campus for Nursing, to get that higher education we hear about since we were in elementary school. When i have the free time when I'm not working or here, I like to just hang out with my friends, read, or bowl. I am the oldest of my family, and I am trying to be the first one of my family to complete college, and to be a good example to my younger brother.
"Most of the time, i don't even notice it. It's annoying, but so is wearing pantyhose to work. It ruins my hair, but so does the humidity in Florida where I live." This is my favorite passage from "Shrouded in Contradiction". I like it cause it shows the inner fight she has with herself about wearing a hijab. She goes back and forth with liking it, and not liking it. She tells us one reason why she doesn't like it then comes with something else that makes her feel the same about it. I like this reading cause it shows the mind set of a younger girl wearing a hijab, and why she wears it. I like seeing that she doesn't want to wear it and that sometimes she does. Its like I can relate to her with it. With things I do want to do and then sometimes not wanting to do. It shows that they are just like us. That just cause they look different, or wear something different, doesn't make them totally different from us. We can't go judging others for what they look like, and what we think they are like from that.


Hi, my name is Nathaniel Nielsen Burbury, and I am originally from a small town in upstate New York called Moors.  Aside from the three dairy farms and two restaurants there really isn't too much going on in Moors.  That's why my family moved to Ohio, back before the turn of the millennium.   I spend much of my free-time playing guitar and listening to music.  And I also get to travel quite a bit.  Also by this time next year I'll be living in northern California, then I'm moving down to San Francisco to pursue a degree in Linguistics at Berkley.
               "To wear the hijab--Islamic covering--is to invite contradiction.  Sometimes i hate it.  Sometimes I value it."  These words set the scene for Gelareh Asayseh's piece, "Shrouded in Contradiction."  She describes how when she was little, her homeland was a place of comfort and familiarity.  However, when she returned later in her life, after spending time in the United States, she realized how much bondage the women of her country lived in.  Specifically in the way they were and were not to dress and express themselves.  The way she described it made me think that perhaps the women who have lived in that bondage their whole life do not even realize how much they aren't allowed to do.  Perhaps one must now freedom to recognize bondage?

What I thought about "Shrouded in Contradiction"

My name is Mercedes Snyder and I am a freshman at The Ohio State University at Marion. My current major is Medical Laboratory Science. I hope to eventually get accepted into medical school but for now I have to have a major that has the prerequisites to get accepted into medical school. I chose the Medical Laboratory Science major because it not only has the prerequisites that I need, but it also had other interesting classes that I will enjoy. My goal is the get into medical school to get a degree in Oncology, cancer related, and hopefully change a lot of lives. I have four younger brothers and one older sister, all of whom I am very close with.

"Each time I return to Tehran, I wait until the last possible moment, when my plane lands on the tarmac, to don the scarf and long jacket that many Iranian women wear in lieu of a veil. To wear hijab- Islamic covering- is to invite contradiction. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I value it." This passage struck me as important because it obviously shows how she feels about the covering. She goes on to explain how she usually views it, or how she doesn't really notice it. She claims that the covering is really just something that is worn, not a symbol of any kind. On the opposite side though, she has to wear it and this makes her dislike wearing it. To the women who have to wear it, it is just something that is done but to others it symbolizes that they are women.

First Blog Post "Shrouded in Contradiction"

Hi. I'm Kori Montgomery. I'm eighteen. I'm from Prospect and graduated from Elgin. I'm studying Psychology at Ohio State University at Marion. After graduating from Marion I plan to go to Columbus to get my masters degree in Psychology. I'm a server at Bob Evans in Delaware.

"The men aren't hot" muttered Gelareh Asayesh when she was on the mountain. "Shrouded in Contradiction" was my favorite essay out of the two we had to read. I thought it was wrong that she didn't particularly want to wear the hijab but she was made to. She is required to wear it for Islam because women are not allowed to show their hair to anybody who they can marry. It's forbidden. She, however, wrapped it up off of her neck and she still got in trouble. I learned that it's so important to the women in that society to stay faithful to their beliefs. I come from a society where you do what you want and you can believe in what you want. Nobody is going to make you wear a headdress or make you pray. It's interesting for me to learn about other cultures who really enforce certain acts or attire when I've grown up without any religious background.

Introduction Chris Hutchins

     Hey I'm Chris Hutchins and I am a freshman here at The Ohio State University. I plan on taking as many classes as I can here in Marion and then transfer to main campus. I graduated from Ridgedale High School, which is just north of Marion. I really enjoy spending time outdoors and hunting because I have been doing it since I was about 8 years old. I work part time at Bob Evans and also for my grandfathers lawn care business.

     "But making medicine go right is less often like making a difficult diagnosis than like making sure everyone washes their hands." I thought that this quote was important because it is interesting to think about that some people may go into a hospital for something simple like a cold and end up with an infection because of improper hand washing. This essay has really made me think of how important it is to wash your hands frequently, not only just around hospitals but everyday because bacteria is everywhere. What struck me the most was that Atul was a doctor and did not realize that by not washing his hands every time he interacted with a patient that he could spread disease and may have possibly infected his patients life line, his IV.

Hello from Elizabeth :)

Hello everyone, I am enjoying being in your classroom so far and observing how you all learn the best.  It has been a great experience already and I'm looking forward to working with some of you one on one.  A little about me, I am a recent graduate of Marion Technical College with a University Transfer degree, meaning I went to school to take more school!  I have an end goal of becoming an admissions adviser for a college.  I enjoy working with people and love the college atmosphere.  I am a member of an a cappella singing group with OSUM roots, 4 the Record.  I like to be involved and around people.  I also enjoy reading but prefer writing and something I recently heard was to be a good writer you should be a good reader which brings me to:

This is the website for the Academic Enrichment Center, there you can find free tutoring services for most of your classes provided by Ohio State.  I have tutored in the past with MTC and am looking forward to helping however I can here.  I would love to talk to any of you about your writing, that's why I'm here!  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at and I will do the best I can to help you! 
Lauren Bernard

First Post 

My name is Lauren. I am a freshman at Marion Ohio State Campus.  I am certainly only taking classes at Marion.  However, next semester I plan to be at Delaware.  And next year hopefully I will be at main campus.  I live in an apartment with a friend in Delaware.  I have a full time job at place called Choffey's, a coffee shop.  

 Her companion looks at me in shocked reproach. "Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says, shaking her head. "This is about Islam."

The essay that spoke to me was "Shrouded in Contradiction" by Gelareh Asayesh.  I have always seen women in those full body outfits and it would make me very upset.  When reading Gelareh essay she gave me a new outlook on them.  She looks at them as something she is just used to.  Something you just learn to deal with.  Just how someone in Florida deals with fizzy hair or how women wear pantyhose to work.  She deals with the extremes as well.  Gelareh quotes "I grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque".   I always would think the only reason these women are okay with wearing all that clothing is because it is the only way they have ever dressed.  But Gelareh proves me wrong, she wears both clothing.  It is pride for what you believe in.  It deserves a great deal of respect.     

Noah Lucas, First Post

Hi I'm Noah Lucas, I'm from a small town 20 minutes north of Marion. I played soccer all through high school and over the summer before school and really enjoyed it, I also enjoy working out, my family owns a gym in our town so it is very convenient for me. I like hanging out with my friends and end up in Columbus on the weekends to visit my buddies down there. I plan on transferring to main campus, if not next year, in two years and getting an apartment with some friends.

The reading that stood out to me was "Shrouded in Contradiction, by Gelareh Asayesh"

" I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame. I do as  I am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering. " This really opened my eyes and I feel like made me aware of how strict the rules are for women in this country. Even on extremely hot days, Asayesh, just wants to try and keep cool and wraps her hijab around her head but is instantly looked down upon and corrected. And even though she wants to argue back and stand up for herself, she contains her emotions and pulls her hijab back down and goes about her business.

Blog Post One

      Hi, I'm Margaret Dettra. I'm eighteen and live outside a small town not too far from here named Prospect. I went to Elgin High School which is only about twenty minutes west from here. I plan on majoring in biology. I am a lifeguard at the Marion YMCA.
     "Each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital. Ninety thousand die of that infection." I found this to be very shocking because I didn't know that many Americans got disease from a hospital, and that most of it would be preventable if  all the doctors and nurses would wash their hands like they are supposed to. I feel that ninety thousand is a large amount of deaths to compromise from not completing the simple task of washing your hands. I believe that nurses and doctors should be more careful to sanitize their hands between seeing patients to avoid the spread of infection. People go to the hospital to recover from illness, not pick up another infection that could possibly kill them.


My name is Holly, and yes people call me Hollyberry in December. Not because I like it (doesn't bother me), but because it's amusing to them. I am majoring in History, and love to learn about WWII (currently self-studying the Pacific side of the war). When not being geek for the war, I am either hiking, writing, or being a weird photographer around Marion. Something people do not know about me is that I love Doctor Who and Sherlock.

 The essay that really intrigued me was "On Washing Hands". The first passage that I highlighted was, "The hardest part of the infection-control team's job, Yokoe says, is not coping with the variety of contagions they encounter or the panic that sometimes occurs among patients and staff. Instead, their greatest difficulty is getting clinicians like me to do the one thing that consistently halts the spread of infections: wash our hands."

Spending two years as an employee in a hospital, the one issue that always annoyed me was the fact infection-control would be teaching how to wash our hands, but the doctors never did. When you are going from a MRSA room to a TB room and then to a room where the patient simply fell and broke their ribs, and you have not washed your hands, you could easily give that patient some sort of infection. Maybe not TB (since it's airborne), but MRSA is possible.

I did not really learn anything new from this since I lived this for a while, but it was nice reading an essay from a doctor about the importance of hand washing.

David Daza Intro

Hey, I'm David Daza. I a, from Hilliard, drive here Monday through Thursday.  It's an hour drive and it sucks. I play soccer, a lot. I usually play at main campus, just pick up games. I am 17, pretty young. My major is international business. I speak Spanish, and english; I'm working on picking up French and Italian. I love learning new languages because it just allows you to interact with other people, sort of broaden your horizons.

Direct quote- her companion looks at me in shocked reproach, "sister, this isn't about men and woman," she says, shaking her head. "this is about Islam."

This passage stroke me the most because for one it gives you an idea on what goes on in other cultures around the worl and it shows you how strict and how committed they are to their religion and culture. It may seem weird for us to think that way but for them it's perfectly normal and they may think our culture is weird.

Welcome, and our first Blog Post

Hello, students, and welcome to our blog.  Let’s work today to get everyone on the blog, and writing.
Our address is
The first thing you must do is get a Gmail account.  Then, using that Gmail address, please write to me at and I will invite you to the blog.   You must accept the invite and follow the steps in order to use the blog.  Let’s do this in class.

Once you are a member, you will see your Gmail address appear in the upper right hand corner, and only then can you post to the blog.

--To do a New Post, you must again find that link in the upper right hand corner.  Click New Post and a window will appear to let you compose.

Please title all your writings, and use a username that is either your name or nickname so we know who is writing.  Only class members will be on this blog.

GOAL: For your first post, write one paragraph where you introduce yourself and some things about you.

In your next paragraph or paragraphs, write a response to one of the two essays you read for today.   What struck you the most and seemed important?  What did you learn or think about in a new way, if anything?  Begin your response with a direct quote and favorite passage taken from your active reading.

 Good luck, have fun, share your ideas, and just let me know when you need help!

All best,

Mike Lohre