A Blend of Art

I visited the Noyes Art Gallery, which includes works of varying mediums from some 24 local artists. Though the gallery features pottery, sculptures, and jewelry, I specifically focused on two dimensional art. My five selections include photography, acrylic paintings, and metal work, which involve contrasting rigid and fluid boundaries. In three paintings, the blurred boundaries […]

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(3) The Community-Wide Importance of Personalized Education

This final section focuses directly on students’ academic motivation and success. Two generic approaches are considered with examples therein. One cultural concession is made. The paper then concludes with a pyramid of topical points, from culture’s impact on education, to education’s impact on the individual student.  When tutors engage distracted students, tutors must strive to motivate their students and convince […]

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(2) The Community-Wide Importance of Personalized Education

In this section, the author considers specific goals to which education can aim. Previously, it was determined that education fills certain needs – especially emotional and developmental needs. Here, the fruits of fulfillment are closely examined and specific examples are given for reference. Still, the paper has not considered the educational value of such education systems. This is where the next section will begin. […]

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(1) The Community-Wide Importance of Personalized Education

In this first section, consideration is first given to the community and then to the individual benefits of quality education. As of this point, “quality” education has not yet been rigorously defined . The reader should notice this fact. Such inquiry will lead the reader to the next section where concrete systems are proposed.  High-quality education is a vital ingredient in […]

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Drawing from the Well

In this memoir, I wanted to dive in on two individual stories to outline the importance of relationships in a community outreach situation. The physical action of holding a box in a food line may be an expression of compassion as it provides temporary relief from a burden, but some may not truly appreciate the […]

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The Road – Theme Analysis

In Cormac McCarthy’s bleak, unmarked wasteland, a man and his son determinedly troop along an abandoned highway, resisting death. Miraculously, they endure hopelessness together. The man comforts his son, guiding him down the uncertain path of survival towards beacons of hope. He lives for the boy, whose life drives him to preserve his own life. […]

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The Story of a Path (expanded draft)

7:00 on a Tuesday night.  We won the basketball game 43 to 40.  I flung open the gym door, and the roar of a hundred conversations flickered, as if blown by the cool dusk air.  With a slam, the noise was snuffed out, and I slowly began to notice the rising and fading rush of […]

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The Story of a Path (first draft)

Chicago author Nelson Algren said, “A writer does well if in his whole life he can tell the story of one street.” Chicagoans, but not just Chicagoans, have always found something instructive, and pleasing, and profound in the stories of their block, of Main Street, of Highway 61, of a farm lane, of the Celestial […]

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The Story of a Path

7:00 on a Tuesday night.  We won the basketball game 43 to 40.  I flung open the gym door, and the roar of a hundred conversations flickered, as if blown by the cool dusk air.  With a slam, the noise was snuffed out, and I slowly began to notice the rising and fading rush of […]

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Lost at Sea

Author’s Note In my Flash Fiction, Lost at Sea, water is seen both as a conduit of change, and a reliable source of direction. The jellies are content with their journey until they are tempted to move freely like the fish of the illusive depths. The jellies fall into destruction only when they carve themselves […]

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