The Ambiguity of Inaction in Velázquez’s 1618 Painting

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The 1618 painting by Diego Velázquez questions the identity of the prominent central figure, whose depiction takes up nearly half of the painted space.  The details in the painting do not definitively resolve the figure’s gender, setting, or occupation, though some observers assume the figure is a young, female slave or servant, working with restaurant […]

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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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Things Fall Apart

Certainly, all human choice can be traced back to customs or social conditioning. A man is merely the product of his culture. Therefore, superior conditioning will unarguably produce a superior human product. This has been a prominent Western perspective. Many believe government, religion, and other systems of conditioning will evolve and progress over time to […]

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Centered on Looks: a Look at My Community

Plays of fiction such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet are useful when they hold “the mirror up to nature to show virtue her own feature” and “scorn her own image” (3.2). Virtue is common reflection in Lincoln Lutheran essays, especially when reviewing the school itself, and for this reason, my reflection will be purposefully scornful. There is […]

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The Masked Face of an Ideal

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Heroes are figures of excellence, raised beyond the mark of average. They are worshipfully elevated and trusted. Despite the limitations of the flesh, a hero stands immortal by his place in the common mind. He is the personification of a deeply rooted ideal. In The Grand Inquisitor, Fyodor Dostoevsky writes that the “age-old anguish of man” is […]

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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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