Archive for April, 2011

The People Who Lack Common Sense

I wish there existed an aptitude test to gauge how well someone comprehended how our world works.  What I’m referencing is often referred to as common sense, but I think very few people actually grasp what common sense is and how uncommon it is in actuality. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Rabbit—Relaxing Poem, Music, and Video. Enjoy.

The Rabbit
By Jordan Bates

Once upon a midday sunny,
I fancied life to be quite funny
As I gazed upon a bunny
From a green and modest hill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parents—Why You Should Go Outdoors With Your Kids, Right Now

It’s no secret that kids today are spending much of their free time in front of screens.  Whether it’s TV, Computer, or Gaming systems, it seems that parents have accepted or even welcomed these new ways to keep their kids busy for hours on end.

Recently, I read the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.  The book discusses a problem in modern society that Louv labels, Nature-Deficit Disorder.  The term seems almost self-explanatory, but the book does a fine job of explaining why we should care about nature.  When I had finished, I felt as if adults and children alike would greatly benefit from getting outdoors, immediately.  Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Wish I Could Fly

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Life Should be a Celebration

“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
Boris Pasternak

Today, I was considering the question of whether or not life is inherently good.  I closed my eyes and wondered if we were special, if what we were doing here was somehow exceptional.  For people of strong faith, God is the key that gives our lives a special essence of grandeur.  Although I do believe in a higher power, I wanted to dig deeper.  I am an optimist, and I wanted life to be precious. Read the rest of this entry »

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People Who Inspire My Life

Charisma, intellect, beauty, passion, and artistic ability are all qualities that inspired me to make this collage of people inspire my life.

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7 Reasons Why Facebook Sucks and You Should Get a Twitter

Hello there!

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on social networking sites, but I have had my share of experience.  Having had Facebook for about four years now and having probably spent countless more hours on it than I would like to admit, I have a pretty good idea of how my “friends” interact on the net.

I recently started using Twitter, and I now understand the beauty of another social-networking outlet.  I’m going to go through 7 reasons why you should ditch your Facebook and get a Twitter right now.  Let’s get started.

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Critical Essay I Wrote for English Class

The Hairy Ape: A Comedy About a Brash Imbecile or the Grave Tragedy of a Flawed System?

Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape presents “a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life,” or at least this is what the title suggests.  Comedic elements are certainly interwoven  throughout the work, but a careful reading reveals cruel irony and sad truths about  class distinction during the Industrial Revolution.  Through the use of a steady stream  of saddening realizations by everyman Robert “Yank” Smith, O’Neill gradually paints a  picture of a Proletariat class trapped within a cycle of wretchedness.  The play  illustrates a greedy, industrializing upper class initiative that removes the lower class’  sense of belonging and ultimately de-humanizes them in a real sense.  By the end of the  narrative, it would appear that the play is more of a tragedy about the helpless “Yanks”  in a Capitalist system than a comedy of any sort. Read the rest of this entry »

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