Thursday, March 31, 2016

Journal 7 - Matthew Hines

Part one
        The character that I have found most interesting is Mr. Tanimoto, because he didn't let anything stop him from trying to help others. After the bombing, he left to try to find his wife and child, to make sure that they were okay. Along the way, he gave water to some injured people. Once he found his family, and knew that they were okay, he left them again to return to his church and help the people in his neighborhood. He also found a small boat, and there were five dead men around it. He believed that they had been trying to get the boat into the water. He expressed regret that they were unable to complete their task, and he said, "Please forgive me for taking this boat. I must use it for others, who are alive," (37). He used the boat to ferry small groups of people across the river, and away from the spreading fire.
Part two
Harry S. Truman - NARA - 530677.tif          Harry Truman was the president when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Franklin Roosevelt had been president for all of WWII, and after his death, it was up to Truman to lead the nation through the end of the war. Early during his presidency, the war in Europe ended, but there was still war in Japan. Prior to becoming president, he didn't know of the atomic bomb, because of the secrecy surrounding the project. Although he knew that the atomic bomb was the most powerful bomb ever created, I don't think he knew the true amount of devastation it would cause until they had been dropped. However, I think he still would have done it, because the United States had already been at war for years, and trying to invade Japan would have resulted in many more deaths on both sides.

Journal 7 Theo

Part one: I would have to say the most interesting person (in my opinion) is father Kleinsorge. His journey to me is the most inspiring. Even though he was in the bomb as well, his main goal was getting others to safety and putting aside his own injuries to help his fellow man. I like to think that I myself would act the same way, but honestly I don't know if I would be in such a logical state after something like that.

Part two: I became very interested in the fire raids of Tokyo. The fire raids were probably the most horrific part of bombings in Japan, yet they are rarely mentioned. I had never even heard of such things until this book. I find it amazing that we barely teach such a dark time in american history. I heard of the bomb of course, but as far as I knew that was really all we dropped on them. Reading some of the eye witness accounts of the raid almost make me think that the Atomic bomb was almost more humane.

Japan after a B-29 fire raid.

Logical Insanitiy Takeaway Response Exercise. From Mike

In the Comments section, after your group work, please share your personal biggest takeaway from listening to this podcast. 

I look forward to reading all your insights below!

Next week we'll work on sources and real evaluation, after I look through your active listening notes.

Happy writing!


Dan Carlin (born 1965) is an American political commentator and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts two popular independent podcasts: Common Sense, and Hardcore History.

Journal 7-Dillan

Part 1
Mr. Tanimoto has got to be one of the most interesting characters from this book. The man is basically a hero in my mind. It's amazing that he survived the explosion without receiving a scratch, and while so many others ran and hid Tanimoto used his healthy body to run into the death and destruction in an attempt to save those who couldn't help themselves. I think that he showed a phenomenal amount of humility and strength in the fallout from the explosion. I think we could learn a lot about bravery and humanity from his story alone.

"Mr. Tanimoto found about twenty men and women on the sandspit. He drove the boat onto the bank and urged them to get aboard. They did not move and he realized that they were too weak to lift themselves [...] he got out into the water and, though a small man, lifted several of the men and woman, who were naked, into his boat [...] his bamboo pole was now too short and he had to paddle most of the way across with it[...]it took him three trips to get them all across the river."

Part 2
I remember watching a documentary when I was younger that was about prison camps that were being held in the U.S. to house Japanese citizens. Both immigrants from Japan and American citizens that could trace their family lineage back to Japan were kept in these camps after the attack at Pearl Harbor and during WWII. The order for their incarceration occurred on February 19, 1942, and the order was given out by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nearly 120,000 Japanese American citizens, which many were second or third generation Americans, were forcibly relocated and incarcerated due to the mass hysteria and racism that developed after Pearl Harbor. Ultimately, there was little to no evidence of these Japanese Americans being disloyal or having any ties to the attack. I think this subject shows us how afraid the typical American was of the Japanese around the events of WWII, and it may give us some incite into their mindset prior to the bombing of Hiroshima.
An American prison camp for Japanese American citizens

Journal 7_Hiroshima - Antonio

Part One: The character that I find the most interesting is Dr. Sasaki because of he is not giving up even as waves of injured people continue to hound him for medical treatment. He has wavered, he has no enthusiasm anymore for saving people, but he continues on. Dr. Sasaki continued to do his duty through sleep deprivation as well, since sleep would be halted by yelling patients. His character is not perfect. He does not want to help these people in his normal precise, surgical manner, but he does help as many as he can, as fast as he can. We learn that although Dr. Sasaki is getting pushed to his limits, he still has a job to do, and as impossible as it is, he does it. "...Dr. Sasaki worked for three straight days with only one hour's sleep." (Hershey, 74).

Part Two: I decided to look into Japan's emperor at the time of the bombings, Hirohito. He surrendered after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. Upon U.S. occupation, Japan's government was restructured into a constitutional monarchy. He became the first emperor to speak to common people and have his personal life exposed. His son was also the first prince to marry a common person. (

Part three:
Hiroshima before (left) and after (right) the A-bomb was dropped

Journal 7

Part One: The profile of Mr. Tanimoto seems to be the most interesting to me so far. he seems to be the most collected out of the bunch, but he also seems to be portrayed as a very angry man during this time of panic. He really surprised me because he was such a small guy and when he saw men and women laying on the bank he tried to help them in his boat to get them across the river despite how gruesome and injured the people were. The passage reads, "He drove the boat onto the bank and urged them to get aboard. They did not move and he reached down and he realized that they were too weak to lift themselves. He reached down and took a women by the hands, but her skin slipped off in huge, glovelike pieces. He was so sickened by this that he had to sit down for a moment. Then he got out into the water and, though a small man, lifted several of the men and women, who were naked, into his boat. Their backs and breasts were clammy, and he remembered uneasily what the great burns he had seen during the day had been like: yellow at first, then red and swollen, with the skin sloughed off, and finally, in the evening, suppurated and smelly... he lifted the slimy living bodies out and carried them up he slope away from the tide...It took him three trips to get them all across the river." We talked about this passage in class, but it really made me realize the affects this bomb had and how survivors were trying to help at all costs. Mr. Tanimoto didn't have to help any of those people, in fact, most of them probably didn't make it, but it shows his character and how he will do whatever he could to help others. I'd love to think I could be that collected and do something that brave if I were in his shoes, but I honestly don't think I could do it.
Emperor Hirohito giving
surrender speech.
Part Two: I have heard plenty about the bombing itself and what it did to the soldiers and civilians involved, but until it was mentioned in class I had no real knowledge about Japan's Emperor. I don't recall ever learning about the speech he gave or what had happened after the bombings, other than the fact that they had surrendered. Emperor Hirohito gave his speech over the radio on August 15, 1945. From what I had read from his translated speech, he basically told Japan that if they continued to be at war it would lead to the complete destruction of their land and people and that it was best to surrender and focus on reconstruction.

Journal 7

Part 1: The most interesting person in the book so far would have to be Father Kleinsorge. His efforts and determination to help others stood out to me. He helped fight the fire in the park and also gave water to the people who had been almost blotted out by flash burns. Father Kleinorge said " I hardly know where he safest place is" to me this shows that even though the event that was going on was tragic the first reaction is to help the people who were hurt and also get the people to safety.

Part 2: I am interested in what the effects of a atomic bomb does to the human body. After I researched I found out they can be put into four categories. The initial stage (1-9 weeks) is when the greatest number of deaths happen. 90% is due to thermal injury/blast effects and 10% is due to super-lethal radiation exposure. The intermediate stage happens between 10 and 12 weeks, the deaths during this time are from ionizing radiation in the median lethal range. The late stage lasts from between 13 and 20 weeks but this stage can lead to improvement of the survivors condition. lastly the delayed period is from 20 and more weeks, this period is  mostly related to healing of thermal and mechanical injuries, and if the individual was exposed to a few hundred to a thousand Millisieverts of radiation sometimes resulting in infertility, sub-fertility and blood disorders. The reason this interests me is because I would want to be a nurse in the military but I don't think I could do it because of the things that you see everyday. 

Journal 7 - Randi Goney

Part 1) For me, Dr. Sasaki has been the most interesting. The work and dedication he put into saving as many lives as he could is very overpowering. It is almost unbelievable in a sense. Injured civilians were pouring into the hospital, and he kept doing the best he could to patch one up and move to the next. His character is greatly dependent on his work and helping the people in any situation. He is a doctor, so on a daily basis he is helping to heal people with all different types of injuries. The atomic bomb was a boost to his work, "He became an automaton, mechanically wiping, daubing, winding , wiping, daubing, winding." Helping as many people possible was his main priority, and he did so in an unremarkable manor. I think this really goes to show the passion people have for helping other people. Dr. Sasaki could have easily given up once he saw the massive amount of patients in need of his help. Instead he fought through it and cured multiple people throughout the days after the bomb.
Dr. Sasaki
Part 2) I am very interested in all the effects of an atomic bomb on a human. After research, I found there are different stages at which different effects arise. During the first stage, many people will die from the extreme heat let off by the bomb and the explosion itself. Also, one will die from extreme radiation contact. The second stage consists mostly of ionizing radiation on the body. The third stage then is were most survivors are cleared. If you reach the third stage, which is about 13-20 weeks after the explosion, the effects have minimized and are in the process of healing for good. The final stage are any long lasting effects that will mostly be internal. Effects such as infertility, subfertility, and some blood disorders. In some cases, the chance of developing cancer later in life is higher for people who were exposed to some form of radiation.

Journal 7 from Alli

Hiroshima Response and Research

Part One: 

Dr. Sasaki before the bomb
The character that I have found interesting so far is Dr. Sasaki. For me, the selflessness that he has shown even just in the first three chapters has been amazing. Many in time of panic, really reveal their true instincts. Not that these people were bad people, but in survival mode one only thinks of the well being of themselves, and risking their life to save another comes very far and in between in times like this. He was so young at the time of the bombing, and having survived still had a very long life ahead of him, to risk his own life to save many others is something remarkable that many would have not done. His relentless need to save as many people as possible, even though it kept him up for days at a time, he would do anything for others and the true goodness in his heart was always shining through during the darkest times after the bomb dropped. For example, many people left behind the wounded, like Miss Sasaki, to die because it was simply out of reach to help them. Dr. Sasaki went above and beyond to show braveness and devotion in a time of need, and that is a basic lesson that any can take from his story. "By three o'clock the next morning after nineteen straight hours of his gruesome work, Dr. Sasaki was incapable of dressing another wound." (p.67) This really shows his utmost devotion and bigheartedness to the job that he is doing.

Part Two:

One of the subjects that I was interested in learning more about was the Emperor of Japan at the time, and how his actions lead to eventually the United States feeling as if there was no other way to end the war but to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So to understand further what was going in Japan at the time, I researched the Emperor's background and the events leading up to the bomb to fully understand what was happening at the time. Most history books only talk very briefly on him due to the great spotlight on Hitler and Nazi Germany during WWII.

Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989 when he died. During his career, he militarized Japan from his decisions to ally with Nazi Germany, attack all of his Asian neighbors and attack Pearl Harbor igniting war and conflict with the United States. In his early years, he was the son of the previous, and was born April 29, 1901. As most children in his position, he was not being raised actively by his parents but rather the retired vice admiral. It would be safe to assume that his militaristic ideals were instilled in him at a early age. He was taught solely militaristic ideals and religion in his schooling. When Hirohito's father died in December of 1926, the political conflict in Japan was at an all time high. Many high ranking officials and even the prime minister were murdered in reaction to the outrage felt by the commoner people. This lead for the high ranking officials and the prime minister position to be filled by someone in the military, leading for Japan to be more militaristic than before. As conflict proceeded to happen in Japan's surrounding countries, it came no surprise that they would eventually ally with Germany who had basically the same military principles as them in the war. In September of 1940, Japan had signed a pact with Italy and Germany to assist and ally each other in the war efforts. Hirohito, himself, sanctioned it okay for the use of chemical warfare. Tensions with the United States lead to Hirohito declaring battle with the Americans and on December 7, 1941, Japan dropped the bomb on Pearl Harbor killing over 2,500 men. One short day later, the United States declared war with Japan. Even after the bomb dropped Hirohito refused a surrender. due to their customs of "fighting till death". Not until September 2, 1945 did Hirohito finally order a surrender to the United States. Even though he was not prosecuted as a war criminal, Hirohito's actions in WWII, to this day are still criticized and speculated. 
Emperor Hirohito c. 1945

1.) Staff. "Hirohito." A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
2.) "Why Did the Japanese Delay Surrendering?" History News Network. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Journal 7- Devon

The character that has been most interesting for me so far is Dr. Sasaki. He went to work as soon as he could to treat all those that were needed. He worked without sleep. I don't know if I would be able to do all that he did for the wounded as well as he did. I feel like other people would have taken more time to treat the wounded.  Dr. Sasaki really is someone that cares about his patients and is really passionate about what he does. " Dr. Sasaki worked without method ,taking those who were nearest to him first , and he noticed soon that the corridor seemed to be getting more and more crowded."( pg 25). That sentence to me shows his dedication to helping  those in need. I learned that sometimes you don't always have time to think. You have to live in the moment. I learned that you don't always have time to think about a situation. If he would have stopped and pondered what he was seeing he might not have been able to help all those that were in need.

I wanted to know more of the long term mental effects that the bombing had on the survivors. I found out that it was hard to determine what was from radiation and what was actually psychological. I learned that many of the people suffered from what would later be known as PTSD ( post traumatic stress disorder). They would retell the stories and become upset. They had feelings of being ashamed and guilt.  They would suffer breakdown. They would worry about the health of their children.  Many of the survivors have went to higher powers trying to figure out the lessons from the bomb.
Damage done by the bomb. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Journal 7 - Omar Shehadeh

Journal 7: Hiroshima response and research

Part One: Father Kleinsorge has been very interesting to me. He is a German man who has felt ostracized within Japan, which is growing increasingly xenophobic. I feel like this occasionally as a Arab-American and that sometimes i'm greeted with a perception that I might not be the friendliest person. The situation he is thrown in reveal that he genuinely cares for the well-beings of others. "Father Kleinsorge, who had been weakened for a couple of days by his bad case of diarrhea, began to stagger under his protesting burden, and he tried to climb up over the wreckage of several houses that blocked their way to the park, he stumbled, dropped Mr. Fukai, and plunged down, head over heels, to the edge of the river." Even though he has just been hit by an atomic bomb, literally, has had diarrhea for days and is terribly weak, he carries this resisting man on his back and tries desperately to bring him to safety, even at the risk of his own well-being.  We can even learn about the effect of this bombing on people from this passage. As they save Mr. Fukai, he is mentally broken. He cannot possibly begin to stand starting life over again and felt completely defeated to the point he ran from his saviors, evaded the military and plunged himself into fire. This man literally gave his life after the devastation he faced, and i'm sure he is among thousands of others who did the same thing. While Mr. Fukai was broken, Father Kleinsorge rose with strength and did everything he possibly could to help anyone that possibly could benefit from him.

Hirohito in dress uniform.jpg
Emperor Showa Hirohito
Part Two:  I want to learn more about the Emperor of Japan and how the people viewed him. conducting research on him I found that he was the 124th emperor of japan. He died at the age of sixty and passed succession onto his son. his named Hirohito means abdundant benevolance. when he came into power japan was the ninth- largest economy in the world and had the third largest naval power as well as one of the four major powers apart of the league of nations. He was not charged with war crimes as many of the axis powers leaders were. during the post war period he  became a symbol for Japans rebuilding effort and much deserved so as by the end of his reign, Japan emerged as the second largest economy in the world.

Journal 7 Bubba Spaulding

I have had a hard time putting this book down. I have been astonished about some of the acts that people performed. I think that Father Kleinsorge looks like a hero with the amount of people he served. He spent a lot of time lifting houses off of people. I know that there were a lot of people that helped other but for some reason Father Kleinsorge stuck out to me. He wasnt even Japanese and he still helped. He could have been angry because he was caught up in a war that was not even his. Kleinsorge played many roles in his part of story. He was search and rescue, doctor, nurse and fireman, he was even seen having another dr on his back. After all that had happened to Father Kleinsorge and what happened all around him, he still found time to say his evening prayers. In the beginning of Chapter 3 the housekeeper asked him if he remembered to say his evening prayers and he replied, "Of course." He was a good man, one of many im sure.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Journal 6--Dillan

1)   3 Big Takeaways 
  1. Typing a transcript is a wholly time consuming task. When we began preparing ourselves for our interviews I had no clue that my few questions would lead me to having to type out a transcript that took me like five hours to complete. Writing my profile was a comparatively quicker process, but I attribute that to the fact that I had spent so much time with the transcript and constantly reviewing my interview. 
  2. I consider myself a fairly capable writer, but making this profile was probably one of the most taxing things I had to write during my college experience. I think I found this project so oppressive because I desperately wanted who Dominique is to really show in my writing by putting the profile into the 1st person perspective. I became an editor. Dom told the story, and I simply gave his story some form and the resemblance of a narrative. 
  3. My life is one of practicality. Life has been simple and straightforward, and I have always thought people should keep their aspirations practical. Luckily, I've always had the stability of my parents throughout my own life, so I've never known true hardships or insurmountable odds. I never had the reason to want to dream of something greater because everything went pretty well for me. With this profile I met a man that has seen some really negative aspects of the world, but he keeps his head up and dreams about making it in Hollywood. I learned from him that the world can be cruel and filled with selfish, destructive people, but there is still room for those who dare to dream like he does.
  4. Proudest Aspect- I am most proud of my attempt to capture Dom's voice in my writing while trying to stay true to his story. I have already shown him the profile, and he loved it. He told me, "Man, this stuff is great. I could never write like this--couldn't tell my own story like this, man. I am going to keep this forever, and whenever someone wants to know who I am or what I am all about I'll just give them a copy of this, and they can learn all about it."
2)   2 Favorite Profiles
  1.   Donald Bean- I will probably never forget Mr. Bean. First of all, the photo of him just awkwardly standing beside his dinosaur immediately caught my attention, and I arguably spent too long looking at this old man in the woods. I think I liked him so much because he was a man holding onto his own ideals of success. No, he didn't have financial success, but he had dreamed of making a dinosaur park and that's what he did. He followed his dream, and he found great joy keeping after his dinosaurs. He just hung out, and he loved his park. I valued this aspect of him so much because I often daydream about opening my own business, but I think I'd be too afraid to start one up. Typically, a man is measured by how much money he makes, but Mr. Bean didn't make a fortune from his park. It could be argued it was a financial failure, but it was a success in his eyes, which gives me a little bit of confidence. 
  2. Van Calvin- Ms. Calvin was just another person that just said so much in her own photo, and again it was just weird enough to hold my attention. I often find myself dedicating a lot of my own time to my crafts, so I really respecting her commitment to her mannequins. I wont forget her because she inspired me to want to find a skill that I identify with myself and excel at it even if it is something abnormal like mannequin restoration and makeup. 
3) Essay Three Topics
  1. Status of the "Grotto of Redemption"- I am curious if it's still being built/still stands.
  2. Serpent Handlers- what states allow it and why? Why do people insist on the practice?

Journal 6 - Antonio

1. One takeaway that I had from the work for this profile essay was doing a podcast. I listen to podcasts regularly and always wanted to try it for myself. I also was actually sitting with a person without any electronic distractions and just talking. I bet that in my entire life I have had a good conversation with only a few dozen people that were few and far in between. Lastly, I was able to engage someone that I had never met before in a rewarding talk, after getting over my initial nervousness of course. I am most proud of how fast time went by during this interview, which was an hour long. It only felt like it was an hour in length whilst typing up the transcripts.

2. The two profiles in Holding On that I do not want to forget are, Jim Searles the checker player and Joe Merrill and Hilda Wilkinson the spiritualists.

Searles' profile surprised me because I felt checkers was a kid's game, but then he explained that they play "pool checkers" which is more involved than traditional checkers. Searles found something that he loved to do and did good things with it. He kept people out of trouble and found a place where people could play checkers together outside of home. It just seemed fun since the sounded rewarding and the friends that are also a part of it.

The spiritualists I want to remember for different reasons. They are holding onto something that I believe should be let go, or at least updated. The parlor tricks of their day have been uncovered, yet they swear by them still and go so far as to say that today's medium's are not as good as before. I chose to not forget this profile because sometimes it is good to see things in a new light instead of holding on to old ideas.

3. The research topic for my group is The Wilds Conservation Center in Ohio. A possible research question would pertain to the value this center has for understanding our ecosystem, because we forget that us as humans live in conjunction with wildlife and have huge impacts on their environments. Another question would be what are the benefits of this center for the local community, such as tourism or satisfaction.

Journal 6 from Rebecca

1.) One of the biggest takeaways from the interview was that sometimes you can relate to people but yet their stories are so unique. I also learned that no matter how much you think you have enough questions isn't always true. While I was going through the interview I had to cross out questions because they didn't fit or I had to make more while I was hearing their story. I also learned that you might think you know a person well but everyone has things that you didn't know about them. When I did my interview I didn't know that she went to Juvenile Detention Center. This shocked me because I met her through church and she didn't seem like a person that would cause trouble.

2.) The two profiles that meant the most to me were Tommie Bass, and Harold C. Cotton. The reason I choose Tommie Bass was because he wanted to help people by using herbs however he wasn't doing it for the money. Most people now go into jobs that they can get paid well instead of going into it because its their passion. In healthcare jobs you can tell the difference between people that really want to help others rather than people who are there to just get paid. I also choose Harold C. Cotton because he stood up for what he believed in and wasn't afraid if they shut down his store. To me this proves how strong he was because he didn't want to have a segregated store even though he has been at Bob's Hatters for so long.

3.) I would like to learn how people during the time of segregation stood up for what they believed in.?
  - In the story of Harold C. Cotton he decided to make his store integrated. He was lucky enough that they didn't shut down the store or have a problem. However not everyone was as lucky as him so I think it would be nice to see how others overcame their struggles during that time.

 I also would like to know how some people spent their hole life in one place and didn't leave when things got hard?
  - In some of the stories there were people who stayed where they were comfortable and loved what they were doing. However despite some dreams were not what they expected like the opening a dinosaur park.

Journal 6 - Holding on Reflective

As a class, I think we all learned a lot from Holding On. Isay's writing style was varied, and yet he managed to capture the people that he wrote about, no matter what perspective he was writing from. My main takeaway from Isay's writing is that a good writer needs to be able to write in different styles, and also needs to be able to switch between styles smoothly. I tried my best to use third and first person in my essay, and to use them when they were able to provide the biggest benefit.

 From the people in Holding On, several different ideas and themes were expressed.
The main idea that struck me was the sense of purpose that many of the people in the book felt. Even people living in a small town, who live simple lives are able to find meaning in what they do, and work hard to find happiness in whatever form they see it as. This idea is one that I did not think about before reading this book. In today's world, the internet and the media allow some people to have a major influence on thousands of people all around the world, and the idea that a person can make a change in their own small community, and be satisfied with that is one that did not often occur to me before reading Holding On.

Another theme that I picked up both from Holding On and my essay was the idea that if you pursue your passion, you can find success even if it seems unlikely. My essay was about a man who owns one of the most successful carousel companies in the United States. Carousels are a unique passion, and one that I would never even think of as being a viable career choice, and yet someone was able to make carousels their life work, and was successful in their pursuits. Many of the people in Holding On have had similar experiences, albeit with varying amounts of economic success. This has made me realize that if I work hard enough, that I could make a passion of my mine a large part of my life, and that I could find success by doing that.

One of the people that I most want to remember from Holding On is George Searles. His belief that playing a game such as checkers can keep you mentally fit relates to me. I love playing chess, risk, stratego, and several other strategy games, so this idea appealed to me.

Journal 6 from Patience

1) One of my biggest takeaways from the Holding On interviews we did was that just because I think I know what to expect doesn't mean it's always true. I went into the interview with my great grandmother Betty thinking that I knew exactly what to expect, after all I had been given background information. I was pleasantly surprised by what she had to say. She was so insightful about somethings, and her struggles were easy to relate to. Another takeaway was that we all have something to hold on to, but we also have things that we need to let go of. My final takeaway is that Some things in life are bigger than us, but it doesn't hurt to have standards. We all have limits, but nothing should stop us from living the way that is right for us.

2) Maury Graham was one of my favorite profiles. I loved how he could be happy without needing material things. Also, his work ethic was refreshing to me because there are so few people left with that type of work ethic; he works hard and he works to live, not to get rich quick. He didn't discriminate, he simply did what was asked of him. That is why I will likely never forget this profile.

Sylvia Rivera and Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine also had an unforgettable story to me. To be able to forgive and let go of the past the way Sylvia did is so difficult. I find myself having trouble in my life letting go and forgiving the past. However, reading this story and seeing that someone who went through worse thing can do it, it makes me much more willing to try. I think holding on to lessons, while forgiving and letting go of what led to our lessons is hard but clearly so so worth it, which makes this story highly enlightening.

3) I would like to know more about hobo gathering points and how alive the hobo way of life is today. (Hobo as it is defined in the book, not bums which seem more prominent today.)

I also would like to learn about the places where the LGBT community has been most oppressed and what has happened in those places.

For my topic of Alcatraz I'm curious about how LGBT people were treated within the prison by the guards.

Journal 6 from Kristen

  One thing that I have taken away from doing this profile is that people in our culture should not be so narrow minded. I did my profile on a teacher and single mother and most people would shun that kind of lifestyle, but nobody is perfect and that is easy to see in anyone. I really think that every single person has something to be great full for and sometimes those things can come from the worst situations.
  A second thing that I have take away from writing this profile is time management. There are a lot of people out there that are procrastinators, I am one of those people. This assignment was one that actually could be applied to real life in more than one aspect. There are plenty of jobs and people out there that will have to set up an interview and either create an article, profile, or even television show (ie. news channels) from it. This assignment made me have to create my own deadlines and forced me to get out of my comfort zone to accomplish those deadlines.
  A third thing that I have taken away from this assignment is self worth. There are so many obstacles that we are going to have to face on a daily basis and you can't let them break you down. If you keep pushing towards your goals and dreams, then you will start to see and feel the positive outcomes and you have to treat each of those positives as a stepping stone in completing your goal

  Two profile that I wouldn't want to forget are the Tommie Bass (folk Doctor) profile and the Sylvia Rivera and Seymour Pine (Stonewall Riots) profile. I think that for Tommie Bass he just cared about people plain and simple. He would put other people first and not expect anything in return. These days that is just not very common to find. Most people are either just looking out for themselves or expecting to get something out of their generosities. He spent his life learning and teaching himself about herbs and the affects that they have. He didn't have a college degree and he didn't even consider himself a doctor. He just knew what the herbs did and offered them to people when the doctors gave them nothing but a death sentence. People even offered him money for his help and he refused anything in return. He was happy knowing that the herbs actually helped them. I really wish our society could be more about giving rather than give and take.
  As for the profile about Rivera and Pine, I think that the values that need to be taken from this are speaking out and standing up for what you believe in. There are plenty of people that do this these days, but just to never quit doing this is was I have learned. Over the past summer gay marriage was just legalized in all 50 states. I think that is something to be proud of. Peoples voices are getting heard and there are resolutions occurring from these issues. We should never quit standing up for what we believe is right.

  One research questioned I made is: Are herbs and folk doctors still able to help people in ways that regular day medicine cannot? These profiles were made many years ago and we have made lots of discoveries since, so I was just curious if modern day medicine has surpassed healing through herbs.
  Second research question is: Is being homeless more of a choice rather than an unfortunate outcome?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Journal Six from Alli

Journal Six

Question One: 

For me, the whole entire process was very enlightening, not only did I learn so much about someone, I also learned stuff about myself and the society that surrounds me. The first thing that I realized from this project was the importance of talking face to face, and actually having a conversation without the interruption of phones or television. The technology that we have really prevents us from getting much of anything from people, especially the personal connection  you get from talking in person. Story telling on its own is something that is greatly diminishing in our society, and that is key to how we have built our country today, and it shouldn't be something that we're missing. The second thing that I learned from this project is to never judge a book from it's cover, while this is something that I was already aware of before and is slightly cliche in our society, this project really made me realize how true this was. Whether it be Bill, the guy that I interviewed, or any of the people in Holding On, there are many people that would take one look at them and turn away because of stereotyping. Regardless of who you think a person is. there is always more to them. There's stories to tell, good morals, and experiences that they've had that you can learn from as a person. We just need to open ourselves up to this as a society, something that I feel like we preach but actually don't do. The third thing that I learned from this project is how hard the writing process can be when you feel like you must do that person you're writing about, justice. I felt so personally liable for the stories that Bill told me, which I'm sure is a pressure that Isay felt greatly when composing this book. That is something that I am proud of after all is said and done with this project. The creative difficulties that I had making sure that this paper was perfect, really made me realize that it doesn't have to be perfect, because the person that I wrote about wasn't perfect. For me, I realized that once I captured who Bill was, the whole piece would come together, as for me I thought that it really did. The hard work that I put into the process is something that I'm really proud of, for me and for Bill. 

Question Two: 

1. Moreese Bickham - After reading this, I really took a lot from it. Other than the obvious themes, there were a lot of underlying that really spoke to me about society and the way that it works. I never want to forget his profile because of the hope that he stood for, after all of the difficulties and unjust moments in his life, he still had hope to be released from prison even though all of the odds were against him. To me that is important in the retrospect of life, and it can really be applied to even the smallest situations that you have. The only thing that can push you through the darkest of times is having the hope that you will one day see the light again. I feel like Bickham is holding onto the life that he could of had, and that resonates with me because that's something that I fear of doing in my own life.
2. Robert Shields - When I read this profile, at first I thought it was silly that this guy would write about so much stuff, things that really didn't matter overall, but as I kept reading I began to realize just what Shields was actually trying to accomplish. So many of us hold on to not wanting to be forgotten, even myself. I think of what I will leave behind in my life and if I will make a positive impact or not. This is what Shields feared as well, and what he holds onto. But in this process, Shields and many others waste their life away on the worries and never really get to live. This is another worry that I have for myself, which I know is something that I have to let go, or else I will not fully live life as I should.

Question Three:

1. In a time of segregation, how did the equality/inequality make an impact in the music industry?
         - I generated this from my reading of Dr.Hepcat who said he was one of the first African American disc jockeys, and in a historical standpoint, the music industry was one of the places that African Americans were the most accepted at the time, and this had an impact on segregation further down the road. 
2. How has Native American culture been sacrificed in our culture since we found America?
         - I generated this from the two profiles in the book that were told by Native Americans themselves, both affected by the American culture that we have carried through the years, one that keeps them from being fully accepted. Mike even portrays a sense of hurt from this, and its something that I'm more interested to learn about. 

Journal 6- Devon

1. One of the first things that I took away from Holding On was the idea that everyone needs something in life that they love.  Robert Shields had the longest diary. Geneva Tisdale was a cook. Mackey E. Brown was a door to doors salesmen. They did these things because they loved them. They loved what they were doing. I think we often do what others want us to do. We follow the crowd. At the end of the day though we all must find something that we love.

Another thing I learned was that it is very hard to describe a person and their live. As I was writing my profile for the project I had a hard time trying to figure out what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to  say. I wanted to keep it all but I realized that I needed to get rid of some of the topics I had originally planned to use. I realized that the more you get to know someone the more that you come to respect them and gain a better understanding of their point of views.

Another thing I gained from this was a higher respect for what journalist do. As I was writing out the transcript I thought about the amount of time it most have taken to write out all the ones that we read about in Holding On. I knew that it was work to be a journalist I just never imagined how much. They have to find out what they want to add. They have to figure out what to delete. They also have to sometimes write about things that they know will tick people off.

The first profile that I want to remember and will probably reread again sometime later is Sylvia Rivera and Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine. I think a huge lesson that can be learned is that over time people can change their views on things and be able to come to a mutual respect for one another. Sylvia had told the Inspector that she had respected him and that she understood that he was doing something that he had to do. I don't know if I could ever find respect for someone after I was treated the way Sylvia was by the cops.

Another profile that I really enjoyed was Z.L Hill. I think that she was holding onto her business. She wasn't going to let it go. She had to work. She was nice to people and they came. I think that this is something that we all need to do for one another. I think that we all need to be nice. I think that being nice will give you business like it did for Z.L. Hill. If people feel at home wherever they are then you've done something great and they are more likely to come back.

3. I would like to do more research on the Stone Wall Riots or more research on the Short Creek Raid
How have the Stone Wall Riots impacted the LGBT community? How did the people react to the Short Creek Raid?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Journal 6 - Randi Goney

1) My first biggest takeaway from the profile essay experience was realizing just how hard it was to put everything together. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I did not quit realize how much until I had to sit down and do the work. One thing is for sure, never under estimate anything. My next biggest takeaway was the interview specifically. I am not a big people person, and so being put in a position where I have control in the discussion was a big step. Even though it was just the two of us talking, it was still very different for me. I have never been in such position before, but I am grateful for the opportunity. My last takeaway has to be the writing decisions I made. Almost all other essays I have written have been thrown together. I never saw myself as making writing choices while composing them. But this essay opened my eyes. I now could see exactly which choices I was making and how they affect the essay as a whole. I am definitely most proud of the fact that I took a step to meeting and having a discussion I've never said a word to in my life. I could have taken the easy way out and interviewed someone I knew more closely, but I did not. Like I said I am not a people person or someone big for talking, so this was a big step for as a person.

2) I wan to always remember the profile on Moreese Bickham. The more and more I learn about segregation and the civil rights movement, the more I realize and feel real emotions for anyone who had to go through this. Even in today's society, African Americans are seen as the minority and not just because they have a smaller population. Bickham is real inspiration to never lose hope. held on to hope his whole life in prison, and eventually it paid off. No matter how hard the situation is, I plan to always hope for the best. The second profile I want to remember is Tommie Bass. He had such a close connection with nature that i admire so much. I always loved being outside as a kid and I still do today. I plan to work with animals after college and I see the same connection with Bass and his herbs. He really held onto knowledge and helping others. Bass was beyond educated in his plants and he did it all for the people. I can't wait to someday help people as well.

3) Possible topic number one would be, how is the lack of interest in nature and animals effecting our day to day lives? Again I am very close and interested in nature as a whole and I feel like the weaker the connection people have now a days can be effecting us negativity. Maybe I am wrong, but this is definitely a topic i would like to dig deeper with. My next possible topic would be is there still a form of segregation or class system that separates African Americans and Whites in today's society? I personally believe there is one, but it would be nice to find solid evidence and statistics on this topic as well. Both of my topics are derived right from my favorite Holding On profiles mentioned earlier.

Journal 6 from Omar

1. One of the biggest takeaways I had from my profile essay was realizing the shear amount of work that Journalism takes. The amount of time I had to put into this essay and the transcript alone felt as if I was at work. I really had to manage my time extremely well while I had four other midterms within the two weeks that the essay was due so I was juggling between studying and writing the transcript and eventually the paper every single day. 2. Another take away I got from the interview itself was that some people genuinely care about the well being of others and others are simply self centered. Laurie was always ready to help someone regardless of what she had heard and did not build pre-conceived notations of her students. She was ready to welcome anyone into her life and help guide them to a better life if they were willing to let her in as well. This is truly a trait I admire from her and wish to emulate. 3. The final thing I took away from my profile essay was the impact that communities can have on shaping peoples perception of others. Laurie said she grew up in a very tight knit community and I believe this was the biggest factor in why she cares so much about other human beings. Maybe some people have never had this sense of community, so they simply do not care to cultivate one within their local community. I believe that my strong family ties and the way my family raised me and always cared so much about me is why I care so much about others and their well-being as well. Its very interesting to me and kind of sad at the same time that not everyone is given this love and care and this is possibly why they are so cold and heartless.

2.Tommie Bass's story of his self education and saving lives really touched me. It opened my eyes to the perspective that someone can still save lives and positively impact their community and the people within it without ever having a college or post graduate education. This man simply had a passion for nature and cultivated plants in an effort to better peoples lives and I find those traits to be admirable. I value this because saving lives and impacting people positively is something I have wanted to do since I was a child. My father constantly giving me everything he can and My mother always caring for me instilled these values in me as a child and its something that I want to pass onto others. The Stone wall riots profile also stuck out to me. These people were unafraid to stand for what they believe and now a days I think people would rather stay quiet and conform than be seen as the odd-ball out. If people do not voice their opinions then nothing will change and sometimes that minority opinion is the exact change that we need. I think this is especially important at a time when people are so easily blinded by the media and the ideas they portray.

3. How many people like Tommie Bass actually exist still in the United States? I came up with this question because when we read this profile it was the first time I had ever heard about someone like Tommie inside the United States. I had read before about witch doctors and herbalists but never about how they were genuinely saving lives when doctors had condemned them to die and traditional medicine to be unable to do anything. I think this is an in-valuable skill that could change many peoples lives if it was nurtured more in our society.
Another question I would be interested in comes from the Z.L.Hill story. The man who remained positive in his situation even though he was constantly, put down and oppressed and even imprisoned. The question I have is how does prision life effect most people. For a man like Hill it was nota determinant to his morals or his mentality for life, but is this the case for everyone? Being locked up like a animal could break many peoples minds and I would be interested in seeing the positive and negative outcomes of imprisonment.

Journal 6 Bubba Spaulding

There many things I can take away from the book "Holding On". One, is the fact the different kind of people out there in the world is just enormous. There are different kind within different kind. You would think that for example this group of people are the same. On the outside they may be but when you get to know each one you find out they are all different. The different styles of writing was my 2nd take away. Isay uses many ways to write. He uses first and third person. Narrative and the one that stands out is the Robert Shields diary. He just basically copied Shields's diary. And third I realized myself that there is more than one way to write. There are many ways to write. I was proud of my work because of the passion I had to write it. Once I started to write I couldn't stop. The facts I found out about my profile was amazing. The interview was really easy.

Moreese Bickham was my favorite profile of the book. I was so fascinated with him. He held on to his freedom for many years and he never gave up. I felt for this guy. I know he killed two cops but I believe he did it in self defense. I believe he got the shaft when they started to release people and they kept passing over him. I did some research on him and found that they called him "Pop".

Rober Shields. was not my favorite but if amazed so much that someone can be so meticulous about his life that he had to write down every minute. I even showed my wife this profile. My wife analyzed him, she is a psychologist. What she told me was not good from my point of view.

My questions for the essay 3 is, What are some strange or odd facts about the Rock n Roll hall of fame?

What is the history behind the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

I like the history of sites like this. I really like the odd facts that people may not know about things. I love telling people about things and watching their eyebrows raise.

Journal 6 from Theo

I learned a lot from doing this interview. I think the biggest take away I got from this profile was that there are good and bad people in this world and race, religion, none of that matters. Hearing Brian's story about meeting the most unlikely of friends like his roommate from college who was a full red blooded white boy from NC who became good friends with Brian. I also learned some very important writing skills from this interview. I learned that preparation can make or break a good interview. Even with Mikes training I was still very nervous to ask or even prepare some hard hitting questions. If it wasn't for all of our practice before hand I would have been like a deer in headlights at our interview. I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to this interview is the person I picked. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say Brian made that interview great. My questions were kind of lacking and looking over the transcript I realize I didn't really give him much to talk about, but he did it anyway.

My hands down favorite profile in this book was Moreese Bickham. I think this profile is the strongest in portraying holing onto hope. This guy has basically been beaten down by the system and he refuses to give up. This profile really makes you look at how different of a world we live in compared to just 80 years ago when people were killed and thrown in prison just for being a different race. My second favorite, though one of the shorter profiles, was Donald Bean. Donald is the living embodiment of holding onto your dreams. Although his park full of fake old dinosaurs is outdated and doesn't really attract costumers, he still visits the park everyday and lives his dream. I think we could all learn from Donald, we should chase our dreams and never let them go because if they make us happy then nothing else really matters. 

The best research question I can think of is what were the stonewall riots and what impact did they have on history? This question is based off of Syliva and Seymour profile, both of whom were in the riot. I think we could learn a lot from any riot, because there is always an underlying reason most people don't see. I would also like to do further research on Haily Stillwell and the town shes from. I think it would be cool to look at what the town was like before her and her husband moved in and what type of an impact they had on the community. 

Groups and Order for Presentations Projects. From Mike Lohre

Tuesday, April 5

1.  Great Serpent Mound, Dillan and Kristen
2. Alcataz Island: Patience and Rebecca
3. America's Stonehenge: Antonio and Matthew

Thursday, April 7

1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Scott
2. Islamic Center in Toledo, OH: Omar and Theo
3. Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Randi, Devon, and Alli
4. Denali National Park, Alaska: Bubba 

Brainstorming Exercise for Presentations

Presentation Ideas

1.) Ellis Island - This island represents what America stands for and the American Dream. In the early years of our country, we welcomed many immigrants into our country, and they arrived in Ellis Island with the Statue of Liberty welcoming them in. They all risked their lives to have a better life and more opportunities in the land of the free. The United States became a melting pot of people, that created the diversity that we have today. The country would be a lot different without it. Overall, Ellis Island shows us the dangers that people would go through to have the opportunities that we sometimes take for granted now in this country.

2.) Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL - A sincere place of imagination, this place really represents the sense of wonder that we have as people and most importantly as children. When built, this park broke all the ideas that people could have imagined of doing. 

Great American Locations Brainstorming

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

This location is a museum for music culture in the United States.
The museum has inducted 749 people that have made an impact on the music industry, and on the culture of rock music.

Gettysburg National Cemetery :

This location is a cemetery that was created to bury the bodies of soldiers killed in The Battle of Gettysburg, the most bloody battle of the American Civil War. The location was also where president Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "Gettysburg Address," and played an important part in reuniting the United States.

Silicon Valley :
Silicon Valley is a place where American ingenuity has heavily impacted the world. The numerous tech companies in the area are responsible for many of the innovations of modern society.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Brainstorming exercise for presentations

1.) Yosemite National Park
Its famed for its giant ancient sequoias and tunnel views. Yosemite National Park offers many different things to do. It is also known for its wildlife, views, trails, and stars.

2.) Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park

Richard Rowe lived in the large recess cave of gorge giving it the name of Old Man's Cave. It is divided into five principal sections and has a lot of trails. There were more than one person who lived here and a cabin that was built was moved to Iles farm used as a tobacco drying house.

3.) Urbana University (society and museum)

It was created in 1995 and was founded on the belief to whoever wanted the opportunity to study the life of Johnny Appleseed will share his appreciation of education, our country, the environment, peace, moral integrity and leadership.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Brainstorming exercise: Matthew Hines

1. The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. At 9,154 acres, it is the largest wildlife conservation center in North America. It was created in 1984, and partnered with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2001. Researching this could provide insight into the importance of animal conservation.
2. Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Ohio. The park has many amazing rock formations, such as Old Man's Cave and Rock House. The park was established in 1924. Researching this could provide insight into the importance of protecting nature.

3. The Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio. It is 1348 feet long and three feet high. Researchers currently believe that it was built by the Fort Ancient culture in about 1070 CE. Researching this could provide an insight into Native American culture, and its importance today.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Presentation: 3 Places Brainstormed

The first place I would choose for this Presentations is Alcatraz. It is a very well-known place in terms of the name, but not many people know all the stories about this place and how it came about. For example, before it was the famous prison it was known for, it was also a military prison and fortress, named after a bird, and occupied by Native Americans.

The second place I would choose is local for me which is Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace. He was born in Delaware, Ohio in October 1822. He was our 19th president. There is a plaque located on William street to mark the spot of his birth.

The final place I would choose would be Williamsburg, Virginia. It offers many historical memories of the town and the revolutionary war. There is so much that can be explored and learned about if you just take the time to either look it up or actually go. I have been there several times with ,y family because I have cousins that live in Virginia. It would be good for a presentation just because there is so much information to learn.

Brainstorming Exercise- Devon

This is what the motel looks like now. 
The first idea I have is A.G Gaston Motel located in Birmingham, Alabama. It was hot spot during the civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr did a lot of his political stuff here at this motel in room 30. It has been named one of the most endangered places in America. This place should not be rotting. It was a major part of history that changed the lives of millions. It was also the target of a bombing done by the KKK in May of 1963. 

The second place I have is the Buxton Inn. It is located in Granville, Ohio. There were many famous people that came to the inn in the 1800s. I think often times we don't get to experience the way that America used to be and this inn keeps that theme. It still has the feeling of the older times. Many students that attended the Denison college were patrons in this inn. Years after they had graduated they came back to share the experiences that they had while staying at the inn. 

The last place that I think would be interesting to do a presentation about would be America's Stonehenge. It is located in Salem , New Hampshire. It is the oldest man made construction in the United States. It is over 4,000 years old. I never knew this place existed. I think that we could learn about the way that people used to think. 

Brainstorming Exercise for Presentations - Randi Goney

1) Kenai Fjords National Park is located in the Kenai Peninsula in the south central part of Alaska. This park holds history from our past president Jimmy Carter. As president, he passed the Antiquities Act in 1978 to protect areas of Alaska. The park has many different distinctive features, including the Harding Icefield that is actually one of the largest ice fields in the United States. The park also includes a total of 38 glaciers and is home to a variety of animals, such as black bears, whales, seals and moose. It is the only National Park in Alaska that did not originally allow use by Native Americans, but native village corporations continue to have interests with the park. I think this would be a very interesting topic to research further due to its location and what it inhibits. Not many people think about Alaska for anything, and this place holds presidential history and beautiful wildlife that other National Parks do not have.
Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park

2) The World War II Memorial here in Marion, Ohio. The memorial is located in the Marion Cemetery and is a tribute to local veterans. It was dedicated in 2001 and is the largest memorial of its kind outside of Washington D.C., which is very neat for Marion, Ohio to have. It contains names of both local men and women inscribed on a black granite structure, as well as an eagle cascade as the entrance. This would be a great place to research because its right here in town and holds so much significance.
3) National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a museum based on the Underground Railroad and opened in 2004. The Center also pays tribute to all efforts to "abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people." The center has a principal artifact of a slave pen built in 1830 that is the only known survival rural slave jail. Researching this would allow for a better understanding of the time of the Underground Railroad, and the railroad itself. It would also be neat to see how the railroad was constructed throughout Ohio instead of just Cincinnati.
This is the link to the National Park Service Website,

Thursday, March 10, 2016

3 Places--Dillan

1. The Town of Sleepy Hollow- a village in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. This legendary town is the location for the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which entails the misadventure of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman. The story was written by Washington Irving who was attempting to give the budding United States its own myths and legends. Once Irving wrote this little horror story, the town openly accepted its eerie mantle, and even to this day the town is considered one of the most haunted places in America. Currently, one of the towns main attractions is its Cemetery Tours, which not only attempts to highlight the beauty of their tombs but also show the final resting place of Irving. []

2. Memphis- a popular city in the state of Tennessee. A city known for its Blues and Rock & Roll music. Johnnny Cash, B.B. King, and Elvis Presley all recorded albums at the famous Sun Studio. Also, within the city of Memphis is Graceland, which is the mansion sized home of Elvis Presley. Visitors of Graceland are able to take a tour of his home, and in this tour visitors can learn about the King's humble beginnings and his rise to fame.

3. Detroit- the largest city in the state of Michigan, and it is the fourth largest city in the Midwest. Detroit was one of the most industrial cities with its focus being on the automobile industry, which fostered the name the "Motor City." It was in this harsh industrial atmosphere that a man like Berry Gordy, Jr. was able to create a record company like Motown. Gordy had used his own experiences working in the auto industry to create a "factory line" system of creating music and the "quality control" mindset that industrial companies have to ensure only the best went out to the public. Motown became a hit maker with acts like: Diana Ross, The Temptations, Marvin Gay, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. For a while, the city of Detroit flourished with industry and music, but with the collapse of the auto industry the city has fallen into crime and destruction. Detroit now has the highest murder and violent crime rate in all of the U.S.

three subjects for presentations Theo Potts

1.Jacobs Well located  400 Delaware Avenue, Marion OH 43302, United States of America. This is kind of the foundation for Marion Ohio. Details:
Jacob's Well Marker Photo, Click for full size

2.Hopewell Culture National Park located in Ross county Ohio. This is a very big part of the native americans who used to live here in ohio
Hopewell culture nhp mounds chillicothe ohio 2006.jpg

3.Van Zandt county inScreen Shot 2013-02-04 At 11.17.09 Am Texas. 

Three Great American locations

1. The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.  (
This is a area that anyone traveling north through Ohio towards Michigan has passed. Many people do not realize it is the biggest mosque in all of Ohio. It has members comprised of 23 different nationalities and embodies the diversity of America. America was a nation founded by immigrants mainly seeking freedom from religious persecution and yet Muslims have found themselves to be targeted and attacked constantly by Americans. We are at a point in time where political candidates such as Donald Trump are able to mobilize a mass following based on a political stance against America's public enemy number one, Muslims as well as the close second, illegal immigrants.This is what makes me want to do a research project on a mosque which embodies American ideals as well as Muslim ones, showing they both can co-exsist. This mosque is one of the perfect examples as well. While most Americans have a negative view of Islam believing we follow a out-dated system of Sharia law and oppress women, this mosque tries its hardest to show the true ideal of Muslims by adheering to "equal and vibrant representation of women and the democratic and constitutional processes that the Center diligently follows" (Icgt)  

2.My second choice would be Ellis island. This place repesents American values more than any other place I can think of, well maybe a second to the liberty statue. I think this place really embodies the idea of the American dream. That anyone can come to America and have a chance at success.

3. My third choice would be Chicago, IL. I think this is a immigrant packed city that embodies the American dream as well. People come here from all over the U.S. and the world to find work or simply explore. Its a place were people can fufill their dreams or end up getting killed. It really says a lot about America.

Brainstorming Exercise for Presentations

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was America's first nationally recognized National Park. It is home to hundreds of different plants and animal, all protected and preserved by law. The majority of the world's geysers are here. The place is not only one of extreme beauty, but also rich historical value. The creation of national parks allows us to maintain pieces of the world as it was before humanity interfered.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park is the home to North America's tallest peak. It is filled with forests, glaciers, and many animals. It is a natural phenomena that is valued both for it's scientific values, as well as it's preservation of life. It is a solitary places and perhaps one of the most breathtaking sights in America.

Haiku Stairs of Oahu, Hawaii

The stairs were originally built for top secret military purposes. However, as time passed and things changed, the stairs are no longed used. Cable cars have been built over the mountain, and climbing of the stairs is currently prohibited. However, many people still make the trek. Given the interesting history, and the fact the although the stairs are no longer used they still stand, makes the presentation of such a place interesting and intriguing.

Brainstorming for presentations- Bubba Spaulding

1.Wrigley Field - When all the big cookie cutter stadiums started to pop up in the 60s. Wrigley stayed with the old style of stadium. Looking back at that now, it was a good ideal because people today are longing for the old style of stadium. Wrigley field is and icon of America's past time and it holds onto a lot of history of the people and the game.

2. Warren G. Harding Home - This is the home of our 29th president. Most people in Marion have not even visited this monument. It would be a great place to learn about because I am sure it holds a lot of history.

3. Vietnam Memorial Wall - We should all take the time to visit this sight or any veterans site. Knowing the history of it, I think, will bring everyone closer to the people on the wall and the reason why they are on the wall. I think the reasons those soldiers are on the wall is getting lost in history. Keeping the education of that monument and many others like it is a must.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Journal Five by Alli

Mariano and Clara Lucca:

In this profile, Isay is talking to a couple that are the curators of a Christoper Columbus & Queen Isabel Museum. They are in their nineties and have been married for 69 years, truly an accomplishment on its own. The way that Isay chooses to profile them is totally in first person. The profile is almost totally Mariano and at times Clara talking. Not only does this show Mariano's strong opinions on Christoper Columbus and his distaste for the Smithsonian, but it also shows how perfectly they fit together and their personalities bounce off of each other. Isay even goes to write in third person to start the profile, giving the readers small background and a forewarning how feisty Mariano is, even to his age.  This really sets the reader in a mindset to take the information and words of Mariano and Clara, who are two extremely unforgettable people. Isay definitely chose to put this profile in their words for the pure fact of the impossibility of him being able to do them justice, in the best way possible. 
The photo for this profile really creates a sense of wonder about these people, it shows them in their museum, a place that they really love. Mariano and Clara are smiling, a sense of happiness over the 69 years that they have spent together, they have created something great. It even shows the boat talked about in the profile, that Mariano loves so dearly, that the Smithsonian offered 50,000 dollars for. Since the picture is so dimly lit, there really isnt much of the background that you can see, but you can see the highlight of the piece and that is the characters that Mariano and Clara really are. 

Mariano and Clara are the definition of creativity to me. Not only have they come up with something completely unique to be passionate about, they've lived their whole life relishing in it. They are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. After all they are the ones that made possible for Columbus Day to be such a thing. When Mariano was a young boy he grew up marveling the man that Christopher Columbus was and made that dream into a reality with the woman that he loved, that to me is the skills one needs to have to live the life that they want to live. 

"Its the truth. The truth must be maintained! You must fight for the truth! Columbus was the first man to plant a flag on our hemisphere! See, I'm talking here like a man of thirty, and I could act like a man of thirty, maybe I could knock somebody's puss down, understand? I still got that in me. You got any more? Go ahead, ask 'em. I'll answer 'em all for you. Go ahead, shoot. I could take it." (p.166) When I was reading this, I just thought that if this little paragraph didn't show Mariano's fiesty nature, that nothing else could! Isay did a good job putting it together like this. It just shows what kind of people they are, and thats interesting to say the least. On another note, I really thought that following through with your dreams and the power of being confident in yourself were really prevalent themes in this profile, which was a real pleasure for me to read.

****For me, I really like reading into what happened after these profiles so for anyone wondering. 
Mariano Lucca: Passed away at 92 in 1994 due to illness which was roughly a year after this interview, he was the man that pushed Columbus Day to be a holiday. Also, he has been to every Presidential Inauguaration since 1928, Bill Clinton even played on his saxophone for Clara. In his early days, he was a journalist that interviewed people such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini 
His Obituary:
Clara Lucca: Passed away in 1997 at 102 years old, living much longer than her other half. She died 8 days after the celebration of the holiday she helped create. 
Her Obituary: