Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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?


  1. I really would be interested into looking more into the Stonewall Riots as well, I never really knew much about them before, and I wonder as well how they impacted the LGBT community. I really agree with point you made about Tisdale and finding something that you actually like to do in life, and I think many overlook the importance of this because they want to make more money.

  2. I completely agree with the difficulty of describing someone's life into a profile. Capturing their personality and all the stories they told is very hard to put into words. It was nice to construct the interview and listen to everything they had to say, but turning it around and putting it all into a profile was the difficult part.

  3. I had also chose the Pine and Rivera profile and I took something else away from it when I read it, but I really like how you took the aspect of respect from the profile and i do agree that it would be hard to give respect after how Rivera was treated too.

  4. I agree with your look on Z.L Hill because you have to love your job in order to stay. If you stay and don't love it most of the time you will wake up not wanting to go to your job making it difficult to be happy.

  5. I too think its admirable that the inspector and Sylvia were able to get over their differences and even take a picture together. It really shows the type of progression our world has made in such a short time frame.

  6. I think that the Stone Wall Riots would be a topic filled with information. It'd probably make a great essay. Rivera and Deputy Pine's story was very powerful, and it'd be interesting to find out more about the riot itself.


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