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  • Dear Lydia, I was intrigued by your post because I also believe social media has had a great impact on the way our current generation communicates. I agree with the idea that slang has shaped the way we write now to be shorter and less descriptive, which in turn can have effect on our communication with others. I really liked this phrase…Read More

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    The Importance of Sign Language

    As the world grows more diverse and strives to become a more accepting environment overall, the ability to communicate with every person, no matter their way of communication, becomes increasingly significant as well. This does not mean just language...

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    • Dear Anna,
      I am excited about your post because the use of sign language is a clear example of one of the many ways in which language can be expressed through human beings. The power of language can go beyond a pen and paper or the tongue.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is “Sign language pulls on the mental and physical sides of one’s body, the thought of what to say, and the physical forming of the words with the hands.” I think this is interesting because it is a clear example of how language can be communicated in more than one way. It is evident, therefore, that sign language requires an intense level of multi-tasking, and it reminds me of playing an instrument, as you have to not only read the sheet music, but also physically use the instrument to create sound. Although I do not play an instrument, as a viewer, I can clearly notice that music composers are very concentrated and focused.

      Your post reminds me of the discussion we are having in Spanish class, as we are examining how your language unites you with people in the world. Although there are thousands of languages, and it seems as though they seem to only form barriers among people, the mere fact that we are even able to communicate with people with letters and words is astounding. I believe that the use of sign language will continue to increase in the world. Already, the creation of sign language has bridged a gap between those hard of hearing and those who are not. For this reason, language is truly powerful and unifying.

      Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you advocate for minority groups. We tend to think of only the most commonly-spoken languages in the world, but I appreciate that you took the time to highlight and bring awareness to the importance of and benefits of learning sign language. I only know how to spell my name in sign language, but because of your post, I am reminded of its importance. I will try to learn more of this crucial language.


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    Anna commented on the post, A Call to Pilgrimage

    Dear Brooke,
    I was interested about your post because I wanted to understand your perspective on what the ‘call to pilgrimage’ is. I really liked how you specified that a pilgrimage does not have to a religious journey which is what I originally thought pilgrimages to be. One thing that stands out to me is your phrase “it is important to step…Read More

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    Pilgrimage: A Hero’s Journey

    Many people travel, volunteer, and/or move away from home to grow and change as a person. In modern language, this journey is named ‘finding yourself,’ and normally includes people that do not know how they wish to proceed in...

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    • Dear Anna,
      I am intrigued by your post because you really dive deep into the concepts of traveling on an adventure outside of one’s comfort zone. It’s very interesting how you relate a pilgrimage to that of a hero’s journey because they both allow for growth and the opportunity to gain new knowledge about the world and their identity.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is that the hero’s journey “consists of three stages, ‘the Departure, the Initiation, and the Return’.“ This stood out to me because it relates the pilgrimage to the structure of a hero’s journey really well. You do a great job in describing how the experiences of the heroes and pilgrims are so similar because they each face challenges that ultimately change him or her to possibly become a stronger and better person for it.

      Your post reminds me of the topics I discussed in my post about how pilgrimage is important since it allows for a journey that gives one a sense of purpose and helps discover more about who you are.

      Thanks for sharing your ideas!! I enjoyed reading it 🙂

  • Dear Diana,
    I was intrigued by your post from the start because of the title as I know many things are virtual now, but I did not think virtual travel was. But I kept reading because I liked your report on the company in Tokyo making this a ‘reality’ and providing a way for people to travel. One thing that stands out for me is the question you…Read More

  • Dear Paige,
    I am intrigued by your post because I agree with the idea that social media does not let one fully understand the person behind the screen. I agree it shows the surface of someone and does not let one see the real personality of the creator. One thing that stands out to me is your comment “making a negative comment on an i…Read More

  • Dear Miles,
    I am happy to read your post because I also agree with you on the fact that climate change is not up for debate; it is a scientific problem that must be addressed. I also was happy to see in your post the different graphs along with your evidence as I think it adds support to your argument. A couple things that you wrote that stand…Read More

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    Anna commented on the post, What are we to do?

    Very interesting, Diego. I agree with what you have said about while there is little way for us to reverse the effects of climate change, we should still help to slow the rate of harm done to the earth. It makes me wonder, like you, “in what way can we make the world better” with so much damage done to the Earth already? I am currently taking AP…Read More



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