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    For my Othello recitation, I chose to recite Act 1 Scene 3, lines 208-218. I am playing Desdemona when she is explaining to her father that she is among a divided duty and that she loves her husband, the Moor,

    Recitation of Othello Scene

    https://www.youthvoices.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Othello-winner.m4a For my Othello recitation, I chose to recite Act 1 Scene 3, lines 208-218. I am playing Desdemona when she is explaining to her father that she is among a divided duty and that she loves her husband, the...

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    Passage one brief plot background:

    During this part of the play Desdemona’s father asks her to explain herself for being with the Moor. He believes she is under some witchcraft and asks her to choose between h

    Close Readings from Othello

    Passage one brief plot background: During this part of the play Desdemona’s father asks her to explain herself for being with the Moor. He believes she is under some witchcraft and asks her to choose between him or her new...

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    It is true that within our society of almost 400 million people, animal products are produced and consumed at an alarming rate. “Roughly 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are used and k

    Animal Welfare

    It is true that within our society of almost 400 million people, animal products are produced and consumed at an alarming rate. “Roughly 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are used and killed as commodities...

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    • Cheryl,
      Your post was clearly something you are very passionate about which made it evoke even more in me. After reading you post it frustrated me how cooperations have been treating animals. It amazes me that we can treat other creatures who have perceptions of pain, freedom, hunger, etc. with such cruelty. I know so many people in my life who consume meet and animal products constantly and your article made me want to make them all stop. https://www.peta.org is an organization that protects the rights of animals and I thought you might enjoy learning about them. Thank you, good luck with your research!

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    It is a common belief and misconception that a vegan diet would create a weaker and less stable economy. This is because the economics of the food industry have changed dramatically in the last several years.

    The Economy and Veganism

    It is a common belief and misconception that a vegan diet would create a weaker and less stable economy. This is because the economics of the food industry have changed dramatically in the last several years. Americans have started...

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    • Hi Cheryl. Iam glad you are addressing this problem. Companies having an Oligopoly over food is a real world problem, it is truly taking out competition within society. In the US this a prevalent problem, companies use there cheap prices to battle out more local or “customer friendly” stores. Its hard to see this problem dissolving in the future because our current president is in favor of companies that have cheap prices and control a large amount of the market. Iam glad you choose this topic, keep up the great work!

    • Cheryl,
      This is a really interesting topic, and I’d never thought of diet with regards to the economy. How do you think this change would affect small farmers who rely on agriculture and farming of this sort for survival and income? Also, how would the government regulate the country’s diet? There is already a lot of heat going on throughout the country about actions of the government that are attempting to make their mark in what people are saying is their “private life”. How do you think the federal/state governments should combat this, while still allowing people their freedoms to their bodies and health choices? I love the topic!

    • Cheryl, this is a really interesting post. I like how you focused on the economic benefits, by saying, “in many ways small, locally owned farms have somewhat of a multiplier effect: for every dollar the farm spends, a percentage stays in the local economy.” I know fruit farms are currently being hit hard with all the subsidies going to other types of farms (I believe grain) and I believe we need a large diversity in our crop supply. Like Annie, I wonder would this be enforced or just promoted until more and more people become vegan? This is a really interesting and relevant topic.

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    Following my last post on veganism, I wanted to extend further research on the effects meat consumption has on the environment and how a person who follows a vegan diet can reduce these problems.

    Last year,

    Growing Meat Consumption and its Effects on the Environment.

    Following my last post on veganism, I wanted to extend further research on the effects meat consumption has on the environment and how a person who follows a vegan diet can reduce these problems. Last year, meat consumption was higher...

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    Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to diminish all forms of abuse and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, and any other purpose. It promotes the use of animal-free alternatives for the

    Can veganism save the planet?

    Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to diminish all forms of abuse and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, and any other purpose. It promotes the use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans,...

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    With our changing and growing society, more and more people are standing up for what they believe in, especially women. In America’s workforce we are reminded all too often of the discrimination of gender in

    Should men and women be paid the same amount in the workforce?

    With our changing and growing society, more and more people are standing up for what they believe in, especially women. In America's workforce we are reminded all too often of the discrimination of gender in regards to equal job...

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    • Cheryl,
      I really enjoyed reading your article and it reminded me of some news I recently read about Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. The two actor in November had to do a re-shoot for a movie they were doing and by the end of the nine day re-shoot Mark Wahlberg walked away with $1.5 million dollars after reshooting the same scenes while Michelle Williams walked away with only $750 dollars. Those numbers are just insane to me and I’m happy you are helping share your opinion as well as spreading awareness on this platform.

    • Hi Cheryl, I really enjoyed reading your post! I agree that we should not stop the fight until there is an equal amount of pay for both men and women. Another thing to note is how there still is discrimination in the workplace against women. Several times, even in my own SportsMed class, I’ve heard comments that I would never make it very far in the medical world because I’m a woman from my fellow male classmates. I learned from a young age that the world does not like ambitious assertive women, for they come off as too bossy or overbearing, but I will never stop the fight. Nevertheless, my experiences are little compared to discrimination in the workplace towards women of color and the LGBT community- did you know that, “27 percent of transgender people who held or applied for a job in the last year (2017) reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion due to their gender identity”? If you want to read more about that, click on the link for more workplace discrimination statistics: http://outandequal.org/2017-workplace-equality-fact-sheet/
      My fight for justice is not finished and neither is it for the rest of the world. Again, thank you for posting; lovely article.

    • Dear Cheryl,
      I am amazed at your post, “Should men and women be paid the same amount in the workforce,” because I did not know women were getting paid lower than men. I agree that women should fight for equal pay because they work as hard as the men do and work the same amount of hours. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Based on the changes in the pay gap from the 1970s to 2016, women won’t be paid the same until 2059”. I think this is sad because the pay gap wants to wait until 2059 and there’s single mothers out there that need money to provide for their kid but can barely do it because they’re not getting paid enough. Women would have to take more shifts just to make enough to be financially stable.
      Another sentence that caught my attention was: “Women throughout the history have worked very hard to find a place in society.” This stood out for me because of the government did not try to change the low pay for women and the women have to work twice as hard and will still get paid less.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you chose good topics and wrote facts. Your post teched me something new and makes me want to learn more about women getting paid low.

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    In modern society, we are surrounded by information. Whether we are looking at twitter, texts, status updates, constant emails, or accessing infinite amounts of information on the internet, our brains are

    Can Too Much Information Be a Bad Thing?

    In modern society, we are surrounded by information. Whether we are looking at twitter, texts, status updates, constant emails, or accessing infinite amounts of information on the internet, our brains are processing an overwhelming quantity of data. Is all...

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    • Cheryl, I thought this was really interesting, and I notice it happening a lot in my day to day life. For example, I can’t work on math for more than two hours, even if it’s a concept I’m really good at, because I start forgetting everything and making careless mistakes. This also happens to me in Theater, where the fiftieth time I recite a monologue when I’m trying to memorize I actually make more mistakes than my earlier attempts at working on it.
      I found this article about having information at our fingertips which might interest you if you want to research further into this topic and how it relates to decision making. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/glue/201212/why-too-much-data-disables-your-decision-making
      Keep it up, this was a really cool topic to learn about.

    • Cheryl I found your piece very intriguing, and very relatable. The amount of activity an average teenager does on a device connected to the internet is astonishing. The fact that too much information actually inhibits learning is very interesting. I have come to notice this when I try to cram for an exam, or practicing for sports. I think we have lost our way of studying effectively. We either study way to much to the point of exhaustion, or get to bored with the material. I found an article on why students get bored and don’t perform well. https://www.livescience.com/23493-why-we-get-bored.html
      Great work Cheryl, I can’t wait to see what your write next.

    • Cheryl, I thought this was very interesting. I agree that my attention span has gotten very short and I am often unwilling or unable to stay focused on one thing or ill be overloaded with to much that will keep me from getting anything useful done. Overall I think technology and all this info we have everywhere can be very useful if we use it right, but can also hinder us.
      I saw this article about flooding your brains engine with too much if you would like to check it out

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/conquering-cyber-overload/201102/flooding-your-brain-s-engine-how-you-can-have-too-much-good

    • Cheryl,
      This is a very important issue that I myself have dealt with, when faced with many different problems or many different things happening at once I find myself just shutting down or just trying to focus on one thing at a time and struggling. The overload of information is definitely not better. it needs to be less.

    • Cheryl,
      I know that I am guilty of bombarding myself with too much information. With so much available its hard to pick out what is correct and even harder to find what is important. I think its interesting that our brains function better when handling less information. This post reminded me of some of the reasons people are so found of meditation and mindfulness practices. I really liked your crayon analogy and can totally think of instances that too many choices made taking action much harder. Thanks for your interesting post!

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    My Home

    There’s a place.

    Not far from my mind but,

    far from my reach.

    It’s not just a place,

    It’s my home.

     I see the familiar smiling faces,

    And the sun always shining.

    Where endless hills are covered in

    My Poetry of Place

    My Home There's a place. Not far from my mind but, far from my reach. It's not just a place, It's my home.  I see the familiar smiling faces, And the sun always shining. Where endless hills are covered in green, And the air is unbearably sticky. This special...

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    • Cheryl,
      I really loved your poem about your home. The idea of home is something that I will miss so much when I leave but coming back will always be special because that is where most people have grown up in their whole life. A home is more than just four walls and a roof it’s a place where we know where everything is if our were blindfolded it’s a place where we can surrender ourselves to and shield us from the outside. A warm fire and a nice nice cup of coffee is where I see my home.

    • Cheryl,
      I really enjoyed reading your poem about home. I liked how you were able to create happy thoughts even when your home is far away. Going off to college and entering a new transition, it is important to keep thoughts that cheer you up close to your hear. You made it clear that home is whatever you want it to be in your mind and has no restrictions. For me my home is around a bonfire with my best friends in Wisconsin.

    • I liked your poem because I feel like most people don’t think of home as a important place.My favorite part of the poem is when you said that it’s far but it’s still far for you.

    • your poem is one of the ones I like because I feel like most people don’t think of home as a important place.My favorite part of the poem is when you said that it’s far but it’s still far for you.

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    Many of us throughout our lives ask this question and wonder to ourselves if we are that good person.

    When asking someone what makes a good person, you’ll find that many people will say many different things. You

    What defines someone as good person?

    Many of us throughout our lives ask this question and wonder to ourselves if we are that good person. When asking someone what makes a good person, you'll find that many people will say many different things. You may simply...

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    • Dear Cheryl,

      This article is great! You added some great, strong, and powerful words! Good job! This post makes me think that everyone are not good or bad people, but I am. And I agree, you will never know what a truly good person looks like. So keep up the good work! I love this article.

      Sincerely,

      Takeo

    • This is such of an amazing and interesting article. I just love how firm you are and aware of what it trully means to actually be a “good person”. I completely agree with you in the part where you, Cheryl, confirmed, “In my opinion there’s no one way this can be an accurate definition.” Building off of this part, a lot of people define a good persson in their own ways. Which will change over time and per person. Keep on thinking deeply about evrything!

    • Dear Cheryl,
      This article is good! I agree with you on how everyone is good and bad, but every person is good in their own way. Something that stood out for me is when you said “In my opinion there’s no one way this can be an accurate definition” what are you trying to say is how there is no right or wrong answer for people to understand about what “good” is, but your right like I said before everyone is good in their own way and their is a right defintion.

    • Hi Cheryl, I am intrigued by your research. People have different opinions about different things. You wrote that “you may simply never know what a truly good person looks life”, and I agree with this point because there is no actual definition of a good person so there is no way to give the accurate definition of good person. I also agree that we should look at positive side of ourselves. We were taught that we always need to think about other people and what impact will we bring to other people but how can a person know if he/she is doing the right thing or the wrong thing?
      Here is a useful resource for what defines a good person: http://isp.netscape.com/whatsnew/package.jsp?name=fte/bestqualities/bestqualities

    • Cheryl,

      All of what you’ve written here is really interesting, I like that you point out that everyone has some capacity to be “good.” This makes me wonder, is being a “good person” really objective at all? Everyone has different values, you mention religion and society as factors that create values for some people. I’m not sure if the definition of a good person is the same, or even similar to everyone. On the other hand, I think there are basic qualities of empathy, compassion, forgiveness, and others similar to these that will make someone a positive member of society, whether people define that person as “good” or not.

    • Cheryl, this article is so great and has a lot of meaning to it, this post really defines what makes someone a good person you use well stated key points and facts. The goodness of a person is defined by who they are not just their looks and their actions. You did a really good job explaining this topic and putting your own opinion into it.

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    Transitioning into our last year of high school, we are constantly being reminded of the ways we are growing and the important upcoming decisions we must all make. However how do we truly know what we’re supposed

    How do we find our aspirations and goals?

    Transitioning into our last year of high school, we are constantly being reminded of the ways we are growing and the important upcoming decisions we must all make. However how do we truly know what we're supposed to do? A...

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