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  • Dear Elizabeth,
    Your post is very interesting because it discusses an important topic that more people should be aware of. I like how you highlighted the problems that can arise when we do not get enough sleep. One thing you said that stands out to me is: “This matter is so serious that scientists have compared it to driving drunk.” I think thi…Read More

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    Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?

    Many people enjoy decorating a Christmas tree every year. This tradition is extremely valuable to so many people, but many may not realize that it has a long and interesting history. As we all prepare for Christmas this year,...

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    • I am fascinated by your writing “Why Do We Decorate Christmas Trees?” because I didn’t know that Christmas trees had to do with people’s beliefs. I also didn’t know that there was a history of decorating a Christmas tree. One sentence that stood out to me was ” There is a story that asserts that he found some native Germans performing sacrifices in front of an oak tree because the trees were sacred to the god Thor, so he chopped down the tree to stop them from worshipping a false idol.” I think this is interesting because I always thought that part of Christmas was decorating a tree. I never knew that at first Christmas trees were bloody. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to what you write next.

    • Nice, comprehensive history, Kaylee! What I find most interesting is the Christmas tree’s arc from pagan symbol, to its appropriation as a Christian symbol in Germany, to its popularization from British royalty. This history of the Christmas tree reminds me a bit of the history of Halloween. I wonder how many other traditions we carry on today follow this same trend of being passed from one culture to another.

      I think these cool historical tracings are right up your alley as a writer, and I also think that they’re insightful because we almost always take the complexity behind some of our most beloved traditions for granted. I’d love to read a similarly formatted follow up to this piece on a new subject.

  • Dear Mary,
    I am interested in your post because it discusses the important topic of the effects of social media on our everyday lives. I think that many people do not realize how largely affected we all are by social media. I like how you mention that “speaking trends on social media will eventually begin to appear in the way one speaks.” I thi…Read More

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    How Language Affects Perception

    Some evidence has revealed that language can affect perception and thought. The “linguistic relativity hypothesis” from the 1930s states that language shapes ideas and greatly affects how people perceive the world. By the 1960s, many scholars rejected this idea...

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    • Speaking from experience– you are right, Kaylee! I do think of “ghalazio” and “ble” as two totally different things. In fact, when I was in Greek school, and I’d refer to the stripes on the Greek flag as “ble,” I’d get scolded! What I perceived as just a difference in semantics, my Greek school teacher perceived as a lack of respect/patriotism/decorum/attention to detail.

      Really cool topic for your blog!

  • Dear Keira,
    I am interested in your post because I think it addresses a very important issue. I think that everyone has experienced the impacts of gender stereotypes. One thing you said that stands out to me is: “Society is teaching people that if one wants to be different, they are going to have to accept experiencing judgement”. This is an imp…Read More

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