I would like to start out by thanking you for sharing your story. I would also like to wish you luck with the rest of your pregnancy! I know how judgmental people can be when they see teen moms, but I hope you know that you are so strong and capable of getting through this. I admire your willingness to be open about your story and be…[Read more]
Olivia, I found your post about team cohesion and leadership to be very interesting. I enjoyed the section of the study that discussed how team cohesion and strong team leadership are very interconnected and that strong leadership must be multidimensional. I also enjoyed learning about how different sports require different levels of team…[Read more]
The author of “The Witch Continues tto Enchang as a Feminist Symbol” begins this article by discussing a recent film based on Ruth Bader Ginsburg that begins with the words “this witch” said by conserv
This was an interesting and cool summary to read. I didn’t know that there are women today that referring to themselves as witches. But, it is interesting that they are claiming themselves as witches for a completely different reason rather than what they would typically stand for. I am interested and intrigued to see what else other information you come up with.
I would just like to thank you for writing such a heartfelt note about the opioid crisis. It has become such a serious problem in our country, and it’s incredibly frustrating that the people who have the power to change it don’t seem to care. I agree that the stigma around opioids and addiction, in general, is what leads to so many…[Read more]
This is such an interesting topic! I loved learning more about how music reflects a culture and can be one of the biggest defining characteristics. It was very fascinating to learn about some traditional Mexican composers. I definitely will be looking into some of their work. I look forward to reading more from you!
The article “Modern Witch Hunts” emphasizes how “witch hunts” have always been used to persecute already vulnerable and oppressed people. One of the biggest “witch hunts” that isn’t directly about the practice
Hi Mariah, I think that witch hunting is a very interesting topic. When you said “One of the biggest “witch hunts” that isn’t directly about the practice of witchcraft is the era of containment led by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s”. This is a topic that no one pays much attention to anymore, but it in fact has gone on in modern society and should not be ignored.
I would just like to say that I also think Mexican music is drastically underappreciated. As a non-native Spanish speaker, but someone who is learning, I was hesitant to begin listening to music in a language I didn’t speak fluently. However, I quickly discovered that I love Mexican music and the very broad range of emotions that one can…[Read more]
I know very little about ceramics, so this was very interesting for me to read. I found it fascinating that there are emotional benefits to making pottery and other forms of ceramics. It would certainly be compelling to investigate more into how ceramics have helped people center themselves and become more grounded. Here is a link to an…[Read more]
“Commentary: Beyond Halloween – the real story behind witches, devils, trials and executions” from the Salt Lake Tribune is based off an interview with Rev. David Collins, who is a professor of history at
I think that this subject is really interesting and isn’t something I know a ton about. I know that there is a history of accusing women of being witches, but I’d be interested in learning about if that is something still happening today and to what extent. I’m really excited to see what else you research about.
This is a fun topic! I am interested in seeing comparisons between modern day interpretations of witches and medieval interpretations of witches. I also would love to learn what is happening today that is similar the the Witch Trials.
This is a pretty interesting topic. I like the debate on the difference between the act of a “witch” and a miracle. I think the comparison of the definition of a witch throughout history would be a very interesting and creative topic.
Mariah, I think that this is a really fun topic to look into. We have all heard about “witches” in history but I have never thought about where the idea of a witch came from. I think it will be interesting to see how the historical definition of a witch morphed into the Halloween character with pointy hats and broomsticks.
Mariah, this is still a very interesting topic! I am intrigued by the direction that you chose to go in with your research. I thought your second source was especially interesting and I never thought that the female body would lead people to believe that women were more likely to worship the devil. I look forward to seeing what your next set of research includes!
I am also approaching graduation and I know how exciting it can be to have the rest of your life right in front of you. I think it’s amazing that you want to be an Animal Attendant. When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian, so I relate to you in wanting to work with animals. Here is an article I think you might enjoy about the…[Read more]
I think this is such a fascinating topic to research! This fascination with serial killers is something that is very relevant in our world today. I have often considered how our society seems to erase the horrific actions of the serial killers, or at least choose to ignore it. Here is an article that I think you would enjoy and is very…[Read more]
In “History of Witches”, the author tells that the belief in witches and witchcraft has been present in the world for almost as long as human history. Witches have become a major part of pop culture and many
Mariah, this is such an interesting topic to research! The second source on photos of modern day witches was especially intriguing and I loved the author’s attribution about the rise in witchcraft in the United States. Although this book is primarily focused on the Halloween season in Salem, Massachusetts, it still has a lot of information about the history of witchcraft and modern day witchcraft. It could be an interesting source! Here is a link to it on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28943696-a-season-with-the-witch
I loved reading about this! It was very interesting and I felt like you did an amazing job explaining the topic. I am curious that the persecution of witches could also contribute to how women are mistreated in today’s society.
I deeply enjoyed reading your piece on the definition “American”. From a young age, we are pressured and even forced to show our pride and patriotism for this country. However, there are many issues within our country that inhibit everybody from being able to equally access our freedom. I very much agree that our definition of American…[Read more]
I enjoyed reading this piece on student speech online. Cyber bullying is a major problem in our society, and we aren’t doing enough to combat it. Cyber bullying has become so big that it is causing disruption in a school’s ability to operate and function because students do not have a solid enough support system in the school to perform…[Read more]
In our ever-changing world, we are constantly bombarded with contradicting information about the collection of our data and the status of our privacy. At times, it seems as though our lives are being dictated by
Mariah, I really liked this article! It reminded me of when we read 1984, because government privacy was a very prominent theme in that book. “. At this point in time, the United States has no legal regulations on the buying and selling of personal data” I think that this brings an even larger issue that our society has to deal with. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more from you!
I really enjoyed reading your post! I have also recently gone through some personal struggles that moved me to take more control over my own happiness. I very much agree that there are things that are completely in control of and can have an influence on our happiness. However, there are external forces at work that can alter how accessible…[Read more]
Branigan, this is a very interesting article. I appreciate how you mentioned both perspectives on the issue. You brought up an interesting point when you discussed how politicians now experience pressure to pick a side. I think that most voters expect candidates to speak up about this issue because of the expansive impact it has on our lives. I…[Read more]
Your post was a very engaging read. You did a fantastic job at analyzing and presenting varying points of view. I think you raise a very important point when you discuss that education of the consequences of drinking alcohol would prevent more alcohol related accidents. In the United States, I think we have a distorted view of alcohol that…[Read more]
Your post was very interesting and engaging. You accurately summed up many of the fears that I personally hold about America. It’s interesting to read how so many different people have analyzed the way in which we almost glorify fear in our culture. Throughout history, authors have used many of the common fears of the American people in…[Read more]
I definitely agree with your argument about changing values. It is very relevant to our lives today. It is haunting to think about the shift in priorities that its happening in our country right now. It saddens me to think about the the materialism that is plaguing our world. I also think it would be very beneficial to reconsider the…[Read more]
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