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    This passage is found in the play Othello, written by Shakespeare. It is found in act 1, scene 3, lines 208-218.
    Desdemona is the woman who says these words.
    I learned that tone has

  • Desdemona
    1.3.208-218
    My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty:
    To you I am bound for life and education;
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
    I am

  • Antidepressant medication affects neurotransmitters which are where one of the roots of anxiety sprouts. There are several types of antidepressants used on anxiety patients. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake

    • What a great issue to write about! I think this issue is so important in our society today because depression can lead to traumatic things like suicide which devastates the whole surrounding community. The huge issue is that people are afraid to get help and they aren’t willing to go and get treatment. So this is what spurs my question – How do I help a friend of mine and how do I even determine if he/she has depression?

    • Mia,
      how does our country compare to others? I think that this is a great topic to cover because of the effects it can lead to. People who have anxiety can have a harder time doing simple things because they could think that a bad thing could come from it. I found a website that has some of the anxiety can lead to during everyday life https://themighty.com/2017/03/social-anxiety-everyday-situations/. Thank you for sharing your research and I hope to read more in the future.

  • I, myself, have suffered a few anxiety episodes and am under constant stress which is why this topic drew my attention. As I have said before, it is not tough whatsoever to find people dealing with the same exact

  • Most Americans are conditioned to be very high in achievement motivation, and over time they learn that high achievement equals happiness and success through rewards in school, work, and life in general. This push

  • Mia commented on the post, A Celebrate 1 year, 3 months ago

    This is a beautiful poem Dallanna! I like that you focused this poem on celebrating the wonderful parts of your life, whether they be small like the feeling of home or big like the work that your parents have put into you. The structure of your poem is well thought out and it makes the read very smooth. My favorite part of your poem was your last…[Read more]

  • Dynasty, I think this is a great post because it is so so important to set your goal and strive to achieve them. I love that the focus of this post is on the future because that is what will be important in your life, your past may have shaped you, but your future is your destiny. I think that you have a really great life planned out for yourself…[Read more]

  • Emily, this is a very important current political issue that definitely has two very strong, opposing sides. The Affordable Care Act was a great idea that Obama and his colleagues came up with, but of course there were flaws and people took advantage of those flaws and weaknesses. Medical care is beyond expensive and people do need help to pay for…[Read more]

  • Tess, it seems like if gender equality hasn’t really changed in the past thousand years it will never change. I find this somewhat upsetting, but we have made major progress over the past few decades. I did not know that there was a specific name for the idea of the hegemonic myth and this is something that has not seemed to change very much over…[Read more]

  • Hi Thomas! I have never read this book that you are reading, but I have read a synopsis and this seems like a very interesting personal story. I like how you are tying this into your life and how you want to make change in your community. I think it is important to realize that childhood hardships last a life time, and it can be very hard to…[Read more]

  • It is unbelievable that there have been over 200 school shootings nationwide in the US! Averi, I am so happy that you chose to write about this because obviously there needs to be more discussion about gun violence. I cannot believe that there has been no change even though hundreds of people died, and numerous CHILDREN died without their parents…[Read more]

  • Are we a society of anxiety?

     

    Anxiety. It is among the most common of mental illnesses in America, affecting approximately 40 million adults, which is about 18% of the population, each year. Overall about

    • mia,
      I found your post very interesting. I really liked the bit about how american society and values has almost created and epidemic of anxiety and mental illness. I live in Utah which has the fifth heights suicide rate in the nation and is considered by some to be the number one state for mental illness in adults. When you talk about how we shape society it got me thinking about how ultimately we decided what matters in our worlds. We choose what cost the most money, what professions are the most successful, who we idolize, and what is “normal”. I think understanding this can help us learn why we are having a ” epidemic” of mental illness, once we understand how we are causing such an increase of mental illness than we can attempt to switch our society attention. Thanks for a good post to read!

  • Gogisgksoquili, this was a very powerful poem and I genuinely enjoyed reading it from start to finish. It is disappointing to still see so much racism in our world, and I hope that our generation has the capacity and knowledge to fix this unreasonable issue. The fact that people are dying over the color of their skin in the 21st century baffles…[Read more]

  • Gigi, writing research papers is almost always intimidating to me at first, and I sometimes feel like I don’t know where to start, or if I am researching something that is meaningful, or that I will be able to argue my thesis effectively. I think it is great that you said that you liked writing messy first drafts because I think that is one of the…[Read more]

  • Mia wrote a new post, GMOs 1 year, 5 months ago

    I have been raised on an “organic everything” diet containing mostly fruits and vegetables as well as other nutritious foods. As I am getting older I am starting to notice the actual importance of eating nut

    • Mia, I enjoyed reading about GMOs, specifically how they’ve played a role in your upbringing. I too am concerned with what I put into my body on a daily basis. It is particularly concerning that food manufacturers are not required to late GMO products in the US, except in certain states such as Connecticut. Though GMOs and GE crops do result in environmental consequences such as local pollution, they have been proven to not be detrimental to the health of the consumer, which is detailed in the article below. Perhaps the most negative effect that the GMO has on a consumer is the discomfort that it brings them to be aware that they are consuming a genetically altered and chemically rich food.

      https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/mark-lynas/gmo-safety-debate-over

  • Mia commented on the post, All the Hype 1 year, 5 months ago

    Keaton, this is quite the interesting topic. “Hype brands” are a big part of our modern world and they give us desirable products. Supreme is a skating brand so it mainly caters to skaters, and because it has been worn by celebrities, it has become more desirable. Gucci and Versace are other great examples of this phenomena, but I think it is one…[Read more]

  • Erica, his is a great political issue, and its two sides clash very strongly. I, myself, think about this issue a lot, and I still can’t make up my mind about what the government should do. I love the Forbes quote you involved in your writing because it set in perspective. I think it would be great if our society could have a minimum wage raise,…[Read more]

  • Noor, this is a very interesting post. What caught my attention and interest in reading this post was the mention of diabetes. I have a few people, near and dear to me in my life who have diabetes, and all I want for them is to live without the struggle of having to deal with this inconvenience. I’m very interested in going into medicine in the…[Read more]

  • Thomas,
    I think this is the trippiest post I have ever read. Nothing truly is one of the hardest ideas to grasp. How can “nothing” exist in a world where everything is defined as a something? My question now is, what is the proper way to use this word? I can see how in some situations nothing can exist, for example if someone asks if you have…[Read more]

  • how does technology affect people’s quality of life? how much personal information are we giving away through social media?

    Technology has the potency to affect the qualities of people’s lives by changing the s

    • Mia,

      I could not agree more with your post. We have talked about this multiple times, and the amount of influence technology has on our life makes me sad and not very hopeful for the future of our world socially. Times are most memorable when I don’t have my phone to document things. While for most it is an escape from an awkward situation, I think that people should be made more uncomfortable and have less access to phones. Not to say they should be taken away, just that some self control ought to be found for most people to just put their phones down and hold a conversation. It may be uncomfortable, but living in the comfort zone isn’t helping anyone. A website I’ll suggest is the apple website. Advertisements for the brand new phone that you need for just a few bug fixes and updates is really interesting to look at. Keep it up, chica.

      Sophia Gross

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