In America it is essential to have an education to enhance your job and provide a comfortable future for your family. After having children I realized that education is significant in order to succeed. Working takes a lot of time away from my family. Adding school to my schedule makes it difficult to spend quality time with my children. The problem I have with balancing school, work, and family is being an excellent student, an outstanding employee, and a caring mother all in the same day. The trouble I have with being an excellent student while juggling a job and a family is finding the time to study. I cannot ignore my family. It is my responsibility, as a parent; to see to my families needs first, for this leads to homework and studies last. Staying awake after hours may contribute to arriving to class late. I quickly gather my thoughts after arriving to class, and take a deep breath to adjust from the commotion of the morning. As class begins, I am ready to comprehend the lesson. Not understanding the lesson can affect my family and job. When I do have a concern with a class I give my concern to Jesus, and pray that He will give me the knowledge to understand the lesson. In addition to being an excellent student and I put forth effort to be an outstanding employee. Working as a waitress I find it beneficial to smile when working. Smiling makes a customer feel welcome. Giving efficient service makes customers content. In return they may gratify me with a gracious tip. While making the customer feel welcome and happy working as a team with co-workers is essential for a successful day. Before I leave I assure my boss that all my tasks are done. Leaving work...
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The past two decades have seen fierce battles, still continuing over such issues as gender equality in the workplace; family policy; the crisis of marriage; divorce; abortion; contraceptive and reproductive rights; gay and lesbian sexuality; rape and sexual abuse; sex education, AIDS and issues of sexual health. Through it all, the state and its institutions, police, judiciary, education system, legislature, have all intervened actively seeking to define the limits of what David Evans (1993) calls 'Sexual Citizenship' (Dunphy; 2000:5). It is in this context that the essay will first give a brief overview to the social construction of homosexuality by considering the work of Foucault. From this it can then explore some aspects of state regulation with regards to sexual behaviour, and examine how state policy has sought to encourage and promote certain forms of behaviour, and discourage, penalise and repress others. The essay will discuss how the heterosexist state has, in recent decades, sought to promote discrimination and cast non-heterosexuals in the role of second-class citizens. The essay will conclude by evaluating some of New Labour's policies to show that at present state policies still promote the heterosexual and family way of life. According to Foucault, sexuality was shaped by a certain way of thinking, discourses and binary oppositions such as the forbidden/allowed, normal/abnormal, acceptable/unacceptable (1984:90,159 & 184). Normal sexuality was reproductive and other forms were abnormal and perversions. These discourses constructed the norms of modern Western sexuality, what was acceptable and what was not (1984:53). In this view then it is not surprising that up until 1967 the relationships of homosexual men were completely criminalized (Bamforth; 1997:31), and gay and lesbians faced fierce discrimination within society and the state. In light of this then perhaps an obvious place to begin any discussion of the role of the British state in promoting...
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My family comes from all around the world. My great grandpa was from Ireland and my great grandma was from Germany. On my dads side his parent were from England and Scotland. My mother and father met and married here in the U.S. both at the young age of nineteen. They had my first sister Courtney in 1980. My mother then gave birth to my other older sister Kristin in 1981. My older brother, Michael, was born in 1986. Then I was put into this world in 1987. My mother wasn't done yet, she had my little brother Matthew who was born in 1990. Finally and last but not least my little sister Tracie was born in 1991. I was baptized on January 3, 1988 at St. Michaels' Church. On that day I was it was official that Rosemary Wells, my grandmother was sworn into being my God mother. Also, Charles Sauer, my grandmas' best fried was given the opportunity to be my Godfather. As I started to grow up and become more aware of all the people, places, and things around me, I decided to explore the world a little more. From what my parent tell me, I was always a pretty calm and quiet child as I was growing up, but I still managed to get in to a little mischief and get into trouble a few times. Although being young and fully unaware of all the sinful and bad things in the world my mother seemed to always be the more "friendly" parent and completely understand that I did not know any better and that I did not yet know the difference between right and wrong. My father was also a very caring guy for when I can remember and loved me very much; he just had a different...
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I am proud to say that in both sides of my family writing in Spanish is a gift. Several of my relatives were able to excel in the field. What is important to know about these people is that in one form or another they made a difference in the world. Alfonso Iberri wrote a couple of books of poetry. He also wrote a very famous saga on the port city of Guaymas called El Viejo Guaymas. Writing in a time of difficulty and destitution Alfonso Iberri was able to write poems about love and romance while also writing about nature and life. One of his books was published in 1919. In most recent account, my grand aunt wrote three books also on poetry. One of the books received a couple of prizes through out Mexico. Some of the poems in the book have symbolic meanings in my home. In the book Amapa by Carmen Maldonado some of the poems are told in my relatives' weddings before the bride goes in to the chapel. Other writers in my family include the historian Alfonso Taracena. Even though I do not know much about this man I can tell he was good at his job. He wrote one of the most recognized books in Mexican history called La Verdadera Revolucion Mexicana. The well-known Mexican journalist wrote an article when my great granduncle passed away. In addition to the authors that I have mentioned several other of my great grandparents have been newspaper editors. To conclude I can proudly say that good writers flourish in my families' heritage. There are great writers in my family but also hard workers. My father's side of the family carries with them a great legacy of hard workers. Through hard work several of my relatives have been able...
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Everyone uses different defense mechanisms to help them get through frustrating experiences. There are three major types of defensive mechanisms that I use most frequently: rationalization, verbal aggression, and displacement. I often rationalize a situation before getting mad, that is, I often try to consider all courses of actions and choose one that will lead to my desired end result. Is it really worth it, or what is there to gain? Consequently, I often avoid a confrontation or bad a situation by taking to time to think before I speak. This avoidance of conflict helps me keep my stress level to a minimum at the same time it prevents be from speaking out sometimes. I began doing this as a child looking for ways to avoid arguing with my stepfather. He, like others I know, always enjoys a good argument. He is very talented in finding the shortcomings of others. As a boy I can remember arguments starting over a spot I missed while vacuuming the living room. But, only after repeated arguments, did I learn that it was not worth the aggravation to defend myself at all times. Because there are so many individuals like my stepfather that take pleasure in aggravating others for their personal enjoyment, is why I seek the rational answer to the problem. Instead of being drawn into the argument, I rationalize the situation and either try to ignore the problem or just walk away. I also have the tendency to be verbally aggressive when I feel angry or frustrated. Although I try to think before I speak during an argument, I often find myself so frustrated, I cannot verbally express myself and make sense at the same time. So, I usually end up exploding with verbal gibberish, bringing up non-related issues into the conversation. I...
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The most interesting class I have taken is art. I enjoy this class purely because of the freedom of choices one can make. The teacher, nor the work, are pressuring. The atmosphere of the classroom is extremely friendly and relaxing. Art class relieves the stress of the more rigorous courses I attend. There is an incredible variety of medias to chose from and one can develop a sense of independence. I enjoy this class particularly because I understand the subject of art. Art class gives a person the opportunity to explore within the realm of one's imagination. There does not seem to be a barrier for the ideas one wishes to create. The class is filled with pleasures because there is no stress nor worries. Art also helps one go through logical stages of development. Firstly, one makes a rough sketch of the final project and imagines different styles in which it could be done. Secondly, the actual thought process and the creating of the project develops. And lastly, the project is complete and ready for interpretation and viewing. I greatly believe that one is able to express through pictures and images when the can not explain in words. The inner thoughts of a person come directly through the canvas. The beauty of art is that it can be interpreted in many different ways by the viewer. I adore this subject because of the freedom of expression and the unlimited interpretation. I have learned a great deal being an art student. I have matured and gained independence while listening to criticism as well. The critcism only helps one expand their thoughts and acknowlegde other's style of thinking. I enjoy this class also because of the relaxed environment, a contrast to the rest of the academic classes. The freedom of choice is wonderfully appealing...
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Most people have a favorite place to escape. We need somewhere we can go to relax and regroup our thoughts. Maybe it is somewhere special from our childhood, and it is no longer possible to go there in the physical realm. This being the case, we can always go back mentally. The memories are so vivid and we imagine ourselves there. Whenever visiting home in England, the trip always includes a revisit to a very special place. By using the five senses to describe the setting, it is possible to experience this journey together. Let us escape to tranquillity in the small town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Olney is the small town where our family grew up; it has been a community for almost 2000 years now. We start our journey by walking up the old high street. The aged bluish black brick paths are so familiar; we avoid stepping on the few loose bricks that send cold rainwater shooting up one's legs. The street lined with a vast blend of Elizabethan, Victorian, and Georgian houses all attached, several of them now house small shops. An irresistible aroma of warm fresh bread wafts across the street from Revitt's bakery. The High Street remains the center of all the hustle and bustle of traffic passing through, and voices of local people in deep conversation. The smell from the fish and chip shop overwhelms the air. We now arrive at the market square, framed by even larger houses, including that of the great poet and hymn writer William Cowper. Now the spire of the parish church is in view. The church clock strikes on the hour with the Westminster chimes. After we pass the church, we approach the old mill. The huge wrought iron gate swings open and we walk through. While walking...
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Introduction As more and more students go online and spend more time on the Internet (Pastore, 2001) [summary], web site navigation has become more important in helping students find information for their studies. This paper details navigational design techniques that help web site designers make their navigation more user-friendly, especially for educational users, such as university students and researchers. The Purposes of Navigation Krug (2000, p.59) [summary] outlines these as firstly, telling users how to find information, for example by offering menus and search functions, and secondly, helping users to understand their location in the site by using page titles, breadcrumbs, colour coding etc. Thirdly, navigation gives users an overview of the site's content, for example through site maps and the text of the menus. Finally, navigation shows users how to use the site if the site requires some kind of process, such as registration or login, for example as in WebCT. Standard Navigational Components These are usually available as links on the home page. The logo of the organisation identifies the site and is usually visible on most pages. The logo can help to assert the authoritativeness of this source of information, which is especially important to students as the Internet contains many pages that are not quality controlled by independent editors (Schroeder 2001) [summary]. Outside the home page the logo is often a clickable link to home. Although many users are now familiar with this convention, it may help new users if the logo looks clickable, for example if it is on a button, or if an explanation pops up when the mouse is placed over it. Users expect the logo to be positioned in the top left corner of the page (Bernard, 2001a) [summary]. Home pages should also give a site description or 'tag line', informing the user of what they can do...
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Censorship by definition is the prohibiting of words, images or ideas that are "offensive" to others. I feel that the laws governing film censorship should be more versatile. The teenagers of today are becoming more mature and adult-like at an earlier age. They are taught about the dangers of sex as well as drugs in Enrichment or in Personal and Social Education (P.S.E) and know more about certain subjects than adults today would have known when they were younger. I feel therefore it is ridiculous not to allow them to see films containing sex, drugs and violence on TV or at the cinema, until they are 18. In my opinion teenagers today are clearly mature enough to see these films at the age of 16, which is when they are able to finish their secondary education. At this stage they will have been taught everything they need to know. My main argument is that I feel that the laws on the classification of films are outdated. I believe that the 18 certificate and the 15 certificate should be abolished and replaced by a 16 certificate. This means that they will be able to see the films that they are (in my opinion) mature enough to see. My main argument is that I feel the laws surrounding film classification are outdated. Censorship by definition is the prohibiting of words, images or ideas that are "offensive" to others. I feel that the laws governing film censorship should be more versatile. The teenagers of today are becoming more mature and adult-like at an earlier age. They are taught about the dangers of sex as well as drugs in Enrichment or in Personal and Social Education (P.S.E) and know more about certain subjects than adults today would have known when they were younger. I feel therefore it...
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The best example of terrorism in the present day was the attack on the Americans on September 11th when the world trade center was destroyed. It certainly caught the attention of the world and succeeded in its goal. Terrorism is defined as using terror-inspiring methods of governing: is this a productive political strategy? Terrorists usually campaign for their political view to be enforced. By drastic, extreme methods, such as the September 11th attack, terrorists are able to inspire fear and make their views known in effective ways. USA civilians mourned the loss of life on September 11th but they also mourned over their loss of faith in the system that protects them from any attack. This fear was created by terrorism. Action taken by terrorists is made more significant by the inevitable publicity terrorists crave. Gaining the public eye allows terrorists to emphasize the political point they are campaigning about well, which is exactly the desired effect of terrorist attacks. It is evident that terrorism is a successful means of displaying a message because US President George Bush made clear the motive of the suicide bombers on September 11th. He advertised their cause for them. A “war on terrorism” is almost impossible as terrorism is what might be called an abstract concept. Terrorism cannot be demolished through plain hand-to-hand combat, as the USA discovered in the Vietnam War against the communist guerrillas. Terrorism can only be abolished by the causes of terrorism being abolished, making the world a place free of grievances, which is almost impossible to achieve. Certain terrorist movements can be combated by intelligence agencies. However, terrorist operations ensure that their plans will not be known by many people, so it is extremely difficult for the intelligence agencies to find out what they are doing. This method of terrorist organisation is...
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