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The famous quote, "Home is where the heart is" implies that all of us have a special place that we call home, a special place that we can go and relax. That place that I call home is Jarabacoa in Dominican Republic. Jarabacoa is my special place because it is high in the mountain. It has clear air, and relaxing scenes. Jarabacoa is located in one of the highest mountains in Dominican Republic. Since I was little, when I fell from the second floor in my house, I loved heights, and Jarabacoa gave me that high sensation that I always dream of. I like the mountains of Jarabacoa because when I am high on top of the mountain, I feel free with all the energy to be happy, sad, and crazy at the same time that is a unique sensation. Another good points of heights is how you feel the pressure every time you go up higher, and higher. Besides the great height that Jarabacoa is located, it is one of the places with the clearest air in Dominican Republic. I feel like does coffee commercials every morning that I wake up, and take a full breath of that fresh air on my body. Also in the city I need to have air conditioning, to breath clean air, paying more money for electricity and repairs for the equipment. One of the best things is that I can sleep without snoring, because the clean air in my lungs, and my wife is always happy not hearing me snore. In addition to a clean air, Jarabacoa has the most relaxing scenarios in Dominican Republic. Jarabacoa remind me , every time I go and sit out on the porch and feel like all my credit cards, car payments, and problems went away just looking and...
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added: 03/16/2011
This may sound somewhat clichéd, but I truly feel that my most special and memorable place is my home. I've only ever had two homes my entire life, both located in sizzling hot Miami, Florida. One I have very few memories of, and the other is the small, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house that I've been living in for most of my 15-year life. My home has always been my "safe haven," a conduit to the neighborhood I would find friends in, a shelter I could always return to when the world wasn't treating me right, and a place where I would create many fond and not-so-fond memories. I remember I was about 4-years-old when I first moved into my new home, a little person in a strange environment. I soon learned to adjust to my new surroundings, and with the help of my older brother, I quickly made many friends. One of them, who lived on the street perpendicular to ours, had a young oak that was perfect for building a treehouse, so with help from us and kids in the neighborhood, we built a two-story treehouse that we spent many a day talking, joking, and eating Little Caesar's breadsticks. It felt like we were in our own little world, secluded from the stress of everyday life. When we weren't hanging out in the treehouse, we would play games like Manhunt or football in the streets and yards of each other's houses, and every night, my brother and I would return home where our twin bunkbeds awaited and get rested for another day. As the years went on, I entered school, and I remember faking sick for the first few days just because I was too scared to go to a place where I didn't know anyone. I cried the whole first week....
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added: 01/05/2012
Many parents are deciding to homeschool their children because of the decline in quality of the public school system, the questionable morals of many citizens, and the freedom to control their son or daughter's curriculum. In the past years the public school systems integrity has gone down considerately. Government funding for public school has been cut. This has led to an increase in students; however, a decrease in teachers. Schools are forced to terminate educators because lack of money. Therefore, fewer students are getting valuable one on one time stolen from them. Numerous pupils need this kind of attention to learn properly. Recently, more parents are realizing this, and decide to homeschool their children. Yet, this is not the only factor they consider when making their ultimate decision. Another aspect they contemplate is the morals of the teachers, administrators, and classmates of their children. All considerate parents want their children to grow up to be honorable people in society, and many know this cannot happen unless their children are taught right from wrong. Most teachers do not think this is a SOL, so they do not enforce it like they would the memorization of the multiplication tables. On the other hand, if a parent were the head of the classroom they would instill values into their children while teaching. Are morals they only things that parents get to teach differently then at a public school? No! When a parent makes the decision to homeschool they are given the opportunity to teach their children the curriculum that best fits their children. Not only does the parents get to choose what subject and the difficulty level of the material, but also gets the privilege of teaching it to their children at any time that is convenient. The parent now may try varying techniques for teaching...
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added: 11/02/2011
Analytical Essay In the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats, the speaker struggles with the trials and tribulations of life compared to immortality. He then speaks to the Grecian Urn in attempt to engage with the static immobility of the sculpture. He questions the urn, but gets no response from it. The speaker ultimately has to decide the answers to his own questions, leaving the poem with a higher level of understanding about life. This was a poem from the Romantic Period and that made it easier to take a more "imaginative" standpoint, because during this period the authors focused on feelings, the imagination, and the value of what is supposed to be done to what can be done. It is important to look at the feelings of this particular poem, and it deals with the mysterious works of life in general, and reality versus a so-called "dream world." The author creates this dream world through the speaker's own imagination. The theme of this poem portrays Keats's attempt to connect with the stand still time of sculpture, the Grecian urn. It has been passed down through countless centuries to the time of the speaker's viewing, and this urn exists outside of time in the human sense—it does not age, or die, and it can grasp no such concepts. During the speaker's meditation, this creates an Smith 2 intriguing paradox for the human figures carved into the side of the urn. They are free from time, but are simultaneously frozen in time. This is illustrated by the lines "Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave Thy song, nor ever can the trees be bare" (v. 15 &16). The people on the urn do not have to confront aging and death, but they cannot experience anything because they are frozen. Even...
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Abstract According to Grice¡¯s theory, people follow the Cooperative Principle in conversation. But actually because of the politeness£¬we communicate usually more than we say explicitly. In this paper, through the introduction of the Cooperative Principle and its violation, this paper further discusses the Polite Principle and its application in conversation, and introduces how to adhere to the Polite Principle to save face for each other and develop the conversation. What¡¯s more important, this paper further discusses the importance of the Polite Principle and poses the methods of obeying the Polite Principle in education. The investigation of this aspect has its profound value in contemporary education. Key words: the Cooperative Principle, the Polite Principle, the face-saving theory, education The Polite Principle and Its Application in Education Introduction Traditionally, teachers and school administrators make decisions and rules, and then impose them on students. But contemporary education requires the new relationship between teachers and students. In this new type of relation, teachers and students enjoy the equal status. The responsibility of teachers is to build the bridge that leads the students to success. The students are both the object and the subject of education. They are also sociable and thinking, not just the ¡°products¡± of education. So in order to make the students be educated, they should first be respected. But in what way the students can be respected? P.Grice¡¯s theory of Cooperative Principle claims that we should follow the principle to develop our conversations. But we can¡¯t notice that the speakers often violate them. Why? In their research, Brown and Levinson found that was because of politeness. In order to cooperative in our communication, people should follow the Polite Principle to save face for the others. For the cooperation of education, teachers should also be polite to give the respect to the students. That¡¯s to say, the Polite...
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Forgotten Treasures Set in the middle and end of the American Civil War and the reconstruction after, Griffith chooses to place his characters in a small South Carolina town of Piedmont. This setting leaves a very distinct southern outlook on the plot. The story begins with a visit of two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman going to visit their friends, Ben and Wade Cameron on their southern plantation. Phil brings a picture of his sister Elsie to show Ben, who falls in love with her at first glance of the picture. Meanwhile, Ted and Wade are fooling around in the Cameron garden. Inside, Phil is taken with Margaret Cameron. After a short visit, which Phil and Margaret's relationship blossomed, the Stoneman's return to their homes just in time for the first call for 75,000 volunteers, by Lincoln, to join the army and fight to abolish slavery. Both families fight on different sides; the Stoneman's for the North Union and the Cameron's for the Confederate South. The war continues for another two and a half years when an irregular force of guerillas (black troops) raid Piedmont where the Cameron's live. On the battlefield, the two younger brothers, Ted and Wade meet. Wade gets shot and dies and Ted dies beside his friend. Elsie Stoneman sees all that is happening and becomes a nurse in a military hospital because she wants to help. As all this is happening, the south is slowly retreating, while the north advances. The south is loosing hope. A food train is misled and Confederate food goes to the Union. General Lee orders an attempt to rescue the food train. Col. Ben Cameron receives his orders to charge at an appointed moment. Ben leads the final desperate assault against the Union, commanded by Capt. Phil Stoneman. Phil sees his old...
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added: 12/16/2011
Essay Gaetano Donizetti was a prolific writer of operas. His subjects were taken from many sources but throughout his life he returned again and again to stories drawn from the British royal family. British Kings and Queens are used in various Donizetti opera's: Elizabeth I, makes her first appearance in Il Castello di Kenilworth in 1829. Henry II is the tenor in Rosamonda d'Inghilterra of 1834 and Edward III with Queen Isabella make an appearance in L'Aassedio di Calais of 1830. There are three operas however, that embody a fascination with the British royal bloods above all others. The three operas are Anna Bolena (1830), Maria Stuarda (1834) and Roberto Devereux (1837). The purpose of this essay is to fully examine the main character in each opera. All these operas are based on actual historical figures. More specifically it will discuss and compare the three queens that are portrayed in these operas. The three queens that the operas refer to are Anne Boleyn (Queen of England), Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots) and Elisabeth I (Queen of England). The essay will begin by assessing the consistency of the three libretti with historical events. Furthermore it will focus on the queens individually and discuss their character development through musical elements and interpretation. The first of the three, in order of composition, was Anna Bolena of 1830. The opera tells the story of Henry VIII's wife Anne Boleyn (1504-1536). Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry the VIII. Anne is thought to have showed disinterest in the King until negotiations for a divorce from Catherine of Aragon were initiated. In 1533 Anne was secretly married to Henry, six years after their relations had begun and before the divorce had been achieved. Before her marriage to the King, Anne had many suitors including Henry Percy the heir to...
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added: 10/23/2011
In the middle of May, when the flowers start to come out and the sun starts to burn, high school students everywhere begin to decide where they would like to spend the next four years of their lives. Will they continue to stay with their parents, still exempt from rent but at the same time living under someone else's roof? Or will they give living on their own a try, with unlimited freedom but absolutely none of the comforts of home sweet home? This important yet very difficult decision millions and millions of people encounter every day could be very easy to get too involved in. The outcome of each situation must be weighed and measured accordingly in order to make the perfect decision. The phrase "still living at home" brings up a mental image of an overweight middle-aged man who does not work and freeloads off of his family. Indeed this scares many teenagers into thinking they must leave home right away to avoid becoming something so looked down upon. On the other hand, staying home a little longer than some people can actually improve the relationship between parents and kids. The parent's good influence on their child will have a lot more time to develop, therefore, causing him or her to grow up into a responsible, well-educated adult with excellent values and morals. Most teenagers who choose to live with their parents eventually land a job to earn themselves a little extra money for weekends, personal expenses, and such. Although having a job while going to school can be stressful, there would not be any bills to worry about paying so the student's work load would be considerably less, allowing the balance between work and school seem quite easy. The student has his or her family close by to lend...
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Toni Morrison shows how the past can affect the present relationships in Beloved. Sethe an ex-slave who ran away from Sweet Home, a slave plantation, in order to escape the drudgery and humiliation of slavery, shall forever be haunted by the past. In her escape, she tries to kill her children, and succeeds in killing her baby girl. The ghost of this baby girl shall forever haunt Sethe as a representation of the past for the next 18 years in 124. Paul D another ex-slave from Sweet Home, is also affected by th past. He shares the same Sweet Home memories as Sethe, but his life took a different course. He kill his second master and was placed in a chain gang. After this horrific experience in a chain gang, Paul D decides to lock away his feelings and memories. When Paul D meets Sethe again at 124, the two form a relationship that changed how they deal with the past and how they will love again. The first relationship these two form occurred at Sweet Home. Here Paul D was in competition with the other slave men of Sweet Home for the love and marriage of Sethe. Ultimately, Paul D and the other slave men lose to Halle, whom Sethe chooses because of his love for his mother and his commitment. This is the purest form the relationship shall ever take. Both Paul D and Sethe aren't tarnished by their past yet (even though they both are slaves, and even the childhood memories affect their actions). Here, Paul D loses to Halle just because Halle is the "better man." The next step in the relationship occurs eighteen years later, after Sethe and Paul D have both left Sweet Home, and has experienced the hardships of life to its fullest. Paul D...
pages: 4 (words: 1071)
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added: 07/24/2011
Several relationships are found in Toni Morrison's novel Beloved. The story comprises of interactions between relationships and how the people learn to deal with the fact that they were once slaves on a plantation. The two motherly figures Sethe and Baby Suggs both cared greatly for their children and suffered a great deal from slavery. Their roles as mothers serve as a common ground, allowing them to communicate and develop a close relationship. Mothers all have one thing in common, the love for a child. Sethe has four children who she loves but her past with slavery conflicts with her emotions. She cannot not deal with the pain of her children being sent back to Sweet Home, the slave plantation Sethe came from, so she tries to murder them. She is successful with one child, Beloved, but fails to kill Denver, Howard and Buglar. The community shuns her for the heinous act and the mother is converted into an outcast. Her natural and motherly instincts force her to do what was in her right mind to save her children. She has to save them from the schoolteacher and slavery most of all. Sethe's tragic past experience with slavery and degradation is what she tries to steer clear of at all cost for her children. The struggle to save her children by murdering them makes Sethe a very unique, yet controversial mother. Baby Suggs is also a motherly figure. She is probably the most universal motherly figure because she cared for everybody, including slave runaways. The ex-slaves would come to her for aide and she provides support by preaching in her own untrained, spiritual, method. Toni Morrison provides an archetypal mother to see how Sethe compares with the ideal mother. Baby Suggs is caring and understanding of Sethe's actions, but still has...
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added: 10/28/2011
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