Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Revised Exploration

  In my secondary research I decided to look into why humans share stories in the first place. I believe that this will give me a better idea into the goal of a storyteller, and what they are trying to prove or evoke. I was able o find an article written by Jonah Berger, in a journal from the Association for Psychological Science. Berger states that “the sharing of stories or information may be driven in part by arousal. When people are physiologically aroused, whether due to emotional stimuli or otherwise, the autonomic nervous is activated, which then boosts social transmission. Simply put, evoking certain emotions can help increase the chance a message is shared” (Berger 1). Related to the novel The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, we can see that he shares stories because hey are important to him. These stories are a way to vent his emotions and feelings. Berger also goes on to state that “feeling fearful, angry, or amused drives people to share news and information” (Berger 1). These feeling are probably very relevant in O’Brien’s memories of Vietnam. Possibly another reason he shares his stories, and sometimes very detailed.

As this semester progressed we continued to see the human story unfold in many different lights. The most interesting thing I saw was how all of the stories are related, and how they all stem off of one idea. Identity. Identity is the key to every human story. How could we understand people like Tim O'Brien if we did not first understand who he was. For example Warren Buffet's identity is a hard working philanthropist, while Captain Americas is a symbol of the American culture. Every feeling and sensory detail is used to create this. Just as O'Brien used style and form to create his world, artist used color and symbolism to create the world of Captain America. This all again helps sustain that that message will be passed on to the reader.

Revised Exploration 12

Cassandra Zahran
Explortation 12
Our Moral Footprint

Our moral responsibility while living on this earth is to take proper precautions’ before it is too late. “The effects of a possible climate change are hard to estimate (Havel).” I agree with Havel. Slight changes are inevitable, with the masses of people living on this planet. There are only so many restrictions that can be placed without violating civil freedom and rights.  As intelligent as our scientists and geologists are, and as technology continues to advance, science is on our side. By keeping up with the status of our climate change, we can help balance the negative effects we have on the environment.

Something that I am going to in-state in my life, starting next month is biking. Not only am I going to be participating in something that is healthy and cost-efficient, I’m going to be joining a community that is passionate about staying green and working to eliminate unnecessary CO2 emissions. Bringing this idea to younger students as well as older adults, this could be a huge change in ones life. Think about how much gas you spend every few weeks. That would magically start to add up and appear in your bank account Multiple that by 2 years….  You’ve saved at least two thousand dollars.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

To my Friend

Until we meet again  


If I could see you again one moment

I would like to talk to you about them days we had together.

The great and wonderful times we had together

I will carry them and remember them for the rest of my life.


I remember it like it was yesterday, when I received a message from

A friend that says your friend just got shot and killed. I guess I never  knew how

It felt to lose a friend like you until the day it happened.


I remember them days when we used to play basketball in the

Front yard all day. People always said all we do is just play basketball but nothing else.

They always talked about how we got the size and height to make to the NBA.

I guess I never became a man until I saw your face in the coffin.

It seemed like somebody just took all I had. You were everything to me and hopefully one day we will meet in heaven. I guess you were right when you used to say “be careful what you do because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow” and I cannot wait until we meet again.

revised exploration 1


           In memory of my Grandma Carolyn

Grandma, although I can’t see you,

I know that you’re still here;

Watching down and smiling over me;

Just like you said you’d do.


You were a truly special woman;

A woman of extreme strength, and love;

Remembered for your laughter;

Your cooking and your special hugs.


Your suffering became so unbearable to see;

Even though you were as stubborn as a mule;

Your disease took everything that you had;
and watching you in pain, was so incredibly cruel.


You left this world with dignity and grace;
forever in my heart;

With heaven, your final resting place;

And lasting memories as you depart.


I miss you grandma, your suffering is done;
Gone but not forgotten;

Until I see you again grandma, go play, go walk;

And most importantly have fun!





mahmood exploration 11

Revised Exploration eleven

War is not an option for any one and no one has the right of killing another. Leaders always make a good excuse to convince their nations and people for their own political interests. On the Afghanistan war, my position is clear just like any other wars I am always against war. One reason that I do not support war is that war doesn’t solve problems it creates the problem. I believe in a democracy where every government should rule their nation in a way that all can participate and each and every one is granted their rights.

The more we learn to solve our problems by peace is the more this world would become a better place where all can share the fruits of brotherhood and if we try the opposite it would be the more we lose our commonsense. I think if get rid off one enemy you just created more enemies and this doesn’t have an end. Another reason is that wars are not won by body counts. In my own experience I have seen a lot from the Somali civil war which lasted over two decades and I have lost a lot of family and friends during that time. I speak against war because I have seen it and I know what war does to people

Revised Exploration 8

September 11, 2001 will live in Americans' memory for the rest of our lives because, it was one of the most horrific days in our history.  It is iconic because many innocent people lost their lives and made the U.S. focus more closely on the middle east.  No one thought that an attack of this magnitude could have ever taken place on U.S. soil involving U.S. citizens.  Looking back through first person accounts of what happened lots people couldn't believe what they were hearing, that a small plane flew into the world trade center.  The influence of this day are widspread; it made us think differently about people just beacuse they come from a different region, it changed the way people thought about war and even the way people thought out government.  

Coach O poem revisied

Mitchell Marotti

English1110.03 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Mr. Lohre

15 January  2013


Coach O


Coach O is one of the best

The Wolves’ football team put him to the test

The overtime win at Oak Hall

Is one that I will never forget


A man so dedicated and competitive on the field

Sometimes it is hard for him to yield

He coaches because he loves the game

Without him it would not have been the same


Always pushing us to do our best

The Wolves just had to do the rest

Training and practicing everyday

Coach O always had to have his way


And had us play every play

Like it was your last if you can

Because nobody walks except

Coach O and the postman


Although playing for coach O had to end

I would do it all over again

The best part was when we won

Because this made it very fun

One thing I remember about coach o

He carried about the kids

And the people in the school

And he especially cared for his players

And now he took a new job at a new school





Saturday, April 20, 2013

revised exploration 2- Emily

The Wise Friend

Wisdom is a treasure, 
You better believe it.
Only those named Sophia,
Are lucky to see it.
With her wise calming words,
She will whisk you away.

Her crystal blue eyes light up about the day,
She will help others see life in a whole new way.
Her blonde hair was just like Rapunzel’s,
It flowed in the wind but always tied up like a pretzel.
She sings a sweet melody in Carnegie Hall,
Along with the birds who sing along.

A giving heart so big,
Even a kingdom wouldn’t fill it.
Listen to your heart,
For it knows best.
Guidance beyond your years,
Only if you could see it.
Put yourself first,
You’re personality is stellar.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Revised exploration five

Said Diriye         



Mike Lohre


Exploration (Five)



My active reading is like trembling leaf. I read any time that I have free time to read or when it’s time to read. What my opinions is regarding this book is that the writer is very educated and have the courage and the grace to tell what is embarrassing to him. Not only does have the guts and the will but he is intimated by those thriller stories that have hunted him in the past.  For example soldiers from Vietnam combat has committed suicidal acts but he has not committed such a thing and additionally he comforts those stories that makes others veterans commit suicide. He comforts in a way that conveys a message.  A message that shows us how even one month of war can ruin your live.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “In the morning, after gassing up, I headed straight west along the Rainy River, which separates Minnesota from Canada, and which for me separated one life from another”.  This quote has various meanings. It shows how one unsatisfying decision for congress can destroy a youngsters’ life.   I choose it is because you could see how difficult is when you country calls you for war that you are not satisfied with or your rarely know anything about politics. Tim O’Brian meant in this quote that he loved his country from the bottom of his heart but he did not want to anticipate in the war.


The reason why we study war stories is because war is human history. War is the way we earn respect from one another and with respect there are many benefits that come with it like being looked up as role model. Or simply just having the key to every gate by which I mean weak countries fall under you command. If you look deep inside ancient Roman’s or Egyptian’s history war was not an option but rather it was obligatory. From one that is an idealist like Plato war might seem bizarre but to be sincere to our thoughts no matter what we do war is going to be there.




Revised Exploration

Zachary, A Dear Friend To Me
By Anthony Fernandez
Zechariah, Zaka Zulu, or just Zack Mirakimi
It does not matter what he is called to me.
From his brown hair to his big smile
To miss his telltale signs would be infantile.

Since the 6th grade, I have known him so
From the very start, he was a friend, never a foe.
He has seen my house and I his
In either place, with computers he is a wiz.

A super computer you could find
If you simply look deep inside his mind.
With technology, he can find any solution
Whether it is for work or elocution.

In New Orleans together we went
With our church youth our purpose God sent.
From the time we ate to the time we slept
Throughout it all, together we were kept.

His family is never nasty
Except for his sister, Casey.
Though younger than him and half his size
A perfect day she can capsize.

Intelligent and funny would be the words
To describe this person with many cords.
He could give you an answer to any question
Then put a funny twist to make it perfection.

If I could talk with him today
Oh, the thing that I would say.
Zack, you are a precious thing of mine.
While you are around, everything seems to shine.

As the saying goes, it is a trend
I now can say this is the end.

Revised Exploration 10- Brandon Brown

One article that I found was very interesting to me was called, "So You're Extinct? Scientists Have Gleam in Eye" ( One reason this article caught my eye was because I am very interested in animals. My major is Zoology right now, and I am looking forward to a career where I can go out in the field and study animals. Heck, I love animals so much that throughout my life I have asked for pet toucans, flying squirrels, prairie dogs and penguins from my parents, although they never got me any of those (I had to settle for turtles). This article really got to me because I think it would be fascinating to bring back animals that have been extinct for long periods of time. The article mentions bringing back animals such as arctic elephants, like a woolly mammoth, which in return, would create permafrost in the arctic that could hold up to three times as much carbon as all the rain forests combined. Of course woolly mammoths are not the only animals that could be brought back to help the environment, but where will be many others as well. On the other hand, there are some arguments about the ethics and regulations of this procedure, personally I think recreating extinct species would be great, and very interesting, and I think that if we regulate this process and regulate it smartly,and not turn Earth into a real-life Jurassic Park, then we can help create a more efficient world.

The woolly mammoth is one animal that scientists are hoping to bring back to life.
Other interesting articles that I found were, North Korea Threatens U.S. Military Bases in the Pacific, which wrote about the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, including a one hour air-raid drill that occurred this morning. Another article was New Reasons to Change Light Bulbs, which talk about how LED lights last 25 times longer than standard CFL lights, even though they are more expensive, and how LED are more efficient as they utilize between 600%-1200% more electricity, which is usually just wasted as heat in standard lights. The article goes on to talk about more advantages to purchasing an LED light bulb over any others.

Revised exploration 9

The first thing that came to my mind when i watch Fresh was disturbance.The way they treated those animals honestly made it hard for me to eat my dinner that night. It makes me think that how us as the human race are messed up, how can we be so cruel to those animals. We are already going to kill them so we can have our chicken dinner so why not give them respect them while they are on this earth. We are showing the the earth is a terrifying place when its really a beautiful place. One guy that stood out to me was the sustainable farmer. I have a lot of respect for him because he respects the animals he stated "respect the design of nature" and he is absolutely right and every farmer should treat there animals like that. Even there crops.. I also disagreed with that fact that they where giving the animals stuff to help them grow, when in the end whatever they give to the animals ends up in our body's. Fresh was an eye opener and i think every American should watch it so they can realize what we are really doing to this world and mother nature, and we should put an end to it. I'm not saying to stop killing the animals because i love meat but stop being so cruel and feeding them antibiotics. Which brings me to my question i have, they say "the only way you can grow vast amounts of the exact same species in close comportment is by antibiotics". What antibiotics exactly are they feeding them? What are they putting into those animals that eventually get put into us? How are we so sure that its safe for not only us but the animals as well. I think they should just let the cow or the pig grow up naturally.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Extra-Credit Opportunity: MLK's "Beyond Vietnam" speech and MMM blog

Extra-Credit Opportunity: Viewing, Reading actively, and Responding
This is a link for Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam”
This is a link for the transcript to that speech, so you can follow along and read actively as you do so.
This are links to a blog about money and consumerism.
The man behind the blog has some very alternative and provocative and useful views on American culture and his attempts to save rather than spend.  This link takes you to a listing of all the posts he has written to date.  Your task is to pick five articles of your choice on this blog.
Your task:
Your extra-credit assignment is to actively read these sources.  Take notes and quotes down as you read and listen.  You will turn these notes in with your extra credit assignment and this active listening and reading will be part of your extra-credit grade.
This will take you a couple of hours to do well.
Then write a response to both the Dr. King speech and the Mr. Money Mustache blog.  Your response should be typed and double-spaced, and you should use at least two quotes from the Dr. King speech and at least one quote from the Mr. Money Mustache blog somewhere in your response.  Your response should be at least two typed pages (1000 words) in length.

If you do this well and turn in both your written response and your active reading notes, you can earn up to 4% total raise on your overall grade percentage.  As an added benefit, you are also going to learn a ton by doing this assignment.  How much better does it get than that?

You can either turn this in to the OSU secretary downstairs on our Delaware campus, or you can scan or attach (or both) your files and send them to

Have fun, raise your awareness, and really earn your extra credit.  Man it feels good to earn it.

All my best,

Mike Lohre

P.S. This offer expires April 24, so please turn this in or send it to me by midnight on Friday, April 24.