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Friday, July 27, 2007

Hmm...what are critics saying about movies, television shows, and DVDs?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Umm...I think you should (fill in blank with a negative or condescending comment)...

Don't you just hate those people? You know the ones who everytime open their mouths to offer a negative or condescending comment to you are or about someone else. I am not sure exactly why they (the critics, no not movie or food critics, but anti-social ones) are always "offering" their "advice," especially when advice is not being seeked or asked. Yet, the critics don't expect you to become upset or annoyed. Critics think they are doing you a favor by "offering" their "advice or expertise." Thank you for point out that I have a zit on my nose. You think I haven't noticed it?? Are those types of comments really necesary. You think that a person wants to be reminded of a zit?

The funny thing is when you do that to a critic, you know give them a taste of their own medicine; they get angry. How dare you "criticize"! You must be jealous of them or their successes. No need to be an angry person, settle.

People do not want to be criticized or be spoken to in a condescending manner. We all have faults of our owns, yes even the anti-social critics. Until we are able to perfect the human by eliminating faults or weaknesses, then we maybe, I mean a BIG MAYBE, we can then "offer our advice." Yes, there is a catch in perfecting humans. All humans have to agree on a definition of a perfect standard, you know a universal meaning where ALL cultures agree to those definitions. Until we are able to do so, then we should accept each other the way we are and not point any faults or weaknesses.

So quit being an anti-social critic.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Learning English in England

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At http://www.answerenglish.co.uk/, one can find some of the best schools in London, England, to sign up for English courses or an English course. If you are not sure what kind of services you would need, http://www.answerenglish.co.uk/ offers free advice to students who are planning to study in London. They will even advise about accommodations. Traveling abroad should be a must for all language learners.

Whatever your reasoning for learning English is, http://www.answerEnglish.co.uk offers a sample of courses you would take if you learning English for fun, for work, or for study. There is also a forum you may sign up with, or you may follow their blog. This website is easy to navigate through.

Friday, July 20, 2007

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You can make a difference

The other day in class (I am teaching an education course at a local university this summer), a student tells me that she has started volunteering at the local homeless shelter because of my class.

Let me explain a bit, one of the assignments I sign is called "New Event". Students have to try something out of their comfort zone, something totally new--outside of their daily life. After completing that event, they have to write a reflection of that experience and their thoughts.

Many students have told me that this assignment has made them think or become more aware of themselves and their actions. Back to the above student, she told me that has been volunteering since she completed this assignment. I asked her how did she start volunteering. She told me, that she went to the homeless shelter, and spent time with some of the children. They touched her heart. She spoke with the assistant director, and scheduled regular volunteer dates. She has never done this sort of thing before. She said she feels really good about what she is doing, and this has broken stereotypes for her.

I told her that I was very proud of her, and good for her to help make a positive change.

Another student commented that she had been thinking about what we had talked about in a previous class.

I thought hmmm...

Then, I smiled as I began my session for the day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Is Race Really An Issue?

That is what I asked my students. I asked them, "Is Race Really An Issue?" Most of them said not as much as years ago. Things are looking better, they insist. Sure there might be occasional incidents, but overall racial issues have improved. I have noticed more students tend not to dwell on controversial issues or topics. It makes them uncomfortable.

We need discussions because this will help reduce problems. We need ideas because this will be applied towards solutions.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

It's Your Responsibility--Not Mine

People need to take responsibilities for their own actions. People need to plan ahead for themselves and their families. When a misfortunes comes along their way, then chances are they will be ready to deal with it as best they can. However, when there is no responsibility of planning involved and a misfortune occurs, it is not everyone else's fault, but the irresponsible. So, the irresponsibles cannot blame others for their miseries and failures. It is not fair for the responsible to bail out the irresponsible for their mistakes.

Just some ramblings going on in my mind lately.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Volunteer

I thought this was an interesting article, stating that Midwesterners in the U.S. are more likely to volunteer than their counterparts (Easterners, Westerners, etc.). People who tend to have their needs met, tend to make time for others. Here is the link to the article on CNN: Need a volunteer? Try the Midwest http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/08/volunteers.ap/index.html
Let me know if you guys agree or disagree with the article.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

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Your Mother Was Right

Your mother was right. If you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all. Why should people be criticized or insulted because you cannot resist the urge to "spoil" the atmosphere or the mood of that poor soul? Seriously. Put yourself in that person's position. How would you feel? Annoyed, I am sure.

So, the next time you have the urge to "insult" a poor soul for no real reason, remember yourself and how you would feel if that happened to you. Instead ask that person, how are they feeling and how is life.

This is awesome!