Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hey I'm not going to class today, will someone please take some notes for me and post them somewere. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Sigh, So much homework and here I sit blogging. Anyone know how to use a graphing calculator should help me.
Laura Tanner- Downey
English 101 Section 3
Mr. Jim Hepworth
January 22, 2009
I can say I have believed in many different things since birth, which is because I have learned and grown to know those different things. What I believe is whole hearted and true, something I think everyone should believe. This particular belief of mine follows no matter where you go, I see it in a bum sitting on the side of the street begging for money that I don’t even have. I see it in a small child not knowing how to read. This belief is pure and full of love. I love observing the world around and you can always find something that needs a little attention.
My belief has to do with people around me, and making friendly conversation, not judging there outside, I believe everyone has a tiny piece of good to the world. There is a need for belonging by every person, its called loneliness. Smiles are always wonderful, I’m pretty sure anyone could make me smile. My beliefs are all a part of all my other beliefs; they all mesh into each other, so I couldn’t really just discuss one. My beliefs are what have made me who I am. I work hard to be a caring, loving, gentle, and strong person. My family is important too I believe in family. I have gone over what I believe many times throughout my life, I’m a Risk taker I think risks should be taken. All the mistakes I’ve made so far I do not regret, those mistakes shaped my belief of risk taking and mistakes are to b made for a reason.
I could go on and on about what I believe, but heat if I don’t know everything I believe yet there is so much more than this I haven’t seen yet. And one of my beliefs is that living is only the beginning. I am down to learn new things for all of my living life and after death. I think it’s important to learn so it’s easier for us to adapt and grow as humans. Beliefs are hard to understand everyone changes through time and has new beliefs, old ones and some don’t have any. I believe that we should just all be positive and enjoy what our world has to offer.


I know I promised this last night and class is in like 10 minutes but here's my paper.

Darrin Hume
Dr. James Hepworth
January 27, 2009

My Personal Beliefs

I find it odd that when one is presented with a challenge there are so few who are willing to step up and actually do the work. Yet I know that when presented with a challenge if the task seems to daunting or undesirable that I have he same instinct to push it off, save it for later. Until the moment it's due, those evil words. It fascinates me when a perfectly reasonable person is so willing to ignore common scene in blind devotion to an idea. Call it God, Allah, Zeus, Odin, the list goes on. When what are all these really? Supernatural beings or superficial ideas who control the population thru priests and priestesses, profits and martyrs, texts and whispered words. When they all should just come out and say it. They are the reasoning behind something they don't understand. They use these idols as their explanation to things they don't understand or don't know.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. Though it's not dictated by anything other than your own personal movements. While time flow as a straight line I believe that each person can dictate the rate of the time flow for themselves. When the conscious is submerged under the task at hand I believe that the flow of time bends towards the will of the subconscious mind. This also ties into my belief that the weather is a reflection of the mood we are in. The winds of our mind dictate which way the winds we feel push and pull us. The sunrise and sunset explain our own cycles of rise and rest. Though not always in the same clockwork manner.

I believe that everyone around us has a lesson to teach, though it's not always easy to learn. These lessons are not always of great impact or lifechanging, nor are they just trivial facts that we learn to forget. The swing of a pickax the groan of straining muscles under a hot sun, the sound of metal scraping on rock. A hearty pat on the back and the words "Tómese un descanso y obtener un poco de agua primo." Simple.

I belive that the rules have been laid out in order for exceptions to be made to them. In the perfect world that we always compare our own to, these arbatary rules wouldn't need to exist. But because we arn't living in a perfect world we need to have rules to base our ignoring of them on. Yes, most of us understand that murder is wrong and enslaving a fellow human being isn't cool. But there needs to be situations where these could be okay. If someone does something that is so unacceptable that the only punishment within reason is something like murder the rules must be sidestepped. Even on a day to day basis if your running late to class because you were typing your english paper, or doing your math homework and you speed in your car, you've broken a rule. But for good reason.

This I Believe

Kelly Burns
Dr. James Hepworth
January 27, 2009

This I Believe

Its strange how a person thinks they know every fiber that holds them together, but when asked to name them on a whim, they’re at a loss of words. I find myself not speechless, but that many of my beliefs contradict each other. I expect certain people to follow a set of standards that, I myself could never follow. I am constantly quarreling with my insecurities, yet I expect a lot from the average person.

I believe strongly in the power of the individual, especially those individuals that have the valor to stand up for what is in their heart. This is easier said than done in many instances. I believe in those that have the self-respect to not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. There is a strong admiration in my heart for those who speak up for what is right even if there is opposition.

Essentially, I believe that true love is very hard to find, when lust comes so easily. I think when you find something or someone worthwhile, or even suspect you find it; you should never take it for granted. When there is a connection between two people that is bound together through honesty and selflessness it should be cherished.

More importantly, I believe in keeping an open mind. When you look through the lenses of negative past relationships and situations it stunts your ability to give it your all. Although life throws you curves, I believe you need to keep moving forward. Despite circumstances that may hurt you and leave you doubting the human race, I believe in forgiveness and mercy, because anything that won’t kill you will only make you stronger.

Here is where my conflicting ideologies lie; I believe that people should always treat others how they want to be treated. However, I believe people should listen to their heart, and if it is telling them something other than what they are doing they should follow it. In the process of doing so, other people can get hurt. I know this from firsthand experience. In the end, I do strongly believe we need to take the opportunities presented to us, make the best moral judgment we can make, and never looking back in the past.

Lastly, I believe that life should not be taken too seriously. I strongly believe that laughter is the shortest distance between two people and can fix anything. From a young age I can’t tell you how many times it was nailed into my brain that I only have one life and I can’t mess it up. People told me to take things more seriously. I believe all children should have the opportunity to be children.

Beliefs are what make people who they are. They sort-of glue together your integrity, or lack thereof. Beliefs shape your actions and your general outlook on life. They are one of the most important things in your life for one sole reason; Nobody, whether it is the president or a bum on the street, can take away who you are or what you believe in.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sappy as...

So I'm going to post the poem response to that Emily Dickinson poem cuz I wasn't sure if it was suppose to be here or not.

I'm somebody. Who are you?

A nobody perhaps.

Maybe your somebody special - - it's true.

Open up, let it show.

Be somebody by just being you.

You are special, no matter what.

When you hide it the nobody's win.
Never let nobody win!


Okay, so here's my twenty beliefs, yes I know that I'm plagiarizing myself. But that's not true, you see I negotiated it with myself to give all the rights to re-produce anything I've written in exchange for some favors. No perverts nothing sexual. I will be posting my belief paper here before the day is out.

Twenty things that I believe in.
I believe that people are always going to be more important than possessions.
I believe that Communism if done right would work.
I believe that if you think hard enough about someone they will make an appearance.
I believe that you have to work hard if you want anything good to happen.
I believe that good things happen to good people.
I believe that karma has a major impact in day to day life.
I believe that ramen noodles is a big part of college life.
I believe that my friends all have something to teach me.
I believe that some people just understand things.
I believe that you should put the needs of others in front of your own.
I believe that the internet is taking over the world.
I believe that Stephen King is an amazing author.
I believe that music has a direct effect on how events play out.
I believe that no matter what happens things will work out for the better.
I believe that chess is how wars should be fought.
I believe that the weather is a reflecting of your mood.
I believe that we must learn from the past.
I believe that driving is a calling.
I believe that movies are magic.
I believe that it's about the journey not the destination.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I believe In by Kelly Burns

I did the best I could considering that topic was sort of vague. I will have my draft posted tomorrow.

I believe in individualism.
I believe in valor.
I believe in personal choice.
I believe in honesty.
I believe in gratuity.
I believe that laughter can fix anything.
I believe that lust comes easy.
I believe that things that hurt me will only make me stronger.
I believe that I will be something great.
I believe that variety is the spice of life.
I believe that all children shouldn’t be faced with reality.
I believe that love is hard to find.
I believe that one should never take relationships for granted
I believe that no gender/race/ religion is dominant over the other.
I believe that everything happens for a reason.
I believe in keeping an open mind.
I believe in a strong sense of purpose.
I believe in forgiveness and mercy.
I believe in moving forward.
I believe in illusions.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Choice by Lisa Jenkins

Beliefs are, by nature, absolute and, as such, very few are manifest in my life. There are more fingers on my hands than things I believe. I suppose I fear binding myself to restrictive codes that will neither accommodate for the needs of others nor recognize the value in diversity. And yet I cannot sail through this sea of people and leave it better, in my wake, without some bearings by which to navigate.

My inner compass, momentarily jarred by waves of conflict or distress, most always rights itself before those around me suffer too much damage. Given time, I rally against the cross-winds of emotion to choose a response that runs contrary to my own selfish, human reactions.

In the midst of anger and hurt, I can hold tightly to the anchor of placed blame though I believe I cannot hope to be forgiven for all the hurt I have caused, if I am unwilling to extend that forgiveness to others. And so I choose to forgive.

In the depths of misery, I can drown in despair though I believe that to deny hope is to disallow the dream of improved circumstances for myself and others. And so I choose to hope.

When confronted by another’s seemingly unfathomable choice, I can ridicule their morals and customs though I believe that we all face choices with less than palatable options. And so I choose to empathize.

Awash in prejudice, I can foster the acceptance of ignorance though I believe that knowledge can ease the fears born of the unknown, and will yield tolerance. And so I choose to learn.

Faced with hate, I can forever abandon the author of each callous deed though I believe that I can love someone in spite of their flaws, and without agreeing with their actions; for this is how I am accepted. And so I choose to love.

Running under the colors of religion, I can condemn others for not adhering to the tenets of fallible men though I believe that it is better to have a relationship with God than to be religious. And so I choose relationship.

Love, forgiveness, hope, empathy, knowledge, relationship, tolerance, and empathy serve as the stars by which I chart my course. Should I run aground in selfishness, I will endeavor to take a new tack. And choose better.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Far From Twenty

I believe in God.
I believe love.
I believe in empathy.
I believe in compassion.
I believe in forgiveness.
I believe in hope.
I believe in choice.
I believe in tolerance.
I believe in knowledge.

Wallace Stegner essay for This I Believe

Read the text here

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I Am Somebody by Lisa Jenkins

Does it matter so much to you,
what shapes the words I speak?
The silences I show this world
tell more of who I am.

The why, the where, the when and how
are nothing more than sound.
The noise shatters and I am heard;
I am somebody, found.

a poem in response to Emily Dickinson's I'm Nobody, Who Are You?