September 30, 2003

Obstacles

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Henry Ford (1863-1947)

If you aim for the moon, even if you miss you'll land on a star.

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September 28, 2003

Silence

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

There is so much meaning in silence. You can say more by being silent then by explaining what you actually mean. We just have to learn to listen to each other.

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September 27, 2003

Life in a Serious Light

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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September 26, 2003

Getting Things Done

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)

I love this quote. If you want to get something done, you just have got to go out and do it. If you let yourself become pulled down by rules then it makes accomplishing anything difficult.
I'm not advocating anarchy. I just think that sometimes the rules need to be thrown out the window.
I'd like to know if anyone agrees with me, or simply has an example of a time where ditching the rules seems to work best.

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September 24, 2003

Happily Ever After

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
Margaret Bonanno

I firmly believe this to be true. Every day is a completely new and open-ended adventure.
Likewise, if you are always looking for a happily ever after, you'll never find it. A happily ever after isn't prepared for you, you make it yourself.
If you set yourself up for the best, you can expect the best and even if you don't quite get it, the situation is more enjoyable because you tried to make it so. If nothing is going right and that is your mind-set, nothing will be right - ever.
The best happily ever after is the one that you make yourself and never ends.

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Newspaper Leads

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Note: When this quote appears, it means the entry is in answer to an assignment in EL 227: The Practice of Journalism.

Chapter Seven: Exercises Eight and Nine

8.)
1 - New York (AP) -- President Bush and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder vowed mutually Wednesday to work on resolving differences over Iraq, and the German leader offered again to assist in postwar reconstruction.
A New York Times Story

Who?
President Bush and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
What?
Resolving differences over Iraq
When?
Wednesday
Where?
New York
Why?
German assistance in postwar reconstruction
How?
Not Applicable

2 - United Nations, Sept. 23 A president who has led his forces to victory, ostensibly on behalf of the United Nations, would in theory deserve a hero's welcome. But that was not what President Bush encountered in an icy chamber here today, almost five months after he declared an end to major hostilities in Iraq.
A New York Times Story

Who?
President Bush
What?
Cold United Nations reception
When?
September 23, 2003
Where?
United Nations
Why?
Not Applicable
How?
Not Applicable

3 - San Francisco, Sept. 23 With just two weeks to go before the recall election for Gov. Gray Davis, a federal appeals court today removed a legal obstacle to the vote, ruling that it would be held on Oct. 7, as scheduled.
A New York Times Story

Who?
A Federal Appeals Court
What?
Recall election for Gov. Gray Davis is to take place Oct. 7
When?
September 23, 2003
Where?
San Francisco
Why?
Not Applicable
How?
Removed a legal obstacle

4 - Bejing, Sept. 23 In her autobiography, "Living History," Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton recounts how China's imprisonment of a prominent human rights activist, Harry Wu, caused a sensation in the United States and nearly derailed her plans to attend a United Nations women's conference held in Beijing in 1995.
A New York Times Story

Who?
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
What?
China's imprisonment of prominent human rights activist Harry Wu
When?
September 23, 2003
Where?
Bejing
Why?
Caused a sensation in the United States and nearly derailed her plans to attend a United Nations women's conference held in Beijing in 1995
How?
Her autobiography "Living History"

5 - Nags Head, N.C., Sept. 23 Families who have passed this vacation spot down through the generations expect certain landmarks: Jennette's Pier, 64 years old and stretching 600 feet into the Atlantic; the Sea Foam Motel, all teal-colored kitsch; and Crabtree Court, a cluster of 50's-era cottages hard by the beach.
All are gone now, or at least grievously damaged by the 30-foot waves that pounded communities up and down the Outer Banks when Hurricane Isabel roared through on Thursday. Entire strips of beachfront are devastated, and though natives of these pinky-thin barrier islands insist things will soon return to normal another year, another storm, they say they also admit that this hurricane altered their landscape far more than any other storm in decades.
A New York Times Story

Who?
Families in Nags Head, N.C.
What?
Landmarks destroyed or damaged
When?
Thursday
Where?
The Outer Banks
Why?
Hurricane Isabel
How?
30-foot waves

6 - A powerful Wall Street lawyer who defended Richard A. Grasso's initial plan to take $48 million in future payments is also helping to prepare a crucial report about how the New York Stock Exchange needs to revamp its corporate governance practices.
A New York Times Story

Who?
A powerful Wall Street lawyer
What?
Helping to prepare a crucial report
When?
Not Applicable
Where?
New York
Why?
The New York Stock Exchange needs to revamp its corporate governance practices
How?
Not Applicable

9.)
Articles Used:
Schroeder and Bush Agree Past Differences on Iraq Are Behind Them
New York Times
Bush, Schroeder agree to work together on Iraq
USA Today

Similarities:
A lot of the same quotes were used in both the articles, which, being on the same issue, is not surprising.

Differences:
The USA today broke its quotes up rather then giving full quotes more frequently then The New York Times. The USA Today also seemed to be favoring the side that the United States has taken on the issue, while The New York Times came in from both angles.

Which is better?
I think that The New York Times article was better. It seemed to view both sides of the issue rather then having a bias because of the target audience.

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September 23, 2003

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Note: When this quote appears, it means the entry is in answer to an assignment in EL 227: The Practice of Journalism.

Chapter Seven: Exercises One through Four

1.)
Who?
The United Jewish Appeal
What?
A walk-a-thon
When?
This morning
Where?
Springfield
Why?
To raise money for The Soup Kitchen
How?
Not applicable

2.)
Who?
Funeral home directors
What?
Federal Trade Commission rule
When?
Today
Where?
Not applicable
Why?
To prevent funeral home rip-offs
How?
Providing an itemized list of services and materials offered

A - answers What?, When?, and Why?
B - answers Who?, What?, and When?
C - answers What?, When?, and Why?
D - answers What?, When?, Why?, and How?

D is the best answer, it answers the most of the six questions

3.)
A - What began twelve years ago with a federal staff investigation and led to hearings and a court fight culminates today with a Federal Trade Commission rule to prevent funeral homes from ripping you off.

D - Twelve years after first being proposed, a federal regulation goes into effect Monday to require funeral homes to provide an itemized list of services and materials offered and a cost list before you make any arrangements.

I think that the third person method is better, because it does not force your reader to take a certain position on the issues.

4.)
As the result of a test, a nuclear weapon detonated today 2,000 feet beneath the surface of Pahute Mesa in the Nevada desert. The weapon, with a yield equivalent to 150,000 tons of TNT was detonated within 40 miles of a group of pacifists.

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Trivialities

Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
Quentin Crisp (1908 - 1999)

Treating important events as a moment of time that simply will happen is a defense mechanism. For example, Arthur Dent in The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "There was no way his imagination could feel the impact of the whole Earth having gone, it was too big. He prodded his feelings by thinking that his parents and his sister had gone. No reaction. He thought of all the people he had been close to. No reaction. Then he thought of a complete stranger he had been standing behind in the queue at the supermarket before and felt a sudden stab - the supermarket was gone, everything in it was gone." If the situation is portrayed as smaller as it is, its harder to be overwhelmed by it. (Okay, so maybe that wasn't the best example, but what can I say? I'm a Hitch Hiker fan.)

Also I have to add, there never was and never will be a time when people will appreciate hearing about how extremely upset you are over loosing a coin toss or other such event. Don't sweat the small stuff.

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September 22, 2003

The Facts

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.
Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs, 1732

There are so many complex twists that each situation can take. If you don't stop to think about that, one of those twists comes back to haunt you.

Stop and recheck. Is everything right? How do you know its right? Where did it come from? Is there more to it then this? Does it seem to easy?
Finally the most important of them all: Is it worth it?

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September 21, 2003

A 'Serious Laugh'

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Have you ever noticed that humor has a slight bite to it? Humor that makes you laugh, but also makes you think? For example, today's Foxtrot:

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In my opinion, this is at the least fairly amuzing. But it also says something about being realistic. If you set yourself up to rely on luck, what will happen if you are unlucky?

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September 20, 2003

Listening

No man ever listened himself out of a job.
Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)

50% of talking is actually listening. Unfortunately for civilization as we know it, most people don't follow this guideline. When you are talking to someone, it is more likely that they are trying to think of their response then actually listening to you. It doesn't hurt to actually hear what people are saying, so why is it that most of the time we don't?

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September 19, 2003

The Frist and Lsat Ltteer

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. amzanig huh?

Ins't taht cool bonyed bleief? I tguhoht so too!

For those of you who don't want to concentrate so hard, I will be generous and write the rest in a normal format. As of yet, I have not been able to find the information to stand behind this statement. However, it is my personal opinion that at least in this case, that doesn't matter. If you understood the statement, it arepaps to be ture!

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The Effort Involved

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen (1903 - 1978) (Charlie McCarthy)

Welcome to A Storybook of Quotes!
The wise, comical, interesting, and motivating words of others envoke a passion within me. I will be using quotes to guide you through the world as viewed from the eyes of a freshman at Seton Hill University.

"Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"
Words that are the essence of the college experience. I would take the time to explain why I adore this quote, but you know what? It kinda goes against the grain of the quote in general, so I'm not going to bother. Ponder and enjoy it.

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