March 26, 2004

Political Mania

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Itís that time of year again. When every commercial turns from being car after car to candidate after candidate. The mudslinging battle begins. With all the junk going on, who knows who is actually running and what they stand for. I'll admit straight out that I don't have a clue as to what candidates stand for what position.
Honestly it depresses me to see the mess of politics. Maybe that's why I haven't yet taken the time to register to vote. This will be easy enough to do now though, you can even register online.
I'm not that huge of an AOL fan, but I must say, I'm glad to see someone trying to help out those of us who want a fast and easy solution. I don't want to have to deal with digging through the fancy words to figure out what stance they are taking. This quiz and comparison sheet seems like a good thing.
I'm making it my goal to register and vote so I might as well do better then a coin toss to figure out who I'm going to vote for. I may hate the politics but I still live here so I guess I should learn to deal with it.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 12:32 AM | Comments (1)

March 16, 2004

Looking for an Escape

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it.
Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

Well, when it comes down to, I'm sure that this is simply the "I want spring" blues. At least I really hope it is, because Iím not sure what I will do with an English degree without a teaching certificate.
That is the problem, education. I don't like it. I like the idea of teaching; I have taught CCD classes before. I just can't stand the classes I've been in so far.
I want to do well in school and I want to graduate to find a good job waiting for me. Right now though, that future is fairly bleak. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do with an English degree without a teaching certificate? I'd love to write, I really would; I also want to eat though. : )

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 11:24 AM | Comments (1)

March 11, 2004

Luccia

But my name is Lucy.
Mrs. Muir (Gene Tierney) The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Okay, I'm going to say straight off the bat, I don't have any idea what I am doing. I actually wrote this on February 10th, it has just taken me this long to get over my embarrassment and post it. I've titled it Luccia, after my hamster who died on February 9th. Please feel free to laugh at my pathetic attempt at free verse, because I know I have.

A few lines in honor of a small pet
whose time was short, two weeks and three days.
Luccia, hamster who died yesterday.
Had a few proud moments, she ran away.
Caught again, she was our super-pet two.
Running back and forth in her yellow bug,
accidental kicks sometimes came her way.
Not a sound and she is gone but still loved.

What did I tell you? Oh well, I can't compete with anyone beyond a 6th grade level. The point was to have fun anyway. :)

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 1:21 PM | Comments (0)

March 10, 2004

Suicide

Death should be a release, not a punishment.
Einon (David Thewlis) Dragonheart

The results are in! Student suicide rates are down! HealthDay just released this article on the effectiveness of a high school suicide prevention program. I just wanted to say kudos to the program and that schools should make more of an effort to implant it, because it works. I also recommend that everyone read the following suicide information, because more people are effected by suicide then is realized.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 2:18 PM | Comments (2)

March 9, 2004

Machinal

Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be absurd.
Allan Goldfein

I'm going to be completely honest. I was not really expecting to enjoy reading Machinal. I don't really enjoy reading plays to begin with, plays are meant to be experienced not read. So when put up to the task of reading Machinal my first thought was this: thank goodness its less then 100 pages.
Deciding that if I was going to read a play that I knew absolutely nothing about, I should take my 11th grade English teacher's advice. When read, a play shouldn't be taken in chunks like a novel, but all at one time start to finish. So while sitting around doing nothing at work study because no one ever comes into the pool to swim, I picked up Machinal and read it straight through.
I found the play to be surprisingly easy to read. I think reading the introduction beforehand had something to do with it, but it was swift reading nonetheless. The thing that I found the most surprising however was that I liked the play a lot. The more I thought about it the more I liked it. I don't really know why I enjoyed it.
I didn't particular care about the main character. She just seemed like a boring dreamer who wasn't willing to commit herself to anything unless it was perfect. These are the kind of people that you just want to slap. I did like the character of her lover, but I think the reason for that was because right on the back cover of the book it says that Clark Gable played the role. I'll be the first to admit, I'm a sucker for Clark Gable, go old movies!
Oh well, I don't really have anything else to say, but sometimes it isn't best to judge a book simply on the fact that it was assigned for class.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 12:38 AM | Comments (0)