January 29, 2004

Flash Fiction

Well, I figured I'd jump on the train and make some attempts at Flash Fiction. Here goes:

Ice-Cold Revenge

“Hurry up! It’s my turn!” little sister screamed as I deliberately washed my hair a second time. Smiling in triumph, I turned the knob warmer to rinse yet again, but was met with a stream of ice as little sister found the guest room shower.

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January 28, 2004

What Do They Really Hope to Accomplish?

After reading Sue Myers' blog on the Right to Life march she attended, I started wondering if a march like that really accomplished anything influential. For instance, someone who feels compelled to have an abortion is not going to change her mind because of people marching around shouting "We want babies." The only way she would change her mind is if someone offered an option she felt would help her out. Most girls who get abortions feel compelled to do so because they feel it is the only way out of a bad situation. It seems to me that people who wish to stop abortions should try and find a solution to the problem, rather than condemning those who feel forced into the option. A Right to Life march isn't going to change their minds, but perhaps putting a greater emphasis on the importance of abstinance and responsible sex would help prevent the pregnancies before they're able to be aborted. Also, working to find ways to make adoption more appealing to young pregnant women would significantly lower the percetages of women who get abortions. Pro-Life advocates should focus their money and energy on creating programs to help women through their 9 months of pregnancy emotionally, physically, and socially. For many women, adoption isn't a viable option because they don't want to put their lives on hold for 9 months. But if there were better programs to help them get through school, or organized support groups, perhaps the situation wouldn't look so bleak. Perhaps if pro-lifers tried to solve the problem at its core, there wouldn't be a need for ineffective marches.

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January 26, 2004

Apologies

I signed up to go to the Setonian proofreading session for Intro. to Literary Study this Tuesday from 8:30-10pm. However, I forgot that I have a meeting I need to attend at 9pm, so I won't be able to make it. I'm sorry for the short notice and any inconveniences.

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January 25, 2004

An Ode to My Sisters

The morning I left home after Christmas break my little sister Laura (15) and I got into a huge fight about a pair of earings she was convinced I stole (It turns out my 25yr old sister Meghann had stolen them before she went home). After a morning full of shouting and slamming doors, I packed my bags and prepared for the 8 hour car ride back to SHU. Laura refused to come downstairs and say good-bye, but did manage to scream an "I hate you" before I was out of earshot.

I recently received a small package in the mail from Laura which contained a silver ring and a note. The note read:

"This is your sisters ring. Always wear it so that you will remember your sisters when we are away. Find a piece of jewelery that can be worn every day and send it to Meghann and tell her to do the same and send it to me. Love, Laura"

Like all sisters, we have our fair share of hair pulling, scratching, and fights over who gets the shower first. But in the end we realize that what is most important is that we are sisters, and we share a special bond that can never be broken. Even though there are five years between each sister and me, they are my best friends, and I am so thankful to have them.

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January 21, 2004

Good Reporter vs. Bad Reporter

Although covering the same news story, two different articles present extraordinarily different opinions of the case. In the first article, Religious Extremists Kill Child with Exorcism, the writer shows an obvious bias. The headline alone presents a negative connotation toward the couple charged with the murder, and even declares their guilt before the trial has taken place. He even goes so far as to call the couple “batshit insane.” The second article, Couple Charged in Alleged Exorcism Death, however, is much more acceptable. It does not state any false information, does not make assumptions, and only conveys the writer’s opinion through factual evidence and quotations. The writer implies the insanity of the couple by stating that they were admitted into a psychiatric ward, but never states his personal opinion on the matter. In comparing the two articles, it is easy to see the immaturity and unprofessional attitude of the first author.

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January 20, 2004

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper...I can't say that it was my favorite story ever, but it was intriguing. It made me think about a different style of fiction that I'm not used to reading. Also, after talking with some other people, and reading some of the other posts, I became terribly depressed about my observation skills. It seems that other people saw much more inside of it than I did. Ah well...things to work on for next time.

As this is my first blog entry, I will keep it short and sweet.

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