Monthly Archives: August 2009

Post Autumn War Update

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I know I’ve been offline for a while… my excuses are finals at school and now I have also moved out of Sven and Anne’s trailer.

Finals was crazy, but I managed to survive quite well. I’m pretty sure that U got two A’s and a B, but I don’t really know for sure if those are my grades… but I am pretty sure I did good…

I lost touch with Allen, but I am not heartbroken – he didn’t really mesh well with my life… oh well… it was never too serious anyways… I’ve yet to see if we will continue to be friends but I have my  doubts… you know?

So I went to Autumn War.. it was nice and relaxing… I had fun hanging out with a good number of my North Sound friends… Clinton is starting an early period Celtic household and I am extremely proud of all of them… they are really shining already…

On another note, I was officially taken on as Sven’s first apprentice which was quite the honor.. so now to get even more serious about things again…

When I got home I actually managed a few days of rest and relaxation… only interrupted by work, it was nice… I probably should have updated, but we’ll just call it a vacation… haha…

I also met someone really great… his name is Dave. He just moved over here from Spokane and got out of the Air Force in  May… He’s seen a lot of ucky stuff over there in the sandbox. The more we get to know each other the more we seem to be compatible… However, I am almost convinced that he has been hurt even worse than I have… so we are both tentative to say anything too drastic. But there is a definite attraction there. So we are dating and taking our sweet time… it’s going beautiful really, he treats me wonderfully and I can see the honesty within.

As for my new place to live… Mom helped Jeremy (my brother) and I get a nice duplex near Sven and Anne’s house, so it’s not too bad of a move. It’s nice having my own space and whatnot… so That’s nice… I just hope I can manage to stick around in one place for a while…

Finding a Balance between Radical Feminism and the Traditional Family Structure.

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I wrote this for my english 101 class….
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Finding a Balance between Radical Feminism and the Traditional Family Structure.

Since the beginning of the feminist revolution, the discussion of Traditional Family structure has been a topic of strong debate and discussion on a relatively constant basis. Due to this revolution one thing can be plainly seen, “the traditional single-role family, where the wife stayed at home and the husband went to work is disappearing” (Rowbotham 401). It is important that an agreeable meeting ground to the controversy of the traditional family structure is found, rather than having such extreme sides constantly warring with each other.

In the 1960’s, a number of sexual revolutionaries condemned the traditional family structure as the source of all oppression for women. Oftentimes they would illustrate the home as the most dangerous place in the world for women, oftentimes describing violent and abusive husbands who sit at home waiting for their wives to come home from the store so that they may beat them for dinner being late – or for even no reason at all (O’Beirne 20).

As time continued to progress, the arguments between supporters of the traditional family and those who opposed them continued to divide society. “Women were presented with two clear-cut images in the 1980’s. One was the model of competitive success – the business suit made a surprise comeback; the other was a pastiche of a 1950’s apple-pie mom in a crisp white apron” (Rowbotham 524).

Many feminists believe that the traditional family structure (where the mother stays home and the father works to support the family financially) is oppressing to women. In Feminism Supports the Family, Phyllis Chesler -author of Letters to a Young Feminist – states that the traditional family structure is “male dominated, father absent, and mother blaming” (100).

Another common belief is that women should have careers equal with men instead of staying at home with the kids. Professor Gretchen Ritter – associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin – says “women at home with children are shirking their responsibility to contribute as professionals and community activists, which is an important part of citizenship … something we should expect of everyone” (O’Beirne 32). The rights hard-earned by feminists in the past must be preserved and built upon rather than regress back to what they once were before the feminist revolution.

Children are also believed to benefit from their mothers working outside the home as it enables them to spend more time building upon their socialization skills to the world outside the home and under the supervision of professionals at day care. Barbara Ehrenreich – a noted author and activist – believes that “the family might not be the perfect arrangement after all – that it can be a nest of pathologies and a cradle of gruesome violence” (O’Beirne 4). It is because of this that many people believe that a healthy daycare environment is essential for children.

In contrast to the feminist argument against traditional family structures, many supporters of traditional family structures believe that they are not oppressive to women, but rather, they are a privilege for many women. In her article Mothers Should Stay Home, Suzanne Venker – a former middle-school English teacher, writer, and full-time mother – states:

“The traditional family structure simply keeps women from having to worry about providing an income while they work the most important job of their lives” (222).

For many women, staying at home is an important career choice. When feminists are consumed by the opportunities and rights of a woman, they miss appreciating the positive side of staying home – such as significant expression of self – that many women bring to the table when caring for their children (O’Beirne 42). Many supporters of the traditional family structure also believe that there is no acceptable alternative for the care that a mother gives to her child. In fact, it is also the healthiest place for them to be given that children in day care are eighteen times more likely to get sick than other children [who stay home] … At any one time, 16 percent of children attending day care facilities are likely to be sick. They are [also] three to four and a half times more likely to requite hospital treatment than children raised at home (O’Beirne 37).

It is important to find an agreeable meeting ground for these two groups’ arguments. Lynn Marcotte, and English professor at Gordon College, believes “that unless both camps realize they agree on some basic things and can acknowledge that certain values are crucial to all concerned, neither will be as successful as they would like in changing our culture” (203).

Whether or not a woman chooses to live in a traditional family is a valid choice whichever way the woman should decide to go. “It is good for women to be recognized for their many capabilities outside of motherhood; but the fact remains that most women do not find happiness by pursuing careers at the expense of motherhood” (Venker 220). Rather than over concerning herself with the politics behind the choice of having a career or family, each woman should make her own decision based on her specific beliefs and needs. She should not have to worry about the political ramifications of her decision of what she believes is best for the welfare, education, and socialization of her children.

In the end it must also be recognized that it is the parent’s responsibility to determine what is best for their children and not the opinions of those around them. Rather than spend all its energies fighting and arguing, society must find an agreeable meeting ground in the controversy of the traditional family structure; if not for anything, but for the sake of the welfare for women and children everywhere.

Works Cited

Chesler, Phyllis. “Feminism Supports the Family.” Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Jennifer A. Hurley. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2001. 99-104.

Marcotte, Lynn. “Feminists Can Be Pro-Family.” Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Christina Fisanick. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. 197-206.

O’Beirne, Kate. Women Who Make the World Worse. New York: Sentinel, 2006.

Rowbotham, Sheila. A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States. New York: Viking, 1997.

Venker, Suzanne. “Mothers Should Stay at Home.” Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints. Ed. Christina Fisanick. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. 217-226.

So Exhausted….

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I am so exhausted… I have been pushing and pushing to finish off the quarter with my grades up and I am just plain tired… I did finish off my Computers class with a 4.0 (95%) according to my teacher… so I am pleased with that… and my math class is going really well so far as well… so I should ace that (although it is not a college level course… that one is next quarter — Business math I believe). I am stressing my english class… generally I am a strong writer but this quarter I have struggled though it…

I think that the main thing I struggle with is the readings I was assigned… they were very obviously a part of the teacher’s political agenda… I hate that about a lot of teachers… they push their agendas rather than teach their topics well… rather than having us work on our WRITING skills; she had us analyzing a bunch of articles that fit into her agenda… I cannot respect that… I have aced most of the assignments; but I did miss a quiz… so that worries me… I am working my ass off and will probably be VERY pissed if I don’t get an “A”… So please pray, hope, whatever you do… that I manage to get that “A” — because I sure as hell am earning it…

Well; other than that I am busy busy busy at work… I am hoping that I can impress upon them enough to get a permanent spot on staff… so again pray/meditate/whatever for that one too… I need a decent job to get me through school…

Well; until later… I’ll be seeing you!

Here’s a quickie…

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So here’s a quick update (As I need to get all of my homework finished by Autumn War… Summer Quarter is almost over.. I am hoping I make honor roll for the first time since high school. (I did get my diploma with “High Honors” Just so you know…) I don’t know if I Will be able to pull A’s out of all three of my classes, but I should be able to pull them out of my Math and Computers Classes hopefully… At least it is a start right???

Other than that my life has been centered around work and homework… no time even for another date with Allen… but then again it’s not like we are really a couple anyways… So yeah… That’s where it stands so far…

I have been taking the time to start reading for personal enjoyment again as well… I borrowed a great book from the public library called “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should)” it’s really got some great advice for putting on the “Southern charm” I am hoping to soften my hard edges some and become more ladylike… and this one’s a good reference point… I know that when I was in all the fancy rich hospitals and medical centers throughout the southwest while I was at boot there was a definite charm to the women there that I could really take to. Everyone was so nice; even if they were only meeting me for a second… I guess that is just a little piece of that southern hospitality…

Well, I am going to let you go, Keep checking back for more!!!

P.S. To those concerned Moses is well. I got him a 3 foot long “bully” stick and he’d been happy as a clam gnawing away at that when he is not licking my feet…

Focusing on Photography

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So I have started school now… I am going to Pierce College to Get a Associates in Business (DTA) so that I can transfer on to Pacific Lutheran University or University of Washington for a double-major in Business and Scandinavian Studies.

So I have been mostly focused on all of that… but I have managed to get some pictures done. I have decided to make an honest to goodness effort in getting my photography to the level that I can justify buying a Digital SLR body (probably used for now) and get going on some paying jobs as an interest seems to be building for that within the music communities that I belong to…

There has been a horrible heat wave here as well.. it’s practically appalling… sure a lot of people in the country laugh at 103 being no big deal… but here in Seattle it’s record heat. We are used to it being in the 60’s and 70’s this time of year (which I very much enjoy) not the triple digits…

So that is basically it for now. In two weeks I will be officially taken on as an apprentice for Viking age Arts and Sciences; so look forward to some fun projects coming up!!!

Apparently the Few and The Proud are over-staffed..

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So I had a date with Allen again last night. I drove there straight after work and we were both kind of burnt out when I finally go there… We had planned on dinner and a movie… but by the time we finished dinner (yummy Thai food!) We decided to just get some frozen yogurt and go back to his place to watch DVDs and hit the rack… So we did just that. I ordered too much frozen yogurt… I was hoping it would taste as strong and tart as Pinkberry or Yogurtland; but Alas TCBY has yet to figure that one out…

We went back home and tried to watch young Frankenstein (possibly my favorite movie…) Allen hasn’t seen it… I was dumbstruck! So we tried to watch it but he fell asleep about halfway through and I wasn’t far behind… I love snuggling with him at night… the only thing better is when I got Moses there also… (He wakes me up from my nightmares)

So we had to wake up early as Allen was road-tripping with his roommate back to Spokane to visit the family and such… so I hit the road back for home… I decided to stop into the Marine Corps Recruiters and asked them about my reenlistment eligibility… I am seriously considering DEP-ing in again… they told me that they are having trouble with even getting single waivers through let alone someone like me who is going to require a good number of waivers… I want my Eagle, Globe and Anchor… I need it. My life keeps fizzling out down here and I need to do something about it…

So they said that the Marine corps is essentially over-staffed… which is BULLSHIT!!! I am so ticked off right now I can hardly contain myself… I want to have a good life and while I know school is the right thing for me I also know that I could be very well served by the Corps… they did tell me to check in in Oct, as it is a new fiscal year… so I will have to do that… Hopefully I will be able to get DEP-ed in… either way I think I will start training for it… You know? I need to start working out more anyways…

So I found my little training book for prepping for Boot camp.. I think I will use it… It’s a really good system and helps cover a lot of good stuff… which reminds me I also need to sign up for the Gym at my school… and I also need to check on my Financial Aid… it’s now a month late… This is out of hand… I am really getting tired of worrying about money.

Well, talk at y’all later!

Gould’s “Nonmoral Nature” and the anthropomorphizing of animals.

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I wrote this for school:


Gould’s “Nonmoral Nature” and the anthropomorphizing of animals.

In Stephen Jay Gould’s article “Nonmoral Nature,” he discusses the religious interpretation of animals in nature and suggests a scientific rather than anthropomorphic (applying human traits to nonhuman things) approach to the study and interpretation of nature. He presents the reader with the case of the ichneumon wasp in significant detail to illustrate that nature cannot be simply viewed in anthropomorphic terms or on the terms of good and evil. Gould’s use of a variety of modes of development along with both formal and middle dictation provide a convincing argument to the scholarly minded adult concerning nature’s lack of morals or ethics guiding it, and the ways people inappropriately anthropomorphize animals in nature.

Gould utilizes classification/division as a main method in organizing his article by starting off with the general topic of animals in nature not being able to be categorized as good or evil. He then continues on with his specific example of the ichneumon, later progressing to discuss natural selection in relation to his topic as well. In his conclusion, he later returns to his broader topic of nonmoral nature as a whole and concludes “Since ichneumons are a detail, and since natural selection is a law regulating details, the answer to the ancient dilemma of why such cruelty (in our terms) exists in nature can only be that there isn’t any answer – and that the framing of the question ‘in our terms’ is thoroughly inappropriate in a natural world neither made for us nor ruled by us. It just plain happens.” (Gould 609). In utilizing the classification/division method, Gould has embraced a common and oftentimes very effective method of rhetoric attributed to Aristotle in which the writer tells the reader what they are going to say, says what they need to say, and ten reiterates what was said to the reader by telling them what they have told them.

Gould also provides a significant extended definition of nonmoral nature by using the example of the ichneumons and how their larvae will feed upon a host from within. By utilizing this gruesome image found in nature, Gould points out that “nothing evokes greater disgust in most of us than slow destruction of a host by an internal parasite – slow ingestion, bit by bit, from the inside” (Gould 601). By employing this extended definition throughout the majority of his piece, not only does Gould keep the theme of the article focused throughout his piece, but it also affords the reader a stronger understanding of his point of nature having no morals or ethics guiding it.

Gould continues to delve further into the case of anthropomorphizing the ichneumon by comparing and contrasting how people may anthropomorphize the ethical motivations of the ichneumon. At one point he discusses how brutal the feeding habits of their larvae are and, in a sense, forces the reader to consider the ichneumon a vanquisher over its host. Later, he turns the tables to have the reader consider the “ruthless efficiency of the parasites, [which] leads to the opposite conclusion – grudging admiration for the victors” (Gould 603). In doing this he is not only comparing and contrasting the methods used to anthropomorphize the ichneumon, but also is providing the reader with an unbiased and fuller viewpoint of the ichneumon as well.

By using a combination of formal and middle dictation, Gould does not belittle or oversimplify the science within his article, yet keeps it in the grasp of his target audience of the scholarly minded adult. He also does not shy away from utilizing scientific terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader and fall under formal dictation, but rather, he goes on to define them in middle dictation as they come up. When Gould introduces his primary example, “The ichneumon fly, which provoked such concern among natural theologians, was a composite creature representing the habits of an enormous tribe. The Ichneumonidea are a group of wasps, not flies that include more species than all of the vertibrates combined (wasps, with ants and bees, constitute the order Hymenoptera; flies, with their two wings – wasps have four – form the order Diptera)” (Gould 601), he is not belittling the sciences behind the topics at hand by ignoring appropriate terms. He is also educating the reader by defining them so that they may not be ‘left behind.’ His dictation also embraces the most common affinity (being a thirst for learning) of his target audience which is the scholarly-minded adult.

Gould’s use of language in itself is also utilized as a significant tool in his argument; in his article he states that “In using inappropriate anthropocentric language in this romp through the natural history of ichneumons, I have tried to emphasize just why these wasps became a preeminent challenge to natural theology” (Gould 605). By using “inappropriate anthropomorphic language”, Gould is in fact helping to illustrate what anthropomorphic language actually is and why its use is in fact “inappropriate.”

Being a student myself, I fall into his target audience as I am also a scholarly-minded adult. I found the ideas of nonmoral nature to be very reflective of my personal views on how animals in nature are and should be viewed; therefore, I was also very receptive to what he had to say. Being in agreement, I also found his essay to be easier to read than some other works that I have seen in the past that argue the opposite. In conclusion, I found Gould’s use of various different modes of development and dictations to provide a very convincing argument to the scholarly minded adult concerning the ideas that nature has no morals or ethics guiding it, and the ways that people inappropriately anthropomorphize animals in nature.

Works Cited

Gould, Stephen Jay. “Nonmoral Nature.” Jacobus, Lee A. A World of Ideas Essential Readings for College Writers 7th Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2006. 597-611.