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Friday, January 29, 2016

Declaration of Independence Breakup Letter

Declaration of Independence Breakup Letter
Chantal Yidios and Manuela Cortes
January 23 2016

There comes a point in every relationship when couples start fighting. Usually these fights begin with a little detail that makes one person uncomfortable and before you know it, the detail that was once so small has suddenly become the biggest issue in your relationship. In some cases if two people truly love each other they can get over it and move on to be the happy lovers that they once were. However despite my best efforts, this has not shown to be one of those cases. I am writing this letter because I no longer have the strength to keep fighting for this.
I committed in this relationship because my hopes were that I was going to be happy and be taken care of. I also thought that I was going to be free of my thoughts and actions. I thought I was going to be able to express my thoughts and actions. I thought I was going to express my concerns and receive only support from you, not judgement. I hoped you would pick me up when I fell down.
I no longer have the strength to keep fighting for this because your have made me exhausted. Of all the reasons, the most important ones are below. I feel that...
  • You don't respect me
  • You ignore my complaints and my words
  • You constantly judge me
  • You show absolutely no support
  • You can't accept the person who I was in the past
  • You don't help me become a better person, on the contrary, you force me to make the worst decisions.
  • You are not letting me be free and have other friends
  • You go behind my back and tell my friends that I no longer want to be with them even though you know I would never say anything like that
  • You don't let me spend time with anybody that is not you
  • You only hear what you want to hear, not what people actually tell you
  • You don't take me or this relationship seriously
  • You don't longer feel anything other than hate towards me

I thought I had find the one, but now it's clear that I have to keep searching, because you are definitely not him. I'm writing this to express my feelings and thoughts that I never dare to say to you in the face. You hurted me in more humanly ways than possible, and for that, I'm breaking up with you. I am stopping both of us from getting hurt. I'm sorry it had to go this way but I deserve some freedom and respect, I deserve everything you weren't giving to me. I hope you find happiness, and you won't hurt your other partners like you did to me. They say you have to kiss frogs until you find your prince, I guess you were just another frog.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blogpost #8: Roanoke

Which theory best explains what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

I think the best explanation as to what happened to the settlers, is that they moved inland and we're absorbed into Native tribes. Although there is not a lot of proof, the little there is proves this. To begin with, a map was found with patches and with 21st century technologies, scientists found out that below the patches there were signs that might have indicated a new camping site for settlers. Additionally,they found markings that showed settlers probably moved inland. "...21st century imaging techniques have revealed hidden markings that show inland fort where the colonists could have resettled..." Theo Emery, New York Times. Lastly, I think that this is the best theory because, although concrete proof was never found, John White had mentioned an inland settlement. "...White himself made an oblique reference to a destination 50 miles inland..." Brent Lane, member of the board of the First Colony Foundation. Although there is some proof as to what might have happened to the Lost Colony, it is still a myth. some say it might have been created just for entertainment and there was really never a Lost Colony. Others talk about cannibalism or alien abduction. There is really no concrete proof for any of the theories, but in my opinion this is the most likely, and the theory that has the most proof.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Post # 6: Cristopher Columbus

Does Columbus deserve a National Holiday name for him?

I think Columbus should have a national holiday dedicated to him and his discovery. However, as Howard Zinn clearly states, Columbus was not the only explorer who made an important discovery, and they are not getting any credit. Some might argue that Cristopher Columbus should not be honored because he committed atrocious mistakes and killed thousands of people. Although this is true "Columbus was a flawed hero, like all men are flawed..." Warren H. Carroll. Even a hero can have flaws, and Columbus should not be criticized for making mistakes.

Blog Post #5: Socratic Seminar Reflection

2-3 main ideas
  1. We questioned if Columbus had really discovered America or if discovery is a very strong word to describe what he did.
  2. Then we argumented against Columbus because he had really mean and aggressive ways to get what he wanted.
  3. Lastly, we discussed that, even though Columbus did an amazing discovery, but other explorers did great voyages as well and Columbus should not be the only one getting acknowledged.

Interesting Ideas
One interesting idea that we discussed in the seminar was that if Columbus had never discovered America, maybe someone else would have discovered it. Or maybe, they would have discovered it with technology, like satellites. What would have happened?

Disagree
I disagreed when people said that Columbus had not achieved his goals. It is true that he never reach asia, but he did bring back gold, he expanded Christianity and got glory, which were three really big goals for him. And as Warren H. Carroll says in the article Honoring Columbus "...he accomplished the most against the highest odds"

My Participation
I think I did a good job in the Socratic seminar because almost every time that I spoke, I referenced the text. However, I know that sometimes I gave my own ideas, and did not give quotes from the article, but in general I think I did a good job. Next time I will try to reference the text every time I speak.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Blog Post #4: Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer, who discovered that Columbus had not gone to the Indies, he had discovered a completely new continent. After his discovery, the continent started to be called America. "America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World." biography.com Editors. Article: Amerigo Vespucci.  Before Amerigo Vespucci, explorers thought they had arrived to Asia, so I wonder what if Amerigo Vespucci had never realized this? Would we have adapted an Indian culture? Would we have our own culture?