10,000 hours

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers where he brings up the idea of practicing something for 10,000 hours, and now I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities of practicing something for 10,000 hours. This theory, from what I understand, suggest that if one deliberately practices something for 10,000 hours, they will reach a…

Is it noble to stick it out in a hard marriage?

If two people make it to their 50 wedding anniversary, is that accomplishment honorable and noble? My grandma and grandpa Flanders meet in the 1940s. They were married on December 20, 1944 when Grandpa was home on leave for two weeks. A few days after their wedding Grandpa left again with the Navy to continue…

The Count of Monte Cristo and Success

I lost count at how many attempts I made to read The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s a big book. While I was in elementary I read Ramona Quimby age 8, The Candy Corn Contest, and Flubber. I even read a couple of the Baby Sitters Club books. But that’s the extent of my reading…

Passionate Marriage

Since I began this blog journey nearly three years ago, one of the ideas that has dominated much of my thinking is that of emotional maturity, or the development of one’s sense of self. For me, writing is the pathway to understanding truth, morality, justice, and ethics. Reading is the privilege to observe the different…

Developing Emotional Maturity

Since I began this blog journey nearly three years ago, one of the ideas that has dominated much of my thinking is that of emotional maturity, or the development of one’s sense of self. For me, writing is the pathway to understanding truth, morality, justice, and ethics. Reading is the privilege to observe the different…

Class Notes: Rhetoric Class

These are just my class notes from the Rhetoric Class I’m taking. You are more than welcome to read them, but know that they’re simply notes, rather than a creative thoughtful insightful writing. Notes that I’m adding to my compost heap. Rhetoric Key Terms

Moral Rhetoric Notes and Thoughts

This is just a bunch of notes to use for a future paper that I want to write. Moral Rhetoric: Using the power of language to speak out against and confront injustice. Moral and ethical rhetoric promotes truth. Those who engage in morally virtuous rhetoric recognize the great responsibility that comes with their ability to…

Zahary Wood: Why it’s worth listening to people who disagree with you

A TED Talk Project This is one of those notebook/compost heap writings. You’re more than welcome to continue reading, but it’s good to know what you’re reading before you read it. I’m working on a little project to develop my ability to write more persuasively and with stronger emotions and better arguments. For this project,…

Dangerous Obedience

I’ve been working on this piece for a long time and I think I’ve taken it as far as I can with my current writing abilities. It’s not polished up and still has an outline feel to it, but I’ve hit a wall. I love where it’s going. I’m sure I’ll pick this one back…

Class Notes page 3: Rhetoric Class

These are just my class notes from my Rhetoric Class. You are more than welcome to read them, but know that they’re simply notes, rather than a creative thoughtful insightful writing. Notes for my compost heap. Inductive Reasoning Inductive reasoning: reasoning from specific examples to form general conclusions, and because induction involves reasoning outward from…

Is Obedience a strength or a weakness?

This is one for my compost heap. I’m working on a paper about obedience and these are three examples I want to incorporate into my discussion. So I’m putting them here so that I can access them when I’m ready for them. The William Brown Alexander Holmes was a Swedish-born sailor…At sea since his tenth…