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My basic goal is to learn more about happiness and how things are accomplished in life. Maybe I would consider learning more about peace and how the world is trying to cope with having none. I think that anything on these topics would help me accomplish more.

My second priorities are learning more on math and numbers, such as finance or accounting. I have also thought about learning more about animals and their behavior towards other animals and humans.

By May of 2011, I’d like to have a lot more knowledge on what I am focused on for life. As in my job, my hobby, where I’m headed in life. Some of this includes the things I said above.

A more immediate goal for me is understanding numbers, happiness, and animals is to read and research more on these topics. I want to have reasonably clear and supportable opinions about the following questions:

1. Why do people have dreams and nightmares?

2. Why is it always a stereotype that guys are tougher than girls?

3. If George Washington was never placed on this Earth, would there have ever been a 1st president?

4. Why does the English language have to be so difficult to the point here we have 2 different words with the same meaning?

5. If all of us were successful, would there be a need to be poor?

6. Over all, would the pros out way the cons or would it be vice versa towards the following question: Has technology done more good or more bad to our lives?

7. How can one say that recycling is good for the community and it saves energy and products, when it actually takes energy and more equipment to make the product recycleable/ re-used?

8. How come everything in english is always spread; rumors, secrets, viruses.. etc.

9. How come Fashion and music and stuff evolves from era to era?

10. How come all of the other countries are more poor than the US?

The 10 books on a scale from 1-10; 1 being best; 10 being worst:

1. The Nine Rooms of Happiness

a. Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf, MD
b. 2010

c. non- fiction

d. I think it will be about not fussing over the little things and finding yourself in your happy place.

e. Only customer reviews

f. I put it on hold for Douglas County Libraries and I am #1 on the waiting list.

2. The Emotional Lives of Animals

a. Marc Bekoff

b. 2007

c. non- fiction

d. I think that it will be on an animal’s point of view in life.

e. Publishers Weekly

f. I put it on hold for Douglas County Libraries and I am #1 on the waiting list.

3. Some We Love, Some We Hate, and Some We Eat

a. Hal Herzog

b. 2010

c. non- fiction

d. He will probably try to justify the difference in animals and try to find out why they are all different in our eyes.

e. Publisher’s Weekly

f. I didnt order it but its on amazon.com. I looked at it on December 7th.

4. Eating Animals

a. Jonathan Safran Foer

b. 2009

c. non- fiction

d. Maybe he willl talk about the risks and the benefits of eating animals.

e. Publisher’s Weekly

f. I havent ordered it but its on amazon.com. I looked at it on December 9th.

5. The Happiness Project

a. Gretchen Rubin

b. 2009

c. non- fiction

d. I think that it will be about a girl who is inventing her own project, trying to make herself happier.

e. Publisher’s Weekly

f. I havent ordered it but I found it on amazon.com. I looked at it on December 7th.

6. A Writer’s Workbook

a. Caroline Sharp  

b. 2000

c. non- fiction

d. This book will hopefully give me daily things to work on and do if I feel upset.

e. Amazon.com Review

f. I havent ordered this but I found it on Amazon.com. I looked at it on December 7th.

7. The Accounting Game

a. Darrell Mullis and Judith Orloff

b. 1998

c. non- fiction

d. It’s basically accounting for beginners.

e. Amazon Reviewer

f. I havent ordered it but I found it on amazon.com. I looked at it December 7th.

8. Happiness

a. Will Ferguson

b. 2001

c. non- fiction

d. Achieving happiness ( I’m hoping )

e. Amazon.com and Publisher’s Weekly

f. I havent ordered it but I found it on amazon.com. I look at it on December 9th.

9. Animal, Vegetable, or Woman?: A Feminest Critique of Ethical Vegetarianism.  

a. Kathryn Paxton George

b. doesnt say

c. non- fiction

d. I think that its gonna be about on a woman’s point of view on vegetarianism.

e. none

f. I didnt order it but I found it on amazon.com. I looked at it on December 9th.

10. Accounting Workbook for Dummies

a. John A. Tracy, CPA

b. 2006

c. non- fiction

d. It would help me learn more about accounting

e. no reviews

f. Havent ordered.

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Part 1:  Book: __The How of Happiness__________  Pages: _40__ to 80 Due Date:  12 Nov

– Here, write a two paragraph (a paragraph being 5-7 sentences) summary or response to your reading

She shared some peoples happiness problems and how they solved them so they had happier life. She showed a graph of peoples happiness towards other things and stuff like that. She looked into family situations and found out that twins share a better family life and tend to have more fun. I took a quiz that was determined to found out what came more naturally to us, within the realm of happiness. And one last thing she did was look into genes and see if the happiness was genetic.


Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

I plan on reading to maybe 135 or 140.

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

It’s easy to read but it keeps getting me bored. I might want to change books but hopefully it will get better.

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

I dont know if this book is making me want to learn more about this particular subject but I kind of want to study animals….

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

The final bib post is the final project, right?

Annotated Bibliography Post 5

Part 1:  Book: __The How of Happiness__________  Pages: _0__ to 40 Due Date:  12 Nov

– Here, write a two paragraph (a paragraph being 5-7 sentences) summary or response to your reading

The author started by trying to get to where our point of unhappiness was. She said that what we would most think would make us happy and change our lives, wont. It will only be that way for a short period of time. Like money, it could make us happy, but only for a short time. There were some quizzes in the book that I took that showed me my happiness scale and stuff like that.


Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

I plan on reading to at least page 100.

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

It’s going pretty well. I think that its actually a pretty easy book to read, just hard to pay attention too. At some parts, it gets boring, but then it gets better.

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

It makes me want to read more about happiness research and how it affects people. 

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

I think that I want to continue reading this book, and put together a book report or something. If I did this, would I be presenting it or just turning it in?

Annotated Bibliography Post 4

Part 1:  Book: __The gifts of Imperfection__________  Pages: _81__ to _end of book 130__     Due Date:  12 Nov

– Here, write a two paragraph (a paragraph being 5-7 sentences) summary or response to your reading

Going through our brains, the author told me how our brains need other imput besides our own to function correctly. We are afraid that if we use our own opinions and facts, all of the blame will be on us, so we have to find another resource. Not knowing an answer to a complicated question is not that big of a deal, we just make it that way because we need something to blame or rely on. Being yourself counts on every aspect in your life. You shouldnt think about what other people would think about you or what was uncool if you did something that you were enjoying or what was meaninful to you. Never let anyone get in your way.  
 \Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

Since I finished this book, I am putting another book on hold for next tuesday. I plan on reading about 40ish pages.

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

The reading has been going ok. I am kind of stressed at the moment because I have lots of other assignments going on but it went fine. But at the same time, i felt like I had to rush it to meet the deadline.

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

At the moment, Im not sure if its really expanding my horizons quite yet (or maybe Im just tired).  It makes me want to read about happyness.

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

Im thinking about reading the “How of Happiness”. And for a project, I dont really have anything creative up my sleeve so I was just thinking about reading more and writing a book report or something on what I read.

Book: The Gifts of Imperfection             Pages 24-80                Date Due: Friday, November 5th

Response: I had to read a lot of pages, so I will try my best to summarize all of these pages. The greatest challenge for us, is being worthy right now, this minute, when its ok not to be perfect. We always say that we will be worthy or good enough if we do this or that, but its not about making everyone else happy, is about us making ourselves happy. She talks about love in one of her sections. Everyone needs it to cooperate, behave, be happy, to function. Without it, we fall to the ground and corrupt. We numb. We have pain. Everyone needs at least one source of love. She got invited to an event called the UP experience which is based around the TED talks (Mr. Adams will be very proud). She got to meet famous people and people from the TED videos. The reason why she got invited was to talk about her profession as a shame researcher (funny how she is using it in this book huh?). The lady who was running this event thought that she was a happy, joy researcher, so when the lady heard this, she snapped. Brene (the author) was expected to talk about happiness, which she wasnt too happy about =, but, she had to go out of her way to do it. The meeting ended up going well but she realized that she was leasing the wrong people. She was lying to people to please them and she knew it wasnt right. At one point, she talked about the difference of guilt and shame. She pointed out that guilt is I did something bad but shame is I am bad. She used many examples that related to her own life. She mentioned that when you want to tell someone how you feel, never be too informative and dont make peole feel uncomfortable, but get to your point so they will understand. One of the last things she said was to always make room for yourself in your day. In other words, always review your day and look over the things that you have done fo yourself or the good things that you have done for other people.

This book was really fun to read for the next 30 pages or so but then, honestly, it got really boring. I kind of didnt like this for a while, but now Im back on track, and liking it again.  

My homework was to read to page 80 or 100 in my book. And I read to 80 so I would say that Im on track.

Book: The Gifts of Imperfection       Pages: 0-23                    For Friday, the 29th of October

I started by reading the introduction of this book, calming myself down. I was in a quiet room, and this book, so far, has been everything that I needed. She started by talking about how she wanted to spread the word of whole heartedness, which is the purpose of this book. The definition of wholehearted is simply this: You are very devoted, kind, trustworthy, loving, enthusiastic, and many other things. When she is talking aobut the gifts of imperfection, she is pointing out the struggles in our lives, and twisting them in a way so they seem like gifts; something to be thankful for. She shared her struggle trying to reach out to parents, when no hope was there and how being brave takes a lot of courage, especially for her daughter, Ellen. She showed me how different friends, can help you in different ways, according to their personalities. Throughout her younger years, she was always trying to be the “poster child sister” for her other siblings. She eventually found out that it wasnt helping her, so she tried to be herself, along with some help of her youngest sister, Ashley.

                       This book has actually been very soothing for me. It was easy to jump into it, thinking that I could accomplish something. I feel better and cleansed already. I dont dread reading this at all. Im going to focus on me, now. I need to fall under the wholeheartedness category for the sake of me and others. I love how she is using references from her real life experiences to teach me a lesson, good or bad. Im comfortable reading this, with no complications. All I need now is an open heart, and an open mind.

                     

“Amazon.com: When Your Pet Dies: Dealing With Your Grief and Helping Your Children Cope (9780595092475): Christine Adamec: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2010. http://www.amazon.com/When-Your-Pet-Dies-Children/dp/0595092470/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287809192&sr=1-2.
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 I think that this book is about animal loss and finding a better way to deal with the sadness for both you and your kids. It may quite possibly help you reflect your happier times with your pet.

         I chose this book because I am very fond and soft hearted when it comes to animals. I dont have lots of animal losses, but when they do happen, I get very emotional. I think that this would be a good book for me.

Brown, Brene. “Amazon.com: The Gifts of Imperfection:…..(I wasnt able to paste the mla)

I would say that this book is about self- motivation and your journey to getting there. Its a way of showing yourself how you are worth it, and not caring about what other people think. It helps with your appearance of yourself, to yourself. The basic way to decribe this is finding you inner happiness.

I would like to read this book because happiness has somehow left my life for some period of time. I want to know what its like to finally laugh at myself again, and to start excepting me, for me. I want to laugh at something silly, even though it may be pointless. Self acceptance will hopefully be my start on the road to happiness.

Obsessive Scouting

1. http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2017436_2189005,00.html

This link is about the fashion show that occured on September 9th.

2. http://ted.com/talks/mitchell_joachim_don_t_build_your_home_grow_it.html

This link is about how people are starting to figure out how to build homes out of plants and meat. It is a very green environment.

3. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/07/happiness-and-money-2/

This link is about how money doesnt necessarily make you happy but it can make you have all of the best stuff but not the best life.

4. http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Project-Morning-Aristotle-Generally/dp/0061583251/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280248461&sr=8-1

This link is about a lady who has a happy life but she isnt super happy in general so she is forming a project for herself to graduatly get happier.

5. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

This link tells you about the stuggle of animals and a heart breaking story about a dog named Phoniex and her struggle in life

6. http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Animals-Jonathan-Safran-Foer/dp/0316069906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278975935&sr=1-1

This link is about a book on vegetarianism.

7. http://www.amazon.com/Defense-Food-Eaters-Manifesto/dp/1594201455/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_ttl_in

This link is about a book which debates on food. Even though we know what foods are bad for us, we still continue to eat them.

8. http://www.amazon.com/Food-Inc-Eric-Schlosser/dp/B0027BOL4G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1278976368&sr=8-1

This link is a book that  examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact.

9. http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2010/05/arts_education_3.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+scienceblogs%2FwDAM+%28The+Frontal+Cortex%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

This link is about a boy trying to let us know how important arts education is in the world.

10. http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/26/internet-censorship.html

This link is about teachers teaching the importance of censorship in the real world and trying to reach out to the students and let them know what a big deal it is.

11. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/books/review/Greenberg-t.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

This link is about how we need to realize how important earth is and what we can do to help it in this time of need.

12. http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Intelligence-10th-Anniversary-Matter/dp/055380491X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280070027&sr=1-1

This link is about a book that helps you boost your self confidence and understand self sucess and stuff.

13. http://www.amazon.com/Born-Love-Empathy-Essential-Endangered/dp/006165678X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273175781&sr=8-1

This link is about how your brain adapts to love and how it learns how to care.

14. http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html

This link is the story of Terrance and his life as an artist.

15. http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2010/03/childish_creativity.php

This link is about a boy who explains how children are losing their creativity throughout their lives more and more.

16. http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html

This link is about a girl who is trying to bring creativity back into the lives of adults.

17. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/what-would-a-video-study-reveal-about-your-family/?partner=rss&emc=rss

This link is about a recent study in families.

18. http://blog.ted.com/2010/07/07/qa_with_ellen_g/

This link discusses how a woman started a project to help starving people.

19. http://www.amazon.com/Female-Brain-Louann-Brizendine/dp/0767920104/ref=bxgy_cc_b_img_b

This link is about a book that lets you explore into the female mind.

20. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/opinion/27elkind.html

This last link is about school taking away the creative parts like recess and stuff like that. Kids need free time for them to be able to concntrate and this article expresses why they need it.

I believe in Nascar. Before you can even think of a nasty comment, they just passed you three times, and made more money than you do in a week. Not so skeptical now, are you? I ain’t no redneck, I am only partly southern, and yes, I love Nascar. This “fad” for me started about a couple of years ago and hasn’t stopped since. People dedicate their lives, time, and hearts into this thing we call a job, all for the ultimate prize: To win the championship.

Some of you may think that Nascar is just another sport on ESPN, but its not. People risk their lives, every Sunday, to go to victory lane. For example, Dale Earnhardt Sr. gave his life to his job. It was February 18th, 2001, at the Daytona 500, when he crashed into a wall, snapping his neck, dying instantly. This deeply affected his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is currently racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Nascar has some common qualities with other sports, especially with time consumption. Just because they only race once a week, doesn’t mean that they don’t have to train just like any other sports. Not only that, but they have to qualify before every race. They are so dedicated to their job, that they don’t even have time to be at their houses. In fact, out of 43 drivers, very few own houses (some just have trailers).

Lastly, all of their hearts go into their job and most importantly, their lifelong hobby. All of them love what they do. From age 19 to past 50, they all have the same passion. They would do anything and help any of their teammates…. And that’s not a part of the job. They really do care and that’s all that matters… besides winning the championship.

As you can see, Nascar isn’t just about turning left for hours on end. It is a sport, it is a passion, and it is their job.