Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journal 3 by Matt Elwer

One of the strengths of Holding On is that every profile is personal to the point where there is a sense of being there while reading it. There is also a big theme of legacy like Paul Dobberstein building a grotto to leave as his legacy and also passing it down to another priest named Louis H. Greving. Another example Robert Blackgoat and her story about the legacy of the natives in their culture and religion like burying their dead in the ground where they live. One of the weaknesses is that being so personal there is not always all the details in every story. Also with Isay's involvement in some of the stories it is not the same as passively reporting because it is actively shaping the story as it progresses.

The most intriguing profile to me is the building of the Grotto of the Redemption with Father Louis H. Greving. This was the most interesting for me because of the length of time it took to build it. Paul Dobberstein spent over 30 years on it and when he died Greving took over. This lead me to my question which is are the grottoes still in construction and also do they allow normal tourists in or do you have to be a priest/ have special status a church? Another question that might lead off of this is more of an opinion question like what do you want your legacy to be. For me I want to make a difference in the world and be able to pass my values and morals onto my kids.

Another interesting story is of The Reverend "Prophet" William J. Blackmon. What I found interesting is what the faith of God can do for a man. First he started as a shoe shiner to becoming a folk artist and more famously a Reverend. Being so dedicated to your faith take a lot of perseverance and work.

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