Monday, October 31, 2016

Journal 6: Jessica Onate

Part One:

The character that has been the most interesting to me has been Mr. Tanimoto. He shows so much selflessness and sees it as his duty to help the injured Japanese people. He rows the boat for days transporting people across the river, and he feels embarrassed to not be injured like them. He even gets upset that other doctors aren’t coming to help.  One passage that really stood out to me was on page 60. Mr. Tanimoto was greatly criticized for having American ties, and also for being a Christian. Mr. Tanaka was one of the people who criticized him. Harvey quotes, “Mr. Tanimoto had reason to hate her father (Mr. Tanaka), the retired shipping-company official who, though he made a great show of his charity, was notoriously selfish and cruel, and who, just a few days before the bombing, had said openly to several people that Mr. Tanimoto was a spy for the American people”.  When Mr. Tanaka was about to die, his daughter came to Mr. Tanimoto asking for help. Mr. Tanimoto went to help Mr. Tanaka and read him a psalm as he was dying. Trying to help a person that had offended him in the past shows how selfless and humble Mr. Tanimoto is.

Part two: My research question was why the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was silent, and what are some facts or logistics of the bomb?
The nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima was called the Little Boy. It was about 10 feet long, and weighed over 9,000 pounds. It was made up of uranium 235, naval gun, and other minor components. It was dropped by a B-29 plane, and exploded about 2,000 feet above the city and with a force of about 15 kilotons. The bomb was cylinder like, and had uranium on top and on the bottom. When the uranium on top and on the bottom were shot together, a nuclear chain reaction occurred. The reaction and the force from the air/air pressure caused a fireball, which was near 6,000 degrees Celsius. I could not find a lot of information as to why the people of Hiroshima did not hear the explosion, but one possible explanation (found by researchers) could be that light travels at a much faster pace than sound, so the sound of the bomb could have occurred seconds or even a minute after. Therefore, people saw the explosion, but may have missed the sound of it. 

Journal 6: Katie Wagoner

Part One: Mr. Tanimoto
Mr Tanimoto at first started off seeming very smug to me. He ran past others without helping until he meet up with the other religious leaders. On pg. 30 "As a Christian he was filled with compassion for those who were trapped, and as Japanese he was overwhelmed by the shame of being unhurt, and he prayed as he ran. 'God help them and take them out of the fire'". He ran past screaming people asking for help for miles without stopping to help a single one. I would think that if you weren't hurt, that you should be the one helping others who can't help themselves because they are hurt. It appeared that he was only truly concerned about his church people. After meeting up with his wife and child, "Mr. Tanimoto said he wanted to see his church and take care of the people of his Neighborhood Association. They parted as casually-- as bewildered-- as they had met" pg. 31. During those few pages on Mr. Tanimoto, I was so annoyed with him. However, later on when he met up with the other religious leaders, he actually was helping people and did good. I think maybe Mr. Tanimoto ran past others because it was all too much for him at first; it was his initial response. Or Mr. Tanimoto reacted this way because he knew were his area of service was at. Possibly it was because he was to focus on covering his neighborhood only.

Part Two: Emperor Hirohito status and role.

This is a young picture of Emperor Hirohito.

He was made crown prince at age 15. He is still the longest-reigning emperor from Japan. He was known as a "gentle man" and had the people of Japan a bit worried. He had limited authority over the military and politics. The military revolted and assassinated public officials. The military wanted the war and wanted to attack Pearl Harbor. According to my reference, "Hirohito was said to be unenthusiastic about Japan's involvement in the war, but was often pictured in uniform to show his support". On 1945, as we learned from our reading, Hirohito broke the precedent of imperial silence and announced the nation's surrender. According to my reference, many wanted Hirohito to be tried as a war criminal. This brought about a new Japanese constitution where his imperial divinity was no more. And because of this new constitution and Hirohito, Japan became more politically stable. From my understanding, the emperor did not make decisions or give orders, he was just the 'face' to everything. 

Journal 6 by Ben

Part One: The character that I have found most interesting so far would be Reverend Mr. Tanimoto. He studied theology in America in the state of Georgia before he went back to Japan and he really shows that he cares for people throughout the chapters by helping people, bringing them water, or transporting injured people across a river. Things got so bad trying to help people that, "He had to keep consciously repeating to himself, 'These are human beings.'" What we can learn from him is that we could still be helping people even at our expense even though we may have not suffered through such tragedy, he goes out of his way to row dying people across a river so that they might be able to get them some help, and yet many of us are too busy or so apathetic that we will not even spend an hour helping out at a food pantry or homeless shelter. Just because there has not been a tragedy does not mean that there are no people that need help.

A nice photo of a nuclear power plant with sunflowers in the foreground
to make it look more friendly
Part Two: My research question was about the use of nuclear power and energy in a positive aspect, which I chose mostly because it was one of the topics least about people dying or being hurt. Anyways, Nuclear power plants have been used for at least the past couple decades to produce energy through the process of nuclear fission. A process that is fairly complicated and involves some knowledge chemistry to even try to explain. But if you are interested in that you can check the source and then research it yourself. One positive reason for using nuclear energy instead of other energy sources is that it produces less emissions than burning coal for energy. Another is that it is much a more efficient producer of energy meaning that just a little uranium can produce a lot more energy than burning even twice the amount of coal. Of all the countries that have nuclear reactors to generate power the country that uses it the most for the majority of its power source is France (

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Journal Six - Betsy Lyons

The character profile that has been the most interesting so far is Kiyoshi Tanimoto. He was educated in America ad had deep American ties. He is also the leader of the Neighborhood Association. On the day that the bomb exploded he was helping someone move a cabinet and he hid between rocks. This character is by far the most interesting because he was one of the ones who had a major impact in helping others who were wounded. He did everything he possibly could after the bomb struck to help those around him. He helped transport many people across the river to safety including the priests. I felt that he had so much passion in helping those that were injured that he kept on going. Even when he found his wife and baby, and knew that they were safe, he did not join them in Ushida. He stayed back to help his church and Neighborhood Association. I think the fact that he had what we call "survivors guilt" helped motivate him because he was guilty that he could walk and talk and did not have severe burns. It is clear that Tanimoto's response to the bombing was to make sure that everyone was okay in the best way possible. "He had thought of his wife and baby, his church, his home, his parishioners, all of them down in that awful murk. Once more he began to run in hear-toward the city." Instead of guaranteeing his safety, he ran toward the city in order to help others. That is very honorable and selfless of him in my opinion.

The research question that I wanted to know more about was why Japan even joined the axis powers during World War II. Germany was a strong superpower, with Hitler in command, they were unstoppable. Hitler got away with mostly everything leading up to the war, he practically overturned completely the Treaty of Versailles which marked the end of World War I. France and Great Britain, not wanting to start another war, kept on allowing Hitler to get away with everything that was clearly spoken for in the Treaty of Versailles. So why did Japan join Germany and Italy? Upon researching I found that Japan joined because they thought they would win. They saw all that Germany and Italy were capable of and they thought it would be an easy battle. Japan was incredibly isolationist and imperialistic. The Japanese were not in love with the Germans but they did agree with the attitudes that Nazis had toward the war. Japan despised the European imperialists that tried to come and take them over. They figured the best way to destroy the British and French empires was to join the war effort against them. Japan being apart of the Axis powers allowed them to dominate over East Asia and the Pacific.

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The Japanese uniting with the Nazis in order to take down the British and French empires

Journal Six by Matt

The most interesting character so far has been Father Kleinsorge. Before the bomb had dropped he was worried about what shoes he would wear and how many he had. After the bomb dropped he became more thankful for what he has and even said "One pair(of shoes) is enough."(36) This revealed that Father Kleinsorge was a good person before the bomb but he was much less materialistic and more thankful for what he had after the bomb dropped and devastated his world and way of living. From this we can learn what traumatic events do to people and how it seems to have an effect that everyone wants to help each other get through this tragedy stronger as a whole.

Pearl Harbor was the event that brought the United States into World War II in 1941. Before the Japanese attacked the United States, the USA was trying to stay isolated and away from the war. The United States just wanted to mind their own business and stay out of the war. After the Japanese attacked the United States declared war on Japan. The fight was on and seemingly the only way to end the war was to kill everyone in Japan. There were kamikazes committing suicide for their emperor who was treated like a god. If they would go that far it seemed like there would be no end. Some people may see the dropping of the atomic bomb as an act of revenge but I see it as the lesser of two evils. Either the war rages on an many lives are lost or a few new bombs are dropped on Japan which did ruin many lives and families but in the end less lives were lost, most notably the United States soldiers which did not have to invade Japan.
"A date that will live on in infamy" -FDR

Journal 6: Taylor Bahan

Part One: The character that has interested me throughout the book so far has been Miss Sasaki. In the beginning, I developed a sort of respect for her because of how hard-working she was and how she assumed the role of care taker for her family when her mother was busy looking after her sick, infant brother. That outlook has changed slightly after the way she behaved when she was rescued. After escaping from the rubble, she was put in a makeshift lean to for cover since she was unable to get anywhere by herself due to her badly broken leg. Shortly after being taken there, Miss Sasaki is joined by two other injured people with injuries that in some ways out-weighed her own. Miss Sasaki came off as rude to me when put in this situation with other injured strangers. "Abandoned and helpless, under the crude lean-to in the courtyard of the tin factory, beside the woman who had lost a breast and the man whose face was scarcely a face any more, she suffered awfully that night from pain in her broken leg. She did not sleep at all; neither did she converse with her sleepless companions". This quote made her seem less than grateful that she had been saved and this caused me to think less of her as a character.
Part Two: Survivor's Guilt is defined as a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves having done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others have died. An article I found over the subject compared the psychological effects of the Hiroshima bombing to the effects of those who suffered during the Holocaust. The research addressed survivor's guild and also added psychic numbing which brought to mind how Father Kleinsorge commented on how the bombing of Hiroshima had changed him in a similar way. He thought to himself "how someone else's cut finger used to make him turn faint. Yet there in the park he was so benumbed" that he didn't even think twice about the gore surrounding him. The article pointed out that those that survived the Holocaust secluded themselves away from their family because they wouldn't discuss their experiences with them. I wonder if the same happened with those who survived the bombing. I am including an image that, to me, interpets one's feelings of survivor's guilt but is from the other side of the war: the American's.

Journal - Carli

Part 1
The character I like the most from the book so far is Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura. I think she is just so inspiring through out the first 3 chapters. Her character is very strong willed and determined because she is always looking for a way to make sure her kids are going to be safe. Something i think that we can all learn from her is to put your kids first in any situation. You never know when something like this or just something bad in general will happen and you want to be able to make sure that your kids had a good life and got everything they needed.

Part 2

Something I want to know more about is how many civilians were lost in WWII . The answer to this is Over 60 million people were killed this is compared to the population in 1940 which was about 2.3 million, so about 3 percent of the population at that time was lost in the war. I think this is so crazy because these were innocent people. I compared this total to the number of civilians lost during Hiroshima and found that 90,000–146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 in Nagasaki and nearly half of these deaths occurred on the first day of the bombing. This is very much smaller but the war time was also so much shorter. The important thing is that people lost loved ones who they were close to all because of countries fighting. You don't realize how lucky you are to live in a country where there is no war happening until you see these numbers.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dates and Slots for Presenations Projects. From Mike Lohre

Monday, Nov. 14
1. Jackie Robinson: Seth and Kristen
2. Julia Childs: Shelby and Kenzie
3. Crazy Horse: Katie and Betsy
4. Martin Luther King Jr.: Jennifer and Tiffney

Wednesday, Nov. 16
1. Jeff Bezos: Katie S. and Lexi
2. Oprah Winfrey: Chelsey and Carli
3.  Elon Musk: Ben and Matt
4. Kurt Cobain: Andrew and Shel

Monday, Nov. 21
1.  Laura Ingalls Wilder: Taylor and Ciera
2. Walt Whitman: Jessica, Wil, and Sam

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Journal 5: Taylor Bahan

Part 1: Two profiles that I want to remember are Tommy Bass the folk doctor and Lawrence "Happy" Davis the Pullman Porter. I chose the folk doctor profile because I enjoyed how Bass never made himself out to be anything more than he was. He liked to help people with his knowledge of different plants and roots and never expected anything in return. He was a simple, kind man and I like the way he presented himself to others. "Happy" Davis also intrigued me because he always made the best out of his situation. He was mistreated often being an african american during this era but stuck with this job to provide for his family and in term created his legacy with the company. I had a connection with Mr. Davis because I also work in the hospitality business and know first hard, people sometimes stomp all over you. Like Happy, I know I need the job to pay for my schooling but sometimes I would rathe be like Tommy and tell people like it is.
Part 2: My favorite picture in the book is of the serpent handlers, Dewy Chafin and Barbara Elkins. This photo strikes me not only because of their story behind it but because of the way it is arranged. They are standing in front of their church and Dewey is holding some of the snakes they use in their ceremonies. What you may not notice until after reading the profile is that Dewey has a deformed hand from being bit so many times and just so happens to be hiding one of his hands behind the snake box. This made me laugh because anyone that saw his hand from the bites might rethink trying their way of worship. Barbara looks very cold in this picture which makes it less inviting but it doesn't take away from Dewey's huge smile on his face.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Journal 5 Shelby Weber

The two profiles I do not want to forget are, Roberta Blackgoat and Sylvia Riveria. Both of these profiles were full of pride, stubbornness, and confidence. I really enjoyed how both of these characters stood up for what they believed in and did not care who they were upsetting. I believe Roberta and Sylvia were holding onto their pride. They were not going to let anyone come in and take what was theirs. I feel like I connected with these two people because no one wanted me to get married at a young age. I knew what I wanted and I did not listen to anyone that told me I was wrong for getting married at age 20. Now I am happily married and could not ask for a better life.

My favorite photo in this book is the photo of Bill Seward, the owner of Jersey Lilly Bar and Cafe. Bill looks to full of delight and so welcoming. I can definitely see Bill welcoming you into the Cafe and making you some of his famous beans. I love the sign on the door that says "Restrooms are out back, down the boardwalk". This photo is fairly dark, but there is a great light on Bill's face that just makes him stand out as the focus of the photo.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Journal 5- Seth Wicker

My favorite article was on Harold C. Cotton, the hat blocker. The reason I love this article is because of the ethics and morals of Cotton. Specifically his stand on segregation toward the end of the entry, when he allowed the African American veteran to get his shoes shined. Aside from his stand on segregation I appreciated his work ethic and how he obtained the hat blocking store. It was given to him because he showed that he could run the stand successfully due to his excellent work ethics.

Charlie DeLeo, the maintenance man, was also one of my favorites mainly because I am a maintenance man. I feel as though I am able to connect with DeLeo because I understand the importance of wanting something to look its best and  how much work it truly takes to maintain something so big and important. I've never been attacked while working, but I can imagine the fear that might have been presented within the situation,

My favorite image in the book was of James "Jim Boy" Smith pg.107.  I think this image does an excellent job of preparing the reader for the text to come. The mid range shot does an excellent job of making James the focus of the image while still giving enough background to see the environment that he is surrounded with.

Journal 5 wil

Part 1
     The two profiles that stick with me the most would have to be Percy Brigham the scaffold fisherman, and Roberta Blackgoat the Navajo activist.  I think they stick with me the most because they are both about the environment around them and how it is changing but not in a good way necessarily. A few of my friends are in school for fisheries and wildlife which is basically all about trying to fix the enviornment and keep it safe and clean.  since that is what they are always talking about it has become more important to me as well, because I'm now much more aware of the issues. While neither story is exactly about this theme they are both completely affected by what society is doing to their land and it does affect them in a more negative way.

Part 2
My favorite photo would have to be Robert Shields.  The photo itself is just him in front of his typewriter, but what makes it stand out to me is the lighting used for the photo because it really highlights Robert and the typewriter while the rest of the picture is incredibly dark which seems like a great metaphor for his life since he was never away from it as though it literally was the whole world around him.

Journal 5 Jessica Onate

Part 1- For me the most significant profiles in Holding On were the Bickham and the Zimmerman profiles. The Bickham profile is probably the one I remember the most because it was really interesting to see what prison is like from an inmate’s point of view. I’ve heard stories about people who have actually found their faith while in prison, or have actually turned their whole lives around. In this profile, Bickham was holding on to his faith, and hope that he would get out of jail one day. It was nice to see how positive he was.  I also liked the Zimmerman profile because of its theme. I think it is important to spend time in solitude once in a while and get to know yourself. I also like the nature theme. In this profile, Zimmerman is holding on to being simplistic, and not going along with the mainstream of society.

Part 2- My favorite picture in this book would be the one from Roberta Blackgoat’s profile. It is composed of Roberta in her Native American apparel. To me, this picture really outlines ethnicity and dignity. There is a stone wall behind her that looks like a mountain and some trees. The picture is gloomy in the background and light in the front. Roberta is standing proudly, and she has the look of satisfaction on her face. I think the photographer chose to include this photo because it shows part of the land that Roberta has fought so hard for. Her stance gives the impression that she is not going anywhere and she is not going to allow anyone to take her people's land.  

Journal 5 by Ben

My two favorite profiles were Harold C. Cotton the hat blocker and Donald Bean the proprietor of the Dinosaur Gardens. I liked the Harold Cotton profile because he was an honest man doing an honest trade that really is not common these days. I do not know of anyone else who knows how to work with hats, or even would show the same kind of kindness that he did when his shop was desegregated and allowed anyone to get their shoes shined. It is a special kind of courtesy and kindness shown towards other people that are prejudiced against that really is still not common today. While I may never know for sure I feel that I would do something similar if I were in his shoes, not that I am some kind of super nice person or anything but despite my racist family I have never called out racist slurs at anyone or hated someone just for the way that they look. My other favorite profile was Donald Bean the man who made his own dinosaur theme park, putting his money and effort into building dinosaur sculptures and doing what he had passion for. He held onto his dinosaur park even through financial hardship and his wife having to go back to work out of retirement. I feel like pursuing my passions in life is something that should be my goal after actually figure out what my passions in life might be.

My favorite picture in the book was Donald Bean's profile picture because of how it really shows him alongside one of his dinosaur sculptures and shows how much he cares about them. It really shows how he made his sculptures and placed them in natural environments so that you really can imagine them how they were a long long time ago when dinosaurs were alive. It also shows the scale of his sculptures with it being multiple feet taller than he was. I also like how they subtly placed the sign in the back of the picture that says what kind of dinosaur it is without having to put it in the caption. It really helps show how much passion he has for them.  

Journal 5 Shel Collum

Part 1: The first of the two profiles that I really want to hold on to is the story of Miles Mahan. It's easy to laugh along to the profile of Miles but when you actually look at the man he is, he is actually very admirable. He took a deserted area and created his version of an attraction. He didn't think about what other people would think of his creation and that gave him the power to really make something. Miles was a happy man. He didn't care about the money that was brought in or the amount of people to stop for a visit, but he appreciated the ones who did. He had a vision in his head and he stuck with it and made it come true.

The second profile which I want to hold on to is the story of the fox hunters, Hinkel Schillings and Shade Pate. I didn't choose these men because I enjoy fox hunting or anything like that, but the freedom that these men had. When we live in the society that we do today, it's good to get away from everything and relax and reflect. These men would sit around a fire from "sunset until dawn" listening to their hounds chase fox around. Schillings and Pate would listen to the dogs howl and bark and could recognize the dog. I believe the most powerful line in the profile, maybe the book, is when Pate said "Whenever you get out under the stars and a pack of hounds are running, you're relaxed, you are. You forget about all the worries and turmoils that's taking place, and, well, you just feel closer to god".

Part 2: My favorite photo in the book, and the one I think is most powerful, is the picture of Dixie Evans at the beginning of the profile. This is so interesting because she was 66 years old at the time the photo was taken and she is as proud, or maybe even more proud in her life as a burlesque dancer. The tone of the photo is proud and fierce. Then lighter parts of Dixie Evans shows what she is proud as a retired burlesque dance. She isn't afraid to show skin on her arms or chest, or high up on her legs. She still shows that she has the heart of the dancer she use to be.

Journal 5 By Matt

The first profile I don't want to forget is Jim Bishop and the castle he was building. I don't want to forget this one because I like to think about the question of what if he doesn't finish his build and reflect that onto my life. What if I don't accomplish everything in my life? Will I pass my dreams onto someone else who is passionate about the same thing?

The second profile that I don't want to forget is Maury Graham. I don't want to forget his stories of the Hobo Conventions and how there is a sense of community built around one idea. I can relate to this because there is many things that I relate to the people around me. Maybe it is family ties, similar interests, or even others trying for a mathematics degree. The underlying theme is that everyone has someone to relate and I think Graham had a fulfilling life with many people he can call friends.

My favorite photo on the book is from the profile of Jim Searles. I like this photo because his facial expression shows how seriously he takes checkers. I also like the way it is photographed because it shows a perspective of first person where you are sitting down with Searles playing a game of checkers. The way to camera focuses on Searles is interesting because it focuses on him and blurs out the rest as another way of showing that your focus should be on the game while playing checkers instead of other people.

Journal Five-Young

Part I
     I've enjoyed Holding On immensely! I love all of the profiles and what they have to say. However, if I were to choose two profiles to remember forever, they would be Louise H. Greving, from the Grotto of Redemption, and the castle builder, Jim Bishop.
     These profiles struck me, even more so than all of the others, because they both had a message that scared me. Father Greving dedicated himself to a single project for his entire life. I personally have yet to find something that has inspired that type of dedication in me, and that is the part that scares me. I fear that I will never find my calling like that, that I will never find something to dedicate my whole life to. Jim Bishop had also found something to dedicate his life to, but his message scared me in a different way. He admitted that he may never finish his project, and that terrifies me. I could not imagine putting all of my time, effort, and money into something and never seeing my vision fulfilled.
     These profiles spoke to me about dedication and sacrifice. The fact that both of these men had found their calling inspires fear and a touch of jealousy in me. I've never experienced that feeling of being completely consumed by a drive or desire to make something. And that fact that both of them knew that they might never accomplish their goals struck me as both terrifying and amazing. Even the possibility of failure did not stop them from pursuing their dreams,

Part II
     It was difficult for me to pick just one picture that I liked the most out of this book. It came close, but I chose Dixie Evans' picture. I loved the composition of it. She is dressed in a saucy gown (which, frankly, emphasized the weightiness of her breast) with a boa around her shoulders, leaning up against a wrought iron frame. Her outfit was simply wonderful, so appropriate for her line of work. The boa and the lusty look on her face hark to the old glamour of her life. I think it was a wonderful idea to have her stand slightly to the side so that the viewer could see the filigree of the iron frame--the design highlighted her femininity. I thought that the background, the barren-looking, shrubby wasteland desert, created an intriguing juxtaposition to her glamorous pose. It made me think how she is past her dancing glory days now that she is older. But, she still stands out as a sex symbol in the midst of that dusty landscape.
     I just have to mention my runner ups for favorite picture: Percy Brigham and Jim Bishop. For Brigham, I loved that they used his profile, which is so dynamic and powerful, and the majestic lighting was perfect. I was fond of the wood paneling on the ceiling too. For Bishop's picture, I loved the lines he cut against the sky as he stood on the top of his castle. If you look closely, you can see the designs on the bricks around the top of the tower, which speaks to how much love and detail he put into his work. The photographer left enough room to see a sweeping slope of a mountain on the side which really gave the picture majesty.

Chelsey Journal 5

The two journals that I don't want to forget from holding on are my favortie two from the beggining of the book, Mooreese Bickham and "Steam Train" Maury Graham.
I loved reading these two profiles. I don't want to forget the Mooreese Bickham profile because when I get  into my career as a lawyer I don't want to forget his story. It reminds me of how many people in the U.S are wrongfully imprionsed, and how in the future I want to help create a better system for people to follow, so innocent people do not continue to get wrongfully imprionsed. From up close experience and stories like Mooreese Bickham's are my motivation to make the judical system better and more effective.
For my second profile I don't want to forget  I chose "Steam Train" Maury Graham. I chose this because I loved the history it had behind a HoBo and a bum. I learned things I didn't know before. And this profile really influenced my outlook on homeless people. Because in our society there really is a difference between a bum and a hobo. I didn't know the difference before readind this  profile, but now that I do, when I see a homeless person looking for work, I want tto help them, and when I see a person just begging for money, I don't feel as bad. When I was yougner anytime I saw someone asking for help I would ask my mom for a dollar or two to give  them, and soometimes she would say  "no, not them", and I obviously didn'''t understand why. But now I really understand the difference. I will never forget this profile. I also loved the community that hobos created to help eachother.

Part Two: The photo I chose is also from my favorite profile, which is Mooreese Bickham. Th picture is a shot of Bickham sitting on a very thin uncomfortable looking bed. He is in the room alone with no other inmates, in the photo you can see the bars on the windows. The shadows from the light coming thorugh the window makes the feeling of the photo sad and depressing to me. Also with a sense of lonelieness. The numbers on the corners of the beds also gives the photo a very saddening feeling because it makes it seem as these people that have made mistakes or Mooreese  Bickham who has been wrongfully imprionsed protrayed as just a number. The way the photographer took this photo of Bickham gives it a very sad tone. The surroundings in the picture are depressing and Bickham just looks like a sad older man who is missing his life. I love this photo because it very much so helps tell  the story. Once you look at the photo then read his story it gives you an even better image of how his life in prison has been. It's sad and it gave me a bigger view that something needs to be done to fix and prevent innocent people from being wrongfully imprisoned as well as getting people are still in prison for wrongfully imprisoned out and compensated in some way. Even though money doesnt give them back their life.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Journal Five - Andrew Joseph

While reading Holding On I found two profiles that I was very found of, and I won’t soon forget. The first one that I think of right off the bat is Dugout Dick Zimmerman. I liked this one in particular because his minimalism is something that I wonder if I could do. There are days when I think I am capable of moving out in the middle of nowhere and just being myself, then there are other days where I am thankful for the things around me and appreciate them. Its very conflicting. I think that he was holding on to not only reality but to himself as well. I think that’s why he is one of the first ones that I think of. Seclusion and self identity is something that I feel we’ve lost with the internet and social media’s constantly growing. This was just a reminder it could possibly be good for your mental health to just get away. The other one I liked really well was Stanley Kilarr because, I thought it was cool to an extent as to how much passion he had for his record collection. I too have a fairly large record collection but, its not threatening to bring my house down. I personally think he is trying to hold onto happiness with his collection. Talking about his collection he seems excited and happy. When his doctors told him to sell the collection, he was sad, so he went out and bought 4 Sinatra albums to be happy again. 
           The portraits were my favorite part of the profile because it gave me a possible insight of how they might act while being interviewed. One of the two i couldn't decide between is Jim Bishop’s. He is seen standing on top of his creation looking out onto the land, I assume, like he’s the king of the world. It’s the spontaneity, impulsiveness, and just sheer creativity that this man has. My favorite part has to be the mountains, or hills, in the distance seeing is how he is taller than them making him seem bigger or “larger than life” if you will. My other favorite is the portrait of Augustina Martinez. Her profile is about being a healer, in the italics before the interview itself it is explained that she has a cross in her right palm that looks like the letter M. The picture is completely focused on her hands, as I would say, just like the article. The fact that the hands are what the portrait is focused on makes the wrinkles and the cross stand out. Her aged hands tell her story just as she does in the interview. Her face although it is visible it is out of focus, you can see the cross on her forehead that he mentions as well. My favorite part about the picture is that she is sitting down in what seems to be a family room or some common household room. She has an unusual job of healing and yet she’s in a very usual place we all know of.

Journal Five- Alexis Hensel

Part One: Out of all of the profiles in Holding On, it is difficult to decide only two profiles that I wouldn't want to forget. However, two profiles did particularly stand out to me. First, Moreese Bickham's profile portrayed the theme to never give up and to never lose hope, which I believe is very important. Its not often that I learn about someone that has lived a large portion of their life behind bars. His story of being in prison for over thirty years, avoiding the death penalty is very eye-opening. When reading his profile I was able to relate to it as odd as that may seem. My cousin is currently in prison, serving his punishment with complete dignity. Also, he has recently found God, just as Moreese had. I do not want to forget this profile because I think everyone can learn something from Moreese's story.

Another profile that I do not want to forget is Sylvia Ray Rivera. This profile stood out to me because of its controversial story. This was the only profile that included a story that stirs up many different opinions. Being transgender is an experience that only a few people understand. However, this profile gave me a closer look at the struggles some may face. For example, being called names, and undergoing the raids at the bar were just a few of the things that Sylvia experienced. Oppression is a unique experience for each person, but Sylvia's story is admirable. She never gave up, even though people were cruel. I however know someone that is transgender, so reading this profile and learning about someone else's experience was very interesting. I do not want to forget Sylvia's story because people of all generations should take time to listen to someone that has struggled in ways that is unimaginable.

Part Two: My favorite photo in Holding On is Miles Mahan's. I love that Miles is laughing in this photo because in his profile he really showed his humorous attitude, which is captured perfectly by Harvey Wang. Also, the background of this photo is very important. Wang chose to show some of Mahan's Museum, giving the reader a chance to have some insight on what this destination actually looks like. Something that may go unnoticed in this photo is that if you look closely, Mahan's Museum is the only place in sight. This photo is able to tell Miles story by showing that with even the simplest of things, happiness can be found. Finally, the fact that Miles is not centered in the photograph, but is slightly to the right shows that Hula Ville would not be possible without all of his treasures, but also Miles.

Journal 5: Katie Shower

Part One:
     I think the two profiles in Holding On I want to remember most are "Steam Train" Maury Graham and Geneva Tisdale. I picked "Steam Train" Maury Graham because it was at the beginning of the book, but I still remember every single thing about him. His life is very interesting. How he stated the difference between hoboes and bums, because I never thought there was a difference between the two. I think he's been through a lot in his life and just that is inspirational for the reader so it catches our attention. The other profile I want to remember is Geneva Tisdale because she was a server and so am I so that was relatable in a sense. She also talks about going through a time of hardship which is also relatable to me because I just moved out on my own and I'm getting used to paying bills and stuff (which is much harder than I thought!) She touches on being a black woman in her time and that still is a problem now I think with the Kaepernick inequality issue. A good read.
Part Two:
     I think my favorite picture in the book is Dixie Evans, The Exotic World Museum and stripper (retired). I thought the funny thing about this profile is that they put (retired) beside her name on the page with the photo. With that being said about her being retired they staged her to do an exotic picture even though she's retired. She doesn't look ashamed to do it. In fact, she looks quite comfortable. I like this picture for that reason. She's a free spirit, she does what she wants even if it is frowned upon. I'm sure in her day strippers weren't praised for their actions but she did it anyways and she did it proudly. I also noticed the background of the photo being kind of scenery. It looks mountainous, the photographer must've just been trying to represent where Dixie is from which is Helendale, California. I think this is a great photo overall.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Journal 5 by Betsy Lyons

Part 1 - The first profile that I do not want to forget is Moreese Bickham. One of the first profiles that we read about the prisoner who was put on death row. Bickham was in prison for over thirty years for murdering two white deputies. I always thought it was interesting how he was put on death row but he was never executed. I found this story interesting because he had his faith to hold onto. He never lost hope even though he was sent to death. This story is powering to me because when he could have easily given up when he was trying to get his sentence shortened but he kept getting denied. That would frustrate me because many people had come and gone, and come and gone again while he was in there. Bickham did not get mad or lose faith that his time would come. God was with him all throughout his time there and spared his life. Even in the darkest times he had hope that he was going to make it out alive.

The second profile that I do not want to forget is Dewey Chafin and his mother, Barbara Elkins. This profile talks about the serpent handlers. This story was interesting to say the least. Chafin and his mother were eccentric people and were apart of a community that serpent handling was the norm. Even when one of the founders died from a rattlesnake bite, Chafin and his mother continued to do what they were doing. Chafin had so much faith and he says that, "If God wants me to live, I'll live." Chafin believed to be following God by taking the Bible literal. This profile is interesting because most people do not do that nowadays, let alone have such great faith. Serpent handlers faced persecution. He kept believing and being a serpent handler when their churches were vandalized, or their snakes stole or killed as pranks. Many people ridiculed them and their actions of serpent handling. But that did not stop Dewey Chafin and all the followers.

Part 2 - My favorite photo in the book is of The Rev. Lavada Durst, a.k.a. Dr. Hepcat. This photo is my favorite because he is smiling. He was the first African-American disc jokey in the state. He became this during the 1930s which was before African-Americans and whites were equal yet. But yet he's smiling. His smile makes me smile. This photo shows to me that Dr. Hepcat is so proud of who he is and who he became. He is holding up his work called The Jives of Dr. Hepcat. Isay and Wang took this picture with Dr. Hepcat on the front porch which makes me sense a feeling of home and comfort. The sun is shining and this photo just shows that it was a nicer day. Of all though, his smile is my favorite because he just looks so happy. Some of the other pictures have people that are not even smiling and they are just straight faced. I like looking and reading about people who have joy and are enthusiastic about what is to come.

Journal 5 Cieria

The first profile that I do not want to forget is Dick Falk, press agent. It was not his main occupation as a press agent that i connected to, but something else about him.  I really enjoyed his side job of dumping the ashes of people out of a plane.  It seems really fun and peaceful to know that you are not only flying an airplane, but also fulfilling the last wishes of the people whose ashes he dumped.  As a business major, i also appreciate the line he draws to not let his job take his soul, but at the same time he is committed enough to want to advertise his business in one of the photos.

The second profile that I wanted to remember was the one about Dick and Barbara, the serpent handlers.  I actually to not relate to them at all. It was very shocking to me that they continued their practice, even after a family member died.  At the end of profile where Dick said that he could not believe that the portion of the Bible that mentions serpents was added later, it kind of scared me.  Some people may think his dedication to his faith is admirable, but I think that it is dangerous.  People who do things just because they have been told to, and cannot be bothered to question their beliefs in the face of facts and evidence are the most dangerous type of people.  Groups of people who think this way are what allows tragedy like the Holocaust, or the long wait that America has had to allow gay marriage.

My favorite picture is the one on page 169 of Dan Barlow, the Mormon.  Honestly, it is my favorite because I think it is extremely creepy.  It seems like what might pop up in a horror movie if you were alone in a dark house, then quickly turned your head to look out the window and see this man waiting for you.  It has the perspective of the camera is this dark room, and then has a nice bright day outside the window.  The fact that the window is closed is probably supposed to symbolize the fact that everyday people know about Mormons, but do not want to interact with them.  This photo also seems like a scene from the video game Fallout 4, which is a game set in the 1950s  in an alternate timeline where nuclear bombs actually go off to destroy the world.  The opening scene in that game has a man who acts very nice and is going door-to-door trying to get people to sign up to be one of the families who can be safe in the fallout shelter if nuclear attack did occur.  Long story short, the man is actually signing you up to be part of a very evil government experiment.  Dan Barlow is obviously not a government agent with a hidden agenda, but this photo of him definitely makes him seem sinister, which is how the majority of the population treated his people in the profile.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Profile Practice- Kenzie

I sat down with Sami Hampton, a business major at Ohio State and asked her a couple questions about her life and future.
When Hampton was asked about what qualities a visionary has that sets them apart from others she responded, "They think outside the box and are typically pretty creative." She explained that she couldn't particularly think of anyone with those qualities in her life.
There are many life experiences that can change the way you see the world. Sami described a life changing experience that has really effected her perception of the world. "I had a baby. The birth of my daughter has made me see the world as a worse place. I'm worried about every little danger that she could face." These fears contribute to her pessimistic view of the future. "I think Hillary Clinton is going to become president. But I don't support her. After she becomes president I think it is going to be total social chaos and I don't see the economy getting any better." That concludes the time I spent with Sami and I enjoyed learning about her views of the world.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Journal 5: Kristen

Part 1:
The two profiles in this book that I don't want to forget is "Steam Train" Maury Graham (Hobo) and Dan Field (Marriage Broker). I really loved the story that Maury Graham shared because I thought his story really had meaning. In today's society, I think people are so quick to judge. When we see homeless people sitting along the side of the street we automatically think that their a bum and it's their own fault their living in the streets. I just thought it was really interesting that the hobos actually want to work for food and how they have camps. I also loved that they warn each other if a certain spot is good or not. I like how their a little community, without always being together. They also have a lot of trust when it comes to people wanting to take them in for the night and I'm not sure if that is something I would be able to do.

The second story I really don't want to forget about is Dan Field. I think its absolutely fascinating how he is the perfect matchmaker. I think it's comical in a way because my parents are always playing matchmaker with me and I can definitely see them going behind my back to hook me up with "prince charming". I thought it was really interesting that he took common interests and that's how he really determined if someone would be good together or not. I always thought about the fact that today there is so many websites that try to match people together. I believe Dan Field was the one who made people start websites like that because it's very popular in today's society.

Part 2:
My favorite picture in this book was the picture of Charlie DeLeo looking up at the Statue of Liberty. I really like this picture because I think it captures the emotion that Charlie DeLeo had toward the Statue. He has always been interested in the statue and wanted to actually climb the arm of Lady Liberty. I thought Harvey Wang just nailed it. I also love the angle and lighting of the picture. I love how Charlie was looking up toward the statue, it reminded me of all his dreams and how they came true. It goes along perfect with the story as well.

Journal 5- Kenzie

Part One:
The two profiles that I want to not forgot the most are the Reverend Blackmon profile and the Sylvia (Ray) Rivera and Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine profile.

My absolute favorite profile from the book is the Sylvia profile. I loved that it was the only profile in the book that included people with a negative history together. I thought that Sylvia's story was powerful and inspiring and I enjoyed the tone of her profile. She seemed so "matter-of-fact", rather than angry or sad. She overcame many struggles and during the time she began her drag queen life the gay community was not accepted. I enjoyed learning about her story and the hard times she had to go through. I like how Seymour just explained that he was just doing his job, and Sylvia understood that and didn't seem to hold it against him. I thought Seymour's background was fascinating with his time in the army, then the NYC police department, and then it included that when the book was published Seymour currently lived in Israel and is a police officer in Jerusalem. I found the entire profile intriguing.

I enjoyed the profile of Reverend William Blackmon because he lives a very unique life. I like how he described his journey of "hitchhiking ministry". He did a little bit of everything. His artistic signs were very unique and his style was pretty original. The picture of the area that he lives in is so cluttered and chaotic, which is fitting for him. He is definitely a unique character (very eccentric) and that is why I found him so fascinating.

Part Two:
I really liked many of the pictures included in this book. My favorite is the one of Marie Coombs. I like this photo because it is almost overwhelming. It looks like there are these huge, antique pieces of equipment in a pretty small space. It shows how she is pretty old-fashioned when it comes to making the newspapers. I also feel like she looks so small in comparison to all of the equipment. One interesting thing I found about this photo is the lighting in the room. I only see two light bulbs (one hanging from the ceiling) and one on an old lamp. It makes me wonder if that is all the lighting in the entire room.

journal 5 -Carli

The two profiles that i never want to forget from this book are the Donald Bean one and the Hallie Stillwell profile. I liked the Donald Bean profile because I could relate to it in that we both have a passion for something and we like to go out and be with it.  The thing he is holding onto is his dinosaur island that he created and no one comes to. Hallie Stillwell I liked because i just thought she was a very happy and nice women and even after losing her husband she still carried on with her life and started helping other couples be happy. I really just like how she was able to recover from the loss and how strong she was.

The photo i liked the best was the Joe Franklin profile and I liked it because it showed how he loved his job and how much time he has spent in what it looks like his office.  The picture had all the film from hi talk show  and I think that the point was to show his success in his place of work. The picture helps tell the story because it shows how happy he was in his job and how much success  he had , had in it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Journal 5 Tiffney

Part One:

     The first profile that was memorable Joe Merril and Hilda Wilkinson the spirtualists. I am a firm believer in spirtualists people known in today's world as Mediums. They were known for communicating with people who had pass on to the otherside. If someone wanted to communicate with a dead loved one they would come to medium and they would have a seance. This would bring a great deal of comfort to the family member. What got me fascinated in this story, is that some weird things started happen in the house after my great grandpa died in my room from cancer in 1998. He died four days before Christmas. Ever since then stuff would diappeare and reappear in the same spot and things would go flying across the room. So I started watching Long Island Medium and that answered alot of my questions and that show made me reliaze that our loves are still with but in a different way.

     The second profile that was memorable was Mackey E. Brown the Door to Door Salesman. This profile reminded me of being in Girl Scouts and going door to door trying to sell Girl Scout Cookies and also sold candy and magazines for the Fall Fundraiser every year. Part of  door to door sells is having people tell you no that they were not interested. That didn't stop me from selling the cookies. Some times when the order came in and delieverd them to the customer, they would back out of the sell. That would make us mad and we would get stuck with selling off at a booth sell.  I believed that Mackey would put his heart and soul into every sell. I liked what he said that he never had a customer that he did him wrong or even back out of the sell. The lesson to be learn from this profile is that you never give up on hope and keep following your dream.

Part Two:

     My favorite photo in Holding On is Virgina Belle Brewer. I like how the photo displays her collection of bells. From what you see from the photo is that she collects bells of different sizes and places. Just looking at each bell told a different story. You can tell she put her heart and soul into this collection. I like how the lighting in photo brings out the different bells and even Virgina too. Know how they say "a picture is worth a thousand words", well this picture I say is worth more that. A picture can tell a story all on its own and even give a glimps into what they story is about. Also, you can tell by the photo that it took her a while to get that all those bells. I believe that the aurthor put this photo in this profile because he wanted to set the background for the profile. Now days people always look for the photo first, that way they can deicide if the story is of intrest.

Journal 5 from Jennifer campa

Two of the profiles in the book that I do not want to forget are Augustina Martinez the healer and Tommie Bass the folk doctor.The reason why I choose Martinez because I know a lot of people probably found it being very odd but for me since I'm Mexican American it is actually a very common thing to hear about people going to go and see a healer even now a days. Some people go and see a healer before they go see a doctor.Another thing that I found facilitating was how many babies she deliver. The second person that I choose was Bass the reason why I choose him was because of how much he wanted to help people with out expecting a lot of money out of people. He did it because it came from the heart and he was will to help people.

My favorite photo in the book was the one that was used for Marie Coombs Newspaper editor. The reason that this was my favorite photo is because it showed all of the really old machine that she probably used to use when she was making her newspaper. This picture helps tell the story because it shows the machine and the news paper and every thing that she uses to do her job.  

Journal 5 by Katie Wagoner

Part 1: 
The two profiles I will not forget is the profiles of Lydia Emery and Jim Bishop. They both are characters that care about the happiness and well-being of others. Emery is selfless, doesn't charge her patients, and is there to help those in need. Bishop made a castle to bring happiness and enjoyment to others. It is inspiring that they were welling to bring so much work/stress on their life to make the lives of others better.

Part 2:
My favorite photo is of Mike Gashwazra. The black and white photo gives a sense of timelessness. The way that Gashwazra's head is turned to the side gives the sense that he is slightly reserved. As we learned in the profile, Gashwazra is somewhat reserved about what he is sharing with the 'white man' interviewers. His profile picture also gives a sense of seriousness to his story because his face is plain and non-smiling.

Brainstormed Interview Questions in the wrong place

Those of you who posted your questions in a new post, please put them where they belong in the Comments section of my post.  Use the archive list at the side or go back one page.

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Sam and Jessica's Interview Questions

  1. Who are you today? When you were younger, did you see yourself being who you are today?
  2. How has society changed in your lifetime?
  3. What goals do you still want to accomplish?
  4. Concerning the presidential debate, do you think that we need to "make America great again"?
  5. How do you want to be remembered?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interview questions -Carli

1. What are your thought on all the police brutality issues going on in the country right now?
2. Who do you think the best candidate is for president and why?
3. We read a profile from the book holding on about a woman named Hallie Stillwell she had lost her husband and to cope with that she continued their business and became ordained to marry people. I was wondering how you could cope with something like that or how did you cope with this if it has happened to you?
4. We also read about a couple who did serpent worship in a serpent handling church. I was wondering what your thoughts on this is and what kind of worship do you do if any?
5. Have you heard about the issues with Colin Kapernick ? if so what are your thoughts on the topic?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Profile Post: Shel Collum

                Shel Collum is a sophomore here at the Ohio State University. He started out at Ohio Dominican and recently transferred here. He is studying Business Administration. Shel decided he wanted to study the business field because he is good with anything business related. He has not decided if he wants to specialize in a certain field, but he enjoys accounting and real restate. "I have a good understanding of business. I need to have a lot of money. There is a lot of stuff I want to do." Shel has a passion to be successful in his career and wants to be able to do all the fun things in life. Shel seems eager to begin a career where he will have a large income.
               "A real visionary has to have a lot of willpower. They have to be motivated every second of every day. Everything they do is working towards their vision." This is how Shel would describe what sets a visionary apart from others.
               Shel's father has been a great impact on him throughout his life. "My dad, he was always so much fun, just an all around good person with great qualities. And he was so optimistic. I saw how he was and I knew that's how I wanted to be." Shel will continue to follow in his father's footsteps to achieve his goals and be successful is his future career.

Shel relaxing after class.

Jennifer campa interviewing ben

I interviewed Ben Perdue he is a business major. He plans to open his own business in the future and hopes that his business has an impact in the community. I had talked to him sometimes when I was in class so I tried to ask him questions that he would be able to answer. One of the very first questions that I asked him was if he thought that if he would still be interested in art in the future. One of the reasons why I choose to take this picture for his interview for his love for art. He  said that he thinks that he will continue to have a passion for art. Then I asked him who did he think was going to become the next president of the united states he said that "god has a purpose for this country and that only he knows who will be the next president". He also said that that a lot of people were really worried about which candidates was going to become the president. finally he thinks that in the future he will not pursue another degree once he is finished with this degree but he does still want to keep learning in the future.            

Profile Practice: Shel Collum

I had had the pleasure to sit down with Shelby Weber and pick her brain about her visions and learn about her. Mrs. Weber is a senior at Ohio State University at Marion and is 21 years-old. She is majoring in Business Administration and wants to get a job at CSX, which is where her father works as well. Fun facts about Shelby is she is married and her favorite color is blue.
When Weber was asked about her vision for her career and how she will use her skills and talents, she explained that she wants to use her degree and work at CSX "in the office or as the Trainmaster". She was very passionate about this career because she wants to be able to provide for her family and to be able to support them.
Shelby looks up to her grandma, or as she says "Gerd", the most out of anyone she knows. She explains that her grandma has been through a lot of adversity and is still altruistic and would do anything to help someone; even "give the shirt off her back". Her grandma is very traditional, married at 19 and had four kids by the age of 26, and she believes this is what shaped her into who she is today.
In Shelby's words, "visionaries have to be very determined and set in their way. Can't be swayed". She told a story about her cousin Christi and has been married for 12 years and doesn't want to have children. She travels the world and even went back and got her masters in Communication.

Shelby being very enthused

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Proflie writing practice by Ben

Jennifer Campa, a sophomore at OSU, is studying Japanese and Korean
with a minor in International Business
When asked about the future she hopes that she will be able to get a decent job in the area of her major, something dealing with interpretation or working with a company that deals with international business. She also feels that if she can not get a career in something that goes along with her major that it would be a waste of schooling or that she would have gone to school for nothing. She also believes in the cause appreciated by every college student struggling to pay for college, that going to college for free would be definitely appreciated by anyone with debt.

When asked what makes a person a visionary, she said that it is, “Just the way people think and they want the future to be like set a certain way and they know what they want but there isn't a certain way because everyone sees the future differently.” She also feels like older people are more likely to be visionaries because younger people like us may not have thought about what we want for the future or don’t have the experience to really know what we think things should be like.

5 best questions

Creative interview questions would you describe yourself? Creative? Quiet?
2.What are some of your favorite Hobbies?
3.Would consider yourself introverted or extroverted?
4.How big is your family? How would you describe them?
5.What do you do for a living? How did you come about the career?

current events
1. Are the candidates for president a good representation of visionaries? Why?
2. Whats your opinion on the clowns running around?

Book Questions
1. In Holding On we read a profile about the stonewall riots. It describes the raids that occurred on gay bars during the late 1960's and the night that the bars took a stand against the police brutality. What is your opinion of the actions taken in this profile against the police? Who do you think was in the wrong the police, the civilians, or both?