9 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save More Money

Do you ever wonder why you spend your money the way you do? Why do you feel the need to get immediate gratification and end up using all your savings…

9 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save More Money

Counseling Could Save a Elementary Student Future Coping Skills

Since the commencement of the school year, have you noticed that your five or six years old has acquired a new type of attitude? I know I did. It took about five months for me to recognize that she was undergoing something traumatic at school. I could not fathom why she kept speaking back to me when I would ask her to put away her play make-up kit. The fact that she grew belligerent towards her siblings appalled me. I kept querying what was on this girl’s mind and what has transformed her. She needed to get something off her chest. Her afflictions needed to be shared and once her struggles of being physically bullied were shared with me, she progressively lost her temper. My brilliant daughters’ problematic attitude began to be maintained as she was able to receive counseling on how to control hurt and emotional distress. Counseling could serve the way a child process and positively handles their emotions as an adult, whether a child is the bully or receiving the harassment. 

The case of bullying or harassment is, unfortunately, a well-known issue that every school goes through. Since the 1970s, research have been conducted to determine the benefits of involvement of counseling for students by The Norwegian researcher Olweus. In a scholarly publication article “Developing a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Program to Reduce Bully Tendencies in Primary School Children and the Program Effectiveness”, Fusun Gokkaya and Serap Tekinsav Sutcu interpret bullying as a distinct person or crowd producing agony on another student negatively. (Fusun and Sutcu, 2018) Victims of relentless bullying can influence a student to be scared about attending school. 

During the five months, my frightened child implored me not to attend school and would dispute about getting dressed every morning. A student may undergo sadness and possess low self-esteem issues due to cruelness. Some students lose confidence in everyone especially if the harasser is menacing. Since my primary time being bullied was in sixth grade, I appraised that was the average time frame bullying starts. 

After learning my six years old lady had been bullied since she started kindergarten, I looked more into the subject. What exactly did my Lana’s experience being the victim? She experienced mental and physical abuse from a fellow student. A student she assured me was her buddy, who caused me to believe that she was getting along with others. 

My daughter is a bashful, caring and compassionate person. She’s also quite skilled at math and I’ve seen her easily make friends who request to have playdates. I never once thought someone would want to injure her the way she was harm. Around November 2019, my daughter mentioned to me that her friend kept clasping her arm too hard and that it hurt. I discoursed to her classroom teacher that she sees every school day and mentioned that the girl might be a little rough on grasping Lana’s arm, and the teacher appeared shocked. She said she will keep an eye out to make sure she isn’t too rough. 

Lana and I seemed comforted that her “friend” would be more delicate from now on. Three months later, However, she struggled with controlling her emotions and constantly seemed violent with her more adolescent brother and sister. She even became rebellious when I told her she was not allowed to use scissors to clip her hair. The day she did that I noticed she had some new unusual bangs, and knew she disobeyed me again. I move the new set of unsymmetrical bangs around her forehead noticing an open wound and discoloration on her skin. “Baby girl! what happened to your head?”, I worriedly asked. Sometimes Lana forgets that I know her well and when she does not establish eye contact and twirls her hair, I know she’s giving me false information. I requested her to look me in the eyes this time and repeat the question assuring her that I am her mother and her best friend. She finally gave me eye connection and said “okay…”. Lana continued, “On our way to school, the same girl pushed my head against the window a little hard.” A little hard? I thought sneeringly. While I understood why the teacher who was driving likely had her attention towards the road, I could not help but question why she did not notice the mark on my daughters’ head. I asked where the teachers during these moments were. She explained that the teachers seldom pay attention and on top of that her tormentor also threatens to harm her more if she does tell the teachers and parents. I asked some more questions about the girl because I want to know every aspect before I bring this up to the supervisor instead of the teacher. I ask how long this has been going on and the response was since school started. My heart utterly shattered at the fact that my angel has been dealing with such trauma and presumed that she had no one to tell. One ultimate question that I was scared to ask, “What ways has she hurt you?”. Besides the other two occurrences mentioned before, the troubled bully would steal things from my daughter’s backpack, bend her fingers backward, follow her, and constantly call her a variation of names. Unfortunately, my kindergartener isn’t the only one. Statistics show that in sampling and selection procedures confirm that one-two kindergarteners of twelve total experiences exclusion from play and those adults don’t notice (Helgeland and Lund, 2017). I believe the mind of the bully should be intervened with counseling. After my daughter mention all the harsh treatments she had received, I began to wonder what the girl is who was bullying her going through at home. Is this girl going through some sort of abuse at home? I compromise and know I cannot be irate at this girl for the way she had treated my girl. When I spoke to the director, I was told that they would be contacting the parents and assured me that it won’t happen again. If it were to happen again, they would pretty much kick the student out. I believe it doesn’t have to get to that extent if the bully could talk about her emotions to a counselor and receive adequate ways to handle her stress at home instead of taking it out on my daughter and other students. By handling this now it could benefit this girl’s future and help her with social health needed to have a healthy mindset. In 1993, Olweus developed a set of rules to prevent bullying. The first rule proposed is “we will not bully other students”. The second rule is that the teachers will attempt to help students who are victims of bullying and the final rule of Olweus proposal is that teachers must make sure to include students who feel more isolated than others. (Smith, pg. 62) While I’m glad that Olweus understands how crucial it is that victims now it’s not their fault, I feel the young bullies need to be focused on as well to help prevent the victims from being bullied in the first place. Coincidentally, after my six-year-old Lana had told me about all the harassment she had suffered during the prior five months, her attitude had drastically changed towards me and other people. The truth is that I guessed she gained an attitude due to the new adaption of attending kindergarten. Mental health counselors help by providing direction on how to manage emotional circumstances by listening to an individual’s internal perceptions. Variations in her behavior after she had confessed to me what truly occurred to her forehead now has me recognizing that counseling would benefit her emotionally. Containing elements such as oppression could provoke a blast of fury. What if she had kept this all in for another year or so?

Work Cited 

Gökkaya, Füsun, and Serap T. Sütcü. “Developing A Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Program to Reduce Bully Tendencies in Primary School Children and the Program Effectiveness.” Egitim Ve Bilim, vol. 43, no. 193, 2018. ProQuest, http:// search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/2015727406?accountid=11302. 

Helgeland, Anne, and Ingrid Lund. “Children’s Voices on Bullying in Kindergarten.” Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 45, no. 1, 2017, pp. 133-141. ProQuest, http:// search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/1855687091?accountid=11302, doi:http:// dx.doi.org.ezproxy.hacc.edu/10.1007/s10643-016-0784-z.

Pepler, Debra J., et al. Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be? Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.

Propitious Multimedia

Ding! An email app has sent an alert notifying that the monthly bank statement previously sent through mail is ready. Thereafter, an alert from a HACC “Brightspace” page has sent out notifications that a quiz on Math 055 received a 100 percent and that the final grade is a 98.86 percent as of that moment. Another notification of a new DNA match on MyHeritage.com has been discovered! All these alerts bring great impact to not just the iGens, but also the millennials and so forth by keeping the environment intact and providing nature with their children who are one of earth’s main source of oxygen. The media has helped many self-driven students with their academic intelligence using many types of resources that came from the worldwide web. In moderation, media has influence communications between families and friends who were considered distant. Steven Pinker would concur, that even though “mass media” can have detrimental impacts from a lack of self-control, the results may impact favorably.

            One, situation diverts from individuals who argue that using tree-sacrificing papers helps maintain organized documents or kept proof of documentations safe in case accusations of unpaid rent from ten years ago appear. But as benefits suggest that number one; papers are deleterious for the trees. The trees are such a tremendous part of humans’ survival, such that lawyers in California and Florida suggest that more than half of documents should be used with recycled papers. (DeBendictis) Second, there are other methods to help crucial document safety. Keep a separate hard drive disk to obtain important files on. Even Chase Banks Co. understands the value by offering new customers a promotion of five-dollar credit to those who sign up for paperless. Media and new technology have come a long way, from receiving thousands of documents from the mail to now receiving the same important documents on email. Nancy McCormack research suggests, “The use of paper of all kinds, such as office paper, cardboard, toilet paper rolls, etc., — eid fall by one percent a year on average since 2000”. Media has served the interest of lachrymose trees who may have been fully extinct like cavemen.

            An additional quarrel of the matter, media has impacted a good amount of iGens souls to be eaten into the dark world of Twitter. Moreover, media has impacted the brain of students to succeed and understand the information they study. For instance, there are applications on smartphone devices, such as quizlet.com helping scholars’ study for important tests with flashcards and other studying methods. There is HACC’s library website providing students with an online database for important research essays. As a result, success has been achieved by the “Bright-space” page that offers alerts to students with grade status and upcoming due dates to keep organized. As Abdulla Jaafar Desmal observed, “About 39 percent of students either agreed or strongly agreed that social media sites enhanced their research skill” (9). If these students believe it helps them, who are we to be in the way of success.

            Mass communication has availed the social interactions of families and friends. An example, friends in their forties who had not seen each other before the legal age of becoming an adult. Distant families that live two states apart but previously hung out with each other every other weekend. Another example, sites like MyHeritage.com has helped lost individuals find family members unheard of and match segments of the DNA. As emphasizes by others, “The e-communication helps those who are scared to talk about certain things that make them uncomfortable in a physical environment” (Chadorchi, 22). There are chat blogs online for mothers who feel postpartum and do not know how to talk to their significant others about it. Even though communications of judgment can cause arguments, other mothers share the same concerns. Especially on days below zero degrees, the communication of media benefits those who need social interaction because they are just too comfortable sitting inside the warm living room or are simply bored with loneliness.   

            In brief, how can mass media only be harmful given the benefits previously mentioned? Could not media be beneficial to nature’s life that has been destroyed by the ones’ who need it? Could multimedia help a student who does not have assistance with understanding science homework? As mentioned, “Successfully, the online network and tech-savvy gadgets are helping the public find judicious ways to learn with resources such as e-books and online encyclopedias” (Pinker). Lastly, is not it possible that a simple altercation between a friendship could be resolved through writing it out instead of yelling it out? Media benefits people in many ways, it does not mean you have to stay glued to it but that you can use it when you believe the time is right.

                                                                   Work Cited

Abdulla, Jaafar Desmal. “The Impact of Using Social Media and Internet On Academic Performance Case Study Bahrain Universities.” EAI Endorsed Transactions on Scalable Information Systems, vol 4, Iss. 13, Jun 2017, pp. 9. ProQuest, http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/2306287562?accountid=11302

Chardorchi, David. “Possitve Effects of Electronic Communication On Interpersonal Relationships.” ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 2016, pp. 22, ProQuest, http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/1800541403?accountid=11302

DeBenedictis, Don J. “Saving Trees, Reducing Waste.” ABA Journal, vol. 78, 10, 1992, pp. 26. ProQuest, http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/194348699?accountid=11302.

McCormack, Nancy. “Mission Impossible? the Future of “Paperless” Library Operations.” Library Management, vol. 32, no. 4, 2011, pp. 279-289. ProQuest, http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.hacc.edu/docview/868253247?accountid=11302, doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.hacc.edu/10.1108/01435121111132284.

Pinker, Steven. “Mind Over Mass Media.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 10 June 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/opinion/11Pinker.html.

No paradise in the Presence of Dereliction

Imaginative writer Ursula Le Guin introduces her short story “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas” with a utopian setting of what Omelas’s City is like during the jubilant Festival of Summer. The Festival of Summer is supposed to be a celebration of life and not a celebration for the death of enemies. The author then goes into explaining why the Omelas residents are happy by saying, “Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, what is destructive”. Living in a world where discrimination occurs to homeless and neglected children is constantly ignored and believing it causes contentment is not a righteous place.

The author advises that people of Omelas are not your common mortal, they are ecstatic and less complicated than the successes of our society. The Omelas maintain merry lives even when they perceive a neighbor’s juvenile suffering. Following the festival, a parade of fortunate happy characters passes by the city where kinds of impoverished inhabitants and children reside. They appear to be evident in the eyes of fortunate citizens of Omelas, but no mind is paying attention. The gloomy resonance of the children’s flutes is becoming a familiar sound that fades in their heads. The author explains that Omelas confines a child in a building within the municipality. The child bellows for help from anyone but no one apprehends the child.

The child’s outcries become distant and fade to the residents of Omelas who unfortunately depend on this torture to be contented.

The adults of Omelas inform their children about maltreatment given to homeless children in their town and their children discover a feeling of guilt without knowing the meaning of culpability. A few residents desire for relief of the homeless children, but first aims for the cheerfulness of one’s flesh and bones. The City of Omelas uses this method as a critical rule of pure glee. The children of the fortunate ones can’t seem to comprehend the horrid mystery, but what can they do? They are simply children who are doing as they are taught. Eventually, the misery of the vagrants becoming a ritual to the children of the lucky families with shelter and freedom. The blessed children grow to become their parents’ and don’t seem to understand why the feeling of vexation is occurring towards what their ethics consider valueless. Deep down they feel pity wanting to help the other children of a saddening existence. They don’t even know what guilt means, yet feel their morals arriving. Some of the children in the narrative departure from the happiness Omelas has to offer and never return to the felicitous side of paradise.

Meanwhile, the less fortunate ones of Omelas City try to understand and accept that there’s not much they can do about it. They accept that the expression of freedom is not legitimate in their community. The penurious people have the knowledge and a beating heart like the successors of their city, but no one seems to notice or care to give them a chance of happiness.

Now, I understand where Ursula Le Guin’s views made sense in her story. The author briefly is describing that Omelas City is just like the regular people of North America. There are the fortunate ones with good jobs and money. Financial stability does cause less stress and can better someone’s happiness. I remember many times where I was sad because I couldn’t get my daughter a toy, she wanted due to a lack of my finances. The American people do as the Omelas citizens do, which is passed by a shelter less soul in their cars and roll up their windows hoping a homeless person doesn’t ask for a quarter that is meant for a carwash. We pass and ignore the homeless sitting against buildings or sleeping on a bench in NYC, I’ve witnessed it from a large continuous crowd that never ends. Like the Omelas Festival of summer, we have Fourth of July and don’t even offer extra hotdogs forgotten on the grill from being too drunk on booze (which sounds similar to Omelas drooz). I agree that even we as parents and teachers educate children by saying phrases “there are children who don’t have any Christmas presents”. The children of our world don’t understand, especially the younger ones. How could they? Finally, after re-reading Omelas’ tale a few times I comprehended what she meant by the people who leave never come back. When she states something, she believed was more incredible about the happiness of Omelas responding, “These people go out into the streets, and walk down the street alone,” I realized that the final statement of her story is another unfortunate problem today in our states. Some teenagers run away from home because no one listens or pays attention. Even adults can drift away to a roofless life when alcohol and depression controlled their mind separating happiness of family and stability of their lives.

I understand that more children are becoming homeless or lost in both Omelas and our world. If you see a child that looks lost, don’t ignore them. You could prevent them from becoming another child without a warm place to stay during the wet snowy days. Donate clothes that do not fit you or your kids to those in need. Make Omelas a happy place for all and not just for one type of class. Call the police station or ask the child if they are lost. Don’t ignore a suspicious van following children from school they could take them out of Omelas where they will never come back. Communicate to your troubled child so that you can deter them from running away and entering the foreboding side the streets have to offer. If children, teens, adults are not doing anything to limit discrimination and unsheltered people of any sort, then conceivably Omelas is not my wonderland. But, if Omelas could try to make the ones who suffer more content than it could be an equitable utopia.

Work Cited

Guin, Ursula Le. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” The Wind’s Twelve Quarters: Short Stories, sites.asiasociety.org/asia21summit/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/3.-Le-Guin-Ursula-The- Ones-Who-Walk-Away-From-Omelas.pdf.

My Reflections on Writing

Have you ever thought that writing could be encouraging and help you feel confident and relieved for a moment? Writing has always been very beneficial in my life in many ways. Writing helps me feel organized, proud, and even makes me feel better on days when I am at my lowest. I can’t say that I have ever had a negative outcome from writing. Many kinds of experiences in my life have helped me feel positive towards writing and has helped me enjoy writing.

My First positive experience of writing is that I feel organized. I feel it as I jot down tasks and reminders in my planner book every day. I feel it as I write the titles on my tab dividers to help keep from my class notes from mixing up. Even before I wrote my essay assignment that I am writing at this moment, I had used prewriting techniques to keep me, and my topics organized.

Another kind of positive experience from writing has made me feel proud of myself for receiving a good grade on an essay in Philosophy. I always have anxiety about handing in essays. My mind starts asking 21 questions over and over until I get that grade. My mind keeps on repeating, constantly, asking; “did I fail?”; “did the teacher hate it?”; or “did I write too much?”. Not only was this professor known for being a tough critique of essays, but this was also my first semester in college, after taking a break for over ten years. This essay was the last assignment that would reveal the final grade in this class. When the last day of that class had appeared, I sat at my desk anticipating that my results were doomed. When my name was called, my heart stopped for a second. I became shocked that the professor was telling me; “you did a very good job, Catherine!”. Then I saw my paper and looked at the grade. At that time and moment, I felt very proud of myself.

I’m pretty sure we all have our days where we can’t keep our emotions intact, whether it be angry, sad, happy, lonely, nervous, etc. Dealing with those types of emotions can be difficult. When I was going through one or all those types of emotions, it was hard for me to calm down and think about those emotions I am feeling. I remember once upon a time in high school I was struggling with emotional difficulties in my life, so I had met with my guidance counselor. I remember her suggesting me to write in a journal when I needed to let some emotions out. Ever since then I am always writing in my journal whenever I’m going through a troubling time or just need a way to let my overpowering emotions leave me. I think the whole journal writing experience is amazing because I can express my words into paper, leave them there and free my head from the overwhelming thoughts. Writing in my journal always helps me feel better.

In drawing things to a close, writing has helped me in many experiences in my life. It has made me feel calm. Writing has helped me feel proud of myself when I thought I wasn’t able to write an interesting essay, and writing has made me feel organized about my life and achieve my goals. Only good has ever come out of writing in all my experiences and my feelings towards writing are positive.

me writing

Puja: experiencing a peaceful environment for a Ritual Report

                                    An experience into the religion of Buddhism

On April 21, 2019, I attended a religious ceremony at the Buddhist Association of Pa, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. I could tell that this Buddhist temple follows a certain form of Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism is for everyone and not just for the monastic elite. When I entered, I was very welcomed in the gathering they organized. The Bodhisattva welcomed me to eat the vegetarian food that they were serving. They served rice that had a purple tint to it, with sugar and peanuts on top. Tea and coffee were also served in the gathering place. After a half hour, the service was ready to begin, and I followed the followers of Mahayana Buddhism to the shrine. This is where they will begin their ritual and I will learn about the characteristics of the religious activity and what their commitment to Buddhism means

Characteristics of the religious activity

As I was walking up the stairs, I noticed everyone taking off their shoes. This is done because shoes are considered dirty and unworthy of entering such a divine area.  

After the shoe’s removal, I encountered two statues that were meant to keep the evil spirits and demons away from the shrine. (Told by member of the community) I witnessed their beautiful ways of worship as hukujin (members) place offering of fruits and flowers. They were detected on the first two statues I examined and other puja settings in the shrine. Next, I entered the shrine and began to sit on the floor with all the other followers. There was nothing but silence and their second major characteristic of the religious activity; meditation. While everyone was meditating, they had their eyes closed and created a Gyan mudras hand symbol. As followers were entering, they would light many incenses and enter them into a flowerpot. (As seen to the left) After an hour of meditation; the third major characteristic of the religious activity was chanting. They began with banging a bell and rub their bodies. Then they all stood up beginning to chant and bang the bells. In the last section of the chanting, we began to walk three times around the shrine and went back to the pews and sat down. They included bows in honor of the Buddha. The bodhisattva ended the service and invited everyone to come to another gathering and mentioned that the Monk will be returning in a month. He reminded everyone that they were welcomed to meet the Monk or to come back.         

                                     Ideas, Thoughts, and Belief

After the service, I had a chance to ask the bodhisattva a few questions about what ideas, thoughts, and beliefs they communicate. The bodhisattva told me, “When we pray, we believe in the simple power, beyond the recognition and when you pray you are idealistic of the Buddhist.” He also mentioned that they believe in reincarnation and that he thinks it’s possible to tap into past minds. They believe that buddha can’t do anything but show the right path. The bodhisattva mentioned that they do not practice “life-cycle” rituals; like coming-of-age, marriage, and death. They also do not practice fasting but eat a big feast of vegetarian food after each service. 

                                                            Special Holidays

There is only one major holiday that this temple follows being Buddha’s Birthday also known as Vesak Day. Most of the world Vesak Day is considered “Festival of the Lanterns.” (Matthew Fennell, 2019) Buddha’s birthday is on the eighth day of the fourth month. In other countries that worship this sacred day, the celebrations start from April 25 until May 11. The temple that I visited celebrated Vesak day on April 28 of 2019. Asia celebration is more intense than the Buddhist Association temple, but they all have the same purpose of the celebration which is Buddha’s birthday.

            In conclusion, Mahayana Buddhism is what this temple displayed. The bodhisattva was very welcoming and kind to me. They offered me great pre-ritual gathering food. I was accepted to join their ritual and feed my interest in learning about their religion. They gave me a disc with chants from the service with translated English titles. While they were chanting, I did feel meditated and felt something new I’ve never felt before. I felt like I zoned out for a couple minutes and woke up. This was a whole new experience in general and I suggest everyone should at least experience it once. 

Work Cited:

Fennel, Matthew. “Buddha’s Birthday Celebration in Korea.” Asia Societyasiasociety.org/korea/buddhas-birthday-celebration-korea.

            

Perceptiveness of Nature

  Finding Nature

Where are the bunnies when there is none in the backyard? Walk farther into the land of fresh cut grass and search for holes in the ground. There you will see a part of nature. Hidden are the baby bunnies in a hole made by their mother to protect them. If you see mother bunny and come near, she as well hides.

Where are the fishes that are a part of nature? Go to the creek down the road and sit. The creek is hiding the fishes who swim. You can see them if you carefully look and focus. You can find them by fishing. Nature hides and it’s our job to find it. 

As I have said, nature can be found. Many parts of nature like to be hidden. You can find them in the sky all the way down below the ground. Animals hide and even the sun will hide. Just go outside and begin searching, nature will come and appear.

    Sense The Nature

In the words of a twentieth-century psychiatrist who founded Gestalt therapy, “Lose your mind and come to your senses” (Perls). If you lose your mind, go outside for 30 minutes and use your five senses you will see how beautiful nature can be. As I sit on the landscape in front of my house,  I remember the beauty nature has to offer by smelling, feeling, looking, tasting, and hearing.

In my time, I look at the clock and It’s now 10:45 at night. I finally have time to go outside to experience nature after all my daily duties that had to be done. Already, I start using one of the five senses, sight. I see nature, it’s dark with a lucent side. There is a black sky with floating white sparkling dots. I see an airplane in the atmosphere above me. In front of me is a road with random cigarette butts and dry shriveled leaves. I see a field with a colony of cornsilk not ready for harvest. Looking behind, my home with all the lights out and white picket fence surrounding the property. I see the pretty red celosia flowers that have been planted a while back. I see the bushes my brother offered to trim. Next to me is a pine tree that was a baby when I was twelve years old and now it is as tall as the utility pole standing idle. 

After, seeing it with my two eyes, I start to perceive what nature’s landscape feels like. The hard ridge on the cold sidewalk that I currently sit on has a little wetness from the dark green grass which had just been mowed this morning. I feel a small gust of cool wind exhaling onto my face. Since I left my sweater indoors, I feel goosebumps on my arms . While enjoying this quiet night, I experience sensations of  being unperturbed and somnolent . 

Following, my ears listen to the background of crickets in colloquy. It sounds as if they are quarreling at each other by the loudness of their stridulating. I hear cars from maybe one or two miles away actively roaming the nighttime. Twenty minutes of exploring nature during the twilight hours, I can taste fall as I inhale and exhale. The coldness on my tongue feels somewhat like eating ice cream sandwiches.

Finally, I catch the scent of  the farmland growing crops and dirt that has been fertilized to help plants mature. I enjoy that smell and it lets me know that I am home enjoying the environment. Unfortunately, a piece of nature comes into my sense of smell. A powerful stench that I don’t believe most people are fond of. Something black and white with a fluffy tail is lurking around here somewhere unseen, provoking me to head back indoors.

Summing up, my five senses can detect nature. My ears hear things like insects and vehicles from afar. On my front yard, my nose could smell nature and  hear distant sounds . I see plants, trees and alluring diamonds in the sky. Feeling the cool weather makes me wish I could stay out longer, being able to taste the chill of gust air. Nature is a beautiful thing and my five senses help me recollect those thoughts. 

             Most Treasured Glimpse

A voice telling how I should go

Expected to arrive 

Obstacles causing me to re route

Turning left instead of right

I find the view I was meant to see

Forge ahead towards my destination

 No Need To Say Farewell

When all is said and done, you don’t have to say goodbye to nature. Just turn off your phone and any other distractions that cause it to be hidden from your view. One moment it’s right in front of you and the next it’s gone, like the fishes who swim towards the deep end. It’s hard to say goodbye to a moment of scenery. You are sitting outside for a half-hour, reminiscing on your thoughts while feeling sensations of serenity and longing to cherish the view ten minutes more. Trying to define nature is almost indescribable for the reason that not one word can completely define nature. The best way to describe nature is by embracing and examining. How you feel it when sitting on top of the cold, tickling grass. When the sun is setting, detailing the colors you see. The roses that bloom on a bush and sends out an aroma, allowing you to get a whiff of nature. In the morning, birds who are nature’s melodious artists send music into your ears.  The ability to taste nature by grabbing a red delicious apple from a tree. By using your senses to define nature, the results are best for your well being and ability to find your purpose in this universe; to remind you that there’s more to life than what’s visible in humans preoccupied eyes. It’s hard to say farewell to admirable things, but you won’t have to if you put the problems and distractions aside and continue searching for nature’s hidden treasures ten more minutes.

A Time when Societies Brought Awareness to Human Rights

The awareness of human rights developed globally in many ways. One way being music, provided Rahul with words from Christina Aguilera’s song, “You are Beautiful”. Similarly, I also grew up with that music and felt my worth as a citizen of United States as did Rahul citizen of an Eastern land in a national award book Behind the Beautiful Forevers. (Boo, 58) Western nations that controlled their economic and politics life while Eastern is receiving education start to realize during 1990s that others fight why can’t they? With each society having activists and wanting to fight for human rights, attention to Western owned territories such as India and Africa form movements. In the book by Katherine Boo, Annawardians such as Rahul are offered devices that display news and music. Another human right kind of event in 1953 called the Sun Yan-sen, Fundamentals of National Reconstruction brought attention to the society of only China to recognize each as an independent individual and treat their own as a friend. (Due to the Western and the ease of communication and transportation, word got around that human rights are existing. There’s no reason why one would wonder what that feels like in a society they do not feel as free. influential to Martin Luther King, Jr. known as another activists named Gandhi. A knowledgeable man felt unequal and spoke against how he felt to South Africa. He fought rights for his fellow second-class Indians. (I did notice it was not for lower or higher class, simply not just for environmentally). He led a movement against taxes on salt, another example of how global attention is being approached. While he’s Leading a national acceptance of all employment, Indians marches won. Abdul, from the book Behind the Beautiful Forever had International support and attention to human rights for everyone in eastern. They also influenced Africans who global awareness on the success of fighting for your right. 
	Along with the whole globe realizing their self-worth, Africa also formulated nationalists’ movements.  Dealing with distraught from diseases brought from an army camp in Kansas City. (“Solidifying Colonialism in Africa - HIST-102-V02 - World History II”). The Africans felt the Europeans were not true to their words or beliefs. Due to this distrust, formed a movement called African Independence Churches. This movement wanted to be free from the control issue European holds on other territories economic wellbeing. (“The Growth of African Nationalism - HIST-102-V02 - World History II”). With global freedom awareness and knowledge, the Africans build societies zoos and schools like the European and separated them to make them feel discriminated like the Africans felt. 
Neocolonialism formed within the Latin Americans that weren’t specifically controlled by European powers
Around the world, if other societies were not living within Western, they would feel discriminated. Such as Gandhi, who gave up because he lost hope that Western morals were applied to their side only and not the economically or political owned eastern societies. He gave up materialistic life for a simple life of independence creating peaceful boycotts. Unfortunately, British police aggressively arrested all in the way. 
Due to the education Europeans offered Africans, they used their skills to fight for their independence.
Latin America had to deal with United States wanting to control their economics. But their Columbian army-controlled regions were attacked during a movement from “banana pickers” and ended up in a deep great depression. (“Neocolonialism in Latin America - HIST-102-V02 - World History II”) The Latin Americans were able to express global awareness through photographs and display workers with an unarmed carrier amongst their waist. 
The Western and Eastern now seem to accept if one meets requirements. Such as a time when Brazilian saved their workers when they tried to fight for freedom of drinking as it was their proper life habit. Ford ended up not accepting displacement of offering a alcohol house free lifestyle. The Brazilians now earned ownerships of the land since an American company left its land to its territory. 
	Some people still can’t accept human rights, and some aren’t given the chance of receiving it due to different controllers. Asha mentions that all these top notches think treating lower classes as if they are incapable of knowing what’s going on and how they are being treated. (Boo, 22) Though the help of educators is what thought us all how to understand how this world works and it’s up to us to figure it out. Catholic Nuns introduced knowledge and taught Annawardan native language and English with many other types of subjects and music taught Rahul of freedom of self-worth. Part one ended with the question in Behind the Beautiful Forevers expressing people were started to be concern if others can fight for their freedom why they can’t. They should be able to prosper economically and be helped during national disasters of floods. Obama was involved with the American war and that had some wonder accept him when Rahul heard others talking about the political news. (80) Unfortunately, it is not accepted in some communities today, but one can only hope that their society accepts human obtaining a right to prosper as they work for it not just because they are rich and carry a name.




 
						Work Cited
Boo, K. (2013). Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai slum. Portobello. 
“Neocolonialism in Latin America - HIST-102-V02 - World History II.” Hacc.edu, 2021, ehacc.hacc.edu/d2l/le/content/250001/viewContent/5861485/View. Accessed 12 May 2021.
“Solidifying Colonialism in Africa - HIST-102-V02 - World History II.” Hacc.edu, 2021, ehacc.hacc.edu/d2l/le/content/250001/viewContent/5861483/View. Accessed 12 May 2021.
Sun Yat-sen, Fundamentals of National Reconstruction , (Taipei: China Cultura; Service, 1953),     pp. 76-83, as excerpted in Mark A. Kishlansky, Sources of World History , Vol. 2 (New York: HarperCollins, 1995), p. 281-285

Vision and Genetic Risks

So, I’ve had glasses forever it seems. I remember being in Elementary school in my sixth grade year. I remember feeling exactly what my oldest in Elementary feels like.. and it’s funny she even asked the same question I asked, “what if everyone at school makes fun of me?”.

When she asked me, I kinda smiled inside like hmmm is this deja vu? I wonder if is due from my father’s side I lost my vision or is it because I tried a fellow Sunday’s School classmate glasses. When looking within my own genes and obtaining a health report from MyHeritage.com, I am at risk for AMD. I have very bad vision and even stigmatism in my eyes.

Like me, my daughter learned that she had vision issues from the schools yearly eye exam in the nurses and physical (but it seems the doctors office have been so busy and hectic lately they didn’t notice)

I took her to this new eye doctor that covered our insurance and was feeling like I missed a whole virtual reality where the doctors are not even in the office. They hold virtual meeting and control the thing that they usually ask questions such as “do you like option a or option B”. I was amazed, and she received the same pre testing techniques as I would get. Everything was sent to the doctor including videos of the eyes and such. It did take almost two hours to complete the appointment also the person who worked there seemed stressed and admitted she did not like the new system due to the amount of lagging and connection issues. (Which I found completely understandable) She seemed exhausted and I wish I could help her out, but she was sweet to my daughter and made her not feel so anxious.

So, back to that question. “what if the kids make fun of me?”, as I recalled saying that before. I told her well do you think I look silly with my glasses and she felt empathy and said no I don’t. I said mommy can be pretty with glasses as anyone is. There’s plenty of kids who have glasses and I told her that yes, I got made fun of for a couple days and guess what I still had a friend no matter what..another fact for her is that helped me become smarter in school and focus because just like you hunny I couldn’t see or concentrate.

See I look normal with glasses!

I made sure to ask the virtual doctor through the meeting online if her eyes are as bad as mine and he assured me with an illustration of her actual pretesting results and circled what he was discussing. I felt very informed and am still shocked that technology is quickly advancing everywhere. Eye doctors have started this during COVID-19 and I haven’t been to one the past two years due to my last appointment being right at shut-down season. John Egan describes the whole process if interested! I know it was quite interesting. https://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exams/coronavirus-virtual-eye-doctor-visits/

She loved the going the eye doctor and was fascinated by all the testing she had to do!

She’s upset because she can see just fine with the display glasses!
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