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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Summer Classes

So, the end of the semester is approaching in the next month. This means that I will be on summer vacation for roughly four months. I will be working at the library (as always) and I found the gym is hiring part time for a receptionist, and I am also thinking about continuing my writing classes to get practice in becoming a professor. I need your feedback on different lessons and options.

For Claire to fill out (since she took my class last year):

I am thinking about teaching grammar first, then of course them having reading short stories to get an idea, then the actual writing. I was thinking about doing a 5-6 week session with the first week free (grammar). Would that be wise? Would $20 a week be too expensive? Here is some of what I had planned from last year:

                        SEMICOLONS; WHAT IS YOUR FUNCTION?

"i love semicolons; they're so useful for constructing sentences in philosophy papers that continue on and on and on; i even sometimes use multiples in one sentence; yeah, thats right, i don't concern myself with the grammatical rules of semi-colons." - Tim Burke.

The semicolon is a simple piece of punctuation, much easier to work with than the comma because it follows fairly clear rules. If you learn the two simple rules explained here, you'll rarely go wrong. It has two main uses, which are both easy to identify. You use it to connect two independent clauses together into one sentence, and you use it as a super-comma. You can use it in a few other unusual situations, but they come up rarely, and there are other ways to handle those situations. Learn them if you want to be perfect, but if you learn to recognize the two primary uses, you will do fine as semicolon user.
To Connect Two Independent Clauses
Independent clauses are series of words that could stand alone as complete sentences. When you have two otherwise complete sentences that you want to connect to form one long sentence, use a semicolon between them.
Example: This could be a complete sentence; this could be another one.
If you put a comma where that semicolon is, you will have committed a "comma splice," which is a very nasty grammar error indeed. Sometimes, the second clause doesn't really look like a complete sentence, so you must watch closely.
Example: Twelve workers started the project; only five remain.
There is, however, one exception that can cause you a problem. You don't use a semicolon to connect two complete sentences if there's a conjunction between the clauses (and, but, etc.). In that case, use a comma.
Example: This could be a complete sentence, and this could be another one.
Adding that single word, the conjunction "and," means that you must change that semicolon into a comma.
To Serve as a Super-comma
When you have a series of three or more items that normally would be separated by commas except that each individual item already has a comma in it, you use the semicolon between items.
Example: We visited Pago Pago, Western Samoa; Curitiba, Brazil; and St. George, Utah.
Example: The trio's birthdays are November 10, 1946; December 7, 1947; and October 31, 1950.
Example: Her favorite players are Steve Young,  a quarterback; Jason Buck, a defensive end; and Ty Detmer, another quarterback.
As in the examples above, citing places, dates, and people's names with descriptions, are three very common situations where you'll see the super-comma usage.
Minor Uses
A few relatively infrequent situations also call for a semicolon. When you list three or more items tacked onto the end of a complete sentence preceded by a connector word such as "that is," "for example," or "for instance," you may use either a comma or a semicolon. Either of the following two example sentences is correct.
Example: Be sure to watch out for grammar errors; for instance, comma splices, run-on sentences, and dangling modifiers.
Example: Be sure to watch out for grammar errors, for instance, comma splices, run-on sentences, and dangling modifiers.
You may also use a semicolon to connect two otherwise complete sentences even if they are connected by a conjunction, if the first sentence already has one or more commas in it. It's optional, but may on occasion make the sentence more understandable.
Example: When I eat alone, I leave a mess; but that's not the worst of it.
Both the minor uses noted above are optional, so if you can remember only the first two situations above, you'll never go wrong by putting a semicolon where it doesn't belong. 
The Usage of Semicolons by
The semicolon (;) is a punctuation mark in English separating elements but used much less than the comma. It is more often used in more advanced extended sentences and adds a formal tone. Its name implies that it indicates a separation that is neither full (as indicated by the period), nor minute (as indicated by a comma). The semicolon denotes a half-way separation between elements close in meaning. Skilled writers know that they should not overuse the semicolon but merely use for "spicing up" the text's punctuation, as explained in the following sections. Do not simply use the semicolon instead of a comma in order to make the text appear "fancy."
Check this out!
The Smiths went up north for their vacation; the Johnsons went down South for theirs.

Analysis! The above sentence is composed of two independent clauses which could normally be separated with a comma and coordinating conjunction. However, using a semicolon to link the clauses together without a conjunction is an elegant lighter alternative.
1. When two independent clauses are relatively short and the relationship between them (contrast, addition, cause, effect etc) can be inferred without the coordinating conjunction, some writers find it more sophisticated to omit the coordinating conjunction and replace the comma with a semicolon. Not over-stressing the logical relationships and letting the reader infer them more subtly is a stylistic technique that advanced writers sometimes use. However, remember that the semicolon should be used sparingly, for any of its uses mentioned here.
·    1. The Smiths went up north for their vacation, whereas the Johnsons went down south for theirs. [contrast]
·    2. David went to Paris for his honeymoon, for it has always been his dream. [cause]

     1. The Smiths went up north for their vacation; the Johnsons went down south for theirs. [contrast]
          2. David went to Paris for his honeymoon; it has always been his dream. [cause]

2. You should not use the semicolon to link between independent clauses if the relationship between them may not be easily inferred. In such cases, leave the comma followed by the appropriate coordinating conjunction.
I can only have a short vacation; I will be one week off work.
[relationship not clear]
·    1. I can only have a short vacation, but I will be one week off work. [contrast]
·    2. I can only have a short vacation, so I will be one week off work. [result]
·    3. I can only have a short vacation, as I will be one week off work. [reason]
Analysis: The contrast in sentence 1 denotes that a week is not considered too short a vacation. The result in sentence 2 denotes that one week is indeed short and is the result of being able to take only a short vacation, maybe for financial constraints. The reason in sentence 3 denotes that the unfortunately short vacation is due to probable work schedule constraints.

3. Consider using a semicolon to unite two independent clauses, which are on the one hand, self standing sentences; and on the other hand, two halves of one whole. This allows a smoother transition that lets the text flow, instead of creating "borders" with commas and connectors.
The food I had on the flight to London was terrible; the food I had on the flight to Paris was excellent.
Right or Wrong?
Dan has decided to be a vegetarian, therefore, he chose the vegetable dish on the flight to India.

Wrong! The above two independent clauses are related to one another in a cause-effect relationship, marked by the conjunctive adverb therefore. A period may create too much of a division between the two related clauses. Using a comma may result in a comma splice error. The solution is to use a semicolon ending the first independent clause and a comma after the conjunctive adverb, as in:
Dan has decided to be a vegetarian; therefore, he chose the vegetable dish on the flight to India.
1. Use a semicolon between two independent clauses linked by either a conjunctive adverb or a transitional expression ( in addition, for example, on the one hand, nevertheless, in other words, namely, meanwhile, in fact) when it comes in the middle of a sentence, between the clauses. Put a semicolon before the linking expression and a comma after it, as it serves as an introductory element to the second independent clause.
Dan thought the flight food was delicious; in fact, he asked the flight attendant for some recipes.
The flight was delayed due to the workers' strike; consequently, we had to change our holiday plans.

The flight did not include any meals; however, the price was conveniently low.

Note: Using a comma with a synonymous coordinating conjunction on this last example sentence would not change the sentence meaning except for allowing it to seem less formal than with the semicolon and conjunctive adverb. Remember to be consistent with your punctuation style as it influences the text's tone (formal or informal).
·    Formal: The flight did not include any meals; however, the price was conveniently low.
·    Informal: The flight did not include any meals, but the price was conveniently low.
Pay attention!
2. Do not put a comma between two independent clauses linked by a conjunctive adverb/ transitional expression, as this leads to the comma splice error. Remember, you separate two independent clauses with a comma, only when they are separated by a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet).
Dan thought the flight food was delicious, and he asked the flight attendant for some recipes.

3. You can use a semicolon before coordinating conjunctions or before any elements (not necessarily introduced by coordinating conjunctions) when these are either long or contain commas or other punctuation marks within them.
Staff on this multinational airliner may come from such European countries as France, The Czech Republic, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany etc.; or they may come from Asian countries such as Singapore, Korea or The Philippines; or they may come from Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

4. These elements can number more than two, thus creating a list of elements. The semicolon is needed to distinguish between the usually long elements, which can be phrases or clauses.

5. Even when elements are not long or do not have inner punctuation marks, use semicolons when commas alone may make the sentence hard to understand, or in cases where you feel that a comma would not be strong enough. In the following example, the reader may get confused as to which group checks in with which. A, B, C, and D may be falsely perceived as a series. Using a semicolon clarifies the various group pairings.
For this flight, group A checks in with B, C and D check in with E, and F checks in with G.
For this flight, group A checks in with B; C and D check in with E; and F checks in with G.
semicolon style conventions

1. Do not use a capital letter after a semicolon, unless it is followed by a proper noun.
2. The semicolon and the colon are the only two punctuation marks which should be placed after closing quotation marked when they follow a quoted text.
3. When a semicolon appears after an italicized text, italicize it as well.
4. You can leave either one or two spaces after a semicolon. Remember to be consistent.

The way the ellipsis is supposed to be written in the US is ". . ." with a space between each period, per new Modern Language Association (MLA) standards. The use of ellipsis can either mislead or insult, and the reader must rely on the good intentions of the writer who uses them. An example of this ambiguity is "She went to … school." In this sentence, "…" might represent the word "elementary". Alternatively, in a usage more common in the 19th and early 20th centuries, ellipsis can be used when a writer intentionally omits a specific proper noun, such as a location: "Jan was born on ... Street in Warsaw." Omission of part of a quoted sentence without indication by an ellipsis (or bracketed text) would mislead the readers. For example, "She went to school," as opposed to "She went to Broadmoor Elementary school."
An ellipsis may also imply an unstated alternative indicated by context. For example, when Count Dracula says "I never drink … wine", the implication is that he does drink something else, which in the context would be blood. In such usage the ellipsis is stronger than a mere dash, where for example "I never drink—wine" might only indicate that the Count, not a native English speaker, was pausing to get the correct word.
In writing the speech of a character in fiction or nonfiction, the ellipsis is sometimes used to represent an intentional silence of a character, usually invoked to emphasize a character's irritation, appall, shock or disgust.


As with many other punctuation marks, the usage of colon varies among languages and, for a given language, among historical periods. As a rule, however, a colon informs the reader that what follows proves and explains, or simply provides elements of, what is referred to before.
The following classification of the functions that a colon may have, given by Luca Serianni (a pioneer of the colon) for Italian usage,[1] is generally valid for English and many other languages:
·    syntactical-deductive: introduces the logical consequence, or effect, of a fact stated before
There was only one possible explanation: the train had never arrived.
·    syntactical-descriptive: introduces a description—in particular, makes explicit the elements of a set
I have three sisters: Catherine, Sarah, and Mary.
·    appositive: introduces a sentence with the role of apposition with respect to the previous one
Luruns could not speak: he was drunk.[2]
·    segmental: introduces a direct speech, in combination with quotation marks and dashes. The segmental function was once a common means of indicating an unmarked quotation on the same line. The following example is from Fowler's grammar book, The King’s English:
Benjamin Franklin proclaimed the virtue of frugality: a penny saved is a penny earned.
It is commonly used to introduce speech in a dialogue (such as a script):
Patient: Doctor, I feel like a pair of curtains.
Doctor: Pull yourself together!
A colon may also be used for the following:
·    introduction of a definition
A: the first letter in the Latin alphabet
Hypernym of a word: a word having a wider meaning than the given one; e.g., vehicle is a hypernym of car
·    separation of the chapter and the verse number(s) indication in many references to religious scriptures, and also epic poems; it was also used for chapter numbers in roman numerals
John 3:14–16 (or John III:14–16) (cf. chapters and verses of the Bible)
The Qur'an, Sura 5:18
·    separation of hours, minutes and seconds when reporting the time of day (cf. ISO 8601; alternatively, a period (.) may be used[3])
The concert finished at 23:45
This file was last modified today at 11:15:05
·    separation of a title and the corresponding subtitle
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
·    separation of clauses in a periodic sentence

For Practice:
At the end of the term, when you hand in this notebook, please use the next page to write at least four paragraphs that use semicolons, colons and ellipses (as in a story).

*Idea**Idea*(Hint: ALL 11 rules are represented in this Exercise)
1.  After they took their baths, the elves were sprinkled with fairy dust.
      Rule: 6 because it’s introducing something.
2.  On Tension's vacation he went to see Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and the Comma Museum.
      Rules: 5 because it’s a list.
      *Idea*(Hint: 2 different rules apply here.)
3.  JoDe, a New Horizons Academy, student finished her assignments before she ate.
      Rule: 6
4.  The scruffy, black dog ate Professor Moriarty's i-pod that he just bought.
      Rules: 3, 4c
        *Idea*(Hint: 2 different rules apply here.)
5.  The tall army sergeant was decapitated when he entered the helicopter.
      Rule: 1
6.  Please, put the plate smeared with Sherry’s birthday cake into the dishwasher, before it draws flies.
      Rule: 8.
7 & 8.  Tripping over his old blue rocking chair, Everton spilled his drink.  Nevertheless, he rose with dignity.
      Rules: 1, 3, 6, 7
        *Idea*(Hint: 4 different rules apply here.)
9.  Dagnabit, Jessica dropped her novella on my foot, and the weight of the pages broke my toe.
      Rules: 1, 8
        *Idea*(Hint: 2 different rules apply here.)
10.  Winnie‘s brother, who taught High School English for thirty years, refuses to help her grade these comma assignments.
      Rule: 4a
        *Idea*(Hint: Winnie has more than one brother.)

 What else should I add? Of course, I will be posting more as I come up with lessons for feedback.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I finished some tribute pieces. I'm debating sending the first one to the group in the McAndrews' honor, I don't want to come off weird. I know I shouldn't worry, but I really don't want to get deleted from the group. The counselor I saw last week and this book I checked out from the library all said that should be farthest from my mind -- I should be getting my feelings out. I am going to post it to my portfolio and it will be part of my poetry garden, except this will be a memorial garden. I will be posting different flower options and part of the first scrapbook page I have almost finished (debating putting the letter I just wrote in... that will be the 2nd thing I post, please let me know).

The warm September sun shone down upon us. We were supposed to be quiet-- but to hell with quiet -- the loud bell in the background surprisingly didn't drone out our conversations.

"I thought that was the prison bell," I say to the guy that sat next to me in business. He was cute -- brown shaggy hair, big brown eyes, just a doll.

"Oh no," he laughs, "it's just a fire drill."

I think then at that moment, in September 2004, I introduced myself to James McAndrew or Zach walked over, being Jim's friend and introduced us. Given me being a shy fifteen year old, it was Zach that introduced us.

"So," I say to Zach during one of the many down periods we had in World Cultures, "I see you talk to that guy that sits next to me, whom Ms. Landis calls James--"
"Oh, Jim McAndrews! He's a good buddy of mine," Zach exclaims.
"You have to introduce me to him," I reply a little meekly.
"But, don't you sit next to him in our business class?"
"Yeah, but I don't just want to start a conversation without an introduction, I'm too shy for that."
I'm sure someone in that conversation it came out I had a crush on him, and Zach probably poked fun at me for this crush, but deep down I knew he approved (looking back, after my two boyfriends. Jim was a very good choice to have an interest in). Zach did introduce me to Jim, my introduction a little awkward, but Zach helped me out with conversation after Ms. Landis gave her lesson for the day. It was at that moment that I realized I liked talking to Jim and he was someone I wanted to talk with and be friends with for a long while.

"I'm glad you pointed this out Jess, but you don't have enough credits for this term. We're going to have to play around with your schedule," Miss Brower, my counselor had said to me as I sat in her cold office two weeks after the start of school.
"Okay," I respond, though I love most of my classes, especially being with Jim in business.
"Well, I'm going to pull you out of Ms. Landis's business class."

I was so sad to leave Jim behind, but I kept in touch with him even in the days before MySpace and Facebook. After March 2005 when I created my MySpace, he was one of the first friends I added and I always enjoyed the pictures of the beach he had and it always cheered me up.
I am lucky to say I was acquaintances with Jim. Always cheerful, he could always cheer me up when I was feeling depressed. I'd like to think that Jim was one of the anonymous people that went to the mental health professionals when I was feeling suicidal in early 2006 with concern. Jim was the type of person that had a big heart and was always helping people out.
I always loved talking politics and social policy with Jim. Whatever links he would post via Facebook, I always enjoyed reading and learning from them. Jim (and my other friend of the same name) were pivotal in my move from being a democrat to a libertarian.

When I started college and started dating those two boys (but they didn't last long, I had no feelings for them), I stopped talking to Jim for a while until I met KJ at school and we were talking on the bus in October 2009.
"I went to Upper Merion," I say to KJ probably half asleep as it was 7:30 in the morning.
"Oh! You did?! Do you know Jim McAndrew?"
"Yeah, I know him well and I had a crush on him. I guess I still do though I just got out of a bad relationship."
"You should text him and say something about a secret admirer. Here's his number."
I punch in his number and type out a text message: "Hi Jim! This is your secret admirer. You're really awesome." After I sent it, I couldn't believe I had the courage to send it, but knew at that moment I couldn't pursue; my ex was schitzophrenic, heard voices and threatened to kill people in the past by stabbing them to death -- I didn't want to put Jim in danger.

He never did figure out who the secret admirer was and when I was out of danger, I was too shy and scared to tell him how fond I was of him and felt that way since that sunny September day in 2004. I will never forget that 17 year old young man with the cheerful crooked smile, his brown shaggy hair that was always covered by a hat and his sunny personality that entranced a shy 15-year old and welcomed her into his refuge from a cruel landscape of a high school world.

The letter:

Dear Jim,
I feel like there is so much left unsaid between us. First off, I would like to apologize about the argument we had a few months ago. I know you're chiding me from your resting place that I was always too fearful and that you have forgiven me a while ago. I also know that I sounded so hard headed that night, but I now realize that I am more conservative than liberal. Also, at your suggestion I am going to change doctors ASAP -- you're right, something is amiss with my health, but I am non-sexual and I don't want to change that.
Secondly, I love you. I guess I always have, but never really acted on it in fear of being rejected. You were always one of a kind and treated everyone with respect. You always knew how to take care of people. Looking back, I wish I took the chance of telling you how I felt while you were still here on Earth. I was telling my grandma about this, she asked if you felt the same, but I shrugged and said, "Didn't know, never told him, but I don't know." You were always good to me when we talked, so you did respect me.
I know we can't go back, even though I know things would have turned out for the better if I talked more about feelings and we talked more when I started college. But, what's done is done. However, Jim, you have taught me a valuable lesson. I guess I'm starting to like someone new though I'm still really confused about it, but instead of running like I did with you, I'm going to talk to him more and if things work out, tell him my feelings.
I want to thank you for being a friend of mine. I will never forget you and the mark you have left in my life. I miss and love you. ~Jessica

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New York, New York!

I will post more tomorrow, especially some tributes I wrote. I'm just exhausted.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

There is a season, turn, turn, turn

Kj called and he couldn't get the car for the viewing, so we're going to be doing something else instead for Jim's memory. I was in Lancaster today and bought some stickers and papers for the memorial page. The one sticker I bought had this poem:

The gift of healing
is an ever-changing journey.
The path is sometimes smooth,
the road is something rough.

But always, the journey is
a beautiful tapestry
woven of yesterday's memories
and tomorrow's dreams.

The gift of healing
is an ever-changing journey
with threads of faith and courage
intertwined among
the gentle colours of hope.

And though the road is sometimes long,
and our hearts sometimes grow weary,
there is joy in the knowledge
that we are walking ever closer
to the healing gift
of peace

Jim's ex-girlfriend and best friend (whom I knew before, we went to camp together) added me back on Facebook. She posted a Beatle's song "Yesterday" and the poem sort of reminds me of that song:
All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
I'm not half the man I used to be,
There's a shadow hanging over me, 
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

I extended my condolences and told her about the project and invited her to help me with it. I hope it didn't sound odd. After Jim's aunt deleted me, I've just sort of been paranoid about what I say. I guess grief has gotten the best of all of us. I'm still crying. But, as Kj keeps telling me, we should think of what Jim wanted for us. I know he would want us celebrating life and making the best of each day (in fact, in honor of him, I'm changing my doctor to see what's up with my health as I gained a lot of weight and my meds stopped walking). Yet, it is still hard nonetheless. My one friend suggested I ought to see my psychologist again. 
When I was scrapbook shopping, I saw the verse of Ecclesiastes but I knew James wasn't religious (he was an atheist) and I wasn't sure how it would sit. 
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

For me, it;s a good mourning verse, though I like Psalm 23 better:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [2] my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

I was watching God, The Devil and Bob tonight and the episode really spoke to me. Bob's father died and they never got along, but before he died Bob told his father to burn in hell. After Bob left the room, his father died. He felt really guilty and at the end, God brought down his spirit from Heaven, they said their apologies and Bob finally said goodbye. Although, it was a cartoon, I feel like this is what I'm doing with Jim... he is with me in spirit, knows how sorry I am and he has forgiven me. Jim lives within us.

I am sorry about my rambling. Night night.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Memorial Page

Today I spent the day working on assignments and making copies from Emily's yearbooks from her 4th grade year (1998) and her senior year (2006). I'm compiling pictures for the memorial page for James I am making for my scrapbook/yearbook. A lot of people liked the poem I wrote, but as Dr. Ni said it's very personal and this is going to take time. I'm going to work on another little piece tomorrow after my English midterm is done. Some of my friends are helping me with this memorial page to help with their mourning too. The memorial is on Sunday and I think I'm going with KJ. I hope I get to go. I really do. I want to say goodbye.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Really, really need feedback

Good evening all,

I'm still feeling really bummed out. I'm just still so shocked. I don't know how I feel about it, there's just so many things going through my head. Please leave me your opinion.

Untouched memories at a stand still,
The rain violently falls, beating the window,
Lost in confusion, the birds perch on the sill—
How could this be, it can’t be?
A friend request sent, it’ll be returned,
This is just a bad dream, I didn’t see
His happy face, a high school graduate,
Happy family, unstained by mental illness.
The news is wrong, it isn’t too late
For this beautiful family and amends—
“It’s just a shame,” the woman sobs,
“they were such a nice family,” a neighbor tends
to our good memories, pictures for the world to see;
“a horror, gruesome scene, it made me sick,”
the thunder roars in the background, it can’t be—
he was my friend! Oh my God! Screams
shake the house, emptied by rage and sobs;
the rain on the streets floods and teems,
this isn’t a horrible dream—
my request will sit forever untouched,
the virtual papyrus unread it seems;
I wish I had apologized earlier,
My regrets and condolences,
Mourning the absence of smiles and curls,
Our chats about music, once carefree—
The orange Myspace man of our high school days,
The pictures of summers by the sea,
Random pokes and memories gone.
But, I know you’re somewhere beautiful,
Resting peacefully with a joyous song,
And forgiving me, healing all our pain,
You’ll be missed here on Earth;
Nothing lasts forever, especially cold Winter rain.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

In Shock

I am still stunned about this. I feel so bad, he deleted me off of here (I realized tonight), but the last I talked to him, 6 months ago, we got into a huge fight. I guess that's when he deleted me. :( I am still sick to my stomach and I still feel so surreal... like this hasn't happened. I requested him again after I heard, I dunno why. The only reason we watched the news tonight was because of the headline, "MURDER IN UPPER MERION", then I saw the picture and was "OH MY GOD!"

I'm going to write something, I'll post a little later. I have to write a philosophy essay on the problems of evil and God, and I know I won't be able to submit what I'm going to write, but I will post here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Peace washes over...

And peace washes over me. As I meditate, I write more...

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