Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

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Thankful Thursday
A Dog’s Purpose (according to a 6 year old)

A Dog’s Purpose (according to a 6 year old)

A Dog’s Purpose?
(according to a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…

~ Source: Ultima National Resources, LLC

Wake Up Project's photo.
No Privacy

No Privacy

Our Privacy Delusions indicates that we believe that our personal security and monitoring of internet information is enough.  However, teh sites that we engage with own our data.

Twitter – Good information and sources can be found through government offices and reputable news sources but most people use it for social information and that is how false rumors go viral.

Europe is doing a better job with privacy policies than the US.

Be careful what you “like” on Facebook, because that is how you are targeted by advertisers.

Cyprus 7

Cyprus 7

Cyprus 7

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Tiered Sources

Tiered Sources

A primary source is the actual data or information about a topic, a secondary source is an analysis of an primary source with additional information or data added.  A primary or secondary source should be used on research papers. Lastly a tertiary source is a summary or overview of data and information from the primary and secondary sources and can be used to gather initial information about a topic but should not be used as a documented source.

Works Cited in Black Tie

Works Cited in Black Tie

A “Works Cited” page has always sounded and looked bland to me.  Especially after writing a lengthy report or essay.  (I haven’t written a research paper yet.)  But with an “Annotated Bibliography, references and sources can be dressed up to reflect their usefulness to a specific topic.

“What is Annotated Bibliography?” is a short video that puts a fun twist on the definition and purpose of writing one.  However, the article from Purdue Owl, outlines it in a more detailed way with examples.

We should all know by now that a bibliography is another title for “references” or “works cited”, also indicated by the OWL, but some may be confused about the “annotated” part.  Annotations are simply notes taken about a source you are using to write a paper.  You know, the notes that are scribbled on scratch paper or “rough draft” so you don’t forget to include the information in your paper and on the “works cited” page.  But to be more specific, these notes should be explanations, evaluations, comparisons, assessments, and objectives of the source in discussion.  Annotation takes the “cite” to another level (dresses it up) by adding a summary and/or an evaluation.

“Why is it Required?”  Based on the work we have been doing in class so far, I can say that we will be “annotating” all of our sources to prepare for our research paper.  This will propel us to do “early research, be selective of our sources and read more critically.” (video)

I believe that writing an annotated bibliography will not only help focus on a research topic but provide critical thinking and research skills that can be used in other classes and on future research papers.

In the future, I may choose to “play dress up” with my sources by annotating, even if it is for my eyes only.


“A” Research Paper

“A” Research Paper

Academic Research & Library has provided several new ways to look at writing any paper for any class.  If applying all of the steps learned, there is no reason not to get an “A” research paper.  We have learned to look for media fallacies and filter bubbles.  You must weave your way through these to find the true information needed.  Subject databases, searching vs. exploration, and sources should be examined for validity.  If all of these options are applied and you avoid plagiarism, you have “A” superb paper.