Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The one snapshot that I am revising and polishing is snapshot 4 about how music has a impact on for you.


Extra Credit. Kayla Frea.

I rewrote snapshot 4. It was about music. I recorded and edited this video. This video was weird to film because I was talking to no one but the camera. This was also my favorite snapshot to write because I love the music industry. Video  This is my video. I loved working with this video and making it my own.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

J11-Pernale Blake

Journal 11: Close reading and sharing by Pernale Blake

1.) Observations- A few things I noticed about this profile is how passionate Reverend A. L. Durst is about speaking. He started his career in 1929 announcing baseball games for the Negro Leagues in Austin, Texas. And now currently is an active minister at the Olivet Baptist Church. In the photo on page 178 I noticed how happy Reverend is about what he has accomplished throughout his lifetime. The photo on “The Rev. Lavada Durst, a.k.a. Dr. Hepcat” a Disc Jockey (Retired) from Austin, Texas he is holding a book written about himself. Obviously very proud of himself as he holds up his book with confidence. The right resembles the book he is praising in the photo in the book “Holding On”.

2.) Connection- This story about Reverend reminds me of myself. He is extremely passionate about announcing things whether it's a sport, or a simple verse at church. It reminds me of myself because I am also extremely passionate about football. In fact I am managing my entire major and college expectations around it. Just like Reverend I will have to sacrifice decades upon decades of effort in order to reach my goal.

3. Questions-I just didn't understand why he would stick to something, when you can't even walk down the street because people are harassing you. I don't know it just doesn't seem worth it to me.

4.)Research or Vocabulary- A theme i noticed while reading the profile is the hardships of making it as an African American dreamer. And the sacrifice and passion it takes in order to fulfill a lifelong dream, and childhood fantasy.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Journal 11 Zach Wiseman

The observations that I saw in the profile of Dan Barlow, the former mayor of Colorado City, was how he gave a back story of the history of his religious beliefs and what he is a part of. Dan is a fundamentalist Mormon which is the practice of polygamy and when he was a young man it was all almost taken away from him. In his profile picture he is looking through a window wearing nice cloths with a smile on his face. Not looking like any sort of a treat, just a typical elderly man. I believe the picture represents that he is considered like and outsider for what he believes in. When the Arizona police raided Short Creek and arrested the community; with no retaliation, " The law will take care of us, and the lord will preserve us".

The connection to the this and todays world is the same as it was today the Mormon culture is still frowned upon and still faces religious persecutions along with the rising dislike of Islamic culture. Just like in Barlow's story the police who should be considered our protectors today the police force are considered in some communities.

 The questions that I had after reading the profile are , Did things go back to normal after the raid?, Is the Mormon culture present in any other parts of the United states or the  rest of the world? Do police still profile the people of the Short Creek?

Here are some vocabulary words that will help anyone in reaching the topic of the religion Dan Barlow, with a link as well .

.Fundamental Mormonism

. The Mormon manifesto  


Journal 11: Matt Kennedy

OBSERVATION: Matt's family was not from the United States, but they all immigrated to the united states. Matt was a director and coney island chamber of commerce. He is in charge of businesses in Coney Island. The photo of Matt is the the cyclone. what is the cyclone and i looked it up on why its such a big thing it said "Coney Island History Comes Alive on the Cyclone Roller Coaster!The Mother of American roller coaster culture and the “Big Momma” of Coney Island, the Cyclone tops everyone’s list of things to do in New York City. Get ready to shake, rattle, rumble and roll over 2,640 feet of track featuring 12 drops and 27 elevation changes that still has the stuff to take your breath away. Slowly rise to panoramic heights and grip the bar tight as you go over the ledge on an exhilarating 85-foot, 60-degree plunge at speeds of 60 mph. It’s an all-time classic amusement park ride that’s kept coaster lovers coming back since the Cyclone roller coaster first debuted on June 26, 1927." (also goes in my research), but you can see  that Kennedy means well in aspect he wants the best for Coney Island. Brooklyn New York

CONNECTION: Matt seems very family oriented. Matt spent a lot of time with his grandparents as do I. Do to the fact my family is all super close. My Grandparents and I are very close like Matt and his grandma are. 

WHAT QUESTION: In the story about Matt and how its only two pages i don't really have any questions. but what made him get into his job.

the question I had was what is czar is Czar is a Russian word for ruler or emperor. Those kinds of czars are long gone, but we still use the word to describe people in charge of something important. Up until the early 20th century, the ruler in Russia was a man called a czar who had total power, like an emperor or dictator. 

Journal 11. Kayla Frea.

Joe Franklin
The profile Joe Franklin is about a man who is a talk show host. He never wants to let people down or tell them no.  The way that this profile was composed was not like the rest. There was a little part in the beginning that told a little bit about the subject. Franklin always had people calling into his studio with the next best thing. He never wanted to let the caller get hurt so he would never say no to someone he would just hang up and let their minds make up reasons why he was not on the line anymore. The profile has examples of the recording. These samples give the reader an idea of the conversations between the dreamer and himself. His picture is him surrounded by tape and papers. This shows the many ideas people have brought to him over the years and none of them are thrown away as bad ideas they just do not make the cut at the time.
This profile shows how hard work can end in a great job. Franklin started off as a record picker and moved up in the production business. This is connected to our time because everyone has to start somewhere in their careers and move to where they want to be in their dream job. He also is supportive of his callers even if he does not use their ideas he does not crush their dreams just keeps them hoping. This story can help us today because everyone is a dreamer and can get to where they want to be in life. It is just how they get there. No one needs to have their dreams crushed because someone cannot take them at the moment.
A question that I had while reading this was did my parents or grandparents watch this when they were my age or older?
I just researched the show itself and watched some clips. I also learned that Joe Franklin passed away earlier this year at the age 88. He was not just a talk show host he was also in different movies. Movies such as Ghoul School and Ghostbusters. He has been written about many times in newspapers. Franklin interviewed over 300,000+ guests on his show.
This is a poster from his talk show promoting it.

Journal 11 by Daniel Scheiderer

One thing that stood out to me during this profile of Van Calvin is the very first picture that they show of her. The picture is of her with a straight face sitting with a bunch of mannequins, this photograph is very very disturbing in my opinion and is kinda scary, well mannequins are scare me anyways. Something that stood out to me while reading the interview is that when she would answer something her sone Mikel would have to correct her almost every time and that really stands out with her having three strokes in her past and her forgetting a lot of her memory. I really never heard about a mannequin repair, i mean i kinda though they existed i just never really heard of one or seen one. IN present day i don't think that this would last very long because even though stores use them its not as popular as it was, and having a small business like this doesn't help the cause. A question that came to my mind during the profile is that like what really made her think about coming a mannequin repair person, like that is just a weird occupation and not a normal business to open. something i looked up is how many mannequin repair shops are in the state of Ohio and i found that there is 28 of them across the state.

Journal 11 : Morgan Kiehl

     For Journal 11, I chose the profile of a wildly artistic women by the name of Evangeline "Van" Calvin.  Calvin withheld the title of a Mannequin restorer.  When I began to read Calvin's profile, I was greeted by a rather different photo on the front page of her profile in David Isay's and Harvey Wang's novel.  The photo is that of Calvin surrounded by the carefully painted faces of her  Mannequins, while Calvin's mannequins wear expressive faces, Calvin's face wears a blank stare into the camera.  I thought of this photo as rather ironic, due to the fact that Calvin painted such emotion onto the faces of her mannequins, but her herself wears a blank stare.  I believe the emotion displayed in the photo of Calvin is important because it shows how much she is possibly drained from the dedication to painting the faces on her mannequins.  A second observation I made while reading Calvin's profile was the uniqueness of her art form.  I myself have never heard or seen of people that take ahold of the art form of painting mannequins.  My final observation rather humored me while reading this profile.  One of the very first quotes from Calvin is " My name is Evangeline Maude Calvin. I am ninety. No I'm not ninety yet. I'm eighty."  I think this quote showed another important personality trait from Calvin, I sensed a lot of humor and wit coming from Calvin when I read this quote.

     More often that not, young people with aspirations to pursue dreams within less that reliable fields of work, tend to be shot down and told that they should find work with better job security or better benefits. Often, Leaving behind unfinished dreams in search for a job that will bring in a reliable paycheck.  I connected Calvin's profile to a lot of young people today with those big dreams.  I believe Calvin shows us that no matter how eccentric your passion may be, if you work hard, the key being you have to work really hard, that your dreams can become your career.

     Some questions that I had while reading this profile would be, how does Calvin work with such a steady hand while in her eighty's or ninety's? . Another questions I thought of while reading the profile was, how did you sell your first mannequin ? Was it easy to sell ? Did you always have a plan to eventually make this talent pay your bills?

Theme-  Generational Talent

     Calvin's mother was also a very talented artist

Journal 11: Bill Seward From Tristen Stover.

This is Bill Seward.
He is the owner of the Jersey Lilly Bar and Café.
He lives in Ingomar, Montana.

1. Observations: I would like to share three things that I noticed about Bill Seward's profile and the way that it has been composed. The first observation I would like to talk about is the picture that has been used in this profile. The picture is at the top of this page and it is Bill looking around a big wooden door with a cute little smile on his face. He also has one of his hands in his pockets and just look's so innocent. This observation is important because it is one out of the two pictures that is used in this profile and this picture is the only picture of Bill. The picture of Bill is a wonderful visual aid. The other picture is a picture of the Jersey Lilly Bar and Café. The second observation that I would like to share is that I noticed that Bill wrote the profile himself. Bill was the one who was explaining everything. No one else. This observation is important because as soon as you start to read the profile you realize that it is Bill writing the profile himself and because of that, everything is explained very well to the readers and helps us understand everything clearly. The last observation that I would like to share is how Bill's profile uses incorrect past and present tense. For example, a lot of sentences uses the word come but it really should be came. "My dad, he come up here as a young fellow from Texas, and he met my mother here- she come with her folks from Michigan as homesteaders" (Pg. 182). As you can see, Bill talks as if he is an old timer. His use of the English language is not very proper.

2. Connection to today's world:  We can connect this story to today's world because to this day you can still go to old cafes. If you happen to go to an old café though you will notice that you can see that the café has been open for many of years and is very old and small just like Jersey Lilly's Bar and Café. You will also notice that at little old cafes they will have one item that they specialize in. For example, at Jersey Lilly's Bar and Café there beans were there special item. On the other hand, I can relate this story to my own experience because throughout the years I have gone to many different places like Florida, and when I have been down there on vacation we have gone to many different little bars and cafes. They were very neat that is for sure! This story might help us today because it will teach us how little things in life can mean a lot to someone no matter what it is.

3. Question:  One question that had came up as I was reading through the profile was why did Bill not have a birth certificate when he was born?

4. Research or Vocabulary: A vocabulary word that I think will help everyone understand Bill's profile is the word perturbed. The definition of perturbed is, to disturb or to have a lack of calmness, peace or ease. It also means to have anxiety and uneasiness. That word will help us understand Bill's profile because that is how the old gentlemen meaning Bill's dad felt. "That made the old gentlemen a little bit perturbed" (Pg. 183).

Journal 11; Mike Gashwazra, by yours truely Tim The Legend Davis

     This is Mike Gashwazra. He was 88 years old when this picture was taken. He is the oldest person in the oldest town in America, Hopi Village. This historical village is located in Arizona. This picture to me says so much. It shows an experienced and very wise man in thought about what is to come in the future, good or bad. Sadly for him most likely it's bad. He looks like a man with a story or a handful of stories, a man with a lot of life's wear and tear. This is important because being a religious leader in his community or any leader for that matter, means that experience and wisdom are very important factors. For people to look up to you and respect you as an elder and a leader, a leader needs to understand why something is or isn't right. In this case electricity and running water aren't as important to him as tradition and heritage.              
     Gashwazra and other traditional members of the Old Oraibi Native Americans have been fighting to keep electricity and running water out of the village. Praying to the rain gods worked just fine and is how they get water if they need it, he says. This conflict has been going on since 1906 and has even caused a split community. If they use running water then the rain gods won't send them any water any more. The traditionalists don't want anything to do with the ways of the "bahanna", another word for the white man. 
     To be able to connect Mike Gashwazra's story to today's world it is quite simple. Today we have lost touch with our history and our traditions. It is so easy to just get caught up in the advancements of our generations that we forget where we came from and why we did those things. I strongly believe that we could learn a lot of things from Mike Gashwazra and people like him that hold true and strong to their heritage, history, and tradition. 
      One question that kept crossing my mind as I proceeded to read this profile was that I wondered if there is any other places like this community struggling with similar conflicts? Also I wonder if there is another member of Mike's community that will fight this strongly for this traditional cause after Mike passes?
     A word I looked up was "mesa" and it is an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides found in landscapes with horizontal strata. Also I was wondering what religion they followed and I found that it's called "Maasaw". Meaning to be mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, and to be one who adheres to the Hopi way.

Journal 11: Fred Bloodgood From Lexia Wilson

The profile on Fred Bloodgood starts out in the voice of Isay. In the paragraph in Isay's voice he is giving some background information Fred Bloodgood. Then it goes Fred's voice and he talks about how it decided that he wanted to be a side-show talker at the circus. This is an important aspect of this profile because it lets you know what kind of job he had before the circus and what he really enjoyed doing. In the one and only picture in this profile Fred Bloodgood is holding up his "Doc Bloodgood's Miracle Tonic". This picture is important because if you just look at his eyes you can see that he loved his job. Another thing that I noticed within in this profile is that he gave an example of his side-show. This aspect is also important because it gives you a feel for how exciting it was to be at the circus watching one of his side-shows. 

This story can be connected to today's world because you can still go to the circus today. When you go to the circus you can see many different side-show acts. I can also relate this to myself as well because when I was little I went to a circus that came to Mount Gilead which is a little town about 5 miles away from where I live. This story can help us today because it will teach us to appreciate people of kinds no matter what they do because you might find what they do to be extremely interesting to hear about. 

One question that I came up with was How do you come up with all of these crazy ideas for your acts? His idea for the Neola character was so imaginative. Some vocabulary that I found was the the word kimono; which means a loose, wide-sleeved robe, fastened at the waist with a wide sash, characteristic of Japanese costume. I also did some research and I wanted to know what the Neola character looked like so I looked it up and this is what I got...nothing because she isn't really she is a made up character. Fred dressed up a little man named Shorty and he was the best Neola that he ever had!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Journal 11: Dan Burlow From Paul Winters

Dan Burlow
I really liked the photo of the profile. Out the window with him peeking in has a certain framing effect and it gives the photo a good feel. The feel is a calm and gentle, it looks like he has his hands together so he looks harmless.
Another observation of this profile is that Barlow’s introduction and conclusion is one of the lengthier ones of the book and this is important because it helps put the reader in the the scene so we understand more what is happening. If he just started in that there was going to be a raid on the town we would be lost of motives and also we may have a prejudice against Mormons and the introduction can help release and resolve those thoughts to get us to really understand the profile.
Also this was a rare profile that was on the emotional standpoint that as he is telling the story he is weeping. This is vital for us as we read as we imagine he telling the story and just weeping. It gives a feel for how emotionally impactful the memory is on him.

This story today can help us in realizing that the groups we may stereotype and demonize still are just people and it may just be that we have a perception problem. Our judgement towards them can lead towards retaliation, luckily this group knew to keep their piece and not let the oppressor have a confirmation bias towards them as evil people. When they were met with disgust and hatred they brought peace instead of more hatred towards the oppressor.
Some questions that came up in the profile are how did the police force get the warrants for arrest on all these people? would they need to go to the federal level? if so why were there not read flags that they were taking in whole town and separating families?
Some of the vocab that I marked was fundamentalist Mormon- which is a belief in the validity of selected fundamental aspects of Mormonism. Also the word “vermilion cliffs” was used in the beginning and I was unfamiliar with vermilion. Vermilion is a brilliant red or scarlet pigment originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar, and is also the name of the resulting color. I did not know that and found that interesting in the research.
Something else is I did some research on is the history of the Mormons in the area, there was a conflict called the Utah war in 1857 to 1858 where Utah settlers and Mormons killed each other mostly non mormon civilians were killed. Which can explain why locals can have seeds of hate, their parents or grandparents were likely involved and they people in the raid had strong feelings that would be hard to be talked down when they have been raised on the stories of the killings from the Mormons this can be critical to our understanding as there are two sides of every story and we can’t demonize the oppressors either which in the story it is easy to do as we can see the police as bad here but they each have their reasons but both need eyes of understanding.