English 1A – 7pm section (3098)

7:00-7:20pm = Introduction, familiarize with blog site

7:20-7:40pm = Questions about course, instructor, syllabus, assignments, etc.

7:40-8pm = What do you want from English 1A?

8-8:10pm = What would you want a reader to know about your story?  How would you plan on actualizing this through writing, narration?

8:10-8:30pm = How do you force happiness?  Can you?  Can you just write it into actuality?

For tonight’s page – You can and should write whatever you want into a dominant and ceaseless reality.  WRITE your LIFE.

8:30-8:40pm = Questions, Ideas …

8:40-8:50pm = Closing….  How are you going to make this semester whatever you want it to be?

Assignment:  Email me at mmadigan@santarosa.edu.  Tell me a little about yourself, and what you will get from this class.  Not what you want, not what you hope I will “teach”, but what YOU will make happen.

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  1. I don’t believe you can force happiness, Happiness should come within you.Deep within you. Your mind, spirit and soul. I guess you can trick your mind into thinking you have true happiness temporarily but eventually your heart will let you know that your not truly happy deep within.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good thoughts here.

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  2. mikemadigan says:

    What are your thoughts on writing happiness?

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    1. Writing happiness i feel is different, your state of mind is different. It’s you telling your brain that you are in a happy state of mind so that you can put it on paper.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Interesting.. You having a conversation with your own thinking, trying to convince it of something.

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  3. renvs says:

    I don’t think happiness can be forced. Life is like that at times and writing will reflect that. Sometimes things need to be dark and gloomy before happiness can form. Even in writing. Not everything needs to be happy. After all writing is an extension of your thoughts and feelings and for some, happiness comes and goes. That’s not a bad thing. It’s okay to be sad and write sadly. It’s what you feel and experience that determine what your writing will be. Forcing happiness is difficult and hard to force happiness to words, it will never feel right.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      You mean genuine?

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      1. renvs says:

        Yes!

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    2. beysaira abundiz says:

      Agree

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  4. haleywalsh24 says:

    I would like a reader to know about my values and why I am the way I am. To actualize that through writing I would have to talk about my past and how far I have come from it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good that you’re thinking about your readers in that way.

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  5. Kaylin Romo says:

    8-8:10
    What I would want my reader to know about my story, is that it is still a work in progress and that there is no happy ending to it quite yet and there might not be one for a while. I’m still learning and I definitely know there are many lessons to come that I know that I will not understand at first but will realize that in order for me to become who I am meant to be, I will have to go through what is meant for me to experience.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Lessons give way to more character, and more narrative!

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  6. If I wanted anyone to learn anything from me it would be to not take life so serious. Enjoy the moment and more importantant plan for your fun not just your day. If you can’t have fun in the moment, day, or life what is it all for? So next time when you are hemming and hawing, just do it.

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  7. How do I force happiness? And if I can?
    I mean I try to keep the negativity out of my life and always try to make a joke out anything and everything possible. Can I write it into actuality? I don’t know if I can but I hope through class I can try.

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  8. LuisV123 says:

    I don’t believe you can force happiness. You can mask everything, even put up a facade, but subconsciously you will feel sadness, despair, or anger. However, expressing your feelings whether it’s writing, art, or music would help significantly.

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  9. Quince Wu says:

    I would like the reader to know my thoughts about climate change.

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    1. juliakreed9 says:

      Climate change is a hoax and Epstein’s still alive

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Hey guys… let’s just talk writing and address the prompts please, thanks.

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  10. I have all these thoughts in my head, but the idea of putting them to paper is scary!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Don;t be scared of you own words. Forget formality… just write freely at first. You can polish later.

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    2. renvs says:

      Sometimes the scariest things can be exhilarating! Don’t worry about what you’re writing! Everything will come to you! It’s the baby steps that matter! You just need that first step! Write it down whatever it may be!

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  11. juliakreed9 says:

    8:10-8:30pm = How do you force happiness? Can you? Can you just write it into actuality?

    I’m not sure if you can “force” happiness. I truly believe that happiness is from your inner self. As much as someone might think things or people or objects or whatever gives them happiness, it’s not true. True genuine happiness comes from deep inside you when you are happy with yourself and your life.. and if you’re not… then YOU have to change that.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. haleywalsh24 says:

    I do not believe happiness can be forced, but that being said you can force yourself to do things that make you happy. I believe you write your own story everyday, you can overcome what life throws at you and not let negative aspects of it define you.

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  13. Quince Wu says:

    I think that happiness can be forced when you “force” yourself to think in a positive way.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Nice… I agree.

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    2. Not just think but also act in a positive way.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Can you please change your profile to display your real name, so I can give you credit for your participation, Monkey JumperZ? Thanks..

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  14. noahfruge says:

    I feel you cannot force happiness onto someone else. Momentarily yes but I believe the only person that can truly keep you happy is yourself. I also think you can force happiness into yourself because you choose the way you react and handle any situation. The trait that i believe keeps some people from being able to stay happy with themselves is lack of metal toughness and self control to be able to recognize the situation they are in and react maturely.

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  15. I think you can not force happiness. No matter what good happens in your life, if you feel kinda empty inside you can not force yourself to truly feel the happiness.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Happiness and truth live in the same idea state..

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      1. That is very true, but I believe you can be true to yourself and still have that state of mind.

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  16. kennymartinezromero says:

    For my story, I would want the reader know that persistence and determination are necessary traits a person needs in order to accomplish a goal. To actualize this through writing I would give examples to the reader about difficult situations I had to go through and how I overcame them.

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  17. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    I don’t believe you can force happiness. You feel the way you feel but as I said earlier you can change the environment around you and that can bring you happiness. I think it’s important to look for what makes you happy but it is also good to be sad every now and then, this way you actually know you’re alive and it makes the happy times so much more memorable. I believe writing it into existence in a literal way is not possible but if you write down what you want in a journal every day, you are reminding yourself of that and you can begin to make the necessary changes in your life to bring you that peace.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      You can force new attitude from yourself though, and that can bring about a happier scene, no?

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      1. aalexvillanueva94 says:

        yes i agree

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  18. Kaylin Romo says:

    8:10-8:30
    I definitely feel like happiness can be forced, but I don’t believe it can be forced by just anyone. Some have the mental capacity as well as energy to continuously think “happy thoughts” everyday that put them in a positive head space that generates happiness. I believe patience is also a big factor, because finding happiness can also be a process, that isn’t always the prettiest. It can be a dark and heavy process that many don’t have the patience nor the desire to go through all of that to find happiness. So think it really just depends on the person.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      We’re all different. Very true.

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    2. renvs says:

      Yes it really does! There are times that you can’t just be happy and that’s okay! It’s okay to feel and write sadly! It is a way to let those emotions out to try and make room for the happier times. It takes time yes, lots of time. It’s like an endless rollercoaster, with its peaks and valleys. Sometimes you need time to get out of that valley to reach your peak!

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  19. kennymartinezromero says:

    To forcefully have someone feel “happiness” I think is possible, if the person feeds themselves positive thoughts. Also, not letting negative emotions overcome them and constantly moving forward.

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  20. claudia alvarez says:

    Forcing happiness can be hard but I am a strong believer that things happen for a reason and that brings me peace in times I feel unhappy.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Love this attitude. Life is far too brief to not let yourself be happy. And at peace.

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  21. mikemadigan says:

    Okay y’all… let’s open the floor. What questions, ideas, thoughts are circling in your minds and sights?

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  22. beysaira abundiz says:

    8:30
    I am a little confused with this website but hopefully, I learned how to work it out!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Just be patient and take your time, you’ll get it. Refresh your page often, that helps..

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  23. ronald zaldivar says:

    I don’t think you can force happiness but on a different topic i truly believe you can buy happiness.

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  24. renvs says:

    My thought at this time: I think everyone has the capacity to be a strong writer and I cannot wait to read and get to know everyone and learn from them.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Me as well. Thank you for the positive words!!

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    2. LuisV123 says:

      I believe that you may be one of those strong writers you are talking about.

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  25. mikemadigan says:

    Remember to email me the assignment!!! I will follow up with an email, to this first meeting. You all did great tonight!!! Thank you all so much!!!

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  26. LuisV123 says:

    When is it due?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Before next class.

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  27. kennymartinezromero says:

    Communicating with each other in this format was… a bit different. I was constantly refreshing to the page to stay updated, but it’s not a big deal.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Exactly. WordPress is extremely easy. When you think about it too much it becomes difficult. I appreciate your post here, thank you.

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  28. jihmai says:

    I would want the reader to know and feel the emotions , plot twist , as well as imagination and a good sense of humor.

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  29. I have always been fascinated by how well Authors describe inanimate objects and make them feel real to myself. How do you get better at writing in that way?

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    1. renvs says:

      I think it comes with the practice. Writing all your thoughts without worry helps or even of what is right in front of you! Finding new ways to say a word, describe a color or the appearance of something even if it sounds silly at times. You learn new words or phrases to make it vibrant! It’s in the time and practice, but also in realizing that everything can be described colorfully and creatively! That’s how I see it!

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  30. noahfruge says:

    At first I was very confused on how this was all going to work but even in the past hour that we have been doing it, it has become much easier

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good!!!! Enjoy yourself, that is crucial.

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  31. mikemadigan says:

    Alright y’all.. That’s all I got on this first night. Enjoy your evening, and look for an email from me tomorrow!! Feel free to stay on the blog and interact and post as much as you want. Practice with this blog will make it easier. And yes, it’s a lot of work. But you know what, GOOD. Anything worth reading, writing, creating should be a challenge. Looking forward to a great semester. Bonne nuit!!!!!

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    1. claudia alvarez says:

      I really enjoyed this! Thank you, Professor Mikey, I look forward to hearing from you again. Have a good one.

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    2. beysaira abundiz says:

      Thank you !

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  32. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    will the assignment need to be typed and submitted through a pdf? or do we just type it all through the email?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Pdf is fine, or in the body of the email.

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  33. I just changed it so hopefully it takes.

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  34. beysaira abundiz says:

    8:40
    I will be on time on the zoom class. I will do all my homework and read my textbooks and turned them in on time!

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  35. Kaylin Romo says:

    I’m going to make this semester whatever I want it to be by taking it day by day and going into everything with a positive attitude. I feel like everything is how you make it out to be in your head. If classes begin to get difficult and start to feel like the rest of the semester is not going to be fun, then it won’t. Same if you were to think the other way around! Definitely easier said than done considering how easy it is to get overwhelmed and frustrated, but it’s all part of the learning process and it’s the complicated and the difficult that makes it all more challenging and interesting!

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  36. My Screen is still showing up MonkeyJumperz does my name show on yours?

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  37. In case it doesn’t my name is Michael Pearson.

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  38. ethonn says:

    You can always try and force happiness which I agree can work sometimes, but I mean whatever comes that can bring you down, you only heal from the pain. Not saying you should just accept however you’re feeling, but maybe look and see what you can do to move forward and eventually you’ll find happiness, and finding happiness instead of forcing it, is much more of a relief. Live and learn

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  39. renvs says:

    I’m going to make this semester fun for me! I know I will stumble here and there, but as long as I have fun and do the work, I think my writing will get better! I think that’s about it tonight! I hope everyone has a good night!

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  40. ronald zaldivar says:

    I will make this semester what i want it to be by giving as much effort to the classes as i can and making sure i complete everything i can to make sure i pass the class.

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  41. Gabriel Serrano says:

    I want this semester to be special, not because of the online format we are taking classes, but my commitment for the classes in order to learn and get a step closer to my goals. I want the to be the semester that I can, I can adapt to whatever situation we are and still get trough it like nothing.

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  42. jihmai says:

    I have to say that we can’t force happiness and me myself and others can’t force someone to be happy But we can certainly try but we have to know that it wont always work.

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  43. ethonn says:

    I’m going to make the semester a great one, because even through hard times like these you just have to keep moving forward. If you want to be happy and make the most of it, then be happy. Nothing is holding you back from anything, just yourself. In the beginning of this whole corona thing I was super stressed, but then over time I realized there’s really no reason to worry. Just stay safe and find things that make you happy. Adapting to school this semester might be a little tricky at first, but I’m totally looking forward to it. It’s something different and we need to step out of our comfort zone sometimes.

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  44. Thanks for all the help, looking forward to this class and this semester!

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  45. Are there any plans to do zoom classes or just text based?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      All text-based, right here. I will have office hours through Zoom in the weeks to come.

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