English 5 – 2/10/21, Wednesday

5-5:10pm:  How are you?  Tell us some TRUTH from your day…

5:10-5:30pm:  What singular idea are you consistently feeling in Lawson’s work?  Could you write a 3 to 4-page essay on it?  How would you start?

5:30-5:50pm:  Open discussion on happiness… how do we get it.  And more than that, what do you recommend someone do to live in a happy dimension and mind?

5:50-6pm:  Discuss craziness …..  What is it?  Lawson talks about it all the time, but…. What do you think?

6-6:20pm:  From craziness… what’s the opposite?  Is there a difference?  How do we know?

6:20-6:30pm:  Close… what’s on the page?

ASSIGNMENT:  Finish the book by end of next week.  Email me on your reading experience… what you’re thinking, how you’re feeling… informal but honest communication.  Not so much a short response, but participation.  I want to know what’s in your mind while reading and in between your reads.

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  1. lizethmorales49 says:

    i feel like craziness is normal everyone has a bit of it in their personality. i dont look at craziness as a bad thing, i think of it as having fun, being loud and not caring about what other have to say.

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  2. Cory Cochran says:

    I believe everyone is a little “crazy” in their own ways. But in the general definition of crazy we all think of I believe a person is crazy if they choose to not believe in their wrong doings or do not understand societal practices that keep everyone safe. I do not believe in the stigma that being crazy has around it. Lawson pushes this boundary by calling herself crazy in her own book and believing she was for a time, but when I read her book I just think I am reading a comedic book. To me the stigma the word crazy has created needs to be dismantled.

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  3. mikemadigan says:

    Crazy = Present??

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    1. janessagoodwin says:

      Crazy = Living??

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    1. laurabewest says:

      Crazy=rebelling against what society tells us we should be

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  4. mikemadigan says:

    Crazy = Convinced?

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  5. Dominic Betti says:

    When I think crazy I think of people who act like they’re by themselves. When you go out in the world there is a unsaid standard of how to act. I believe people who say F*** the standard are what being crazy is. Living life how they want, not how society deems you should.

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  6. mikemadigan says:

    Crazy = The person calling you or someone else crazy?

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  7. roryhinkle says:

    i refuse to listen to capitalism’s definition of cRaZy because I mean… who doesn’t kind of just want to retreat into the forest for good and lose all sense of wealth, material goods, commercialism??
    Sure the impulse isn’t Thee Norm.

    But I mean it can’t be more nefarious/batshit wild than what some *aggressive air quotes* “NORMAL” people do behind closed doors.

    Anyway I know I’m super mentally ill but I don’t want my worth to be defined by it. I also don’t want it to be a deciding factor in how seriously I’m taken. Frankly it’s none of anyone else’s business and if someone thinks doing shit unconventionally/not in line with post WWII norms makes me *negative connotation* crazyYY then so be it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      I appreciate these thoughts and you and you for writing them. RESPECT.

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    2. roryhinkle says:

      if mentally ill people were approached/treated with dignity it would not be such a radical thing to just be yourself. things would be better for everyone.

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  8. oliver castillo says:

    I think that when people are called crazy they are just being absolutely true to themselves, and that’s what makes people view them as crazy. I sound crazy saying that. I’m going to put more thought into this

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  9. Daisy Guevara says:

    Opposite of crazy: Standard, sturdy sounding, HIGHLY unique. The difference is present in each of our own realities. This is not a black and white theory. However, the truth is expansively out there somewhere. *x-files theme song*

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      OMG Dais…. Awesome until the last sentence.

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      1. Daisy Guevara says:

        FYI, I’ve never even glanced at that show, ever. I just know the song.

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  10. mikemadigan says:

    There is no opposite of crazy for me, as I don’t believe in “crazy”. What you gotta say about THAT??

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    1. Daisy Guevara says:

      Do you believe in madness?

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Hello?? Kerouac?? You know I do..

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  11. selenadiaz7 says:

    the opposite of crazy would be ignorant? 😉
    crazy= being yourself & owning your sh***t
    ignorant: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      What do you think, colleagues?

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    2. janessagoodwin says:

      crazy= being present, aware, open, accepting of yourself and the world
      ignorant= lacking depth, desire to know more or creativity, calls crazy person crazy, leaves toilet seat up

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Yes! On my page for the night, Janessa! Thanks to you!!

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      2. selenadiaz7 says:

        YESSS!

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    3. laurabewest says:

      I get what you are saying…but one can assume both about people, and usually when you call someone ignorant it gets the same reaction as crazy. So i’d say ignorant was more a cousin to crazy…lol

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        I can see that…

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  12. levoneral says:

    The opposite of crazy is a coma. No thoughts or feelings is the opposite of being crazy or expressive. Everyone has to be just a little crazy to be alive.

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  13. TiffanyFayed says:

    I think crazy could be anything it really depends on a person so there is no opposite of crazy

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  14. mikemadigan says:

    FTP: See more in people. Those you read, and those around you. Seeing and having thoughts is NOT the same as judging.

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  15. Dominic Betti says:

    The opposite of crazy for me is boredom. Life is crazy and unpredictable. If it wasn’t then we would just be movie with a set ending. And that would be pretty boring.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      I like how you wrote that!

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  16. Morelia Gaspar says:

    i don’t really think there is an opposite because i think crazy is just part of us as an emotion so there cant really be an opposite besides “normal” as people would say but is it really an opposite. i don’t think so because there is no such thing as normal, because is crazy even a real thing?

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  17. mikemadigan says:

    Free… much prefer that to “crazy”..

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    1. Dominic Betti says:

      I disagree. I like the term of crazy. It makes me believe I can do anything I want rather than the ability to do something.

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    2. Daisy Guevara says:

      No. MAD. Mad to live. (That’s the paprika seasoning I was talking about earlier.) It’s the element to what you do with that freedom.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Desirous of everything at once…

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  18. laurabewest says:

    opposite of crazy. predictable

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    1. laurabewest says:

      or decided. lack of spontaneity

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  19. adamseaifan says:

    I guess the opposite of craziness would be calmness because if someone is crazy they tend to be full of energy they cant sit down and stay calm. So the opposite of crazy must then be calm.

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  20. essafayed says:

    The opposite of craziness i guess would be “sane”

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  21. oliver castillo says:

    The opposite of crazy is being normal, living a normal life with no meaning, dreams, or action

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  22. Cory Cochran says:

    To me there is a difference in being actually crazy and societies definition of what crazy is. I choose not to believe in societies definition of craziness because I feel it is too judgmental. To me everyone is a little crazy, everyone has their own little quirks that make us who we are. Societies definition of crazy to me puts everyone who doesn’t act the exact same as others into a box and labels them as “crazy”. When in reality everyone just has their own little quirks because are all human. My definition of crazy is someone who puts harm onto others knowingly in any way shape or form.

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  23. opposite of crazy is unhappy

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  24. Paul Poulter says:

    Opposite of crazy is simplistic

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  25. Lily Backus says:

    I think the opposite of crazy can be many things. It can be stable, or mentally healthy, or even just boring and average, depending on how you define crazy. The only difference is perspective. I may seem crazy wearing an all black outfit paired with 7 inch platform boots to some random lady at safeway. That same lady might seem even crazier to me when I watch her give the workers a hard time because her can was dented or something. I think the true opposite for me is self awareness and the willingness to change. The problem is perspective, many crazy people THINK they are self aware and don’t see a reason to change.

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  26. laurabewest says:

    stuck in really taupe life. just sitting in quicksand and being content

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      So true Laura!!! Love your perspectives!!

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  27. mikemadigan says:

    If there is a crazy, it’s letting yourself not be free, or happy. You deserve happiness, storms of it. KNOW THAT!! ❤

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    1. laurabewest says:

      storms of it!!!!!

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  28. janessagoodwin says:

    Opposite of crazy is supposed to be grounded, level headed, responsible, white picket fence and a desk job. But I have to agree with Mike that there is no such thing as crazy! It’sjust made up to oppress us. It’s just a word that was created to describe the things our good ol’ forefathers couldn’t understand so that they could invalidate and devalue us without logical reasoning to do so.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Just a word, but in some cases immensely more.

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  29. mikemadigan says:

    Okay… I need dinner and some wine… what’s on the page tonight y’all???

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  30. On tonights page, happiness is not mythical we just choose to see other things!

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  31. Paul Poulter says:

    OTP: Be grateful for the happy moments in life. Life is fragile; be happy and be crazy. Do not let others define you.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Well said. Enjoy your night and weekend ahead!!

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  32. Gianina Mencarini says:

    Tonights page: Don’t be so viciously toward Self. Procrastination can be beneficial, it often takes time to collect something meaningful.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Have a great night and weekend Nina!!

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      1. Gianina Mencarini says:

        You too mike!!

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  33. Dominic Betti says:

    On tonight’s page, thoughts on the term crazy. Opposite of crazy/craziness. Side notes to remind me of things I want to look for when reading the rest of the book. That’s about it…

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  34. levoneral says:

    In my notes I’ve got a few things about anti-maskers, and a couple thoughts on opinions of others and how they affect us.

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  35. selenadiaz7 says:

    on tonight’s page, continue to be crazy the worlds needs more and more of it. so if you are reading it let’s vow to be crazy!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      AVOWED!!! Cheers Selena!!

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    2. selenadiaz7 says:

      reading this***

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    3. janessagoodwin says:

      In my notes: I vow to be crazy!!

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  36. Lily Backus says:

    I wrote what happiness is a choice to experience life through a lense that wants to find beauty and humor and joy in not just the obviously amazing things in life, but the things I experience every day.

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  37. Morelia says:

    no such thing as crazy just being free to be yourself and do whatever you like to do. be happy by not letting anything affect it lifes hard but we need to find yourself getting back up and not just do work and school because sometimes that can keep us from our happiness because stress will take over. just learn when to shut everything down and enjoy the moment and even self care to be more happy!

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  38. Diego Monjaras says:

    On tonights page I have, Procrastination can be beneficial to a certain extent

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  39. Cory Cochran says:

    Tonight on my notes I just wrote couple sentences about what I think of happiness and what it means to me. Then just a sentence or two about my definition of craziness and how its different from societies definition. Have a good night!

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  40. laurabewest says:

    “I want to learn something today.” A student might say. Okay…. Look at what you write in reaction to what you read. Use your own human experience as a lens for interpretation and appreciation. There is so much in your life that you have not adequately read and re-read. Try it… your life, the lens, the mirror, the decoder, the PLACE.

    Think less, live and write MORE.

    storms of it.

    Mad to live.

    ee more in people. Those you read, and those around you. Seeing and having thoughts is NOT the same as judging.

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    1. janessagoodwin says:

      This is awesome. Thanks Laura! It was great to put a face to your name in zoom the other day. I also really enjoyed seeing all your artwork!

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  41. have a goodnight everyone!!!

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  42. Riley McConnell says:

    For tonight’s page I have to keep trying to find more ideas behind the words in her writing. I also have to recognize more of what I’m feeling while I finish the book.

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  43. TiffanyFayed says:

    OTP: Don’t overthink and just write.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      This can help…

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  44. laurabewest says:

    Goodnight my crazy friends

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      You as well, my new friend. Cheers.

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  45. connorsoutherland says:

    Tonight I have:
    Anything is crazy to the right… or wrong person.
    Happiness is what you make it
    confidence is a possible essay topic

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Have a great night!!

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      1. connorsoutherland says:

        You too!

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  46. Phoenix Gobbée says:

    On tonights page is craziness and happiness come hand in hand, when you embrace some crazy and care less for what people judge you on, you can live lighter and happier.

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  47. Daisy Guevara says:

    Do everything to retain thunderous moments joy every-single-day! ❤

    Go on a mortal quest of discovering and welcoming what makes you “crazy”. Any suspicions so far?

    …trichotillomania? 🙂

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  48. larslovgren says:

    Wednesday I forgot to post to the blog, but I’ve been doing a little better than usual lately feeling wise.
    The definition for the plural noun form of the word mania, “is an excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession.” It feels like Lawson has become crazed with making the most out of her life despite her mental illness. I’m not sure I could write a 3 to 4 page essay on it until I’ve brainstormed some more ideas on what that single word could be.
    Sometimes I play a video game I love until I get absolutely sick of it, then in that time when I am burnt out of trying to do anything I will get real work done, there’s no English word that I could find from a quick google search that describes what this is, But 膩 (nì) the Chinese character is the closest word.
    Craziness is just whatever a person does that could be seen as too unique to be normal
    In the elder scrolls 4 oblivion there is only one god for the concepts of madness and order, with that single god of madness becoming the god of order at the end of every era. The god of madness fills his realm as he pleases and making things how he likes without any thought into how it affects the inhabitants, the god of order burns all of his fun to the ground because he sees individuality as excessive and inefficient. Basically craziness is the lack of restraint of expression, where order is the restraint of expression to act within the vague societal boundaries that define a “normal” person in the present. One important to being human and the other important for being around humans.

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