ENGLISH 5 – 4/14/21, Wednesday

5-:510:  What makes you happy?  What are the truths in that happiness?

510-5:25:  Sedaris….  Opinions.  Good, bad, indifferent.  BRING IT.  Just support your opinions, of course.

5:25-5:50:  When we read your story, we will……..

5:50-6pm:  Forget tonight’s page for now, what’s in your blend of thoughts and visions?

ASSIGNMENT:  Read the next 4 essays in Calypso.  Write in your journal.  Be ready to present over zoom on Monday and engage me and your colleagues.

NOTE FROM ME:  If you’re doubting yourself, don’t scold yourself for doing so.  Study Self, educate Self on what’s to follow.

154 Comments Add yours

  1. selenadiaz7 says:

    if you guys were to read my story, you’d get a glimpse of how I have been able to build a healthy environment around myself when unhealthy is all I was unfortunately raised around. Simply how I have used my past as the fuel to positively construct my life in every aspect from the relationship with myself and relationships around me.

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  2. laurabewest says:

    Thinking about what you will hear in my story…

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  3. laurabewest says:

    Maybe survival? tenacity? The struggle to be myself?

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      All encouraging to readers!

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  4. AshtonMorales1991 says:

    what makes me happy is achieving vary hard goals, goals that are damn near impossible, deifying the odds, painting makes me happy at some point in time so did partying but we all grow up at some point. striving to live by my own standards makes me happy. going hiking which I haven’t done in a while. living life makes me happy.

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  5. Cory Taylor Cochran says:

    When you read my story you will see a person who doesn’t really know how to share their own story because I am bound to forget important aspects of my life. I feel my story will be a splatter of words of all of my best and worst memories compiled into a timeline with words in between to make it a story.

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    1. oliver castillo says:

      yo.. me too

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  6. levoneral says:

    When one reads my story, what is a good place to start on what they will be…?

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  7. Lily Backus says:

    When you read my story you will understand a little more about something that hurts a lot of people, and I think that is a good thing because it is much easier to help people when you understand them. Also you will probably realize how falsely represented/romanticize mental illness is although I will be focusing on my own more specific situation the same applies all around even if I won’t focus on things I don’t struggle with myself.

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  8. Daisy Guevara says:

    Definitely contemplative. Sedaris analyzes the experience of poverty, social class and opportunity on page 56. He shows an objective truth on how addiction, mental illness does not care whether you’ve had positive moments that have shaped you such as skilled music lessons or international vacations. That shit can mess up your life indefinitely if not treated. Sedaris’s examples makes me want to ponder further into his insights and conclusions to learn more wisdom about ones personal decisions and choices.

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  9. Morelia says:

    in my story you will hear the pain and struggle i was going through. you will hopefully be able to vividly see my story in your head!

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  10. When you read my story you will take a journey with me while I figure out what will be my next decision and move on with my life.

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  11. Diego Monjaras says:

    Once you read my story you would want to know more about it . . .

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  12. Paul Poulter says:

    When you read my story.. oh boy. Buckle up. I think you’ll walk away wondering about what people you know could be going through behind the scenes. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to play your favorite music and just embrace who you are.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Looking forward to learning from you Paul!

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    2. laurabewest says:

      Yessss!

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  13. Dominic Betti says:

    In my story, im not sure what you will know, I guess you will learn some details about my childhood, the good, the bad, and the bad bad. You may learn some of my biggest struggles growing up and how it relates to my constantly shifting life. Other than that Im not to sure yet.

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  14. kannicaeggink says:

    I feel like Sedaris has been a better fit for me than the other writers so far. More sit back and calm flow. I like his style, I like how all writers take me into their own life and world and how they see and observe it.

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  15. Daisy Guevara says:

    In my story I hope to guide myself toward sincerity giving myself the opportunity to explore my story with an exciting rhythm, ending the reality of a cycle that continues to hurt me and that should have ended a long time ago.

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  16. mikemadigan says:

    OTP: Slow and steady wins the race… yeah well, don’t worry about slow or fast, steady or bumpy, or if it’s a race. Just move, and move for YOU. Sedaris reminds me of this…

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  17. Gianina Mencarini says:

    When you read my story, you’ll get a sense of who I am and why I am the way I am. I think some people will relate to it and some people will think I’m being completely over dramatic but that isn’t my problem. I’m here to tell my story the way I want it to be told. You’ll understand a different type of struggle that isn’t very common or vocalized because people usually don’t share it because they think it’s not valid, but I’m saying it is.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Everything you have to tell is valid. Other opinions don’t determine validity, Nina. Cheers to you.

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      1. Gianina Mencarini says:

        Yes, and you’ve taught me that over these pass two semesters, so I thank you.

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        I deserve no thanks. You do, to yourself. Your fam could have me over for a nice Italian dinner though! I’d accept that as a thank-you. lol … For real though, be more grateful for your SELF-education little sis. Cheers.

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      3. Gianina Mencarini says:

        Definitely will have to talk to them about getting that done!

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      4. mikemadigan says:

        No Nina.. all good. We’ll all hang soon I’m sure, no rush.

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  18. TiffanyFayed says:

    When you read my story, you will learn how someone grows up in the Arab world where mental illness is not a big thing. I think it would be a cool story to read if someone is not used to the Arab culture.

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    1. laurabewest says:

      I agree!

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  19. mikemadigan says:

    The story needs characters… study those around you. All our authors teach and remind such.

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  20. essafayed says:

    when you read my story you will start to find out that growing up in the middle east is not what you think it is, you will also get a sense of what struggles i’ve been through.

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  21. oliver castillo says:

    When you read my story you will understand the things I did, and why I did them. You will learn of the constant changes I have been doing these past few years to better myself and to understand myself more.

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  22. laurabewest says:

    Lotsa characters in mine

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Nice! Can’t wait to meet them!

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  23. mikemadigan says:

    OTP: Play in ideas, don’t be so pressured to settle on singular direction at first, or ever…

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  24. Paul Poulter says:

    Oh man. I have some key characters for my story, and some of the changes in them you will not believe are possible lol

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  25. kannicaeggink says:

    When you read my writing, I’ll try to guve you a 360° view of my life. Of everything in it.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Looking forward to it!

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  26. I still am struggling to find my story, or one that I feel like really earns that title and comes across the way I want it to.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Keep playing with ideas, and the struggle will end.

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  27. Riley McConnell says:

    In my thoughts and vision right now is to try and get healthier. Quarantine really messed with my health and I want to start exercising and eating better in order to feel better about myself and to feel better in general

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good for you! Be loving with SELF.

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  28. Cory Cochran says:

    My blend of thoughts are always changing from one thing to another no matter how hard I try to focus sometimes. Right now I have thoughts and doubts of how I should share my story.

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  29. mikemadigan says:

    What’s OTP y’all??

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  30. laurabewest says:

    I liked your comment about not being pressured with a single direction… That’s on the page for sure

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Enjoy! Stay free and liberated, literary and self-loving.

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  31. Lily Backus says:

    The main thing on my thoughts right now is that I’m excited to take a couple group fitness classes tomorrow to interview the instructor on the career of teaching group fitness because I’m in an intro to Kinestheology class as well. I’ve never taken a fitness class outside of school so I’m quite excited. That isn’t directly related to my story although I guess that hopeful energy shows how I’m trying to direct my story towards a happy ending!

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  32. oliver castillo says:

    Otp: Simplicity is serenity.

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  33. Paul Poulter says:

    OTP: Make your own happiness. Find enjoyment in the little things around you that make you who you are. Chip away at writing, you’ve got plenty to talk about

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Yes you do, and we’re lucky to have the opportunity to read!

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  34. levoneral says:

    My blend of thoughts and visions are revolving around how I analyze the reading and adapt my writing. I’m trying to focus on the impact of what I write and what one feels or thinks when reading it, not just on what I want to tell.

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  35. Cory Taylor Cochran says:

    Have a good night!

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  36. selenadiaz7 says:

    my thoughts are telling me to take one thing at a time and to not put myself down for taking “a long time” on something. the amount of time doesn’t equal success or failure. as long as I gave it my full sincere attention then I should feel happy that I got something completed.

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  37. Morelia says:

    my thoughts right now and visions have been to keep being positive even after quarantine and deaths i had to live through i need to pick myself back up and achieve what i want. as well as being healthy again to get more energy in me! and just keep reminding myself that my loved ones that passed away are watching over and keep letting myself heal with time.

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  38. On tonights page study those around us!

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  39. Dominic Betti says:

    My thoughts are telling me to plan my every move to maximize time for school work without burning myself out. Yet I think this gives me more anxiety and is burning me out … yikes

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Don’t let it. You decide what transpires.

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  40. Sebastian Ruvalcaba says:

    OTP: Find my purpose and study the characters in my story

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  41. Daisy Guevara says:

    Thoughts and visions are blended with the aspiration of improving the communication I wish to convey in my paper is better than the last time I wrote something similarly in English 1A. I think it was a 1000 word creative on pain.. Yes… It remember it was very poetic. I want to branch off that style but do it even better. Reminding myself to forget self-doubt in my writing capabilities.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Advice for us all Dais-Daze… Thank you.

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      1. Daisy Guevara says:

        So many typos… omg.

        *Also: edit more.*

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      2. mikemadigan says:

        Edit sober..? lol -Hemingway

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      3. Daisy Guevara says:

        Sobriety was advised.

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      4. mikemadigan says:

        🙂 – Enjoy your night, old friend. Cheers.

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  42. oliver castillo says:

    My thoughts are telling me to finish this day being happy and SLEEP EARLY.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Good advice for me as well. Have a great night Oliver! Enjoy your writing!

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  43. TiffanyFayed says:

    My thoughts change regularly I usually think about school and things I have to do. Sometimes daydream of the future and things I want to do in the future.

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  44. mikemadigan says:

    Bonne nuit, tout le monde!!! See you next week. Will write you soon. Cheers, and thank you for all the presence and activity tonight… -Mikey

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  45. laurabewest says:

    Goodnight!!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      To you as well Laura!! Let me know what you think of Mr. Sedaris’ class!

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