Recording Daily Life

Written by Fenting Yen in honor of the National Day on Writing

Nowadays, writing is the way people most often to connect friends, family, and business. Writing is a daily matter– through texts, status updates, blog posts, and emails. People use writing to their business, study, and daily. According to the development of technology, many social networks had created in recent years, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and some others. “The future belongs to those who believe the beauty of their dream,” said by Eleanor Roosevelt, and I cannot agree more. People would like to pursue of new things, so they buy new stuffs are not because of they need, but they just want to follow the news. The smartphone is a powerful attraction to many people from small age to old age. I have seen some elementary students holding their smartphone tightly every day. I also seen many elders are starting to learn how to use smartphone and they all fall in love with it.

Writing is a good way to express and record one’s feeling in daily life. For example, I always have seen people post their mood on Facebook every day, either sad or happy, and sometimes complaining about government’s decisions, colleagues’ behavior, children’s problem, and parents’ rigor. Some other people would share their daily life by writing to update their status and post extra photos relate to the writing contains. For instance, one of my Facebook friends likes to take many pictures around her life, and she likes to post the pictures with short description every day to show others how delicious the foods are. The purpose that she loves to doing it is because she is living alone without her family in other country, and she uses writing to let her family know how well she is living and  to peace her family’s worries.

Writing is also a way to communicate to someone who you are afraid or shy to talk to. For example, I have a friend whose relationship with her mother is not very well, but she still concerns about her mother. Therefore, she tries to send messages to her mother day by day and keep a connection. She is very nervous to communicate with her mother when they meet, because they rarely care about each other since they were arguing of many things before. However, I think writing a message to be connected about someone who you really want to regard is a good way and you will not get shy or nervous. Writing email is also a technique to someone who you want to connect but he or she is living far away from you.

In conclusion, I think many people are likely to write down their daily life is a good way to record their history. Recording video is also a new way on writing, but it is not about acute writing, it is a way that replace of writing. Many people would like to record their daily life, too. They think recording video is interesting and very convenient because of smartphone is readily available to take video. Pen and paper are not exiting anywhere, but smartphone has been always with him or her. Try to write or record daily life is a good habit, once you look back all your writing or recording, you will find out how interest that is.

Writing

Written by Clary Holt in honor of the National Day on Writing

Writing is one of the ways God has given us to communicate our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and many other things. There are several ways that I personally use writing. One of the biggest ways right now is in the form of papers for my classes in college. Through these, I can express my ideas about what I have learned to my teacher. I also use writing to communicate with the volleyball team that I coach. I jot down my thoughts during practices and games so that I won’t forget what I wanted to say to my team when we gather in the huddle. My boss and I use email to gather the information we need from each other. I also use email in order to know what is happening at my school and receive important notices from my teachers. I love to write letters and emails to my best friends and family that live far away. This way I can stay in touch with them and keep them current on what is going on in my life.  It also shows them that I love them and they are always on my mind.

Writing today allows for the rapid spread of ideas. There are many books out there that are written about various topics. There are stories written simply for readers’ enjoyment, schoolbooks, political books, children’s books, and the list goes on. Christians grow in their faith by reading the Bible. Because those in our history took the time to write stories down, we can learn from their lives. Anyone can pick up a book or article and learn something new every day. Through modern social media, news spreads like wild fire. People are much more connected to pop culture, politics, and each other. Texting has become an addiction.  Many share their personal lives on facebook and Twitter. Writing is an incredible tool used to express ideas and share with others.

Banned Books Week

We’ve discussed Banned Books Week in class, but here are some links if you want to get involved and learn more!

You can learn all about it at bannedbooksweek.org.

You can participate in the official virtual read-out on YouTube.

And here are a couple interesting articles from the week!

Students give voice to books that were once banned.

Banned Books Week: ‘Captain Underpants’ tops list of challenged books.

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The Millenial Generation

I just listened to this TED Radio Hour Podcast episode “The Next Greatest Generation?” Three of the guests on this episode are successful millennials who share insight into the new generation. And one of the guests is a psychologist who specializes in 20-somethings. She discusses the developmental psychological importance of this decade that is so often mistakenly dismissed as trivial and frivolous. There’s a lot of good insight and inspiration in this hour!

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