Monday, March 12, 2012

The Lady Of Space Travel
She was the first
The first of many
She was the first lady to orbit the earth
She was the youngest person in space
At that time

During school she seeked other ambitions
Tennis was her game
She was one of the best and could compete with the rest
But she had other ideas

She was one of many that applied
She was one of few that were selected
NASA was who she worked for
She first served on the commander shuttle

She was now astronaut
The traveler of space
An alien of the atmosphere

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Girl Power

Hello My name is Misti Cowburn

I wrote a poem about Betty Friedan because I like how she fought for womens rights

the poem is called Girl Power

Girl Power

By Misti Cowburn

Women of power
Not a passing hour
She gave up without equality

Founder of Now
Everyone said Wow
She is a leader
No one could defeat her.

She fought like a bull
To achieve her goals
And she pulled through.

She wrote Quotes
Women love
They took a vote
She wanted women to be equal
To all the other people
Women have rights
Thanks to her fight

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Delaware Ave. in Buffalo

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Harding Home

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Mt. Rushmore

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Marysville Veterans Memorial

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A short story by Mike Lohre

As I've read a considerable amount of your writing, I thought some of you may be interested in reading some of mine.  I published this short story in The Atlantic magazine a few years ago, and it's still available online.  You can read it here.

I wrote it out of respect for the older people I grew up with in southern Minnesota, and my father, who I saw growing old and struggling with his health in profound ways.  I wanted to capture some of that old hope.

My new hope is always that our writing and conversation strikes a chord that will resonate and deepen our experience in this mysterious life.

It's been my honor to be your teacher this quarter.  Hold on to your dreams, my friends.

With respect,

Mike Lohre

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Ross McDonald is an young and ambitious man striving to reach his great potential in local politics. He puts a great emphasis on his family and values honesty and integrity in the people he surrounds himself with. His work with the Board of Elections in Delaware is promising to further his career. My favorite direct quote from the interview was when he talked about an important life lesson. "You have to work for what you get. Nothing in this life is easy and nothing is going to be easy. When something doesn't work out you cannot be crushed by that fact. When something doesn't go as planned you have to keep a calm collected mind about yourself when you are trying to work through it because if you ready negatively over every small thing that happens to you, life may get the best of you instead of you getting the best of life."


Jonathan Friedley has been my doctor since I was born. He helped take care of all five of us children. He was my oldest brothers doctor clear down to my youngest brothers doctor. I interviewed Jonathan Friedley due to the fact that he is in the same profession that I am interested in. Dr. Friedley is a pediatrician at Smith Clinic. While interviewing Dr. Friedley, I found out just how important religion is to him and how he grew up in a religious house hold. His father was preacher and his mother was a typical preachers wife. Jonathan told me "I love Marion, but I think that the city itself is lacking a true faith. I mean if you believe in God, you have a sense of right and wrong. If you believe, you will do right and if you love your neighbor as yourself you would never do anything to hurt him. Religion has played a big factor in my life. I grew up with the concrete beliefs and values in the Bible, and is till continue to live by them today". Dr. Friedley has inspired me to continue to striving after my dream of becoming a doctor!

Brad Plotner

(I never took the picture in color)
I interview a small town hardware store owner father of three girls Brad Plotner. I interviewed him because he opened this business when the economy was down and is doing a great job so far with it. One of my favorite thing i learned about brad is his work schedule which is this: My normal work day goes like this I start at Honda at 10:30 pm work there till 7:30 am come here at 8:00 am work till 5:30 pm then go back home. I usually sleep a couple hours in the morning in my bed (pointing to a recliner in his office) then about 3 hours at night. I drink diet mountain dew to keep me awake on the days that I’m really tired. I’ve probably done this for about 15 years now there are times depending on what I am doing that I get more sleep or a lot less sleep than that. There are times I go on a half hour of sleep day to day.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Ohio

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Malabar Farm, Ohio

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Broadway, NYC

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Independence Hall, Philadelphia

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Harding Memorial, Marion, Ohio

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Veterans Memorial, Marion

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Dennis Phillips

I chose to interview Dennis Phillips. He is a World War Two veteran and he is also my grandpa. I've always known him to be a very hard working, kind hearted person. He grew up in Elliott County, Kentucky although he moved back and forth from Ohio to Kentucky many times. He was born in 1927. He grew up with five other brothers and sisters and he was the only one who didn't finish the eighth grade. He stopped after completing his seventh grade year. He worked with his dad up until 1946 when he was drafted into the army. He completed his basic training but he never learned to swim but he did qualify. "I did qualify going across the pool because it wasn't very far across that you had to go, but many others could swim across and back with no problems and I just peddeled underneath like a dog and then once I made it across I would just give out". He was in the infantry and also worked as a dispatcher in the motor pool. After returning from the war, he started right back to working with his dad. He married my grandmother, who is now deceased, in 1949 and together they raised 500 baby chicks to get a little extra money from selling the eggs. He said he regretted not going to school, but no one was there to pressure him. His dad was ready for him to not go so that he could help him work more and his mom never pressured him but she would have rather he went. He also said that his biggest influences were his parents. At 85 years old, he still enjoys being outside and would choose it over being stuck inside anyday. He loves to cut and split wood, work in the garden and mow the lawn and he always enjoyed packing up all thirteen of the grandchildren, including me, in the back of his truck and taking us to the zoo!

I interviewed Gerald Dryfuse, my husband. When I learned about life I found that his childhood was far from normal. He was separated from his 2 older sisters, then reunited and adopted at the age of 7.

My oldest sister lived in Akron with an Aunt and uncle, my middle sister lived with my grandma and grandpa in republic, by the time the 3 of us were together it was rough. Lori was always babied by grandma, Tina was raised to be who she is, and me, I didn’t have anyone growing up around for the first 7yrs of my life, I played in the basement on a battery operated car, that was my doings, I mean I never had any friends or Anything like that and I was thrown into the situation with 2 older sisters always telling me what to do, I mean they literally put A rope around my neck and hung me, I’ve had many of times where it was just rough sometimes. My sisters did teach me a lot growing up, and I do appreciate each ones effort to, you know, keep me safe.

My mother met my dad, they got married, and he took it upon himself to give us his name. I was 7, and I was given a choice it was either get adopted or have 3 females very mad at me. Even at the ripe old age of 7 I knew what I had to do. You met my mother and sisters; I was so outnumbered I figured I had better go with it. I loved my dad then and I love him even more today, I am very happy that he is my father. I wouldn’t have it any other way

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Brent Peacock

I began working with Brent at the Advance Auto Parts warehouse in 2008.  One day on break we had an interesting conversation and became friends.  When the idea of who to interview came up I decide Brent would be a good subject due to the fact that other being from Canada I didn't know much about his past.  So with that being said I' ll let Brent tell you what brought him here and what his version of the American Dream is enjoy.

While I was at the University of British Columbia two professors from the Ohio State University were visiting.  One of the professors was Christine Balleng-Morris, who is my current advisor, and the other was Patricia Stuhr.  After meeting these professors we went for lunch and I got to talking to them and they recruited me to come to OSU to the art education department.  It has been during my pursuit of my PhD. that I realized what my true calling is and that is to be a teacher at the university level.  I have almost eight years’ experience teaching at post-secondary institutions.  I can honestly say that I enjoy it.  The growth of the students, that is what I enjoy and it is also what you learn from your students.  Once you become open to the idea that your students have as much to offer to you as you do to them, than teaching becomes really enjoyable.  It is about the interchange or the exchange of knowledge between student and teacher.  Now after some setbacks; I am refocused on my dissertation and teach at a small liberal arts college.  This is because during my research for my PhD I come to realize that a lot of university professors teach less and research more.  I think that when I finish my PhD. that is why I am inclined to teach at a liberal arts college where I more exclusively teach than research.  Not to say that I don’t like research I just like teaching more than research. 
            I came to America to complete my PhD. at a renowned university and it was here that I realized my dream to teach and this is what I am working toward.  I guess what you would call the American dream.  After, coming to Ohio State I noticed that there seems to be two American Dreams.  One seems to be to graduate from college, get married, and make as much money as possible.  The other is working in the blue collar world, where their dream of what they want to be is probably go to the doctor and go to the dentist, to be able to make enough money to pay for everything and hopeful one day get a house.  Hope that their children go to a better place.  I would have to say that my dream is a combination of both versions of the American Dream.  My goal is to complete my doctorate and to teach full time.  Then it is to have season tickets to the Red Sox games and watch every game in Fenway.  Own a Harley Davidson, and have enough money to live but to have a little extra to do what I want.  Finally, I have thirteen more states to go to and then I will have seen all fifty states of this country.  

Patrcik Hreachmack

For my project, i chose my moms husband, an model builder who has creates more detailed works that are the size of a quarter then i can create in full scale! After doing my interview and learning more about the art that he takes place in and his love of history, i can honestly admit i would not mind joining him in his model building one day.

Why?” I asked. Pat’s response being, “History,
all about history. Yes they are games; yes they are all about war. But here had
never been a time longer than fifteen years where there has not been a war
going on. What happens in war time creates countries and where they will go. I
think we all need to learn from history, if we learn from these mistakes, we
will make other mistakes, but we will not repeat the same mistakes, and we will
improve.” Pat Hreachmack is a “big kid” with a love of models that has evolved
into a successful passion and allowed him to express his liking of history; an
ideal that we all can learn from.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

For my profile essay I chose to do Dan and Judy Adelsberger, who are my former bosses and former owners of The Old Town Inn a restaurant I still work at. They understand the principles of going after dreams and working hard for what you want in life, and how to run a business. They are friendly people, who are actively involved in the community in which we live and their life is one that many would look up to.

We lived there, we never left. It was very scary at first. It takes a lot of time. We couldn’t leave and then, I don’t know about ten years later we got the spot up at Indian Lake to get away. Working is a lot of fun, but you gotta be there to work all the time and we are just getting old. I’m getting old, no I am old [laughs]. There were sometimes of the year when it was down a lot, but mostly the business was steady. Times like back to school, when it first gets cold and when it first gets hot it slows down. You just have to bear and grin with it. We did well a lot of the years, but when Applebee’s opened that month we lost nine thousand dollars but we survived. We had our customers, our customer base. Their base now is our base. That’s the people we met and we created. Those are the people we developed and you need that. You need the people to survive.That’s the fun part. The talking to people. Yeah and growing older with people. I had funny pants that I wore that people loved, like I’m wearing now for the picture; many of the funny pants came from customers who would buy me more. And I had, the neatest thing, I ever had was that little remote control rat I found at a Cracker Barrel. I put it under the salad bar at work, and then when a wait would come back and get a salad there was a remote, and I hit the button and it would come out and freak the waits out [laughing]. We liked to have fun and work at the same time. Those customers and people were important to us. There are some that you know you haven’t seen for a long time, and kinda can’t remember their names but I always remember their face. And we’ve lost a lot of them too. To death and you know that’s always hard even for us. It becomes a family. It becomes its own little community. Despite that we love our lives here and the community we live in. As well as the community we helped build with the restaurant. We’ll never leave here. I miss working sometimes like we used to. I enjoyed it, I miss it a lot. I miss a lot of the parts of it because it’s who I am, it’s in my blood.

Jeremy Stringfellow

I chose to interview my boss, who happens to be a pharmacist and the pharmacy manager for CVS, because he is always busy into things. He has a lot of goals and dreams he would like to accomplish. I also like the way he wants change with the pharmacy industry.

All of the CVS’s that I’ve worked in are very similar because there’s a family atmosphere. The first CVS I worked in was with my dad so it was a family atmosphere. When I was in Lima we had a lot of close-knit people. I try to make it so everyone gets along and there’s a family aspect.

He takes pride in the CVS that he works in now because he is the manager. He strives for store 6171 to be the best. Every month each CVS gets a “report card”. Because of Jeremy’s organizational and leadership skills, the store usually gets at least a 90% in all of the areas. He told me that any other score was unacceptable. He wants every patient to be satisfied, so that’s what him and all of his employees work for.

I would be very proud if my kids decided to be in the pharmacy. I don’t want them to have to go through the stress that I go through. I’m hoping as the time goes by the pharmacy will be more and more respected as a health industry and less like a food chain like degree. I think if we could get the fast-food chain aspect out of people’s minds then that would make it more respected. People basically treat the pharmacy like McDonalds. People hand you a prescription and expect you to hand their medication right out to them. They don’t understand the whole process of filling prescriptions. All they know is they want their medicine right then and there.

Marge Hazelett

I interviewed Marge Hazelett is a very caring professor, she has been a nurse, teacher, and she is now a licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Disability Services. Mrs. Margaret C. Hazelett, a native of Tiffin, Ohio, graduated from the Riverside School of Nursing and taught nursing at the Riverside School of Nursing, Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from Mary Manse College with a B.A. in Education, and a B.S. in Nursing. She also received an M.A in education. and an M.S. in Psychology from the Ohio State University. I interviewed her because I see her as an American dreamer, and an achiver of what she believes.

As I drove home the night after the interview, I thought to myself I love her to death, she is so sweet, I knew she cared about her student but this interview made me look at Marge Hazelett as more than just a professor, but like a grandmother. She is one Hell of a woman and she deserves all that she has accomplished.

I am a very self determined individual. I love animals, and as some of you will see in the picture with me, that I have a beautiful cat named Cale. Everyone who knows me knows that she is very spoiled and she is really a precious cat to me. I got her late in life when my husband was quite ill; she has been a real comfort to me. Sometimes she was a comfort to Hal and sometimes she wasn’t. I believe in goals and I try my best to follow my goals exclusively as much as I possibly can. Secondly, I have always had a real love for people especially those who need help. I try to take time in my life to help who ever I can.
I love to go out to dinner, I really enjoy that a lot. I like classical music, and I have some favorite T.V shows I can barely wait to get home to watch which are Jeopardy, and Wheel of fortune. I am working with the Junior Service Guild, and we called our dinner "The Misfortune" it’s a takeoff of wheel of fortune.
My American Dream was I wanted to become a nurse, get married and have a beautiful home. I have worked very hard all my life; I worked 3-4 jobs. I am now down to only 2. I wanted to succeed in whatever I did, which was to become a nurse, and I never wanted to be a teacher, but now I am very happy I have had the opportunity to become one, and help all my students.
When I was a child I always wanted to be a nurse, and I set my mind to doing that. Anytime, that I could find a cat or a dog or anything else that I thought needed to have attention. I was great at bandaging up the animals. [Laughs] I had a cat Named Tom; I used to take him to the grocery store with me. When I was about four years old, my mother would stand and watch me go down about four blocks to the store. Laughs… I don’t know what she could have done if something happened to me because she was too far away. When Tom was with me I was never afraid. He was always in the baby buggy, and on the way back he was covered with groceries. [Laughs]. I always wanted to be a nurse when I was a child after my grandmother died in my arms I knew I wanted to be a nurse, and nothing more. I owned my very own little red cross hat, that I wore everywhere I went. I felt as if I were able to get to the corner by the window in my third grade class every day. I’d get there by poking the boy in front of me. He always tattled on me and my teacher would put me in the corner. I could see the soldiers go by; I would wave to the soldiers going by on the train every day, who were injured in WWII. I felt as if I was doing my part being a nurse, even though the soldiers never seen me I could see them and I was very happy with the outcome.

My dream for future generations is I hope that the children start taking more responsibility, and develop values, and give and not be taken. Yes, but I don’t like these teens and others texting or being on the phone while driving, I have to take back roads so I get home safely. I hope for more involvement in the families. Parents allow their children to grow up and be responsible for themselves, and their actions and not blame others for their short comings. I hope they seek help if they need it. Make their life with their family and have them in the center of their life like it should be. [Marge smiles and a tear runs down her cheek]

Justin Robertson

     I chose to do my profile on Justin Robertson because he is an inspiration to me. He is following his dreams and teaching me how to follow mine. He is still in school and is currently working at Sears. He wants to be an actor and graduate with a theater degree because acting is what he really loves to do. He doesn't care if he acts on famous movies or just a small school play, as long as he is doing it and having a good time.
     "Performing on stage in front of hundreds of people is what I love to do. I have done several shows here in Marion and it was a real accomplishment to have people cheer for you when you walk onto the stage and take a bow. Applause is an addiction once you get it all you want is more it makes you feel like a superhero."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Doctor Herschel Rhodes MD

I choose my grandpa Doctor Herschel Rhodes MD because he is a visionary and he still wants to help people even though he is retired as a doctor. He has been retired since August of 1997, but when he was a doctor he was a great doctor even through the struggles that he had with his career:

The biggest struggle in my career was that there were some people that would not pay their bills or could not pay their bills. One time during the blizzard in 1978 I was the only doctor that was able to come into the hospital other than the one other doctor that never left the hospital from his shift. There was a teenage boy that was trudging through the snow from the blizzard to get his appendix out. Also, there was a woman that went into labor and I delivered her baby; and she said that she would not pay me because I am not her doctor so she never did pay me. The biggest accomplishment in life for me was that I delivered almost 1,500 babies. I enjoyed it and the parents were real happy to have a good doctor, because I never lost a baby or a mother. So if some people could not pay me or if they did not want to pay me it did not bother me. I still want to continue to minister to people as well as I can. I cannot expect to be a family doctor all my life, but I can help people in other ways. Especially since my health had deteriorated in the past year from falling.

JC Church

I chose my pastor JC Church because I felt like he was a visionary in my community. I already knew a lot about him but I still learned a lot from his childhood that I didn't know. He was very interesting to listen to because he had many stories to tell. He had a rough childhood and it didn't get easier once he was first married either. Here's a few paragraphs from my essay:

I didn’t want to go into the ministry. I got the vision about the church and I prayed that it wouldn’t work. I said these words, “I pray that it goes over like a lead balloon.” I didn’t want to pastor. One out of one hundred pastors will still be pastoring at 65. The vision of the church was a multi-cultural church, multi-racial church, and very contemporary. I think visionaries needs to have that one person that sees something in them before they see it in themselves. I met Jessie Scott in 1986 and when I started going to church and she became my spiritual mentor and she is the one who saw something in me that I didn’t see.

I named the church Victory in Truth Ministries because I didn’t want to call it a church. A church if we’re not careful can bring the focus just on the inside but a ministry is to raise the idea that people’s focus is on the outside so we want to serve the community as a body.

Another thing besides the church that means a lot to me is running. I ran in high school and college. I got a scholarship to run in college or I wouldn’t have been able to go to college because my mom didn’t have money for me to go to college. I married my wife while we were still in college and I lost my scholarship so I didn’t finish school after we got married because I didn’t have the money to pay for it since I lost my scholarship. One of the people that had a great impact on my life was my high school coach, Coach Myers. “Honest to goodness, I would change my schedule and meet him every morning at 6 A.M. I would run, I would do whatever. My respect for him is so great.” He pushed me harder than any of the other runners because he knew I had it in me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ron Wilson

My first time into the Marion Christian Center the first person to say anything to me as soon as I walked in was Ron Wilson and we have been good friends ever since. The man is amazing but to tell the truth before this I did not know too much about his past but his dreams for the future are just as exciting. The best part I found when interviewing him came with his faith and after hurting his back. All he ever did was work on the farm but also had a part time job, I will let Ron tell you the rest:
Well after that my job was just farming since all we had was farmland. Of course, this is just a seasonal job so during the winter and summer I had a lot more free time so I started to work at Bank One in Marion. I worked in their agricultural lending department which fit really
nice with what I did. Then with a year going down the road I hurt my back
really bad and had to end up getting back surgery. I will tell you this story
that happen during that time because it important. This was about 20 years ago
when I had the surgery and I was slowly getting better and stronger. I mean
things were not done as well as they are done now but anyways the surgeon said
“Ron you farm part time and work at a bank part time?” I go “yes sir I do.” He
then says “Well you should never lift anything over ten pounds for the rest of
your life. So if you ever have the chance to work at a bank and be a full time banker
then you should take that chance.” Well that was at 11:30 whatever day that was
and Barb drives me home because I was not released to drive yet. We get home
and we are sitting there having lunch when my boss calls me from the bank
around noon and says “Ron I have some paper work for you to fill out and would
like to visit with you.” So I said “Yeah just come on over.” His name was Dan.
He drives out to the house and gets there around 1:00 or 1:30 in the afternoon.
Sits down and gives me the paper work to fill out. He then says “Well what I
really came for Ron is this morning we were having a meeting. The bank is
really growing and expanding and you are doing a good job. We really have the
space for a full time job. Would you consider working full time for the bank?”
This was just after two hours the doctor had told me to take a full time job
and the bank because I would not be able to life over ten pounds again. So I
took the job. From then on out I slowly started climbing the corporate latter
because I was so driven. We then moved into Marion because of me moving up I
had to travel a lot more and we decided to move closer to Route 23, so we did.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Evelyn Long

Through my years of going to school in Cardington and participating in many different events throughout the community I came to know Evelyn Long. She was always the local news paper reporter and was always around the town doing different things. Evelyn is that person that everyone knew. I always thought she would be interesting get to know and hear about her life and experiences since she has almost always lived in Cardington and has reported on so many different things so this is why I chose to interview Evelyn. I learned a lot not only about Evelyn her self but the world of reporting and the small town of Cardington too. I chose to share the part of the essay where Evelyn is talking about her life. I believe this really shows how times have changed since she was a young child.

My childhood was growing up on a farm we didn't have any nice privileges, no bathrooms, no running water but we didn't know any difference. Everybody was poor, nobody had a bathroom. My Grandpa didn't have indoor plumbing. Clear up till now, there is still not a bathroom in there. But ya know my kids say, “how'd you live without a bathroom?” Well we didn't know the difference. We had an outhouse and we got our little pan of water we took baths every Saturday night and my mom had to carry all the water in the laundry room, well we pumped it in the house, we had to pump it and then she carried out to what we called the milk house and then we would wash them, we didn't have a dryer, everything was on the line. People think today that they need new cars and all that and new homes and your grandfather and I grew up in the depression and we grew up without all that. Theres more and more people relying on you know federal government to take care of us. But I, I think that's the biggest thing I notice is that people are coming to rely on Washington instead of being self reliant. We would all bail the hay and we all drove the horses and when my Grandfather died, he wouldn't allow tractors, my grandfather would never allow tractors he was old, so when my grandfather died my dad got a Massey Harris. We were the proudest people in the world we owned a tractor. I learned a lot just from having to work, just working, and you didn't play Nintendo and you didn't play all these games you worked. And I know the value of work so I think growing up poor probably shaped me in life.

Evelyn has had many opportunities in her life that many people growing up in her time didn't have. I wanted to know if throughout her life she had any regrets. The only thing I regret and it probably wouldn't have worked is that I didn't complete college. I had a chance to go to college. I was down at Cap (Capital University), only a thousand dollars a year I could have had my degree, but I couldn't make my mind up what I wanted to be. I wanted to be an actress, I wanted to teach, all this stuff I couldn't make my mind up so I just quit. But I had a great social life, Jonda, I was dating a guy every night, going to the movies, I loved my social life at Cap. But if I wouldn't a quit I would have never met Willis [her husband] because I'd a been in college and we would have never crossed paths and he was gonna go a second career in army when he got out he was gonna sign up again and something made him not to if he had we would have never met. So things were supposed to happen. But that's the only biggest regret is that I didn't get my college degree when I had a chance for a thousand dollars a year. My folks hated it when I quit because they borrowed money like they did with everything, they borrowed to send me. If I had to say one thing my big regret is not getting my college degree.

I always dreamed of marrying just the right guy and having kids and because I was told I never could have kids. That was something that I realized was fulfillment and I think when I first dated Willis Long that was the completion. So when I met Willis I knew that was what I always longed for. And then I had a physician that found he could make me where I could have kids so when I had them I was really fulfilled because I never thought I would have kids. Since meeting the right guy was so important to Evelyn I thought I would find out how she came upon this perfect guy. Well we went to school together he was just a little guy that was real quite and you didn't hardly notice him. In school I didn't really pay any attention to Willis until 1953 I was down in the grocery store and ran into him, he had just gotten home from the service, and I didn't even know that. Wow was he good lookin, where has be been? My sister Norita was dating Olen Calbor and Olen was Willis's favorite best friend out there. So I kept telling Norita, “You oughta see Willis Long, he's good looking duh duh duh”. I said well get me a date with him. She came home in May of '55 said we saw Willis Long, he's gonna call for a date. So he called me on May 5 for a date, we went out the next night, and one week later he asked me to marry him. [Giggles] It was '55, we got married in August. You never know, you could go far away looking for someone and here there right in front of your eyes. I miss my husband. I am very unhappy but I just keep plugging. But I wouldn't, well I can't say that I am depressed or any of that stuff it's just that if he were here I would be really happy.

Paper On Charles Tindley

Where do I begin? The man is incredible and i was lucky to have meet him. I would love to share my whole paper with all of you, unfortunately I only have a limited amount of space. Every single story it seemed was an amazing narrative told with remarkable brilliance. I am am going to share with you one of my favorite tales and exerts from my paper about the time that Charles meet Martin Luther King so enjoy.

Continuing on about his teen years and years after graduating high school, one of the many great stories he has to tell was about the time he met Martin Luther King Jr. His mother had been an organist before his father had passed away and Charles opted not to go to college to stay and support his mother who had taken ill. Joel King, Dr. Martin Luther King’s uncle, asked Charles’ mother if she would come down to Mansfield, Ohio and become his organist for his church’s christening. The main speaker of which would be none other than Martin Luther King himself. Charles goes on to describe him and the speech he gave:

“Martin Luther King was escorted in by a phalanx of state troopers and sheriff’s deputies…they surrounded them because they had death threats. I had always envisioned him as stern looking, but he wasn’t stern looking at all. He was a tiny man with almost Asiatic features, slanted eyes, really truly yellowish skin color, and mild looking more than anything else…very determined looking man though. He gave a speech that was very memorable to me because he was talking about person having self awareness, and pride, and dignity in whatever you do in life. He said ‘try and be the best you can be at whatever you do, if you’re a street sweeper, sweep the best you can…’ He also said something that was very memorable to me ‘if people hate you that means they’re down in the ditch of hate, don’t get down in the ditch with them and get dirty. Stay on top, stay upright, because it isn’t going to do you any good to muddy yourself or dirty yourself with these people.’ Joel King brought Martin over to my mother and me after to introduce us and I remember seeing him and looking at him. He was such a smiling, kind guy, and I always say that he had an aura about him that was totally different. I knew I was shaking hands with greatness. He wasn’t a threatening person, he was a kind gentle soul, but there was strength about him that you could just feel. I can’t explain it but he had that demeanor of a man who was wise beyond his years. He had like an ancient wisdom to him, like something way back that had been pulled up and was instilled in him. You know how some people always want to shake the hand of a pop star? Well to me this was more than a pop star; this was history I was shaking hands with.”

Charles continued on for quite some time explaining that they had no idea the events that would follow as this was only 1962 at the time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I believe that the Marion County World War II Veterans Memorial is a place of interest. The memorial was built to represent all the men and women who died to save our lives in World War II. It is one of the largest memorials outside of the nation's capital. The memorial represents our freedom of the American Dream.
Nationally Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church is an important place for the American Dream. We all dream of being free and Martin Lurther King Jr. was a pastor at the church. He held memorials for freedom and expressed his religious beliefs

Presentation Ideas

The first place that pops in my mind locally is the Harding Memorial. I used to go there often as a child and now I pass it every day when I drop my son off and pick my son up from the babysitters. It is a memorial for a great president. He took presidency when the economy was in such decline post war. A year after he took office, the economy was starting to recover. Most people remember him for being involved in sandals and not for the good that he has done. I feel it goes along with the American Dream because people want to be forgiven for their mistakes.

Nationally I think of Times Square in New York. New York is the place that can make you or break you. People who want fame for their American Dream can go there and try to achieve it. There are also so many different kids of jobs in Times Square that people can find something that interests them. There are so many people in Times Square so it is a good place if you want to get noticed because it is an intersection to many cities. Not to mention Times Square has some beautiful architecture. Unfortunately it can break peoples dreams as well, but they can still hold on the idea of the dream.

Presentation Ideas

Locally, The only place that i can think of locally would have to be the Harding memorial. The memorial is about one of the president of the United States, Warren Harding. Harding is one of the least known about presidents (at least i don't know too much about him), but upon further research, interesting facts could be brought up. He was one of the presidents, and lived close to the campus!
I have decided that the most interresting place to do the report over is independence hall. I have visited there a couple times, and it is such a big part of american history. One of the most important events of american history happened there, so it is an incredibly interesting and factual topic to present.

Presentation Ideas

One topic would be the World Trade Center Memorial in New York is an important place in America. The memorial exemplifies the unity of Americans. When one part of the nation was in distress, the entire nation was in distress. With daily visitors and a yearly ceremony, the entire nation continues to come together and support one another.

Another topic would be the Stowe House located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was Harriet Breecher Stowe's home before she was married and home to the Breecher family. Harriet wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin which illuminated the hardships of slavery. The book was thought to have caused the Civil War to break out. The Breecher family was full of people fighting for rights that they deeply believed in. Americans are taught that they can make a difference. Just believing that to be true is what makes us who we are.

My first thought for a local places about the American identity and dream are the Harding memorial or Harding home, because both are related to president Warren G. Harding. The Harding memorial is where Harding was buried alongside his wife and the Harding home was where he lived and had speeches until he was elected president. Both relate to the American identity because they relate to the president and how he became the president.

For an iconic national place, I think the statue of liberty and Ellis Island are what comes to mind first, because they are what immigrants would see and go to when coming in to America from the Atlantic. They represent a step towards the American dream and the path a person takes to become an American.

Presentation Projects

My first thought was Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I think that this goes along with the American Dream, because this amusement park is a well known place and it brings many people all over the United States to here.

My second thought was the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC, Maryland. I think that this goes along with the American Dream, because these museums have many historical occurrences that have happened over the years.

Presentation Projects

My first thought was the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. I think it is important and goes along with the American Dream because bands from all over the world have been inducted, which brings people in from all over the world to come to visit it. It is one of the greatest places to visit if  you are passionate for music.

My second idea is Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It goes aloong with the American Dream because Disney World is one of the biggest attractions in the United States. Worldwide fans of Disney come to visit the parks. It is fun no matter what age you are.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A good presentation project.

I thought that Malabar Farm located in Mansfield, Ohio, would be a good presentation project.  Because, Malabar Farm was the home of Pulitzer prize winning author Louis Bromfield.  It was here in 1938, that Bromfield start to put into practice of grass fed sustainable farming.  I also thought that this would be an interesting topic because Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding and honeymoon at the farm.

I thought another interesting topic would be the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This casino represents the shady version of the American Dream, because in the early days of Las Vegas Bugsy Siegel was in charge of the construction and opening of the casino.  This is an interesting fact because it is the start of Las Vegas' long history with organised crime.

Presentation Ideas

Two places that I felt revealed important truths about the American Dream and the American Identity, are the Rankin House in Ohio and Mt. Rushmore.
The Rankin House is a national landmark for it's use as one of the more important Underground Railroad stations.The Rankin House is located around Ripley Ohio and overlooks the Ohio River.The house was built in 1825 after Rankin moved his family form Kentucky to the free state of Ohio, it still remains in almost it's original state today. Due to his fierce opposition to slavery and how close it was to the river it became a prime stopping point. They were proud of never having lost a "passenger". It is said that most of the 2,000 escaped slaves who traveled through Ohio stayed with the Rankins. Rankin also taught, preached, wrote and traveled to talk about the importance of abolishing slavery. I think this specific place fits the thesis because it helps to identify who we are as Americans. Americans fought long and hard to find their own identity and in that the identity of slaves. Our country has worked to overcome our past of slavery and now we are a united people, all with the same opportunities and liberties. Most of this wouldn't be possible without the people like the Rankins who risked their lives for others to prove a point of what is right and wrong, not matter where you are from or who you are.

On a national level there is Mt. Rushmore. The original idea was to carve the likeness of famous people into the stone to promote tourism in the area. Along with Washington, two republicans and one democrat were chosen to be carved, so that "America will march along the skyline". The presidents were chosen to represent the first 150 years of American history, and also because of their role in preserving the Republic and expanding its territory. Millions of people go to see it one a yearly basis, so it is a huge area of tourism. It is often depicted in media, such as movies and TV shows due to its immense size. This historic place I feel fits the thesis because it represents some of the greatest presidents of our time. The presidents that helped lead our country to where we are today and gave us the possibility of having an American Dream. It also is important because America is about independence and individuality and that represents that.

Presentation project

I was thinking about Cedar Point and Times Square.

Cedar Point is a place where people in from all around go to have a fun time. It's for thrill seeking people and there are things for all ages. They are always trying to get the fastest and highest roller coasters. Americans are always wanting to do something and Cedar Point is a great place to go for a day or a weekend for an exciting time.

Times Square is very popular and everyone knows where it is. I've been there and I want to go back on New Years Eve one year. There are many things to do right at Times Square and its famous for the ball dropping on New Years Eve. On New Years Eve, there are a lot of people there each year.

The first thing that popped into my head was The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. It rang on July 8, 1776 calling all citizens to hear the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell stands for the rights and freedoms for people around the country. The Liberty Bell also stands as a symbol for then end of slavery. On the bell is a crack which declared the bell unringable because it set it out of tune. My other idea was The Columbus Zoo. Growing up, my favorite place to go was The Columbus Zoo. Every year, the zoo has thousands and thousands of visitors. The zoo first opened in 1927 with the help of a small donation of animals. Colo, the first captive-born gorilla was born at The Columbus Zoo. The zoo recently celebrated their 80th anniversary in 2007. Since the zoo first opened it has evolved into the Americas largest and nicest zoo!

I am doing my local place as lake erie museum which I visited when I was little. The museum shows of how the islands were back in the day and how it was mostly a tourist attraction. The cooliest part about the museum was the look of the boats and the boats made back then. How life there was different and how many people visited it during the victorian era was interesting too. I just always thought it was an interesting history about Ohio.
The National place that I wanted to talk about was Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. I have been to both places four times and each time I have went I have learned something new. I think the Statue of Liberty because it was the welcoming of immigrants into America. Ellis Island was just a place of where the immigrants went and practically lived. There was a hospital there and many rooms as the immigrants waited to go through registration. I just find these things amazing because this was such a big part of our American history and is part of who we are. Just walking through Ellis Island and seeing how many people were there is just crazy. It makes me more thankful for the freedom that I have because I know a lot of people do not enjoy the same freedoms as I do.
I am thinking of doing Polaris Fashion Place as my local and Gabriel Brothers as a national, since they have stores in many states and their HQ is in West Virginia

Assignment for our presentation project

The National WWII Memorial-
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
On the website they have a link, where you can add a name to the Memorial ofo a loved one who died in WWII.

The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29. It is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Harding Mermorial In Marion Ohio

The Harding Memorial is the final resting place of President Warren G. Harding and his wife. President Harding died in 1923, and his wife died a few months later. They were buried in a temporary tomb in the Marion Cemetery until the memorial was completed. The memorial was designed by Henry Hornbostel and Eric Wood, and it is made of white Georgian Marble. The memorial is's over fifty feet tall and is about 103 feet in diameter. There are forty-six columns. It was very expensive to construct too, it cost $783,103! Groundbreaking was in 1926, and construction was completed about a year later, in 1927. The official dedication was on June 16, 1931 by President Herbert Hoover. It is a very beautiful memorial, and it is definitely worth visiting!
I have gone there a few times, its beautiful and they have some history of the Hardings. I thought it was interesting how there is such an important part of history ten mins down the road from where I live.