Who am I and how does that relate to my capstone? #rayray

Who am I?

  1. I am the kind of person who, after reading a book, will start to think like the 3rd person narrator of my own life and of the things happening around me.
  2. I too-often find myself thinking about what should I do later rather than what am I doing now.
  3. I am someone who will cry if someone else is upset.
  4. (In that same vein) I am sensitive, oftentimes to a fault.
  5. I am someone who is always looking for something to look forward to.
  6. I am a lay-on-the-beach vacation person, though sometimes I am an adventure vacation person or a city vacation person. Basically, I love vacations.
  7. I am a competitive person, but most people wouldn’t know that.

What resources am I using for my project?

(note to readers: I am doing my project as an integrated approach to the Holocaust through the lens of my grandparents’ stories (who are survivors) and how the media/pop culture has portrayed it since the 1950s…)

  1. Comic representations of Hitler from US and Britain during/post WWII
  2. The Stranger (Orson Wells, 1946)
  3. The Diary of Anne Frank
  4. “Eli The Fanatic” (1959)
  5. “The Jewbird” (Malamud, 1963)
  6. Marathon Men (1976)
  7. Saul Bellow’s work (1972)
  8. Sophie’s Choice
  9. Philip Roth (Ghost Writer, 1979)
  10. Night (1982)
  11. Schindler’s List (1990s…)
  12. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  13. Defiance (2009)
  14. My grandparents’ own stories (as recorded by the Video History Archive at USC)


…help me make sense of this?


Self Claims

My completely unrelated self claims….

  • I am a person to make rules but not always follow them
  • I have a really hard time forming a concrete opinion about something
  • I am the person I used to always look up to
  • I am trustworthy but not always trusting
  • I am confident in my knowledge and abilities yet still doubt myself
  • I am the most extroverted introvert you’ll ever meet

My project references, which are all closely related to one of the families that I nanny in which I am writing somewhat of an apologia based on:

  • Families in Ann Arbor
  • Ann Arbor Schools (HDS, Gretchen’s House)
  • Mott Children’s Hospital
  • The psychology of attachment
  • What constitutes a family
  • Curious George (show)
  • The Lorax (movie)
  • My Little Pony (TV show)
  • Fairy books
  • Fairy doors of Ann Arbor

Self Claims Correlation

After writing a list of 8 self-claims, I chuckle realizing that very few people will actually understand exactly what I’m getting at. But the hope is that you will understand some piece of me.

I was then unexpectedly asked to write a list of examples that could be used for my final Capstone project. I wrote them on the same page but thought little of their relation.

Well. Apparently there should be  some correlation between them. And that is me. 

The problem I’m having is that I know why I choose the 10 examples I could use for my project. And I know how the list of 8 self claims describes me. But they are a different aspects of me.

You see, I am a complex person and I think I’m allowed to be.

So here are the lists:

What am I? – Self Claims

  1. I’m the receptionist that will look at you like a bug if you don’t ask me how my day is.
  2. I’m the tooth that doesn’t want to be brushed everyday.
  3. I’m the bubble that will pop unless I am followed.
  4. I’m the microphone on center stage.
  5. I’m that old radio that randomly turns on at obscure hours.
  6. I’m the energizer bunny with irreplaceable batteries.
  7. My words are like the sways of a grandmothers rocking chair.
  8. I’m the garbage disposal for leftovers.

Concrete examples for Project

  1. Argument with James in Jojo’s family room.
  2. When I realized that all norms are socially constructed.
  3. When I learned why the Chinese were not hired for other jobs and were forced out of America.
  4. When I did the privilege walk.
  5. When I read my testimonial out loud and stated how I view the people of color in my Gran Gran’s neighborhood.
  6. When I read that book in the library that said that America is not accepting of difference.
  7. When I realized there is a hierarchy of all difference.
  8. The way people make assumptions about an entire race but don’t call themselves racist.
  9. The way women refuse gender oppression but believe they need to be skinnier according to the media.
  10. 10. The way men think they are benefitting from their societal power but punch holes in walls when they finally release emotion.

I can see where some overlap but it is a bit of a stretch. So I guess let me know if you seen any correlation. In the meantime, I plan to browse through the rest of yours and see what you found.

Enjoy trying to figure me out through a list of 18 things that interest/describe me 🙂

If you read this far, I’m incredibly impressed. I have never met someone so invested in a classmate. And for that, I truly appreciate you. THANKS!


Illustrated Passages Microassignment #rayray

This is the article Maggie, Sami and I read: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/us/easing-terminal-patients-path-to-death-legally.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=1



I think this image sums up the emotion of the article we read. This image is an image of a two people after Hurricane Katrina. The article deals with a subject, assisted suicide, which from either point of view deals with feelings of grief and hopelessness. I think this photo also evokes the emotions of grief and hopelessness. In my heart, I think I’m pro-assisted suicide, but there are so many complications with the issue, I too sometimes feel hopeless when debating the issue because either option results in death and grief.


In case ya missed it: 5 take aways from Maria Cotera’s talk #rayray

Hey all! For anyone who didn’t capitalize on the 100 point opportunity this Thursday at Literati (shame on you…JK. Kinda.), here are a few of her take aways about writing that I found potentially helpful:

1. Form affects tone. When you are writing for a blog, you adapt your “bloggy” voice. When you are writing academic research, cue the distance passive (i.e. “The following dissertation will argue that X…”). Secret  is: no one likes the latter of those two. It feels distant and, frankly, boring. (HINT: our evolution essays should probably avoid that academicky passive voice.)

2. Boring to write, then boring to read. This plays into point 1 a bit.

3. Don’t “invisiblize” yourself as the writer. (This also plays into point 1 about the passive voice. Why should I care about what your “dissertation” is arguing? I’d rather see YOU and your passion about the topic. Read: it’s OK to use “I”.)

4. Start with a structure you know (i.e. classic essay structure)…it’s a safe jumping off point. Then, once you have the structure a little, nuance it. (Could help when drafting this weekend…).

5. There is strength in taking risky challenges and making them the focus of your work. Ask questions. Provoke. Push a little.

…That’s it! See you in class.


Formatting Idea for Final Project #rayray

Hey all,

So the project proposal has made me think I should post my possible formatting idea to see if I can get any responses or feedback on how successful you think it would be. For my project, I will be focusing on the murders of hundreds of women and girls in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. These murders have been occurring for decades with virtually no response from local or federal government, and there are almost no known suspects or concrete motives.

I was considering formatting my project as a magazine article or possibly an entire, short magazine. While the bare-bones prose of this project will be the guiding force, I do not feel I can adequately do this topic justice without including images and graphics related to the murders of Juarez. Many paintings and other art forms have been produced in response to the murders. The images of these artworks are extremely powerful without dramatizing the violence, and I think they will be essential to my project. By juxtaposing detailed text with powerful images side by side, I feel the format of a magazine will keep the reader engaged in a topic that otherwise might feel overwhelming.

Do you think this is a good idea?

If you’re going to be reading about a pretty upsetting (but important) topic, would a magazine format be more enticing as a reader?

Do you have any other formatting ideas that would be helpful for my particular topic?

Any answers to these questions or any other comments would be very appreciated! I’m not well skilled, nor am I knowledgeable, with pretty much any formats outside the standard paper so any creative thoughts would be great!

Project Idea: Societal “Brainwashing” #rayray

First I would like to say that if you want feedback from your classmates in Raymond’s class then you should use: #rayray

My project idea, as of now, is to evaluate what shapes one’s worldview. And when certain people believe that others have been “brainwashed” based on the fact that they hold an opposing worldview, what causes that assumption? I will analyze my brother and myself, two people who grew up in the same household and taught similar values in attempts to explain how we could completely disagree on hot topics such as gender and race. How has one person been indoctrinated and another not? How has this influenced their worldview’s?

In sum, my sociological worldview opposes my brother’s conservative, “American dream” worldview. Why is it that he believes I have been, “brainwashed” by my college learning? How has my brother’s education been so effective in closing his mind to disallow him to take another’s perspective?

On a larger scale, I will address how society is so effective in reinforcing teachings of normalcy and hiding the just, truth.


Does this make sense? Because I feel like it makes sense in my mind but once I try to articulate it, I really struggle. So your thoughts, feedback and opinions would be much appreciated.