April 5

Analyzing an Advocacy Website

 

The website that I chose analyze was the Pro-Life Action League website.  This organization provides information on abortion and why people should not have them.  They discuss what they believe are the real truths of abortion are and the myths the pro-life side tells. They use the money the public donates to advance their agenda.

The first logical appeal that I noticed on the website as through the use of statistics.  They state that 98% of people that have abortions are doing so because of a personal choice.  However, when one reads what else they write it states the main “reasons women give for having an abortion include not feeling emotionally capable (32%) or financially capable (25%) of raising a child, and concern that having a child would drastically alter her life (16%).”  These reasons obviously do not add up to 98%, but we know there are other reasons.  The problem with using statistics and the words personal choice is some of the personal choices are life and death.  A person who was raped and pregnant may suffer from suicidal depression having to look that child in the face every day.  Another women may be killed if she has a baby while pregnant because the father does not want the baby.  These are all extreme circumstances, but must still be considered when using statistics.

Another fact that the website uses to logically promote its agenda is it states, ““We affirm that direct abortion—the purposeful destruction of the unborn child—is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.” This information logically makes sense.  Why should one have an abortion if a pregnancy will never kill someone?  Well the website is citing only one panel of physicians with highly sophisticated medicine.  Ireland’s medical care is better than that of the USA.  Therefore, one cannot apply the same logic to the care of pregnant people in the United States; there are medical cases here where pregnancy needs to be terminated to save the mother.  The United States is just unable to provide the same care as the Ireland.

The last logic the website uses to make one agree with the pro-life side is it states, “Women are also psychologically harmed by abortion. Post-abortive women have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse. They have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide more often. They are more likely to abuse their current
children and to get divorced. Post-abortive women are more likely than the general population to seek counseling or hospitalization for depression.”  What the website does not address is the positives that abortions provide for  women and how they can also provide psychological relief for women.  While not all abortions are positive experiences, they are also not all negative ones either. In order to make this a logical argument in my opinion one would have to discuss how the cons outweighed the pros.

 

March 29

Persuasive essay

purpose: convince prospective doctors they should work in a rural setting

This important because there is a lack of physicians in these areas.

I am intrigued becasue I want to work in one of these communities.

Question:

Why is there a problem?  How does it affect the community in terms of health as well as other aspects?  What would improved care bring to the professionals and community?

 

Improving the United States Health Care One Rural Physician at a Time

The developed world, a place where when one ponders health care quality, they think only of the best; they believe the countries have the most effective treatments and the best doctors. This optimistic perspective severely contrasts what one may think of the developing world’s health care systems.  A person may picture run down clinics, with terrible doctors and lack of treatments.  In truth, both of these examples are present in every country.  When looking at developed countries people turn a blind eye to the possibility of poor medical; they cannot fathom the fact that even with the most advanced medical capabilities a country could have, some people an receiving inadequate care. This exact scenario occurs every day in the United States of America.  The country historically has shad a lack of doctors supplying nonmetropolitan areas; a trend that has risen over the recent years.  With a growing disinterest in becoming a rural general practitioner and an increase in medical specialization fixing this problem has become more difficult, thus impacting the quality of care the rural population recieves.  However, the problem must be solved as the long term benefits for both people in the medical field and those in the community affected by a lack of medical care outweigh the short term affects that may prevent people from accepting a job in a rural environment.

 

Because of the shortage of health care in the rural communities, the quality of life for the residents has suffered.  As mentioned before, one can attribute this to the lack of specialists in the area and generalists.  While some may think a way to fix the problem is to have the generalists and specialists see each other’s patients helping to alive the need for more doctors in these areas.  Because this idea lacks potential as these types of doctors cannot do each others jobs, the need for both of these grows as the community needs more generalists and specialists to meet the demand.  Another way people may think that the issue can be solved is through transportation.  One may question, why these people do not travel to other areas to receive medical care? Well these people, who are often members of a low socioeconomic class, cannot afford to travel long distance to meet a doctor that specializes in a field not practiced in their town.   These poor towns can be associated with higher rates of chronic disease, motor and gun related incidents, as well as job associated injuries.  In a town where medical capacities are low and need is high, one can see the issue.  As the gap widens the mortality rate will increase, making this issue even more pressing.

The impacts of poor health impact the community in other ways than just preventing the people from living their best lives.  There has been a proven connection between the health of individuals and the economic status of the community.  Having health problems in the past has shown to negatively affect the potential earnings of an individual.  This scenario holds true for those that have been recovering from health issues in the past.  It has been shown that the health of men impacts the economy more than the health of women. Finally, it studies show that health impacts African American communities more than it impact white communities. When looking at this data, one should consider who is affecting the economy.  In these poorer communities the health of the males impacts the community more because more men are working than women. Black communities are already seen to have lower wealth than white communities, so their economy is already deeply suffering.  Thus the effects of health deeply exacerbate these facts.  However, increasing health care professionals in these areas can help these economic troubles as well as the health of the community.

When health care is accessible to all the longevity of the community increases.  With increased medical care to all the life expectancy has increased, the social environment and the communities lifestyle as a whole(Weeks and Wallace 2008). Health and life expectancy improve from these treatments because these people are now provided with symptom relief.  Mental and physical pain are also relieved and treatments are shortened as they are made more efficient.  It is important to note that with increased medical care in these communities there will be more surgeries, so the life expectancy will increase for the average healthy individual that it will on paper, because more people will be dying from risky surgeries.  However, this is a positive, not people dying, but having more surgeries means people are getting medical care and not left to die.    It was noted earlier that poor health provides people with les earning potential in society. Increased health means people will be contributing more money to society, helping to improve the economy, something these communities all need.

The last paragraph will address sustainability and recruiting generalists….how this will add specialist…how the creation of this will provide more jobs to the rest of the community

Conclusion-I will be addressing how this is the way to move forward to improve health care for these communities, improve the professional lives of doctors, help the economy of these people in the communities

Put in a place for where w ego-make sure it is evident that this needs to be done for all communities

conclusion ex: The country historically has shad a lack of doctors supplying non metropolitan areas; a trend that has risen over the recent years.  With a growing disinterest in becoming a rural general practitioner and an increase in medical specialization fixing this problem has become more difficult, thus impacting the quality of care the rural population receives.  However, the problem must be solved as the long term benefits for both people in the medical field and those in the community affected by a lack of medical care outweigh the short term affects that may prevent people from accepting a job in a rural environment.  If more doctors work in rural areas, more people can live fulfilling lives contributing to society making the world a better place.

Sources to be added

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Chirikos, Thomas N., and Gilbert Nestel. 1985. “Further Evidence on the Economic Effects of Poor Health.” The Review of Economics and Statistics 67 (1). The MIT Press:61. https://doi.org/10.2307/1928435.

“Study Examines Why Primary Care Physicians Leave Rural Areas.” n.d. Accessed March 24, 2018. https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170712ruralturnover.html.

Weeks, William B., and Amy E. Wallace. 2008. “Rural–Urban Differences in Primary Care Physicians’ Practice Patterns, Characteristics, and Incomes.” The Journal of Rural Health 24 (2):161–70. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-0361.2008.00153.x.

 

 

audience: perspective medical sources considering career choices

March 14

Deliberation Reflection

I attended the deliberation “Dealing with Sexual Assault: Defining Yes.”  The majority of the people at this deliberation were there for the same reason as me.  They understood that sexual assault was a problem on college campuses, some even knew those that experienced assault, and they wanted to help find a solution to the problem.  In order to come up with a solution they had three different approaches.  They addressed community engagement, education and the legal aspect for defining consent and how to fix the sexual assault problem.

During the community engagement part of we discussed the importance of support from the community.  They believed that with support people will be more comfortable sharing their experiences.  It was discussed that this group therapy and support will help these people recover.  They also discussed that the community must be more aware of the sexual assault that is occurring and be more focused on programs educating the community on how to prevent the problem.

The second approach dealt with the education system and how to use that to resolve the hook up culture.  Much like in my deliberation they addressed healthy relationships.  They addressed that the best way to instill the importance of these relationships early in life. Much like what we discussed they discussed how one can start with what it means to be a good friend and how to share.  As one gets older the content covered will also mature.

The last topic discussed was the how the legal system can help and make a clear definition of what consent is to help reduce sexual assault.  It was interesting to listen to other people’s position because they believe that there should be a clear cut definition is necessary, but this is impossible.  They believed that there will always be a loop hole in prosecuting the assaulter.  People agreed this was something that needs to change.

February 15

Articles for Deliberation

article number one: http://neurosciencefundamentals.unsw.wikispaces.net/Sex+and+the+Brain.+What+parts+are+involved%3F

This article discusses the various areas that are affected in the brain during sex.  In public schools today children are taught about how people have sex, contract STDs, get pregnant through a very abstinence based curriculum.  However, this is not preventing children from having sex.  Children/Adolescents are not taught what is occurring in their brain causing them to have these sexual desires and arousal.  Understanding what is occurring in the brain is crucial for these people as it helps them understand what is happening in their body and that it is not a problem,  Allowing them to understand how their limbic system is affecting their choices will help them make more informed decisions as it is a know fact that adolescents understand the risks of sex, they just weigh the rewards more.  Learning this about this on a conscious level will help them make more informed decisions, allowing for their mental health to remain intact as the risky behavior is linked to a decrease in one’s mental health.

Article 2: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201303/how-casual-sex-can-affect-our-mental-health

This article discusses the fact that a decrease in mental health has been correlated with the hook up culture.  The impact of this on mental health is not discussed in sex ed.  While people may be reporting positive feeling during sexual intercourse, afterward there is a decrease in the mental health.  There are reports that this leads to sexual dysfunction later in life.  This needs to change.  Having students understand this negative correlation between mental health and the hook up culture will help them understand the consequences.  This is not saying the positives of sex should not be discussed, both need to be understood.

These two articles will be used to help the audience understand how and why sex education should be reformed for students in both middle and high school.

February 6

Deliberation Post One

Title: Let’s Talk About Sex (Ed) Baby

The deliberation that we will be running is going to discussing how sexual education is taught in Pennsylvania and the United States today.  We will also be talking about the need for education and the reason why reforming this part of our education system is critical.

I am a member of mini-team approach one.  We will be discussing the importance of sexual education in terms of medical misconceptions and facts revolving sexual education.  We will be focusing on STDs, vaccinations, and birth control.  We will be discussing what is taught now in the school and what needs to be taught given the prevalence of various diseases both sexual and nonsexual that can be helped or prevented from education.

I am currently working with Cassidy on the mini-team portion of this project.

 

 

February 3

This I Believe

Walking around my kitchen I can look and find many things, but the one thing that sticks out to me the most are the knives on the counter.  Now imagine not knowing when a knife was going to begin stabbing your left pelvis continuously to the point where the pain causes you to throw up uncontrollably and not be able to walk.  This concept is not a new to me. In fact every couple of months from the time that I was 13 years old until I had my left rudimentary horn and fallopian tube removed, I experienced this excruciating pain.  Now I am not going to bore you all with the medical details, because for some that may be too gruesome. But I will just say having part of my uterus removed has definitely changed my life and taught me to believe in humor.

Growing up I always took everything super seriously and still do to a lesser degree today.  My parents always taught me to work hard and my successes will come.  If I struggled or received anything less than an A on a test, I would go home and cry because obviously that meant the world was ending, so I would not be a successful individual.  However no matter how hard I worked to avoid my pelvic pain, and move on with my life, it would not go away. I realized nothing I did would resolve the issue.  This failure was not a typical one but I considered it a major one.  I am independent person, and so when I cannot fix a problem on my own I believe I suffer from a major defeat.   I realized the seriousness of my everyday life would not help resolve the problem, and if that was the case why should I be like that all the time.    See if I could not overcome my health complication on my own, I needed a way to make myself feel better and did so by laughing.  While I still had these pains until I had surgery, I made myself forget about the problem by cackling, allowing me to be a productive individual, as I did not focus solely on trying to remove the pain from my body when it resurfaced.

After this health problem, I continued to instill the belief of humor into my everyday life. I know that failure will occur, but I now understand that I need to chuckle at myself for it.  Being serious will not fix inevitable defeats that will occur in life.  But relaxing and finding humor in it will give my brain a break and allow you to approach the topic, finding a new way one to overcome it and progress to be made.  At 18 years old, when I struggle or fail completing a task, I take a break turn on a trashy reality television show, like Keeping up with the Kardashians and laugh.  I then go back to the problem, take a new approach and fix it, allowing me to successfully surpass the issue.  Therefore, I believe in humor as it gives me the best opportunity to achieve greatness in my own life.

November 25

History of a Controversy Contract

History of a Public Controversy Project

We (Stacie, Kyle, Carly, Julia, Shannon, and KiKi) are going to be completing our public controversy video about Greek life. We are going to be focusing on the culture that Greek life fosters among young people, focusing in on the aspect of moral judgement verses law abiding in the Greek community.  In doing this we will also address the Timothy Piazza scandal and how PSU was punished as well as how money can influence the punishments and how the PSU punishment influenced Greek life around the country.

Thesis: The Greek community has been a large aspect of college life, supplying students with wonderful memories and ideals.  However, with a growing trend of law breaking acts being completed by these groups it calls into question are these groups doing the right thing by following their moral rather than the law. And how can money help them continue their ways without getting in trouble.

Who is doing what?

Role Member of Group
Video editor Kiki, Kyle
Voice Over Stacie, Julia
Image/video collector Carly, Shannon
Researcher-moral judgement Stacie
Researcher-law abiding Kyle
Researcher-PSU scandal Carly
Researcher-impact around country on Greek Life Shannon
Researcher-money impact Kiki
Researcher-Greek tradition Julia

 

The following people agree to this document: Stacie, Kyle, Shannon, Julia, Carly, Kiki

 

October 26

TED TALK OUTLINE

  1. Introduction
    1. Disney princesses have transition to the modern women teaching children that they can strive for the dreams
    2. Talk about first time at Disney-wanting to be these people
      1. Whether we knew what they stood for or not
    3. Shift to modern feminism-pacific
      1. “destabilizing” men’s standard of society with the belief of universal womanhood
        1. Distinct genders
        2. Sexuality
          1. Revealing clothing
        3. Strong and empowered women
          1. Women can create their own definition of beauty and role in society
  • Equality among multicultural women
    1. Ethnicity
    2. Class
    3. Sexual orientation- https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism
  1. Modern Disney Princesses
    1. Young children look up to these people as role models-they are realistic models of good women in society
      1. Merida- https://www.bustle.com/articles/107099-fact-merida-from-brave-is-disneys-most-feminist-princess
        1. Shows how forced stereotypes can influence a relationship
          1. Not every person is meant for the same womanly role
        2. When something went wrong she did not let someone else fix the problem
          1. She went and fixed it
        3. No relationship
        4. Refused the makeover for her coronation
      2. Tiana-bustle
        1. Comes from a life where she has to work two jobs to achieve here dream
          1. Economic independence
          2. Stability in a job
            1. Wants to own a restaurant
          3. Names the restaurant after herself
            1. Knows her worth
          4. Women of color
            1. Feminism in this generation has also to do with disparity among different ethnicities
              1. This focuses on someone of minority struggling achieving their dreams
  • Puts on sexy outfit and does not care what anybody thinks
    1. Eyebrow raise
  1. Frees herself from the trap that her powers put her in
    1. Does not need a man’s helps
    2. Accepts who she is

 

  1. Rapunzel-bustle
    1. Runs away from the life she is terrified off
    2. Knows she is worth more than that life
    3. Self-defense-not afraid to hit others to protect herself
    4. Makes her life happen
      1. Does not need Flynn to achieve her dream
        1. She was already in the process of making it happen when he came along
          1. it is not a problem that she found love, but it was not a central theme in the movie.
        2. The real world
          1. Not everyone can be royalty-need to be the best they can be
            1. Fulfill our fantasies-achieve our dreams
            2. Why now?
              1. After Hillary Clinton won the DNC nomination female empowerment was at an all-time high
                1. Women felt like they could do anything
                  1. When she lost many women felt like there was a setback in the advancement of women-feminism
                    1. Donald Trump has been filmed saying anti-feminist things
                  2. This is should not prevent anyone from anything
                    1. We need to continue to encourage young girls to strive for their dreams
                      1. Backgrounds do not define how far someone can go-princesses express this message
                    2. Malala
                      1. Grew up under Taliban
                        1. Shot in the head
                          1. Continued to preach for education
                            1. Now at Oxford
                          2. Simone Biles
                            1. Gymnastics
                              1. Grew up in foster system
                                1. Was adopted by her grandparents whom she now calls mom and dad
                              2. Maryam Mirzakhani
                                1. STEM
                                  1. Breast cancer spread to the bones
                                    1. Still pursued her dreams-achieved the fields medal in math
                                      1. Dying cannot stop her
                                      2. From Iran-while she was given awards any time you grow up in a country that is not a pro equality for gender there are hardships
                                    2. Proving background does not define you-able to do whatever you want
                                  2. What does this mean for the future
                                    1. We need these people because they are the future
                                      1. When we limit the ability of those not born into privilege you are limited the ability
                                      2. Invest in stem
                                        1. No matter the background-these people will one day save your lives
  • Invest in entertainment
    1. Arts/sports/movies
      1. One day when you are exhausted and tired-you will need someone to entertain you
    2. They are our future
      1. We need them to know that they can do whatever they want
        1. Lead by example
      2. Conclusion
        1. Disney has adopted its princesses to represent the modern women showing that although royalty may not be possible, they teach people to try to achieve their dreams
          1. While it is fun to fantasize our fanaticize can be through achieving our dreams
            1. For me one day I will be wearing a lab coat saving millions of people
              1. It all started with the inspiration of one doctor inspiring me to pursue my dreams as a little girl
October 19

Paradigm Shift Essay

Introduction: Every girl dreams of growing up and becoming a princess, living their happily ever after lives.  But do they really know what this means.  The princess that a modern person would want to be does not correspond with the princess of the 1950s and a person who believes in a traditional lifestyle may not want to be a modern princess.

Thesis: As the feminism movement grew throughout history, Disney began to adjust its princesses along with it.  One can see that there are three categories of Disney princesses depending on the social climate. A beginning stage, a transition stage and a modern up to date stage where women a equal to men.

  1. 1930s
    1. 3% of women had jobs
      1. Continued into the 1940s
      2. Cheaper labor
  • Poor working conditions for women
  1. People believed women should be married
    1. Place in the home
    2. Mother’s worked when husband’s wages could not support them
    3. Do what the wife wants (Working Women in the 1930s – U.S. History in Context)
  2. The original Disney princess reflected society
    1. Snow White
      1. Looks for a man to marry
      2. Blue dress-represented femininity in the day
  • Stay at home-clean the house of the seven dwarfs
  1. Magic mirror
    1. Who is the fairest of them all
      1. beauty is what defines a woman
        1. her worth
      2. Cinderella
        1. Marriage the ultimate goal
          1. Escape from lives that they had before
        2. She performs housewifely duties
          1. Consequences if they are not done
  • Beauty-what women are valued for
    1. Love at first sight with the prince
      1. He does not look at anything but her looks
    2. Has to look perfect for the ball
  1. Sleeping beauty
    1. Gifts
      1. Gift of song
      2. Gift of beauty
        1. Necessary skills for a women to possess
      3. She does not have much of a purpose in the movie
        1. Is used as an object
          1. Not a feminist role
        2. Feminism in the 1960s-1980s
          1. What did women want
            1. More job opportunities
            2. More pay-higher wage
  • Wanted to get out of the house-not do house hold jobs
    1. Wanted to prove that they can do other things
  1. Opponents of this
    1. Did not want to disrupt gender role
    2. Did not want unisex bathrooms mandated
  • Military conscription-men were liable for military service
  1. Unconstitutional alimony laws
  1. Disney’s response to this
    1. Ariel and Belle are very similar-WBEZ
      1. Explore
        1. Belle-read books
        2. Ariel-go on adventures with Flounder
      2. Independent
        1. Take care of themselves
          1. Belle does not fit in with the environment so she does her own thing
          2. Ariel goes and explores on her own without the knowledge of others
            1. Makes her own decisions-Ursula
  • When they found their men they lost their drive in life-submissive role in society
    1. Belle
      1. Pretty girl falls for abusive man
        1. Unable to escape at first until she falls for him
      2. Ariel
        1. Has to give something up to be with the man she wants too
          1. Changes her life for him (for a part)\
        2. Jasmine
          1. More athletic body type
          2. Running away from the palace-exert her independence
  • Sexualizing women
    1. Outfit
      1. Ethnic outfit-makes people think that this is not the purpose
    2. Proves that it is still a man’s world

Fulfilling the women’s role to natural fulfillment of a young woman’s dream as continually defined by men

  1. Pocahontas
    1. Athleticism-strong woman
    2. Independence
      1. Lets John Smith go back to England without her
        1. Partial independence because she does not leave because she does not want to
          1. She says her tribe needs her-not completely an unclouded decision
        2. It is also a coincidence that there is not a biracial couple in the movie
          1. Against traditional marriage roles
        3. Mulan
          1. Physically fights
          2. Progressive-breaking gender norms
            1. The whole movie focuses on the problems with this
              1. Men should protecting the women and children in the community
  • Independence
    1. Makes her own decisions to join the army
      1. Cuts her hair off
    2. Saves China by were own RISK TAKING and thinking
  1. Shift to modern feminism-pacific
    1. “destabilizing” men’s standard of society with the belief of universal womanhood
      1. Distinct genders
      2. Sexuality
        1. Revealing clothing
      3. Strong and empowered women
        1. Women can create their own definition of beauty and role in society
  • Equality among multicultural women
    1. Ethnicity
    2. Class
    3. Sexual orientation- https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism
  1. Modern Disney Princesses
    1. Merida- https://www.bustle.com/articles/107099-fact-merida-from-brave-is-disneys-most-feminist-princess
      1. Shows how forced stereotypes can influence a relationship
        1. Not every person is meant for the same womanly role
      2. When something went wrong she did not let someone else fix the problem
        1. She went and fixed it
  • No relationship
  1. Refused the makeover for her coronation
  1. Tiana-bustle
    1. Comes from a life where she has to work two jobs to achieve here dream
      1. Economic independence
      2. Stability in a job
        1. Wants to own a restaurant
      3. Names the restaurant after herself
        1. Knows her worth
      4. Women of color
        1. Feminism in this generation has also to do with disparity among different ethnicities
          1. This focuses on someone of minority struggling achieving their dreams
        2. Elsa- http://www.thefeministwire.com/2014/10/slamming-door-analysis-elsa-frozen/
          1. Opportunity to make mistakes
          2. Love of sister rather than suitor
          3. Does not make her in to be more powerful than she is
            1. Humanizes her
              1. Dhows her mental health issues-coronation
              2. Does not need to be the perfect person-LET IT GO
                1. Puts on sexy outfit and does not care what anybody thinks
                  1. Eyebrow raise
                2. Frees herself from the trap that her powers put her in
                  1. Does not need a man’s helps
                  2. Accepts who she is

 

  1. Rapunzel-bustle
    1. Runs away from the life she is terrified off
    2. Knows she is worth more than that life
  • Self-defense-not afraid to hit others to protect herself
  • Makes her life happen
    1. Does not need Flynn to achieve her dream
      1. She was already in the process of making it happen when he came along
        1. It is not a problem that she found love, but it was not a central theme in the movie.

Conclusion

  1. As the feminism movement grew throughout history, Disney began to adjust its princesses along with it. One can see that there are three categories of Disney princesses depending on the social climate. A beginning stage, a transition stage and a modern up to date stage where women a equal to men.
October 11

A Picture is a Thousand Words

Addario’s photographs are amazing as they have the uncanny ability to capture the emotion of the seen.   On pages 186 there is an image depicting a young women surrounded by the blue sky.  This picture stuck me as in the midst of a wonderful sunny day a women is upset and crying, while staring at the camera.  It reminds us that although we may think that everything is wonderful it is not.  We take for granted the fact that we can walk outside and enjoy the heat without worrying about how it will alter the day.  This woman has to worry about providing water and food for her family, something that is not a luxury in her life.  This photo reminds us that just because it is a nice day and beautiful environment that everything is wonderful in someone’s life.  The other picture that stood out to me was on page 276 one sees a picture of American Soldiers crying over the loss of their peer who is in a coffin covered with the American flag.  This picture is very powerful to me because the picture captures the feelings that I have every time I stand for the National Anthem.  I remember the people that have died for my freedom and the life that I have.  Viewing this picture also struck me because it reminded me that in all the chaos surrounding the NFL with the national anthem we need to remember those who have fallen while protecting the country.  The emotions of the soldiers depicted just that and remind us what the flag means.

I can incorporate photos and videos into my blog to help it come alive.  Therefore, I will pick pictures that directly relate to my blog.  That way the people can physically visualize what I am saying, because sometimes it is hard to see the ideas that a person is writing.  They need a physical copy to understand.