Thursday, November 27, 2003

I do not think there is anything I would want to change about this class. Although I do not like the tests or presentations, but I know those are parts of learning. Therefore, I would not want to change those. If I could I would change the basic learning system of every child so that they could become good students not by getting good scores in test papers but also by scoring highly when it comes showing proper respect to others. Such as, I cannot imagine students putting their legs on the table while teacher is in the class. I thought it is American culture but when I asked some other students, they had different opinions. They said that it is not something students would be punished for but it is considered as disrespect to the teacher in American culture. It proves ‘right deed’ is eternal and unchanging everywhere. Why do teachers allow it?

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

It is impractical to mention, but I did not like the quizzes, presentations, and I do not like the final exam too. Except those, I liked everything about this class, and it is hard to find a specific one. Instead of what, if the question was who, then I might say that I liked Ms. Cooper most. Not because she is a teacher but she is one of the best teachers I have ever known. All the topics she talked about and the assignments she gave us showed her care for the humanity (Veronica and I discussed this several times). I feel lucky to have such a person as my teacher.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Yes. Why not? They are people like heterosexuals and choose controversial lifestyles, which are not harmful for anyone (unlike nudists). That is why they should get all the rights as heterosexuals. I wonder how on this twenty first century we talk about whether gays and lesbians be afforded the same rights as heterosexual beings when we know that it (being gay or lesbian) is not totally a choice but genetic formation too.

Monday, November 24, 2003

People think that gay men talk, walk, and behave like women. Some think that gay men wear dresses like women. About lesbians, people have one common stereotype that lesbians are rough and shorthaired like men. People have these stereotypes because of ignorance about real gays and lesbians. Some television shows misguide people, which create stereotypes in people’s mind, such as “Will and Grace.”

Sunday, November 23, 2003

I believe that single and married both parents can raise children well, and it depends on their moral, ethical, financial, and educational qualities. Single parents normally face the financial problems and if not, they invest all their love, time, and caring for their children. Their worlds move around their children. On the other hand, married couples normally share every facilities and problems together, which makes easy for them and their children to live a peaceful life. Married couples worlds also move around their children, but sometimes they bump with each other when moving around, which are the great flaws in married couples life specially when children are involved. Married couples usual fighting and unstable marriage situations are the worst nightmares in children's life, which single parents do not have (if I think single means not involving the single parents' boyfriends or girlfriends interfering in children's life). Children's need peaceful environments and love mostly, and the parents can give them that, whether they are married or single, are the best parents.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Polygny, polyandry, transsexual, and nudists are the other alternative lifestyles people live today. In Hinduism, there are many wonderful and interesting practices, and I think one I can mention, which I am not sure but might be considered as alternative lifestyle. Some of the Hindu girls are married to any of the gods (statue of the gods) by their parents and those girls live their whole life as the wives of the gods and never marry real human beings. There is a good movie on this topic (in Hindi) named ‘Sati.’

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Yes, I like to write research papers though it is hard for me. Writing research papers needs searching and reading information’s from web sites or books, which is a good way to learn more about the assigned subject. However, the much time it needs finding the information’s is tough to manage, and my usual problem of understanding English properly is an obstacle to put the information’s together and make my papers strong. I wish I knew English as I know my own language Bangla (which I know very well) then with my interest and dedication, I could write better papers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Many interesting things are going on the world today, and I am writing about some of those.

Guerrilla war still raging in many parts of the world including Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan.

President Bush has gone to the UK, which is first official visit by an US President since 1918.

Prince Charles is accused of being gay by a former employee.

Some under-developed parts of Bangladesh is struck by famine.

Even after so much advancement in so-called Hi-tech gadgets and satellites, Bin Laden and Saddam are still at bay.

An arrest warrent has been issued for Michael Jackson becasue of the alleged molestation of a twelve year boy.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

My mom has come from Bangladesh to visit me. After a long time, the taste of my known favorite childhood food is flavoring my house when mom is cooking meal for us. Now my maturity helps me to understand many things about my mom, which I did not know or understood before. I know no matter how mad we get, mom’s do things for our betterment although not all their thoughts are absolute right all the time. My husband, my daughter and I are happy having her here

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Do I need to write point by point all we have learned in the eng 101 class so far? I cannot remember all that I have learned; however, I know my writing technique has improved. Beyond our syllabus, I have learned a lot from the teacher, and the classmates. I love to analyze human psychology, and my classmates' everyday behaviors in the classroom have fed my interest. Obviously, in each class, we come to learn the certain subject appropriately but learning interesting bits and pieces from surroundings enrich life itself.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

It was the day of final English test, and I was late. Therefore, I was trying to float the cloud fast, which by the way was my transport. Satan came from nowhere and threw the trumpet on my lap after blowing an annoying sound with it. God woke up from His beauty sleep; saw me in front of Him with the trumpet and thought I played it to disturb Him. As a punishment, God melted the cloud I was floating in. I dropped on the ground with the raindrops and started running towards the SMCC. When I reached there, it was 11 a.m. and the test was over. I was crying for missing the test, which meant a failing grade. My husband woke me up and asked why I was crying. I am thankful for waking me up from the nightmare.

Friday, November 07, 2003

I have seen people doing many mean things in Bangladesh (where I was born and raised) to another human beings, which torn my heart but could not do anything. I could not (still cannot) protect my best friend Benu from being tortured mentally and physically by her husband. I could not protect the poor maids from the rich owners’ abuses and tortures. I could not question or do anything against those people who raped the helpless poor girls. I could not save the students when fanatic religious people pricked the students’ eyes with metal rods in day light. When I knew the mothers sold their innocent young girls, I cried realizing the derogation of humanity but could not do anything. I still cry, and my heart aches for every single mean thing someone did to another human being. Could you (readers) please judge which one was the meanest among those because I cannot.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Obesity is not a disability, but it causes disability. Although, there are many unavoidable reasons (genetic or effect of other diseases) with few intentional or uncontrolled issues for being obese, yet all obese people suffers mentally more than physically because of others ignorance about obesity. I know one obese person who is five feet six inches tall, loves to eat, and weighs over 300 pounds. However, this person is full of energy and works 16 hours a day. He knows clearly about the serious consequences of obesity, such as diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, but he does not think that he has any disability. To my opinion, the underlying causes of obesity are somewhat disability, but obesity itself is not a disability.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

If lack of confidence, worrying too much, getting sick before any test are not considered as disabilities then I think I have only one real disability, which is migraine. Migraine could be two types, such as mild or controllable and severe or uncontrollable. I have the second type. It is not possible to understand the sufferings of migraine if one does not have this problem. I get so sick that sometimes I need to go to ER to get painkiller and sedative injections. There is a medicine, which can reduce the headache within short time, but it is not the cure, however, I can not afford the medicine regularly because it is expensive (9 tablets cost $105). I take many medicines (2 acetaminophen tablets, 2 caffeine tablets, 1 sleeping pill, and 2 tablespoon of anti nausea) at a time to get rid of the tremendous pain, yet it takes hours or days to heal. I save the expensive tablets for final semester tests if migraine attacks at that time. Insurance does not cover this medicine. I not only suffer the migraine pain but also suffer the curse of being poor.

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