“This is a BFD,” exclaims Charlie Gandy on a Long Beach street corner, but it’s not what you think.
Kimberly Lobos's insight:
Lately all I've been able to think about is the upcoming warm weather and my eagerness to get up early in the morning to ride my bike! I've found a new love and it's cycling. The article above was found through the LA times and I thought it was such an insightful Op-Ed in looking at both sides of the story when sharing the rode in LA. I myself never realized that the only reason I wake up extremely early in the morning and drive myself up to the park is to avoid all the aggressive drivers and congestion you come across in the valley. The author does such a great job in putting himself as a person who does not look forward to riding, or disliking the sport in general, but embracing the lifestyle and rights of the riders. Another great tactic he used was representing the riders intellectual side and portraying a well educated person to build a respect for riders. Thought it was a great topic to write about for my Op-Ed covering the aspect of sharing the road, and helping others make their own personal hobbies a subject to write about.
I can appreciate anyone who proves a stigma associated with an illness wrong. Kayla Montgomery is the perfect example of making the best out of a situation that seems less than possible. She used her illness of multiple sclerosis as a reason to run her fastest and try her hardest because of the instability her sickness had upon her ability to do active activities. She was forced to give up other sports but continued to try her best in cross country. This article was written as a wake up call for many of us who take good health for granted. Her clear determination and young age is what can get someone off the couch and into the gym or better yet started with their career. I believe we create obstacles for ourselves and never realize that we truly could be the best version of ourselves if we just had dedication. I found this article through yahoo and was pleased to read a motivating article upon someone close my age who is doing the impossible in her circumstances.
After the article shared in class Tuesday I was intrigued by the outlook my peers took on the article. This inspired me to look for an article with a title that immediately captured the readers attention. What could be more interesting to look into or boil your blood faster than the inability to stop an abduction of an innocent child? The article is based upon the abduction of a young girl and later on her death. The photos published warms the readers heart in establishing the innocence of the child and portraying her abduction as cruel and evil. The article was found through yahoo and contained clear descriptions of the incidents and quotes from relatives making the article reliable.
Upon reading so many articles and books about ways to improve my writing the most daunting task of it all is getting through the entire article or book. The length and volume of these readings seem so overwhelming to me at times that it outweighs my actual understanding and dwells on what I take from it. Coming across this "12 List" allows me to have information that I carelessly forget, or push away from myself, back to light. Compressing such information creates a checklist in our mind while we are writing to not dwell so much on the information and the task on hand but rather take it one step at a time. The source of this article is a group of writers on a movement to condense information for others to take with them in their own writing and businesses.
Cancer is expected to become the leading cause of death in the United States by 2030, according to an ASCO report.
Kimberly Lobos's insight:
The new development of CancerLinQ is in hopes to provide cancer patients with faster treatment that has background of patients with similar symptoms. This article caught my eye with the eyebrow raising title in bold, "Cancer will be No. 1 killer in U.S." This was enough reason to backup the search engine that medical professionals will now have at their fingertips. The article critiques the prices in medicine and the inability of many lower income families to purchase such needs. To avoid practice and resulting with mistake the search engine will provide meaningful data that will conclude to faster treatment. The article is supported by statistics reported through the American Society of Clinical Oncology and insight of doctors themselves practicing in the field.
There is nothing more relevant for me today than correct ways to cite sources and using quotes. Kyle D. Stedman uses great forms of analogies to connect with the reader their annoyance with incorrect citing. The use of horrible drivers is something most of us can relate to in frustration and therefore getting his point across very well. He relates the use of random quotes without any form of introduction as someone swerving into your lane with no use of a blinker. I never saw using quotes that way and I must say I am guilty of throwing random quotes at my reader with no formal use of introduction. I can now see how confusing and off guard this can be for my reader. Kyle D. Stedman had a great knowledge of who his audience would be and how easily his analogies could make his article understanding and insightful.
We have been so accustomed and taught to read for the sole purpose of just trying to extract information from an article rather than understanding the authors themes of writing. I took liking in this article because it allows me to understand the reading in the eyes of the writer. It promotes personal opinion and assuming the next step the writer is going to take. I feel as though its not just reading like a writer but rather an innovator and questioning the writing. This source came from our readings in class therefore making it a reliable source.
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