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There Is More To Life Than Money!

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I personally, agree with this article, more so than Andrew. I believe that the number one goal of people in modern day America is to make the big bucks, in other words, people just want to become rich. Why? I mean, I hate having to be that guy, but money is a great thing to have. Please don't pretend that it isn't. It buys clothes, a roof over your head and luxury. Ah yes, luxury. An important part of modern day society that many still refuse to believe is important, but to many it is. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that money is the most important thing in the world or that it is something that people should really strive for, I'm just trying to say that denying the fact that money is a big reason why people do what they do and why many have an American Dream that consists of money. Money really is a nice thing to have, but it really shouldn't be the number one focus of a person's life. As they say, "Money doesn't buy happiness" and I believe that the American Dream should be to be happy and live life to the fullest. Therefore, money isn't the most important part of achieving the American Dream. It's just the fact many believe money will make them happy. But that isn't true. Real happiness is brought on by those around you, your family and friends. Family and friends are a huge reason as to why there is, in fact, more to life than money.


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Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Let's be honest, Daisy Buchannan really only cares about the material things in life. So this song, sung by Marilyn Monroe, really accurately displays the kind of person Daisy is. Daisy is the kind of person that I can't stand, she only wants material items, and she believes that they are the only things that will make her happy. She lives in the world of the rich, East Egg. She has had money all of her life and she can't imagine a world without the luxury of living the life of luxury. After all, she knew about Tom cheating on her, but why didn't see leave him? It's simple. She never left him because he had the money and the things that she wanted. It's as simple as that. I really don't like people that live their life with priorities that are so far out of whack, but what can I do about it? In the end, Daisy is a work of fiction. I can’t change something that isn’t real and I shouldn’t get all worked up about it. I actually think that without this aspect of her character, the book wouldn’t have been half as good as it was. This aspect of her personality really fits the song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and that is why I chose that song as the theme song for Daisy.

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We Want To Know: What Is Your American Dream? : NPR

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I stumbled upon this article while browsing NPR's website and it really made me think. What is my American Dream? First off, I had to figure out exactly what is the "American Dream" and then I could answer the question at hand. I did some researching, and the most common definition for the American Dream is something along the lines of living a life full of prosperity, success and, most importantly, happiness. I took this question and I reformed it to make a little more sense, what do I want with my life? I think that the most important aspect of my American Dream would be having a family that I love and care about. I really don't know what I want to do with my life. I would love to be an actor or work in the performing arts, but I would also love to have a job that allows me to explore the world. My dream job seems to change every couple of months, the only thing I know about my future career is that whatever I do, I want to be happy. Even if that job doesn't have a big salary, that doesn't matter. I would rather be poor and happy than rich and unhappy with my job. But even that doesn't matter if I don't have a family to be there by my side.  A family is the biggest and most important part of my American Dream. I feel as if no matter what I do, even if my job is something that I love, it means nothing if I don't have someone to come home to.  That's really all that matters to me in the end. 

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Andrew Kathan's comment, October 30, 2012 2:03 PM
I think that your definition of The American Dream really represents what all people should strive for. Is money all that matters in life, or is it the ability to whatever you want, without anyone being able to stop you? Thank you for your valuable input into this difficult topic.
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Roaring Twenties Fashion is Roaring Again

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That's right. You read that title correctly. The fashion of the Twenties is back, well sort of. It's not as much back as it is on the rise. Why is this? We have new shows like "Boardwalk Empire" and the upcoming film of "The Great Gatsby" to thank. People are seeing these fashion trends that were once popular in the 1920's and realizing just how cool they were! I mean sequined dresses are beautiful! I am personally a huge fan of the style and fashion of the Twenties; I think it was one of the better times for fashion in America. People in the Twenties dressed more like they cared about how they look, and I feel as if now people are more interested in comfort. I am actually really excited at the rise in Twenties because personally, I love the idea of the 1920's. If I could go back in time, I would probably go to the Roaring Twenties and the fact that the Twenties are essentially coming to me makes me happy. Because I do not have the ability to go back and time to visit the Twenties, but this will do. For now. But hopefully time travel will be invented sooner rather than later, so that I can make my dream a reality.

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Midnight in Paris: The Jazz Age

Ah, yes. The Roaring Twenties. The Jazz Age, The Flapper Era. A time when America was a simpler place. Whenever I think about the 1920's, I can't help but think about the movie Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson stars as Gil Pender, who has a love for the 1920's and wants nothing more than to live in that time. In the movie, he is picked up in a classic car and transported back to the Twenties, where he meets iconic people of the time. He meets Hemingway, Picasso, Dali and even the Fitzgeralds. This movie is one of my favorites of all time. It is actually what taught me most of what I know about the Twenties and helped me form an opinion about this period of time. After watching this movie, I wanted nothing more than to be able to go back to the Jazz Age, even if only for a day. I would love to see the more laid back lifestyle filled with prosperity. Don't even get me started about the parties that I would've loved to attend! Anyways, I think that the Jazz Age would have been one of the best times to live in America. Now every time I watch this movie, I can't help but wish that the technology for time travel had been invented so that I could at least have lunch with F. Scott Fitzgerald and talk about the masterpiece that is "The Great Gatsby."

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Banned Books Week

Last week, I attended the Banned Books Week presentation at school and, personally, I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about. I understand that burning books may be a bit over the line, but banning books? What's the big deal? Some parents are more conservative than others, so why can't they just ban the book? Well, after reading this article, it really helped me understand exactly why banning books is so bad. I never really thought about the fact that one person's ideals can be so vastly different than someone else's. The fact that banning a book would help the family who was trying to keep the book away from their son, but what about all the other kids? Their parents might have wanted them to learn something from those books and banning that book would prevent that learning to occur. A book is a story and who are we to stop that story from being told? This article really helped put that in perspective for me. I just never really thought about how many people have different ideas of what should and shouldn’t be allowed in schools. I guess that in the end, I learned how important it is to stop books from being banned.

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MK's comment, October 30, 2012 2:19 PM
Although the act of banning books is a little shady, the intentions must be pure. I for one do not really approve of such doing, but putting myself into the perspective of a parent or community that wants to ban books is for the good of the children and people. It may not be "the good" for other people outside the community, but it is purely out of protection and to raise them upon the parents or community leaders' beliefs which they believe is good and pure.
Katie Smith's comment, October 30, 2012 2:20 PM
Yes, I agree! Its not fair for other children who will never get the opportunity to read classic books just because of some families belifes.
Sara Wiser's comment, October 30, 2012 2:21 PM
I agree that banning books does go over the line. It was interesting that you talked about the family that kept the book away from the son and deprived the other children.