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This I Believe:

“This I Believe”  Draft #2  Faith In Humanity

Is Humanity worth believing in?

It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species.  I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain  or awe it brings me.  Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.

Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand.  I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in the Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.

We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others, yet when I observe the world so many only seek to see the flaws and not the values.

However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more.  That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves.  It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most dark that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.

I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.

It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.

Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.

A single person, a small act can kindle change in us all.

“This I Believe”  Faith In Humanity Final Draft

Is Humanity worth believing in?

It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species.  I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain  or awe it brings me.  Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.

Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand, on a screen in a distant memory, in black and white I heard the speech that would forever change me.

I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in The Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.

………….

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another.  

 We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery ,we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

 You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.*

…………..

We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others.

However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more.  That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves.  It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most against itself that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.

I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.

It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.

Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.

A single person, a small act, can kindle change in us all.

“Individual Profile”:

Draft 1 Paul Akinson      “A Lawyer Of Then A Teacher Of Now” Profile

It began as me calmly waiting outside Mr. Akinson office, I wanted to be on time, and I had another minute and a half to wait before I would knock on the door.

There was an error in word press, when I went on the work I had previously was erased

Profile Draft #2 Law Teacher

I stood waiting patiently  in the hallway outside of his office, rocking to a beat no one but I could feel, desperately attempting to stop myself from all out air guitar.  Yet when the clock struct three I stopped, a clam settling as I announced my presence.  His office door was decorated with comedic one piece comics, a hint of who he was perhaps? We grinned pleasantly at each other, reaching our destination we settled  down for the big questions I was going to ask.

I began with asking “how did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”

It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love of the practice, which inspired my next question “what  was you favorite part of your practice?”.  He grinned bright and happy, “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

Indeed he was happy to explain what he favored, but what of those he worked with?   I asked next “would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”  He did not hesitate to respond “oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

Following afterwards with a smirk at the information I inquired “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  He thought for a moment before the answer became clear to him, hesitating he responded.  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”

It is the most depth I had from him, and it startled me.  I progressed to the next question unwilling to let him linger over it anymore then he did before then.  Quickly so as to not stagnate the interview I continued.

“Would  you say there is a philosophy to your practice?”  He paused again to assess the question before smiling and saying “Do the best you can for the Cilent, and do your best everyday.”

The interview ended on a lighter note and as we separated to head our own ways I still couldn’t get the song out of my head.

Profile Final Draft                                                  “Paul Atkinson”

Paul Atkinson is a retired lawyer of Advocacy Law and currently a criminal justice professor at the Sir Stanford Fleming college, located in Peterborough Sutherland campus Ontario.  And he was my teacher, the first impression of which I did not expect, he walked in with a jersey of a team did not know and grin on his face, Law class was meant to be serious yet any person can tell from the spark of humour in his eyes that might not be our my case this time.

I began with  questions aimed at the basics of how he became involved, where he went to school and what area he practiced. “How did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”  “What  was you favorite part of your practice?”.   “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

My next series of questions were about the general culture and how certain areas attract different personalities. “Would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”   “Oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

My next question were personalized to him again “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”  Finally I asked  him “Would  you say there is a advise for aspiring young students who want to pursue Law?”  “Do the best you can for the Client, and do your best everyday.”

I choose Paul for this profile in order to better understand the perceptive of a lawyer, and I have always had a keen interest in politics and law, and to hear the summarized life and times of one so experienced with such fields I felt enlightened.  It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love for the practice.

Persuasion:

Draft 1 I Wish I Could Say:

I wish I can say I have improved a considerable amount from the beginning of this course to the now ever drawing end, however I find myself lacking the confidence to do so.  I was not a master poet before and I have certainly not become one after, though I cannot say I have not learned or improved, but it has not been considerable in my opinion.

I have learned a little about myself over this course and reconfirmed some things which I have always known but did not think ran so deep in who I was.  I have learned how important drafts are and now I know I am going to incorporate them into my own personal writing.  The importance of drafts had never occurred to use myself, I never thought I would need to use them in the methodological order that I have learned here.  Yet now that I have I know I cannot go back to the mess of a system I used beforehand, and I am confident it will improve me in the long term.

Somethings I have reconfirmed about myself and my writing capabilities the run of this semester and course is that I have difficulty conforming to the prescribed and desired writing structures.  This is something I have struggled with all my  life from when I learned to write, the teacher says to write a story about a poet, I write a poem about a story.  I just neglected to acknowledge how this affected me.

I have improved but not in any exceptional or in anyway that deserves any special review.  I can feel it in the less stress I feel when writing, how I have slowly become more aware of my own objective and how to properly express it through words, and example such as now.

In conclusion I have improve but not enough to be satisfactory, and this does not bother me because I know I shall improve with more time and effort.

Persuasion Final Draft  “I Wish I Could Say”

I wish I can say I have improved a considerable amount from the beginning of this course to the now ever drawing end, however I find myself lacking the confidence to do so.  I was not a master poet before and I have certainly not become one after, though I cannot say I have not learned or improved, but it has not been an considerable amount, in my opinion.

I have learned a little about myself over this course and reconfirmed some things which I have always known but did not think ran so deep in who I was.  I have learned how important drafts are and now I know I am going to incorporate them into my own personal writing.  The newly realized importance of drafts will allow me to incorporate them into my own personal writing and further improving and developing my own unique style and skill.  I never thought I would need to use them in the methodological order that I have learned here, I had before simply wrote the best I could the first time and that was it.  Yet now that I know what I know I cannot go back to the mess of a system I used beforehand, and I am confident it will improve me in the long term.  A example of this is the This I Believe drafts and the Profile drafts and the each helped me evolve the writing into its optimal potential.

Somethings I have reconfirmed about myself and my writing capabilities the run of this semester and course is that I have difficulty conforming to the prescribed and desired writing structures.  The blogs for this reason I struggled with, because of this I endured the desire to pull my hair out, not exactly a sight I want people to see.  However I do have a favorite blog post that I believe is an example of how I have improved.  “I am not the most persuasive person you will eve meet, yet when it comes to careful consideration and planning I can make a situation the most optimal for me…” – “Persuasion”

I base the evaluation of how I have progressed by the comfort I feel in writing for others to see and how I perceive myself, because I will always have a negative attitude toward myself.  Therefore I feel I have improved but not in any exceptional or in anyway that deserves any special review.  I can feel it in the less stress I feel when writing, how I have slowly become more aware of my own objective and how to properly express it through words, and example such as now.  In conclusion I have improve but not enough to be satisfactory, and this does not bother me because I know I shall improve with more time and effort.

The Two Blog posts I am Proud of, show my progression and improvement:

“Persuasion”

I am not the most persuasive person you will eve meet, yet when it comes to careful consideration and planning I can make a situation the most optimal for me to properly “persuade” someone to get what I want.  Perhaps this could be called manipulation, or maybe just using the resources available and my own intellect.

I was thirteen when I began to style my hair and wear makeup on a regular basis, every school morning I would applies foundation, concealer, blush, mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner and sometimes eye shadow.  That was the however only done when I got to school because I certainly could not do it at home.  As neither parent knew, and my brother did not say anything because he wanted no involvement(like always).

I realized that they would find out eventually, they were far too observant to not.  So I wrote the pros of allowing me to wear makeup, clarifying it as a progressive step in  better understanding and how to express myself.  Both of which they strongly supported before hand(in healthy personal growing ways), so when I told them I would be was makeup they were caught.  The only way to refute my option would to back track their own words and beliefs of learning your own identity.

After I had spoken and stated all my points they sat in silence until my dad started laughing and declared “i had them beat”.  Reluctantly mom agreed in so many words, but she accepted and that was enough.

“The World Is My Soul”

“Hunting teaches young people to be responsible and environmentally aware.”

My generation has been raised in the most inventive, and progressive times of history, yet as we excel through the years in our advancements in technology and medicine we lose ourselves in an increasingly complex society.  By learning how to hunt, an ancient practice that many humans across the world still participate in, we can allow my generation to reconnect with a resource that as the decades have passed, has become less and less valuable to our daily lives.  Our species evolved from a natural setting and were immense impacted by our environments, in school systems most of our class and knowledge of this is hard scientific facts and not the inner balance that is provides.  Hunting develops an understanding of nature and its importance to the maintaining the lives of their prey and themselves, and with that understanding comes the knowledge to preserve so that new generations my learn the same.  Hunters learn patience, discipline and how to handle responsibility of themselves and independence.  Which are important life skills will develop as they grow, and the act of hunting is not just a passage of hunter and hunted, but a realization how much is offered to us on our beautiful and bountiful world.  A lesson that must be protected and encouraged for all to come after our generation.

A Writing I Did Outside of School 

Prologue:

The Void

 

And when you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

All religions, it seemed had lied.

 

There was no name for this place.

There was no blissful peace after your soul left the vessel for deeds done good.

There was no Hell fire to swallow you whole, for sins one could commit, no what came after was something far more terrifying, and far more primal.

 

An abyss, that was my fate, a withering eternal nothingness, I presided.  Isolated, time was a thing I could no longer recall, it was not a thing of this realm or existence.

I no longer remembered who I was, or what I was, all that I knew was the now of this never ending Void.

Yet I was not alone.

 

There were the screams.

 

There were too many to count, I could neither smell or see them but I could hear.  Not in the way I could once however long ago but it too strange to put into words, it was a knowing awareness that I could not ignore.

 

There must have been trillions of them screaming against the void, some tried to speak to each other, some cursed and swore infinitival, others sang, at peace with themselves and their fate.

Those souls never lingered long.

 

There were others that muttered or told jokes that no longer held amusement for none of us could recall the reason for there fun.

 

Then there were those who remained silent like predators, consciousness prowling outward, expanding for more then they could understand.

Sometimes they would go still, the rise and fall like a cycle, an endless wave crashing over the other, a force of nature that was perpetual.

 

Other times there was this sensation, of vaporous like hands gliding down my entity, like it was being polished again and again.

 

I knew with some deep part of my soul, that this feeling was not from the other souls lost like me, but something so ancient I could not imagine, something that would long surpass my own soul.

In that nothingness I had only one comfort.

 

Rage.

 

It consumed me, ravaging like a beast , savage and enduring.

Did I carry this with me from before?  Or was a side affect from this nameless realm?

I could only contemplate this in silence, blazing from questions I desperately wanted to ask, but more fearful of the answers then I was willing to admit.

 

Then it came.

A mass of chaos, trembling and blinding.  A brightness that I had not recognized was light until that moment.

Then with fluid calculation stole me.

I fought back, lashing out with the boiling emotions I had imprisoned deep within.

 

Yet the hands from beyond endured, they faltered but never detached themselves, sinking deeper into my essence.

It was hot, burning like molten stars, it seeped into me to a depth I had not realized possible.

And for the first time since this the Endless I did something I had never done before.

 

I screamed.

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Persuasion Final Draft “I Wish I Could Say”

I wish I can say I have improved a considerable amount from the beginning of this course to the now ever drawing end, however I find myself lacking the confidence to do so.  I was not a master poet before and I have certainly not become one after, though I cannot say I have not learned or improved, but it has not been an considerable amount, in my opinion.

I have learned a little about myself over this course and reconfirmed some things which I have always known but did not think ran so deep in who I was.  I have learned how important drafts are and now I know I am going to incorporate them into my own personal writing.  The newly realized importance of drafts will allow me to incorporate them into my own personal writing and further improving and developing my own unique style and skill.  I never thought I would need to use them in the methodological order that I have learned here, I had before simply wrote the best I could the first time and that was it.  Yet now that I know what I know I cannot go back to the mess of a system I used beforehand, and I am confident it will improve me in the long term.  A example of this is the This I Believe drafts and the Profile drafts and the each helped me evolve the writing into its optimal potential.

Somethings I have reconfirmed about myself and my writing capabilities the run of this semester and course is that I have difficulty conforming to the prescribed and desired writing structures.  The blogs for this reason I struggled with, because of this I endured the desire to pull my hair out, not exactly a sight I want people to see.  However I do have a favorite blog post that I believe is an example of how I have improved.  “I am not the most persuasive person you will eve meet, yet when it comes to careful consideration and planning I can make a situation the most optimal for me…” – “Persuasion”

I base the evaluation of how I have progressed by the comfort I feel in writing for others to see and how I perceive myself, because I will always have a negative attitude toward myself.  Therefore I feel I have improved but not in any exceptional or in anyway that deserves any special review.  I can feel it in the less stress I feel when writing, how I have slowly become more aware of my own objective and how to properly express it through words, and example such as now.  In conclusion I have improve but not enough to be satisfactory, and this does not bother me because I know I shall improve with more time and effort.

I Wish I Could Say

I wish I can say I have improved a considerable amount from the beginning of this course to the now ever drawing end, however I find myself lacking the confidence to do so.  I was not a master poet before and I have certainly not become one after, though I cannot say I have not learned or improved, but it has not been considerable in my opinion.

I have learned a little about myself over this course and reconfirmed some things which I have always known but did not think ran so deep in who I was.  I have learned how important drafts are and now I know I am going to incorporate them into my own personal writing.  The importance of drafts had never occurred to use myself, I never thought I would need to use them in the methodological order that I have learned here.  Yet now that I have I know I cannot go back to the mess of a system I used beforehand, and I am confident it will improve me in the long term.

Somethings I have reconfirmed about myself and my writing capabilities the run of this semester and course is that I have difficulty conforming to the prescribed and desired writing structures.  This is something I have struggled with all my  life from when I learned to write, the teacher says to write a story about a poet, I write a poem about a story.  I just neglected to acknowledge how this affected me.

I have improved but not in any exceptional or in anyway that deserves any special review.  I can feel it in the less stress I feel when writing, how I have slowly become more aware of my own objective and how to properly express it through words, and example such as now.

In conclusion I have improve but not enough to be satisfactory, and this does not bother me because I know I shall improve with more time and effort.

The World Is My Soul

“Hunting teaches young people to be responsible and environmentally aware.”

My generation has been raised in the most inventive, and progressive times of history, yet as we excel through the years in our advancements in technology and medicine we lose ourselves in an increasingly complex society.  By learning how to hunt, an ancient practice that many humans across the world still participate in, we can allow my generation to reconnect with a resource that as the decades have passed, has become less and less valuable to our daily lives.  Our species evolved from a natural setting and were immense impacted by our environments, in school systems most of our class and knowledge of this is hard scientific facts and not the inner balance that is provides.  Hunting develops an understanding of nature and its importance to the maintaining the lives of their prey and themselves, and with that understanding comes the knowledge to preserve so that new generations my learn the same.  Hunters learn patience, discipline and how to handle responsibility of themselves and independence.  Which are important life skills will develop as they grow, and the act of hunting is not just a passage of hunter and hunted, but a realization how much is offered to us on our beautiful and bountiful world.  A lesson that must be protected and encouraged for all to come after our generation.

Profile Final Draft “Paul Atkinson”

Paul Atkinson is a retired lawyer of Advocacy Law and currently a criminal justice professor at the Sir Stanford Fleming college, located in Peterborough Sutherland campus Ontario.  And he was my teacher, the first impression of which I did not expect, he walked in with a jersey of a team did not know and grin on his face, Law class was meant to be serious yet any person can tell from the spark of humour in his eyes that might not be our my case this time.

I began with  questions aimed at the basics of how he became involved, where he went to school and what area he practiced. “How did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”  “What  was you favorite part of your practice?”.   “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

My next series of questions were about the general culture and how certain areas attract different personalities. “Would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”   “Oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

My next question were personalized to him again “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”  Finally I asked  him “Would  you say there is a advise for aspiring young students who want to pursue Law?”  “Do the best you can for the Client, and do your best everyday.”

I choose Paul for this profile in order to better understand the perceptive of a lawyer, and I have always had a keen interest in politics and law, and to hear the summarized life and times of one so experienced with such fields I felt enlightened.  It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love for the practice.

“We are all humans, what right does one have over another?”

Harvard Students vs N.Y. Prison Inmates

1)

Harvard Students:

Illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend public school and obtain a basic education, we want to build the trust of these people so that when they become a legal member of our society they are prepared.  With new minds and new innovations we can continue to build our nation, there have always been immigrants to this nation.  Whether they were Irish, Chinese or Moroccan, if they can do it then why cannot them?

 N.Y. Prisoners:

No.  Illegal immigrants should not be allowed, our country needs to focus on its own citizens before doing so with another’s.  Why should we be willing to educate these people when we can hardly educate ourselves?  Why should we allow our already dysfunctional and unbalanced education system become anymore flawed?

2)

I believe that the Harvard debate team will employ the option of aiding the illegal immigrants in an education, because they want to be seen as inclusive and progressive.  However I feel at the same time this is a personal matter to one of the students, as in it would not surprise me if one them was the child of two illegal immigrant parents.

The inmates will be surprising, in the fact I believe they will want the opposite, coming from people who have experienced the harder side of life, emotionally, physically or mentally they understand that the system employed by the government is flawed.

3)

Personal Opinion:

We should not be focusing on this debate, because in the end what good is going to come from it?  It is something to entertain us, not to educate us.  It is a topic that despite whatever belief you have in the American government is Not Going To Happen.  There are too many people that do not care, too many that have been scarred by the defective systems to give a shit for others.  In a country that is so Big and Great then where is the support for its legal citizens?  My stance holds with the words from The Newsroom “America is not the greatest country in the world anymore” 2012 TV show.

However I also be that things will change, perhaps in my generation.

I can only do my part to change the world and hope.

“Persuasion”

I am not the most persuasive person you will eve meet, yet when it comes to careful consideration and planning I can make a situation the most optimal for me to properly “persuade” someone to get what I want.  Perhaps this could be called manipulation, or maybe just using the resources available and my own intellect.

I was thirteen when I began to style my hair and wear makeup on a regular basis, every school morning I would applies foundation, concealer, blush, mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner and sometimes eye shadow.  That was the however only done when I got to school because I certainly could not do it at home.  As neither parent knew, and my brother did not say anything because he wanted no involvement(like always).

I realized that they would find out eventually, they were far too observant to not.  So I wrote the pros of allowing me to wear makeup, clarifying it as a progressive step in  better understanding and how to express myself.  Both of which they strongly supported before hand(in healthy personal growing ways), so when I told them I would be was makeup they were caught.  The only way to refute my option would to back track their own words and beliefs of learning your own identity.

After I had spoken and stated all my points they sat in silence until my dad started laughing and declared “i had them beat”.  Reluctantly mom agreed in so many words, but she accepted and that was enough.

 

 

 

Profile Draft #2 Law Teacher

I stood waiting patiently  in the hallway outside of his office, rocking to a beat no one but I could feel, desperately attempting to stop myself from all out air guitar.  Yet when the clock struct three I stopped, a clam settling as I announced my presence.  His office door was decorated with comedic one piece comics, a hint of who he was perhaps? We grinned pleasantly at each other, reaching our destination we settled  down for the big questions I was going to ask.

I began with asking “how did you become interested in Law?”   He responded ” I was initially interested in politics, I studied economy and politics and realized that many Canadian politicians are lawyers.”   I proceeded “what area of law did you practice, and how did you practice?”  “I was an on court lawyer, criminal crimes, civil law suites and administrative law.  I was a Advocacy lawyer more simply.  I studied at the University of Alberta, during which I taught social studies in elementary and high school.”

It interested me how bright and enthusiastic he spoke of his profession, and I could see he had a true love of the practice, which inspired my next question “what  was you favorite part of your practice?”.  He grinned bright and happy, “Mt favorite was the court action, it was stimulating, like a performance to a big audience, I enjoyed the arguments.  Or like teaching, if I go back to practice I want to go to court.”

Indeed he was happy to explain what he favored, but what of those he worked with?   I asked next “would you say there is a culture or attraction of certain personality’s to the practice?”  He did not hesitate to respond “oh definitely.  In my experience there are people cutout for different areas of Law.  On court lawyers are more out going and engaged for arguing and defending.  Off court appear more introverted, more inclined to remain off court.  There are different personality’s for the criminal field, if I spoke to a criminal lawyer I can tell what area they are in.  Culture wise, you develop a mind set, as my wife gets annoyed with me “cross examining her” when I challenge her an argument.  It is that going in to Law school if you do not have the mind set, then it will be molded into you by the time you leave.”

Following afterwards with a smirk at the information I inquired “what did you find the most challenging in the practice?”  He thought for a moment before the answer became clear to him, hesitating he responded.  “It’s funny, people ask ‘isn’t it difficult to defend the guilty’, no that’s the easiest, the most challenging is to defend someone you believe is innocent but have insignificant evidence.  Problematic, memories are distorted, how do you convince them they are lying when they believe it is true?  Memory is not a photograph, it is difficult to challenge someone who’s memory is faulty.  I wake up late in the night in a sweat worrying about it.”

It is the most depth I had from him, and it startled me.  I progressed to the next question unwilling to let him linger over it anymore then he did before then.  Quickly so as to not stagnate the interview I continued.

“Would  you say there is a philosophy to your practice?”  He paused again to assess the question before smiling and saying “Do the best you can for the Cilent, and do your best everyday.”

The interview ended on a lighter note and as we separated to head our own ways I still couldn’t get the song out of my head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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