Category: "Writing Exercises"
So what makes a good Facts Essay? A few things we look for are: an original voice; an unexpected view; an unfamiliar perspective; humour; vivid details that show us rather than tell us; anecdotes that illuminate a wider theme. A successful Essay may be funny, surprising, touching or enlightening – or all of these. It may present a slice of life or a powerful experience that changed you in some way. It may be a meditation on something that matters to you. It goes beyond a rant, and it is deft in moving from the particular to the universal. Above all, an Essay should be personal rather than political. It must be true, not fictional.via Submit a Facts and Arguments Essay - The Globe and Mail.
This comes from Facebook:Sarcasm. Because beating the hell out of people is illegal. :c( This group has been in trouble over personal attacks before. There is a huge warning up at the top of the group page now, basically a sign saying don't take it personally. But, it is personal when it's about you, isn't it?
I don't agree with this (see the image above) at all. Words hurt deeply and cause long lasting damage. Sarcasm can be funny and it has it's place but it should not be directed at someone, an individual or group/ type of people, with the purpose of belittling them, or harming them in any way.
Humour should be used well, not bitterly. Laughter is the best medicine, but everyone should be laughing and no one should feel cut up and left to cry in the moment or later on. Humour should not make people defensive.
If you really want to hurt someone stop and think about why you want to hurt them. In the long run it is yourself who needs to deal with your own problem, not them. You can only make your own choices - you can not make someone else change or see things your way. Change yourself first. Get over your anger, move on from it or realize it was never that important to your own life. One last thing to consider, if you are THAT angry at someone then you must have strong feelings of love/ caring for them, other wise you would just not care at all. Even if you are right, you can't have communication until you get past your anger and your angry words.
Sarcasm can be wonderfully funny, when it is done without the intent to harm. Take some time and come up with a great idea for a sarcastic essay about something important to you. Afterwards read it over and see it from an outside perspective. Is it still funny?
I was registering for an online points service with one of the grocery store chains here in Ontario. Part of the process was choosing a security question and then typing in your (unique and individual) answer. Well, I have a problem with the new security questions which pop up. I was just fine with the old standard Mother's maiden name or Father's middle name. I knew those, they had a simple and definite answer. Maybe they became too standard, maybe they were less secure as they became over used or maybe not everyone knows this information about their parents. Some how there are now new security questions and I usually can't find a simple answer for any of them. I don't remember enough, I don't have strict enough opinions or I just don't have a preference and this leaves me with no security questions and answers, too often. It's frustrating. Here are the security questions from my recent adventure with them: If you could be any historical figure who would you be? Where did you go on your best vacation? What is the name of your best friend from childhood? What was the first concert you attended? What is the name of your favourite teacher? Do you have answers for all of them? An answer you are sure of enough to be able to remember and have the same answer months from now? Not me. I can think of a lot of historical figures, none I'd really want to be. My best vacation.... I can't pick one. My best friend from childhood... too many options, we moved a lot when I was a younger child and then I never really was great at keeping friends or making them. Another memory game... the name of my favourite teacher, I can't pick one from among the faces I remember and I'm not sure how to spell the names I can remember. First concert was Cher, or Sonny and Cher, I guess. Or was there something else I've forgotten. Likely so. I picked the concert question because it was the only one I might answer the same way twice. The problem with most of these questions is still that they do not come with simple, definite answers. Different spellings, different abbreviations, different ways of writing them (like short forms versus long forms). Even if you give the same answer it might be wrong because you typed it with capital letters or without any spaces the first time you gave the security question answer. This is why the old standards of Mother's maiden name worked. Just type in a last name, with the first letter as a capital because (of course) it is a proper name. I miss the old, simple security questions. Security seems to be pulling us farther and farther away from the very things we are supposed to be accessing. I think it will be easier for someone else to guess my security answer than for me to remember it. What would you use as a great security question? Can you think up a few?