Monday, Nov 16 2009 

How do you define spirituality?

Spirituality is anything that is more than one’s self. It is the belief in others around you, it is the belief in importance beyond one’s own personal gain. Spirituality is not an object, but rather the feelings and emotions that attach a person to an outside community.

Does spirituality differ from religion?

For myself, spirituality and religion are one and the same. However, I do believe they can be different. The belief in a religion can be far more restrictive in it’s definition. It can be limited to the desire or belief in a higher power. While spirituality can encompass items on a much smaller scale like the mere attraction to another person or the pleasures of life.

How do you define “creativity?”

I define creativity as the ability to express one’s own images and beliefs in a manor that is meaningful to themselves. For instance, a painter creates the world through his paintbrush and parchment, while a musician expresses his creativity through rhythm and lyrics which establish the musicians own outlook on life.

What is the source of creativity?

The source of creativity is the underlying desire for a person to want happiness, which also stretches to include the desire for meaning for life and hopeful substances beyond death. Through these desires comes the wishes ad dreams of an individual which is then expressed through creative actions. For example, if one desires to be the greatest basketball player in the world, they may write about themselves being the star of the NBA. Or, if one was subject to a bad childhood, they might write about a loving family. So, creativity stems from one’s desires and wishes.


Personal Adornment Reflection Monday, Nov 2 2009 

The way I dress almost directly defines who I am as a person. I am a tomboy through and through. I have always taken it upon myself to dress for comfort, and athletic performance, I where men’s jeans, somewhat baggy shirts, and sneakers for almost all occasions. I also keep my hair short so that it wont interfere with my running, and where a hemp necklace to portray my love of the environment. I also where flannel and Carhart clothes too keep warm, which shows off my farming side. I tend to not care too much about what others around me think and a lot of my friends tend to admire me for it. In fact, I find most of my female friends trying to steal my clothing, which I find rather amusing.

All of my family is rather reserved in the way we dress. My entire father’s side of the family dresses in farm clothes because they own a dairy farm, and my mother’s side of the family just where jeans and a t-shirt. We are very casual dressers. My brother and I tend to where a lot of sport related clothes because we are so active, but other than that basically jeans and t-shirts. My family has always been a little old fashioned in the sense that they don’t like to show a lot of skin, as they feel this gives the wrong impression about ones personality. Also, because we are so active, it is much easier to dress for comfort. As far as my peer community, it depends on what group of friends I am with.

Most of the girls in my community where women’s jeans and tight shirts, but they still tend to not where belly shirts, but just regular female cut shirts that cover a decent amount of skin. Most of the community holds a lack of respect for people who dress without much clothing. The men in the community either wear what one might consider skater clothing or farmer clothing. It just depends on what group of people you are talking about. The one good thing about my community is that it is small. Almost everyone knows each other, and thus we hold respect for each other and try to watch out for one another.

“Paleoanthropsychobiological” + “Making Special” Sunday, Oct 18 2009 

Describe the term paleoanthropsychobiological. Who coined this term?

Ellen Dissanayake chooses to look at art on a much broader scale than either modern or postmodern arts do, she considers art to be a universal idea. Dissanayake believes that art is ingrained into human behavior, thus causing art to not merely be objects, but to be acts of human performance. She coins the term paleoanthropsychobiological to describe this theory she puts forth of humanistic art. This term describes how art is part of human culture, dating back to the very beginning of human existence, not just recent human civilization. Art is part of the biological makeup of an individual and even allows for an essence that art is part of human’s psychological makeup. Paleoanthropsychobiological refers to the abstract nature of art. So, like before mentioned, art is not an item, not an object, it is a state of mind. An analogy might be that instead of art being a noun it should be the combination of an adjective and a verb. Art is a description and an action, which is developed from already ingrained human traits.

What does Dissanayake mean by the phrase “making special”? How does it relate to art?

Dissanayake uses the phrase “making special” to describe art as an act of making something individual or unordinary, rather than an object one would look upon. The idea of making something special can merely be adding stickers to a remote control. It is a process that humans have used to grow and develop. That is part of what sets humans apart from animals, progression and development. If one makes something better or something special than it is a development from something previous and in the end it is thus a piece of art, and the process of creating it and thinking up the idea was the artwork. To make special is to make art.

Life Values Assessment Sunday, Oct 11 2009 

1) Personal Development, 2) Health, 3) Enjoyment, 4) Wisdom, 5) Personal Accomplishment, 6. Creativity, 7. Security, 8. Prestige, 9. Expertness, 10. Integrity, 11. Wealth, 12. Independence, 13. Loyalty, 14. Leadership, 15. Location, 16.Friendship, 17. Power, 18. Family, 19. Service, 20. Community

Unfortunately I do not spend as much time focusing on my top five values, as I would like. Most of my days currently are spent working, which does cause personal development and personal accomplishment, however, not in the ways that I would necessarily desire. Also, because of my current schedule my health and enjoyment have suffered. The one good thing about working a lot is that I am focusing a lot on my wisdom. At least in regards to the environment I am constantly dealing with. If I look back on my life thought, I used to treat my values as they are listed, with my attention focusing on my more important goals. I need to change my current habits to be more like they were before, unfortunately this may require me to give up some time working, which may not be possible at the moment.

Most of my belief patterns have not been inherited from my family, as we were never close. The one that does stick out though is my work ethic. Which judging by my last paragraph may not be the one that is most important to me, however it is the most prominent in my life (which is interesting). Most goals I have for myself I am constantly in pursuit of achieving. There really are not any that I have yet to pursue. Perhaps this is because I generally set a very limited amount of goals at one given time that way I can focus on them and achieve them, and then I move on to new goals.

Review: AT&T 3G MicroCell Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

This is my response to someone’s comment about a person who has purchases an AT&T 3G Microcell, which is supposed to increase the signal that their iphone receives in their house. The person who has made the purchase thinks they have found a bargain because now they can make calls from their home without risking dropping signal, and while keeping signal while one is on the phone is essential to holding a conversation, a person who commented on this and myself both agree that they are being overcharged, not to mention it only increases their signal on a 40 to 60 foot radius, and they are being charged an additional $150.

“I completely agree with you. AT&T should provide this service at no additional charge. They need to worry about upgrading their service area. It is not the customers responsibility to do this. For example, if we informed them that yes they could get their money, however they would have to go through say a process in order to get it (i.e. they had to contact the bank and set up a system to receive payments, yet there was an extra charge on their end to do so). They would not agree to such a process, for it is the customers job to pay them. Just like it is their job to provide service for the customer,” (my reply).

Hello world! Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

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