Friday, December 9, 2011

I want a wife

1. Does this essay have an explicitly stated thesis? If so, what is it? If you believe the thesis is implied, paraphrase it in your own words.
I believe this essay does have an explicitly stated thesis. “As I thought about him while I
was ironing one evening, it suddenly occurred to me that I, too, would
like to have a wife. Why do I want a wife? “ I believe the thesis is implied because, she’s clearly stating what she wants, and then leads into why she actually wants it.
2. Throughout the essay, Brady repeats the words “I want a wife.” What is the effect of this repetition?
The words “I want a wife.” are repeated in the essay several times, in my opinion, to show the selfishness behind why some men want a wife, and what they feel should automatically come with having a wife.
3. Brady never uses the personal pronouns he or she to refer to the wife she defines. Why not?
Again, I feel that the reasoning behind Brady using the term “ My wife” instead of “she” is meant to show the control and power some husbands feel they have towards their wives.
4. Do you think Brady really wants the kind of wife she describes—does this ideal spouse
actually exist? Explain why you think Brady wrote this essay.
I don’t believe that Brady wants to be the kind of wife being described at all, In fact there’s a hint of sarcasm in her writing that suggests that she wrote this essay to show what she feels is unfair about what is expected from wives. In reality

5. How does Brady define what it means to be a “wife”? How does she organize the many services a wife provides her husband and family? What do you think of Brady’s characterization of a wife and her responsibilities? How do you think she wants her readers to respond to this characterization? Why?
What it means to be a “wife” according to Brady in a sarcastic point of view is someone who should basically put her family above herself in an excessive sense. In reality I feel that she believes a wife should put her family above everything, but also showing self-respect and pushing herself farther in life as well. I think she wants her readers to realize that .
Dear Judy Brady,
In your essay “I Want a Wife” I admired a lot about the way you went about your writing. First off , I’d just like to applaud you on the message your trying to get across. Even though it’s not a written out opinion, I hear it loud and clear. The way you repeat the saying ”I want a Wife”, in my opinion is pure genius. I can clearly see that behind everything you’ve written in your essay, there is obviously a supposed status Que set for wives in our culture. For example when you say “And, of course, I want a wife who will not demand sexual attention when I am not in the mood for it. I want a wife who
assumes the complete responsibility for birth control, because I do not
want more children.” , to me, is you trying to show that some men just automatically assume women should be fully willing to give and provide to anything their spouse would like, regardless of how they would be effected by doing it. I really enjoyed the way you went about getting your point across of just how ridiculous this subject really is.
Yours Truly,
Peter Vaccarella

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break went by way to fast.  The first day was a relaxing day, I spent most of it helping my parents prepare for Thanksgiving dinner which was at my house this year.  On Thanksgiving day my whole family came over and we had a blast.  We played apples to apples, which I never won...  We ate dinner at 2:30 because we were all starving which messed up my whole eating schedule for the rest of the day.  The rest of my break was pretty bland and I wish I would have done more with my time.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fairy Tale Shrek

Exaggeration/Parady- When Fiona was fighting the bad guys she was insanly good and could freeze time to fix her hair.

Incongruity- When the girl was saving the day instead of the guy
Reversal- I did not see any reversal in the story

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Yo

The night was sluggish, we had been trapped in a corn maze since the clock struck noon.  The only food I had eaten so far was apple pie, which wasn't sitting well because of all the zombie drool that coated it.  I had my suspicions, but I have starving because a witch cursed me with hunger.  We for sure thought we were gonna bleed out before we escaped the maze but a mirical occured.  A friendly ghost named Casper saved us from the potental gourd of punishment.  When a vampire came into the picture, Casper yelled, "I'm saving these kids! SWAG!"  That was what my dream was about last night.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I say, They say; Letter from Birmingham

1. They say why are we using direct action? For example instead of marches or protestets we should try to negotiate on a fair and even solution.  King Jr wants to build tension in the public so in a way it'll force a negotiation.

2. They ask " Why didn't you give the new city administration time to act?" King Jr says the mayor is a big fan of segregation and wants to keep things the way they already are.

3. They say that the activitys in Birminingham are to crazy and it's forever changing the normal. King Jr says that if the blacks weren't segregated to start with then they wouldn't have been forced to do it.

4. They say that outsiders are coming in, while King Jr is saying that this is the only choice they have. Unfortunatly, it is a shame because of the extreme actions that need to be taken to get change.

5. Whites say that they want everything to stay the same while King Jr won't stop until everybody, no matter what race or skin color, is treated equally.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reading Exercises

1. The sport Lacrosse is still unknown to most people in todays society.  They see this sport as just another violent sport with no meaning.  However, most people play the sport just for that reason.  On the contrary, many of the players who arnt aware of how violent the sport actually is, end up quiting because of just that.  For the truth of the matter, I believe this sport is very exilerating because of the violence in ensues.  In this essay, the sport of lacroose will be fully analyzed so people can realize the wonders it creates.

2. In the Introduction to "They Say/ I say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein provide templates designed to ensure that the reader understands and can recreate a writing piece that is academiclly "correct".  As the authors themeselves put in, "There words of wisdom."  Although some people believe that restating the question is the key to success, Graff and Birkenstein insist that anwsering everything that is stated in the question is the most important.  I agree.  In my view, the types of templates that the authors recommend is the most important.  Some might object, of course, on the grounds that they have a strong opinion and dont want to be told otherwise.  Overall, then, I believe that the experts should be trusted, nad their information should be valid --an important point to make given.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Power to Forget

This man believes in forgetting a troubling instance in your life instead of forgiving who was at fault.  This makes so much sense that I'm dissappointed I have never thought of it.  Holding a grudge on somebody is the worst thing somebody can do because it has the potential to bring the worst out of that person.  In some cases, like the one in the story, things can't be forgiven and the only way to move on is to forget it ever happened.

A dogs life

This story is about an average man and his dog.  He believes that its impossible to have pure happiness in life as a human.  Dogs on the other hand have it made.  They can sit around and watch tv all day while somebody scratches their back.  They have no 12 hour work days to deal with or 16 yrs of education to go through to life a complete life. 

I didn't wash my car

This person is writing about what he believes is important in life.  He believes that if you won't regret not doing something, then you shouldn't do it at all.  I understand where he is coming from because thats what I belive.  Call it lazy, but I believe doing pointless tasks is more of a waste of time then sitting down and relaxing and taking the edge of off an already stress filled society.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Being Followed

I cowered in the corner as sweat dripped down my pale, lifeless face.  My heart was racing and it seemed like I had been running forever so this short break was well needed.  I knew I didn't have a lot of time to rest so I made every second count.  I wiped the sweat off of my face, regained my composure, and started off again.  I slowly creeped around the corner, watching from all directions, making sure the path was 100% clear.  I was scared but there's no way I could let the enemy know that; that would be a fatal error.  I moved forward, slowly making progress when suddenly my heart dropped.  Right in front of me was the man I've been running from for all this time.  I froze, my mind was racing and it seemed like time stopped.  At that moment I knew what I had to do.  I pressed the right trigger on my control and killed him.  I went 25-0 and finally got a nuke. Good game.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The walls were closing in on me; the room was getting darker and I could feel my body temperature drop to dangerously low levels. The ceiling looked as if it was falling closer and closer to me every second.  I was slowly running out of space and my fear paralized me.  All types of creepy crawlers came out of every nook and cranny and surrounded me.  All electronics turned on and only had one motive, to get me.  Every one of my fears were coming to life right in front of me and I could do nothing about it.  I was thought I was done for, but then something amazing happend, I woke up.  I turned off my alarm in relief, got dressed, brushed my teeth, put my deoderant on, walked down the stairs and headed off to school.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I sat and watched the sun set as the wind blew through my lucious hair.  I was looking out into the vast nothingness of the ocean, watching the sun glimmer across the water top while dolphins were jumping out of the water in a majestic fashion.  That made me start to ponder on what goes through an animals mind.  It's a mystery that even the Hardly Boys can not even solve.  How is it possible that two animals can make no noise and no noticable gesture towards eachother but still understand eachother.  For example, when two cats are walking around and for no reason start to fight eachother.  At one moment, they were just walking by, not even looking at eachother, but somehow they still begin to fight.  These are just some of the unexplanable things I think about throughout the day.

Monday, September 19, 2011


The day was slowly creeping by as I watched every second on the clock above the chair tick.  It seemed like decades passed after each minute went by.  I counted each second in my head, one, two, three, four, five, six and on and on.  The suspense was slowly tearing me into peices; it seemed almost unbearable at the time and I was having trouble cope with the long wait.  Finally the time came, time for Canes.  I overslept in the morning and did not have time for breakfast so Canes was a necesity for survival.  I sat in the leather seat in my moms lexus which after four years of owning it still had that new car smell.  I had nobody to talk to on the drive up because my mom was blabbing on her cell phone, hardly paying any attention to the road let alone me. We finally got there and I rushed into the building and started ordering, but something was wrong.  The food didnt look as good and it smelled different.  Then I noticed, I was at KFC...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

College Essays

Wellesley, Influence of mother
It took me eighteen years to realize what an extraordinary influence my mother has been on my life. She's the kind of person who has thoughtful discussions about which artist she would most want to have her portrait painted by (Sargent), the kind of mother who always has time for her four children, and the kind of community leader who has a seat on the board of every major project to assist Washington's impoverished citizens. Growing up with such a strong role model, I developed many of her enthusiasms. I not only came to love the excitement of learning simply for the sake of knowing something new, but I also came to understand the idea of giving back to the community in exchange for a new sense of life, love, and spirit.
My mother's enthusiasm for learning is most apparent in travel. I was nine years old when my family visited Greece. Every night for three weeks before the trip, my older brother Peter and I sat with my mother on her bed reading Greek myths and taking notes on the Greek Gods. Despite the fact that we were traveling with fourteen-month-old twins, we managed to be at each ruin when the site opened at sunrise. I vividly remember standing in an empty ampitheatre pretending to be an ancient tragedian, picking out my favorite sculpture in the Acropolis museum, and inserting our family into modified tales of the battle at Troy. Eight years and half a dozen passport stamps later I have come to value what I have learned on these journeys about global history, politics and culture, as well as my family and myself.
While I treasure the various worlds my mother has opened to me abroad, my life has been equally transformed by what she has shown me just two miles from my house. As a ten year old, I often accompanied my mother to (name deleted), a local soup kitchen and children's center. While she attended meetings, I helped with the Summer Program by chasing children around the building and performing magic tricks. Having finally perfected the "floating paintbrush" trick, I began work as a full time volunteer with the five and six year old children last June. It is here that I met Jane Doe, an exceptionally strong girl with a vigor that is contagious. At the end of the summer, I decided to continue my work at (name deleted) as Jane's tutor. Although the position is often difficult, the personal rewards are beyond articulation. In the seven years since I first walked through the doors of (name deleted), I have learned not only the idea of giving to others, but also of deriving from them a sense of spirit.
Everything that my mother has ever done has been overshadowed by the thought behind it. While the raw experiences I have had at home and abroad have been spectacular, I have learned to truly value them by watching my mother. She has enriched my life with her passion for learning, and changed it with her devotion to humanity. In her endless love of everything and everyone she is touched by, I have seen a hope and life that is truly exceptional. Next year, I will find a new home miles away. However, my mother will always be by my side.
This essay describes the prompt really well.  It takes exact events and relates them to the question.

Harvard, Favorite Fictional Character

Of all the characters that I've "met" through books and movies, two stand out as people that I most want to emulate. They are Attacus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird and Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham from Field of Dreams. They appeal to me because they embody what I strive to be. They are influential people in small towns who have a direct positive effect on those around them. I, too, plan to live in a small town after graduating from college, and that positive effect is something I must give in order to be satisfied with my life.
Both Mr. Finch and Dr. Graham are strong supporting characters in wonderful stories. They symbolize good, honesty, and wisdom. When the story of my town is written I want to symbolize those things. The base has been formed for me to live a productive, helpful life. As an Eagle Scout I represent those things that Mr. Finch and Dr. Graham represent. In the child/adolescent world I am Mr. Finch and Dr. Graham, but soon I'll be entering the adult world, a world in which I'm not yet prepared to lead.
I'm quite sure that as teenagers Attacus Finch and Moonlight Graham often wondered what they could do to help others. They probably emulated someone who they had seen live a successful life. They saw someone like my grandfather, 40-year president of our hometown bank, enjoy a lifetime of leading, sharing, and giving. I have seen him spend his Christmas Eves taking gifts of food and joy to indigent families. Often when his bank could not justify a loan to someone in need, my grandfather made the loan from his own pocket. He is a real-life Moonlight Graham, a man who has shown me that characters like Dr. Graham and Mr. Finch do much much more than elicit tears and smiles from readers and movie watchers. Through him and others in my family I feel I have acquired the values and the burning desire to benefit others that will form the foundation for a great life. I also feel that that foundation is not enough. I do not yet have the sophistication, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to succeed as I want to in the adult world. I feel that Harvard, above all others, can guide me toward the life of greatness that will make me the Attacus Finch of my town.
This essay is a great example of how to answer this question well. This essay takes his personal traits and relates them to his favorite character.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ten Abilities

  • Smart- Being smart can get you through life really easily.  Getting through the education system easily will help you be succesful in life.
  • Hard Worker- Being a hard worker will help you climb up the career ladder.  The harder you work the more opprotunities you will have later in your career.
  • Frugal- Being smart with my money and saving more then i spend will help me life comfortable later in life even though the economy is taking a turn for the worst.
  • Dedicated-I like to stay working as much as I can on something as soon as i start it.
  • Diligent-I can keep working on a project untill it is completely finished.
  • Can change hardware in my computer- Since I am trying to major in computer engineering this ability gives me a slight head start.
  • Good people person- I am a very social person and can talk people into doing what I want
  • Good at video games- This improves my hand eye coordination dramaticly which is a good skill to have.
  • Go hard on things that don't matter- This shows that I try my best no matter what it is that I am doing
  • Athletic- I can stay in shape and still have fun in intermual sports when I'm older.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Helen Keller

After reading the narrative of Helen Keller, I gained so much more respect for her.  Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize how hard her life actually was.  Having to deal with the horrible disability of being blind is hard enough.  Trying to function in a world where you can't see what is given to you and can't hear it's name or any instructions about it is extremely difficult.  She has accomplished a feat that many people in this world can't and won't be able to ever and because of that she has gained so much respect from me.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


     My name is Peter Vaccarella and I am a senior at Thomas Worthington HS.  The long road through public education has almost come to an end for me and it seems like it started just yesterday.  for grades k-6 I attended Worthington Park Elementary School.  It was there that I got my first glimpse of the "real world" by  interacting with other classmates and seeing everyone views on the world.  Even though it's arguable that all little kids want is to be entertained and that they have no real views here or there, but what most people don't realize is that elementary school is what builds a personality in a person.  It is there that you make your first friends, learn your basic subjects, and experience something completely new and wonderful, also known as school.  In the fourth grade I got involved in lacrosse and from there on I loved it.  Ever since my first game I've always wanted to keep practicing and get better.  Elementary school is just the beginning though; the next big challenge is middle school.
      Middle School was a fun experience for me.  I started meeting a bunch of new people and  my social life exploded.  It wasn't just good for my social life though.  The new atmosphere in the bigger school was a big change too.  The idea of switching classes every hour was a huge difference then just having one teacher you see all day every day.  Not only that, but having to go to my locker to get books in between classes and not being late was all to much for me at the time.  As all things do though, I adjusted to the different atmosphere and in no time I was more comfortable then ever.  Middle school was also the first time I participated in a team sport.  Before then all sports were was an unorganized group of kids just out to have fun.  Middle school was a lot more competitive and it called for a lot more teamwork.
     Finally, I entered high school.  My sister was a junior at the time so she helped me out and showed me around a couple of times before school started, but it was a crazy new experience.  In high school kids start to show extreme individuality.  I luckily have been hanging out with the same people since elementary school and we all seem to like the same thing so I never had to find my way into a "clic".  All of high school has gone by so fast and now I'm a senior trying to live it up as much as possible.

Types of Arguments

Yesterday I went out to eat with a bunch of buddies.  The favorite choice for food was McDonalds, which I know isn't very healthy.  I described to my friends how disgusting the working enviorment is there and it changed their outlook on eating out.

Since I have become a senior in high school, I've started to feel like more of an adult and believe that I should be given more rights.  One topic I've thought of is lifting my curfew on the weekends.  I figure since I get good grades and because overall i'm a pretty good kid that I should get more freedoms.

In one of my classes we are discussing different political parties and what arguments the oppose and agrue upon.  All of the agruments they go through with the other parties spark knew ideas and opinions.  This is what makes our country so diverse in the fact that there is always an opposing argument to a subject.

Make Decisions-
I was looking over my schedule and I wasn't sure if I was eligible for the upcoming lacrosse season.  I visted my school counsler and she suggested with my hard schedule that I should take an easy class to fill in the missing credit I need.

I heard some kids the other day talking about praying in school and why it should be mandatory.  He believed that in a world filled with hatred that everybody in school needs to be spiritially cleansed daily.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011