My name is Kristine Tirone. My goal is to do something I never thought I'd be able to do. Meaning, I never thought I'd even get close to having the opportunity to leave the country, or be involved with a class in this way. Setting standards for myself and working towards something is a new thing for me. I'm writing this blog to raise money to send my class to Costa Rica. Our class, as a whole, is trying to fundraise over $15,000. This will fund everything from our food, a place to stay, to our flight.

I'm getting a new understanding of what it's like to deserve what you work for. Before, I would sit back and let everyone do the work and I would take the credit. My personal struggles got in the way of my everyday functioning. My focus on education was lost to my other struggles. Not only was I not understanding the work, but I had an increasingly low work ethic. This all started to change over the summer of 2010. Bryan, my teacher, makes it known that he has an extremely low tolerance for slackers. I didn't want to disappoint him, and this motivation was new to me.

I realize as my interactions with people started to change, I started to as well. Bryan always expected nothing but good things from me, and I've given him nothing but that. I suppose if you feel a certain way or act a certain way, you become a certain way. From there it's history, ever since I've excelled in my school work and always do what I say I will. You're only as good as your word.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Walking with Wolf" Chapter 2

During chapter 2 I got a much better understanding of who Wolf was. This chapter had a lot of information for me to take in. Something that caught my attention right away was the religion aspect of Wolf and learning about him in that sense. Wolf is a Quaker, and when you think of religion you think of something very formal or traditional.

In the beginning of the chapter I figured that Quakers went to church and they were very generic in the way that most religions go to church to pray. They actually have these meeting were they sing songs, and talk about quotes. They do pray and speak of spoken messages but its very laid back I suppose.

On pages 11-12 of the book it talks about how a man named George Fox founded a group called "Society of Friends of Truth". People around him started calling him a "Quaker" and meaning it in a derogatory manner. Since then Quakers have saved the name and taken pride in it.

After reading the second chapter I learned that Quakers aren't very judgemental and do not push their religious beliefs upon anyone. They understand that people are different and believe in different things. Quakers are peacemakers. I agree with a lot of the ideas of being a Quaker.

1 comment:

  1. Kristine,

    What an interesting point of view you brought out. It makes me think of how being a Quaker shaped Wolf's life in Costa Rica. Religion can be a very important part of a person's life, it also can be formal or informal. My own experience has been pretty formal; going to church on Sundays, reciting prayers, following rituals. It was part of our identity. Though my religion was not known for being a "peacemaker's" religion. It will be interesting to see how this aspect of Wolf unfolds.