A Letter To…

King James,
I am Theodora Gibbs. I am writing to you about an urgent matter that concerns the witch trials. My beloved sister, Mildred Ninnis, was recently taken from her home and is soon to be burned alive. She was taken based solely on the fact that she has some knowledge in medicine. However, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for this! Her husband, Erasmus Ninnis, is a doctor. He often talks with her about his work, and therefore she has gained some knowledge of medicine. Please, I beg of you, do not hurt her! She doesn’t mean you or the church harm! She has children! If you must take someone, take me instead. I have yet to be married, and I am closely related to Mildred. You would be better off with me, I would cooperate better than her. Please, sir, she has a family! She is loved! Let her go!

This has been going on for far too long. How do we know that these women you are murdering are witches? Please offer them the benefit of the doubt and stop harming every woman who is yet to find her love, or who has the intelligence to understand medicine. I beg of you. Help us.

French Revolution

Economic: The French economy was bad to start with. France was involved in the American Revolution, which cost a lot of money. Then after the American Revolution, the French king went into debt. He spent a lot of money on himself, buying luxuries and expensive products, and didn’t have enough money to pay it all back. To resolve this issue, he decided the best thing to do would be to raise the taxes in his country. However, the people who were the most affected by the tax raise were the poorest people, known as the third estate. This didn’t go over well with them, and they formed the National Assembly to rebel against the king.

Social: When the National Assembly started to rebel, everyone caught wind. They wanted to rebel for their causes as well. The Women’s Liberation Movement emerged to advocate for their rights. Because of this, many men died. The women had to start taking over the men’s jobs, which destroyed the social discrimination class system. All of this lead to the ride of the middle class.

Technological: During the Revolution, the only major advancement was the guillotine. It made killing much easier and more efficient, which was extremely helpful during the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Political: After the Revolution, the government became a more loose and open government. The people had more political power, and they were able to speak their minds. Their ruler, King Louise XVI, was executed by guillotine. However, the governing system did not fully sway from a monarchy to a democracy.

Economic: Once the Revolution ended, the economy still wasn’t good. It wasn’t until the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte that there were any major changes.

An event in the present that is loosely following the same trajectory as the French Revolution is the Me too Movement. Although it is an ongoing movement, it started similarly to the way the French Revolution started; with a large group of people standing up for themselves and their rights. The Time’s Up Movement is roughly the same as the Me too Movement, but followed afterwards. The French Revolution and the Me too Movement are both rebelling against a higher power, the king and workplace harassment, respectively. There have been many smaller changes within the Me too Movement, such as examinations of the gender wage gap, new bills being passed, and many smaller groups coming together to acknowledge sexual harassment in other areas. Although the Movement has not terminated, there so far (debatably) hasn’t been enough change to say that the Movement has been successful. This is the same with the French Revolution. There was change, more than seen ever before, but not enough to completely flip the way things function.

The wheel does not end in justice. At some point, Napoleon comes along and alters the wheel, however in the context of the French Revolution, there is not justice for the people. I wouldgq say that this continues into another Revolution, where Napoleon comes and changes the country in a much more noticeable way. I would also say that the consequences of the event were positive, even if they did not follow the plan of the people. The goal of the Revolution was to create a democracy instead of a monarchy. This didn’t happen, but they got closer than before.

In Depth Post #4

Durning the past two weeks of in depth, some new challenges have arisen. Both I and my mentor were sick, and were therefore unable to meet in person. We had a 2 hour video conference, but it wasn’t the same as meeting in person. We have rescheduled a meeting for Saturday, just two days after the originally planned meeting. I have, however, found that the further I go into this project, the less help I need from my mentor. Throughout our first few meetings, he taught me. But as we progressed, and I slowly gained more experience with guitar, the meeting became more of me showing him what I had learned since our last meeting and him giving me feedback. In a sense, we got lucky when we got sick. We were both sick at the same time, which required us to only cancel one meeting instead of two. And we are far enough along in the project that my learning is mostly self taught, so delaying the meeting by a few days doesn’t disrupt my learning. However, video chat was definitely not the preferred way to meet up, as it was much harder to understand exactly what was being taught. Below, I have answered the questions for this blog post.

1. What has been the most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?

The most difficult challenge so far has been not being able to meet up with my mentor on two separate occasions (first, he wasn’t available the week following winter break, second, we were both sick the past meeting and it was pushed back). Instead, we had to meet primarily over video chat on one occasion. This answer is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll explain it anyways. Guitar is a very hands on skill. Without being able to meet face to face with my mentor, he wasn’t able to show me in person how to correct my mistakes. Instead, he had to show me on a slightly delayed computer screen in his dimly lit living room for two hours. I am sure that I would have been able to better correct my mistakes if my mentor had been there with me in person, which is why I am so looking forward to meeting with him on Saturday.

2. What is working well? Why?

Something that I believe has been going well since day one is our communication skills. My mentor and I communicate very well, and he is able to easily explain concepts to me without having to fear that I won’t understand. My mentor is extremely patient, cooperative, and open minded, which contributes greatly to the effectiveness of our communication. I have been working on my focus and patience since the last blog post, and I believe that this has significantly improved our communication skills.

3. What could be working better? How could you make sure this happens?

During our meetings, we tend to sometimes become a little sidetracked with all of the amazing learning opportunities the guitar provides for us, and we sometimes stray from the main goal of the meeting. This has caused us to, overtime, become slightly behind schedule. Not enough for any significant changes to be made, but it is noticeable. To help fix this problem, I am making sure to practice much more at home so that I am fully prepared for our meetings. I have also started a list of questions that I write down during my own practices that I email to my mentor the day before our meeting. This way, less questions come up during the meeting, which has helped us cut down on how much time we spend unfocused. During our last meeting (over Skype), my mentor and I determined that the best possible way to stay on track and to not spend too much time perfecting one little thing would be to limit our practice time to 3 minutes per bar of music, 1 minute if I have learned it previously. Although we haven’t tested this strategy, I am confident that it will help us to decrease the amount of time spent perfecting the unimportant details.

All in all, I am in complete shock when I realize how much I have learned over the course of in depth. I went from being able to play one chord (if my memory served me) to being able to play entire pages of music in just a few months. And in-depth isn’t even half over! I can’t wait to see what the final product will be, and I am extremely excited for all of the many experiences I will be able to share with my mentor throughout the remainder of this project.