Archive for the 'weekly entry' Category

11
Dec
09

A library or a public square?? (journal #15)

The library is supose to be a peaceful and quiet place to study and research. The regulations of the University stipulate that the library have to be in total silence except on the places designated for groups. But it seems that there is something wrong with our library. This last week I had to go to the library a lot of times because of all the works I had to hand or just to study for a class. I was hoping to find a place with silence and peace, but even in the top floor I heard murmurs and music from laptops.

Weeks ago I went to the library to study with a friend and we couldn’t concentrate because of the conversation in the first floor. We were on the second floor and in the first floor were some students that work there talking and laughing. We were frustrated and ironically we found more silence in the fourth floor of the Student Center.  I think that we should be considerate to others and be quiet in the library.

There should be a revission in the rules of the library and the designated places where you can and can not talk. I found that most of the students just go to teh library to escape from the hot temperature ouside and use facebook and myspace. That is cool but the people that are trying to concentrate and study need some respect.

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09
Dec
09

Finals!!!! (journal #14)

This was sort of crazy semester. Strikes, disorganization, bad economy, pessimistic thoughts, amendments and amendments to the academic calendar, but nothing compares with these last weeks in our beloved Colegio. Everything gets “harmoniously” united to make our lives a disaster and to cause impressive amounts of stress, in these days we want to scream to people because we have what is called Colegio’s Finals traumatic disorder. Continue reading ‘Finals!!!! (journal #14)’

06
Dec
09

Excessive Consumerism (journal #13)

We are tired of hearing the same thing: economy is bad, we have financial problems, we have an economic recession, etc. But when you see the parking lot of a mall or shopping there’s not a single space to park. If our economy is in such precarious state how is it possible that the malls are more busy than before? Isn’t it ironic? Continue reading ‘Excessive Consumerism (journal #13)’

28
Nov
09

foreigners (journal #12)

Strange and unusual animals fascinate us. That’s why we love to see TV programs from animal planet and discovery channel. But encountering those animals in real life is another story specially if they tent to attack.  In Puerto Rico there is no huge variety of that strange fauna. We have the coqui, and the puertorrican boa and also two or three more native animals. But, we are not accustomed to dangerous species even when our island have a lot of great habitats for those type of animals.

The thing is that the black market enter a lot of dangerous and strange species to Puerto Rico to sell them, and this is a great problem because those who buy them not always know how to take care of them. For example, the most popular are reptiles like snakes of all types and alligators.  Snakes need a special environment: temperature and humidity has to be regulated, they have difficulty when digesting food, when babies they tend to get sick with facility, etc.  These animals need a lot of care when they are in captivity. Also the majority of them specially pythons and boas grow to and extent of 4 meters.

When owners see that they can’t take care of them anymore, most of them just drop them in a river or something puting its life and the lives of the people and animals around in danger. Recently in a public residential in Mayaguez a group of men catch a alligator from a little river and put it in a cage. I also know people that founded boas and other snakes near their houses. Here I have some pictures of the alligator and the snakes:

15
Nov
09

Dance: the universal language (journal #11)

It feels great to see the passion in the face of a dancer and it is a lot better when you can dance and express that passion through your movements, your gestures, using every part of your body to communicate something. When I dance I feel like everything in this world dissapears and I am alone with the music. I think that something similar occures to everyone when they’re doing what they love most. Continue reading ‘Dance: the universal language (journal #11)’

03
Nov
09

Pressure- journal #10

How difficult is trying to please everyone. I’ve spent my life trying to please everyone around me and although I know it is impossible for some reason I try anyways. Sometimes I get so many goals, but can not find the time go for them because there’s always something or someone that asks for my time and I leave all I want aside to please that thing or that person. Someone once told me that I can not please everyone, I have to do what I want and not what others want to do. But, what a coincidence, that that person was mad at me once because we no longer spent as much time as before. And the problem is that people do this unconsciously. I try to give space to people, not to demand their time, waiting the time that he or she can and want above all, to spend some time with me, because I do not want anyone to be with me out of obligation. I don’t know if you understand me, actually I am expressing myself,  because I decided some time ago that things would change and would think more about what I want and then I get back to my passion: dancing, but the pressure began to arise from everywhere and I felt I was tied to thousands of ropes and they tugged in all directions. Anyway I decided to go against the stream and some of the ropes gave way, but there are still a few hundred of them and sometimes I run out of energy. It is difficult to have a passion and feel that everything prevents you to do it. It is difficult to deny the pressure because if you end up losing a lot of things by time. What should I do? Finally, I decided with God’s help, to follow my initiative: to listen to myself before listening others, to please myself before pleasing others, to love me more and not less than others, of living, as possible, but in my way.

22
Oct
09

Necessity is the mother of all inventions (journal #9)

John F. Kennedy once said “When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters-one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”  In this times of economic instability creativity emerges from everywhere.  Most of the gratest inventios arose in difficult times because of the need.  To keep optimism we have to think positively, we have to look the bright side of things, and before thinking who’s guilty, think of solutions.  We must not think about the term crisis but the term challenge.  A challenge that we can exceed succesfully if we use creativity and optimism. 

Searching in youtube.com i found an interesting video about someone that operates a puppet with the rythm of the music and has a something in the floor to receive money. It was very creative because most of the people that asks for money just put a sad face but this man goes beyond that a gives a mini show to captivate the public.  Things like this and much other are those that make up creativity in respond to the challenge.

Enjoy the video!