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  1. Jan 2017
    1. monstrous joy


    2. her bosom rose and fell tumultuously

      another physical "ailment" reflecting, by metaphor, the emotional ailment that was underneath. Also, it's her chest being tumultuous, which is metaphoric for her emotions/heart.

    3. afflicted with a heart trouble

      she's afflicted with both physical ailments and emotional/mental illnesses.

    4. sudden, wild abandonment

      she's more than a shiny plastic shell. She's in touch with her own emotions and her humanity.

    5. She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.

      interesting- she's not like most other women. She's less paralyzed, more human and more real.

  2. Oct 2016
    1. `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'`How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.`You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'

      right before this quote, she is dealing with a rather difficult character- the cheshire cat. he is being a bit of a wise guy and she is a bit impatient (although it is unclear if she actually feels that way, or is just asking different questions to get the response she wants, and is taking a bit of time to get there because of his smart ass-ness). also, he solidifies my theory that she is a lunatic in a daydream or travelling in the recesses of her subconscious because he says "we're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."

    2. `Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, `why your cat grins like that?'

      see, i am confused because sometimes Alice has no idea what is gone but is totally confident in her alternate reality, but other times, like here, she is in tune with her surroundings and is being very socially "normal".

    1. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, `I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'

      she somehow manages to be vague and overshare at the same time. Alice doesn't know how to communicate very well, and here is over analyzing the question "who are you?" instead of acknowledging it in the way people use it most commonly, and responding in a way we all know the caterpillar wants. I feel like this story is all a big metaphor for something, like a young girl who is mentally ill, or who has a social disability like asperger's and her life as she experiences it.

    1. `We must burn the house down!' said the Rabbit's voice; and Alice called out as loud as she could, `If you do. I'll set Dinah at you!'

      she doesn't ever really seem to be scared.

    1. `You are not attending!' said the Mouse to Alice severely. `What are you thinking of?'

      an observation from a different character that communicates this idea of her absent-mindedness.

    1. `That WAS a narrow escape!' said Alice, a good deal frightened at the sudden change, but very glad to find herself still in existence; `and now for the garden!' and she ran with all speed back to the little door: but, alas! the little door was shut again, and the little golden key was lying on the glass table as before, `and things are worse than ever,' thought the poor child, `for I never was so small as this before, never! And I declare it's too bad, that it is!'

      her reaction is very peculiar. she is not freaked out or frightened, she jumps to sadness, of all emotions. She views her predicament in the most practical way, as a disability, worthy of grief.

    1. nother moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

      She doesn't really think all that much, she mostly just observes. Maybe she is actually mentally ill and it's not supposed to to be this novel, interesting side of her character that just adds intrigue and dark whimsy to the alice in wonderland universe.

    2. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural)

      Is she insane? She is being portrayed as pretty loopy but here she recognizes it. I don't know if the character actually is a bit mentally ill or if the author just decided to portray her as luna lovegood-esque as an artistic choice to fit or contribute to the mood of the story.

  3. Dec 2015
    1. The healthiest solution is to create strong bonds across generations, establishing a community of men for boys, and of women for girls.

      kids need role models

    2. The notion of giving boys guidance about becoming a man now seems old-fashioned. The end result is a growing proportion of boys live their lives in their bedrooms, playing violent video games or watching pornography, reveling in their supposed masculinity but disengaged from the real world. As a practicing family physician, I see such boys often.

      parents should be more involved in guiding their sons to become well-rounded, polite, educated, and kind-hearted men.

    3. part of the appeal of the sport is that girls are not included.

      straight up sexism

    4. Being a real man means doing things that girls don’t do

      battle of the sexes

  4. Nov 2015
    1. volunteering alone requires long-term commitment, follow-through and a higher level of personal accountability. The small team I worked with taught me the many ways I could make problems worse, even with the best of intentions.

      good information to know if you are interested in volunteering.

    1. We see nothing wrong with volunteers enjoying their work, so long as it yields tangible and enduring results

      this important, and something that the first author didn't touch on.

    2. Our Global Builders volunteers have the opportunity to see the world beyond the beaten tourist paths and immerse themselves in other cultures in ways few other Americans do. And while they generally get one day during their one- to two-week trips to do some sightseeing, they are otherwise wiped out from working all day long. Building homes is hardly easy or token work. If our volunteers want to kick up their feet at the end of the day to take in a sunset on the Nicaraguan coast or snap some selfies with smiling children in India, they’ve earned that right.

      he's basically refuting the previous article's author's argument

    3. Volunteers are how we are able to make home ownership affordable for families in the United States and abroad. Why they choose to work with us in the mountains of Peru, in Nepal or 15 other countries is irrelevant to us so long as the work gets done.

      finally some appreciation

    1. villages can be transformed by schools built on a two-week trip and diseases eradicated by the digging of wells

      Are we not helping? would you rather us stay home and do nothing?

    2. often unskilled


    3. do-gooders

      so are they selfish or not??