I’m very excited to begin this blog post by saying that I am currently writing in Tampa, Florida—happy Spring break to me, yes?
While down here, I have continued to progress in working with my English homework, as well as catch up on some hours with the African American History research guide. The further along Mr. Bergfelt and I get, the more excited I become; I’m hoping by the next blog post, the guide will be public! I’ve recently mastered the art of photo formatting within the guide. One of the sections is “important people,” and in it I’ve included about two dozen significant African Americans that have shaped history through their work in politics, entertainment, social movements, and so on. For each person, I included a (beautifully formatted) photograph of them, and soon the will have links for students to follow to find books on and about each individual. I’m more that excited to share the work Mr. Bergfelt and I have done in developing the guide.
Recently, I have begun to appreciate the work the research guides do for the students. I was just finishing doing research for my own creative writing project (one that I will be presenting in a few weeks at a conference near Hershey, PA). For my project, I have been considering desire: what is desire? What does it mean to want? As a part of the actual creative writing project (which is a collection of poems) I was asked to write a short essay of 4-5 pages to accompany the work. As I was going through, I wanted to think about the definitions of desire as presented in philosophy, and I—as any researcher will—spent numerous hours reviewing articles, websites, and videos to try to gain the information I needed. As I was working through, I thought, “if only there was a guide for this”—it made me feel a little spoiled that I have such a fantastic resource from Gumberg readily available to me for my other research assignments! Perhaps the next guide I make will be on the philosophy of desire?
Quote o’ the Post: “Desire is the very essence of man.” -Baruch Spinoza