Thursday, June 3, 2010
It was gray and muddy the morning Rosen got hit. Me, him, and Nick Lee were patrolling one of the muddy streets of Neong, a city we had been stationed at for awhile. While quietly chatting about home, the war, and people back at camp, our conversation was interrupted by a sudden crack of faraway rifle. We quickly flopped into a nearby ditch and and took a second to catch our breath .”Anyone get hit?” I asked after a few tense moments.“ A better question is where our shooter is,” Lee said and nearly got hit by a bullet that whistled by as he risked his head for a glance. “We need to get out of here” Rosen said. “You got any ideas?” I asked him. “Yeah, I'll run for those houses to the right, once he shoots at me, you guys go for the house on the left, we'll meet in the alley” he answered. “Are you crazy? You're gonna get killed man,” Lee said in response. “You got any better plans?” And with that Rosen ran out of the ditch. When he was about halfway across the street we started moving, and to my right I saw Rosen who was nearly there and I though he was going to to make it without getting hit. I thought wrong, as just as Rosen was nearing the house the rifle cracked again and Rosen span about and fell behind the house with a yell. Me and Lee had reached safety and we went through the alley to get Rosen. We found him there holding his bleeding thigh and gasping. “Jesus man, what did I tell you” Lee said as we ran over to him. “I don't think i'll be able to move on my own, help me up” Rosen told us. Lee bandaged up his leg and we slowly helped him to his feet, me and Lee keeping him up as best as we could. We made our way out of the small alleyway, making sure we didn't move from out behind the houses. As we neared camp we helped Rosen over to the medics. “Guess you took one for the team this time, eh Rosen?” The medic had asked. “Yeah so it seems” Rosen managed to say. “ Thanks for bringing me back guys” Rosen said as he laid down. “ We should be the ones thanking you, saved us all.” I told him with a grin.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The throngs of people in the stadium were roaring as Mr. Pierce hoisted me high into the air, above his team and into the deafening noise above us. Though he was the only one holding me up, it was not him alone that brought me into his arms. No, it was everyone, from the coach, to the bench players, to the starters, they all did it, and they all earned me. Each of them were so happy to see me, so excited, so jovial, just as they always are. But their opposition was quite the opposite, crushed, frustrated, upset beyond measure, but the only thing to blame were themselves, failing to work as well as the well oiled machine that was Mr. Pierce's Celtics. You see, they only depended on a few talented players to win, and because of that it was the men in green that were the ones to embrace and touch me. But only minutes before, I sat in a back room, patiently waiting to be given to the victor. I heard the yells of the crowd, the whistles, and lastly the buzzer that signaled that the game was over. I was then taken out of the room and into flashing lights and colors. Looking up at the scoreboard, I saw that these fans would go home very happy, as BOS scored 40 more points than VIS. I heard that it was a very good game for Boston, with the man holding me playing unselfishly, passing the ball, helping his team, relying on his team. That was what made them win in my opinion, that the team relied on each other, not just one man. As the cheers rained down on us, our procession made it's way into the locker room, where Champagne bottles popped and fizzed onto me and those few men were nearly as loud as the 20,000 outside, with their yells and their happiness. They hugged each other, congratulated each other, told other what an honor it was to be on the same team as one another, it was a very happy day for all of them, you could just feel it by being in the room. Lots of couldn't have done it without yous and we're the best in the worlds were thrown about. But in the midst of all the noise, I sat silently, patiently waiting to be in the trophy case in the stadium, next to other copies of myself, where I would sit and be admired by fans to come for many, many years. A mute testament to the teamwork and hard work that went into that game.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Eel Spearing at Setauket, William Sidney Mount, Oil, Cooperstown NY
The Death of General Wolfe, Benjamin West, Oil, Ottawa Canada
Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, Oil, Washington DC
The Death of General Jospeh Warren At the Battle of Bunker Hill, John Trumball, Oil, New Haven CT
Westward the Course of Empire Takes it's Way, Emanuel Luetz, Unknown Medium, Washington D.C.
Miracle on Ice, Heinz Kluetmeier, Photograph, Americana
Western Figurative, Connie Chadwell, Oil, Texas
Raising the Flag On Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal, Photograph, American
Ferrari Pit Crew, Vince Caliguri, Photograph, Italian
Crab Season, Andrew McGarry, Photograph, American
Alley Oop, Andrew Levine, Photograph, American
Teamwork Explained, Artist Unknown, Pencil
Rescue at 14,000 Feet, Jonathon Horn, Photograph,
Minnesota Orchestra, Euan Kerr, Photograph, Scottish
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sources:Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American ArtMatthew Baigell, Dictionary of American ArtPeter Falk, Who Was Who in American ArtArt-Talk, November-December 2004Associated Press, May 1998
Monday, May 3, 2010
“10 down 10 to go...” groaned Matt as both we threw a crab pot overboard. “God, how heavy are these things, and these waves don't help anyone.” As tiring as it was to listen to, he had a point. The Bering Sea was quite turbulent, and being wet in 30 degree weather isn't the most pleasant thing. We had already been out at sea for 5 days and I was already exhausted, as the short fishing season has us working with very little rest. “Ugh, why do we have to use dead fish as bait, this stuff is nasty.” Steve said as he and Chris put bait into the crab pot. “I mean seriously, this stuff is so nasty,” he said as a particularly violent wave smashed into the boat.“Try to finish up quick boys, I'm not liking the weather today” came captain Carl's voice over the loud-speaker. “Yeah, like we can go any fast-” Steve began to say, but he was interrupted but a massive wave which sent him overboard into the cold ocean.
“ Oh my God, hey grab the life preserver!” Chris yelled to me. If drowning didn't kill Steve, the below freezing water would. “Hang on, man we're gonna get you!” Matt yelled to Steve. I grabbed the flotation ring off the small rack by the door and ran back over to the side of the boat nearly falling on the wet deck's surface. I hurled the ring at Steve, who was now flailing desperately in the icy water. He managed to spot the nearby ring in the water and struggled over to it. As he grabbed onto it Chris yelled “Alright, don't let go we're gonna drag you in!” “Ready, Pull!” he yelled to the rest of us. We all yanked at once and seemingly the ocean seemed to pull on Steve, trying to bring him below the water. Before long we managed to bring him over to the side of the boat.”Alright, when I say go pull him up. Ready, go!” Chris yelled over the crash of the sea, and at once we all yanked upwards and slowly reeled Steve back into the boat. He reached over the wall and rolled onto the deck shivering and coughing. “You alright?” Chris asked him. “ Yeah, but can you tell Carl I might turn in a little early today?” “Yeah I don't think he'll mind,” Matt said with a smile.
http://iwojima.com/John BradleyThis is a website that has information about the battle of Iwo Jima. soldiers have an extremely strong sense of comradery, so I think a website about war is a good example of teamwork. Soldiers were very close to their friends, and often worked together and shared effort to stay alive and get the job done.
http://www.sportsknowhow.com/lacrosse/history/lacrosse-history.shtmlUnited States Lacrosse League This website is about the history of lacrosse, a very team based sport. Being on a team, I know firsthand that teamwork is very essential to the game and winning. Because of this I feel that lacrosse is a great example of teamwork.
http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/futbol/espana/ ESPN This a website about Spanish soccer. I think this shows a great international aspect of teamwork, showing that teamwork is everywhere.
http://wheatoncollege.edu/quarterly/q2008fall/teamwork.html Wheaton College
This shows teamwork through science. The scientists together make discoveries, it is not one lone man. Without help the scientists would achieve nothing. They would have no-one to assist them with their findings, showing how necessary teamwork is.
This a website that talks about the psychology of why some people dont work well with others. It also talks about why teams just don't work sometimes
Word Press A link that shows the components of a good team , and what makes a good leader or team-member.
http://www.highperformanceteams.org/hpt_history.htmHigh Performance Teams This website shows examples of teamwork throughout
http://storiesfortrainers.com/charlesplumbsparachutes.aspxCorporate University Xchange A short story about recognizing the little ways people help us achieve our goals.
http://www.essortment.com/hobbies/fivewaysgoodt_sfbl.htmPage Wise Talks about how to be a better team-mate and why it's better to think of the team first.
http://www.woopidoo.com/articles/chriswidener/successful-teams.htm Woopidoo This a website that talks about team-members knowing their roles.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The time has come once again
To show what we can do
To work together as a team
Not just one or two.
Together we can do anything our hearts desire.
You know we have done it even though we are tired.
So let's look to one another for comfort and cheer
Let's lean on each other as we cry our tears.
Because together we have a goal that we have all set
And that's to be the best team the judges have seen yet.
So let's go out on that floor as a winning team
Let's do what we do best and make that crowd scream.
Because together we can do it.
Together we can.
Together we can be the best team in the land
This poem relates to the concept of teamwork for a few reasons. One reason is how it talks about how the team needs to work together to acheive their goals. It also says "cry our tears" meaning the team is going to share their victories and their losses. The poem also says lean on each other meaning they will use each other for support, which help in their victory. This poem with the concept of teamwork quite nicely.
With a Little Help From My Friends- The Beatles
What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song,
And I'll try not to sing out of key.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends.
This song excerpt relates to teamwork as well. The Beatles talk about how they will succeed if they have help from their friends. This will make them better and further their goals. They cannot do it alone but with help, their goals are more easily attainable.
There was a most important job that needed to be done,
And no reason NOT to do it, there was absolutely none.
But in vital matters such as this the thing you have to ask,
is WHO exactly will it be who’ll carry out this task.
ANYBODY could have told you that EVERYBODY knew,
that this was something SOMEBODY would surely have to do.
NOBODY was unwilling,
ANYBODY had the ability,
but NOBODY thought he was supposed to be the one.
It seemed to be a job that ANYBODY could have done,
If ANYBODY thought he was supposed to be the one.
But since EVERYBODY recogized that ANYBODY could,
EVERYBODY took for granted that SOMEBODY would.
But NOBODY told ANYBODY that we are aware of,
That he would be in charge of seeing it was taken care of.
And NOBODY took it on himself to follow through and DO,
What EVERYBODY thought that SOMEBODY would do.
When what EVERYBODY needs so did not get done at all,
EVERYBODY was complaining that SOMEBODY dropped the ball.
ANYBODY then could see it was an awful crying shame,
And EVERYBODY looked around for SOMEBODY to blame.
SOMEBODY should have done the job and EVERYBODY would have,
But in the end NOBODY did what ANYBOY could have.
This poem shows the negative effects of not working as a team. The people didn't communicate and because of this the job that needed doing was not completed. If they had worked together as a team the "most important job" could have been easily completed, but because nobody was willing to step up, the job was not completed.
Teamwork is crucial
Don't think it miniscule
It means everything
To accomplish anything
It's called cooperation.
TEAM is an acronym
The meaning enlightening
We should learn
To work together
Not be hard as leather
Nor soft as a feather
Not be critical and cold
Neither shun being bold
Don't beat me down
To the dirty ground
But don't flatter me
And thereby deny me
From being all I could be
I certainly do need thee.
We undoubtedly can't be
All that we were meant to be
Without a collaborative effort
A hearty commitment to exert
Ourselves together fully
Or drive each other crazy
Produce peaceably collectively
Or perish pathetically individually
Teamwork is the key consistently
The most important ingredient
The sustaining saving solvent
Stay together against deterrence
Improve the national defence
Unite and pledge allegiance
Take rest. Don't be so intense.
Live together in communities dense
Discover technological brilliance
Engineer and build a Mercedes Benz
Legislate new laws and adherence
Place people over proud pretense.
Get some collective societal sense
Whence you can make a few pence
Thence we can rejoice and dance
Fearlessly take a chance and advance
Kindly forgive, forget, and be resilient
Overcome being emotionally buoyant
Elegantly articulate being verbally fluent
Prefer, get along, and be considerate
Us, over me, as we show sensitivity
Less of me, more of we triumphantly
Teamwork makes us indefeatable
Our energy can be indefatigable
Resources multiply indefinable
Profound intelligence undebatable
Care and compassion supernatural
Mightily power increases exponential
A team is invaluable and monumental
Together for us nothing is impossible.
This poem talks about why teamwork is important. It talks about how teamwork can make people "indefeatable" and that "together for us nothing is impossible." both of which are true. If people can work together as a team, then most of what they want to acheive is very possible. The acronym the author uses in the beginning is also true "Together Everyone Acheives More". If everyone wants to acheive one thing, together its a lot easier to reach.
Queen, We Are the Champions
I've paid my dues
- Time after time
- I've done my sentence But committed no crime
- And bad mistakes I've made a few I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
- But I've come through We are the champions - my friends And we'll keep on fighting
- till the end
- We are the champions
- We are the champions No time for losers 'Cause we are the champions - of the world
- I've taken my bows And my curtain calls
- You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it
- I thank you all
- But it's been no bed of roses No pleasure cruise
- I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
- And I ain't gonna lose
- We are the champions - my friends And we'll keep on fighting - till the end
- We are the champions
- We are the champions No time for losers 'Cause we are the champions - of the world
This song shows that together this team has succeeded, but it took a lot of hardwork and dedication.
Now it's early in his career. Just as he once did with Schwartz, Bryant keeps NBA teammates after practice as guinea pigs. "He was notorious for asking me to stay late to work on a move," says George, who played for L.A. from 1999 to 2006. "He'd say, ‘Stand there for a minute. I want to try something.' " And then Bryant would unveil a spin move, or a cross-over, or something else he'd picked up watching tape, and do it over and over and over. "The crazy thing about it is, he has the ability to put new elements in his game overnight," says George. "Like, for example, he might say, ‘Stay after and guard this move. Let me try it on you,' and he'll do it the next day in the game." George pauses to let this sink in. "Most of us, we'll try it alone, then we'll try it in practice, then in a scrimmage, and only then will we bring it out for a seven o'clock game. He'd do it the next day — and it would work." The Art of A Beauttiful Game, Chris Ballard
This excerpt relates to my concept because it shows that, by working harder and working together, people can improve upon themselves, somehting that wouldnt be possible if they didnt want to win and do better.
“Coach Clawson, get our playmakers the ball,” he begins, the whites of eyes large as he slaps himself in the chest with his hands. “I’m sick of this s---. We got too many good players at wide receiver and too many good running backs to do this s---! We all been talking about it. If they playing 10 yards off G. Jones why we running one yard passes? Let’s get our playmakers the ball, coach, and score!” On Rocky Top, Clay Travis
This is a speech an angry player gives. He thinks that the team needs to work together and they can win. But they are not playing smartly and giving the ball to the wrong people and losing because of it.
By setting up this dinner, I have guaranteed myself one thing at every Final Four: regardless of what happens to my basketball team during that season, I will always have my team with me at the Final Four. Some years I will coach my team. Other years I will drink wine with my team. But one way or the other, I'll always have my team with me. That's a pretty good deal for an old coach. John Feinstein, The Last Dance
This a book written by a coach, and what he means by this is his team he his coaching now is very important to him, and that his old team is very important, showing how loyal he is to his teams.
Together we stand , divided we fall ,
Come on now people , let's get on the ball and work together ,
Come on , come on let's work together , now now people ,
'Cause together we will stand ev'ry , ev'ry girl and a man ...
Before when things go wrong , as they sometimes will ,
And the road that you travel , it stays all up hill ,
Let's work together , come on , come on ,
let's work together ,Now now people ,
you know together we will stand ,Ev'ry boy , girl , woman and a man ...
Let's Work Together ,Canned Heat
This song excerpt is about how if people try to go off on their own, they will fail, but together they will succeed.
So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on
Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on
This song shows that people need teamwork to get help, and to help others in their endeavors.
*A team cannot be duplicated; it is one of a kind.Teamwork is a structure of strength that is reinforced by smaller connections among the individuals that make it up. It is friendship and trust. It is finding out just what it means to lay it all on the line, leave everything on the court, and to dig deep within to reach your goals as one. New members will join, and others will eventually leave, but the team will always remain. The bonds formed, the progress made, and the success that was achieved will live on long past the season’s end
Teamwork, Sarah Anothofer
This poem shows that a bond made between a team is unique, and only those players can exerience it.
In sports or school
In class or at home
Sharing the work
Together, Author unknown
This poem talks about how teamcan be found everywhere and how work should be shared.
Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none
And by union what we will can be accomplished still
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.
From Ruthie Gorton, from the preamble to the constitution
of the United Mineworkers of America
A small verse that talks about how most things need to be done together, and how alone these things don't happen.
The stream sings it to the river, the river sings it to the sea
The sea sings it to the boat that carries you and me
The boat we are sailing in was built by many hands
And the sea we are sailing on, it touches every land
So with our hopes we set the sails
And face the winds once more
And with our hearts we chart the waters never sailed before
Somos El Barco, Lorre Wyatt
This children's song was written to teach children about teamwork and it does a good job.
Give me some men who are stout-hearted men
Who will fight for the right they adore
Start me with ten who are stout-hearted men
And I'll soon give you ten thousand more-ore
Shoulder to shoulder, and bolder and bolder
They grow as they go to the fore
Then there's nothing in the world
Can halt or mar a plan
When stout-hearted men
Can stick together - man - to man...
This song is about how teams grow when they work together and how if they stick together they'll be unbeatable.
A team had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
A summarized twist on a poem used earlier, showing that communication is key in teams.I, my, mine-and the blatant me
My presence is but a speckle, in this awesome galaxy
Actions that I take pride in, has been said and done
Thus goes the saying-‘There is nothing new under the sun.’
Thinking individuals that we are
We have the right to criticize
We’re bestowed with the power of thought you see,
We have the power to analyze.
Let’s accept the corrections, with an open mind and heart
And keep the project ticking
Of which we are a part.
Author Unknown, Title Unknown
This poem talks about how someone wants to change their selfish ideas they once had for a more team-based thought process."Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.Working together is success."
Henry Ford about his assembly line.
This quote shows that everyone has a place and a job and once these spots are recognized and people work with each other everything works much better.
"Michael, if you can't pass, you can't play." Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan in his freshman year at UNC
This quote shows that even though Michael Jordan was the best player, if he didn't work with his team, his coach did not want him.
"Win together today, and we walk together forever" Fred Shero before the Philadelphia Flyers won their first cup - written on a board
This quote comes from a coach who reminded his players that, if they worked together they would eventually win the Stanley Cup.
"United we stand; divided we fall. "
Aesop in "The Four Oxen and the Lion" in Fables, also known as "The Lion and the Bulls"
Together the animals will succeed, but alone they will fail.
By union the smallest states thrive, by discord the greatest are destroyed.
Gaius Sallustius Crispus in Bellum Iugurthinum Ch. X
If the countries work together, even the smallest ones will be successful.
Monday, March 29, 2010
The picture I am critiquing is an oil on canvas, Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer. The subject matter of the picture is 19th century boys at play. I think this picture does a good job of capturing both the essence of American spirit and a feeling of camaraderie between the boys.
Snap the Whip has many elements of art in it. One of which is how Winslow Homer uses different shades of green in the forested hills above the boys. The focal point of the picture is the boys at play, while in the field of the painting there is a large forest. There is a contrast in light value between the meadow where the boys are playing and the forest that sits above them. There is a good harmony between the different colors of the wildflowers and and the different colors of the trees. The artist did a good job of balancing the details on the boys on left and right. The lighting in the picture is focused on the boys creating a highlight on them. There is a subtle building far away in the left of the painting. The people on the far left do not have clear features, but are figurative.
The focal point of this picture is the boys at play. I think this picture tells a narrative of these friends who were bored and decided to play this game. Together, they are trying to get other boys to come off from the chain while their parents look on.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
A hands on museum that explores the different sports of today.
A museum of the battle of Iwo Jima and the flag raising.
A museum about the history of lacrosse and the hall of fame.
Baseball Hall of Fame and museum
A museum dedicated to the history of the Olmpic games.