Abstracts of 2010 Edition
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My Papa, Sam Trippi, lived a very interesting life. In this essay, I discuss some of the hardships and accomplishments that my grandfather had. My paper contains many interesting stories from his lifetime; some which show his good will, as in when he helped save some missionaries from the Viet Cong, and others that show his harder side when I discuss the more difficult times of his upbringing. Through this biography, I hope to entertain and impart a few life lessons from someone who has been married for over fifty years and who also has served in the military for over thirty years.
It is perhaps the most ironic attribute of J.R.R. Tolkien’s created universe that the power of the One Ring, though a critically important idea in the Legendarium, is chronically undefined. Throughout its history, the Ring is a catalyst for conquest, emboldening the wearer and kindling thoughts of greatness. But Tolkien’s notion of the Ring’s greatest power was markedly different, and it shares some significant similarities with the theme of Pearl. Pearl is a Middle English poem that tells the story of a man, the Jeweler, who is bereaved by the loss of his daughter, referred to in the poem as his “Pearl.” Consideration of Pearl in parallel with the writings of Middle-earth reveals an influence that suggests the Middle English poem on which he labored for so long permeated Tolkien’s creative process and was instrumental in the creative forging of the Ring.
Inquisitiveness is the origin of discovery. Like a problem left unsolved, a story left untold can be a tragic. Too many have failed to learn the entertaining adventures of their ancestors because they chose not to investigate a relative’s past. In an attempt to preserve a glimpse of my heritage, I investigated the story of a true military hero, my uncle. A man who rode with honor, rode with courage, and rode with Patton. Laughs, tears, and pride transferred from his lips to my memory. My hope is that you will enjoy this story of my uncle’s participation in the Second World War and then take a moment to dig through the sands of time, uncover your special treasure, and experience the same happiness I did before it is too late.
It is easy for people to be intoxicated by the audio and visual stimuli that bombard their senses everyday and to accept the reality that society has fabricated for them—a reality that advocates materialism and superficiality. The acceptance ushers people to lead lives that are without worth and significance. In my paper, I explore a way to sober the mind drunk from materialism and superficiality by analyzing Henry David Thoreau’s experiences at Walden Pond documented in his work, Walden; or Life in the Woods in order to determine what constitutes living a meaningful life. It gives people the opportunity to experience beautiful and inspiring things that are otherwise overlooked in their busy lives.