post 1:
the movie didn't really affect me that much, and i understand where he's coming from with the request for suicide. why would anyone want to live like that? being forced to a bed for the rest of your life and not being able to even do the simplest of tasks, personally i would rather ask for assisted suicide, instead of living like he did for 25 years. that's awful.

post 2:
well the first obvious similarity between the sea inside and the diving bell and the butterfly is the fact that they're stuck not being able to move for the rest of their lives, their own body is a prison to them. but the difference between them is the fact that ramon doesn't want to live like he has been, he just wants to be set free from his condition, but jean-dominique has accepted his life and wants to live, he doesn't fully see his disease as something that can hold him back in life, it's just another struggle that he's going to have to face.

post 3:
throughout most of the movie it was pretty much one camera angle, movement, and technique, it was kind of bland, but their was one scene that caught my attention with the way they used the camera to catch what ramon was visualizing. in the scene ramon is picturing himself getting out of bed and jumping out the window and he's flying through the hills and valleys to a beach, and they put the camera from his perspective and it's actually as if you're him flying through the wilderness.


week 5.

part 1: pages 189-222

1. chapters 17-20 greg and nica finally get married, and nica's mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. and greg gets a job offer in D.C. and they take it and they move down there and nica finds another art studio to work at for a while. and nica's grandmother dies and her and her father go to her funeral to pay their respects, and also greg applies to a business school and gets accepted, so they move yet again and nica also finds out that she is for sure pregnant after 2 miscarriages.

2. i was shocked that the author packed so much into such few pages, it was a little hard to handle all the bad news, but she did counter it with wonderful news which was a nice balance. but when her grandmother died it didn't seem to affect her much, although when she went to the funeral it was an open casket which had a negative effect on her, and it made her not want to be there at all. and she was pretty emotionally scarred after the miscarriages, which i can imagine would be hard for any woman to handle, but i was very happy that her 3rd time went over well, and she was ecstatic.

week 4

part 1: pages: 149-188

1. "i was far away from my family and many of my friends, and yet i felt a confidence, a security, and a sense of place." page 150. nica lalli, "nothing, something to believe in"
this sets the tone in the book because she was living in a tiny apartment with her boyfriend away from where she was born, and where her family and friends are, obviously, but she felt home, and she was happy with it.

2. in chapter 13 nica's fiance shares with her about his sister, and how she's a crazy cristian, and she doesn't even sleep in the same bed as her fiance, and she just can't believe how insane she seems. in chapter 14 they go to stay with greg's (nicas' fiance) parents, and when they arrive at their house they aren't even allowed to sleep in the same bed, and his parents go on about how they're been "living in sin." in chapter 15 greg's sister and her fiance get married, but they're actually being "joined in jesus" as they would call it. and in chapter 16 greg and nica go to visit the newly weds, and nica brings up the fact that she had her tarot cards read, and they freak out on her and go on about how tarot cards are the work of the devil and how she needs to go to a church and ask to be forgiven.

week 3

part 1: page: 93-145
1. in chapter 9 Nica talks about her experience going to a bible ski trip, to her it seemed very interesting and she didn't think that she'd have to worry about having religion stuffed down her throat. at first she was having a blast, but at night they had the believers and the non-believers split up, and she went with the non-believers of course, and she had to deal with hours of people talking about "god" and trying to convince her to believe. in chapter 10 she talks about her teen years, and how she can't believe that she had so much going on in her life, such as her dying grandmother, and yet all she could care about was this so called boy that she was "in love" with. in chapter 11 she's talking about part of her college experience and how she met a priest, who wasn't very priest like. he threw parties, and would even drink, to her it was as if he wasn't even a priest, which is sort of true. in chapter 12 she talks about her semester abroad in florence, and how much of an enjoyable experience that was for her, and how she even roomed with someone from her childhood, and she was happy that they got to bond again.

2. It seems kind of pointless to do research on the author of the book seeing as how it's a memoir, and they're writing about themselves, hmph, fancy that.

Part 2: i like this book so far. one strength that it has is that the author uses alot of description when she explains everything, it really makes me feel as if i'm there with her. when reading the book i haven't exactly found any weaknesses, the overall writing is impecible and it's hard to find something wrong with a book this good.


chapters 5-8

loaded words:

fabulous, page 57, positive
heroic, page 57, postive
sinister, page 58, negative
wrath, page 59, negative
prickly. page 64, negative
cute, page 61, negative
beauty, page 69, negative
communists, page 72, negative
mooned, page, 74, positive
naz, page 75, negative


These chapters were about her girl scouts experience at a camp sleepover at a church when the older girls told her ghost stories and how scared she was, about her emotional she became when she found a dead bird in her backyard, how she would make bargains with god saying that she would believe in him, and about her favorite memories from the summer before she moved to New York.


One of the things i was really surprised about was her reaction to the dead bird she found, and i wondered why she went to such great lengths for a bird she found, with a funeral and finding something to put it in, and i was also shocked that she tried making bargains with god, such as doing good on a test, or finishing an assignment, and then saying if he helped her she would believe in him.

first four chapters.


I think my book is actually really good, the way the auther talks about religion and her confusion with it is interesting and how people around her act towards her and her beliefs is fun to read about.

first four chapters.


In the first chapter of my book was about when the author, Nica Lalli, was about 6 and she wanted to go home from school early, and she was saying that the day before her friend said her stomach hurt and she got to go home, so Nica thought that she could fake sick and go home, and she did, and it worked. When she got home her mom gave her extra pillows and blankets and she got to watch more tv that she normally would, but then she got hungry and went to the kitchen but got a blood blister, and she thought that this was gods way of punishing her for faking sick. She eventually told her mom, and her mom just cleaned everything up and they didn't talk about it. In the second chapter Nica confronts her parents about god, because she wanted to know what they were. All of her friends are something, presbiterian, christian, catholic, jewish, etc, and she wanted to know what she was. When she asked her parents they told her that her dad was catholic and her mom is jewish, but that they don't believe in anything. Nica was shocked to find out that her family was nothing, and she was afraid she would be an outcast, cause everyone was something, and now she's nothing. In the 3rd chapter Lalli is left home alone alot more, and a few times when she is, two catholics come to the door and talk to her about god and her relationship with jesus, and she politely says that she's in unsure about her relationship with them, and they go on about how she should go to church and worship them, and she gives them her name and phone number. After they leave she realizes that she has done three things wrong, she answered the door when she was home alone, gave out her home phone number, and gave strangers her full name. In chapter 4 her dad finds out about the people who came to the door, and basically uses it as a threat with her, such as, clean your room or i'll tell your mother, but by the end of the chapter her mother finds out and just thinks it's funny.