Comment on The End of the End: 2017 Night of the Notables Reflection by Talonsalumna

Even reading this short (ish) blog post, I can hear your unique voice – a voice with eloquent intellect and well-seasoned approachability, and delightful meta-awareness. Thanks to Mr. Shosti, TALONS, the interviewees, and all the others, for giving you a reason and a place to grow.
Proud of you, bro.
PS – Thanks Mr. Hurley, for bringing the speeches across the strait and beyond!

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Comment on Begin Again: Eminent Intro Post 2017 by talonsalumna

Great post! Got me intrigued already!
It’s cool to see that you’re not just researching a person, but learning about researching as well. Mr. J would be proud!
I would qualify one thing – his passion is not necessarily “classical” music, because the stuff he wrote was often the popular music of his time, especially when art was so censured under the Soviet Regime. Which leads to another interesting point – if pop music reflects mainstream society, then how does Shosty’s work inform us about Russian society of that time?
P.S. – I think you should look into your shared similarity of having two sisters – it’s probably the reason why he’s a cool dude.

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Comment on #HamilTALONS: A Theme Map by Talonsalumna

Firstly, I still haven’t watched the prezi (sorry sorry haven’t been on my computer), but reading the content of this post is more than enough for me to be illuminated!
I love that your theme is so similar to what we did when we studied the American Rev, using Howard Zinn’s book and learning about how history is always written by the winner. Important to note, however, is that there is not really ever a clear winner and loser, victim and villain, guilty and innocent. I think you certainly alluded to this. This means we cannot turn a blind eye, whether it’s a world issue or very personal one, as we are not only informed but also educated.
I love that your sensei teacher is reminding you to be nice through history classes. It’s like your education has purpose or something.

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Comment on Until Next Year: Eminent Reflection 2016 by talonsalumna

Loved how your learning centre was so comprehensive while still having a few very memorable bits, like the chair! And the board put up high with his name and face is absolutely a must-have!
About closing the door behind you… I think you may be surprised in the coming months and years how often GG will make a return into your life, whether it’s in the new connections you’ve made with places and people (interviewees) or more likely, just in your thoughts. You can never really walk away from them, especially once you’ve internalized them in the speeches and discovered so many why’s for their decisions. And it’s their courage, integrity, and putting-my-foot-down doing-it-my-way spirit that really sticks with us.
It’s pretty awesome that the whole NOTN gives us a chance to be all those things, isn’t it?

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