Wednesday, September 26, 2012


In the song “The River,” Bruce Springsteen uses the symbols and archetypes of struggle, youth, and responsibility to express the theme of change and maturity. Springsteen explains, “That night we went down to the river and into the river we'd dive oh down to the river we did ride”, which suggests that this fond memory he has of being a child without a care in the world should be treasured. Some decisions he made at a young age changed the way he now looks at the simple things: “Now all them things that seemed so important well mister they vanished right into the air.” In Ariadne’s Clue, by Anthony Stevens, he proclaims that both sides of a conflict can be fixed by “bringing the two sides together” (pg. 279), much like what Springsteen talks about his is song.

Monday, September 17, 2012


After a long hard day at work, I finally laid my head down to rest on the pillow and each of my eyelids found one another instantly, putting me in deep slumber. First, the amoeba-like shapes of a lava lamp danced around in front of me, until I made out a lush green park. I was sitting on a bench next to my grandfather, who passed away many years before, and we spoke like he had never left. He knew everything that he had missed since his passing and seemed to have a much better outlook on how I should handle the new problems that had arisen as of recent. My grandfather looked at me, gave me his famous smile, wrapped me in an embrace and whispered to me, "you will be ok". I suddenly awoke, startled from my realistic dream with the man I have missed for so many years, but with a feeling of strength to handle my tasks for the day.