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Reading Notes:Venus and the Goddesses Part B

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Venus, the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. 
Venus has sent her son, Cupid, to make Psyche fall in love with the most wretched of men. Venus is so angered by Psyche because her beauty is causing the men of the Earth to worship Psyche and not her. Cupid goes out on his mission, but he accidentally scorches his shoulder on his arrow, which makes any living thing fall in love with him. He starts to fall in love with Psyche and is struck by her beauty. This fills Venus with so much rage, that she is willing to go great lengths to destroy her own son. Others tried to calm Venus down and change her mind. She felt that she was being ridiculed so she left.  Story Source: Apuleius's Golden Ass, as translated into English by Tony Kline (2013).

Reading Notes: Psyche's Beauty and the Anger of Venus, Part A

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Psyche: The Goddess of the Soul In this story, Psyche is a princess with two sisters who are described to be very beautiful. Psyche's beauty is described to be so delightful that "no human speech in its poverty could celebrate them, or even rise to adequate description." People treated her like a god because of her gorgeous looks and would be in complete awe of her when they saw her. People were willing to travel long distances just to witness her miraculous beauty. The fame of her beauty grew across the world. I could image that many people were jealous of Psyche, especially her two sisters. Psyche either loved the attention or hated it, and I would think that it would probably have a great affect on her relationship with her sisters.Venus's shrines and temples were no longer visited because people only wanted to see Psyche. This angered Venus greatly and made her extremely jealous. Because of her jealously and anger, she sends her son Cupid to make Psyche fall in lo…

Topic Research: Women Saints

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Like I talked about in my other post, I am very interested in writing about 3 women Saints. The one's I am interested in right now are St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Lucy, and St. Joan of Arc. Writing a diary entry for each of them would help me learn more about these saints and also have a chance to tell their story from their perspective. 
St. Therese of Lisieux is actually my confirmation saint. St. Therese lived as a Carmelite and sadly died very young due to tuberculosis. She is known as the "Little Flower" because she saw herself as the little flower of Jesus. She has actually written her own autobiography, The Story of a Soul, which I have a physical copy of. Even though she is my confirmation saint, I sadly do not know much about her. I want to take this opportunity to write about her and learn more about her life. Source
I remember learning about St. Lucy when I was very young, and being inspired by her story. She denied getting married to a Pagan because she wanted …

Week 3 Story: Adam and Eve Retold

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Adam and Eve in the Garden: SourceAdam was in the Garden of Eden happily and in communion with God. He had everything he needed, food, the river, the fields, the animals, and so much more. The only rule Adam has was to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and he obeyed. He was the caretaker of the garden and knew every living creature, but yet one thing was missing. God wanted to create a companion for Adam of his kind, so he would never be alone and that he would have someone to help him. Out of Adam's rib, God created a woman named Eve. Eve was informed of the one rule of the Garden of Eden. She lived happily with Adam and with God, both naked and not ashamed. One day Eve passed by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the serpent caught Eve's attention. The serpent tempted Eve with a fruit from this tree. The serpent told Eve that she would not die if she ate from it and that she would acquire knowledge and be just like God. Eve took the fruit …

Reading Notes Part B: Adam and Eve Leaving the Garden

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Story Source: The Forgotten Books of Eden, edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr. (1926): The First Book of Adam and Eve 1-2.Adam and Eve in the Garden: Source This story talks about God's creations in the Garden of Eden, and his placement of Adam after the fall in the garden to prevent him from temptation of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  It mentions the sea of wafer, which men can wash themselves in and be clean of their sins. This might symbolize reconciliation, a sacrament where Catholics are absolved from their sins by repenting to a priest. This story also talks about how after Adam and Eve eat the fruit, their eyes are opened to Earthly things and they do not recognize the Garden anymore, and it seems as though it is a strange land.

Reading Notes: Adam and Eve: The Creation Part A

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Adam and Eve: Source For this reading, I read the Creation from the book of Genesis. I have heard this story many times before, mostly when I was younger when I went to Catholic School in Elementary. There are so many different ways this story can be interpreted, and there is even a debate on whether this story was actually real or if it is just a story with a significant meaning. If I were to write about this story for my story book, I'm not sure if I would want to change how the story goes or if I were to just change the setting and the characters, but I would still include the meaning behind the creation for Adam and Eve.Story source: King James Bible (1611): Genesis 1-2.

Feedback Thoughts

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The first article I read was "Seven Ways to Crush Self-Doubt."  I am currently in the process of applying for occupational therapy school and I have felt self-doubt almost every single day. The strategies of what not to do in the article included things I was already doing.  I am always comparing myself to to other people and I am always striving for perfectionism. I realize that these things are toxic and will not help me achieve my goals. I catch myself having a fixed mindset at times and after reading the first assignment about a growth mindset, it has inspired me to change the ways I view things. 
The second article I read was "Why rejection hurts so much — and what to do about it."  It was very interesting and informative to learn the history of why our brains are wired the way they are when we feel rejected. I never knew that this mental process could be traced back to the times of hunter gatherers and wanting to feel like a part of the tribe. The author talks…