Thursday, January 30, 2014

Exploration 2 - Zach

1. The person I admire most in the book Holding On, would have to be Roberta Blackgoat due to her stand and revolution-like mind, in order to keep her native tribe on that land that she was born on. She was a leader, an activist and a fighter, for her Navajo tribe, so that the government would not relocate them to another piece of land. The author writes that she was arrested and harassed because of her protest for her tribe. To me, Roberta is a woman of values and tradition, and she would fight to defend those traditions. Many would flee or respond to the government's actions by obeying them, but Roberta shows that proud Native American value of holding onto what is hers and her tribes. She is preserving the very foundation of which her tribe was founded, and that history and tradition, is what she is holding onto.
2. In the story that Scott Russell Sanders wrote, he goes into full detail about his fathers alcoholism and how that affected him and his family while he was growing up. However, at the end of his writing, Sanders stated that he was guilt ridden by what had happen to his father, so he himself starts to pick up drinking to drown his sadness and guilt. This was surprising to me, because it showed almost like a repeat of what his father did. Almost like he was becoming his father. He used the analogy of "the turning of a key in his brain," to represent his fathers state from soberness to drunkenness. Similarly, at the very end Sanders wrote, " I took my own first drink at the age of twenty-one...I knew the odds of my becoming an alcoholic were four times higher than for the children of nonalcoholic fathers. So I sipped warily. I still do - once a week...I listen for the turning of a key in my brain" (191). Here Sanders writes that he feels the exact same process that his father did. He is running the chance of becoming an  alcoholic. From this I learned that many sons, act similarly as there fathers do, when it comes to drinking.
3. A question I have come up with would have to be more tailored towards pastors, being: "What is it like to be a minister or be in a part of a ministry for others?"


  1. yes, in this essay Sanders goes detail about his father's alcoholism and his father's double personality.

  2. I also have the curiousity of what it is like to live the lifestlye of a minister.


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