Unit 7 – Inventive Writing, allows students to practice skills they have learned while retrieving information and experiences that are stored in their brains to be “inventive” with their writing. The main goals, which are thoroughly explained in Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, are these:
To give students structure while writing anything from an essay to a personal experience
To teach writing an introduction and conclusion in a composition with five paragraphs
To reinforce and practice the concept of “think three topics”
In this edition, you will travel to Paris and Gatlinburg, discover the differences between remote control (RC) airplanes and drones, decide whether or not kids should have chores and teens should have jobs, and discover the inside scoop on why kids hate vegetables. Encourage your students to have fun and be creative as they approach Unit 7. There are endless possibilities for what they can write!
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Boom! Zzzzt! Crackle! Meteorologists have predicted the storm of the century, and a bolt of lightning has struck a transformer, knocking power out for four hundred customers. Dozens of children are wondering what to do while the lights are out. There are advantages and disadvantages to the outage.
When darkness falls inside the house, its occupants must get creative. My personal favorite pastime in the dark involves breaking out the flashlights and playing laser tag. Once the excitement of laser tag is over, we gather pillows, blankets, and any furniture we can muster and build forts. Just because the lights are out, it does not mean we have to be bored.
Although there is fun to be had, there are also disadvantages to no power. For instance, Link from The Legend of Zelda1 cannot defeat King Dodongo if the power is out. Light switches are useless, and it is impossible to draw by candlelight. Life is not easy when the lights are off.
Activities come to a screeching halt when the electricity fails. Families are forced to spend time together, which is the best part of the power outage. Around the table, family bonds grow while we play games. Life slows down, and relationships grow when electronic distractions disappear. Neighborhood children occupy themselves with games and learn that there are advantages and disadvantages to being without electricity. The best thing about having no power is getting closer to your friends and family.
1. The Legend of Zelda is a trademark of Nintendo.
Preparing for Adulthood by Levi Smith, age 13
Should children have chores? Naturally, many have debated the fact that chores can do more harm than good. While there seem to be some obvious immediate benefits of kids doing chores, a few parents actually believe chores are detrimental, and have completely boycotted chores because they want their child's life to be all sunshine and rainbows. Among many parents is the belief that the pros of giving children household responsibilities vastly outweigh the cons, and they do so with the understanding and hope that their children will procure a strong work ethic. Wanting them to have stable finances as adults, as well as a healthy relationship with money, parents endeavor to teach them how to manage money by compensating with money on specific tasks. But how much do chores really help? If children are taught with enough patience and love, they will be able to learn the values that will help them become successful adults. Chores and compensation for chores, which requires consistent practice and mentoring, can help children become responsible, hardworking, prioritizing citizens.
Of course, some parents believe that giving their child grimy household duties should be abstained from, in order to have them devote more time to their schoolwork, outdoor sports, or simply to experience a stress free childhood. Chores are not necessary for helping a child achieve stability, responsibility, and success as adults. To these parents, childhood should be a jovial safe haven from stress, which will naturally occur once the child nears adulthood. Why rush kids into this? The burden of chores, responsibilities, or tasks can send the message that life is cruel and demanding regardless of age. A child should have the ability to simply be a child, free from challenges, concerns, or worries that parent-placed chores will automatically bring upon the child's psyche. Until they are older and more mature, most kids will not be able to comprehend the value of chores; therefore, trying to teach those principles with an underdeveloped brain would be more trouble than its worth. Believing that teaching children these values would take way too much time; they conjecture that it would be better to teach their children work morals when they are more mature and could essentially and easily at their level of understanding learn those values in a matter of months. Ultimately, the reasons for having children not do chores pale in comparison to the positive effects of chores.
Chores have always been a necessary and beneficial part of a child's life. The parents who believe in a burden-free childhood are ultimately and utterly unrealistic. Without any work, children will often fall victim to the philosophy that someone else will or should do it for them. This leads to expectations of entitlement. If they carry this idea into adulthood, they will receive the greatest shock of their lives! Morals of hard work, stewardship, priorities, and time management are taught through family chores and through priorities focused on contributing to society as a small child. These are influential years. Without chores, kids will be ill-prepared for their first jobs as a teen or even young adult. Fundamentally, children will also learn that in order to complete the necessary, yet fulfilling, labors of life, they must sometimes make sacrifices for the things that will help them the most. Values are taught. Sacrifices are made. Lessons are learned. Adding the responsibility of chores, parents help children mature more quickly and responsibly into helpful members of society.
Paying their children for chores, parents can take one more step towards ensuring their kids' financial success. Unsurprisingly, many financial experts like Dave Ramsey encourage the practice of paying children for chores since it will help them learn how to manage money. When children have to work for specific items they desire, which they will undeniably want, they value their hard-earned money more than if they were just given it. For instance, consider allowance. The average adolescent does not completely understand how money works, but with parents who patiently and consistently teach and exemplify how to manage and use money, this practice will have a positive impact on their child's future. Once these children grow up, they will become the leaders of the world, so by teaching them strong work ethics and money management, parents are supporting the ethical morals of future adults. As the country’s potential leaders, if children learn how to manage money now, they will be better equipped at handling and eliminating tremendous debt later. Also, on a smaller scale, earning money will enable them to invest in their happiness by being able to save for a game or movie ticket. Raising money-smart kids will have a huge impact on the world in the future.
Chores undoubtedly have a positive impact that can shape a child's character into a hardworking and responsible individual. Inevitably, the lesson that understanding parents teach their children through work ethic will last a lifetime, which can then be passed on to their posterity. This is invaluable. Although kids may not appreciate the benefits now, they will recognize the values that their parents taught them later on in life as they interact with gloomy employers, cheerful associates, and potential careers. For those who think chores are a negative aspect of life, they are only teaching their kids a lack of principles and stewardship, and notably, laziness. Most importantly, parents who do not teach their children how to work hard are just doing a disservice to them and, ultimately, to society. If all children are taught the value of hard work and how to meticulously manage money, they will make a tremendous impact on the success they will achieve in their life. Participating in chores and managing money, children are preparing themselves in truly the greatest way for their responsibilities as an adult.
Lord of the Sky by Broughton Powell, age 14
With all of the world’s state-of-the art technology, what remains the dominant ruler of the sky? In the remote control industry, there are three main aerospace inventions: helicopters, quadcopters, and airplanes. Gaining in popularity and abundance, quadcopters, commonly referred to as drones, have become indisputably the prosperous leaders on the market. Consequently, the question arises: Are drones honestly superior to helicopters or airplanes? Because the quadcopter is in reality a beefed up helicopter, helicopters really have no advantage over the drone or airplane, which leaves the dominant ruling to them. Although there is a steady decrease in RC airplanes’ popularity, planes remain the king of airspace. Drones cannot compare to planes. Planes, despite the fact they are less durable than quadcopters, offer greater entertainment and are more cost effective to construct than drones, leading to the conclusion that RC airplanes are superior to quadcopters.
Although remote control (RC) airplanes are top quality, quadcopters have the advantage of high durability. Surviving devastating crashes, quadcopters refuse to fracture, which is one reason for the high customer reviews and support. Planes, on the other hand, are easily dented due to their polystyrene foam skeletons compared to the powerful plastic frames of drones. If robust plastic could be used for the foundations of RC airplanes instead of flimsy foam board, planes would surely gain the upper hand in durability. The only redeeming fact about quadcopters is their ability to continue flying after crashes. Once this characteristic is extracted, there is no reason to purchase a quadcopter over an RC airplane. Eventually, when masterful controlling of aircrafts is achieved, quadcopters will have no advantage because durability will be unnecessary. In the realm of beginners, drones have their benefits, but for skillful flyers there is no hesitation; planes are superior to quadcopters.
Pilot Otto Lilienthal boldly and rightfully pronounced: “To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything.” RC airplanes are virtually more intricate and offer higher-grade entertainment. Undoubtedly, everyone loves liberation, although that is one quality quadcopters do not possess. Captivated by bonds, drones are limited by their ability to maneuver. On the other hand, RC airplanes have no confining chains which immobilize their power to fly, flip, or even rotate. Inexperienced beginners will argue on the side of drones, proclaiming them as stable flyers, easily controlled aircrafts, and even more enjoyable than planes. This, however, is not true. Surprising or not, there is quite a simple explanation to this solid argument: Proficient controlling of airborne objects must be achieved before the door of pure enjoyment is opened to RC airplanes. Experts dispute the contentions of novices, claiming planes offer greater control, extreme entertainment, and are limited by only the imagination. In other words, the skillful do not enjoy the quadcopter because of its limits, but celebrate the RC airplane for its majestic freedom. If having a possession collecting dust defines entertainment, unquestionably go with the quadcopter; however, continuous usage and joy will result from the RC airplane.
Remote control airplanes are more cost effective to build and simply easier to construct than quadcopters. Airplanes have fewer components than drones and cheaper parts, which can be reused to build different planes. Consisting of four motors, quadcopters are very expensive because motors are the most exorbitant part. However, planes only require one motor, making them more reasonable and less of a hassle to build. When an airplane crashes and breaks, the parts can be salvaged and reused on a new plane body cut from foam board. On the other hand, drones cannot be reconstructed as easily. Quadcopter frames cannot be cut from foam board but instead have to be bought because of their unique casing, molded from plastic. Eventually, when one particular plane design becomes boring, a new type of plane can be built from the same components. Planes offer customizability. Planes offer affordability. Planes offer recyclability. This is not the case with the drone. Quadcopter parts can only be employed for that specific quadcopter. Building different types of drones from the elements of an old quadcopter is not an option. Quadcopters do not offer recyclability. RC airplanes are more affordable, easier to construct, and customizable, giving them a massive advantage over the beloved quadcopter.
RC airplanes are exceptional and should always be chosen over quadcopters. With the exception of durability, the positive impact of RC airplanes outweighs the negative. Offering greater entertainment, planes are not only more enjoyable, but are also more cost effective to build. Remote control airplanes are like daisies in a field, there one day, gone the next. Most importantly, planes have to continue to be purchased, or risk the decrease in availability of RC airplanes. Although there is currently an abundance, nothing lasts forever, so the only way to preserve the barter of airplanes is a persistent investment in them. Because most people do not notice the advantages the RC airplane offers, quadcopters are repeatedly bought instead of planes, which produces the decrease in sales of planes. Regardless, planes will always dominate.
Preparing for a Fruitful Life by Benjamin Ziesmer, age 13
Should teens work? In general, everyone can agree that some teens work, and other teens do not. However, some believe they should work, while others think that teens should not. Having a job, a teen can learn essential skills and prepare for future jobs. If a job is had, it will earn money for the grateful employee. Additionally, jobs can teach how to do things which are tricky but important. Teens should have jobs.
Teens should have part-time jobs to prepare for future jobs. Understandably, everyone who is successful has a well-paying job. Quality jobs require hard work. If disciplined labor is practiced, a superior job will be obtained when needed. Having a part-time job, a young person has the vital opportunity to develop fundamentally necessary work ethic. With the practice of a job’s fundamental responsibilities, teens can properly and profitably prepare for their future.
Another reason to have a part-time job as a teen is to earn money. Teens love earning money. Having a steady source of income is helpful in many ways, especially buying things that lead to commendatory levels of efficiency. A car and its fuel can be paid for, which will allow considerable independence through driving places privately and not taking up other people’s time. Saving money, one can also help pay for college, which will help one’s parents save money and increase the chance of having a quality education. Finally, another way to use money is to save it because doing so will allow the ability to better handle emergencies and achieve a head start in adult life. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Earning money is a significant benefit of having a part-time job.
Teens should have a part-time job to practice doing hard things. Learning to do hard things, a teen can have vital success. To learn how to accomplish challenging things, it is better to practice sooner than if practice follows later, because they will be learned more easily. Jobs require doing hard things. Generally, having a job as a teen is an advantageous way to practice. It will cause the lesson, which is extremely important, to be learned early. If a quality job is acquired by a teen, he can learn to do hard things, which will lead to a gold mine of opportunities.
Clearly, teens should have part-time jobs and will most likely thrive. Having a part-time job, teens can foresightedly prepare for future jobs. With personal income, a young person earns money to manage his own budget. While having a job, teens can learn to do strenuous things although they might not come easily without laborious persistence. Most importantly, do the difficult things because it prepares for life ahead. Teens should definitely have part-time jobs to prepare for the rest of their fruitful life.
A Walk about Paris by Sarah Beth Whaley, age 17
Is Paris a better place to travel than somewhere else in the world? Paris is one of the world’s best-known destinations since it has some very famous paintings and architecture. Paris has many fascinating experiences. Among the exquisite artwork and breathtaking architecture, which is one of the greatest parts of Paris, people are surrounded by history. Ultimately, the beautifully spoken language, the cheery people, and the light, delectable food will be a substantial part of traveling to Paris. While browsing at boutiques can be entertaining, studying at the famous, tranquil art and sightseeing can also be exhilarating. Traveling to Paris, people will eagerly enjoy the trip of a life.
Shopping in Paris, people can have a blissful experience because it is a large part of the country. Stunningly, it has beautiful but expensive shops that are not familiar to any person in the United States. The boutiques are very specific. Not one is alike. It is very unusual. While in Paris, shoppers must travel to different places to purchase everything they need. Some Americans are hopelessly spoiled and can stop at Walmart to shop for everything! In spite of having all the separate stores and gradually having to stroll everywhere to pick up various items, which can be exhausting, it will still be a cheery experience to shop in Paris.
Another lovely element of Paris is the art. Some of the most famous paintings, which are a thing to marvel at, are conserved there. Vincent van Gogh’s peaceful “Starry Night over the Rhone” was completed in September of 1888. While it is stored in the Musée d'Orsay, there are also other fascinating paintings there. Amazingly, the recognizable but thoughtful “Mona Lisa” is positioned in the Louvre although it took four years to finish. It was completed in 1517. Heading to Paris, tourists must reflect and respect these marvelous works.
The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame are some of the most iconic, satisfying attractions in Paris. While it only took two lengthy years to complete, the Eiffel Tower opened on March 31, 1889. Aside from seven million people visiting the tower every year, 250 million people have visited since the opening. It is a sight. Started in 1806 and finished in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe is another famous, majestic sight in Paris. Remarkably, the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, which is beautiful like a sunset, was begun in 1163, and the magnificent church was completed in 1345. Paris has captivatingly and considerably beautiful attractions and architecture, true attractions to appreciate.
Paris is an amazingly beautiful place to take a once in a lifetime trip. Consider shopping, art, and sightseeing. While those are enjoyable attractions, there are other things to do around Paris. But more important is the life. Extraordinarily, Paris has astonishing, thoughtful history. Inspired in Paris, which is considered the City of Love, some of the most peaceful, reflective paintings were completed. As Thomas Jefferson spoke, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”
A Summer of Surprises by Taylor Bennett, age 15 (Magnum Opus Magazine Intern)
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star …”
A once-beloved nursery rhyme had become my nemesis. When I started playing the violin in second grade, I had no idea that so much effort was involved in perfecting a preschool tune! I had played the violin for years—and I detested it. Practices were aggravated struggles to finish as soon as possible. After I chose to attend a violin camp, I resented the decision. It simply required supplementary practice. Little did I realize that I would more than enjoy my week at camp; the time would forevermore alter my outlook on music.
On the first day of camp, I tramped into the classroom, heedless of what was to come. The road that had brought me to the camp had been rough and rocky. Every day of practice and preparation for the week-long summer camp was a day of moans and complains. Why was I playing the violin? It was boring! Couldn’t I just quit? I had friends that cherished their instrument, savored orchestra rehearsals, and relished practicing. Why didn’t I? This summer institute was supposed to be fun, but so far it had fundamentally required extra work. What would the coming week bring?
The bulk of my first day elapsed in an astonishing cyclone of amusement. I was learning African drumming and viola playing, and most of my teachers were entertaining and amiable. After an orchestra rehearsal and chamber music workshop, I would be free. The question was: Did I want to be? Admittedly, I had enjoyed myself.
At my orchestra rehearsal, I met my conductor—instant intimidation. An unsmiling, austere woman with a passion for perfection, she barked orders not only at us, but at our parents! Did I really have to spend an entire week in her group? Fortunately, my chamber workshop coach was perky and pleasant, and I surprised myself by having a terrific time.
The week passed. My chamber group chose to perform at a special concert, I enjoyed playing viola, and drumming was invigorating. While my orchestra conductor was still strict, she was beginning to relax and have more fun with the class. In fact, I was beginning to discover that I had acquired a faulty first impression of her. Shockingly, I anticipated the hour-long orchestra rehearsals the most! When my quartet took the stage and performed a Mozart minuet, I realized that although being a musician could be difficult, moments like those made the work worthwhile. After that recital, my entire outlook on music was drastically altered.
Looking back on my childhood, I find it difficult to believe that I ever loathed the violin. Practices are no longer painful. There are days when I simply relish rehearsing! The week of fun I enjoyed at summer camp so many years ago completely changed my life. If I had not attended violin camp, I would never have been determined to better myself as a musician. What would I have done instead? I’m glad I’ll never know.
Adding Some Flavor by Morgan-McKay Hoppmann, age 17
They instigate wars. They divide families. They starve children. Throughout the ages, vegetables have caused many a young child to revolt in the loudest, most ear-piercing way. Consequently, civil wars erupt in households across the nation during dinner time as parents attempt to force their stubborn children to eat the hated greens by depriving them of the right to leave the dinner table until they acquiesce. Although they appear to lack all compassion, many adults remember facing the horror of Turnipoleon Bonaparte, Broccolibeard, and Attila the Cabbage when they were young. Scarred for life, they became the very oppressors they so despised. It is a horrendous and destructive cycle, reinforced by science’s persistent propaganda popularizing the belief that vegetables are actually nutritious. However, there exists a remedy. After recognizing the blandness of edible plants, researchers have succeeded in the hunt to find the secret behind what makes a perfect vegetable.
Before they could succeed in their quest, those searching for the perfect vegetable recognized that in their original form vegetables provoke the gag reflex. Among the most dreaded of the nightly dinner table tortures are stringy celery and limp lettuce, which are closely followed by asphyxiating asparagus. Smiling widely, yum-yumming deceivingly, and proclaiming constantly the tastiness of such food, parents mistakenly believe such charades will trick the child into taking a bite. Their attempts are in vain. Quickly, children learn to recognize the tone of voice that belies nutrition and stubbornly clamp their mouths shut. Like a city under siege, they would rather starve themselves than eat their broccoli. It does not take a genius to understand why children react this way. Because vegetables are plants, plants grow from the ground, and the ground tastes awful, it is logical to conclude that vegetables taste awful as well. Unless parents realize that edible plants are flavorless at best and disgusting at worst, they will never comprehend the need to find the perfect vegetable. Thankfully, those on the hunt for the perfect vegetable recognized that the original state of the despised food group is wholly without flavor, and therefore they have attempted to compensate for this fact.
Subsequently, researchers have found that the most basic method to promote the consumption of the originally bland vegetable is to add ranch dressing. Brilliantly, condiment production engineers discovered a unique formula which succeeds in bypassing the average child’s gag reflex by suffusing the tongue in irresistible flavor. Smothered in a layer of dressing so thick only a slice of orange peeks out around a child’s fingertips, a carrot is much easier to digest. Ranch dressing is a miracle. Although this tactic fails to succeed with everyone, profound proportions of parents have praised this wonderful and flavorful invention. On the other hand, a child who is particularly clever, who especially dislikes vegetables, or who simply loves the dressing may default to using the carrot as a dipping stick or the celery slice as a spoon, while they never actually consume the vegetable. Adults are temporarily and successfully deceived. Although ranch dressing adds much-needed flavor to vegetables, it has been discovered that the perfect vegetable can only be achieved through the art of deception.
Indeed, it has reached wide consensus among experts that the perfection of the vegetable can only be achieved when the plant itself cannot be detected. Although the fraudulent nature of inserting vegetables into desserts often leaves parents either overly confident or entirely doubtful as to its success, the outcome is completely dependent on the child. Sneaking spinach stealthily into a brownie, a mother anxiously awaits her child’s first bite. Will the deception succeed? Sadly, parents of texture-sensitive children are often disappointed when the boy or girl makes a queer face and sets the dessert aside. On the other hand, children who do not care much about either changes of texture or taste often eat the disguised greens without a suspicion. It is fortunate that most vegetables have such bland flavor that it takes an extraordinary tongue to distinguish it from the surrounding deliciousness, which often overpowers other senses. Dependent on the children, the most successful way of inserting vegetables into their diets may be to disguise them in desserts. Consequently, researchers have discovered that the only perfect vegetable is a vegetable that no one can taste.
Recognizing that vegetables are naturally bland and for that reason children despise them, researchers have discovered after a long and arduous search that parents can compensate by adding flavorful ranch dressing or experimenting with various vegetable based desserts and thereby make the perfect vegetable, one left undetected by either sight or taste. The battle can end. Sadly, many adults are vindictive, unmerciful, and cruel in their methods to force children to eat vegetables. When they were kids, they received no compassion at the dinner table; therefore, they show none. Six-year-olds argue, wail, and beg, but it is all in vain. “You must eat your broccoli!” Dad forcefully proclaims. In later years, these very same six-year-olds will be the oppressors of a new anti-vegetable generation. The sequence must be stopped. Unless the current generation of parents declares “enough with bland vegetables” and chooses to add some flavor to the gag-inducing food group, the cycle will continue until the end of time.
Absolutely Addicting by Regan Brandon, 16
Although hearts may pound, feet may throb, and lungs feel empty, there is always an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment that follows the completion of a simple 5k race. The human body requires exercise to keep it healthy and properly functioning. According to the American Heart Association, the suggested amount of exercise a week is one hundred and fifty minutes, which is less than thirty minutes a day. Requiring less than half an hour a day, the body needs exercise to remain thoroughly vigorous and strong. Obviously, there are many types of exercise to start the body moving. While more popular workouts include zesty Zumba®, flashy Jazzercise®, and burning CrossFit®, there is a timeless workout that yields many benefits such as physical power, somatic strength, and other material gains with minimum cost. This is running. Running improves physical and mental health and can be extremely enjoyable.
Running maintains physical health. Since running is a fantastic calorie burner, it has aided many people in losing fluffy weight while building muscle. Steadily running substantially and significantly increases lung capacity, which makes other exercise and even everyday activities easier. Running benefits all age groups. Inside human bones are osteoblasts, which help to rebuild alabaster bones in the event of a break or when they are weakened due to the effects of aging. When someone increases their exercise, the osteoblasts burst into action. They build around the bone to strengthen and support it like supports stabilize a bridge. Rebuilding osteoblasts is very important to maintain a solid bone structure. Reducing the risk of heart disease, running helps individuals who add it to an established exercise program, reduce the risk even more. Although it can be hard to leap out of a relaxing bed at 5:00 AM to run, the physical benefits are substantial.
Running benefits the mind as well as the body. Frequently, individuals who maintain a regular, though sometimes minor, exercise routine displayed more energy and awareness throughout the day. Spending time outside relieves stress. It promotes alertness. It stimulates energy. In addition to more energy during the day, running also produces a noticeably better quality of refreshing sleep. Jogging through the woods, many people find running to be a relaxing way to conclude the day. When falling asleep becomes a problem, instead of running to the doctor for sleeping pills, why not open the door, step outside, and run to a natural, soothing solution?
While running can be tough, it can also be exceptionally enjoyable. Conveniently, there are always more interesting places to run than just on a worn treadmill. A path through a neighborhood, a beautiful park, or even the Caribbean Blue beach can provide a perfect place to gallop and race. Vacations also provide magnificently beautiful, relaxing running spots, although waking up to run while taking a holiday is not always a favorite pastime. Running alone can be tedious. To make it more interesting, many people enjoy bringing a shaggy pet. Providing company, pets need exercise as greatly as people do, and it keeps them healthy and happy. There are many ways to enjoy this popular pastime.
Running helps keep the human body well maintained. It is a cost friendly way to significantly strengthen the body and the mind and is a pleasant way to spend time. Absolutely addicting to its practitioners, running promotes a confident body image and produces a sound mind. Since there are hundreds of types of workouts which include weightlifting, biking, and indoor cycling, selecting one could be a rough choice. Not surprisingly, running is one of the most popular ways to healthily remove unwanted pounds, while it only requires a half an hour a day. Millions of people run. It can yield confidence. It can be difficult. Running is not for everyone, as expressed on a marathon spectator’s sign, “If it was easy, I would do it.” Although it may be difficult at first, running is a great way to strengthen the body and mind.