Educated is an excellent read; beyond the story, Tara Westover writes her memoir as if she has been writing essays for her entire life. Her choice of wording suggests that she has had expert instruction on writing since a young age. Truth of the story, however, is that she never stepped foot in a school until she was 16. Sporadic homeschooling helped her learn the basics of math and reading, but anything beyond that was completely unknown to her. Her knowledge of history is what her father told her; fabricated from a prejudiced point of view. Her father, and subsequently her mother, believed that the government was going to collapse at any moment and that the family needed to spend their time stockpiling food and supplies for the end of the world. This delusion carried over into the education of the Westover’s seven children. Her father believed that the government of the United States was conspiring to brainwash the children into believing their propaganda. He believed that vaccines and western medicine were also controlled by the government. His zealotic religious beliefs also hindered his approval of anything that existed outside of his world. Part of Tara’s education as a child was to never question her father and mother, that a woman’s place was in the home, and that the world will collapse if you should fail at these rules. Tara’s real education came when she followed in her older brother’s footsteps and applied to a local Mormon college. Her journey from here includes an education about herself, her family, and the whole wide world before her.
By Brooke Schumann Deciding on a career choice for oneself is never easy. Many of us unhappily jump around from job to job trying to find that “one” job we love waking up for every day. Many times we want a job we don’t have the prerequisite skills to qualify for, so we end up […]
Ingredients 2 cups asparagus diagonally cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup coarsely chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup diced deli ham 2 cups hot cooked vermicelli noodles Directions To blanch asparagus pieces, cook 3 minutes […]
Gray skies, frigid winds and icy sidewalks do not make exercise workouts the first choice for women in winter. Wouldn’t you rather stay snuggled up in a blanket, drink some hot tea and watch a movie? I would. Instead I choose to be healthy by finding new and exciting ways to exercise in winter. Mind […]