Writing– A Lost Art

A Parallax Communitiy Post submitted by Adam Thalla on 2012/11/08 at 3:15 pm

It is quite amazing to see how much of an effect The Parallax has had on everyone that has read it, and how it helped people realize the “power of writing”. I have always enjoyed writing. Back in high school, my favorite classes were english/literature classes. The disappointing thing about college is that there aren’t very many classes that allow us to freely and creatively write. The disappointing thing about many people today, is that writing is a lost art. Many people don’t realize that writing is the basis for many other things such as music, lyrics, theater, and movies. It is people’s ability to write freely and creatively that allow these things to come together. It is discouraging that today people no longer enjoy writing, and reading as well. It is important for us to stress to future generations that writing is a great way to express oneself and control one’s emotions and worries. One great thing about free writing, is that it allow you to go back and re-read your thoughts and feelings and “re-live” them if you please. This is why I find writing to be such a powerful way of expressing yourself.

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  1. When I started The Parallax I didn’t really know what to expect. I certainly did not expect it to stir my emotions or get me asking deeper questions about my life experiences, which it undoubtedly did. While reading the book and hearing the stories of Frank, Katy, and all the other people I began thinking about my own. In fact I found myself thinking about my own life more than the words I was reading! I mainly dwelled on one particular paradigm shift in my life. At 5:45pm May 22nd, 2011 my summer went from a jubilant wedding reception, to an F5 tornado cutting through my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. It went from wondering what is for dinner to wondering if my friends are alive, from certainty to uncertainty. As my dad and I attempted to drivel up to the hospital we worked at we quickly realized that tonight would be the last night we ever went to work in our hospital as we walked up to get patients out of the eerie building. As we walked passed overturned cars, crowbar in hand, I stopped and looked at the town I had known for 21 years and saw nothing that resembled it. Following that night was weeks of events that will resonate in my life for the years to come. As I read The Parallax all I was reminded of the stories of the summer and the emotions of helplessness, guilt, sadness, pride, and love that I felt in my own heart and the hearts of many of my friends. I have so much to process still about this time of my life and I believe that this book has inspired me to write about them and share them with others like the characters did. Don’t know when it will end, but this post is the start.

  2. I feel as though I’ve had multiple life changing experiences; a mixture of bad and good has been the cause. The one that has had the most affect on me started out as a normal conversation between my parents and me. My mom had mentioned concern about my brothers not coming home to visit enough. I had made a comment about ‘that’s life.’ My mom responded with her worry about my grandparents not being around much longer. Just one sentence made me change my perspective in a heartbeat. I had already had thoughts about how short life can seem. But I realized I had been taking those I love for granted. Since then, when I’ve felt myself becoming complacent with day to day life, I try to think of my grandparents; I visit or call them. Writing about my feelings or experiences has always been present in my life: I’ve been writing poetry or in a journal since the 7th grade. However, upon the realization of life being so fragile, I became more aware of how important it is not only to write, but express your feelings.

  3. The very first chapter of this book greatly relates to my own personal experiences. I always have regrets on several incidences and memories of imperfection constantly haunt me. I don’t know if this is personally from the STLCOP experience or if I’m just that kind of an individual. I can never forgive myself for all the mistakes i make so i try to forget the experiences. Unfortunately, those experiences are never forgotten but repressed subconsciously and constantly come back to haunt me as memories. Perhaps the power of writing helps individuals express the repressed subconscious feelings so they don’t consistently come back to haunt the individual.

  4. I agree with the others on how writing about your experiences can help a person emotionally. I remember having journals when I was in middle school. Most of the time, I wasn’t consistent with writing in it until something happened that really upset me. Thinking back on that, most of the time I felt better because I was able to completely let loose and express how I felt without the fear of judgment from others. Like Arthur, I also seem to dwell on my past mistakes and actions and let them completely consume me. Because of this, I tend to take my frustrations out on those close to me (which my family and friends definitely know). I’m hoping that if I can start writing about my feelings and experiences regularly that I will actually be more content and less stressed about experiences and mistakes that I can’t change.

  5. I agree that emotions play a huge part in our daily lives. In this book, you can see how the emotions from one event can have an impact on other areas of your life. I am not a person of confrontation, so I sometimes I feel it is hard to let go of feelings about a difficult event in my life. Bottling up emotions only makes it harder to accept the situation and move on. Through writing I was able to let myself feel everything that was upsetting me. Sometimes to help us get over our emotions we just need to let those emotions out. I have found that writing is an effective way to do this. Just like others from this book, writing helped me see myself in a different way, and I could improve for the better.

  6. In reading The Parallax, as well as comments from other readers, I can see the impact that therapeutic writing has had on emotional release. In the story, writing helped release Frank from his guilt and helped him to look at his past in a different light. The circumstances didn’t change, but Frank’s perspective was altered by his written review. In a similar way, though not nearly as emotionally involved, I experienced the power of journaling events. I took a writing emphasis class where I had to journal about my community service experience weekly. At the time, it seemed like I was writing the same thing over and over again. However, looking back upon each week’s experience, I can more easily see how I was affected by the act of serving the community. Maybe simply the ability to step back and look at your writing as a non-partial third party is what leads people to their newfound perspective and then personal revelations.

  7. Emotion is part of life, as we mature with age we mature with emotion. Anything you have ever experienced in your life is going to change your emotional perspective and growth. I think that everybody needs some kind of release to deal with emotion on a daily basis. Writing is one of the best ways to vent. If you are capable of putting your thoughts on paper and organize them, it would be truly helpful. There is no pressure for anybody to even read it, it’s just between you and your emotions.

  8. Referring back to Adam’s initial post about writing being a “lost art,” in this day and age, writing has definitely taken a backseat. Writing, as well as reading, can both be thoroughly therapeutic. I find it very refreshing that the author discusses, in the Author’s Note, how he is asking the readers to experience different perspectives or changes in perspective. The most important point to discern from this book, I feel, is the emphasis placed on the reader being able to “connect with” a story rather than to simply think about it, which we often tend to do. Once we learn to connect, we can remove barriers that kept us from seeing the bigger picture and enable us to have a parallax of our own.

  9. “Words have power.” But what power is that? Through centuries of intellectual growth, man has found a way to express himself by an infinite combination of letters and punctuation. While profound, this is not the true power that writing bestows upon us. Rather, this power is of an emotional nature, evoking and extracting our deepest feelings with each word we write.

    Human nature prevents us from fully moving forward after a traumatic event, at least until that event is acknowledged – but it must be acknowledged by the subconscious mind, best stimulated through therapeutic writing. We can only truly forgive ourselves and others by opening our minds and putting pen to paper to identify the anger, rage, or resentment we feel. Through writing, we are able to relive past events in a way that guides us towards managing life changes.

    The meaning of writing is universal; the same level of emotional healing can be achieved regardless of language used. We write how we feel, and as we proofread and reread, we come to terms with these feelings whether they are positive or negative.

  10. I see the author’s ideas about writing about your story in order to obtain different perspectives. This concept, the idea of “placing yourself in someone’s shoes” or “imagine how they would feel,” have been taught to almost every child. I’ve always known that writing can be therapeutic. However, reading this book was the first time that I considered of writing a story in multiple perspectives (even though it is a simple concept). The author writes this book as a great example of how others can do the same.

  11. After reading the Parallax, and connecting with Frank and Sarah’s story, I related their new-found understanding through writing to the seemingly old-fashioned habit of hand-written correspondence. I think Adam really hit close to home by describing writing as a “lost art.” With all of the technology that is available to us today, many of us find email, texting, and instant messaging an appropriate substitution for our everyday communications. The problem with these methods are they do not elicit the same thought or time as sitting down and writing our thoughts and feelings, such as Frank and Sarah did at their workshop. Even today, with all of the easier methods to choose from, I enjoy writing cards and letters to friends and family and relish the emotions that arise when I sit and ponder upon the thoughts that I am trying to convey. By taking the time to write each word down, I am able to fully express my emotions and get my own deeper understanding of what I truly want to say.

  12. The Parallax helped me to realize how helpful writing or journaling is for one’s emotional self. If you are feeling scared, sad, stressed, or ecstatic and you don’t know quite how to tell someone exactly what you are feeling, free-writing can be a useful tool to get everything down on paper. Another benefit is that the more you free-write and get more comfortable doing it, you might find yourself subconsciously writing down things you didn’t even know you were feeling, leading to better self-awareness. In addition, The Parallax showed me that while writing alone can be therapeutic, it can be even better to share what you wrote with others. Even if you think you might be the only person in the room who has felt a certain way or experienced a certain thing; most of the time, someone else will be able to relate to you. Just knowing that you are not alone in whatever you are feeling or have gone through can be very beneficial to your emotional health.

  13. When I first started reading the Parallax I wasn’t really looking to learn anything from it. As I read the stories I drew parallels to my own life. I really started to think about how my own actions affect everything around me. This book really made me aware of this thing called emotional intelligence and its importance in our everyday lives.

  14. After reading the Parallax, it dawned on me that the next generation might never really experience what it’s like to take the time to sit down and write a letter to someone. Today’s society is fast paced and with technology making it easier for us to connect; why waste time writing a letter to someone when you can just text them? I definitely agree with what Adam and Jesse said about writing becoming a lost art. Receiving letters has started to become a thing of the past and it’s sad to see that happen. I always enjoy receiving a thoughtful card or letter from someone because I know it took them some effort to put down the words on paper instead of just texting me something.

  15. I agree with Chelsea that writing can allow you to free yourself from the burdens of guilt and sadness. I also wrote in journals a lot growing up and I found it hard to put some of my feelings into paper because writing them down makes them feel real. In your head, they’re just ideas you can deny, but on paper, the ideas exist in a more concrete way. If I could get my thoughts onto paper, I always felt like weights had been lifted off my shoulders, that I could finally leave the burden of the feelings in the past. Writing down feelings and thoughts sometimes also allows you to realize things about yourself you wouldn’t normally notice. Having them on paper can help you let go or help you realize changes you need to make in your life, both of which can lead to tremendous and wonderful life changes.

  16. With the advent of social media, especially Twitter, I have been saddened by the decline in the average American’s use and understanding of language in general, not only the written word. Looking back in history, the greatest stories are told by the literature. Voltaire, Emerson, Thoreau. The history books and wikipedia pages mention these people and attempt to describe the impact they had, but without reading their works, it is impossible to vicariously experience our history and philosophy. Today, we try to cram as much as possible into 140 characters, which typically results in one sentence signifying nothing. Language, written and spoken, can be a window into the soul, not unlike music or art. After reading the Parallax and the responses to it, I do see hope for our cultural expression through writing. I believe that one thing the book does do is to highlight the importance of writing, underscored by the backdrop of 21st century American culture. I can only hope that my generation will persevere and continue producing glimpses into our collective selves, much like the Parallax.

  17. The power of the written word is an amazing thing. For centuries people have wielded words for a variety of purposes, but most prominently as a tool to disseminate information to others. Rarely, however, is it used as a means of self-reflection and introspection. Sure, some people keep journals, but how often do we truly scrutinize our own thoughts-our very thinking patterns? We’re so wrapped up in understanding (and often judging) others that we rarely take the time to understand ourselves. Because relationships are forged between two people, it is impossible for us to accurately appreciate relationships without a thorough and honest evaluation of our own feelings as well as the other party’s. The Parallax clearly demonstrates the importance of self-evaluation through the use of free writing with purpose. It is a useful tool in gaining insight to our innermost workings and determining how we can increase our personal effectiveness through the use of this method.

  18. Emotions have a huge impact on the way we live our lives. They affect the way we deal with ourselves and the way we deal with others, and ultimately our relationship with others. Writing is an excellent way to effectively vent bottled emotions, hence keeping a journal can be beneficial to our emotional health. Keeping a journal is a good way to hold your expressions of anger, sadness and frustration. It can help you step towards your goal and keep them on track. It will help you create more awareness and keep focus on issues that are more important to you and help you obtain better solutions. I feel that writing can help you develop a strong relationship whether it is with oneself or with someone else.

  19. Just like the characters in the book, every person experiences emotions such as guilt, anger, and frustration in their lives. Every person also has a different way of coping with certain things. Writing is a great way to release these emotions and to do so without any judgement. Studies have shown that writing improves both physical and psychological health and I completely agree with this statement. Last year I bought a diary and try to write in it daily, especially when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed with school. By doing this, I am able to vent my emotions and feelings out on paper and “let go” of certain things that upset or anger me. Rather than bottling things inside, writing is a great way to free yourself from your emotions.

  20. The one thing that stood out to me the most while reading the Parallax, is the importance of writing. More specifically, writing can help you deal with your own personal emotions, as well as help you see a perspective you may have never realized before. This made me think back to my teenage years of keeping a diary. Many nights, I would vent my frustrations and anger out through my writing. Many times I would re-read my journal entries and realize how foolish I sounded at the time. Writing can be a healthy therapeutic way to handle ones emotions. Instead of lashing out at others, writing is a way to express your feeling freely. I agree with Adam when he mentions writing as a “lost art”. Technology has advanced rapidly, and society is working at a new faster pace. Many pharmacies are now open 24-7. This has made me realize the even greater importance of taking time out of your busy day to write.

  21. I agree that writing is a great way to experience an emotional release, whether that release has to do with guilt, regret, happiness or success. Writing is a great way to deal with your emotion but some people use their emotional outlet in different ways, for example, some people feel use exercise to deal with anger or stress. This can help clear your head like writing down your feelings can, and to burn off some of the anger you have. Others might use prayer as their outlet rather than writing. While we all differ in our ways of dealing with emotional release, we all share the commonality that dealing with emotion rather than suppressing it is beneficial. We have all been in the situation where we suppress how we feel rather than deal with it, and that typically doesn’t turn out good for anyone.

  22. I have never written in a journal or diary to express my emotions unless I was forced to as a school assignment, but after reading the Parallax, I am motivated to start. Pharmacy school has basically been an emotional rollercoaster ride and since reading this book, I think that I may be able to relieve some of my stress through writing. This book has made me change my views on the power of writing. Honestly, I never thought much about writing because I have never enjoyed it , but this book made writing seem very beneficial and possibly enjoyable.

  23. One of the main take away messages I got from the book The Parallax was that writing can help an individual have a better understanding of one’s self. By writing freely you aren’t limited or bound to a specific way of thinking and you begin to think in more in depth ways and come across more self realizations. This can be very monumental in a person’s life and can lead to a big change. I think that if more people would express themselves through free writing in a journal, it would leave much more opportunity for reflection and self improvement.

  24. I remember, back in my pre-teen years, I had diary that would electronically lock up after being closed. I would write in it every day about what I did and how I felt. I wish I was able to find the time to write in a diary now. I feel like if I did, there wouldn’t be much to say, unless it was school-related. I cleaned out my closet the other day and found this diary, started to read it, and got upset at the fact that I don’t write anymore. Writing is hobby I really enjoyed in my past, and it’s sad that I’ve lost touch with it. After reading the Parallax, I truly have the desire to start up a new diary. Especially with rotations coming up, I will definitely be motivated to write about how exciting/draining each of my days will be. This will be my way of expressing myself and venting on my path to becoming a pharmacist.

  25. I really identified with what Jesse said in relation to writing. It upsets me that our generation has become so dependent on texting, email, facebook, and the like. A handwritten note can be so much more powerful! Like he said, a lot of the context and meaning can be lost in electronic messages; really taking the time to sit down and write with pen and paper can allow you greater ability to get your meaning across.

    I have found that physically writing is a lot more powerful, therapeutically, than typing a message or participating in instant messaging. Unfortunately, like a lot of the bloggers, I haven’t really done much writing (outside of that required for school assignments) since middle school. I used to write a lot of poems in order to get my thoughts and feelings out, and it really did help make me feel better emotionally!

    A character that really impacted me from The Parallax was Francis Ryan III (Frank’s son). It meant a lot to me that despite the guilt and grief he was experiencing, writing helped him to see things in a new light and realize that he was not to blame for his sister’s death. Reading that made me think that I could benefit from beginning to write again, too…

  26. It was neat to hear how the story of how a man’s life, his past memories, mistakes, and dreams had haunted him for so many years, but then all turned around and actually helped other people. But to see how a relationship, between a man and a wife, could be strained because of the past mistakes and dreams of one partner were unbelievable. Even Frank living with guilt of his father’s death for so long and not communicating it with his wife seemed strange. It just shows how communication is so important; if two people don’t communicate then a marriage cannot be as it should. Also, The Parallax shows just how temporary things are and how we are not promised tomorrow. It shows us the important things in life are the relationships we share with the ones we love the most.

  27. Reading Adam’s post made me think back to my own high school days; I also enjoyed the English and literature classes that I took back then. Being in Pharmacy school now I miss that creative aspect of my previous education. I also agree with what Adam says about writing being a “lost art.” Technology has boiled communication down to its bare bones. I have never kept a journal but have often flirted with the idea of starting one. After reading the Parallax and some of the others’ comments, I have a greater understanding of the value of expressing oneself in writing. Writing and reflecting on one’s thoughts and feelings can lead to a better understanding, not only of one’s own feelings, but of others’ feelings as well.

  28. When I read The Parallax, it really made me start thinking about my own life. I had already read this book once before, but re-reading it a second time made me feel new and different emotions. I could really relate to the first chapter regarding the memories. “It’s no longer dreams that keep you awake; it’s memories.” As I get ready to go on rotations, I feel like I am nearing the end of this chapter in my life and am ready to begin a new chapter. I have been reminiscing in memories of old friends, activities we used to do together, and thinking about how everything has changed in the short span of 5 years. All these thoughts have been keeping me awake at night. The one thing that gives me solace is writing down these memories so that I will never forget them. By writing them down, they are no longer just thoughts floating around in my subconscious. I really hope that people continue to write down their thoughts in the future, so that writing really does not become a lost art.

  29. I have never really been a big fan of writing. I am the kind of person who does not like to dwell on my mistakes so writing out what I feel reminds me of those emotions later. Saying that, I recently found one of my journals that I used to write in as a teen. Back then I wrote in it just for fun and to try it out. I collected thoughts and quotes from different books and wrote about random happenings in my life. When I re read that now, I am amazed at how insightful and thoughtful those quotes made me. It made me live my life with a different perspective although I did not realize it then. After reading this book I see now that it had a bigger impact on my life than I realized. Somewhere along the way though writing became a chore as opposed to something I did for fun and as a release. I am definitely going to restart writing and making it a bigger part of my life.

  30. After reading The Parallax, I realized how powerful writing can be. Like many other guys here, I have never wrote in or kept a diary. However, it is clear to see that writing down one’s thoughts, you can have a better insight to your own world. You may be able to see things from a different angle, and that can help solve any problems you may have. I think after reading this book, it is easier to put my own thoughts on paper and clearly figure out what I need to do in order to achieve the things I want in life. There are many things I can and need to improve on and I think writing will definitely be a benefit.

  31. The Parallax does a great job of opening people up to the concept of writing as an outlet. I have read it twice now and found the book just as interesting the second time as the first. I very much enjoyed how the book was structured as stories inside of stories because it gives the reader interesting concepts to grasp onto and shows how different points of views tell different experiences. Within all of the story telling writing is a key part of the book that is described within the conference but is shown by the book itself. Writing has great benefits and power for those who choose to enjoy it. Myself I have never been good at or enjoyed writing, but I have seen the impact it can have on people who do discover its benefits.

  32. The parallax was really a good reminder of how little people in our generation spend thinking and trying to master the written word. It’s sad that almost all of the writing or typing I do comes in the form of communicating via social media. Writing and especially reading have really become less and less important to me as I go further in school. Writing is a great way to express your emotion’s and can also be a time to reflect on your experiences to get a full understanding of them. After reading, The Parallax, I’m much more motivated to go back to my old ways and start reading and writing for recreation again.

  33. I feel that I am a mix between where Sarah and Chelsea are with my own emotions. I am definitely an emotional person. I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve and those strong feelings tend to resonate with other parts of my life. I find that the more I express my feelings, through writing or speaking with others, the more clearly I can understand myself and my perceptions, which in turn helps me to better understand others. On the other hand, I sometimes have difficulty confronting others who I feel hurt by. In these situations, writing or talking with a friend can help, but only by facing the situation head on, can any real progress be made. I feel, however, that those outlets—writing and sharing with friends—can help me to focus on what is really important with these types of situations, and create the best outcomes for myself and the others involved. The book is definitely head on in suggesting writing as an effective way to reflect on our lives so as to learn about ourselves and also help to take the heavier emotions out of stressful situations so that we can best relate to others.

  34. I enjoyed reading The Parallax. I can now clearly see how the art of writing is minimalized in today’s society. The main uses of writing, as mentioned by others, are social media, email, and other quick things used in day to day communication. This book showed me how communicating with others using affection is an important way to express feelings and emotions. I plan on taking more time to express myself via literature and writing in hopes of emotional self-improvement.

  35. After reading Adam’s post on I was reminded of something that happened over the summer that really spoke about the power of words. I was in the waiting area of a hospital and lady was sitting right next to me writing like mad on a piece of paper. After she finished she read it over and proceeded to tear it to sheds. Something must have shown on my face because she explained why. Sometimes she felt overwhelm by the events in her life. When this happen she would take a piece a paper and write down all the good things in her life and then on another piece of paper she would write down all the things that bothered her. When she was finished she would tear up the piece of paper with all the things that bothered her. She told me it by writing it all down she acknowledged it and by tearing it up she was no longer letting all the emotions control her. I had heard before about how therapeutic it was to write down your thoughts in a journal or whatever you please, but I didn’t really think much on it until then. After reading the Parallax, and reading about the experiences of Frank and his family, I began to think about my own.

  36. I agree with others in the fact that writing is starting to become a lost art. I am glad that throughout my academics, I have had to opportunity to learn from teachers that believed in the importance of writing. Their guidance and teaching has allowed for me to grow as a writer and appreciate good writing. In an age where technology is quickly taking over with an emphasis on being succinct in everyday communication, it is important to remember that nothing can take the place of well articulated writing. I hope that more people realize this and the art of writing comes back.

  37. Analogous to the other posts here, I agree with Adam that I miss the opportunities that high school provided. At STLCOP we aren’t offered much writing opportunities and even when opportunities are provided, everyone is so focused on their core class work that it takes the enjoyment out of writing a good paper. The Parallax speaks of using writing as an outlet, it was a nice reminder that sometimes it can help to write things down, even if it isn’t full sentences. Sometimes it can be helpful to get things out on paper in order to truly flush out an idea that your mind is struggling with.

  38. I feel like writing and sharing ideas has seemingly become more prevalent with the emergence of social media such as Facebook and even texting, but the art of pure writing in the traditional sense has been lost. People seldom write with a pen and paper nowadays, instead choosing the easily accessible computer. However, in The Parallax, it talks about how writing continously without revisions or corrections can bring subconscious thoughts and ideas out even though they may seem disorganized. When writing on the computer, you are constantly prompted to correct your spelling and grammatical mistakes which can hinder the flow of ideas and thoughts. I agree with the idea in the Parallax, that writing freely and continously without interruptions can improve emotional intelligence and understanding.

  39. I agree that writing is a “lost art.” I think that writing is one of the best ways to express emotions and to convey a message. Not only does writing benefit the person reading, but it also gives the writer a deeper understanding. For instance, when a writer is writing a book or other text, they must describe things in a deeper way so that someone can visualize the same thing as the writer. They have to think of different ways to say things and the different ways things could be interpreted. This can often lead to a completely different understanding of an event than the writer originally intended. I think today the imagination that goes into writing is lost. Too many books are written with expectations that they will be made into movies and the movies convey the scenes. This causes the writer to lose much of the process that helps the reader to visualize the story. Writing is also in a worse place than it used to be because people write like they would when they send a text with abbreviations which causes them to never learn the proper way of writing. When writing dies, the imagination dies.

  40. The process of putting thoughts and ideas on paper can be very cauterizing. I find that it doesn’t even need to be words, but rather can be pictures, comics, doodles of people expressing emotion that I am feeling. However, this does not allow to see through the eyes of others, as I feel drawing is very deeply personal. Through the act of writing you can assume any perspective and learn and understand empathy.

    Putting these thoughts to verbal words are a very good first step, it makes thoughts a reality. However, that reality is surprisingly fragile and short-lived unless you immortalize it in writing. So, what I mean to say is that you can speak or draw your own feelings, because you can’t really do anything until you understand how you feel first. Then once you have that understanding, then you can take strides to understand how others feel. Then you can know real empathy.

  41. Writing indeed has become a lost art. In today’s, society, the most writing that the average American does is the number of characters that will fit in a status update or a tweet. I feel that this book really portrayed how writing can help you overcome an obstacle in your life or just help you to think a little more clearly about things. I remember writing journals when I was younger whenever I wanted to work through a tough time in my life or just to express myself. I feel like it really helped me in those times, much like the characters in the book. Perhaps people should get back to writing, and bring this “lost art” out of hibernation.

  42. I also agree that writing, and speaking for that matter, are becoming a lost art. In the day of texting, tweeting, and instant messaging our generation has forgotten how to communicate well with each other both by speech and through text. I feel like much of this can be blamed on a lack of high school education. High school students today are not taught to write or speak like our parents or their parents were in school, and it shows. Graduates do not know how to make a resume or how to communicate during an interview. If these skills are not taught better in the future we will be left with a generation who is only able to speak through technology, and person to person contact will become a thing of the past.

  43. For me, this book had a deep underlying message about communication and understanding that hits home. So many large events happened in the book, but everything seemed to be discussed on a personal level but never as a group. Without communication and understanding is it very hard to grow together instead of growing apart. How many times a day do we think something but keep it to ourselves and suppress it because it seems unimportant? Expression is a key that opens so many doors, and this book partially about expression imparts wisdom about how important honesty with oneself and others is to a healthy and happy life.

  44. I have not kept a journal since I was in grade school, but The Parallax has reminded me about how something as simple as writing a few sentences about your day can make such an impact on your life. It would be interesting to go back and read past entries that you wrote, connecting the events you wrote about and comparing them to each other. I think writing is a healthy way to express yourself and keep your emotions in check. Writing is a great for reflecting on past experiences and understanding yourself better. Although I am not a writer today, I now have a better of understanding of why people turn to writing to express themselves.

  45. Before reading this book i had no idea what the term “Parallax” meant. After reading, I think it’s important to realize that in life people change. Most of the time it’s hard to realize when one is changing or have gone through a life changing experience but when you take the time to reflect possibly through writing it opens your eyes. While reading the story and hearing about all the other characters and their stories that they were sharing I took the time to reflect on my own story and what I would write about. I found it easy to relate to the characters that talked about their grandparents who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease because my grandma too suffered from the disease. However, after reading I thought about her disease in a whole new light. I never took the time to wonder who she might have been feeling through the whole experience. I just knew how much suffering and pain my dad and his siblings were going through. I really enjoyed the book and the concept of “parallax” and I took a great lesson from the reading. There is power in writing and expressing oneself and being able to reflex on one’s experiences.

  46. The Parallax has taught me how powerful writing can be. One may not always understand something until they sit down and write about it and let it all go. Sometimes we are too busy with our daily activities to take the time to look around and see what’s going on in the world. By finding time to sit down and write, we are able to really capture the moment and fully understand. Some things may not always be how they seem to appear. We have to look closer and sometimes look at things with a different point of view.

  47. I agree, writing can be a very powerful way to express yourself. This expression can be for everyone to hear or for your own personal fulfillment. Writing how you feel or writing about certain times in your life can be beneficial in many different ways. One can write to show their emotions for someone else, to share an experience with the rest of the world, or to even find something missing in your own life. From personal experience, writing has helped me control emotions within, good and bad. And after reading The Parallax, I think I could find more reasons to write down what I am feeling inside. I think everyone should read this book to be inspired like so many others.

  48. I’ve never even heard of the word “Parallax” before this class. Is is very intriguing idea, and I think it is closely related to paradigm shifts that Covey states. In addition, I think writing can be helpful and good for your health. I used to write a lot when I was in middle and high school, but for some reason, I stopped once I came to college. I used to write just for fun. My stories didn’t have a life lesson or anything like that, but now looking back, those stories probably have some of my subconscious thoughts.

  49. I truly believe that writing is a very powerful tool that is under-used in society. In my own life, I have experienced the therapeutic effect that writing has had for me. A few years ago, I took Dr. Rickert’s Writing for Health class, and that is when I first began writing– not just writing for assignments, but writing without thinking, letting my emotions flow onto paper. Since then, writing has been a daily activity for me. It has helped me process my thoughts and emotions in a very effective way, and it has also had an immense impact on me spiritually. Writing enables me to clearly articulate my thoughts, and I actually really enjoy it.

  50. Writing is a lost art. Even writing a simple thank you letter or writing to a friend in a different state is slowly fading out as emails, social media, and text messages take center stage. I believe the therapeutic effect of writing is not only what you write but how you write physically as well. Just as non-verbal behavior has meaning, so does the art of physically writing out your story. Instead of just looking at the words that you write it is also important to look at how you wrote those words to expand your understanding of emtional intelligence.

  51. While I do agree with Adam (and the text) that writing can be a therapeutic emotional outlet, I do not necessarily agree with his statement that writing is the basis for music (and in fact, I would briefly posit that the converse may be more accurate). Music is an exceptionally valuable outlet in its own right, and may in fact be the ideal and preferred method of expression for some individuals. For example, I myself am an avid reader and have excellent command of the written English language, but I do not enjoy activities like journaling, writing fictional stories, etc. However, I am a serious classically trained musician. My most effective emtional outlet is through my music. When I play or sing, I place everything I am feeling into it: every hope, fear, worry, and dream. I simply do not derive the same relief from writing. This is not intended to detract from the value of therapeutic writing, but simply to address that a number of other artistic outlets may be equally beneficial, and the appropriatness of each may vary depending on an individual’s characteristics.

  52. Many of the previous comments focused on the idea that writing is a “lost art.” While I agree that handwritten notes and letters have all but disappeared in our current, tech-heavy world, I would not describe the self-exploratory writing of the characters in The Parallax as an art. The word art, in this context, can be defined as, “ a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.” What the seminar in The Parallax encouraged was free writing. It suggested letting your subconscious take over and letting all inhibitions go while writing. This can be done by anyone; no practice necessary. In fact, the whole idea is to let your subconscious be the driving force behind your writing and to just let the words flow. To be concerned about perfecting the writing is counterproductive to releasing your true thoughts and emotions.

    After finishing the book, I started to imagine what I would write about if I was participating in a seminar like the one in the book. It was interesting to me the topics that I instantly imagined myself writing about. While some were recent life events that I often think upon currently, most of them were old memories that I really hadn’t thought much about for many years. Just letting my mind free flow, without putting them down on paper, was an interesting endeavor. It showed me that deep down, compartmentalized in some corner of my brain are thoughts and emotions that are waiting to be released. While I have never considered myself a creative writer, I may try to find time to write as described in the Authors Notes chapter and just see what comes out!

  53. I agree with many of the comments that were left on this blog post. Writing is a form of art that is being lost in our society currently. In the past, writing was the only form of communication. Before computers and telephones, people wrote hand letters and sent them through the mail. This offered an opportunity for individuals to use more of their creative side. Unfortunately, now a days, people only communicate through texts and by using abbreviations. People do not spend as much time writing personal letters to one another. I personally miss sending snail mail and having pen pals. I believe that by writing hand letters, we can offer a more personal and creative output of our thoughts and emotions.

  54. The way The Parallax was written is very interesting and intriguing. Rickert tells inner stories of Frank and Sarah’s hikes within an outer story of the devastating September 11th event. The way this book is written parallel with daily life and reality. Every day, people encounter different situations that spark contrasting memories and emotions. It is amazing how one event, for example, September 11th, can cause different emotions to different people. A person who found out a loved one was killed in one of the Twin Towers would experience sadness and grief, but on the contrary, a person who happened to miss the flight that crashed into the building would experience relief with a sense of happiness.

  55. The Parallax was a very insightful and applicable work of literature. It had a surprising point when it mentioned, “When we are in the moment, our emotions conceal the true meaning of our actions”. The characters did not quite understand what some of their actions meant and had emotions that they needed to address and share. At the end of the book there were changes in perspectives and a corresponding shift in attitudes and actions among the characters.

  56. As a whole, we have moved forward, and we have advanced in ways we hadn’t ever dreamed of before, especially when it comes to technology. The Parallax specifically highlights the importance of writing as a means of expression. Although the forms of communication we have now compared to what our parents are very different, and overall, it may seem like the art of writing is lost, I really don’t believe that it is the case. I believe that writing in our generation is just “camouflaged.” Even though we no longer receive letters in the mail or read from an actual newspaper and the physical aspect of writing is slowly becoming extinct, that does not mean that people have stopped writing or that they have they stopped reading. We just have new ways of doing them that does not always involve pen or paper or a tangible object as it did traditionally. In fact, I think that as we come up with new forms of communication, like blogs, online forums, and even social media, we are exposing even more outlets for expression through words and reaching out to more people. The “art of writing” is just what it is: an art, and art can come in many different forms, just as we see today with writing.

  57. I agree that writing is an incredible way to express oneself on a sheet of paper. It allows people to invoke deeper thoughts than they would simply speaking with words. It can also allow some serious insight for not only the author of the piece, but audiences as well whoever happens to read it. It has been employed as a great way to teach students, remember impressive speeches, communicate with other people, and leave our thoughts immortalized for the world to see. Writing is an under-appreciated art that deserves a few words to have others recognize its importance once more.

  58. This book brought up the point that people have stopped writing for their own benefit. Writing allows people to really focus on a particular situation. Focusing on a specific scenario can allow the author to explore their feelings, how it affected those around them, and how it can be improved. When I have had a bad day or experience, I find it helpful to talk with someone about the situation. Talking to someone allows you to get a perspective from someone else and it can be refreshing. Writing forces the author to think and express EXACTLY how they feel. I have never considered writing my experiences out, but after reading this book, it makes sense. Writing can greatly improve the quality of care provided by medical staff including pharmacists. Writing will allow medical providers to release some stress of their day, but can also create more thorough patient background. An in-depth patient profile can lead to less patient errors, better patient satisfaction, and a happier staff.

  59. The Parallax describes a situation where writing is beneficial if not therapeutic.
    Like most therapies, attempting to write emotionally should come with a warning.

    I strongly agree that writing is incredibly beneficial. For example, people who write their goals down are more likely to achieve them than those who do not. However, reliving the past or painful memories, regrets or emotionally charged situations for the purpose of writing could be detrimental. I’m an introvert, and the Parallax did not sit well with my high propensity to ruminate on things. After only reading the book, I wasn’t able to leave the book and my own demons/ghosts and regrets till some time much later. I’m sorry to say that unlike Frank, I profited very little from this experience.

  60. I really like the idea of the story within a story, as mentioned above. It is interesting how we can look at a situation from different points of view and get a grasp on all the emotions that are involved. I have personal experience from 9/11 that I think was quite comparable to this story. A friend of mine had a parent who worked in DC and was a target of the fourth plane involved in the attacks. It was due to the kindness of strangers aboard the plane that overtook the hijackers that saved her life. There is a lot of emotion involved in tragedies like this and writing is one way we can get the emotions out to allow them to not build up inside. Unfortunately, with time, technology has taken over. There are toddlers that learn first how to navigate through a smart phone before they can even write their name. I like how the Parallax explores how writing can be a productive outlet.

  61. I agree that writing can help you to re-live an experience. With Frank’s story, it gave him a chance to rethink his life and change for the better. His writing brought him and Sarah closer together than they had been in years. The guilt and regret that he held inside for so long finally came out and Sarah forgave him. The participants in The Write Way Workshop were there to hear about the benefits of free writing. At first, almost everyone was skeptical and thought it was an elaborate way to gain an audience for an emotional family reunion. However, when they started to write on their own, they found that experiences and emotions that they had held in for so long were flowing freely onto the paper. They finally understood what writing could do for them. I hope that more people in the world can use writing as a therapeutic release of their emotions.

  62. I agree that writing is a lost art. It seems that the skill of writing or writing creatively is no longer being emphasized. Math and science courses are becoming more popular while english courses such as creative writing are becoming harder to find. This book recognizes the importance of someone expressing them self through writing. Writing can be such a major source or creativity in the writers life and also to everyone who reads the work.

  63. I completely agree with writing being a lost art. Writing allows one to express themselves in completely, completely unprovoked from the immediate responses of others. Writing for ourselves allows the deeper reflection that we need on a regular basis. It gives our mind a chance to have those paradigm shifts, where we can see every situation from a new perspective. In my opinion, this allows for a deeper understanding of one’s self and one’s decision making skills. Writing is a form of expression, one that challenges the mind to think in ways it may never have before, one that pushes you to new limits of thought, and transforms the ability to make decisions better than before.

  64. The concept of writing down one’s most inner thoughts and feelings to gain a better understanding of the self is very powerful indeed. I, like many of the characters in the book, was skeptical at first. So I thought, “I’m reading the book so I might as well give it a shot.” After reflecting on some issues that I kept in the back of my mind as a coping mechanism of dealing with them, I have become believer in the process that is presented in the book. I also took the advice of one of the characters in the book, and took advantage of the eye opening experience. The process set forth in this book definitely has the ability to increase patient care when it comes to healthcare. This process could improve communication between healthcare providers as well as increasing the effectiveness of communication between patients and providers.

  65. The Parallax is very interesting and can really make you understand how writing can help you express yourself. I can attest to this because growing up I always used to bottle up my emotions. I never used to express myself to anyone, until in 7th grade when our English teacher made us keep a journal. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders especially when a close friend was shot and killed in a cross-fire. I completely shut down for weeks. It was really just me and my journal at that time. Ever since then, writing has been an outlet to deal with my emotions. After reading the Parallax, I rediscovered my passion for writing.

  66. I strongly agree that writing has become a “lost art.” I recently found my grandmother’s diary from when she was a teenager. It was so cool to read about her experiences from her point-of-view growing up, the things that made her happy, and the things that made her angry or upset. It made me really regret not keeping a journal growing up. Today we are more focused on sharing every aspect of our lives with the rest of the world on Facebook or Twitter. While it may sometimes be a good release, it also opens the door for criticism and bullying, creating an even bigger problem for some. Writing can be very therapeutic and an excellent reminder of the experiences you have been through that have shaped you into the person you are today. The Parallax inspired me to focus less on technology and really learn to enjoy reading and writing. I hope that someday my children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy reading about my experiences and learn something from them.

  67. I realized how much of a lost art writing was when reading a coworkers essay for a college English course. What was originally supposed to be a proofread turned into a complete revision of the paper. The thing that especially struck me was the use of text abbreviations. The fact that technology had transferred over so dramatically into his writing really showed me how much today’s society has changed in the past 20 years. The introduction of technology truly has “dumbed” our society down.

  68. The change in point of view from first person to third person is very symbolic for how easy perspective can be changed in real life. I recently experienced the death of a family friend, and it got me thinking about the bigger picture of life. I have been thinking more about myself as a person, and how my actions affect other people. This personal change of mine is similar to the change that Frank experienced in the story. Overall I think the title of the book is very fitting because everything from liquid in a test tube, to life itself, can be drastically changed by simply taking a different perspective.

  69. “The Parallax” was a confusing and intriguing adventure to read. It differs from the standard self-help book by leaving the methods for increasing effectiveness up to the individual reader. I like the idea of writing to better understand our emotions, but perhaps most importantly, how do we identify and analyze these emotions, and what can we take away from the experience of putting them on paper? This book tries to open your mind, but it can only show you the door, you must walk through it.

  70. I also believe that writing is a lost cause in todays society. Expressing words through writing can be very benifical because it allows you to freely express your feelings and emotions without holding anything back. One can reflect on or even re-live past memories through free wiriting. In the Parallax, free wiriting gave the character Frank the oppertunity to refelct on his life and make better changes for the future. His wiriting helped communicate the guilt he was feeling with Sarah and that made thier relationship grow stronger. This story reminded me of a time when writing brought me and my younger sister closer together. Growing up, we used to write about our day in a diary. One day, being the nosey older sister that I am, I took a peak into her diary and saw that she was writing about all the mean things that I have done to her. The things that I thought were silly and playful were hurtful to my sister and I didn’t realize that my actions upset her. I apologized to her assured her that I will be the nicest big sister she could ever have and that made our relationship stronger. I don’t write much now that I am older, but after reading The Parallax, I am inspired to take up writing again

  71. I agree with many others that writing has become a lost art form in today’s society. I recall when I was younger in elementary school and middle school I would have the opportunity to write in a journal for 10 minutes everyday about the things occurring in my life whether it be happy experiences, trying times, or things that I planned to do in the near future. As I progressed to high school and college I moved away from reflective writing and everything I wrote was based on a grading rubric that was more concerned with grammar and punctuation geared towards weaving a story about the lives of fictitious characters or papers regarding a scientific discovery. As I read the Parallax I began to recognize that the writing I did when I was younger was more of a therapeutic process and something that allowed me to deal with experiences that I wasn’t quite ready to discuss with the rest of the world. It was the place where I could be introspective and not worry about the judgement of others. I believe writing is a process that can help a person deal with issues and if that writing is powerful enough convey to others the hardships one is presented in life or the injustice that has transpired over the years. I guess the best example of this kind of writing is seen in the Diary of Anne Frank and other classic novels that chronicle the lives of people that have seen war, poverty, and oppression. I think as pharmacists if we take the time to write about our experiences with patients we will be better providers because we will have taken the time to examine the hardships are patients may be going through and be more compassionate the next time we work with them.

  72. After reading the Parallax, I realized how easy it is for people to bottle up their emotions and how this can negatively affect our relationships, our motivation, and our thoughts to a point of which can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is best to puts these thoughts and struggles down on paper in a way to release frustration, express doubt, and even clarify for ourselves what aspects of your life are truly affecting you. Sometimes, words can only go so far, as people are always trying to hide or dull the issues in their life, but putting these thoughts on paper allows a full release of thoughts and ideas without any repercussions or judgment from others.

  73. It’s true what is said about the “power of writing”. Many places/jobs in today’s society no longer require people to know how to write well. Even in high school I felt as though I had less writing then when my parents went to school. Writing is an excellent way to show emotion and relay to someone how you feel without having to say it out loud. This is seen in poetry, novels, journals, and songs across the world. Writing things down allows you to work out how you are feeling without actually having to confront someone. Writing is especially important with what is written in the first chapter. People deal with many troubling emotions that keep them awake at night. At least for me personally writing seems to be the best therapy for these emotions.

  74. The parallax is an intriguing story that causes its readers to think and reflect on the events that has shaped their lives and made them become the person they are today. The story starts out with a story of Frank and Sarah. Then the second half of the book shares a little bit about a workshop helping people understand personal effectiveness by connecting with Frank’s story. I, personally, am not a huge fan of writing. I never enjoyed writing papers in grade school but I was never creative enough to crank out meaningful papers like others could. But I have always enjoyed writing in my journal. Keeping a diary is a habit I developed started when I was 8 years old. At school, we were required to keep a daily diary to turn in at the end of the week as homework for the whole year. I am sure I made up stuff at the time to fill up the pages but I enjoyed it. I would look back on my journal entries and reminisce about what had happened that day. I still write in my journal because it really helps me organize my thoughts. It also allows me to reflect on my own actions as well as actions of other around me. Writing in my journal is therapeutic because it helps me understand my thoughts better when it is written out in words. With that said, I can definitely agree that writing is a lost art. I feel like I knew of this fact all along but it wasn’t until I read The parallax and this post/thread that really made me realize of this fact. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to write and reflect on my day daily. But something good or bad happens, I like to write and reflect. Writing, especially, helps me deal with stress and frustration because it helps me calm down and see it from a different perspective, not just mine. The parallax was a very thought provoking book and I truly believe that writing can help improve personal effectiveness.

  75. Writing is one of the best outlets to organize and convey not only thoughts and ideas, but also emotional capacity. This form of expression is unique because in writing down our thoughts, we are allowed to edit, review, and reflect upon where we once were and plan where we are going, much like Frank was able to do in the story. Through his reflections, Frank was lead to beneficial and necessary changes, a model I can potentially mold myself after. However, it is often difficult to spend time writing in our daily routine, especially as pharmacy students or any other students pursuing difficult degrees in which we are encouraged to work on our objective and decision making minds rather than foster our creative mind. As a result, I would agree that writing has become a “lost art.”
    Despite this, I feel through my time with the Paralax I have more come to appreciate how writing down thoughts and feelings can lead us to a deeper understanding of not only ourselves, but also of others. I am hoping I will be able to apply this revelation to my future practice as a health care provider and maybe, when I have time, come to touch with both myself and others through writing and improved communication. Perhaps through the stories of Frank, Katy, Sarah and the other characters of the book, I will be inspired in my own life to change writing from a “lost art” to a renewed and invaluable treasure of self-discovery.

  76. After reading the parallax, and realizing each section was of the same events, but from a different character, it really made me rethink the strength of empathy and how important it is in daily life. Although short, this book gave a great view into opening up, and realizing how similar everyone really is, although often times they don’t realize it.

  77. I have to admit, when I sat down and read this book, I was skeptical of how much it would really help me. I view most of these “self-help” books as a waste of time, since they typically point out obvious solutions, but don’t tell you how to implement those solutions. I didn’t know how to react to this book, and I expected Dr. Rickert to give some great idea, but not tell us how to implement it. Imagine my surprise when Dr. Rickert not only told us what we needed to do, but described how we could do it: writing. Frank was really able to change his life through his writing, something I have never been able to do. Unfortunately, when I sit down to write, I often get bored and quit, mostly because the moment has passed and I have “gotten out” what I needed to. After reading this book, and seeing how it helped Frank, I might try to write more often. It is always hard to change your point of view, and any way that could help me do that is something that I will try. I fully agree that writing is a “lost art”, and I think that bringing it back could have a powerful effect on society, especially after reading this book, and seeing the effect it had on Frank and his family.

  78. I agree with many of the statements before mine that taking the time to collect one’s thoughts and write it down on paper can be extremely therapeutic. Sadly, with life being so busy and hectic for most people, doing so can get pushed aside and forgotten. Often we get so caught up in our daily routines that reflecting on our emotions through writing is rarely done. I also believe that it is not just self-reflective writing (such as diaries or journals) that are important, but things such as cards and letters can be just as beneficial. I remember back in middle school and high school, passing notes between my friends throughout the school day. It was hardly about anything important, but it was such a creative outlet for all of us to just write down our thoughts and feelings and share them with one another. It was often better than talking because when you write something down, you more clearly define your thoughts. I still have many of my notes from friends from “back in the day” and every once in awhile I find myself reading them and smiling to myself. It makes me wish I wrote more, and after reading the parallax, I’ve realized I should make the time and start doing it again.

  79. This is not the first time that I have been introduced to The Parallax, I was fortunate enough to have Writing for Health with Dr. Rickert 2 years ago and was introduced to the idea that Writing as a lost art then. I did not however read the book from beginning to end until this year and I have to say that it has made me excited to write again. When I first was introduced to the book, we were challenged to write in class much like the characters in the book and I realized then how powerful writing can be. At the time I was going through the dreaded 3rd year classes of pharmacy school and many of my writings were focused around school, but I noticed that my writings helped me to relieve the stress of everyday life as a pharmacy student and I continued writing after the class ended. However, I have strayed away from writing over the last year. But after reading The Parallax, I am I excited to start writing again. Writing truly is a lost art that many will never realize if they do not try it. It has made a difference for me and I believe that those who give it a chance will have the same feeling.

  80. Reading The Parallax has made me think about how important writing is in expressing yourself. I myself have never been much of a writer; I will typically spend hours staring at a blank screen before I get going on a paper. The Parallax has made me rethink about how writing can be used to bring out your emotions that you may be hiding or bottling up. The idea of writing uncensored and without editing particularly interested me. This is how many artists express themselves, and a way that you can completely realize your emotions, thoughts, and gain perspective. I agree that writing is a lost art. As I mentioned I may not be much of a writer, but when I think of some of my most thoughtful work, it has all been when I was writing without thinking about every word. It was my unedited work.

  81. While reading the Parallax I was reminded of all the times that I decided to write in order to discover my feelings. I took a creative writing class a few years ago and that class really helped me to put words to my feelings. I was able to process through things and I learned how to really enjoy moments that so easily pass by. I think the Parallax did a very good job at showing the readers how important it is to write down their thoughts. I think we often do get so busy that therapeutic writing does not happen because other things take up all of our time. I think this class has reminded me of the value of writing out my thoughts. I think we all need to take time out of our busy lives to really put our thoughts on paper. I believe writing things out would help us in all aspects of our lives. We would be happier people if we were able to process our thoughts on paper and not keep everything inside. Some times people can be so upset and mad at the world and not even know the root of their frustration. Writing could really be helpful for people that have a hard time talking with others.

  82. The Parallax is a book that is able to captivate the reader’s emotions and enlighten the psyche. As the story unraveled, I was faced with a new reality that can be practical in everyday situations and I was left with a new perception of both myself and the world around me. After reading the Parallax, I learned that this shift in perspective can augment both the social and professional interpersonal relationships of my life. I also definitely agree with some of the other comments from my classmates that writing is a “lost art”. With the technology of today, writing has become almost non-existent. In my opinion, writing can be therapeutic and sometimes may be the only way to realize what the truth is. Writing for therapeutic purposes is like singing in the shower, it allows you to express yourself without the doubts of immediate harsh criticism.

  83. Reading and writing are two art forms that are slowly losing steam in today’s social media and technology-driven culture. When I was younger, I would get lost in books all the time, letting my imagination take over and sometimes re-write the book with all the “what if’s?”. I would also write my own stories and use those as my expression for my thoughts. School has gotten in the way of those good feelings and it has been a long time since I felt that joy. When I read The Parallax I was immediately engaged and lost in the story and the stories within the story. I remembered how I felt when I was younger and it made me enjoy the book when I finished. The power that writing has on people is an astounding effect. For me, it was either writing short stories, poems, and even music. A couple years ago it was my escape from reality and helped me stay calm in an crazy world. I don’t write as much anymore but after reading this book, it has sparked my interest into this art form once again.

  84. Reading “The Parallax” solidified some points my parents and I were making in a conversation several weeks ago. I used to love reading and writing. With today’s texting, social media, and google allowing everything at your fingertips, it is easy to become removed. We become removed from friends and families. Often, we fail to make genuine connections and relationships. The attitudes of some of the participants of the writing exercise depicted in the story of this book illustrate that. Some of us often think we are above showing our true selves. This book was a breath of fresh air.

  85. Experiencing emotions is a part of life. For some people it helps to talk about their emotions with close ones and for others it helps to write. Writing is a great way to express emotion and all your thoughts. It’s a place where you can write whatever you want and don’t have to worry about being judged.

  86. I completely agree with your post, especially about how college doesn’t allow us to write freely, or at all for that matter. While I generally don’t enjoy writing, I do somewhat regret not being able to write more in college. Because of how much I focused on main classes, I feel as if my writing ability suffered, or, at best, hasn’t improved since high-school. At the school I attend, when students do pick a writing elective, it comes second, and a far second at that, to the main classes. Students just want to get the work done as quickly as possible without worrying about quality so that they can have time to study for other classes. I do wish my writing ability was at a higher level because I know how important it is in future careers. Sometimes it’s even hard for me to form grammatically correct sentences.

    The idea in The Parallax about writing down your feelings and experiences is rather interesting. It is very much like keeping a diary; however, very rarely have I seen an adult actually write their feelings, probably because they think it is useless compared to the problems they must actually face. However, The Parallax demonstrates how therapeutic writing about your emotions and experiences can be, and although I can say with some certainty that most people still will not heed the advice of the author, there will be others who do take it. For what it’s worth, those who do take the advice help to bring back writing that has become so lost in today’s technologically advanced and busy world.

  87. I agree with all of the posts on here, writing has taken a backseat to other subjects in the presence. Especially at STLCOP, while the school offers some classes such as Poetry and come other creative writing classes, a lot of the times students aren’t able to take them because they aren’t offered at the correct time. I’ve tried to take a writing course at this school two different times, but my schedule did not allow me to take them because it was full with school required classes or when I did have free time when my schedule wasn’t full, the class that I wanted to take was not offered that semester. I feel like if we had more writing classes it would be very beneficial. The Parallax is a great example of how writing helps people. You can write down anything you feel and let it all out when you write.

    In contrast to STLCOP, everything we do involves our laptops, sometimes I forget how to write on a piece of paper because I’m not used to it! I personally have never kept a diary or journal of things, but I think it would be a good idea for people that enjoy writing. A lot of today’s world revolves around social media sites, which I don’t think is a great thing, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it takes away from other things such as writing. The Parallax shows how writing can be very therapeutic and help people feel better and understand themselves better. I believe more writing would be a great thing.

  88. Although I have never been one to write down my thoughts and express myself through writing, reading The Parallax has made me realize how important this practice can be. Writing down thoughts and feelings can be therapeutic for anyone, especially those who have difficulty expressing feelings verbally and discussing important ideas with others. The message in The Parallax is important to consider how much of a “lost art” writing really is. We tend to get caught up in life and focus more on school and career related objectives, rather than taking the time to reflect on our own ideas and emotions for personal benefit. I think The Parallax brings a great perspective on how vital it can be to open-up and release the thoughts and feelings that we often keep bottled up inside.

  89. Writing is definitely a lost art. Personally, I am not a fan of writing and always dread when I am forced to write a paper for a class. I do, however, highly enjoy reading other people’s writings (i.e. books, newspapers) and love seeing things from their perspective. Writing does allow one to express their emotions, thoughts, and share their wisdom with others. It is a good way to document or commemorate one’s life, and can bring back memories that one would have forgotten about without writing them down. Some people enjoy keeping journals or diaries, but I personally do not have time to do so. I think it would be interesting to keep a journal for a year, just as an experiment, and then after the year is over read it to see how much your life, views, and opinions have changed throughout the course of the year. We are constantly changing, but I think we don’t realize this because it occurs so gradually. So, even though I personally don’t enjoy the act of writing, I think it is a very valuable tool and skill to have in our society.

  90. Exploring emotions through writing is not a new concept, but The Parallax certainly presented the process in a new light. As the original poster stated, it is interesting to read the personal experiences presented on this blog and begin to discern the benefits of emotional expression. In a time rife with violence linked to emotional instability, a method of healthy self-expression is invaluable.

  91. I really feel more in-tune with myself and the way I view the world after reading this book. I may be older, but freely writing allowed me to relive some childlike wonder.

  92. The short stories portray an interesting and powerful perspective of the illuminating power of writing, while expressing this idea through this art, conveys this idea through message and form. Writing also provides a concrete portrayal of reality, with the present being a fleeting, valuable life and the past the cold eternal grave. Stories provide a link that can unite us and allow us to work more cohesively. I believe the real question is not what a story is about, but rather what did the story see.

  93. When reading ‘The Parallax’, I was very intrigued by the directions from the workshop for the writing portion. To be told to just write with no restrictions can be very scary. I struggled (and still do) with writing due to different responses to my approach. Some instructors connected to my writing while others found fault and gave harsh critiques. Receiving these polar opposite comments grew my dislike for writing so it has always been something I shunned away from. When reading this story, I imagined how would I respond if I were told to do the same; write with no restrictions. I would struggle with breaking out of what has been ‘force-fed’ to me for so long: structured writing. When I came to this conclusion, I realized that this could be a parallax of sorts for me if I took on the charge to apply this activity to my life. This could possibly bring me to a new path with writing. I guess I will find out in time.

  94. After reading The Parallax, I found what the original poster said to be very true. Writing has become a lost art, but it is something that is really easy to find. One part of the book in particular that got me thinking the most about writing was when people were told to write without being given a prompt. I imagined myself doing the same thing and so many ideas and stories can to my mind. As I thought about it, my mind wondered from one thing to another, while memories I had long forgotten resurfaced and my emotions changed as rapidly as my thoughts. When I stopped, I felt so relieved. I can see why the people in the story found it so therapeutic. It feels good to think about things and get them out, and with writing, you can express that in any way that you want. Writing is an art, and it may be a little lost, but as long as you’re able to find it when you need it, that may just be ok.

  95. Gaibrelle, I completely agree! I think society, specifically school, has done more harm than good in preparing us to communicate effectively. There are so many rules, styles, grammar applications, citing methods, and let’s not forget tenses as well as many others I may have missed that always cross my mind anytime I put a pen to a piece of paper. I am not saying that all of these things are necessarily bad, for they standardize the method of writing, but at the same time, they can take away the meaning and effectiveness of the writing. We become lost in all the rules and forget what our main objective is as an author, and that is to communicate and connect with others! In the Parallax, when the participants were able to just write, free of judgement and rule, they were able to fully express themselves without having the fear that they did something incorrectly or better yet, forgot something. It is in this stress free environment that these people were able to dig beyond the surface that they present to others on a daily basis and reach a deeper sense of meaning. It is through that deeper meaning that we can not only communicate with others but connect and realize that although we may look and seem different, everyone has similar feelings deep down and everyone is human. I think what we can all take away from this book is that we must never forget the purpose of writing is to connect with others and present a point of view and if we get too caught up in rules and practicalities, we may never reach our true potentials.

  96. While reading the Parallax, it does not surprise me how effective writing is to release emotions that aren’t quite easy to speak about. Both reading and writing have therapeutic benefits. Writing allows one to release emotions and do so in a way that is not so literal. The use of metaphors and similes allows one to mask their emotions and not make them so literal, as Frank had done in the beginning of the Parallax. When I had more time, I loved to leisurely read. This assignment was a relief from having to read a typical textbook.

  97. A little foreign language lesson: the German word for “history”, “geschichte”, just so happens to be the same word for “story”. I always found that fact somewhat charming, that our history is really just a continued form of storytelling, and that our writing is contributing to both our personal and shared histories.

    Which leads me to a rather bizarre connection I have made this semester. Napoleon is oft quoted that with saying that history is written by the winners. Winning, and history itself, of course, are both entirely subjective–what does it truly mean to “win”? It is also said that history is taught for its lessons; we learn from the past, forming our own parallax. By claiming the personal art and process of writing, we will be able to answer our own questions, win our personal battles, and then able to take away valuable lessons…is that not a personal victory?

    As I approach the end of my schooling, and go off on rotations, to be followed by graduation, boards, and job interviews, I will be asked again and again: what’s my story? What have I learned and what have I yet to learn? What Parallaxes have I experienced? Before my last academic year is over, I plan on sitting down and writing about my “geschichte”. Reading The Parallax this semester reminded me of the value of telling and then examining our own stories–looking at the way we tell them, the details we cherish, the others we’d like to omit–and then finding personal victories within our own histories. We owe it to ourselves to do so.

  98. Writing for mental health was something that I had not considered before I started reading the Parallax. I was skeptical about actually having my viewpoint upon starting the book, but as I progressed through it, it became more and more apparent that writing your thoughts is therapeutic. Often times modern healthcare focuses on physical conditions and lab values yet fails to overlook the importance of mental and emotional health. The Parallax features characters that had similar skepticism upon starting the writing workshop but then were shown the efficacy of writing on emotional health as they began their stories. This book has been eye opening.

  99. After reading “The Parallax,” I have come to the conclusion that writing freely can be of great benefit to people. As a writing tutor at STLCOP, I see many students’ written works, but never have I seen a paper that was written for any reason other than to fulfill an assignment requirement. I took away from this book that writing whatever comes to mind, either at prescheduled intervals or episodically, can be both therapeutic and healing. It is all too often that people in today’s society ignore their feelings, and would perhaps be afraid of what they may write, as it may pull to mind many different emotions. Freely writing helps one look at and objectify a situation, looking at it from all angles, and seeing emotions in a new light. By doing this, the writer can find clarity in the form of relief, happiness, closure, etc. The Parallax has been insightful, and I may try writing freely the next time I find myself in a difficult situation.

  100. The stories that were shared in the Parallax really hit home with me. Throughout my childhood, my grandma always taught me the importance of writing and sharing stories with others. She was a brilliant writer and wrote several books about her childhood and her life as a mother of eleven. She was the sole reason I began reading and still love to read to this very day. Unfortunately, at 89 years of age, she now suffers from Alzheimer’s and will never be able to tell these stories to us in person again. However, she will always be able to “tell” her stories through her books, articles, letters, and cards that she wrote and that is the most priceless gift that anyone could ever receive. Because of her, I have always wholeheartedly believed in the importance of writing, and this book instilled that belief in me further. The Parallax portrays a great message that is rarely a concern of anyone in this day and age.

  101. I believe writing is so powerful. It forces you to solidify your thoughts into written content, which simultaneously forces you to think more in detail about that subject. It is so amazing what you can achieve if you get your problems or concerns out on paper and expect to find a solution. Today, we write on the computer more than on paper. Using the computer is easy and fast, but I feel like using the computer always disrupts my emotional flow onto paper. I constantly am disrupted by spelling and grammatical mistakes, which obstruct the flow of ideas and thoughts. That is why I like writing on paper. In the Parallax, Dr. Stein mentions how sometimes you just have to write on paper, do not stop; just keep writing whatever comes to your mind. I agree with Dr. Stein’s idea that writing without any revision can continue to improve personal reflection and self-improvement. In the end, you will solve the problems that you had inside and writing always feel so great to get the inner space clear again.

  102. I also agree with the power of writing. Just like in the story about Frank and his struggles, writing is something that can help us all cope with loss and despair. Lets face it – life is not always good and up; sometimes it gets us to the point of rock bottom and nothing seems to help. There is nothing anyone can say or do to help that. It is something that must be overcome internally and writing is a great way to do it. Even with Frank in The Parallax by Dr. Don Rickert, writing helped him overcome the troubles that he was having internally. And he was someone that did not show many emotions. I used to keep a journal when I was younger, and it really did help me understand my thoughts and my feelings because writing them down is a way to understand one’s emotions and get in-sync with one’s thinking. Even if we are not writing about ourselves and just about someone else or an event, it could lead us to a thinking and an emotion we did not know we had. Dr. Rickert did a great job of this in his writing workshop and how he portrayed the stories of other individuals and what hurt them emotionally. We are all different. And we all react to events and circumstances differently than anyone else and Dr. Rickert did a great job of demonstrating this in his story.

  103. I, like most others on this forum, were initially skeptical about reading “The Parallax”. I am not the kind of person to search for emotional outlets in the form therapeutic writing. Although, after reading the Parallax, I have gained some insight on how writing down ones thoughts and emotions can prove to be therapeutic to some individuals. I think this concept is important to people who do not have other outlets to release their emotions and reflect their personalities. I believe the power of writing is indeed very strong and has becomelost over the ages. In saying this, I believe there are other more suiting therapeutic outlets for some individuals who do not find writing to be therapeutic.

  104. I usually am not one for reading, but after reading The Parallax, I realized just how effective and easy it is to express one’s emotions through writing. Empathy is a great power to have and also lets you relate to others in a way that you may have not thought possible. This book made me realize that I have much more in common with others than I originally thought.

  105. I was not sure what to expect when reading the Parallax. It made me remember a time in high school where my English teacher always said to realize both sides to an issue. More specifically what it is like to walk in their shoes. In the second part of the book the statement, ” When we’re in the moment, our emotions conceal the true meaning of our actions,” made me think of what I may be missing out on by not writing outside of the academic setting. The examples in this section were also interesting to me because they were written as fiction they were tied subconsciously to what the character thought. This is a great alternate way to express one’s own emotions.

  106. Writing helps clearing your thoughts and expressing your emotions. After reading parallax, i came clearly to a conclusion that writing is a powerful remedy for people. Not only you can express freely in words, but you can also let out any kind of confusions, anger, and sadness. I remember when i had a hard time i used to write on my personal area to express my feeling which helped me through the time. we often forget what writing can do for us. It kind of drifted away from the new media culture. We like seeing things and listening to music, but not writing. Parallax made me realize how writing is so crucial to each one of us to express feeling.

  107. This post really hits incredibly close to the true experiences nurtured (or neglected rather) in the common middle to high school level curriculum. Writing is a lost art; it’s not taught or emphasized with any degree of creativity or process before the level of higher education. Writing is rather used as a grading activity that requires little to no effort on either the teacher or the student’s part for a lot of English classes. A summary of my high school experiences with creative writing consisted of many variations of “Write a 4 page fictional paper. You have one hour to complete your writing and it will be worth 25% of your final grade”; Needless to say that this is a waste of time for both student and teacher alike. It should be done in drafts, with critiques, emphasis on personal expression, and a reflection on how it relates to yourself or those around you. It should capture your own view as to change the minds framework of those who read it.

  108. I greatly enjoyed reading The Parallax. While it was a short read, it had a powerful message about writing and discovering yourself. I think that writing can be a great outlet for emotions. In college I have not had a lot of opportunities to write. Sometimes I would go years without writing a paper. But whenever I have to write I rediscover my love for writing. I have no idea if I am a good writer or not, but just the process is soothing for me. Reading The Parallax as encouraged me to start writing just for fun, not just for school.

  109. Just as father Ryan says in this book “I saw what writing did for Dad, but I never thought about how it might help me,” I knew that writing has therapeutic benefits, but I never thought that it could help me. When people begin writing, they are literally turning their thoughts into physically tangible print. I have never personally been writer, mostly because I thought I was not good at it, but seeing how it actually changed other people’s outlooks on life, I will definitely give the process a try. Talking about your emotions with another person can be relaxing, but actually writing them down allows you to have a conversation with yourself that evokes understanding and thought that is often the medicine needed.

  110. “The Parallax” has really hit home with me. I have never read anything that has made me really think so much about other people’s perspectives. I really connected to Frank in the story. It made me think of my Dad and how he always had stories for my brother and I. My Dad’s stories will always be with me and I plan to write them down so that I can one day pass them on to my kids. I have had many struggles since the passing of my Dad, similar to Frank’s struggles, so that is why I feel so connected to this story and workshop. I never understood why life went on “as if nothing had happened” after my Dad passed away, but this has shown me a new perspective that has helped me to cope. Dr. Rickert does a great job connecting with people and I would recommend this read to anyone!

  111. I am, as I’m sure many people are, set in my ways. I don’t ever think about how other people may percieve certain things differently than I do. Because of this, I wasn’t sure about this book before I began reading it, mainly because I don’t think of writing as an outlet. But, I decided that while reading this book “The Parallax” I would open myself up to what it was trying to instill in me I realized that it had in fact brought up memories of my past just as it had for others who haveead it. This made me realize that those memories are different than every other person that has read this story. My grandfather absolutely loves to not only read stories, but also write stories, mostly about huge historical events in the past. I never understood, until now, why his favorite thing to read and write about was different perspectives of wars that have happened. I now see that to fully understand something, you need to know many other people’s perspectives and not just your own. This book has had me re-valuate my point-of-view on how other people may have the same experiences I have had, but see and react to them differently.

  112. Similar to what Adam suggested in this post, I too believe that writing is a great way for some people to express their feelings creatively. However, I don’t think that writing is an outlet meant for everyone. There are further creative outlets that might be better suited for different kinds of people, such as music, dance, painting, and other liberal arts. The problem with these other outlets, however, is that they are difficult to grade and judge in a college that focuses mainly on science. I believe that STLCOP provides an adequate amount of elective courses for students to express themselves creatively through writing, but not through the other outlets I previously listed. That being said, I thought that the Parallax did a good job shedding light on the powers of creative writing. Hopefully other students who enjoy writing can reap its therapeutic much like Frank did.

  113. This book really made me re-think how powerful writing can be. I have never been much of a writer. I have several friends that keep journals, and write in them daily. I never understood it to be honest. When it comes to writing I typically have a blank page for hours, deleting and re-writing over and over. This book helps you realize that writing can help you through times of stress, difficult situations and even a sense of reflection.

  114. The book The Parallax really made me think about a time in my life where something impacted me to the point where my entire perspective had been changed. Obviously moments like these don’t come along often. I thought that this book helped me realize the important things in my life that have shaped me to be the person that I am today.

  115. The Parallax was a very interesting book. I like how the story had many flashback to show how the characters have grown throughout the years and how it impacts their present day emotions. People deal with situations and emotions differently and I think this book showed many examples of that. Frank seems to be angry and regretful while Sarah is more emotional and forgiving. The emotions seem to balance out between the two main characters as they solved their own personal issues. This book is a get example on how a person’s perspective on a situation can change so rapidly. The extensive amount of similes, metaphors, and symbolism does a great job painting the setting of the story in the reader’s head.

  116. The Parallax made me think about myself in a different way. The book shows a different side of a person as that person matures. When you are a young child, you might not handle situations as well emotionally, but as you age you learn and grow from the experience. The book taught me how to approach a stressful situation in a different way. This book made me realize that writing down my true thoughts and feelings can alleviate the pain at stressful times. I learned that if you let your feeling out, you it can benefit you more in the long run then holding something back.

  117. I thought this was an interesting book. I was not expecting it to turn out to be a workshop. I got involved in the beginning of the story between Frank and his wife. Emotions can drive relationships in so many places. I also think that the idea of the workshop is a great one. I think writing is very therapeutic and can be very beneficial for so many problems. It can help with pain, stress, grief, loneliness, sadness, happiness, and so much more.

  118. I really enjoyed reading the Parallax because it was a provoking book. It talked about the power of writing. I, personally, related to this book because I enjoy writing. I took a course called Writing for Health and the course was about using writing as a therapeutic tool. I think writing your opinions and thoughts can help you clear your mind and help you make wise decisions. In the class, we watched movie clips that showed how various characters used writing as way to heal. I used writing to grieve a year ago when I had a death in my family. I was really close to my cousin and I thought of him as a brother -when he died in a car accident, I used writing as a way to heal. It really helped me think about things and rereading it was also useful. When reading he Parallax, I thought back to my class because each of the character in the book used the power of writing as a way to heal/ grieve.

  119. I agree completely with many of the comments above mine. Self reflection is something I believe in and routinely do, and using writing as an outlet often helps bring everything into perspective. I do this because I believe growth is never finished, and I always strive to become better. I enjoyed how the book was structured to show different viewpoints of similar events. After finishing the story, I was left wondering whose story it really was. While I was thinking about this I went ahead and read the authors note (just because I was curious as to what it would say). I agree with the notion that the book isn’t a single story about Frank, or Father Ryan, or whomever, but rather a collective story of collective growth and understanding experienced by the characters portrayed in the book.

  120. I think the Parallax highlights a very universal way of self expression- writing. Though people express themselves in different ways, writing has been one that has spanned over centuries, and is one of the very few types of expression that can be so powerful it extends beyond the individual. After reading the Parallax, I believe that it emphasizes some of the most important aspects of creative writing- it shows the power of writing and that writing can be therapeutic in so many ways. It can help individuals release anger or stress, express sadness or vulnerability, even record pure feelings of joy. This book goes beyond the individual character’s stories, it highlights the power that writing can have among multiple people.

  121. I really enjoyed this book, and I like how the author uses Frank’s reflections to tell a story. This story shows how something as trivial as a pair of boots can bring up a variety of feelings and emotions. In this instance, the boots lead Frank to remember fun times hiking, as well as the not so good times when the couple fought and Sarah’s diagnosis with COPD. Self reflection is a tool that we should use to evaluate our lives and guide our future behavior.

  122. The parallax is a small book with a powerful meaning. So much of the time people, including myself, are so focused and hung up on their own points of view, the direction of their own lives, that they neglect to think of not only the perspectives of others, but also what is truly influencing their own decisions. What is the driving force behind what we are doing currently? Looking at an object in one direction only reveals one perspective. Too be not only a good leader, but also self aware of one’s own life, one must be able to look at one single topic/object, at multiple angles to truly capture a more complete and accurate three dimensional picture.

  123. After reading The Parallax and reading many comments I find it interesting of this concept of looking at things from different angles. I decided to look up the technical definition of “parallax” and it is a change in perspective based upon viewing things from different angles. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I unconsciously do this almost everyday when I have to weigh out options.

  124. I really enjoyed this book it made take a “step back” and look at my life… it got me thinking, so much so that want to use my reflections to tell a short fictional story titled “Accepting A Loves Character Flaws” There was a male called Henry that honored trust and loyalty in a relationship with someone he wanted to love. He found that this certain person would not hold true to her promises and would be surprised when that angered Henry. The two would clash and make up, however the certain lady would repeat the same behavior over and over always sincerely apologizing for it in the aftermath of the fall out. The two fell out of civility but as Henry grow older he started to understand that this how she is and although he could not fully put his faith in her he would love her unconditionally. This opened Henry’s eyes to other people flaws and how they are, nowadays can get along with anyone…..

  125. The Parallex describes the importance of writing as it may help individuals to express feelings and emotions. This book seems to explain why one must continue to read and write, becuase through writing, one may be able to invoke deeper thoughts and feelings. Today, many people prefer things that are short, simple, and quick. However, one must understand that writing takes time, because generating geninue and good writing is not easy. As technology advances quickly, we tend to be distracted and have forgotten the notion of writing. Sometimes, writing could be a therapeutic to us as it may helpe us manage our positive and negative feelings.
    This book helped me to understand that writing is necessary and important. I am currently enrolled elective writing course. Before I finished this book, I took this course lightly, but now I will have more appreciation to the course. By writing, I hope I will be able to preseve my positive thoughts of writing.

  126. I find myself agreeing that writing is a lost art in Today’s modern society. The phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” used to have a much deeper meaning in the past. Used to writing was a form of free expression of the soul and a runoff for emotions. This is what gave it so much power. I feel that this is becoming mire and more lost in recent years. Hopefully with books like the Parallax writing can again become mightier than the sword, beginning with us looking inward at ourselves to see what defines us.

  127. The theme of “The Parallax” is not one I would normally gravitate towards but I am so happy it is a book I had the opportunity to read. The stories in the book truly make me question life as I see it. By telling stories of people and their various struggles with the way they see themselves and the life they live it is a great catalyst to my own self reflection. The emphasis of writing to express is something I have adopted since reading the book. I realize now the importance and true introspective thought and using writing to both allow this to happen and to express or make sense of the things going on in my life. This is a tool I now find useful and plan to continue using into the future.

  128. The Parallax reminds readers that writing not only allows you to visualize a different perspective, but it helps you understand your own emotions. I liked how this book portrayed the importance of writing by showing how these individuals and Frank viewed a situation differently from how they used to. I thought it was interesting how after reading Frank’s story and writing their own story, these individuals felt like they discovered something new about themselves. I agree with the author when he says it is important for people to keep reading and writing to learn more about themselves and to be able to connect with their own stories.

  129. I’ve always thought writing was easier than speaking out loud. With writing, you have the time to gather your thoughts, without the pressure of needing to say anything, let alone something profound that contributes to the conversation. I feel like that is what makes writing easier and more of a personal experience than simple conversation. It’s certainly less judgmental. Rather than standing in front of a crowd and trying to repeat your own thoughts and emotions on the spot, writing them out, as in The Parallax, gives you the time to explore what they really mean and mold them into something that is more important and personal.

  130. Like many of the above readers, I never pondered “the power of writing” before reading the parallax. Sometimes these writings are nonfiction, sometimes they are entirely fiction, and other times they are a mixture of both. The last type – a mixture of both – reminds me of movies “based on historical events.” These movies present the humanity of important historical figures to the viewer – the thoughts, emotions, and struggles of many great leaders – which sometimes gets lost in their achievements. Writing for reflection is much the same way. It allows us to consider the human aspects – the thoughts, emotions, and struggles – of those around us. While I do not believe that writing is the only way to gain perspective, I do agree that these thought processes are advantageous.

  131. I have never been a person who finds reading to be enjoyable, I have always found it to be somewhat of a job and to be quite time consuming. I continued to put off reading this book but once I began reading The Parallax, I was shocked how drawn in and how much I actually enjoyed reading this book. Like many others I found this book to be quite relatable and it has allowed to me take a step back and look at things with a different perspective. The Parallax introduces readers to the idea of writing to express feelings and as a way to cope with difficult or confusing times. While I normally enjoy talking with another person about my feelings, I can see how writing those feelings down with no input from someone else could be beneficial. The process of writing allows you to express everything that you are feeling without the concerns of what others might think.

  132. I have always been an exceptionally avid reader but have struggled with writing. My writing was never perfect enough or I would get part way through and not be able to finish my thoughts the way I wanted to. “The Parallax” helped me realize that writing is not about making a perfect paper or ending, but it is about expressing your thought and emotions so they do not weigh your down like it was weighing down Frank in the very beginning of the book. It also helped me realize that writing from a different person’s perspective, not just my own, can help me connect with other people in ways that I could not before.

  133. The concept that spoke to me the most was on pg.58 when explaining the impact stories can have not only on an audience, but also the author. I have truly never thought about writing in this kind of light before. When I think of story telling I think about the message the author is trying to send out to the reader, and never what the author hopes to get out of it. I have a new appreciation for writing and now realize I can use writing for myself in times of stress or reflection after reading The Parallax.

  134. The Parallax was an easy read for me, which is strange, because like Emily mentioned above, I do not find reading books to be as enjoyable as most. I think we all can agree that STLCOP puts us in this “fast-paced lifestyle,” which demands a lot of us mentally. We don’t take much time to just stop and reflect, and even write down our thoughts. Doing this could be therapeutic for the stress we endure on a daily basis by allowing us to vent our feelings without the fear of judgement from others.

  135. Responding to Chelsea’s comment, I completely agree that writing about your experiences can help you emotionally. When I was a first year, I had a hard trouble adjusting to being away from home and trying to become an independent without my parents help. I was getting very frustrated and disheartened about the college experience and I began to bottle up all my feelings. This made it harder for me to make friends and interact with others. Things didn’t get better until my mom suggested that I began writing about what I was feeling. Once I made a journal, I was amazed at how better I felt after writing.With writing I was able to fully express what I was feeling and the best part was there was no judgment associated with it.

  136. After reading The Parallax, I have realized the “power of writing”. Honestly I have never enjoyed writing in my life, but ever since I read The Parallax I enjoyed reading the way the author wrote the book. Writing is really difficult because sometimes it can be hard to show your emotions rather then just speaking out loud. Some people don’t like writing because it can take a lot of effort, time, and thinking. However, people need to realize that writing can be the most beautiful thing and more people should write.

  137. After reading the Parallax, I feel I have reflected back on my own experiences and emotions. We realize through Frank’s story that it’s all about perspective. Writing or journaling is a great way to gain a different perspective and to look at our emotions differently. This is the most important concept I got out of the Parallax. Whether that be through writing/ journaling or something else, looking back at a situation from a different point of view can change how you feel and your emotions. Writing not only helps us change our perspective, but it also lets us release the emotions that may be built up inside.

  138. After reading the Parallax it really had me thinking, just like it seemed to have Adam thinking, about how few oppurtunities that StLCoP gives us to write about things that we want to. DUring my early years of college and in high school I was never much for writing anyway, but alot of people were and that is something that shouldn’t be taken away from them! Writing can really help people express emotions or relive feelings that they have experianced in the past. Both reading and writing have benefits for people in many different ways. LIke Frank did at the very beginning of the Parallax, he used metaphors and similies which allowed him to express how he felt without being completely literal about everything. I enjoyed the read of the parallax and it really has me considering actually trying to dig into and expressing myself more freely in a paper that I have to write.

  139. After reading The Parallax I have been given the reality check that I do not write nearly as much as I should. My entire life I have viewed writing as simply another boring assignment that I could maneuver my way through and complete the bare minimum I needed in order to get by with a decent finished product. However, now I know that reading can be used in many different ways: expressing thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. After reflecting on this book, I know that I should consider writing more to express myself. I personally have never chosen to sit down with a blank pad and a pencil and write out my thoughts, mostly because I don’t have the time to do that. With that being said, I think daily writing sessions could help relieve the stresses of life and help you put things in perspective.

  140. The Parallax has a very unique title that was meaningful with connecting with the rest of the story. Depending on the position of where a person may stand, one may see the same object differently at a closer perspective compared to a farther perspective. Another great thing about the book is that one can easily connect with this such as the 9/11. Anyone can relate to the characters’ struggles too. This book made me feel like I should step back and think about things more. Don’t be so closed minded. We have to open up and see other perspectives. I agree that writing can help us see that clearer. The characters write freely, and it helped them. We all should take the time to write freely because we can discover so much by making better connections our past, present, and possibly our future.

  141. The Parallax is an interesting book where it helps one understand the view points of others. It helps people understand the power of writing and how writing can impact a person when they are feeling happy, sad, stressed, etc. Some people might think that writing is boring and is work, but his outlet helps people express their feelings and creatively. People tend to forget that writing can help express how a person feel. Nowadays, everyone is use to writing short “status” and “tweets” to everyone, that writing it caters to other people, not to yourself. By writing to yourself, you understand your situation better and maybe find a solution. Writing is an effective way for a person convey his/her thoughts.

  142. Writing is a very unique sense of art that allows one to express their feeling(s) with great benefits. I actually don’t think writing has become a lost art. Instead, I feel like writing has changed, and more and more people have started to write with the help of technology. It used to be that you had to write down everything using only ink and paper, so if you wanted to write for long periods of time then your writing hand was bound to get sore after a while. Then along came the typewriter which made writing far easier, although like writing with ink and paper it would still be hard to share your writing with lots of people. Then along came computers and the internet, this is where it starts to get interesting because now you can share your words with millions of people within seconds. No longer do you have to sit alone, hours on end writing something that no one may ever read.

    Years ago if you wanted to get published and paid for your writing then the only way to do that would be to send your manuscript to many publishers in the hope that one day you maybe accepted as a writer. Now you can self-publish your work instantly and get paid for it. No more waiting around for what might be years on end. Today writers have more control and can see results a lot faster, and that is how writing has changed.

  143. After reading The Parallax and many of the comments about the book, I began to rethink the way that I previously viewed writing. To me, writing has always seemed like more of a hassle than something to enjoy and use to change our perspectives. However, after reading about the Beck family and how Frank misinterprets certain events but finds healing in writing, I was able to look at writing in a different way. Instead of being difficult or a frustration, writing can be healing and provide an opportunity for personal growth.

  144. I like how this post and many comments mention alternative means of expression. I guess I hadn’t really considered writing as a way to provide a type of therapeutic benefit before, but after reading the Parallax I can understand the concept better. I wonder if this type of reflective writing would be as easy for those whose creative outlet doesn’t tend to be written. I know others who truly enjoy writing, however I tend to rely on music as a form of expression. I believe that creating music can display as much emotion as a story or journal and I also believe that finding your own personal outlet is important. It can be an extremely effective way to escape from worries, to reflect on yourself, and even to connect with others.

  145. Writing is a lot cheaper than therapy and should be used as a way of getting to know oneself and to learn of one’s own problems. By identifying problems, one can achieve personal satisfaction and overcome those problems by just recognizing what they are and moving on from there. Writing can be therapeutic because the writer will see what problems they are facing and be able to diagnose themselves without the need of an external source. The Parallax portraying the struggles between Frank and Sarah’s relationship and showing how a writing workshop helping different kinds of personalities, shows how writing is a universal therapy that can help anyone reading a personal story or writing one of their own. I think this is important in today’s society where writing and reading are slowly not the focus of the lives of many people and should be brought back to them.

  146. Therapeutic Writing is an art form that almost anyone can partake in and find benefits, but not many do. I was lucky enough to take Dr. Rickert’s Writing for Health Course and in this class we were prompted every single week to dig deep within ourselves and write expressively. It was a wonderful experience and highly effective. Dr. Rickert’s Parallax is based upon the idea of enhancing emotional intelligence. Through therapeutic and expressive writing, one can greatly increase upon their emotional intelligence. As a future pharmacist, I will be expected to listen to my future patients and be able to connect with them on a strong emotional level.

  147. Reading The Parallax has really given insight on how writing affects people’s thoughts, emotions, and opinions of situations. This really brought to light the way people’s views of situations can change when they are looking back on what happened or if they are viewing the situation from a different perspective. This change in views can help people with their feelings and help them lift a weight from their shoulders, like it did for Frank, his family, and those listening in the seminar. I think that after reading the book, I will try to use writing down my thoughts and feelings to help as a guide through the situation.

  148. I agree that writing seems to be a lost art today. We get so caught up in our hectic and busy lives that we do not slow down to express our thoughts and emotions. Writing is an extremely therapeutic way to do this. Just as Frank and Sarah are learning to see things in new and different ways, one can learn about themselves through the power of writing. I know that I tend to dread any sort of writing assignments, but now I will look at writing from a different perspective and understand that not only is it therapeutic, but it can also help reveal one’s personal story.

  149. I think that The Parallax was an interesting read. There are so many different perspectives to consider for every situation that we may come across in our lives. I learned about the therapeutic powers that a little writing can unleash in a previous course taught by Dr. Rickert, Writing for Health. Something about pouring all of your thoughts out onto a sheet of paper is just refreshing. The story embodied this feeling through Frank and it was nice to think outside the box as I was reading, As Drew Pansing summed up so perfectly, it feels good to just pause and reflect instead of being constantly busy.

  150. I agree with many of the points stated. Writing is a dying art. That is evidenced by how our methods of communications have changed just over the past 20 years or so. Text messages have shortened phrases and words. Things like Twitter encourage us to shorten things as much as possible. The concept of writing a letter I imagine seems foreign to kids these days. As for an emotional release, it serves that purpose wonderfully. You can feel better about something just by putting it down on paper. While it is best to talk with someone about problems one is having, writing things down is a good start. It is just a shame that we do not have more time to write in the fast-paced society of today.

  151. While at the cinema the other day, I had an epiphany of sorts, when one of the characters composes a song based on a setting.
    The college I attend requires a liberal arts portion in its curriculum, to make us “more rounded people.” I feel this is an understatement in the value that the liberal arts hold. I feel writing, reading, art, etc not only make one more “well rounded.” They remind us what it means to BE a person.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love the sciences; I wouldn’t have chosen the career path that I did otherwise. And science has brought us a long way as a society in terms of technological advances, medical interventions, and so many other great and amazing ways. Having knowledge is a good thing, it brings me joy. But knowledge for the sake of knowledge, being able to spit out random information like a computer…how useful is that in the grand scheme of things, in a world where information is but a Google search away at all times.
    Science can only tell us WHAT a person is. What they are made of. How their brain uses neurotransmitters to make us feel and act the way we do. I feel anyone too focused on science, the bare bones of what our bodies do and why; focusing more on survival instincts or homeostasis, it can be easy to lose what it means to actually be human.
    The liberal arts help us discover WHO people are. Not just other people, but ourselves. It helps us translate what we know and what we see, into forms self-discovery. Reading or writing allows you to experience the world through new eyes, with different memories and sometimes radically different ideas of the world. Good fiction seeks to emulate the human condition, to lead the reader down a path that will help them learn or rediscover something about the world. You are able to see the same people or setting or motivations in a whole new way, and to learn and grow from the experience.

  152. I feel like the The Parallax resembles much of what many poet have tried to instill in their own art. These poets often wander the path that many refuses to travel in order to open the reader into a broader understanding of what they themselves are too afraid to venture on. What I enjoyed from The Parallax is that it is encouraging the reader to not simply wait for someone else to brave the path for them, but rather venture upon the path for themselves. Pick up a pencil and write not for some higher purpose or for some complex analysis of life, for there are many other ways for you to do this; but rather let the words flow from your fingertips and you may find the answers to the even the most difficult of questions may be right inside you all along.
    When I had finished the book, it hadn’t registered to me right away exactly the book wanted me to understand. And to be honest, I do not believe you can truly understand this book! Mainly because I do not think it was written to be understood. I believe it was written to be experienced; to experience the joys of freedom when your mind is set loose to explore what the body cannot physically do.

  153. Reading The Parallax, reminded me of my parents telling me that judging someone was like looking at only 10 pieces of a 1000 count puzzle and trying to see the bigger picture. The people in this story are skeptical at what effect witting would have on their lives and to be honest so did I. I never really thought that writing could actually be a way of getting a glimpse at a bigger picture. For as long as I can remember I have written in a journal. Not every day but enough that I can look back and remember what was going on at that time. Not once has it ever done anything for me. Getting the chance to look back is now what I think the most therapeutic part. Being able to go back and remember that time, I can see my mistakes, what I should and shouldn’t have done, and make adjustments to my life today. That is what I think this story was trying to convey. It’s not just about writing but the act of understanding what happened, being about to add more than 10 pieces to make a complete puzzle.

  154. I agree with the idea that writing can be a lost art. Personally I don’t like to write and never have been attracted to the idea. But the part I choose to focus currently is the fact that I can still enjoy reading stories and becoming connected with the stories of others, like the ones from the book. It helps spark similar memories of the past that I endured and help reevaluate situations or relationships. Ryan and Katie’s characters are similar to my sister and I. She is older than me and a “trouble maker” and I was the younger kid on the “right” track. Hearing Ryan’s point of view made me feel special in a way. I hope that I could have as big of an impact on her life as she did for mine.

  155. I think this book showed how talking/writing about certain things in the past are important. The section of the book where everyone is sharing what they wrote after being prompted to write anything shows just that. We all have things that we want to hide and not resurface. As time goes by, we continue to push it further and further away from us and avoid at all costs. However, these things hinder our relationships with other people. In the Parallax, Frank kept his feelings about his father’s death hidden and therefore he spent years being miserable. It wasn’t until he talked to Sarah and let everything free that he started feeling relief.

  156. I agree with Adam that the art of writing is becoming more and more of a lost undertaking. After reading The Parallax, I have thought about the last time I have had to write something creative and I honestly could not remember. I am currently a college student in the pharmaceutical field and we do not have many classes where we must write creatively. After reading the book, I have decided to write. Whether it be through in the form of poem, story, music, or even just a letter to a family member or friend, I want to write. I have definitely found that it can clear my thoughts and help me understand what is going on in my life.

  157. Writing for the purpose of self reflection is a task that most of us never really get around to doing. Many might consider it a complete waste of time. However,in reading the Parallax, the real benefit of writing for self reflection is made clear through Frank’s story. It is interesting to think about how two people experiencing the same moment can have such drasticallly different viewpoints and perspectives on the experience. Writing allows us to transcend the personal experience and break it down in order to see the experience from another perspective. It also allows us to deconstruct our thoughts and perhaps discover a part of your subconscious self that you may not have known or understood. While writing for self reflection is something that most average people probably don’t do or even think about doing, the Parallax helps put into perspective the benefits of doing so on personal effectiveness both in our daily lives and in the workplace. It’s important to know how others perceive you because this may not match with how you wish to be perceived or it may not match with your intentions. The best example is how the CEO in the story is able to slow down and realize how much of an ass he’s being. He’s able to realize this for a moment in time. The experiences of the workshop attendees definitely allowed them to see themselves more clearly and increase their personal effectiveness

  158. After reading The Parallax I realize that writing doesn’t have to be just another assignment that I HAVE to do. The Parallax showed me that writing can be a way to relieve stress, help grieve from a lost, or help you understand situations from another persons point of view. I have never really liked writing that much, mainly because I have always looked at it as something that I had to do never something that I could do. I believe that if I needed to let off some steam or needed to cope with a lost that writing would be very beneficial for me.

  159. When I looked at how many pages the Parallax was, I was really dreading the assignment. I even thought about looking the book up on spark notes and just reading a quick overview of it. I decided to read a few pages and told myself that I would stop and make a quick post and be done with it. Once I got into the story, I had to know how it ended and found myself quickly though the whole thing. I have never in my life thought about writihg stuff down. The two thoughts that would jump in my head when people talked about having a journal were “vulnerable” and “information people could use against you”. After reading that book, I now look at writing a completly different way. I’m jealous of the people that have written things down in the past. They could go back and learn so much about themselves if they looked at what they wrote, like this book teaches people to do.

  160. Emotion is a powerful feeling with many different sides. Controlling emotions is the right behavior should all human do; however, there are times when this goes out of control. After reading the Parallax, focusing on Frank story and his writing which started to make for him sense of everything and brought him and his wife “Sara” closer together than they had been in years. In other words, Frank life has been changed through writing.
    The writing for me was a daily habit, which helped me to express my thoughts and feelings and overall life for long years. I quit this habit since I’ve got my bachelor degree. Now after reading the Parallax, I’ve decided I want to go back to my old habit when I remember how that was helpful to cope with harm and depression.

  161. started to read this book recently and I found it to be touching our daily life in so many ways. Reading through the life of Sarah and Frank how their lives got affected by these awful events. Emotions control our decisions with us knowing it or not. guilt, happiness, sadness, joy, envy, and feelings such these can drive us one day or another that we sometimes tend to hide from others even the close ones. Writing and talking can be an outlet for such emotions to be out. The book had a section where a dinner The Write Way Workshop was held for everyone to talk and share their stories. It is not until Frank started writing about his feelings, about he felt about his dad’s death, and the terrible events of 9/11 that he started to feel better.

  162. I was once told by a good friend of mine that everything is beautiful. I did not fully agree with what she said until I thought it about it more. Everything truly is beautiful. Sometimes you have to change your view on certain things in order to see its beauty. Throughout the semester, we have been consistently talking about different topics, such as emotional intelligence, being ethical, and how these things relate to being a pharmacist. Reading the Parallax helped to relate these topics together. It showed me personally that there are always different ways to look at an event/situation. This will be important for me as a pharmacist and how I work with other people. Overall, I appreciated the content and outlook from the author.

  163. The Parallax was definitely not what I was expecting when I started reading it. I personally have never been able to express myself really well through writing. I can never put down clearly what I am thinking. I never know how to say it. I connect better through reading. I am one of those persons that is overly drawn into a story and connect to the characters as if they were real people I know in my life. I reflect on what the characters are going through and see if I have ever gone through it myself, see if I can at all relate. With the Parallax I first related to Frank’s story of September 11th. I remembered that day and how scary it was. I was only a child and did not understand the implications of the attacks at the time, but I remember everyone running around scared, teachers talking in hushed tones, and the towers burning on every TV all day. My aunt and uncle were in New York at the time of the attacks. They were leaving on a cruise from there and it was uncertain if they had left yet or not. No one could get a hold of them and my entire family was terrified. The relief we felt when we finally got a hold of them was indescribable. Later I connected to the writing seminar. I know that if you change your perspective, you can change your entire outlook. I try to look at any situation I am in from different points of view so I can get a better understanding of what is truly going on. It doesn’t always work, but usually I am able to understand where people are coming from.

  164. Reading and writing has always been a way for me to express myself. I love to get lost within a book and I find that most of the time I connect better with fictional characters than all the real people within my life. I find it easier to connect with these fictional characters, because there is nothing that can hold them back from you. Based on the perspective the author uses when writing a book, you usually learn everything there is to know about these characters. With people, it’s different. You don’t have someone to narrate their lives for you and you do not know what pains lies in their past. I connected with Frank’s story, because I was told what he was going through and on a subconscous level I felt as if I was going through it too. I’m much too young, however, to really remember the events of September 11th. Some of my classmates are able to recall exactly what they were doing at the time of the attack, but I only remember going to school. However, I have learned to understand people from reading my books. I like to think of people as fictional characters whose past and purpose have not come to light to me. This means that even though I do not know them, I still try to connect with them.

  165. After reading The Parallax, I also realized how writing can be beneficial when someone is going through a tough time in their life. A couple of months ago I was looking through some old books, papers, and notes I had in my basement from when I was in elementary school. There I found something I had written when my grandpa passed away in December 2006. I was in eighth grade at the time and reading it immediately brought me back to what was going on in my life at the time. I remembered how it had affected me and the rest of my family, particularly my dad. Re-reading this event years later made me look at it more from my dad’s perspective. I have never particularly enjoyed writing as much as I enjoy reading, but I realize that it can be a great way to express your emotions and feeling in a judgment-free manner.

  166. I agree that writing is a lost art. The power of words is lost. We tend to lose interest in a work of writing when it is more than 140 characters long. We limit ourselves to text talk and social media. I wish everyone would take ten minutes out of their day and sit down to write about their feelings. If we wrote about everything we felt and thought, I believe that we would be a lot more stressed and we would me more prone to writing and appreciating words. The Parralax did make me realize how strong words can be. It made me feel a flood of emotions, which I have forgotten to appreciate.

  167. Like Adam, I was always fond of writing and writing centered classes, and when I came to STLCOP I found it really hard to adjust to a curriculum with few opportunities for writing.
    I have written cathartically as far as I can remember. Never in a journal, but on sheets and scraps of paper that I usually toss afterwards with no intention of seeing them again. Reading the Parallax, I’ve realized that writing can be an outlet for anyone, regardless of prior experience or their like/dislike for it.
    I feel like writing is one of the easiest ways to communicate with yourself. When the people at the seminar wrote, a lot of them said that they had no idea where they were going when they started, and suddenly they had a finished piece in front of them. Once they were finished, however, they were able to understand the impact of what they had written and how it was helpful and personal to each one of them. It’s hard to lie to yourself when you write, especially when you don’t know the story’s ending.

  168. Personally, I’ve always loved reading and writing. For me, it’s a sort of “escape” from the pressures of the world around me, and it feels easy to lose myself in a world where things actually make sense when everything around me in the real world is falling apart. After reading the Parallax, my preference toward using writing and reading as a sort of “therapy” has only increased. I could easily identify with some of the struggles Frank faced, if only distantly. I am a little too young to remember most of the events surrounding 9/11, but I can empathize with feeling guilt over my actions or inaction in relationships, which has caused great burdens on the ones I love. I know that I will never get back the relationship I once had with some of the people who are most important to me, despite the fact that I never meant to hurt them. I’ve always known that it was important to try and see things from other’s point of view, but the difficulty comes from gaps in one’s perspective. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to understand and predict the outcome of a difficult decision, something you didn’t know ends up making a beneficial move turn into a painful memory. Whenever I think of some of these instances, I find it a bit relieving to type out exactly what I’m feeling. I don’t clean it up; I don’t hold back. I just let it all out, and, once it’s over, I delete it. It’s like spilling out my grief and my desperation for forgiveness that I’ll never receive, and then, just for a moment, washing the pain away. Maybe no one understands what on earth I’m talking about, but I know of no better way to cope.

  169. “Why must you write?” This question is posed with anger by Anne in the movie Anonymous. Earl of Oxford replies, “The voices Anne, the voices. I can’t stop them. They come to me when I sleep, when I wake, when I sup, when I walk down a hall– the sweet longings of a maiden, the surging ambitions of a courtier, the foul designs of a murderer, the wretched pleas of his victims. Only when I put their words—their voices—to parchment are they cast loose, freed. Only then is my mind…quieted…at peace. I would go mad if I didn’t write down the voices.” A strong scene, but I am no Shakespeare. Robert Crumb’s words are more in line with my writing, which lacks the creativity and diction required to cauterize old wounds or construct bridges. He says, “If I don’t draw for a while I get really crazy, depressed, and suicidal…If I don’t get to draw. But sometimes if I draw I get suicidal too, so…

  170. I really enjoyed reading the parallax. It made me realize the importance of one’s own perception and how we must challenge and change our perception in order to get the most out of life. I remember being in 6th grade and somehow my teacher was asked what her biggest regret in life was and her reply was that she didn’t keep a journal every day and she encouraged us all to make this one of our goals in life. I remember being so inspired and thinking I would start a diary that definitely isn’t the amount of pages as days I have lived thus far. I justified to myself that I would have plenty of time to do this later and it is still something I wish to do. This book made me ask myself: Why not now???
    I also remember being a sophomore in high school and my teacher telling us to just start writing anything that came to mind. It was called stream of consciousness. I was very involved in deep thinking and writing about various works of fiction in my high school years but STLCOP has diverted that activity of mine throughout my time here. I still remember how empowered I felt writing something so profound after reading a book like 1984 or Brave New World. I still remember that feeling I would get and I learned soooo much about myself by not only reading those books but by writing about them too. My memory of that feeling is the reason I know that once I am done with school I will revert back to reading and writing in my free time because it will help me grow as a person and a pharmacist.
    On a different note, I can also relate to Frank in this story. I find myself acting certain ways for whatever reason: what people will think or how much emotion I will show. It is a shame that a lot of people go through life this way and that we need a tragedy to happen in order to change our ways or our perception. Sometimes that is what it takes though. All we have at the end of our lives is our memories. We need to behave in ways now that will allow us to be satisfied later with what kind of life we have created for ourselves. At the end of the day and at the end of our last day it doesn’t really matter what John or Jane thought about what we did that one time; what matters is that we are satisfied and happy with what we do in our lives.

  171. Writing can be liberating; it serves as a form of expression that not only allows oneself to articulate thoughts into words but is also a tool that challenges the mind to explore beyond one’s comfort. Especially for those who are science-oriented, it is natural to go about the day without stimulating the right side of the brain. I was first exposed to therapeutic writing in Dr. Rickert’s Writing for Health class, and after reading The Parallax and being pushed to explore the concept of therapeutic writing, I realized just how powerful writing can be.

  172. I agree with most of the posts above and with the original post about writing being a lost art. It is sad how people do not take the time to write to other people. One example is writing thank you notes for things such as weddings. Rather than a personalized thank you note, people tend to post a generic message on social media or mass texts to say thank you. Our society does not feel that this is a necessary custom which is disheartening. After reading the Parallax I realized how important it is to write not only to others but for oneself in a therapeutic manner.

  173. Writing really has become a lost art. In the past before it was possible to pick up a cell phone and call someone hundreds of miles away or send a simple text, people had to actually put pen to paper and write something a little more meaningful. It is sad that we have gotten to the point where we don’t truly communicate with each other on a more meaningful level. It is important for us to realize that writing can not only be a way to communicate with others but also as a therapeutic release for yourself and allows you to reflect on a certain point in your life years down the road.

  174. With the Parallax in mind, the claim that writing has become a lost art is extremely true. Our emotions throughout the course of our daily lives are part of what helps us make our decisions or reactions to certain situations. However, it does seem that most college paths would not be focused upon writing about these emotions. The decreased propensity of writing to express one’s emotions. As the Parallax shows, self-examination of feelings can lead to radically different viewpoints, but with the age of rapid development of technology, it appears that the likelihood of this is diminishing. It is essential that the act of writing with reflection in mind be recognized as an important cog in the daily life of the average joe, even in today’s time where 140 character tweets rule.

  175. Reading a person’s writing is one of the finest ways to gain insight into that person. Stylistic techniques, syntax, and imagery all paint the picture of the person who did the writing. This effect is intensified when that person is writing down their own internal reflections. Often, more is put to page than would ever be voiced aloud. In some cases, what is written may even be able to put into words that which is merely a gut feeling to the author. By using writing as an outlet for one’s thoughts, one may gain insight into self that may not have been gained in any other fashion.
    With the value of writing established, I agree with the original post in this series that writing is a lost art. While no great author myself, I have read the works of true literary geniuses and can recognize true greatness when I see it. Much to my chagrin, however, most modern literary works are shallow, poorly constructed, and have no real substance. With these types of works being presented to youth as the standard, how will they ever be able to write anything different, whether it be for personal reflection or otherwise? They will never be able to gain the insight into themselves that true writing really offers.

  176. Yes Joshua, I tend to agree with you. Today’s society centers around technology, with social media at the very center. The emphasis on literature has truly taken a step backwards. Children growing up no longer spend their time reading novels, or writing stories. The art of writing is starting to fade in our culture and is being replaced with short messages like you spoke of. The Parallax describes the ability to self examine through writing. This can be a very useful tool when it comes to developing and maintaining relationships both socially and professionally. Losing the ability of self evaluation can only harm our society, we will have greater difficulty finding areas to critique and improve ourselves. This does not bode well for the quality of service we provide as professionals of the medical field.

  177. The “power of writing” has a great effect on everyone who lives in our day and age. Writing shapes our culture. It is very concerning that many people today do not want to emphasize writing as much as it should be emphasized. Future health care professionals, such as pharmacy students attending STLCOP, need to write to attain the qualities needed by pharmacists. Pharmacists need to have the ability to write to be able to effectively communicate with patients and other health care providers. The lack of emphasis placed on writing will negatively affect the field of pharmacy, and furthermore, our society.

  178. The ability of writing well leaves an impact on everyone in this generation. From giving a message through text or writing a letter, it does evoke emotions towards other people. However, people are leaning away from actual writing to technology of texting and just making small remarks on social media. I think that losing that ability is harmful to oneself because you would not have the ability to develop a good relationship and it has a negative impact of the field of pharmacy. As a pharmacist, you are expected to write well to communicate well with others and not through slang. The art of writing allows you to show how professional and educated you are and I think qualities like this are slipping away due to the fast ability of texting.

  179. I have never been a fan of creative writing, but I do enjoy writing when I know what to write about. Our generation may not value writing as much as others, but I think that writing is an important part of our education at STLCOP in order to prepare us for the future. On rotations and out in the work force, we will be required to write things such as SOAP notes, research papers, patient notes, etc. Although there may not be a lot of future fictional authors at STLCOP, every student must know how to express themselves in writing. If someone hasn’t had much experience, they may find themselves struggling with these things.

  180. When I was younger I used to write down my thoughts and what happened. I stupidly threw my journal away when I was a teenager because I thought it was a childish thing to do – writing down your feelings. After reading The Parallax, I regret so much that I have lost my childhood journal. I wish I could go back and read my journal and reflect on it to see how I developed as an individual. I’ve never been much of a creative writer, but I do think writing can be a cathartic experience. I’ve been so caught up with the stress of school, dealing with the loss both my grandparents very recently, and my best friend being diagnosed with cancer that I haven’t been able to express or focus on myself recently. Reading this book has helped remind me that I should take the time to start writing again because that it can help express and control my emotions instead of bottling them up and ignoring them, like I have been doing. I agree with the majority of people and this book that more people should use writing as a way of expressing emotions and viewing events from others perspectives.

  181. Reading and writing are often things I see myself being “forced” to do. Because of this, I have never been a huge fan of writing and I probably do not enjoy reading books as much as I should. There have been times where I have so many ideas in my head yet I cannot find the words to articulate them and I end up staring at a blank page for hours. And it may take me twice the time it should to read a certain book. “The Parallax” was a nice change of pace. I found it easy to read and was still able to learn from it. Sometimes writing isn’t about forming the perfect sentence or putting together all the right words. It may consist simply of getting your thoughts, emotions, and ideas on paper and may provide a release of all of the things that you’ve been keeping to yourself.

  182. We tend to go through life without slowing down, without closing our eyes, and without stopping to take a breath. When we do reflect, it tends to be just for a few seconds, a brief summary. I think a great way to reflect and analyze your life is to organize your thoughts in the form of writing. When you take the pen and start to form words, you’re not just transcribing you thoughts; rather you are structuring your thoughts. And by structuring your thoughts, you start to analyze and reflect on them. Writing gives us the opportunity to clean up the jumble of thought that form in our minds. Our thoughts, when seen on paper, gives us a different perspective on what we think about.

  183. I am also very drawn to the idea of the “power of writing.” My dad always seems to have great advice or a relevant opinion and writing is something we often like to discuss. A few years ago, he recommended that I begin writing things down more; lists, ideas, notes, dreams. In his opinion, the act of writing something down really solidifies it or makes it more real. I have found this to be very true; in my periods of sadness or lower points in my life I make an effort to write positive things that happen throughout the day in a little notebook I carry with me. It forces me to focus on the positive parts of my day rather than what I’m stressed or worried about. I think using writing as an outlet is a great release for people and although at stlcop we focus on the sciences, taking a moment to appreciate writing is very important.

  184. After reading the parallex, I realized how important writing for self-reflection can be. It can help organize all your thoughts on paper and can help make rational decisions. It can help write down all of your emotions and get to the root of the problem. It can help you relieve stress by venting on paper. I agree with the fact that writing has become a lost art. With technology nowadays, people take meaningful writing for granted. Moreover, the only form of free-writing that exists is blogs online. There are many structured writing classes that want you to write in a specific way. That takes the creativity out of everything and makes writing a chore. As Adam Thalla mentioned, re-reading your thoughts can help you re-live your memory exactly in the moment because of free-writing.

  185. I could not agree more that today’s generation is missing out on how beneficial writing can be. Reading the Paralax is a perfect example. Through writing, people are able to do self-reflection and learn a lot about who they are as well as how they react in certain situations. Writing can also help others who read it realize that they are not the only one going through what they are experiencing.

  186. When I was in high school, I found myself using my free time to write. I would write about anything that would come to mind, whether it be a short story about basketball, or an original rap, or even just lyrics to a song stuck in my mind. i would also write about events that happen in my life so that one day, I would be able to look back on those events, whether good or bad, and re-live them. I found that writing was a way for me to escape from reality and just express myself in a way that I liked. It is sad that many people are unable to experience the euphoria of free writing. This is why I one day hope to instill in my kids the importance of developing a love for writing and reading at a young age, so that as you grow old, it doesn’t become a “lost art”.

  187. Reading The Parallax has really given me a re-found love to writing. I have written here and there before back in middle school and high school, but once I came to college I have lost time to write with the stress of pharmacy school. Writing can be therapeutic for many people. It is a way to release stress or to jot down emotions that someone might not be able to say out loud. Like Frank in the story, it way a way for him to look at his past with a different perspective of how his life played out. I think writing would be beneficial to every single person. Many times a lot of people bottle their emotions inside or are very quick to get angry. Writing can help them understand certain circumstances they are going through and calm them down. As Adam had originally posted, nowadays writing is a lost art to many people. With today’s technology, everything is supposed to be simple and sweet. For example, Twitter posts. We are limited to ~150 characters, trying to fit all of our thoughts into such little space. Another example is Facebook statuses; people with statuses that are too long are ignored many times. I think it’s important as we advance from high school to college or into our careers that we find a way to write whether it be by purposely taking classes that has a focus of writing or by keeping a blog or journal where we can therapeutically write.

  188. Life has always been about experiences, and creative writing is one way to express them. Creative writing gives the writer the opportunity to elaborate on the situation and possibly put their spin on it. Good and bad events occur throughout our life and writing gives future generations the opportunity to live vicariously through them. It is how our ancestors have learned from their ancestors because history repeats itself. Writing has inspired many to express their values, feelings and emotions. Books on history and fictions have been written to later inspire movies. It is one of the oldest activities known to man that has shaped cultures. The Parallax reminds us why writing is important to us and to not overlook its contributions.

  189. Writing as a form of emotional healing was a concept that was foreign to me before reading the Parallax. I wish that I would have been aware of this during some very trying times in my life. I think this would have sped up the grieving process for the losses that I have experienced. Even outside of that I think that writing is an excellent way to get a better understanding of yourself. Writing forces you to really go through your thoughts much more thoroughly than talking about it. You also have a record of how you were feeling at a certain time that you can reference.

  190. I write in my journal every single day and I also believe that writing is healing. Writing in my journal during my grade school/middle school years was about teenage angst, and embarrassingly enough, I was doing it more to copy the teens in the movies because I thought it was something I was supposed to do as a teenager. Now, if I miss a day of writing my self-reflection, I feel restricted and a bit down. I think self-reflection is really important because everyone needs to improve oneself, and writing is one way to realize things about yourself that you didn’t even know were bothering you. Even relating it to pharmacy, I think that non-pharm therapy for depression.

  191. I have always found writing to be very therapeutic for me. It has been a way for me to sort through my emotions, and ultimately, be in a better frame of mind for many years. However, upon entering college, I have written for personal purposes like this less and less. Reading The Parallax has reminded me just how important this practice is for me and many others. I will try to set aside more time from now on to be able to write for myself. This is something that is very important for me, and I need to give it the time it deserves. It is upsetting that myself and others have gotten away from writing as much as we should due to other life happenings getting in the way. Writing is very valuable, and we should all try to get back into the habit of writing and reading as much as possible.

  192. In The Parallax, the use of simile and metaphors is used to convey to the audience about how everyone has the capacity to express emotion. At times it can be harder to let other in on one’s thinking. Writing is powerful both for personal expression and connecting with others. After attending college, I have yet to fully re-incorporate writing into my life in the traditional sense. While it would appear “lost,” it still manifests itself in my daily tasks, my goals, and any future care for others.

  193. I also used to write and enjoy writing. Being in college has definitely hampered my ability to write and open my thoughts on the page. Reading the Parallax and moving through each of the ideas in the stories really reopened my fascination with writing.

  194. I agree with the author of this post very much. Especially being in pharmacy school, we are not encouraged to express our own opinions. We are supposed to look at the facts and create reports that are void of our own personal influence. Science is supposed to be a black and white art; for every problem there is a set solution. As a pharmacy student I have begun to write like this all of the time. However, after reading The Parallax, I have found the importance of creative writing. My goal is to write down thoughts in a small journal and then in the future look back to see how much I have changed and grown. It can also give me insight onto how to improve to become a better person.

  195. I agree with the author of the post in the fact that in school we are told what to do and what to write about. We are never able to freely express our opinions on a certain topics. Most of our classes are science based forcing us to read facts and not have opinions on the material. The classes that want students to have opinions are the electives, but with busy schedules students do not have much time to choose multiple electives to take. This also correlates with life not just school. No one has time in their busy schedules to write how they feel unless this is incorporated into their jobs already. Everyone’s busy schedules does not allow for free time such as writing which is a shame.

  196. Writing is so empowering. I absolutely agree with the author of the blog post, it is disappointing that there are not more classes dedicated to free writing or any kind of creativity. The Parallax was such an amazing roller coaster to read, I really felt the author’s emotions throughout it and the novel resonated deeply with me. I believe that the best way to expand your knowledge as a leader is to really reflect on how things made you feel, and many leaders choose to do that through creative writing. I believe in free writing, and I believe in The Parallax.

  197. The author of this original post mentioned that writing allows people to reflect on what they have previously written, allowing them to re-live things. Reading The Parallax did not make me realize this. Rather, it helped me realize that I have experienced this “change in perspective.” I recently went through something life-changing. In response, I decided to write a letter to the person responsible for the change. I started the letter with hostility, addressing my frustrations and making accusations. I was angry, confused, and hurt. I wrote the letter gradually over the course of months as if it was an open dialogue. As the letter progressed, I became more understanding of the changes occurring in my life. My tone throughout the letter changed, and I think it is because I started to become the reader rather than the writer. Although I never sent the letter, rereading the letter has allowed me to self-reflect and learn a lot about myself and see things from different perspectives.

  198. As discussed in The Parallax, I have some experiences that are stored in my mind as negative memories. The memories can come and go randomly throughout my day or week. My most typical response when negative memories come to my consciousness is to just forget about them and keep moving forward with my busy day. After reading The Parallax I realize I sometimes exhibit the same characteristic of avoidance as Frank does earlier in the book. After reading The Parallax I can see how writing, an exercise not commonly practiced, is a technique to encourage people to take time to reflect upon their past experiences and how those past experiences can affect them today and in the future. Moving forward, I will attempt to use writing as a way to force myself to take time to reflect and to try to understand why certain memories seem more important to me than others.

  199. Writing can certainly be considered a lost art form, which is very unfortunate. Before reading The Parallax, I had never considered the positive effects writing can have on a person. This book made me realize that writing can give you a change of perspective, which can benefit a person emotionally. I often find myself fixated on past failures and regrets, even though I know I can’t change them. Writing could be the solution to this problem because it can give people the chance to examine their subconscious, and possibly understand suppressed thoughts. I have decided to begin writing about my emotions. I believe that this may give me the ability to accept the things I can’t change.

  200. Writing is something that I have always enjoyed. College does not allow students to practice free writing as much as I believe it should. I learned to love reading and writing in grade school because I felt we had ample opportunity to practice. Now that I am an adult, I feel that writing is an important aspect of my life. I have recently had to use my writing skills for applications for APPE rotations and will soon be using my skills for job applications. All adults should have quality reading and writing skills so that they complete these vital tasks. I have noticed that since coming to college, writing does not come as easily to me as it once did in grade school. I believe that this is because college focuses mainly on studying and not on important reading and writing skills. I hope that in the future, colleges will realize how important reading and writing is to all aspects of adult life and incorporate more opportunities to practice this in the curriculum.

  201. I am a little bit skeptical when it comes to discussion’s about ones point of view and where you have to rethink the whole concept. I have the stubborn idea that I could go to motivational talks and speeches and listen to people try to convince me away from my opinion. After I read this book I have started to believe that it is possible to start changing my opinion, even if it is a little bit at a time. It’s different that I thought, it’s almost like you have looked at an object so many times and refuse to believe that there is something there that you don’t see, but then you are told to look at it a different way, and you see a whole new feature. “Parallax” means an apparent change in perspective due to a change in position in view of an object. When you take this term metaphorically, like the writing does, it teaches the mind to create new ideas and literally changes the way you look at yourself. The way that the reading does this, is by forcing you to connect to Frank’s story, even though my connection was strange. I was forced to change how I looked at myself and I believe that this is the key to be a well rounded person, to be able to change what you have known your whole life. I also was forced to think about how others think of me, which I don’t enjoy doing.

  202. I have always enjoyed writing and took many honors English courses in high school in order to perfect my language and articulation. Coming to pharmacy school has pushed that interest to the background because it has not required me to write as many papers, or if I am writing, it is more scientific rather than artistic. Reading The Parallax reminded me of this passion of mine and has made me interested in writing again. The relief and peace the characters seemed to have after writing make me crave that kind of therapy again. We are in this age of technology in which people think reading and writing are obsolete. We forget, though, how therapeutic and rewarding it is to create and share stories in order to both entertain and teach lessons. After reading this book, I hope to re-discover my own passion of writing and also encourage others to take it this lost form of art. They might not yet realize how beneficial and valuable it can be.

  203. I have always had a passion for writing. I remember enjoying many writing projects in grade school. One of my most memorable projects was one in which I had the opportunity to interview my great aunt Nan and write a book about her childhood, complete with family pictures. In high school, I took many honors English courses that allowed me to write very often about various topics. Although writing for my honor’s English classes consumed a lot of my time, I enjoyed every second of it. These classes prepared me for important tasks, such as writing essays for scholarships and writing my essay to apply to STLCOP. As a high school senior, I was very torn between going to pharmacy school and being an English major. Although I am happy with my decision, I am disappointed that I have not been able to practice and grow my writing skills very much while in college. Writing has always been such a big part of my life and I feel like I rarely have had the opportunity to enjoy this activity since starting college. I believe writing should be extensively incorporated into education, regardless of what major, because it is important in everyday life. For example, I recently was accepted to complete a clinical rotation at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska because they enjoyed my application essay. I believe it was my extensive writing curriculum that I had through grade and high school that allowed me to be awarded this opportunity. Hopefully in the future, I will have time to further grow my passion for writing.

  204. When my friends who had already read this book found out I was about to read this, they reassured to me that I would unexpectedly enjoy this book. They were definitely correct! I tend to fall into the group of people who will say that reading and writing just isn’t for me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I just have many other forms of media to also enjoy. This leads to me looking over the great opportunity that lies within all reading and writing. Just as Adam states in this original post, these two art forms, specifically writing is becoming a lost art. I never enjoyed writing throughout school and saw it as tedious busywork. But after reading the Parallax, I realized I felt that way only because I didn’t understand the point of writing. Yes, writing is meant to convey your thoughts in a way others can physically see them, but writing should be used to truly express yourself in a therapeutic manner in a way nothing else can. Because of this, I have decided to slowly start on a journey to incorporate writing into my life as a way to better understand myself and hopefully improve my quality of life. I am not going to let this art form be lost on me.

  205. Writing was something that was once very therapeutic for me, but as time goes on it has been harder to dedicate part of my day to writing. I feel that technology has truly led to the passing of recreational creative writing. I’m sure there are still people out there that find time to keep journals and write stories on their spare time, but my spare time has been filled with mindless activities on my phone. When it comes down to a choice of scrolling through Facebook statuses, pictures on Instagram, or writing in a journal, I never seem to choose writing anymore. Reading the Parallax really left me thinking about how much I miss writing. The thought of pulling out a blank page and filling it with adventurous stories began to excite me once more. I really hope that I can take from this book a new perspective on the therapeutic abilities of writing and bring the lost art of writing back into my life.

  206. I agree with Adam completely on the topic of writing as a lost art. Writing is an excellent stress reliever and keeping a journal is a way to put together your thoughts and feelings. I enjoy reading books and if authors stopped writing, our history would not be know by the future inhabitants. We wouldn’t know anything about the past if it weren’t for writing, scribes, carvings, etc. Everything we know about history stems from some form of writing. It is so important that this not become a “lost art” because so much of our history will be lost.

  207. Words. They express an idea. They tell a story. They transfer emotion from one human being to the next. Words are influential. They are powerful. Writing is something I’ve enjoyed doing my entire life, mostly because I love the beauty of being able to connect emotionally with another person through words, to be able to feel what someone else feels. Writing heals people. Emotions weigh you down, they deteriorate you. I can personally connect to Frank in The Parallax. He feels emotion very deeply, especially anger, sadness, and guilt. Writing helps release those emotions. It helps you work through them and heal. More importantly, writing allows you to see your position from an outside perspective. It helps you clearly see where you are in your life with yourself and with your emotions. Through writing, you can identify what you are feeling and appropriately determine the next direction you want to head. This is a true definition of parallax. Being able to see a story from a different point of view. The Parallax is a book that outlines this in such an amazing way. The power of writing is seen everywhere around us: in musical lyrics, on billboards, in books, on blog posts. When I first started reading The Parallax, I was unsure where the story was leading. I wasn’t sure what the moral of the story was until the end of the book. Now I see the beauty and benefit of putting ink on paper and writing thoughts down even more than I did before.

  208. I believe writing is one of the most authentic forms of expression. It is a canvas that can be used to express a person’s feelings and emotions. It is a form of art that can be used to express imagination and creativity. It can also be used to explain concepts and ideas. Some people may also use writing as a form of relief and provides therapeutic benefit to them. Overall, writing is a tool that can be used in many different ways.

  209. I completely agree with Adam’s post. I believe writing is a great way to express feelings and emotions. I will sometimes write down what I am feeling at a certain moment so I can go back and look at it if I am ever in the same situation. The time I did this the most was when my grandmother passed away. She was someone I spoke to on the phone every week and it left an emptiness in me when she passed. I was able to write down memories of her and the things we talked about during the phone calls. I am thankful I took this step because now I will look back at those notes and laugh about how funny she was and how she always knew the right things to say. When I was having a rough week, she would say something to take my mind off the negative aspects and bring me back to reality. The writing also gave me a way to express my feelings about her without having to share them with the entire world. She was a great person and had a huge influence on how I live my life. I am thankful that writing gave me a way to always remember this!

  210. I had a creative writing class in grade school. In this class, we could write any kind of story we wanted. One time I wrote a story about my sister. In the story, I had left the water running in the sink which proceeded to over flow and run onto the floor. My sister then ran into the bathroom. She slipped on the water, fell, hit her head and started to bleed. At the end of the story, I wrote a dedication to my sister for “the time I almost killed her”. After we wrote our stories, we read them out loud to our class. After I finished reading my story and dedication, my teacher asked about what I had done. She wanted to know if the story was true, or if I had done something else. As soon as she asked this question, my face turned bright red. I had not expected such a question. The story was not true, but I could not think of a way to explain what I had done to almost kill my sister. As I was trying to come up with an answer, I had an epiphany. I realized couldn’t explain what I did because it wasn’t my fault for what happened. At that moment, I realized I shouldn’t feel guilty.

  211. Ever since I was a little girl I loved to read. I remember going to the local library with my dad every weekend and we would spend hours and hours getting lost in novels together. It wasn’t until freshman year of high school that I discovered my voice through writing. My teacher, Ms. Zavaglia, a boisterous Italian lady gave every student that walked in her class the confidence they needed to write when she said, “You will all become better writers before you leave my class, I promise.” She didn’t say you “might” become better writers, she said that we would and we did…her promise wasn’t faulty. After taking her class, I decided to create my own blog. It became my outlet to express myself like never before. Being an introvert, I internalized a lot of things but writing helped me to vocalize it- and to think that people, who I didn’t even know were inspired by my writings was amazing. I vowed then to never be silent about my story because it could very well end up saving someone. Now, whenever I’m frustrated or feeling low, I write to release the negative energy and to recreate positive vibes.

  212. Writing is a complete expression of oneself. It can be personal and freeing–a way to release emotions that would have otherwise been left to one’s self. Even when asked to write something formal or to answer a question, one’s own feelings and ideas are hard to keep from flowing from the pen. At young ages, many are told to keep journals and diaries as a secret key to the soul and an outlet for the innermost thoughts. Writing gives a preview into stories behind many other arts like poetry, song, and drama which makes it beautifully fluid and deep.

  213. Writing — one of the most underappreciated forms of art. Writing, like many of those have said before me, is a way to express your emotions freely through words. The part about writing that intrigues me the most is that you can write about anything your heart desires. It is your chance to indulge in a different world. When you begin writing, you open yourself up to a brand new universe where you can be anything you want to be and you can do anything you want to do. It is an escape from whatever stress may be bogging you down on this planet and a speck of hope that things may be different elsewhere. It is your chance to take on a new life. The limits of creativity, emotion and satisfaction are endless.

  214. Reading The Parallax was an extremely refreshing experience. Most of my free time throughout the past few years has been staring at some sort of electronic device. Although I do not consider myself a big reader/writer by any means, I found myself wanting to take part in this lost art. Writing allows for a productive and healthy way of expressing oneself. Through this form of expression, one can easily broaden their horizons to new perspectives or mindsets that they have not had in the past. The Parallax was an eye-opening experience and I would suggest this read to all.

  215. The Parallax a fantastic read. As stated by Adam, it does help people realized the “power of writing”. The theme having a story within a story concept, helped members of the seminar to connect with Franks story no matter how obscure or strange the connection. For example, some of the members of the seminar wrote about portion of their own life that Frank’s story sparked in them but from a different view. The idea of self- reflection and writing captures the essence of the “The Parallax.” Self-reflection is important because it allows a person to learn from his or her own mistakes and past situations. Ideally, it is a structured way to think positively and make better decisions. All people make mistakes at some point in their lives, and these mistakes make up part of one’s memories and thoughts. Reflecting on these memories and the past helps to free the mind and wash away all the negative memories. Through self-reflection, a person can get rid of negative attachments and attain a peaceful state of the mind. He or she may be able to think more clearly and make informed decisions to avoid repeating past mistakes.

  216. The Parallax was a good read. Today most people view writing as a pastime. Yet so many good things can come from stories–lyrics, stories, films, history, etc. Before reading The Parallax, I never really thought about the positive effects writing can have on a person. The book made me understand that writing can give change someone’s perspective, and benefit a person psychologically. Many people have a journal that they record their thoughts in; the thoughts of a beautiful mind can have so many different effects on another individual if they were shared without the individual writing them even knowing.

  217. Upon reading The Parallax, I re-discovered an old appreciation that I had for literature and writing that had faded away behind all of the noise of pharmacy school. As Adam stated, the book does a good job at reconnecting readers with a renewed perspective on writing and literature. As I near the end of pharmacy school I can relate strongly to the book’s stance on memories. The book recommends writing down what you remember of your experiences so that they don’t fade away as distant dreams, but instead they become concrete and tangible memories. Keeping a journal and writing down your experiences can give you a timeline of where you have succeeded and where you have stumbled. Both of these events are important to reflect on and, in doing so, individuals can find the power of writing. This is what impacted my perspective the most after reading the book.

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