Research Writer Interview With Dannett
I Love To Learn And I Love To Write Following Jesus
When I was a young girl, I heard the story of the loaves and fishes in the bible. It is a story about Jesus teaching 500 people when it was about time for the people to eat. Jesus asked if anyone had any food. No one did except for a little boy who had a couple fishes and a few loaves of bread. The story does not provide details as to how a little boy out of all the adults and children there had the only source of food. More importantly, the little boys' mother was not with him according to the story but he did have more than enough food.
I have always wondered what possessed that mother to pack her son, who was alone on a trip following Jesus, with food. I have asked Sunday school teachers, pastors, and other seemingly intelligent Christians their opinion on the matter. I was told three main responses that failed to provide a good enough answer to the question. The first, 'those details do not matter to understand the moral of the story'. Secondly, 'the story does not really state that the mother was not around with the child'. Finally, 'that is something God wants you to wait until heaven to find out the answer'.
The only response I could come up with at the time and still today, is 'really'? No one else is interested in finding out the answer as to how a little boy happened to have had the only food in 500 people. I could not believe no one else has ever wondered about it and could just place a question like that off to the side and consider it irrelevant. Through the years, I have studied this and found a correlation to the principle of the story with similar stories in the bible. Not all stories in the bible are standalone accounts, which allows for the combining of the small connections or principles. These of course require further study to link the concepts together.
That is how my brain works. I love to learn and I love to write. When I am given an assignment or order to complete, I read the instructions and I take a moment to think of what the instructor wants the students to learn. There are assignments such as learning how to do an annotated bibliography that is simply about how to find sources that connect and write the annotations properly. Then there are assignments when the instructor knows the book or movie the students are to write about and wants to see if someone has found something, no one else has really noticed before. I imagine those types of assignments are a blessing and a curse for an instructor. The papers are a blessing, when a student finds a new idea and expands on it providing pleasure for the instructor while reading. It is often a curse, when most of the students write about the most obvious points and rarely come up with anything new.
That is what I like to do, search for the most obvious topics or issues and then set those aside. I then look for something that is new, different, or least likely used by a student and present that as the theme of the paper. This of course requires the ability to research and know what one is researching. Since I was a young child, this type of research and finding the answers to questions that others are simply unwilling or lack the curiosity to find out on their own has been exciting for me.
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