Could you be friends be friends with a protagonist in your novel? Why or why not?

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the protagonist is the main character/author. Her name is Annie Dillard. I would love to be friends with her because:

  •             She and I share a passion for the great outdoors
  •             We both have quiet, thoughtful personalities  (something I personally value)    and
  •             She would be able to teach/explain to me more about what is going on around me  and how the world works  (something I would greatly benefit from)


Throughout the book so far, it seems like Annie is always outside discovering something new. Once, she saw a Giant water bug sip a frog (her words not mine). Another time she found praying mantis laying her eggs. I think that would be so interesting to see. With our shared passion for nature, we would probably be outside all the time finding the occasional tulip branch laying on the ground, with no roots, far from any tulip plants and in full bloom.

On the walk home, we would be silent thinking about the tulip branch, pondering how such a thing could be possible; marveling at the do or die will that nature seems to have. This is something she does fairly frequently throughout the story.

Finally, we would reveal to each other the conclusion we had each drawn and talk about numerous other creatures. From the abundance of knowledge she shares in her novel it’s obvious to me that she has plenty more. I would be very much obliged if she were to share it with me as I love learning about nature.

I’m not sure so much what I could contribute to our friendship as I am not very knowledgeable about the subjects shes interested in, namely: nature. Perhaps having someone to share this passion with would be enough for Annie Dillard. I think we’d have some great adventures together.


November 21st

To date I have logged over 13 hours of IDS time. Most of that was spent researching glass, glass recycling and glass creation. The rest was spread between creating the first (and only) weekly update and compiling a list of 25 uses for recycled glass, including pipe-bedding, back-fill, ‘glassphalt’, countertops, you name it! Glass is even used in bricks and insulation.

It turns out this commercial glass-recycling issue is being explored right here in Vancouver. My Dad was contacted by Smithrite, who was poking around, seeing what companies were interested in participating in a glass-recycling program. However, there isn’t any system like this currently in existence, Smithrite was simply putting forward an idea which a company in partnership with them was considering the merits of. So far, I have not been able to contact them. Nexcycle industries in Waterloo ON once instituted a tempered glass recycling program but it became to expensive to maintain, and so dropped it.

June 11th

Today we finally finished the SS10 Enduring Understandings and submitted it on a wiki. We also had to do an in-class essay on one of the questions. Took me forever, but great job SCK!

June 6th

The end is in sight. There remains less and less to be done. All that’s left is a bit more proof-reading and then the grand entrance into the wiki.

May 21st

As of today, we are about 90% through our inquiry. Four sections complete and one is in progress. Once we finish this section, we are planning on creating a more organized wiki as a demonstration of our understanding.

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