Post #2: Temporal Variation of Ticks

Hello everyone! I apologize for my long hiatus—I’ve been manipulating my data and compiling it into lots and lots of graphs. I’m glad I’m finally getting the opportunity to show some of them to you! I realize that what I talk about in this post wasn’t something that I clearly said that I wanted to study in my last one, but I thought time variables could definitely be a big influence in tick abundance.

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Post 2: The Good, The Bad, and The Painting

So, it’s been a while. Over the past few weeks, I have been working on my large-scale painting of Portuguese churches while also reading about the architectural history of the area. For this post, I intend to discuss the former, including the process behind my painting, what each element is intended for, and what I have learned from this endeavor. I will go into more historical detail later in my summary post.

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Post #2: Low Vaccination Rates in the United States and the Outbreaks they Cause

I have finally finished most of my research and I am in the process of outlining my paper. Most of my time so far has been spent sifting through journal articles and books in order to understand why people choose not to get vaccinated. So far, I have found a few main reasons that parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Today, many parents believe that vaccines are not necessary and therefore choose not to vaccinate their children. Most parents today have not seen the diseases vaccines prevent against so therefore they do not understand the consequences of the disease. Another common belief is that natural immunity is safer and produces better immunity. While natural immunity does often produce stronger immunity than vaccination, getting a disease can often lead to serious complications or death, which is not exactly a good option. A lot of parents also believe that their children receive too many vaccinations at once and that these vaccines overwhelm their children’s immune systems. However, research suggests that children are exposed to far more pathogens in the environment every day than in vaccines. Lastly, I have found that one of the most common reasons parents choose not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine is due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine. Many people believe that the MMR vaccine causes autism, even though countless scientific studies have proven this to be false.

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Blog Post 2

The story of the Táin Bó Cuailnge is a war story about the battle between the King and Queen Ailill and Medb and the warrior Cú Chulainn.  The beginning calls back to the birth of Cú Chulainn, and that story has a part that feels like it was added in later.  The myth tells that the King of Ulster, Conchobor, helped to rear a young boy with the help of his sister Deichtine, until the boy died of an illness.  Wrought with grief, Deichtine asked for a drink, and it is said that in that drink was a small creature that passed through her lips and vanished as she swallowed it.  In a vision reminiscent of the appearance of the Angel David about the birth of Christ, she is visited in a dream by a man who introduced himself as Lug mac Ethnenn.  Lug is a very prominent Irish god, however in this story he is not introduced as such, he merely says his name and that Deichtine was now pregnant with his son as a result of that creature in the drink.  The absence of mentioning he is a god struck me as interesting and is something that I mention again later with The Morrigan.

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