Your Questions About Successful Trading Stories

John asks…

Essay Introduction on the topic of Martin Luther?

I’m so confused about my introduction for my essay.
Its about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

“In Eisleben in Germany, in November 10th 1483 became a significant date when a man who would defy the authority of the pope, change the direction of the Catholic Church forever, and initiate a new era in Christianity known as the Protestant Reformation, was born. Martin Luther, born to a simple miner Hans Luder and a hardworking trade-stock mother, Margarethe Luder was brought up in a strict religious upbringing. During a thunderstorm in the summer of 1505, Martin Luther had a near miss with lightning, almost getting killed. He prayed to Saint Anne and made a solemn vow to dedicate himself to God and become a monk. Luther was spared, leaving his father’s dreams of him becoming a successful lawyer behind him, entering the Monastery. ”

It sounds more like a story than an essay to me 🙁
any tips ?

John answers:

Sounds good…here’s some editing
November 10,1483 became a significant date for the people of Eisleben, Germany. It is the birthdate of a man who would defy the authority of the Pope, forever change the direction of the Catholic church, and initiate a new era in Christianity known as the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, born to a simple miner Hans Luder and a hardworking trade-stock mother, Margarethe Luder, was raised in a household of strict religious upbringing. It was during a thunderstorm in the summer of 1505 that Martin Luther had a near miss with lightning, almost getting killed. Grateful for his life, he later prayed to Saint Anne and made a solemn vow to dedicate himself to God by becoming a monk. Such turn of events shattered Luther’s father’s dreams of his son becoming a successful lawyer. Martin Luther entered the monastery.

An essay doesn’t have to be boring just because it’s an essay. Don’t worry too much about sounding llike a story. Be sure to include source citations. Go to for more help

Richard asks…

To Freedom on a Whaling Ship ( Little Story )?

A.) If you look down on Nantucket, Massachusetts, from an airplane, the island looks like a sliver of the mainland sailing freely into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a good way to think about Nantucket, because the island was the center of America’s whaling industry for more than a century. From there, hundreds of ships sailed into the world’s oceans in search of whales.
B.) More important, Nantucket was also a center of the antislavery movement. Many of the people who lived there were Quakers. The Nantucket “Friends,” as Quakers were called, were among the first religious groups to oppose slavery. Many of the Nantucket Friends owned whaling ships. In some ways, the Nantucket whaling industry and antislavery efforts went hand in hand.
C.) Nantucket was not always a place of freedom for all people, however. Colonists from England were the earliest white settlers on Nantucket. They arrived in 1659. Some of these settlers, including some Quakers, owned slaves. Even though many Nantucketers opposed slavery, it wasn’t until the late 1700s that slavery was made illegal on the island.
D.) In spite of slavery, many shipowners gave escaped slaves and free black men chances they didn’t have on land. Racism was a strong force in the country at this time. It was very difficult for blacks to find work. Some shipowners took unfair advantage of this situation. They were able to hire black workers at very low pay. In addition, black whalers were sometimes treated harshly on board. Still, the Nantucket shipowners provided many black men with jobs.Many of these men found the whaling experience to be a positive one.
E.) In 1846, an African American journalist worked as a whale hunter. He wrote that on board a whaling ship, “a colored man is only known and looked upon as a MAN, and is promoted in rank according to his ability and skill to perform the same duties as a white man.” This kind of equal treatment attracted many blacks to Nantucket in search of work. Many became highly successful members of the island community. Some became captains of their own whaling ships.
F.) One such man was Paul Cuffee. Cuffee’s father had been a slave on Nantucket, but by doing extra work, he managed to save enough money to buy his freedom. Paul first went to sea at the age of sixteen.When he was twenty, he started a trading business and saved his money. By the time he was twenty-five, he had saved enough to buy his own ship and become its captain. He built an important whaling business, and he worked to help former slaves return to their homes in Africa.
G.) There was another way in which whaling and abolition worked together. Black whalers had a powerful influence on the white men who worked with them on the big ships.Whaling was a difficult and dangerous business. A successful whale hunt depended on the skills and strength of every man on board. After working side by side with black crewmen, many white whalers realized that they had been wrong to discriminate against blacks. For this reason, the antislavery movement found many recruits among these young white whalers.
H.) The whaling industry did not, of course, defeat slavery all by itself. It took a major war, the Civil War, and the continued efforts of thousands of people, both black and white, to end the terrible practice. However, the story of the black whalers is a significant chapter in the history of our country. It was on board whaling ships that many blacks first sailed to freedom.

Information about Paul Cuffee is good evidence to support the main idea of this passage because he was a successful whaling captain and he—

Choose one answer.

a. loved his father
b. saved money
c. helped slaves
d. went to sea at sixteen

John answers:

From your story b. C. And d. Are correct and we assume that a. Is also correct.

However as the story is mainly concerned with the plight of the slaves c. Is the answer that is most relevant.

Ken asks…

Is my Story good? This is the first chapter and i am looking for some feedback please, thanks?

The first time I laid eyes on my future fiancé he was wearing a bathrobe. Not
exactly love at first sight. I never got a straight answer as to why Tom had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital. Not that it mattered. At the time, I was grappling with my own reason for admission.
For months, I had been lost in a fog of depression- a fog so thick it permeated every cell, clouding my judgment, distorting my view of past accomplishments and future hopes. I was socked in, and death, I thought was my only way out. It was that kind of thinking that landed me in a psychiatric hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The hospital was equal parts jail, Survivor, and seventh grade. Alliances were made and broken, authority figures loved and hated, and every action and reaction became fodder for discussion. We were on the fifth floor-a ward with a certain cachet, reserved for high-functioning patients, the best and the brightest of the mood-disordered. Not a drooler among us.
While sweat clothes were de rigueur, first day patients were required to wear hospital gowns: a hazing of sorts, and the first of many humiliations. At the mandatory community meeting where he was introduced, Tom wore the standard issue, blue and white striped robe, reason enough for him to sink silently into one of the Naugahyde chairs. But he didn’t. He didn’t care. Not about the ridiculous look and certainly not about the rules of etiquette for rookie patients. Tom weighed in on every topic, his opinion delivered like a pronouncement, as though he had been anointed spokesperson for the nut cases.
“What an arrogant man. What’s his problem?” Like most of my thoughts, I kept it to myself.
If he was so high side of normal on the scale of mood-disorders, I was tipping towards catatonic. After six weeks of hospitalization and five different medication trials, depression still had me in a strangehold.
For a few days, I kept my distance. But on Fourth of July, I joined my fellow patients on the rooftop to watch the fireworks. Our view was filtered through the chain linked fence that covered the walls and ceiling.
“How do you like the birdcage?” I asked Tom. For the rest of the evening we traded observations about the staff, patients, and the life on the fifth floor, “She’s a huge Sylvia Plath fan.” I said about a depressed teenage poet. “ Stockholm syndrome,” Tom whispered, referring to a patient who insisted on defending the staff. Later that week we partnered in a game of Trivial Pursuit. As a team we were unbeatable.
Before long, we were exchanging life stories. He grew up in an affluent family, the oldest of three. While his passion was music, he became a lawyer to meet his father’s expectations. Now he had a successful practice, two small children, and a soon to be ex-wife. To hear him tell it, the hospital stay was a kind of time-out, a respite from the stress of work and a failed marriage. He didn’t delve into the particulars, and i didn’t press for details.

this is only the first chapter but i would like to know if i should carry on
thx in advance

John answers:

I think you have a good start. It certainly was catching my interest. Don’t forget the smells, the sounds , the feel of the place. The reader wants to experience it with you. Also the colors around you and your feelings. People want to go there  and  turn the next corner with you to see whats on the other side. You have a great start, please don’t stop. You are very talented.Good luck

Linda asks…

Can you still be sucessful while working a building trade?

I tend to have this stigma in my mind that I have to go to college and work a white collar job (medical,business) in order to secure a job and be successful. Im finding that white collar really isnt my calling, and I like to work with my hands. I used to go for culinary and loved it. I also remember working with my father doing a variety of building trades like plumbing and carpentry and liked doing that too. I was thinking of starting a vocational program in one of the building trades. I just want to be secure in life financially…

Can I still do it working a blue collar job? Do you guys have any success stories?

John answers:

There is nothing wrong in working with your hands. In fact even though I have a doctorate I am impressed by skilled craftsmen and how he knows his field and figures out the solutions to various problems.An electrician or a plumber earns $75 an hour in my area and you are lucky even in this recession to obtain one.

My cousin did not complete law school. He went into the trucking business with the help of his father. He began with one truck and then expanded so that he had the largest trucking company in a major city. I did not ask his finances but I am certain that he became a millionaire.

I know other stories but the main idea is that you do what you are capable of doing and what makes your work pleasant./

Mark asks…

Quick help with MLA citation?


“Franklin gave us the definitive formation of the American Dream”
—J. A. Leo Lemay

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is both an important historical document and Franklin’s major literary work. It was not only the first autobiography to achieve widespread popularity, but after two hundred years remains one of the most enduringly popular examples of the genre ever written. As such, it provides not only the story of Franklin’s own remarkably influential career, but maps out a strategy for self-made success in the context of emerging American nationhood. The Autobiography is a major source for exploring Franklin’s ideas on wealth and virtue as well as his motivations in pursuing a long life of active civic participation. It is also uniquely useful as the story of a successful working printer in eighteenth-century North America, revealing much about the art and business of the printer’s trade that is not documented with such coherence elsewhere.


Okay, the thing above is the article I have. See the quote at the top? How would I cite that in my paper? Do i site it like this:
“Franklin gave us the definitive formation of the American Dream” (“Lemay”).

or like this:

“Franklin gave us the definitive formation of the American Dream” (“Benjamin”)

I’m not sure, do I write the name of the article of the website in the parenthesis, or do I write the name of the person saying the quote in parenthesis?

John answers:

Enter purdue owl into google. Normally i don’t just send people to a site but its really helpful for everything MLA.

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