I hold my B.A. in English and M.A. in Religious Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent 25 years as the Director of Information Technology for a multi-billion dollar investment banking firm. It was my ability to write that landed me my first job in the investment industry. The ability to communicate effectively is the most valuable skill in any career path. I am thrilled to be able to return to my academic loves at this juncture in my life. “There is no frigate like a book…..” Discover the world; discover others; discover yourself in the world of literature. My M.A. in Ethics reflects my passion for social justice. Questions of how we are to live in this world, true to ourselves, in community with one another, and in harmony with our environment are the prism through which I engage with the world. My class vision is VOICE. 
 V My VOICE has value. What I say is important. 
O I take ownership of my VOICE to speak my truth. 
I Integrity is the compass that guides my VOICE. 
C My VOICE is courageous. I will not be silenced. 
E My VOICE is my vehicle of empowerment. 
 I am passionate about helping students discover their VOICE.
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Bilger - Final


In class writing assignment. Consider the following two quotes.

  1. Part 4:  "Why not perform a collar transplant instead."
  2. Part 5:  "Pets don't depreciate; they appreciate."

For EACH, identify who said the words and explain what they mean. Then go on to explain how the quote supports the argument for or against the kind of medical treatment Lady received. 

Bilger TDQ

For each Part of "The Last Meow," answer the following question. Your response to each should be a complete paragraph...That means 5 sentences - 150+ words. Each response must include a quote. Cite the quote as follows "Quote" (P1,6) - that is, after the quote, cite the Part # and the paragraph #. 

Copy all of this into a Google Doc and share it with me immediately. Add your responses to the document as you continue reading.  The due dates for each are noted. Responses are due by the END OF THE SCHOOL DAY, i.e. 3:30).


Part 2:  How has veterinary medicine changed in the U.S. in the last 100 years?

Part 3:  Is it all really about us (people)? What do we learn in this section about pets' impact on people?

Part 4: In this section, the focus is on Dr. Lillian Aronson. Is she a fanatic or a hero?

Part 5: This section focuses on the legal status of pets. From a legal perspective, how is society's consideration of pets evolving?

Part 6: The first paragraph of this section poses questions about what the animal might choose and why. How does the story of Taberia (a mastiff dog) answer these questions?

Part 7: Explain the ways in which Bilger tries to build suspense in this section.

Part 8: Now that you've finished the article, go back and re-read the first sentence - the one you wrote about before we started reading. "She arrived in Manhattan looking ravaged and ravishing, like a queen of silent film, with one last swoon left in her." Why do you think Bilger chose to begin the article like that? How did that sentence set the tone for the article? What effect did he want that sentence to have on you, the reader?