Winter Wisconsin

As Wisconsin’s Winter starts to grow, hear what some of TAB’s members have to say about their favorite activities and traditions this time of year.

Winter is my favorite time of year for many reasons. Around the holiday season my family and I always do extra baking like making cookies, decorating gingerbread houses and simply just making fun holiday food for everyone. My family and I love to see the holiday lights in Chippewa Falls at Irvine Park, and we try to make an effort to go a few times per-year. My all time favorite winter activity is probably being able to spend extra time with my friends and family and being able to bless them in any way that I can. Winter can be a stressful season for many different reasons among different people, but I try to think of it as a season that comes with extra feelings even if those feelings are bad sometimes.

-Bridget Mcilquham

Sledding. The simple thrill of flying down a hill at high speeds. Frozen dust pelting your face. It’s been one of my favorite outdoor winter activities ever since I moved into a house with a large enough hill to sled down. Sledding is one of my favorite ways to spend the usually harsh Wisconsin winter.

-Isiah Chrouser

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Weindorfer

Emotional Messages

Part II of a Series by Wyatt Ahrens

Student: You can’t give me an F on the test! I’ll be depressed all weekend and I’m already miserable since my cat died on Tuesday!

Ad: You were only gone a minute, but your bike already vanished. Don’t you wish you’d bought one of Billy’s Bike Locks?

In our last issue, you may recall that I introduced the topic of logical fallacies, which are deceptive arguments that can be debunked with good reasoning. In this article, I hope to help you recognize a type of fallacy that plays on your emotions.

“Appeals to Emotion” are some of the easiest fallacies to recognize. Instead of giving clear reasons for accepting an argument, the someone tries to make you feel a certain way about the topic and then act on your emotions instead of your logic. Consider the first example above. Do the student’s emotions have anything to do with deserving the failing grade? The student should be disappointed in their performance. Hopefully the unpleasant experience of receiving the F will encourage them to study harder for the next exam. As for the death of the cat, that’s unfortunate, but it has nothing to do with the test or its results.

Similarly, the second example attempts to make you feel afraid of the consequences of not buying one of Billy’s Bike Locks, which is called an “Appeal to Fear”. It’s probably wise to use a bike lock if you leave your bike unattended, but the ad is using this to frighten you into buying their product. The ad fails to present why you should buy their locks instead of a competing brand.

These are the most commonly targeted emotions in arguments and advertising, but some also try evoking pride, patriotism, and other emotions.

The Art of Repelling Nightmares

A Book Review by Wyatt Ahrens

Imagine yourself thrust into a foreign world where you’re required to perform a critical role. This is what the protagonists of Brandon Sanderson’s novel Yumi and the Nightmare Painter must endure. Nikaro, known as Painter, awakens in the body of Yumi, a girl whose nineteen years have revolved around summoning spirits with towers of stones. Everyone expects Nikaro to fulfill Yumi’s ritual duties, which she does daily, though she doesn’t enjoy them. Yumi has become noncorporeal but can communicate with Painter and explains how to do her tasks. Painter’s actions in her role horrify her, and his shock at her joyless lifestyle makes her question: Is societal duty more important than my happiness?

The next morning, they find their roles are reversed – Yumi has arrived in Painter’s hometown, where he repels dangerous entities called nightmares, which lurk outside the city and must be ‘painted’ to be defeated. The twist is that Painter is noncorporeal, but Yumi is still herself in his world. Yumi can’t paint away nightmares, and Painter is worried about a nightmare he failed to contain before becoming noncorporeal. Yumi cannot convince the other painters that this nightmare is about to escape.

Days pass as they continually switch places, learning each other’s arts and questioning if art can still be beautiful when used as a tool. There’s also the mystery of their unusual situation. Brandon Sanderson masterfully lets readers suspect possibilities, only to create an ending unforeseen yet perfect. The development of Yumi and Painter’s unique relationship, at turns serious, amusing, and romantic, creates a powerful story which I couldn’t put down.

This tale is an ideal read for fantasy and science fiction lovers, along with anyone looking for compelling characters, surprising twists, and lasting messages about learning to understand the deepest feelings of others.

The Teen Advisory Board of the Library is made up of a variety of teens aged 12-18 that meet once a month to discuss all things library. They develop events and curate different displays for the teen lounge. To learn more about TAB information and an application form can be found on the Library website. Visit the Teen Advisory Board application page.