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Crossing Gender Boundaries by Jenny Cruz

​In life everyone wants to feel comfortable in the skin that they're in but sometimes it's not all about your complexion or race but gender. Through making this podcast one can learn that there are many boundaries even gender can get in the way but it's what you make of it and how you choose to portray yourself. There are a lot of sap stories out there but most are kleshay though still against societies norm. I believe boundaries are merely restrictions disabling us to speak or act the way we want to. 

"RISE" By Reginald Simmons

My sister's name is Courtney Simmons. She's the first of our family to go to college -- certainly a high achievement. Along the way, we've both faced a lot of heavy stuff, stuff that has made the future look very grim, but she's finally made it. I'm very proud of her, and I hope you'll enjoy this short story. 

My sister is doing something that no one in our family has done before. For a while now she's had pretty solid plans about what she wants to do after high school. It really feels good for me knowing that she'll really be able to do them. There have been a few hardships that we've had to deal with, but now, things look pretty good. Success in the things we do has always been something greatly emphasized throughout both our lives. Surprisingly, the actual process of editing the video was very fun. It was cool to work with the computer program and make something that sounded nice. Nice to me, anyway. I did have to go through a few different programs though. Still enjoyable. But the absolute most enjoyable part of the project was talking with my sister. Of course, I knew all of these things already, but it's still really interesting to hear it again. To see how she feels about it, stuff like that. I would definitely gladly do something like this again. I don't really use computer editing/ moviemaking programs often, so naturally I was a little nervous about having to put together an entire fifteen-minute audio clip. But, after reading a few manuals and playing around on them a bit, I got the swing of it. This project has actually made me a little interested int he process. I'd say my greatest difficulty with this interview was coming up with questions that were serious, but not so serious that they produced convulsive sobbing. It went pretty well. 


"Settle" by Two Door Cinema Club; Beacon

"Rise" by Hans Zimmer; The Dark Knight Rises (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Edition]


"Young Adult" by Kenyatta Bundy

Living in the hood is never EASY. But throw in 4 younger siblings, and a single mother working 2 jobs, and you being the oldest of the house and having to deal with everything as if you're an adult. Certain people would break in this situation; but not my father. 

Kenyatta Bundy Jr

Podcast Reflection



            This project was an eye-opener for me in more ways than one. This project revealed a few things for me that I didn’t expect it to do. Those things include, understanding of my father, understanding of how GarageBand works, as well as what it means to really struggle and overcome boundaries at a young age. This project allowed for my father and I to sit down and have a deep conversation that was unlike any other that I’ve ever had with him. The deep interaction that occurred allowed for all walls to be broken down and the truth to come out. Throughout this project, I realized some of my own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to podcasts and creating them as well as when it comes to the interviewing process. The strengths that appeared for me during this time included; my mastering of GarageBand, as well as asking the necessary questions that allow for a true story to be told by the other person. I was able to get my father to talk for over an hour and fifteen minutes with only about ten simple questions. Although I had to edit about 90% of it out of my podcast in order to make it only twelve to fifteen minutes, this long conversation allowed for me to get some things that I normally would not have been told if I only asked simple questions about the specific story. Once the interview/conversation process was over, the editing had to begin and this is where I believe I did the very best. The cutting out, and mixing and mashing of different parts of the conversation in order to get a good twelve minutes of recording allowed for the best podcast that I could produce. With the many positives that I just talked about, it’s obvious that I would have a few weaknesses considering no one is perfect. My most apparent weakness came from my procrastination as well as lack of overall focus on the project after the recording was finished. Although I do not think my procrastinating affected the final outcome of the project, I do believe that if I were to actually not procrastinate I would have been a little less stressed out about the entire thing. To conclude this I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this project, and thank you whomever you may be for listening to this, and also thank Ms. Pahomov for allowing us to do this project. 

English Interview
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Losing more than just a person by Imani Holness

(There is music, but for some reason when I posted it you are no longer to hear it. The song was by Luther Vandross dance with my father.)

Everyone knows there are 3 simple steps about life. your born, you live, and you die which will never change. They way you decide to live your life is only in your control. We all will experience death but it becomes a harder pill to swallow when there is a death in the family. I imani holness will be interviewing my mother viola jackson on the challenges & diffculties she faced with losing a loved one at a stage in her life were she didn't expect it. 

When I recieved the news about the podcast I already knew who I was interviewing and about what. This projects helpped me & my mom in a major way. It helped me learn information that I think i would have never found out, from some story's she told about her father also how much he meant to her. This also helped my mom because she say's little things about her dad here and there but this is the first time we had a whole conversation about him.It's like there was no interview, no mic, no questions just a converstaion about what her father meant to her. 

This podcast crossed boundaries becasue it made her cross contections from how she felt at a young age. Crossing boundiares is when you experience something diffcult to you that you had to face. When i did the interview I noticed her facial expressions, & the smile on her fae when she was talking about her dad. It's like all the emitions & memiores she had of her father all came back to her, like she was eleven years old again.
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A Strict Household

Will Amari 



This is a podcast about a man born under a strict environment, and how he managed to stand up to his father. Despite his fathers expectations of him becoming a doctor, he realized he wanted to become something different, forcing him to stand up for himself, and follow his heart. 

Crossing Boundaries Reflection

At first I was a little worried. I didn’t think I knew anyone who had ever crossed a boundary with anyone or anything, no one close to me seemed to have an interesting life. I thought about making some story up. Literally— I could had just pretended that my sister was some skanky alcoholic, say that she crossed the boundaries of innocence, recorded it all in fifteen minutes, then call it a day. This was before I realized that someone close to me, did have an interesting life, did cross boundaries, and he lived right under the same roof as me. I’m talking about my dad. 

I’m glad I interviewed my dad because he had an interesting relationship with his father, also he told the story so well and he very so specific. I loved all the detail and actually learned a lot about him, that I didn’t know before. He also didn’t get emotional, and I’m happy about that. It would had been uncomfortable to see my dad cry. 

Audacity is not my favorite, and I had some trouble uploading it. I had to wait until I was back in school to have some one show me how they did it. It was very hard to control the volume especially if you had music and dialogue playing at the same time. Not to mention how frustrating and time consuming it was to move all the recordings around. All the tracks looked the same, it would had been better if they were color coated, but whatever, it was fine over all. It got the job done. 

I was surprised how much everyone liked my podcast, no one seemed to have any real complaints. They seemed pretty entertained by my dad, which is weird, because I don’t see how you could relate to some old white man in his fifties. Also my dad talks about being an artist a lot. (I don’t see this class as a very artistically interested stream.) I which my music could fade better but my effect amplifier was weird and difficult to use. Next time (If there is a next time) I’m defiantly using I movie. Honestly, this project was kind of stressful, I’d rather just right a ten page essay (yes I said ten) on telling my fathers story, instead of making a pod cast. 


Babies Having Babies

In this podcast is an interview with 16 year old Hezekiah White who has a 1 month old daughter. 
English BM

My definition of crossing boundaries is to go through a rough time or struggle to do something. Some factors of crossing boundaries is family, friends, relationship, race and gender. The causes and effects of crossing boundaries can either be good or bad. If your boundary is finance issues the cause would be you don’t have a job or your spending money too much. A good effect could be you get a job and get back to be financially stable. However a bad outcome could be you ignore the fact that you aren't financially and keep spending money you don’t have or not get a job and make the problem worse.

My crossing boundary was teen pregnancy. While I interviewed a did learn a little but I was previously very familiar with that topic. But some things I did learn from interviewing. I kinda knew it was hard to do and it made you grow up a lot faster. But when the interviewee talked about how his girlfriend and daughter lived with him it shocked me a little because he’s just a child and they’re living like a married couple and they didn’t even finish high school yet. Another was how when he got home from school the first thing he did was go take car of his baby. That scared me a little because It made me realize that his whole life had change and that he has to go straight home and when he gets home he cant sit down and relax and he has to do homework while holding a baby. 

While editing this some things were a little hard because I never used Audacity before and I kept scrolling the wrong way and I thought i lost my project about 12 times and because this is a benchmark I was beginning to stress but then I realized it was still there. The feedback from my peers was pretty good. I did agree with a lot of it and it helped me. 



This podcast tells a story how 23 year old African American, went through life totally standing out from the rest of the world.

English Interview
I liked that we got to interview who ever we wanted and got to talk about anything we wanted. I didn't really learn anything from my project because I knew everything that my sister was talking about, I just wanted the world to be aware of albinism. and know that there is nothing weird about it, so when they come across it and won't be strange to them and treat people differently. I thought she was a little less comfortable with her albinism then she was, well at least that's what I was prepared for her to say. I did learn how to use audacity though.
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When other people go through a great loss, its not the same impact on you as the other person if you weren’t close to that person. Losing people is probably a fear most people have. When you lose someone you make the realization that nothing is forever. You only have a limited amount of time with the people you care about. I think people more than anything try to stray away from that thought. Something that was new for me was how my great grandmother died. I hadn’t known her, and was never aware of how she died. Though I was aware of how some of my great uncles had died. We are a big family but as the years go one we lose members and we gain them. This is true for every family. We all hope that we are carried into old age with the people we love and cherish. Though it isn’t always that way, and it seems like it should be. I fear losing my mother though I try not to dwell on it. She’s an important aspect of my life, and I know that no matter what she’s there if I need her. 

Crossing Boundries

Word Can Be Strong

In today's soctiey, young teens are always under constant pressure, and they may not know how to release pain and stress, other than to harm themselves. That's were self harming comes in. It's when someone harms themselves by cutting, burning themselves, or other ways. I've interviewed one of my fellow upper classmate, and she told me how she struggled with self-harming. 
English interview

As I growth up, I had never being in a environment where teenager are cutting, drinking, smoking, and harming their-self is command. When I see those story or hear a story of self harming I begin to judged them, I feel like those are not normal, people like that had problem in their mind in order to do that to their-self . Like other, I often say thing that doesn't mean to hurt anyone, something that I view as joke, but many people who are under depression are taking it really serious. Attend SLA help me realize that people who surround me who had different story then  I'm. Some growing up without both of their parent being their life, some struggle with relationship, or eve and many other thing that I cant image is happened to their life. Everyone had it own journal and they had their own struggling.Their struggle maybe different from I wont know how it feel because I'm not in their shoe therefore I don't have any right to judge them. I should also be mindful of what I saying because that joke or a command that I make can hurt someone. Word can be really strong.

How to Deal With Anger


Welcome to my podcast everyone. If you don't know who I am, my name is Emmanuel Kouadio. Im a current sophomore student at Science Leadership Academy and I am here today to inform you on how people cross boundaries when they get angry. For my English 2 project I decided that this topic of "anger" was good to interview someone on. Through my experience I know many people who have anger issues. I myself have a problem with controlling my true emotions and feelings. To express some of my emotions and thoughts I decided to write this intro for the person reading this today and explain how people go to far when they're angry. I hope you enjoy my podcast and can relate on how crossing boundaries by not knowing how to control you anger/ temper  would be useful for future information. 


After interviewing other individuals that can and can't relate to having anger issues I can come to a agreement that not knowing how to control your anger 
is crossing boundaries. Getting out of a normal state of mind is also how people cross boundaries when they get angry. I learned many new interesting things bu doing this project. People made me realize that their are better ways to control your anger. Their are also ways to not get angry and do stuff you regret. Their are no benefits for getting mad because it causes your blood pressure to get high and it will not result in any positive behavior. When people cross the boundaries of getting angry they should think. Their are two main questions people think about in their head before or when they're angry. Question one: What should I do? Question two: How can I deal with this problem without it getting out of control? If you don't think before you do, then something bad will occur. I hope that you can use this knowledge for future references because I learned a lot of things and you can too.Thanks for reading, have a good day.

Crossing Boundaries Benchmark: "Anger" Podcast - Medium

"You're Gay? Who cares?"

This Podcast is about my sister, "coming out of the closet" and how it affected her life. 

Podcast Azaria Burton

I was really happy to do this project because I knew I would learn so much about my sister and understand why she feels the way she does about her childhood. Izena always told me that her childhood was hard but I never knew the reasons why until know. I learned about how being gay has affected her life. When she told my family that she was gay, there was a huge uproar and people in my family made her feel bad about her sexuality. This was very surprising to me because everybody in my family seems to have no problem with Izena being gay. They even invite her girlfriends over to family parties and seem very welcoming. So, for these reasons it's surprising to find out that they did mistreat her for being gay when they first found out. I also didn't know that when she was young she though being gay was a sickness. It makes me proud of her to see how many obstacles she's gone through yet,  she still loves our family and is also very honest and open about her sexuality. To me interviewing Samirah was the perfect touch because it was interesting to hear how Izena's sexuality affected Samirah and how the families reactions affected her lifestyle and how comfortable she was with them.  I enjoyed this project because I learned so much about my sisters and my families. I have newfound respect for my sister, Izena and I will continue to support her and remind her that there is nothing wrong with her sexuality. 


"To the Window!" "To the Wall!"

​In this project I have learned that people are not what they appear. People can go through things that you never know about and be able to comprehend how they feel. I just want to know have you ever listened to one of your favorite and the artist talks about woman in negative influence like calling her a bitch or hoe. Has that ever been something that makes you want to change your song or listen something different. Well to me that's crossing boundaries. Im here with Katie Walker & Pierce Luck who have a stories for us.

Reflection:This is a form of crossing boundaries because people should know that life is always changing you have ups and downs. And you have people who speak there mind. In the project I have learned about new things such as, how people act when they hear things that have profanities in them.This is major conflict in the world and I'm still not sure if there should be change because, at the end of the day they are just words.Its just how we interpret them.
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Many who have been raped often have trouble forgiving their rapist; it's also hard for them to completly heal. I interviewed two of my friends- a victim, and a friend of a victim, to hear how they dealt with this traumatizing experience. 

Throughout the project, I learned things about my friends that I never knew before. The amount of courage they showed, and the forgiveness they gave just amazed me. They taught me that even when a trusted friend or family member crosses the line and hurts you, that you should forgive them. In a way, they themselves crossed emotional boundaries when they found the bravery to get over this experience (and not dwell in the past) and to eventually tell the authorities about it. Some who have been raped can never get themselves to tell anyone, and for my friends to cross those emotional boundaries to tell me their story was just great. They taught me to never hang on to things that only cause you pain. 

Also, this project taught me plenty on how to use Audacity, and how to edit audio so that it sounds okay. I had to edit out my friends voices because they wanted to be some-what anonymous, and it was fun and interesting to learn about that as well.  Finally, I learned how to convert .mov files to .mp3 just by using itunes- made everything a lot easier. 



At first glance, my uncle and my father are normal citizens who look just like any other people in America. But, both of them are dropouts from school. Nowadays, people may assume dropouts in a negative way. But, not all of them suit the stereotypes that dropouts face. My uncle and my father are living examples of how some dropouts really are in the past, by crossing the boundaries of language, borderlines, and the expectations of both the Chinese and American societies. The interviews digs deeply into how and why education is important. 
Combo Interviews Edited Version #4
As soon as the project was assigned, I know what my topic is going to be able. It is the most hottest topic that my family would love to discuss every time they meet each other-----education. This topic pops out of my mind like a light bulb when Ms. Pahomov announced this benchmark to the class. You see, in my family, I can sort of gain more attention within my family when I get decent grades. In my family, it is more like a academic competition. At first, I thought that it is just a normal expectation that was put on me by my grandfather. But, it is more than that.

After I interviewed my father and my uncle, I discovered the various hardships that my father need to go though after he had quit his school too early and the consequences he needed to face when he came to America. Like my father who didn’t know a single English word, my uncle came to America when he was in his 20s. I didn’t know that my father’s expectations is based on the fact, that he didn’t want me to experience the same hardship and the various difficulties he had experienced in this life. He is just like any other parent, who want his child to be better than him. (The same reasons behind the strict conduct on grades also applies to my cousins.)

I realized that I am now pressed under a even higher pressure because I will be the first person in my family to go to college. Every single one of my family’s expectations and hopes are placed on me. So, I feel really uncomfortable after I heard about it, and I am even more scare to get an Asian F on my report card. Since, it would certainly disappoint my whole family and knocked down their expectations of me.   

Crossing Boundaries: Openly Gay

Being gay is being more and more accepted by the United States but what about the times when everyone was against it? Back then, you could be killed for it. People thought it was a disease or a sickness. But it is not any of those, it is just who you are. My Dads felt that they were born gay. Their stories tell you about what happened to them and what they did.

But after going through this interview, I got to experience my Dad's lives and hear about the struggles they had.
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Nuestras Actividades

Mi nombre es Adowa . Tengo 15 años. Soy es bastante divertida y sociable. Por lo tano, mi encanta pasar un rato con amingos. Mi encanta corro y practicar deportes.  Mi encanta leer y escribir increblemente poemas, así que mi encanta clase de ingles.  
Su nombre es Bella. Bella es 15 años, ella es muy divertida, sociable, boba, y comíca. Ella encanta escribe poems. Todos  los dias come. Así que ella encanta concina.
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Anger Boundaries

How to deal with your anger issues? I interviewed my friend Emmanuel Kouadio on his anger problems and how he feel like he crossed boundaries. How his anger impact his life ?


After interviewing my friend Emmanuel on his anger problems and crossing boundaries I learned people can cross boundaries in good ways and bad ways. As I was interviewing Emmanuel I learn that control your anger can be hard for you. I learned that it can impact your life. I also learn that it shouldn't impact the people around you because they can't handle your anger. I really didn't learn anything about myself well interviewing Emmanuel about his anger because I don't have anger issues and if I feel like Im having anger problems with a situation I can control it. My weakness was just editing, audio problems, trying to figure out the parts were I messed up and putting everything in order. My strengths were finishing the final piece and getting everything in order. Doing this project made me realize the actually meaning to crossing boundaries.

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Originality in Appearance

​   Haji and Marley has a very different and unique style of clothing that makes them original. They wear exciting and creative clothing and hairstyles to be out of the social norm of appearance. Their originality has changed over time and will continue to change. Their styles and surrounding influences have affected their lives and how they portray themselves to the world. 

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Reflection :  

From the project of crossing boundaries I learned that people are influenced by society and influenced on how things should be other than how you want it to be. As I was interviewing Haji and Marley I learned what influences their unique style which to me is cool because they both have different reasons on why they dress differently to stray away from trends. Crossing boundaries is a way for people to be different and a way for people to stress their originality. In my topic of crossing boundaries the cause is people following the same trends and the affect would be people straying from the trends. The cost could be the loss of popularity or even respect but you gain you individualism and your own self respect. I really didn't learn anything about myself during this process but if I were to take a lesson out of it it would be to just be yourself and do what you feel is right and dress for you and not anyone else. I think I got good information from the interviews that really showed off my topic. My interviews were my strength in this whole process, I felt like I made good questions to reflect on my topic. My weakness would just be the editing of the audio for smooth transitions but I did what I was capable of doing. This project made me think of people around the world who are going through the same thing and that is trying to find that thing that makes them original. 
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"Suffering with Love"

My sister Jessie Tepoz, suffering with love. Crossing boundaries to be with the one she loves. The people she thought she could trust which are her parents are making her suffer and pulling her away from the one she loves. 

While doing this interview I learned a lot of things while doing this podcast. I learn that my family is really messed up, that they supposedly want the best for my sister and I. I notice that they only want them selfs to be happy, use it doesnt matter, as long as my parents are happy they think we are happy. Well that is not the case. Falling in love is scary, not because we'll get hurt, it's because they fact that the people we are suppose to trust, won't like our partner and try pulling us apart. As they are doing to my sister.

I learn my sister has so much pain in her. While telling her story she wanted to cry, but she didn't, she kept that smile I see her fake everyday. She tried hard not to cry while telling her story, I know it may not sound like she wanted to cry but that how good she is because she been trying so hard not to cry for past year or so. As my sister I know her well. She likes to hide her feelings from other. She keeps away to avoid me seeing her cry, but sometimes she breaks down and comes to me and cries in my arms. She is in pain, and the people we thought we could trust are making us go threw that pain. I am in a similar situation my self but not as bad as she is. I learn so much threw doing this podcast, I learn how to edit which I never knew. I learned how to understand how my sister is feeling.

The comments with my peers I agree with them. They were positive comments. I think I did good as well. Had a little mistakes around, I fixed them up and my podcast was like I wanted it to be. Doing this podcast taught me a lot. This was my favorite project because it was interesting to know how others cross boundaries, how other people feel.  

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"Crossing Career Boundaries" by Jaime Christmas

When entering a political race, I don't think you're ever quite aware of what's at stake. In this interview my dad, John Christmas, talks about entering a race to become judge with only two months of prior preparation. The successes and struggles that come with the stress of competing in a political race are discussed. 
jaimes crossing boundaries project
Whilst doing this project I learned that procrastination is not the key at all. It’s one thing to have to perform a 45 minuet interview, but its another to have to edit it all, and leaving that process to the last minuet is surely not the best way to go about getting an A. Another thing I learned is that Garageband and other programs that can, and will be used to complete this project are, and will continue to be, especially irritating. Numerous things could happen that could destroy your project from completing shutting down or I don’t know, things could just go horribly wrong. I also learned that you should interview someone that is a good speaker or is confident enough to tell their story. If you decide to interview someone who is even slightly hesitant, you’re not going to be able to get every last inch of the story out of them. If they’re not comfortable speaking anyway then you might just be stuck with short responses that could leave a very interesting story having lose ends and unanswered questions. The last thing I learned from this project was that you should come up with questions or at least like a starting off point before you go into the interview. Even though it’s supposed to be a natural conversation, if you don’t have stable ground to start on, both the interviewer and interviewee are going to be stumbling over each other with their words. There should be some kind of rhythm, that way you won’t have to edit out extreme amounts of unnecessary conversation that might leave your interview being too short. 
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Crossing Class Lines

            My father, associates with people in his everyday life have very different backgrounds than him. People who he does not share many common similarities with. He is an outsider. How did he get here? Listen to this podcast to find out!



Crossing Class Lines
Music: Re: Stacks by Bon Iver

           Through the process of interviewing my father and mother, I learned things I had no knowledge of before. I learned aspects of his life I did not know about, aspects of my parents relationship that were new to me, and ideas about crossing boundaries filled my head.  


When crossing boundaries, there are things to be gained and things to be lost. When my father went to college, he did the unexpected, and crossed boundaries. No one in his family had, and in that way, he lost some ability to communicate openly with them. What he did gain was a whole new perspective on life, and a window into a world he had never know. It was like he got an invitation to a party that he had always dreamed about attending. When he got there, he learned that no matter how fancy the party, you can still feel out of place.

When you cross a boundary, you are leaving the past behind. You can’t un-cross a boundary. If no one crossed boundaries, no one would ever do anything original, or new. We would be trapped in our routines. It is an important thing to do, and despite it’s possible downsides, everyone should try to cross at least one boundary. It is something to be both taken with caution and celebrated. 



"Sometimes it is Okay to Cross a Boundary"

Crossing boundaries happen on many different levels. It could be something as simple as getting in a fight with your friend or committing a crime. But what about the people in between? Some people cross boundaries on purpose, and even for the right reasons. This is an interview about how my mother crossed a boundary by choice. During the interview, you will learn how she felt about it and whether or not she did it for the right reasons. 

I learned that crossing a boundary can be so effortless, in good and bad ways. I also used to think that crossing a boundary was always a bad thing, until I did this interview. I also learned that there was a whole logic behind my mother leaving her job. I didn't know that until I questioned her about the topic. It was nice to learn another side of my mother yet interesting to finally see why my mother crossed the boundary that she didn't. I used to be too little to know why she left, and as I grew older, it wasn't really something I considered I wanted to know. However, doing this project made me realize what it means to cross a boundary and that people around cross boundaries all the time without us even knowing.