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    The Importance of a Character Change and Drawing Inspiration from “Araby”

    The character change in “Araby” by the young boy demonstrates an eventual loss of innocence, a loss of innocence that is driven by his defeat and despair. In the short story, a young boy is passionately excited to attend...

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    Jane Eyre's Influence on my Own Story

    After reading the first chapter of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, I have decided to draw inspiration from the narrator’s distinctly detailed observations of her settings that are interspersed between the dialogue in the novel, as the descriptions of her...

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    • Dear Sarah:
      I really enjoyed this post because you clearly outlined how the narrator was characterized and how you plan to use what you learned in your own writing.
      Something that stands out for me was when you said that your characters will,  “first observe their surroundings, and then they will use their observations to guide their actions and dialogue.” This is a great way to apply what you learned as it helps the characters to seem more like real people. In the real world, people react based off of what they take in through their senses and so the characters act more organically when they incorporate these aspects. It also helps the world of the story become three dimensional for the reader.
      Thanks for your post, as it was intriguing and very helpful. You had good evidence and insightful reasoning. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

  • Great post, Liann!

    I appreciate your post because it is important to recognize that there are effects to colonization that ultimately lead indigenous peoples to feel stripped of their cultural identity, and cuisine can certainly champion the representation of one’s identity. As I read in your post, it is disheartening to hear that the…Read More

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    Blue Zones Versus the United States: How Does Diet Play a Role?

    What is a Blue Zone, and is the United States one? Firstly, the term “Blue Zone” is a title developed for places in the world where people live the longest, and currently, there are five of them: Okinawa, Japan;...

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    • Hi Sarah!

      I enjoyed reading your post because I have never learned about Blue Zones before and I found the topic really interesting! The inclusion of a variety of statistics was very helpful in comparing the diets of Blue Zones to the diet of Americans. It put into perspective how food is very influential on a culture and lifestyle of a population. I like how you included a personal anecdote to contribute to your discussion. I agree with your post as a whole in that by becoming aware of our own eating habits, we can apply that discipline to our habits outside of our diets. I look forward to seeing what you write next!

    • Great work, Sarah!

      I thoroughly enjoyed this post as I have never heard about Blue Zones. It’s so interesting to see how different cultures place such an emphasis on healthy eating since the US pushes so many unhealthy foods. I love how you incorporated statistics in order to demonstrate how significant diet is to health and life expectancy. Also, your personal anecdote of your time in Switzerland really sheds light on how careless most Americans are with what they put into your body. This post reminds me to eat healthy and to eat clean for the benefit of both myself and for the environment. Again, great post! I look forward to your future work!

    • Sarah,
      I really enjoyed your piece about blue zones and how the diet of Americans compares to that of one of the “healthiest” groups of people. Going into this post, I did not know that blue zones existed, nor were a recognized term for where people live the longest. It is interesting to directly compare the normalized American diet to Ikarians and their much more wholesome and nutrient dense meals. Your post makes me think about how the American diet which we have grown up with, is frankly disgusting to other cultures. Your personal story about searching for fast food in Switzerland was eye opening, and as someone who has never traveled out of the United States, it stresses that what we live in is normal to us, but is considered foreign to other nations. It is an interesting concept that places me outside of my comfort zone. Thank you for taking the time to write this post and I look forward to reading further posts from you!

    • Sarah,
      I found your post very interesting because I had not realized how unhealthy the American diet truly is, and how it can drastically effect our lives. It’s very concerning that our life expectancy is decreased by such a large amount from our daily diets. 11 years is a very long time, more than a decade, and losing so much time from life is scary.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is that when you were in Switzerland as a child, you and your brother were craving fast food. As children, you probably couldn’t understand why the healthy food around you wasn’t satiating and why you had such a strong inclination for fast food. Fast food is designed to leave you always wanting more, and so of course the natural options could not compete with the man-made food.
      Your post reminds me of the saying that you are what you eat. Eating healthy foods rewards you because your body can build itself to be healthy. Extra years of life and health is certainly worth missing out on enjoying a good McDonald’s Big Mac for a few minutes.
      Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts are very thought provoking!

  • Time is portrayed as being forcibly in charge in Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” because it is time that leads us transient beings to act on our youth-like and jubilant search for love while we have the chance, a chance that may not happen again because of the unyielding barriers of time.

    I chose this gif because the man in the image…Read More

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