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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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  • 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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    Who is in Charge in Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress?"

    In Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” ultimately, no one  physical character is “in charge” in the poem, as the natural and unyielding power of time is in charge, as time inevitably leads to death for all characters. Time...

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    The Correlation Between Alzheimer's Dementia and Physical Exercise

    The year is certainly not 2012, but when asked, my grandpa will tell you that it is. Ten percent of people age 65 and older, including my grandpa, have Alzheimer’s dementia, the most common form of dementia, and as...

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    • Dear Sarah,

      I am intrigued by your post because it is a topic I didn’t know much about previously. The struggle that is Alzheimer’s disease is made even more terrifying by the fact that there seemed to be no way to deal with it. The idea that there is substantial evidence for a way to prevent this affliction can be a huge comfort.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is that “participating in aerobic exercise plays a vital role towards reducing your likelihood of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia.” I think this is comforting because it shows that there may be hope for combating this disease. Even reducing the chance of obtaining Alzheimer’s is very positive news. This research could potentially lead to finding ways to help people who have started to feel the effects of Alzheimer’s and one day lead to slowing its progression.

      Your post reminds me of the countless stories I have heard of Alzheimer’s taking grandparents and other loved ones from people. I have heard of parent’s forgetting their children and spouses forgetting each other. These cases are extremely painful for both the person suffering from Alzheimer’s, as it can leave them very confused and scared, and their family members who are understandably hurt.

      Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your posts are very interesting and insightful. They are very relevant to today’s world and are well-thought out.

    • There’s lots of cool potential for spinoff from this post, Sarah, particularly because the difficulties concerning elder-care and care for patients with Alzheimer’s. Whether these patients are in the care of a nursing home, at home with hired help, or at home with just family, providing this kind of care is often difficult, strenuous, and costly. Prevention through physical activity is a key piece in easing some of the burden off of elderly care.

      Have you done any reading on the gut micro-biome? Particularly correlations between diet, bacteria in the intestines, and myriad health conditions ranging from mental health, diseases like Crohn’s and colitis, and even certain cancers. A blog on this topic could be a really cool follow-up to this piece!

  • Dear Anna,
    I am excited about your post because the use of sign language is a clear example of one of the many ways in which language can be expressed through human beings. The power of language can go beyond a pen and paper or the tongue.

    One thing you said that stands out for me is “Sign language pulls on the mental and physical sides of…Read More

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    Utilizing Language to Display Emotional Vulnerability as a way to Strengthen Relationships

    When one is in a state of emotional vulnerability, he/she has lost power, and this power is now placed on the other person, the decider of a scenario. Simultaneously, he/she that is in a state of emotional vulnerability is...

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    • Dear Sarah,

      I am intrigued by your post because I really liked the way you addressed this topic. You fully explored vulnerability in a variety of settings and relationships, some of which involve new dynamics that have never been experienced before in relationships on a wide scale.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ By overcoming the risks associated with vulnerability and by viewing vulnerability as a positive emotion, colleagues are able to emotionally connect, even if they are physically distant in each of their homes.” I think this is interesting because it shows how in a time of distance people are still finding ways to be close and work together. In spite of the unfamiliar isolation, people are finding new ways to connect and persevere with what has to get done. Also, I found it interesting how you said to view vulnerability positively. It usually is discussed in an uncomfortable light, with people trying to avoid it at all costs. Changing this view can be essential to maintaining relationships, both in normal conditions and in our current, more restricted world.

      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. In May, my family and I were supposed to attend a family reunion. We haven’t had one in about ten years, so there was many of my cousins, aunts, and uncles that I was looking forward to seeing, but because of the COVID pandemic we had to cancel our plans. One of my cousins and I decided to use Zoom together instead, and since then have started to communicate more on a regular basis. It has helped us find a way to connect outside of the ordinary and to form a better relationship than we may have otherwise had.

      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked your perspective on this issue. You were very thorough in expressing your thoughts on this topic.

  • Dear Jessica,

    I am excited about your post because I enjoyed learning about your specific example of a pilgrimage that is sacred to Jewish culture, the pilgrimage to the Western Wall. I also appreciate your analysis about the importance of this pilgrimage for its journeyers, as it leads to a revitalization in their spirituality through…Read More

  • Interesting post, Alexandra.

    I appreciate that you took the time to research light pollution because light pollution is often forgotten about. However, as you stated in your post, light pollution certainly has negative consequences, such as the fact that “most people cannot see the stars in the night sky because light pollution covers nearly…Read More

  • Sarah commented on the post, Animal Testing

    Interesting post, Mia.

    your post is necessary in order to continue to spread awareness about animal testing. Unlike the awareness about the ethics and morality behind consuming meat, I believe that animal testing is lesser-known and discussed. You stated in your post that “Over 100 million animals are harmed or killed in US labs every year”…Read More

  • Interesting post, Abdul.

    You have enlightened me on what it means to be a Muslim high school student, and how it affects your lifestyle. I enjoyed how you connected your situation to the standard five-day workweek. I now know that you miss school in order to go to the mosque every Friday because “Friday is like a holiday for us and we have to…Read More

  • Dear Viviana,

    I am intrigued by your post because you thoroughly provided us, the readers, insight into how a specific opioid-related problem was solved. Normally, when we think of the opioid crisis, we think of the problem as being too large to fix completely, as there are a multitude of factors and circumstances that influence the…Read More

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