My Family’s Vegetarian Chili Recipe:
1 can of black beans (120 calories)
1 can of chickpeas (120 calories)
1 can of black eyed peas (120 calories)
1 can corn (60 calories)
1 large can of diced tomatoes (25 calories)
2 onions (88 calories)
1 clove of garlic (4 calories)
2 zucchinis (66 calories)
Sautee the onions, garlic, and zucchini in a little bit of olive oil until caramelized.
Add the rest of the ingredients in and stir. Leave on a medium low temperature until finished cooking (about an hour).
Processed vs. Whole Foods:
In this recipe, more than half of the ingredients are processed in some way. The whole foods include the onions, zucchini, and garlic because they are fresh produce. The rest of the ingredients, however, are canned and therefore highly processed. Canned foods are usually packed full of preservatives in order to keep the vegetables inside edible months later.
After looking at the nutrition facts on each can of vegetables, here are the estimations I have found:
The total calorie count for the recipe is around 603 calories. This breaks down to 120 calories per can of beans, 60 calories for the can of corn, 25 calories for the can of tomatoes, 44 calories per onion, 4 calories per clove of garlic, and 33 calories per zucchini.
The total sugar content of the recipe is about 25 grams of sugar. Much to my surprise, the canned vegetables actually have less sugar than the fresh vegetables. The vegetable with the greatest amount of sugar is the onions. Each onion has about 5 grams of sugar while each can of beans is only 1 gram of sugar.
Overall, this dish is a pretty inexpensive meal to make. It serves about 5 or 6 people, and only costs about $7.50 for the total recipe. Canned vegetables and fresh vegetables are generally inexpensive, which makes this meal very affordable and healthy. Part of the profits from the ingredients of this recipe benefit large corporations who produces canned foods, and part of the profits go to fresh farms or corporate farms.
Comparing the Shakespeare play, “Taming of the Shrew,”
to modern day movie, “50 First Dates.”
By Ari Haven
In the Shakespeare classic, Taming of the Shrew, and the modern romantic comedy movie, 50 First Dates, “love at first sight” is a common theme portrayed between the main characters of both texts. The two texts also show characters that attempt to keep the relationships from happening, but the soon learn that the power of love at first sight overpowers everything else. Taming of the Shrew shows Lucentio, a young man sent off to attend college, falling in love with Bianca, a young maiden from a rich family, the first time he sees her in town. Baptista, Bianca’s father, warns Lucentio that Bianca is not available for courting, but Lucentio doesn’t care. He decides then and there that he cannot survive without Bianca and, with a servant’s help, devises a plan to marry her.
Similarly in 50 First Dates, Henry, a marine veterinarian working in Hawaii, is enchanted by a young woman’s beauty the first time he sees her at a local diner. We soon find out that the young women’s name is Lucy, and that she suffers from short term memory loss due to a car crash that she was in ears before. Lucy wakes up every morning thinking that it is October 13th, the day of the accident, and lives a normal day. Every night, her memory resets, and she doesn’t remember anything from the previous day.
After their first encounter at the diner, Henry can’t stop thinking about Lucy. Lucy’s father and brother tell Henry to stay away from Lucy and the diner in which they first met, but Henry can’t give her up. So, he too devises a plan to see Lucy everyday even though her father won’t allow it. Eventually, Henry earns the respect of Lucy’s family, and works with them to help Lucy understand what happened to her. Everyday Henry explains who he is, and has to convince Lucy to fall in love with him (even though they are married). Although, the task of getting her to fall in love with him everyday is not hard because there was love at first sight when they first met.
Both texts reflect that if someone interferes with love at first sight, the two people in love will just find another way to be together. This shows that whether lovers are in the Shakespearean era or modern day, the time period does not affect the strength of love.
“I perish, Tranio, if I achieve not this young modest girl.”
(Act. I, Scene I, Lines 157-158)
This simple declaration of “love or death” from Lucentio speaks for itself. After seeing Bianca for the first time, he turns to his servant and dramatically states that he will “perish” if he doesn’t have Bianca. It is indeed love at first sight when Lucentio sees Bianca. This is a testament to the idea that a person in love will go great lengths in order to be with the person they love. Even though Lucentio has only seen Bianca for a few moments at this point in the play, he decides that the only thing that will stop him from marrying Bianca, is death. Lucentio and Bianca’s “love at first sight” can be compared to the first time Henry and Lucy met.
As shown in the scene above, Henry’s first interaction with Lucy is a pleasant one. After seeing Lucy from across the diner and falling in love with her beauty, Henry walks over to her says hello. Lucy and Henry start chatting, and she invites him to sit down with her. They spend the morning sitting in the booth (pictured above), getting to know each other. She can’t help but fall in love with him, and he with her, so Lucy invites him to breakfast again the next day. In the time before he sees her again the next day, Henry is told by Lucy’s family and friends not to see Lucy again because she suffers from short term memory loss, and will not remember who he is the next day. He tries to stay away, but very quickly realizes he cannot live without her.
The initial interaction between Henry and Lucy differs from the interaction between Lucentio and Bianca because Bianca and Lucentio did not actually talk to each other and Lucy and Henry talked and laughed together for the whole morning. However, it can be argued that both periods of time and interactions are considered love at first sight because it was the first time both Henry and Lucentio saw Lucy and Bianca. Whether they met for a few moments or a few hours, the power of love will not let anything get in the way.
“You will be a schoolmaster and undertake the teaching of the maid: that’s your device.”
(Act I, Scene I, Lines 196-198)
This quote shows Lucentio’s effort at courting Bianca through a mischievous plot. They overhear Baptista saying that Bianca needs a teacher so she stays focussed on her studies instead of flirting with men. Lucentio pretends to be a school teacher in order to spend time with Bianca. This is his way of avoiding Baptista’s ban on courting Bianca. In this plan, Lucentio would get to “woo” Bianca in a private setting while pretending to teach her, without her father finding out. The optimistic outcome of their crazy plan ends up coming true. After Lucentio reveals his true identity to Bianca, she falls in love with him. They tell Baptista about their relationship only after their secret wedding, and he accepts their relationship because his daughter is happy. The “enchantment” of love causes Lucentio to do anything he needs in order to be with Bianca. Similarly, in 50 First Dates, Henry comes up with a plan to spend time with Lucy without her father knowing.
Lucy’s father warns Henry to stay away from Lucy and the diner where Lucy and Henry first met. To get around Lucy’s father’s rule, Henry instead meets Lucy everyday on the side of the road while she is on the way to the diner. Since Lucy doesn’t remember who Henry is due to her memory loss, Henry comes up with a new plan each day to get Lucy to stop. One day he pretends there is road work so that Lucy has to stop. Another day he gets his friend to beat him up so that Lucy will stop and help him. Everyday Lucy stops to talk to him for one reason or another, and everyday he reintroduces himself to her. Although she does not remember him the next day, he gets a chance to talk to her and learn more about her each day and that is what he really wants. Eventually, Lucy’s father and brother find out about Henry’s scheme. Instead of stopping him, they let him continue seeing Lucy because they realize that Lucy is always happier on the days she talks to Henry.
A large difference between Henry and Lucy’s relationship and Lucentio and Bianca’s relationship is that Lucy’s father found out before they got married and still allowed the relationship to happen. While Baptista didn’t find out about Bianca and Lucentio’s relationship until after they got married, and it is unclear whether he would have allowed it if he found out earlier.
In the end, both Henry and Lucentio do not let anything get in the way of the person they love. They both weave a plan in order to get closer to Lucy or Bianca. The fathers of both Bianca and Lucy realize that they cannot get in the way of love, and that Bianca is happier with Lucentio and Lucy is happier with Henry even if it is not what they originally wanted for their daughters. This shows us that no matter what time period people in love live in, not many people will get in the way of love if it makes the people they care about happ. Love is timeless and will continue to conquer all.
The Movie I Watched: Clueless
The Bechdel Test: In order to pass the Bechdel Test, the movie needs to 1) have two female characters, that 2) talk to each other, 3) about things other than men. In Clueless, there were many female characters. Specifically, there were three main female characters: Cher, Dionne, and Tai. They all interacted many times. While some of their conversations were about boys, there were also many conversations that were not. Some of the other topics included school, working out, and make-overs.
The Ari Test: The movie does technically pass the Bechdel Test, but I do not think that shows women in a very intelligent light. Most of the character’s conversations were about make-up, boys, shopping, or clothes. In my opinion, the movie played into a lot of stereotypes about girls. If I made a feminist test for a movie it would make sure that there had to be a woman in an intelligent role. Here are the rules for my test:
Has at least two women in leading roles
Has a woman in an “intelligent” role
The women cannot depend on men for everything.
Based on this test, Clueless would not pass because all of the female characters aren’t very smart. Even the female teacher is kind of oblivious.
“Okay, who wants to go with dad this time? He’s going to Maryland for a solar panel conference.” I ask my bed full of stuffed animals. Everyone raises a paw.
“You can’t all go!” Some of them looked discouraged, but they don’t give up. Everybody wants to go on the trip with dad, including me. But I am not allowed to go with him.
“Rabbit, you went last time. So did you Sparkles! Let your friends have a chance.” I look around at all of their eager faces.
Finally I decide. “Okay… This time Maggie and Meridian get to go with dad.”
When I was younger, my dad used to go on business trips two or three times a month. His job would send him to places like Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and even Ohio once or twice for conferences or meetings. I would have given anything to go on a trip with my dad. Since I wasn’t allowed to go on his business trips with him, I would always sneak one or two of my stuffed animals into my his suitcase when he wasn’t looking. I switched it up each time, being careful to not show favoritism towards any one stuffed animal.
I first sent stuffed animals with him to keep my dad company on the trip. When he was by himself in the hotel room he would be reminded of me by seeing the stuffed rabbit, cat, panda, or giraffe I slept with every night. Since I couldn’t be there with him, I decided that my stuffed animals were the next best contenders for the job.
My stuffed animals were my best friends. They kept the monsters away while I was sleeping, kept me company while I played in my room, and were the only ones to whom I told all my secrets. Who better to keep my dad company and watch out for him in my place? By sending one or two with my dad it felt like I was there, similar to the mementos carried by the soldiers at war in the book The Things They Carried. Each soldier carried a different object to remind them of what is waiting for them at home. For me, my dad was a soldier. He was fighting a war of work, long days, and hotels in which there was no family to greet him. Sending stuffed animals with him was my way of reminding him that we were waiting for him when he came home, with lots of hugs and love to give him.
Every time he left for a business trip my world changed because he wasn’t there. So much of my life included him, that I had to get used to him not being there for days at a time. I learned to cherish the time I had with him when he was home. Knowing that my world changed so much when he was gone, I wanted to make sure his world didn’t have to change as much as mine. Stuffed animals made everything better.
Over the years, my dad switched jobs and no longer had to go on as many business trips. He was home more and I still cherished his presence. Our relationship became stronger and deeper. He was finally home.
“Hey dad! What’s up?” I was visiting Washington D.C. with my friend and her family for the weekend. It was an early Sunday morning in April 2015, and we had just sat down to eat bagels. A call from my dad came through my phone and I answered.
“Ari? Are you with your mom right now?” I could immediately tell it wasn’t my dad’s voice. I recognized my neighbor’s raspy voice. Only this time his usual calm, slow voice was panicked and quick.
“No, I am in Washington D.C. Why do you have my dad’s phone? Is everything okay?” This time he paused.
“Yes, do you know where your mom is?”
“She is at Sunday School with my brother. Where is my dad? Is he oka--”
The phone hung up.
I could not understand why my neighbor had my dad’s phone and why he was so alarmed. Thousands of things raced through my brain, but my mind automatically went to the worst case scenario. The only reason my neighbor would be calling me on my dad’s phone is if my dad was unable to call me himself, I thought to myself. It was early Sunday morning, my mom and brother were at out and my dad was home alone.
I started to panic, I called my mom to see what was happening. After she didn’t pick up, I started to worry more. Next I called my other neighbor, my dad’s best friend, to see if he knew what was happening. His wife, a nurse, picked up the phone. She explained to me that my dad was throwing-up uncontrollably and had an intense headache -- the ambulance was on the way. They thought it was some kind of stomach bug. I didn’t get a lot of details from her, but it was enough to validate my frenzy of fear. I tried calling my mom again. She didn’t answer. All I could do at this point was wait; so I finished my bagel.
What felt like hours later, but was only 30 minutes, my mom called me back. My dad had collapsed at home and could not stop vomiting. First, he called 911. But, as he described it later, he couldn’t answer the 911 responder’s questions because he was in so much pain that he couldn’t stop screaming. So he called our neighbor, at that point he couldn’t move and could barely talk. “Thank god for speed dial,” my dad says, looking back on that morning. My dad was rushed to the hospital and after many hours of tests, they discovered that my dad had bleeding in the brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage. Normally, your brain is surrounded by Cerebrospinal fluid. Instead, my dad’s brain was surrounded pretty heavily by blood, which caused the pressure in his brain to be too high, and become damaging.
He spent five weeks in the ICU, a step-down unit in the Hospital, and rehab. Five weeks filled with doctors, procedures, therapies, and pain. Five weeks from which he remembers almost nothing. Five weeks where I couldn’t just send a stuffed animal in his bag to make him feel better.
My mom, brother, and I visited him everyday. Every time I left the hospital, I felt guilty about leaving him alone. I didn’t want him to feel abandoned.
One day he cried when we visited because he didn’t remember that we had visited everyday. He cried because he thought he was alone, because he didn’t know that we were there for him. After all those years of sneaking stuffed animals into his bag, it broke my heart that he couldn’t remember we were there for him, and always had been.
They don’t know what caused the bleed or if it is a one-time thing. They called it idiopathic, medical speak for “random.” It started off a normal day of bagels and shopping in Georgetown, and ended with random event that changed my world as I know it. Tim and Kiowa’s idiopathic event was being drafted into the war. My dad’s idiopathic event was this brain hemorrhage. One random medical mystery caused my dad’s life to go from a run to a crawl, without asking for permission to ruin his life. When your world changes, you are forced to change with it in fear of getting left behind. After my dad’s brain hemorrhage, I learned to adapt. I helped him heal and get through the hospital and rehab. Things are starting to get back to normal, but I think we need to create a new definition of normal.
I can never un-live the near-death experience of one of my favorite people. He laid in the hospital bed and said goodbye to me. He prepared himself to die. He, again, was fighting a war. Like a soldier in a battle, allowing death to be expected. Except this battle wasn’t in Vietnam or on a business trip, it was inside his body.
I grew up believing that stuffed animals made everything better. As much as I wish I was still so naive, I have learned that I can’t always just send a stuffed animal in a bag to make my dad feel better. When times like those arise, when I feel helpless and confused, I turn to my stuffed animals for comfort.
She is from motherhood, from daughterhood and sisterhood.
She is from a childhood with two brothers.
She is from education, and hard work.
She is from responsibilities, part-time jobs, and bullshit from brothers.
She is from the heart of an activist and the mind of a fighter.
From women’s rights and equality for all.
She is from Judaism. From prayers over shabbat candles, her mom’s famous kugel, and a b’nai mitzvah for every kid in the house.
She is from
From the nights in high school completing homework after a shift at the local art store.
She is from the love of art and from her parents not understanding her passion.
She is from the hundreds of pictures from her life neatly organized in albums; not daring to mix up her compartmentalized life.
She is from every person in her life that told her she was not good enough.
She is from a life of being put down because she is a woman.
2fer #2: Secondhand Smoke Kills
Since the year 1964, over 2.5 million nonsmokers in the United States have died from secondhand smoke related health problems. In 1995, the first statewide law on smoking in public places was enforced in California. Since then, there continues to be waves of laws in different states making it illegal to smoke in public places.. Some smokers say that banning public smoking is an infringement on their individual freedom. However, people who inhale secondhand smoke are not doing so consensually. There are too many people being put at risk by secondhand smoke. Because smoking causes bigger concerns to other people than to the smoker, smoking in public places should be banned.
Inhaling secondhand smoke is just as hazardous as smoking. People that are exposed to secondhand smoke absorb the same about of chemical compounds that the smokers do. The chemical compounds that come from cigarettes and tobacco are proven to contribute to many different diseases including heart disease, asthma, and immune system deficiency. Out of the 4,000 chemical compounds in cigarettes, 69 are proven to cause cancer. The EPA, International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the US National Toxicology Program all consider secondhand smoke as a “known human carcinogen”. In addition, there is evidence that secondhand smoke is linked to lung cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, brain tumors in children, and many other kinds of cancer. Many people are in danger of life threatening diseases due to smoking in public places. When people to smoke in public places, it puts many other people in harms way of dangerous and life threatening diseases.
While secondhand smoke causes many different diseases, it is also proven that is has a large impact on newborns, infants, and babies still in the womb. Exposure to secondhand smoke while pregnant increases the chances of pregnancy and delivery problems such as miscarriage and stillborn birth.The Institute of Environmental Medicine in Sweden has proven that the most common health threat associated with secondhand smoke is lower respiratory infections in children under five years old. The National Cancer Institute’s studies show that children are exposed to secondhand smoke more than adults at a two to one ratio. Despite the slow decrease of smokers worldwide, more than two-thirds of the children in the United States are exposed to secondhand smoke in their everyday routine. This exposure can cause major health issues as they get older. If smoking was banned in public places, fewer children would be exposed to it.
Secondhand smoke kills children and adults that are nonsmokers. In the United States, 42.1 million adults smoke cigarettes. In one year, approximately 58 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke caused 603,000 deaths in 2004. An estimated 49,000 of those deaths were caused by heart disease or lung cancer. Since 2004, the number of smokers in the United States has decreased. However, there are still millions of people who smoke, and they millions of nonsmokers at risk of inhaling secondhand smoke everyday. People are dying because of something that is legal.
It is not the goal of a smoker to kill people with their secondhand smoke. However, it still happens. The medical risks and death rates caused by secondhand smoking can be cut down drastically. Although the harms of secondhand smoke may only seem important to secondhand smoke victims, it should in fact concern anyone that smokes as well because their family and friends are at risk to become secondhand smoke victims. One way to protect the health of many people is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Another option is to make sure all children go to a tobacco-free daycare or school. Even if a person changes everything in their power to avoid secondhand smoke, there will continue to be places where they can be exposed to secondhand smoke. Dreams of a secondhand smoke-free society will never come true if the country does not start by eliminating smoking in public places.
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People are not perfect. People’s speech and thoughts are also not perfect. But that is what makes them personable. If everyone spoke without errors, then they would speak without feelings or emotions. If there was no emotion in people’s conversations, then there wouldn’t be any real emotional connections. In the book, Thirteen Reasons Why, the author, Jay Asher, is able to harness the choppy, perfect-imperfections of human emotions. He uses the characters behavior to write a conversation of emotions and thoughts. This “conversation” makes it so that the reader is able to connect to the characters easily. It also makes it easier to understand the characters’ emotions. The imperfect conversational style allows the text to have more emotion, which makes the book more personal.
Conversational writing is when there is two or more voices either communicating, telling the same story from different perspectives, and/or one voice reacting to the other voice. It is typically used in writing or films to show the audience multiple different perspectives. Authors tend to use this style of writing if they feel that it will enhance the emotions or quality of writing. In Thirteen Reasons Why, the whole story is told in a conversational manner. The “conversation” is an exchange of not only speech, but also emotions, and experiences. We hear Hannah narrate her experiences, and we see how Clay reacts to Hannah’s story.
If we look deeper into the book, we can find many instances where conversational writing shines through, and is very successful. One example of this is on page 69, “Why would you want to mail out a bunch of tapes blaming you in a suicide? You wouldn’t. But Hannah wants us, those of us on the list, to hear what she has to say. And we’ll do what she says if only to keep them away from the people not on the list.” This quote shows us how Clay had to process what Hannah was saying, in order to respond. In this instance, the conversation is between Clay and the audience. We can also see how Jay Asher used an informal voice for Clay.
Later on in the story is another great example of how conversational writing is used to connect to the reader. On page 761 Clay says, “But now it's too late. And that's why at this moment I feel so much hate. Toward myself. I deserve to be on this list. Because if I hadn't been so afraid of everyone else, I might have told Hannah that someone cared.” This shows us how much Clay cared for Hannah. As stated earlier, using conversational writing allows the reader to feel the emotions very deeply. Notice how the use of fragment sentences in this quote makes it more dramatic. Jay Asher also starts his sentences with “and” and “because.” This technique adds to the writing style that leads to a story and characters that we can connect and relate to.
Another example of a text that uses conversational writing is the short story, A Telephone Call by Dorothy Parker. In this story, the conversation is between a woman and God. The author of this short story uses a one-sided conversation to communicate the woman’s feelings. The character is waiting for a call from a man. She is so impatient that as she waits, she is praying to God that the man will call. The short, choppy sentences used in the story, makes the reader feel just as antsy and anxious as the woman in the story is. This shows how conversational writing is used to do the same thing, in different plot lines.
We can find many examples in Thirteen Reasons Why, other books, and movies where conversational writing is used. But why is this style of writing so successful? According to the Creating Passionate Users blog, “Books written in a conversational style are more likely to be retained and recalled than books written on the same topics in a more formal tone.” The article goes on to explain that the reason conversational writing is more interesting to most readers is because the reader’s brain thinks it is a conversation. If the reader is reading a book that uses very technical terms, it will start to feel like a lecture. Not only is having a conversation much more enjoyable than being lectured, but you also feel emotion when you are having a conversation. This is because in a conversation, everyone is more engaged. When the reader is engaged in what the characters are saying and hearing, they are able to feel connected to the story.
The conversational structure is very important to this book, and many others, because it allows the reader to understand the story more easily. It gives the reader a deeper connection because it shows us all of the characters’ emotions. If Thirteen Reasons Why was not written conversationally, then it would not be as interesting. By using this writing technique, we get to hear Hannah’s story, and how Clay reacts to it. We feel the rollercoaster of emotions Hannah went through. But we also get to feel the emotions of the person who is listening to the tapes. The dueling emotions leave a lasting impression on you. Since the reader is able to feel these emotions so deeply, they connect to the book and characters on a deeper level, and remember the book more.
Works Cited for Analytical Essay:
Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. N.p.: Random House Penguin Group, 2007. Print.
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My male boss finally agreed to give me the pay raise I asked for 5 months ago.
I told him how grateful I was for his help in sorting it all out.
He said to me, “If I wasn’t married, I would ask you to show me how grateful you really are,” followed with a small chuckle.
I stared at him.
I couldn’t tell if he was serious.
I wanted to ask him how he could live with himself. How he sexualize his employee like that. Why he thinks that he can say anything to women, like we have to accept every ugly remark that spews out of his mouth. I want to ask about his wife, about his children. I want to tell him that, when men say things like that, it encourages their sons to do the same. And it encourages their daughters to accept it. Like it is something that cannot be changed. An endless cycle where women aren’t to blame. By letting our children to conform to these rules we are only perpetuating a prejudiced system. A system where feminism, is this radical theory that women are actually humans. We teach boys to grow outward. To grow as big as they can. While we teach young girls to grow inward, to make space for their man. Because apparently there isn’t enough space for both of us to shine. Contrary to popular belief, a woman doesn’t need a man to survive. A woman without a man is just as crazy of a notion as a fish without a bicycle. Equality shouldn’t be a concept we hope for our grandchildren to know. It needs to be a necessity. Something that we cannot live without.
I wanted to tell him that women already make 77 cents to the dollar that men make. And that we don’t need his harassment to make up for the lack of zeros on our pay check. And that my co-worker, John, has only been working here for three months - but he has already gotten twice the amount of promotions I have gotten in three years. I want him to feel the fear of going into my male boss’ office, uncertain if my lips will be asked to do things other than give a sales pitch. I want to tell him that I wore my deepest cut business suit to my job interview, because I knew it would it would appeal to him. I cannot wait to see the day where people do not base my intelligence off of my wardrobe.
I want to tell him no. I want to tell him stop. I want to ask him why.But instead of saying any of that, I just smile, and walk away. I try to stop my hips from swaying, because I know he is looking.
“Okay guys, I need three people to help shlep food from my car.” My mom asks my brother’s soccer team.
They look at each other, confused.
“She needs you to carry some stuff over to the field,” I clarify.
“Oohh.” One says.
Shlep - (sh-LEP): Verb
Definition: to carry, lug.
Growing up in a Jewish family taught me a lot. It taught me about holidays, it taught me about traditions, and of course, it taught me another language. Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that I learned Hebrew at Sunday School like every other Jewish kid. But, that’s where you are wrong. I did not learn Hebrew; and to this day, I do not know Hebrew. Instead, I learned Yinglish. “Yinglish” is the super original name that people use for the combination of Yiddish and English. People who speak it seamlessly can flow from English to Yiddish as if it were one language. If you don’t understand them, you better figure it out quickly.
“I hear you got a new puppy!” My mother’s friend says.
“Do you have a picture of her?”
“Of course! One second.” I show her a picture on my phone.
“Oh my gosh! Look at that face! Such a shayna punim!”
Shayna Punim - (SHEY-nuh puh-NIM): Noun
Definition: Pretty, sweet face.
Yiddish is the hybrid language between Hebrew and German. (In case you were wondering, that makes Yinglish a combination of German, Hebrew, and English.) It was spoken by Ashkenazi Jews all over the world. Ashkenazi Jews lived in Central or Eastern Europe. In the 19th century, my great great grandparents lived in eastern Europe, more specifically, Lithuania. Yiddish was their language. Yiddish was the common language of Jews in Eastern Europe at that time. The history of Yiddish in my family begins with my great great grandparents.
“Ugh, I have soooo much homework, it’s unbearable.” I whine.
“Stop kvetching about it, and just get it done.” My mom replies. “There is no use in talking about it.”
Kvetch - (k-FET-ch): Verb
Definition: to complain, to whine.
My great grandma, my great great grandparents’ daughter, was born in the US, and was educated in English despite her parents’ heritage. Since her parents did not know much English, they spoke Yiddish in their home. However, she had to know how to speak English to communicate with people outside of her family. While raising children, my great grandmother used Yiddish to speak to her husband so that her daughters (including my grandmother) wouldn’t understand. She forbid her daughters from learning Yiddish because she wanted them to be more American. That very quickly shaved down the Yiddish vocabulary that was passed on in my family.
“I really don’t want to go to this barbeque.” I told my Mom.
“We will only be there for a little bit. We can eat a little, schmooze a little, and then we can go.”
“Okay, but you always talk to people for FOREVER.”
“I’ll keep it short.” She promised.
Schmooze - (sh-MOOZ): Verb
Definition: to chat, talk.
My grandmother used Yiddish, but certainly not as much as her grandparents did. Since her mother did not let her learn Yiddish, she only picked up a few phrases here and there. She used these phrases while speaking to her Jewish friends or her family. She said them around the house, casually, as if you could hear them in any house on the block. The truth is, you probably could hear them in most houses on her block because she lived in a Jewish neighborhood. Yiddish has this funny way of connecting Jewish people. It is kind of like a secret language that everyone has the opportunity and resources to learn; but only the people who don’t have the choice of learning it, know it. As a writing piece by Bell Hooks says, “words impose themselves, take root in our memory against our will.” I will never be able to forget the Yiddish words that have taken root in my brain. They are a part of me.
“What happened to my coat?” Our family friend asks, confused.
“I hung it up on the coat rack. Is that okay? I can get it for you if you want.” I reply, concerned that I did the wrong thing.
“Oh, what a mensch! Thank you sweetheart.”
Mensch - (MEN-ch): Noun
Definition: a person of integrity, honor, or responsibility.
The Yiddish vocabulary quickly dwindled as it was passed down through generations in my family. But, I have tried my hardest to make sure it is still a prominent part of my life. My mom learned all the Yiddish she knows from her mom, and a little bit from her grandfather. The little Yiddish that I use, I learned from my mom. I have also picked up phrases and words just by being a part of a Jewish community. Sunday school and camp are two places that I have learned some Yiddish. However, it is hard to be a Jewish teen in the modern world, and not know some Yiddish. You might be surprised how much movies, that have a character that is a stereotypical Jewish grandmother or a Jewish New York native, can teach you about your own culture. Most people do not realize how much you can learn from stereotypes in a movie. I feel a deeper connection to the Yiddish language because it ties me to my history. It is my job to rebuild the Yiddish vocabulary in my family and my community.
“How are you today?” I ask the airline flight attendant. I see his yamaka, he sees my Star of David necklace. We have a common bond.
“I’m good. Long flight. How are you bubala?” He knows I will understand.
“I’m alright I guess. A little restless,” I admit.
Bubala - (BUH-buh-luh): Noun
Definition: (term of endearment) sweetie, darling. Traditionally used by grandmothers, refering to children.
Over time, the Yiddish language, used by my great great grandparents, became sentences. Those sentences became phrases, and those phrases became words. And eventually those words were etched into my brain. It was as if each of my ancestors shaped the vocabulary that came before them, to make it fit their life. Now it is my turn to change the Yiddish language so that it fits with my life. All of my ancestors have passed down a set of words that has now become a part of me. I grew up with those words. I identify with them. I understand them. I appreciate them. I have shaped the words, just as they have shaped me.
That’s the whole megillah, folks.
Megillah - (ma-GIL-uh): Noun
Definition: a long, detailed story.
Negative space is the part of a drawing or photograph that surrounds an object. It helps to highlight the image and draw attention to multiple parts of it, in a way that makes it look simple. Negative spaces lets you see the outline of the object you are looking at. This way, you can see it from two different perspectives.
Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your stool drawing?
1. In my cutout, I was able to find the negative space by looking at the stencil and identifying the two different colors. Based on those colors, I could see that the white shapes were the negative space and the dark grey areas were the objects. This helped me figure out what I should cut and how it compares/fits in with the other spaces.
2. In my negative space drawing, I found the negative space by looking at the things behind the still life. This made it so that I was able to focus on the outline of the mug and saucer. I shaded in the space that wasn’t part of the main object of the drawing. This is called the negative space.
Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?
It helps an artist to see in negative space because it adds depth to the drawing or photograph. You get to see some parts of the drawing that you wouldn’t usually be looking at.
How is negative space useful in creating art?
When creating art, you can do some very creative techniques with negative space to add depth and interesting aspects to your drawing. One thing that an artist can do is utilize the negative space to make the viewer see multiple images in the drawing.
b.) My learning this, it made my drawing much better. It made me realize that I couldn't draw any other lines. If I did draw any other lines, it ended up looking wrong. So, I only drew horizontal, vertical, and orthagonal lines, and that made my drawing look pleasing to the eye.
c.) If I were to redo this assignment, I would change two things. I would be even more careful to draw perfectly horizontal and perfectly vertical lines. I feel that I did pretty well, but there were a couple lines that were not perfect. Also, I would redo the floor tiles. The lines are very dark, which makes the tiles more prominent than the stools. Next time, I would draw them a little lighter.
d.) I would tell someone who had never drawn a perspective drawing that they should just take it one step at a time. At first it might seem like a crazy task to take on. But in the end, it ends up being very doable.
e.) The resource that helped me the most was Ms. Hull's perspective slide deck. This helped me because it gave me a place to start. It showed me the first steps of how to start.This really helped me because is the beginning, I had no idea where to start.
¡Hola! Me llamo Arianna Haven, mi apodo es Ari. Tengo catorce años. Soy estudiante de Science Leadership Academy (SLA). SLA está en la calle 22nd y la calle Arch. Está cerca de Trader Joe’s y la Franklin Institute. SLA es divertida y más o menos difícil. Hay cinco pisos. Hay más o menos quinientos estudiantes. Tenemos muchos actividades en SLA. Tenemos deportes y clubs. Mi deporte favorita es softball. En la primavera, yo voy a jugar softball. Participó en softball porque es muy fantástica.
Yo tengo ocho clases: inglés, tecnología, ingeniería, bioquímica, español, geometría, historia, y almuerzo. Mi clase favorita es geometría porque aprendo mucho. En geometría, siempre participamos y a veces trabajamos en proyectos. Nos divertimos en la clase de geometría. El Sr. Reddy enseña la clase. Para tener éxito es necesario trabajar duro y estar preparada. Nosotros prestamos mucho atención. Para la clase necessito una carpeta y un lápiz.
Sin embargo, SLA necessita los profesores. Él Sr. Todd enseña historia y el es mi consejero. El es muy simpático y divertido. El tiene una hija. Ella tiene un año. El Sr. Todd es más o menos bien profesor. Le encanta U.S. historia. La Srta. Hull enseña tecnología y arte. Es creativa y trabajadora. Ella le gusta dibujar y pasar tiempo con su familia. Tecnología es un poco difícil y interesante. No tengo arte.
Me gusta mucho SLA. Me gusta los estudiantes porque todos son casi siempre simpática. Lo que más me gusta de SLA es estar de vago con amigos a almuerzo. No me gusta las computadoras y las tabletas porque son muy horribles. En SLA es importante para trabaja duro y ser responsable. En total, SLA es algo chévere, increíblemente magnífica, y súper interesante.
Hi! My name is Arianna Haven, and this is my presentation about respiration. This project is for my 9th grade Bio-Chem class at Science Leadership Academy. Our job as a table was to create a presentation about either respiration or photosynthesis to be able to teach the class. My table group got respiration. We researched online and in text books all about respiration, and we created this. As a group we wanted to focus on/ learn about the start and end products of the respiration process. Because of our focus on this topic we learned that respiration starts with glucose and ends with ATP. Of course there are many other processes in between such as glycolysis, the electric transport train, and chemiosmosis. Although we learned so much as a group, I would change a few things. One of the things I would change is how we managed our time. I believe that if we planned out small “due-dates” for ourselves, we would have not been as stressed. However, all in all, I believe we did a great job, and were able to achieve our goal.
Below is a diagram from our presentation. However if you would like to view the whole presentation, CLICK HERE.
My name is Ari, and this is my slide! I believe that this slide very accurately represents me as a person, and my knowledge of design. When I created my slide, I had two goals: simple and easily understood. I used my research about slide and poster design to make the best slide I possibly could.