Blog Log #3 – Walking With Trees

The security of a forest
As I was going through several themes looking for an essay that would peak my interest, I found this essay about the way a forest could make this author feel safe. I think the initial reason that I wanted to write a blog log for this essay is that Pamela R. Lowe has a very powerful and metaphorical style of writing. A style of writing is very similar to the “The Book Thief”, the book I recently finished. I especially made the connection to the narrator, death from “The Book Thief” in the way they describe places from this quote; “Their calm was like a blanket on a sleeping child, a silent solace that quieted my heart and soothed my nerves. There, I found the strength to let go, forgive, surrender and finally become my true self — a beacon rather than a shadow, realizing that life was not a struggle, but a flow of rhythms and dances — complete and beautiful.” The author demonstrates her relationship between the forest and her father, in a truly enchanting manner with the way she manipulates her language throughout the essay. The exemplification of how she can be in so much peace when with nature is showing how a lot of people can find their inner peace in their safe places.

The link to Pamela R. Lowe essay:  https://thisibelieve.org/essay/5559

 

The Life of a Cell

The Story of the Cell:

Hello! Erythrocytes here, however, my friends call me red blood cell. Considering that I am and come from a family of cellular segments of blood. As a small, round and biconcave cell, my mother tells me that I am the perfect form for my type of cell. On the playground, I am quite flexible and I like to use my flexibility a lot to get around different things. My teacher says I am great at adapting to the shape of a bell to pass through tinier blood vessels. Sometimes I get a bit sad when I see my friends with their nucleus because I don’t have one. I do have hemoglobin that connects to the oxygen when I am doing my job in the classroom. The classroom job that I have is to help the host by carrying the oxygen and carbon dioxide. I bring the oxygen to the different parts of the body when bring the carbon dioxide to get rid of. The students are a bit jealous of my job is very important. Last year, my parents and I went on a trip distributing oxygen throughout the body. I am a lucky cell to be able to go throughout the whole of the body, some cells aren’t able to go in different places. However, I think the best place to be is in a blood vessel, where my home is. In my opinion, I have a cool membrane as it is made of lipids and proteins. Lipids are common molecules that are found in other types of cell, but I still think my membrane is very amazing. Something weird has been happening, for a bit of time. I am seeing less and less of the same type of cell as I am. My mom stated that it could be the cause of a cut in our area. Although my friend tells me that it could be that our host has anemia. This means that there are the lack of cells like me and could be bad for the host to continue living right. He said that it can happen if there is a bad accident on our host. I having been wishing a lot that it is not the what my dad said because that means I could die.

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The Making of the Cell Story:

When I was making the story for the cell that I received, I used questions to guide how my story was going to go. The questions that I had came up with to help were; Where can my cell be found in the body? What is the function of this cell? How does the cell appear? “Why is the cell in the body? What things would happen without this cell? One of the new digital tool that I used for this project was the search engine “Gale”. In the past, I have used the tool “Gale” however in this project, I was able to use more of the tools in provided in the program. I found that it was easier to use the highlight feature when looking for important information. One of the familiar digital tools that I used was using google as a search engine. My process for investigating a topic is to start with either google or one of the new search engine that are provided from the school. Then using my questioning skills to determine if the source I am using is trustworthy or not. After, I will take the important information and put it in to my own words. The thing in the whole process that I found to be the hardest, was probably the part when using “Gale” and trying to find something that was not over complicated to understand.

My sources:

Blaser, Larry. “Anemia.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 5th ed., Gale, 2014. Science In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CV2644030104/SCIC?u=43riss&sid=SCIC&xid=128fbf2c.

Talbot-Oapsby, Matthew. “Artificial Red Blood Cells.” Popular Science, Jan.-Feb. 2018, p. 90. Science In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A519724117/SCIC?u=43riss&sid=SCIC&xid=66d3a585. Accessed 2 May 2018.

https://www.britannica.com/science/red-blood-cell

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentID=34&ContentTypeID=160

 

 

Discomfort can be a Good Thing – Blog Log #2

I like to think of myself as a determined person, however, I don’t particularly like the discomfort, that trying can have. So, the title “Discomfort” received my attention as I want to discover why someone was saying it could be good and important to be feeling. Daniel Libman, the author, of “Discomfort” reveals how he believes in discomfort, after completing a week-long bike ride in the Rocky Mountains. The author is insightful to the ways of how being uncomfortable can end up making the goal more rewarding. A connection that I have is  when I am doing a triathlon and how I am usually quite sore and tried throughout. However, as I am finishing the race and passing over the finish line, all the discomfort makes me feel even more proud of my achievement. I believe that with the discomfort that you are feeling, the end product will be more rewarding.

Here is the link to the essay: https://thisibelieve.org/essay/108184/

 

The Sounds of Screen – The Veldt

Ray Bradbury’s short story The Veldt is about the Hadley family and how they live in a house is completely run by machinery. Bradbury illustrates the way how the majority of humanity is headed if we continue down this path when using technology. My poem was heavily inspired of the Veldt and how technology can change the dynamics between families and friends.

The Sounds of Screen

Tap, tap, tap

What is this, a new app?

Replacing, taking our time that we state is so precious

We are reckless

 

Kids are being disconnected from friends and parents

And having them be exchanged with technology parrots

Sure parrots are great they say

But when you reach the point in time where everything is grey

The guidance of a real and I mean real person is the doorway

 

Likes and comments might fill you with false happiness

However, with one dislike or mean statement

Bam!

Be carful the internet can be quite ravenous

 

We treat this tool as child’s play

Yet it is almost at our doomsday.

But, I mean what do we even think?

The next generation can deal with the problem of our tech, right?

 

No, let us take flight towards the daylight

We have the power to rewrite

It is important that we ignore the wants of our overconsumption

Time to stop making assumptions

 

Blog Log #1 – The Power of Story

How Stories Can Change Your Perspective

I love the thrill of reading and getting transported to a different world, so when I saw the title of this essay, “The Power of Story”, I knew that it would be of great interest to me. Nathan Alling Long did an amazing job of keeping me engaged the whole time with his style of writing. Also, I like how when talking about the power of story; his writing was reflection of a past event during his childhood; showing great imagery. I was instantly reminded how as children, we have such a grand imagination and our way of coping is quite polar compared to adults. The author illustrates this when he thought that his dog was on an adventure with wolves when his dog was missing; “My wolf days are over,” Gracie seemed to say “I’m back to being a dog”. Mr. Long establishes early on in the essay that the power of stories are what can change our perspective on certain aspects of life.

https://thisibelieve.org/essay/170825/

Collaboration Fluency – Static Electricity

The Execute:

This is our chart of the different combination and the amount of charge they give off.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examine:

As we were working on finding the best combination of the pairs, we found that fur was working for the vast majority of the materials. After we finish the chart, either fur with the ebonite or the plastic spoon was the ones who gave off the strongest charge. The weakest pairs were any of the combinations with wood or aluminum, they all gave off no charge. We work very good in our group, making sure that everyone was doing their part. The timeline that we had set out, we followed quite well because we had a plan, the work was done quickly. One thing that we could of done better was being more organize on our chart.