Thursday, December 8, 2016

Final Assignment Anthology

Thalia Nunez
English 101-005: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
Final Assignment
Our relationship with food represents our innermost thoughts and feelings. This relationship can be very deep and telling. It plays a role in the way we evolve individually, culturally, spiritually, and socially, and politically. In “Food, Feelings, and Film,” we were given the chance to write about the importance of the role food plays in affecting emotion. In doing so, we created an assignment blog that covered many of these ideas through different modes and means of writing/expression.
These blog posts included cooking show scripts, voiceovers, photograph essays, etc. The specific blog posts I chose to revise and elaborate on for this anthology were “Sustainability at Emory,” “Breaking the Fast,” the “Eat Drink Man Woman” voiceover, my feeling pie from the film Waitress, and the photograph essay.
The assignment for the “Sustainability at Emory” post was to reflect and write about our experience with sustainability and how it affects our lives. I chose to start with this post for the anthology because I believe it was important for me to initially discover how important food is in my daily life and the lives of others. As I made the transition into college, I especially realized how and why locally produced foods hold such importance. The next post I chose was the food and religion assignment that I named “Breaking the Fast”. Our assignment was to reflect on food’s effect on our respective religions. I chose to include this post next because it spoke about how how food relates to my life directly. I think it was a nice transition from the sustainability post because my mom retrieves the meat we can’t eat on the Fridays of Lent from local farm markets.
Film played a huge role in the theme of this course. As a result, we watched films that related to food and ultimately had different assignments covering these movies. We watched the intro to “Eat Drink Man Woman” and were prompted to compose a voiceover for it. This was an interesting task because I had never done it before, but it allowed me to think and write creatively.. Next, I chose to include the feelings pie post. We watched the film Waitress, a film in which the main character used her pies as an expression of her emotions. As a result, we were instructed to make our very own pie depicting a feeling that we had been experiencing. I thought this assignment related to the theme of this class exceptionally well because it tied both food and feelings together. I had an amazing time constructing this blog post. Lastly, I chose to include the photo essay. One of our Course Learning Outcomes was to “compose text in multiple genres, using and engaging multiple modes.” One of these modes was photography. We had to compose a photograph essay and then introduce it using the feeling we chose to express through these photos. This was probably one of the most challenging blog posts for me because I had never done anything like this, but it was a lot of fun to experience it.

Original #4: Waitress: Feeling Pie

Through each of these writings, I was able to understand each of the course’s key terms. Each of these posts exhibited a new genre. Genres of nonfiction and fiction were depicted through voiceover, reviews, photography, and typical prose writing. Each of these posts appealed to different audiences. For example, the sustainability post appealed to an audience interested in understanding why sustainability is important, the Amazon customer review appealed to dairy consumers who are interested in this milk product, the voiceover appealed to those who may be interested in movies that focus heavily on food, the feelings pie post might’ve appealed to people who have seen Waitress and therefore, might be interested in my own pie, and the photo essay might appeal to an audience who is interested in inspirational photos that bring about happiness, serenity, and stability.
As mentioned in the introduction, these posts related to the course’s learning objectives in many different ways. The photograph essay allowed me to write and compose in the mode of photography. We were also able to write academically and expressively. My “Sustainability at Emory” and “Breaking the Fast” posts were more on the academic side of the writing spectrum, whereas the rest of the blog posts I chose for the anthology allowed me to write and compose creatively.
One of the other course objectives was to work in stages to obtain a final product of writing. I firmly believe that I was able to work efficiently throughout the semester to be successful in fulfilling this course objective. Even this anthology gave me the opportunity to go back to some of my posts and revise them. For example, my introduction for the photograph essay wasn’t originally as strong as it could’ve been. I didn’t effectively include the emotion I wanted to convey in my intro. My first sentence stated, “Inspiration has the ability to introduce people to an endless amount of possibilities by allowing them to think beyond their ordinary beliefs and lifestyles.”  I edited it to “The emotions associated with inspiration have the ability to introduce people to an endless amount of possibilities by allowing them to think beyond their ordinary beliefs and lifestyles.” Then, I later elaborated on those emotions associated with inspiration, such as happiness, stability, and serenity. I think it is also an accomplishment because I came to understand over the course of this semester that no matter how many times I will revise a piece of writing, there is always room for improvement. Ultimately, the assignment blog gave me a way to express my emotions in relation to food through both academic and creative pieces of writing.

Food and Religion: Breaking the Fast (Revised)

Thalia Nunez
English 101: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
September 12, 2016
Breaking the Fast
The forty sixth day prior to Easter arrives and my taste buds cringe. The season of Lent is around the corner.  No meat Fridays and forty pasta-less days are approaching me. Ash Wednesday is one of this foodie’s least favorite days of the year.
The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season of feasting, prayer, reflection, and preparation lasting forty days before Easter. Lent reminds Catholics of the suffering Jesus underwent leading up to his crucifixion while Easter is a celebration commemorating Jesus’ resurrection after his death on the cross. Roman Catholics fast for forty days in efforts to emulate and experience the sacrifice Jesus Christ made while living in the desert for forty days prior to his crucifixion.
When “Fat Tuesday” comes around, I take the opportunity to indulge in a delicious pasta dish one last time for the next couple of weeks to come. I dread Ash Wednesday every year no matter how much I’ve prepared for it. After all, giving up my favorite food is not a piece of cake. Growing up in a very religious Roman Catholic family meant partaking in this fast every year. When I was 14 years old, I made the decision to give up pasta for Lent. I had lost a few pounds after the forty days and ultimately decided to continue on with this newfound tradition every year. Forty days of somewhat healthy eating is not easy. Fruit, vegetables, meat, and occasionally rice are the only constituents of my diet. The word lent derives from the word lenten, which means a time of lengthening days. Indeed, this season without pasta seems to lengthen way beyond forty days. Although these days are long and arduous, I can’t help but remind myself the finish line is quickly approaching.
I anticipate the breaking of the fast on Easter Sunday every year. I look forward to being struck by the scent of pasta in garlic and oil the minute I walk into my grandma’s house on this joyous Sunday. I am reminded of how great it feels to have successfully fasted in honor of Jesus Christ. I am just as ecstatic to break fast as I am to be apart of this religion.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sustainability at Emory: (Revised)

Thalia Nunez
English 101: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
September 21, 2016
Sustainability at Emory
I often find myself thinking about what sustainability means to me now that I am here at Emory. Prior to college, it wasn’t really something I thought about frequently. According to Emory Sustainability, sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.” Emory University has identified sustainability as one of its leading concerns. With that comes Emory’s vision, which is “to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University’s impact on the local environment.”
One of the first things I noticed on campus was that almost everyone uses reusable water bottles. I quickly understood how important it is to avoid drinking from plastic water bottles so I went out and bought an Emory reusable water bottle. I was surprised to learn how Tuesdays were celebrated here when I stepped foot on campus. I came to learn that the university hosts a farmers market every Tuesday on Cox bridge. I have also learned that the food served at Emory’s dining halls are locally grown and produced. I think this is especially important because locally grown foods have been proved to be healthier. The nutrients in locally grown foods do not need to be artificially preserved, these foods are sold directly to the consumers, and they also tend to be less expensive. I have become a lot more conscious of my surroundings, the foods I consume, and how important it is to make sustainable efforts.  It comforts me to know that the university I attend is gradually making a positive difference in the world.

English 101: Photograph Essay (Revised)

Thalia Nunez
English 101: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
October 21, 2016

Photograph Essay

The emotions associated with inspiration have the ability to introduce people to an endless amount of possibilities by allowing them to think beyond their ordinary beliefs and lifestyles. They alter the way people perceive their capabilities, thoughts, beliefs, talents, and ideas. They also give us the chance to escape the real word and imagine ourselves in a space beyond our realities. This arrangement of photos depicts the happiness, stability, invitational, and serene aspects in correspondence to inspiration involving oneself and/or others.

The first photo is a picture taken of a road transcending into the sunset from a car. When I was riding in the car and I came across this sunset, I couldn't help but feel inspired. The blue tone in the sky had this calming effect on me. As a result, I felt motivated to take advantage of the endless possibilities lingering in that sunset.

The second photo I took is of a friend looking out into the distance in Central Park in New York City. When I see this photo I think about how introspective my friend was in this very moment. I then reflect on my life and automatically become inspired to take a walk in that park and become reminded of all that nature has to offer me. This picture evokes a sense of stability within me. I feel impelled to utilize my resources and make even the slightest change in the world. I am confident I can reach my destination if my goals remain stable, but how am I going to get there? I have so many rocks to step on and so many paths to take, but how exactly will I successfully reach my destination?

The third picture is a picture I took in New York City at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue on my walk to school. I always refer back to this picture when I need a source of inspiration. I can always depend on the city for the happiness it blesses me with. This picture represents the different walks of life in NYC. Despite the many different directions the pedestrians are headed towards, each one of them is focused on walking their path and finding their place.

I chose this arrangement of photos because it goes from reflecting on my own life, to reflecting on the life of another singular person, to finally reflecting on the lives of a few other people. These three photos evoke a sense of inspiration for me. 
#beautifulsunset #trees #road #inspiration #happiness

#awalkincentralpark #reflection #inspiration

#NYC #thecitythatneversleeps #focused #pedestrians #inspiration

Waitress: The Feeling Pie (Revised)

Thalia Nunez
English 101-005: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
The Taboo Pie
The inside of this pie consists of fried oreos, which depict the happiness I experienced as a child every year at the Saint Helen’s feast in Howard Beach, New York. About 30 oreos will be submerged in pancake batter, fried in a pan with oil, and then placed around a pie pan starting on the outskirts of the pan going towards the center of the pan. The fried oreos will make up three layers of the pie’s core. Lemon meringue will compose the outside layer of the pie. The contrasting taste between the chocolate and the lemon will be the Taboo pie’s defining aspect.

This pie derives from the feeling of happiness that is often overshadowed by the constant threat society poses to that happiness. We can only be so happy. It feels like the amount of contentment we can experience is limited by the world we live in. No society can be flourishing and happy when the greater part of that society is poor and miserable. Therefore, the rest of the individuals who encompass that society are directly affected. As a result, it becomes easy for those individuals to hold back from being the genuine people they wish to be. It is important to remind ourselves to keep on moving forward despite the harsh realities of the world.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cooking Show Script

Thalia Nunez
English 101-005: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
November 26, 2016
The Madeleine Process
       Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this morning’s episode of my cooking show. Today we are going to be making madeleine cookies. These cookies hold a very special place in my heart. I always remember my aunt being addicted to these cakes when I was younger. They were the prized possession on Sundays and every holiday dinner. [As I am talking, I will retrieve the ingredients from the refrigerator and the pantry. The camera can follow me from behind and zoom in on the ingredients when I take them out.] We will need three large eggs, powdered sugar, flour, unsalted butter, a scooper, a sifter, shell shaped cookie baking sheets, mixing bowls, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
I think it’s time to get into the creation of these heavenly cookies. We will start off by taking three large eggs and dumping them into this aluminum mixing bowl. Then, I will add a half a cup of granulated white sugar and two tablespoons of light brown sugar to the mixture. Next, I am going to beat the mixture so that it creates a thick consistency. As I am beating the mixture, I will add a half a cup of melted unsalted butter. [The camera will zoom in on the butter as I pour it into a pot to melt and then pan up to meet me, the baker using a tilt shot] I will pour one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and the butter once it has been melted into the bowl. Continue to beat that until the batter takes on more of a liquidy consistency. [The camera will capture the batter falling through the whisk and into the bowl again when I pick up the whisk that had been mixing it with the help of a high angle shot.] Then, I am going to take one cup of all purpose flour, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt, and a half a teaspoon of baking powder. I am going to whisk these dry ingredients together in a small glass mixing bowl. I am going to use a sifter to sift about a half of the dry ingredients over top the batter in the bigger bowl. [The camera will focus on the dry ingredients falling through the holes of the sifter into the bowl]. Then you mix the dry ingredients and the batter together so that they fold into one another and ultimately, become one. Then, I am going to add the other half of the dry ingredients from the smaller bowl into the batter using the sifter once again. I am going to continue to mix this completely. This entire mix should then be placed in the fridge to cool and harden for about an hour prior to baking. [The camera will follow behind me as I bring the bowl to the fridge and place it in.] I am going to make sure to buy madeleine shaped cookie sheets from the supermarket. I will melt some more butter and spread that and flour throughout each of the shells so that the batter does not stick to the sheet while baking. I am going to retrieve the batter from the refrigerator. Then I use a scooper to obtain a ball of batter and then place that into the center of each cookie shape on the sheet. [For this entire scene, the camera will not be capturing me. Instead, it will be intently focusing on the baking preparations.] Then, I am going to place the cookie sheets in the oven for about 10-13 minutes. After the 13 minutes, I take out the madeleines and finish them by sprinkling a little powdered sugar over top them.

The best part is finally here. We can now bite into them and see how they taste. Yummm, these are delicious. “Suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on those mornings I did not go out before mass), when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom,my aunt LĂ©onie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane. The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it; perhaps because I had so often seen such things in the meantime, without tasting them, on the trays in pastry-cooks' windows, that their image had dissociated itself from those Combray days to take its place among others more recent; perhaps because of those memories, so long abandoned and put out of mind, nothing now survived, everything was scattered; the shapes of things, including that of the little scallop-shell of pastry, so richly sensual under its severe, religious folds, were either obliterated or had been so long dormant as to have lost the power of expansion which would have allowed them to resume their place in my consciousness.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Reflection of Blog Post

Thalia Nunez
English 101: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
Reflection of Food Blog Post: The Taboo Pie
The process of writing this blog post was quite enjoyable. The idea of creating your own pie that depicts your feelings is a really interesting concept adopted from the movie Waitress. This blog post did not take me long to write, especially because I immediately had an idea and knew how I wanted to let it unfold. I think that in the beginning of the semester I wouldn’t been able to think of an idea in the moment the assignment was assigned. I firmly believe my creativity has developed as a consequence of this class. I find myself frequently thinking outside of the box lately. I don’t just take the first idea that pops into my head and run with it. I now like to reflect on what else could come out of that initial thought or idea. As a result, I conclude with more of a creative idea that I am usually proud of.

However, every piece of my writing can use a little more improvement. For example, I did not thoroughly proofread “The Taboo Pie” post. Now reading it over again, I have found a few errors. Firstly, I begin the post with an incomplete sentence. It reads, “Fried oreos in the inside, depicting the happiness I experienced as a child every year at the Saint Helen’s feast in Howard Beach, New York.” I would alter this sentence to make it, “The center of this taboo pie will be composed of fried oreos, depicting the happiness I experienced as a child every year at the Saint Helen’s feast in Howard Beach, New York.” The next sentence I would revise is “Lemon meringue batter will be poured to fill up all of the space between the oreos to make up the outside layer and the crust of the pie.” I would change this sentence so that the phrasing would not be as awkward and passive voice would not be used. I would edit it to “I will pour lemon meringue batter into the space around the oreos in order to construct the crusty outside layer of this pie. I like the way I explained the feeling the pie represents, but I think I could be more clear in explaining how I will make my pie. I don’t really know how to make pie so it was difficult for me to use language that made sense in constructing this pie.