My very own nuggets of wisdom

Hello folks, here are my three “wise nugs” from my practice interview with a clinical counsellor.

  1. If you care about your clients, you are a good clinical counsellor. Your success rates, grades, and assessments do not define your strengths.
  2. As much as this job is the “study of the brain” sometimes, our own brains are the ones we can’t understand. Try not to overthink things.
  3. Be prepared to listen to people. Arguably, the most important part of this job, is being a good team member.

Thats all!

The spice of life

Hey, Hey, Hey!

So… eminent is fast approaching and I am being overwhelmed with deadlines, and dates, and wow! Anyways, I figured (when I say I figured, it really means it was assigned) that I should post a rough outline of what my speech might focus on/what I plan on talking about. If you don’t know, my eminent person is Julia Child. She was a chef who inspired home cooks all over America, to pick up their pots and pans, and give French cooking a try. If you need more of a refresher than that, feel free to check out my nifty guide to all things Julia

So lets hop into it, shall we?

Throughout my speech, I am going to try and have a continuous metaphor between spices on a chicken (which I will be seasoning during my speech) and my life. This is because Julia had originally aspired to be a writer, and was a huge fan of poetry and the sorts, before and after being introduced to cooking.

Exposition: I’m hoping that someone is going to introduce me, and make it obvious that I am filming my cooking show “The French Chef”. I am then going to pull out a chicken and start preparing it for cooking.

Inciting Incident: I will mention my parents, and how they never quite achieved my definition of success. I will talk about how making money, doesn’t define a persons imprint on the world. It will be obvious, that I, Julia Child want to do something meaningful with the time I have. I will crank up the heat in my ‘oven’ because what is the point of wasting time letting it slowly heat up, if I can fast forward and make the most of the time I have… see the correlation?

Rising action: I’ll really drive the point home about how concerned I (Julia) was that I would be unsuccessful in my life endeavours. How after years of trying, I was thirty four, without a job or partner, and rapidly losing hope. I will select the spices which I want to use with care, as I want everything to turn out perfectly, but it never seems to. This is when I meet Paul, and accidentally spill the spices. All of the hope that I had for my chicken (or life) is flipped upside down, because I had been barking up the wrong tree, or putting all my eggs in one basket. But, I finally am introduced to food when I meet Paul, and therefore realize that a chicken requires much more seasoning anyways. Bland food, is well, bland. At some point here I will say “Everything in moderation, including moderation” which is a famous Julia Child quote, so I’m sure a few people will recognize it.

Climax: I put the chicken in the oven, and hope for the best, just as I begin working on the cookbook which took over a decade to finish. Once I put that time into the cook book, it becomes my obsession. Without it’s success, I will go broke, so this is an extremely defining time in my life.

Falling Action: I will take the chicken out of the oven, and carve it up for eating. I will realize that by taking so long seasoning certain parts of the bird, and accepting my mistakes for the rest of it, I have created a more diverse, and full chicken and character choice, which I do not regret. It has the whole “Don’t rush into things too early vibe to it”.

Resolution: I will end with the classic Bon Appetite! And take a bite out of the chicken. My face of pure joy will showcase the fact that I am proud of what my life has become.

 

Alright, see you again soon folks!

“Find something you are passionate about, and keep tremendously interested in it” -Julia Child

 

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Perhaps you’ve heard the name Julia Child, or maybe you knew the iconic chef as simply, Julia. A towering personality with a kind heart, and a boisterous attitude, Julia stood out from any crowd. I watched a movie called Julie and Julia, about Julia Child in my foods class last year, and was immediately drawn to the way Meryl Streep portrayed this passionate woman. Streep did a lot of research before taking on this role, so I knew that Julia must have been just as joyful and as deep of a person as she was depicted in the movie. After some further research, I fell in love with this woman, who I had never seen, even on TV. I, as an actress, am interested in how she maintained such a positive outlook on life, and her fanbase. I also want to learn more about the style of television which she starred on, where there was no editing.

 

From what I have learnt through my research, young Julia Child sounds a lot like I do. She didn’t really know what she wanted to do with her life until she was in her 30’s. She never had to cook for herself, so she was never interested in food. It wasn’t until she met her future husband that she learnt about fine dining, or food in general. Julia grew up playing sports, as I did. She even toyed with the idea of

becoming a performer. Julia, like myself, was fortunate enough to have both of her parents growing up. She also was part of a more upper-class family.

I don’t know that I see myself pursuing a career in foods, since it is not a hobby of mine. Julia didn’t know a thing about cooking until later on in her life, and still ended up becoming one of the most widely popular chef’s of her time; I suppose that I might be a chef one day.

Julia Child has been known to always choose the more challenging road in her life. She didn’t  like people claiming that she had it easy. She was also someone who found value in making mistakes. She didn’t appreciate people using her cookbooks, or learning from her TV show, but not revealing their growth. The reason that she did not approve of Julie Powell’s popular mission to make every recipe in her cookbook in one year, was due to the fact that Powell never admitted her mistakes. Instead she wrote of her success, and hid any learning or discoveries that she made, from the public. Julia Child believed that, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” She was alarmed by Powell’s fear of making mistakes, and didn’t want the public to view her that way as well. I am worried that by trying to embody Julia Child, I might do a disservice to her. I don’t want to spend hours fretting over my speech, because it is not something Julie would do; at the same time, this is still a project, and I need to make an effort. It will be a fine line to balance on, between over doing it and undergoing it, but I am ready for that task.

I think that it will also be a challenge for me to impersonate Julia’s accent during my speech, without being offensive. This connects to my grade nine IEP goals, and how I learnt about different accents, but also to my grade ten acting goal. If I spend enough time perfecting her accent, I could easily put French accent down on my resume, which is not a bad thing if I am trying to get jobs.

This year, I went on the library trip for the first time. Last year I was sick, and had to go to the library closer to my home, so going to a seven floor building filled with books, was amazing. Before the library trip, I knew that I was either going to study Julia Child, or Ellen DeGeneres, but was in a real quandary on who I should pick. As soon as I got to the library, I looked up both of my contenders names on the research computers to see the kinds of books that they had under their names. After about two minutes, I realized just how much I wanted to do Julia. I still have a huge amount of respect for Ellen, but the information that was available on Julia was what left me awestruck. A whole section of the library was dedicated to my eminent person alone. Between autobiographies, biographies, cooking books, and novels Julia had written to accompany her television programs, the section was packed full. I hadn’t realized that Julia was an author though, which is what truly attracted me to her. I got four books, because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, but I easily could have selected more titles. As I walked away from the trip, I, a) was ten times more confident in my project, and b) was engrossed in a biography by Laura Shapiro.

I am so ready for this project!

As Julia said, “Everything in moderation including moderation.” So I am not even making an attempt to control my excitement. HERE WE GO!

I’m a movie reviewer?

As an avid reader, I am prone to immediately favour a story over a film, and this is no exception. I have always loved the feeling of paper in my palms, so unfortunately, no matter how well thought out a film may be, it would be betrayal for me to prefer it. “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, remains shallow in its attempt to explore different character’s thoughts and feelings. Part of what forms the plot, and theme of this short story, is our lack of knowledge on what is going through their heads. The film “2081,” however, tries to rob us of this feeling, by thoroughly depicting George’s imagination, and by giving Harrison depth. Instead of framing him as communistic and selfish, we see Harrison nearly shed a tear. He says, “So now I stand before you today: beaten, hobbled and sickened, but sadly, not broken.” Harrison does not try and become their dictator. He doesn’t try and take over the world. He simply tries to reveal the unfairness of the society which he lives in. The film, shows him as caring more about the well being of these people whom he’s never met, than surviving. The story also leaves more room for a proper description of this dystopian world, whereas the film left me feeling deprived of an explanation. The story goes in-depth about what the handicaps look like, why they are used, and exactly how they work. “They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in,” claims Vonnegut. But when the opening credits on the film finished being played, the first thing I noticed, was how different the handicaps looked, from what I had imagined. George has a simple black rectangle on his chest, which is attached to him with straps. The handicaps look nothing like the mis-matched items that had been described. I was disappointed. These differences between story and film, would have never occurred, had the film been done more directly relating to the story. I am not saying that a paper copy is a better medium for telling it, I just believe that it is more effective, due to the way the director has depicted this classic. I might have liked it better, had the film stayed more to the original plot line, and character personalities. I do however, admire Chandler Tuttle for taking on such a challenging story, and representing it in a way which is more widely understood by the public.

First week of blog responses

October 6th-First blog post

While listening to and discussing Stuart Mclean’s Safe Places, and Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story, I realize that I have lived with the idea that the outside world is very different from the one I live in. I have been told since the day I was born, that I live a sheltered life, but I’m beginning to believe the opposite. The simple rapping sound on a door can surface bad thoughts in my head, after the terrorist attacks, gun violence, and protests against humanity. I now realize how irrational some of these thoughts are, since watching Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”. I have been told that the world is dangerous, so it can be hard to maintain a positive attitude with all that is happening in the United States right now. When my father recently mentioned what a dangerous place the world is getting to be, I realized that he too, was tainted by Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘single story’ theory. We don’t hear about the school that reached a goal in regards to money raised for cancer research; or the group of children who play in the same playground as their parents did, years before. Because we are “Show[n] a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become” (9:27). The bias that is demonstrated in all forms of media, contributes to our ignorance of the “Safe places,” in our world, which Stuart Mclean tells us about. It also perpetuates the idea that the world is a dangerous place. By taking both of these intelligent peoples’ words to heart, we understand that there are happy individuals all over the globe, and that every story we hear is only a fraction of the one that humankind has experienced.

 

October 10-Second Blog post

As a European living in an urban neighbourhood, I have never experienced the discrimination that David Suzuki writes about in “Racism”. However, I have witnessed the injustice and inequity every day. While I can’t directly relate to Suzuki’s world, I know that unfairness is not an unheard concept to most people. I appreciate Suzuki speaking up, and standing for what he believes in, just as he asks us to do when he writes, “I hope that all of you will speak out against racism and bigotry whenever you encounter it” (30). Unfortunately, as a person of privilege, I can sometimes forget the toll that racism has on people, and it is something that I am ashamed of. These individual’s struggles are because of people who looked a lot like me; they are ridiculed on a daily basis from people who also look like me. As much as I am disgusted to say this, it was my ancestors that decreased David Suzuki’s quality of life, and therefore, I feel it my duty to feel bad about the circumstances that people face every day.  I believe that we are all equal, and that “Equality before the law, freedom of speech and movement, and the right to vote are principles of democracy,” (16) that everyone deserves. Despite my appearance, I will always fight for equality, and I do it for people like Ganhi and Tiisaan.

The effect of being grateful

           Morley learns through the course of Stuart McLean’s “Emil,” that being grateful can increase a person’s emotional well being. It is a heartwarming story where Morley, over time, learns a lot about herself and society from Emil, who is a homeless man in her community. Emil has nothing in terms of the materialistic world, but somehow he draws from an infinite internal bank of happiness, that even the richest people can’t afford. Morley is sympathetic to Emil’s financial situation, so she tries to give him money, but Emil says, “I don’t need it, I have enough. I have enough.”  He is grateful for everything he has, and doesn’t require Morley’s mundane financial value. Emil wants meaningful relationships, so he eventually builds one with Morley. She begins to realize that her happiness relies on that of the people around her, so she tries to make the community’s mood brighter. When Emil gives her some of the money that he wins from the lottery, she has the chance to run off with it, but instead she, “[is] going to give it back to him.” She doesn’t regret giving Emil the money, because she knows that she doesn’t need it to be happy.

I volunteer as tribute…

The scene where Katniss takes Prim’s spot in the games, is particularly telling to Katniss as a person, because before such occurrences, she seemed like an extremely flat character. “‘Prim!’ The strangled cry comes out of my throat, and my muscles begin to move again.” I had to reread that line about three times, before comprehending what Katniss wanted to do, and yet I was still baffled when “With one sweep of [her] arm, [she] push[ed] [Prim] behind [her].” and volunteered as tribute. However, because of that line, the connection between the sisters becomes apparent, and Katniss’ intentions moving forward seem more sensible. While surviving in District 12 is a challenge that Katniss overcomes every day, dying would be much easier for her than watching Prim suffer. I like seeing that close bond between sisters, even though its roots are from bad times, because it gives Katniss so much more depth, and is a refreshing break from the stereotypical fighting sibling relationship. Obviously I don’t live in such a dystopian world, but if I did, I could see myself responding similarly to Katniss. My little sister means the world to me, and perhaps it’s selfish, but I couldn’t live with myself if she was sent to the Hunger games and I hadn’t done everything I could to stop her. Katniss’ values represent the same ones most older siblings have, just in a more extreme way. Despite the fact that Katniss is signing up for a blood battle, she is doing it as a socially responsible individual. She is “consider[ing] the interdependence of people with each other, and the natural environment,” (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies/social-responsibility) and saving a young person with her life ahead of her, and many other people from having to witness such an innocent child be put in harm’s way. Katniss is always acting for the sake of others, never herself.

The story of my life (Or should I say paragraph)

I was exhausted…

The harsh buzzing of my alarm clock baited me out of bed like a cracked muscle to minnows. As I left my drowsy headquarters, the composite threshold of my bedroom door snapped in half like a slingshot when I mistakenly stepped on it. My ankle saw the worst of it, with little splinters like grass, running up and down my lower shin. I tip toed downstairs, but only after tediously pulling each sliver out of my now bleeding leg. When I got downstairs, I realized that we had run out of bread to make toast with, so I opted for some cold yogurt with fresh berries instead. After carefully pouring the creamy solution into a zigzag pattern in the bowl, I crept to the fridge in search of our freshly bought blueberries. Only then did I discover they were sprouting some green fuzz, like an adolescent version of the grinch, who had yet to shave for the first time. I gave up, and ran out of the front door with a granola bar in hand; I knew that it was going to be an extremely long day.

Mackenzie’s Talon Talk- Mental illness and sleep patterns

Hola TALONted folks, I’m back!

Recently we were given the project of creating our own ted talk format video, that is science related. Mine is on mental illness’ and their relationship to sleeping patterns, feel free to watch and comment.

Works Cited
Anderson, Kirstie N., and Andrew J. Bradley. “Sleep Disturbance in Mental Health Problems and Neurodegenerative Disease.” Nature and Science of Sleep. Dove Medical Press, 2013. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3674021/>.
AsapSCIENCE. “How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?” YouTube. YouTube, 27 July 2014. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVQlcxiQlzI>.
AsapSCIENCE. “What If You Stopped Sleeping?” YouTube. YouTube, 22 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNhDkKAvxFk>.
“The Complex Relationship Between Sleep, Depression & Anxiety.” Excessive Sleepiness. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/the-complex-relationship-between-sleep-depression-anxiety>.
(DCD), Digital Communications Division. “What Are the Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders?” HHS.gov. N.p., 21 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.hhs.gov/answers/mental-health-and-substance-abuse/what-are-the-five-major-types-of-anxiety-disorders/index.html>.
“Electrode.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 June 2017. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrode>.
N.p., n.d. Web. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrooculography>.
Publications, Harvard Health. “Sleep and Mental Health.” Harvard Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Sleep-and-mental-health>.
Schmerler, Jessica. “Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?” Scientific American. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/q-a-why-is-blue-light-before-bedtime-bad-for-sleep/>.
“Sleep Disorders.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/sleep-disorders>.
“Teens and Sleep.” National Sleep Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep/page/0/1>.

 

Now go get some sleep!

My 6.77 hectare footprint…

Hey TALONted folks, its been a while, but I am still here. For our most recent project, we were required to identify the impact of our ecological footprints, and try to lessen the number. If you don’t know what an ecological footprint is, do some reading before continuing…

 

THE PLAN

My footprint was surprisingly, small compared to students in my classroom, at only 6.77 hectares. The average on a larger scale is usually between 7-10 hectares per capita (In Canada) although it does vary greatly. In our class, the mean was over ten!

I can still decrease my footprint though, which is what I am working towards. The category which I am not doing so well with, is the amount of water I use in a day. My showers are currently much longer than they need to be (15 minutes), which I could easily shorten to five minutes. I could also start washing more clothes in cold water, instead of always using energy to heat it up. Unfortunately, this probably means that I will have to start sorting even more clothes, to pick out the clothing that isn’t extremely dirty, and could do with a cold cycle.

I also may or may not have the problem, where I am the tallest person in my family, therefore I don’t receive many hand-me-downs, although my sister gets most of my old clothes. I could start sewing some of my own clothes, or at least repair some of the lightly damaged articles. Perhaps I will learn how to darn socks! It also wouldn’t hurt to re-wear some outfits, instead of washing them after every use.

My family is pretty good with recycling and compost etc, but unfortunately our city doesn’t collect plastic bags; there are places that we could go every once in a while, to recycle our plastic bags, even if it was only once a month. We are also NOT very environmentally friendly when it comes to our household cleaner. We often aim to save a few dollars, rather than be kind to the fish. Next time we are at the store, I might be able to convince my mom that phosphate free soap is a much better option.

I also have never really considered not using disposable items such as pens, and cameras. I can’t really change this next one, but each person in my house probably doesn’t need 2.5 rooms, especially if you consider the size of them. Downsizing might be an option, although it’s not one that I currently have much control over. We also don’t have any tenants or roommates occupying rooms in our house, although my grandpa might be moving in this summer…:)

My family also drives quite a bit, considering we have a car for every driving individual that I live with, so perhaps more bussing might be in my future cards.

SURPRISINGLY, I also eat everyday, so that kind of adds to the footprint, but can’t be changed. However; if we ate more organic foods, it might be more beneficial, and not add as many toxic pesticides to our environment. We also, don’t grow any of our own foods. Maybe, we could start a vegetable garden…

 

THE REFLECTION

Alrighty, I am back… After a month of work, my footprint has improved! The changes that I made were small, but will hopefully have a bit of an impact.

First off, I SUCCEEDED in making a vegetable garden! My family now grows basil, tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers, although none of these plants have produced any food yet, I assure you they will! Honestly, I love planting veggies, it makes me so happy. When I move out, I might grow all my own organic fruit and vegetables in cute little jars. I’m so excited for the food that I will get to eat, that I raised all on my own. Okay, moving on.

I have also been working on washing more clothes in cold water. Obviously we wash all of the dark coloured clothing in cold water, so that the colours don’t leak, but I have been working on all colours. I have been doing a lot of laundry recently, because my mom keeps forgetting to put it on cold water, but other then that, it’s been fine. I’ve also been hanging a lot more clothing, instead of using the dryer.

I’m still working on the “sew my own clothes” project, as its been a bit harder than expected. I was going to get my grandma to teach me how to darn socks, when she came over, but then she didn’t end up coming because plans changed. She will be visiting in mid June though, so hopefully she will teach me then.

Because we only have four people living in our house, we used to have 2.5 rooms per person, which is a lot. However; it is now confirmed that my grandpa will be living here for six months starting in the summer, which will make it a bit better. When I move out, I will probably do something similar, and live with a room mate for the first part.

Finally, I started taking the bus more often, usually on the way to and from school now. I suppose I better get used to it, considering that it will soon be my only mode of transportation.