Simple Yet Filling- Power of Food

Walking home from school- starving like crazy, and I open the fridge to see a welcoming (not) shiny green apple.

This apple aint gonna do nothing for my stomach. At all.

Ya feel?

What is it that I want? Not so big because I’m going to have dinner soon, but not so small as an apple because if I had to eat an apple, I would probably eat more like 10. Which is not so good.

I feel this way about my life after school, but how would the people during the dust bowl feel, working for 5 cents an hour, sometimes 2 and a half, and get nothing but fried dough for a meal? Ugh, I would not be able to survive.

Although fried dough is pretty good~ I mean, come on. It’s literally doughnuts. Just no sugar.

Ummmmmm…..

Oh, ahem.

ANYWAYS surviving on just fried dough is just a bit too much oil…

SO!

I was thinking, what if I could find a way for them to get a dollar amount (at that time) and make something that is good and also filling?

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Let it go

So I’ve been feeling not so happy- not so myself lately, therefore I am going to cheer myself up and of course, in the process of doing so, going to make you chickeneers, crow with happiness. 🙂

Because I love y’all~

As some of you might know, The Grapes of Wrath is not so much a comical or romantic novel, more depressing than anything. But somehow, a point in the book made me crack up. Possible hint- the title of this post. There was a scene in the book where the Joad family finally settled in a quite peculiar camp called Hooverville.

Of course we all know what kind of beauty that place is right?

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What is Life

Every fifteen minutes, a teenager dies from a car accident due to drunk driving.

Every 4 seconds, a baby is born.

Every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide.

The chances of dying of old age are slim, yet the people choose to decrease that chance by harming themselves. Putting their life into danger, into a thin rope, balancing, about to fall into the never ending darkness- what is often called death.

Why would anyone do that?

balance-rope

 

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Trying to Survive the Market

As I’ve been reading the Grapes of Wrath, I noticed that I have started to grow a little fond of the book. The story is quite slow, but it isn’t too bad after all. On a nice Thursday morning, my teacher assigned the class what’s called the 1-pager.

It’s basically a summary of a chapter, the book, or a scene, with illustrations, quotes, and a phrase to show the readers what or why you feel is important. I chose a chapter to summarize, not of the main character literally, but of the life of an everyday person who wants a car.

“Used Cars! Cheap used cars!”

 

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Dust Bowl for Breakfast

Anyone not a breakfast person?

ME!!!

Hahaha well that isn’t really something I should be proud of, considering breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. But hey, what can I say, my stomach is a muscle. And muscles stretch well when worked out.

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All American Gatsby

What is the most stereotypical term for an american?

Obese.


Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that all Americans are obese. In fact, a lot of Americans are quite fit. However, it is fact that 33% of America is obese. Why is this so?

Greed.

When I say greed, a lot of people think of money. Yes that is one big greed, however, even food or other small things can be a greed. I think to call greed as obesity may not be a wrong term. Just because you’re obese doesn’t always have to be that you’re fat. In fact, let’s look at it in the terms of a great classic, Great Gatsby.

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Ashes.

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 “’And why do you pray?’ I asked him. ‘I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.’”

“I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it.”

“We were the only men on earth.”

“Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness?” 

“Never shall I forget that night,

the first night

[…] that smoke

[…] the small faces

[…] those flames

[…] the nocturnal silence

[…] those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.”

“Never.”

 

“The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.”

“And I, the former mystic, was thinking: Yes, man is stronger, greater than God.”

“Every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.” 

“Action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all.” 

This series of quotes is almost like a timeline depicting the evolution of Wiesel’s/Eliezer’s mindset from the time before the Holocaust to the time after. Before his imprisonment, Eliezer wholeheartedly believed in God and religion. But the time and effort he spent in his early days of the Holocaust were soon realized to have been wasted trying to reach the divine powers in order to pray for relief. It seems as if Eliezer’s abandonment of faith was caused by God’s lack of response to his cries. He became indifferent to the rest of the world, even feeling scorn against his father.

Night was a fascinating read and I highly recommend it to everyone.

 

MetriDee

Night: Humans Or Aliens?

Night

Hello Chickeneers, I’ve got a little discussion about a really great book today. It’s a fairly small novel, only 115 pages, but its message is so powerful. The book Night was written by Elie Wiesel and contained a lot of significant and impactful scenes about the Holocaust. The story is told from a Jew’s point of view, which allows the reader to understand the events of the Holocaust from the victim’s eyes. I noticed a repeating theme of violence and repression throughout the book. Although there were many scenes that carved depressing images (in a good way) in my head, one scene from the book really stood out for me.

            Starting from the bottom page 56, Eliezer begins to fill us in with some background information, saying that it was quite odd that their group was forced to go to the depot that day, even though they weren’t required to work. While everyone was walking around, Eliezer heard some noises coming from the back. Being just a tad curious, he went closer to the sounds and saw Idek, his Kapo, in a small room with a girl. And like how curiosity killed the cat, he was soon punished for it. He received twenty five whip lashes and briefly fainted afterwards. Then, he was called to stand up and look at Idek. However, no matter how hard he tried, he found no energy left to support himself.

            “If only I could answer him, if only I could tell him that I could not move. But my mouth would not open.” – Eliezer

            I found this scene especially terrifying and cruel, because not only was Eliezer punished harshly for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but also because his Kapo, Idek, wasn’t  punished for his own mistakes. Eliezer caught Idek doing something that was definitely inappropriate on the job, yet Idek punished Eliezer for catching him in the process of it. This shows how much power the Nazis had over all the Jews, and how lowly they thought of the Jews. Just a little bit of background information – the Kapos were essentially prisoners that carried out the orders and commands of the Nazi guards. It’s ironic that they’re prisoners themselves, yet they’re able to carry out orders from the Nazis and bring pain and agony other prisoners as if they were aliens. However, there’s also the fact that they’re just doing their job; if they fail to perform their duties, there would be severe punishments and possible even death. And yet again, this still shows how horrible the Nazis were towards the majority of the prisoners and the Jews.

            When I first read this scene, I couldn’t help but associate it with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom, like Eliezer, was also whipped senselessness near the end of the novel. They both were punished inhumanely and judged immediately by their ethnicity and religion. In fact, one of the reasons why Uncle Tom was whipped to death was because he refused to give up his belief in God.

Lash

            All of these reasons are part of why I believe this scene of the story is one that I both love and hate. It’s a really great story, chickeneers. If you guys haven’t read it yet, I completely recommend it. It’ll touch your heart while revealing horrible events of the holocaust. If you want more information on the holocaust, here’s a pretty informative link about Jewish life during that time period.

-Cinnamon Roll.

5/20 Quote of the Day

“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This quote is hilarious! Oh pizza, how much I love thy taste ❤

-Cinnamon Roll. 

Pizza

Don’t give in to temptation, don’t give in to temptation….Oops, too late.

Oh, temptation. It’s the reason why Adam and Eve were sinned, why Odysseus took so long to get back home in Ithaca after the fall of Troy, and it’s also the reason why you just can’t help but indulge that big slice of creamy cheesecake sitting on the table. You know what I mean.

Cheesecake

The theme temptation is used in many stories, new or old, and creates an interesting plot. I also saw it in the book Count of Monte Cristo, which I completely recommend you read if you haven’t done so already. I think Dumas is such an amazing and intelligent writer for finding logical ways to interrelate so many characters in the story. It’s like one of those super emotional Korean dramas written in text. Seriously, only without as many sappy love scenes and more action and plot twists. One of my favorite characters of the story is Caderousse, one of the big bad guys in the story. Not because I like greedy, lazy men, but because he’s the embodiment of the theme: temptation.

After escaping the Chateau d’If and receiving his fortune from the Isle of Monte Cristo, main character Edmond Dantes goes back to his hometown as Abbe Busoni, one of his alter egos, in order to find out what happened while he was gone. After talking to Caderousse, who at the time was a poor innkeeper, Edmond gave Caderousse a 5o,ooo frac diamond as a reward for being a ‘good friend’ to Dantes. But even after receiving the expensive diamond, greedy Caderousse and his wife wanted more.  When they met the jeweler, Madame Caderousse was the first one who thought of having him stay at the inn for “other purposes”. But although Caderousse initially was shocked and was completely against this idea, he eventually became the one that murdered both Madame Caderousse and the jeweler, took back the diamond, grabbed more banknotes and gold from a cupboard, and escaped into the darkness. All because of his greed and temptation, the same temptation that tells you that you’re not satisfied with just that one slice of cheesecake. Maybe just one more slice…. The same thing happens with chips, or at least for me. You can’t just have one chip. Or two for that matter. You’ll always want more, no matter how many you eat.

Chips

Caderousse will always want more money, no matter how much money good fortune brings to his door. And he wasn’t tempted just once in the story either. The second time he was tempted led to his death. He was talking to his fellow convict Benedetto (Andrea Cavalcanti), in which he told Caderousse that the Count wasn’t going to be at home the next day. Knowing the fact that the Count was extremely rich and wasn’t going to be at home propelled him to steal into the house at midnight, not knowing that the Count was given a warning  and was actually there as well. After confronting him with his alter ego Abbe Busoni however, he let him go, to have him be stabbed by Benedetto himself.

So, what does this teach us? Not to give in to temptation and greed. When it comes to food, giving in to temptation once in a while is okay, but the same doesn’t apply to crime. Stay in school, kids. And always love food.

Food more than people

 

-Cinnamon Roll.