Solar Eclipse Experience – 2017

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The day after I returned home from NYLT, my family drove up to Salem, Oregon to see the Solar Eclipse. We had previously purchased tickets through OMSI to see it at the State Fairgrounds with some family friends.

Honestly, during that weekend I was the walking dead, having been around so many people that past week at camp and now going up to large city to see this big astronomical event added to my tiredness. The biggest thing weighing on my mind was that during the week I was at NYTL, the entire state was covered in fires. In fact,  there had been one only two miles away from the location of camp.

All week, I could see the helicopters flying and at night when everyone was fast asleep, I could hear the crackle of fire. Having lived in the area previously, I knew what this meant; knowing a fire was so close put a lot of stress on my mind. Most disturbing was learning at the end of camp that the leaders had known about it and yet had decided not to inform the campers. Despite my exhaustion, I knew I would regret not seeing the total eclipse for the rest of my life so I pulled myself through.

The sun was predicted to be completely obscured at 10:18 am Pacific Time. For many reasons this particular Solar Eclipse was special, but I presume that you’ve already heard those before. I had been planning what I was going to do once the eclipse finally started and had been anticipating drawing in my sketchbook the process of the eclipse all the way through totality.

My family and I work up early that morning to get breakfast and a good parking place. We had bunked for the night at one of my mom’s friend’s house, as our attempts to book a hotel even a year in advance had proven futile as everywhere was either reserved or had the prices had been set exorbitantly high. We slept outside in their backyard, borrowing their hammocks, and the feeling of the weekend being a celebration of the sky and it’s lunar events, was further solidified.

We met our friends at the fairgrounds. Crowds of people were mulling about the fairgrounds, perusing tables of the vendors and those of non-profit organizations all relating to astronomy and science. One of the booths had a small activity set up where you could hole-punch a piece of paper in different designs so that you could take a picture of the eclipse’s shadow showing through all the little holes. At another booth, there were a bunch of shirt, stickers, and buttons. There were buttons, flyers, and stickers given out free of charge. In addition to taking a few of the freebies, I bought a shirt that had the design of the eclipse and listing all the places where there would be totality.

The weather in Salem was perfect for viewing the eclipse, however other locations were not so lucky. We heard reports on social media of the skies in central Oregon filled with smoke from the fires and as is usual on the coast, an entrenched fog.

The event of totality itself was… it was indescribable, however I will try to capture it in words to the best of my capabilities. When everything went dark and we could look at the sun without burning our eyes, I didn’t believe what I was seeing. Of course, I had seen pictures and drawings from previous solar eclipses, but it was entirely different in person.

As I stared up at this large astronomical object, sitting on the ground, I felt small. Yet in my gut was an urge, a need, a desperate ache to redefine the world. To break all the rules and to create from the ashes, a society of intellectual people who are not afraid to admit that they do not know everything and to go out in search for answers. It was in that moment, in those 2 minutes and 40 seconds, I thought this: ‘I can achieve anything and everything to which I put my mind.’ How can an astrological event put these overwhelming thoughts in my head? Why was I frozen in place? As I looked at the united moon and sun, my hand drew frantically on it’s own accord, without instruction.

Truly, the solar eclipse of 2017 was something beyond me entirely. To feel so motivated, powerful, unstoppable is a feeling that I have had only a few times in my life. I think I will be chasing after that feeling and solar eclipses for the rest of my life.

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Shiro, Black Paladin of Voltron – fanart

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shiro - natalie presentMy cousin recently had a birthday, and consequently a birthday party that my family would be atttending. Since I started my journey in becoming an artist, I’ve stopped purchasing presents and instead creating my own. This allows me to customize the pieces of art I do to each individual person receiving the gift. I had previously been aware of the fact that my cousin is a big Voltron fan making the decision in deciding the subject of my drawing easy.

This piece is of Shiro, the Black Paladin of Voltron or known to the Voltron fandom as “Space Dad”. I decided to use a mix of waterolor and ink, using mainly the Speedball India Ink and Windsor and Newton Ink in the color titanium white.

2017 National Youth Leadership Training

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I had been anticipating attending Nation Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) for nearly a year and so when it was finally the 13th of August I was pumped, but also extremely nervous. I had no clue as to what to expect, I had never particapated in a camp run by the Boy Scout Association. When my family lived in Northern California, I attended a camp for two weeks based all on Norwegian Heritage, but NYLT was something different entirely, yet also the same.

The Patrol Method

Luckily, I knew Dustin, another member of my Venturing Crew, would also be attending. My mom and I carpooled with Dustin and his mom as the location of the camp was nearly five hours away from home. Unfortunately, we arrived later then we were meant to, meaning Dustin and I missed the orientation, however we were both glad to discover that we would be in the same patrol, the Scorpions.

With 46 participants in total staying at the camp, the staff needed to have a way of controlling the large crowd and help illustrate the workings of a patrol. Each patrol was assigned eight participants, not counting our two Patrol Guides (who were there to help us if needed). Luckily, one person assigned to our patrol didn’t show, this meant the Scorpions were able to have an extra portion of food for everyone to share throughout the week.

Cooking & Cleaning Duties

The first two days of camp were undoubtedly the most stressful for me. After having a relaxing summer of not doing much, I was unaccustomed to the amount of activities we had to do. Even though there was a fire ban over the Willamette Forest, each patrol was required to cook their own food. Cooking duty consistently fell to Dustin and I – mainly because we wanted to cook and were both watchful to make sure none of the food burned. The moment we let someone else from our patrol cook, they burned the noodles as they thought it would be a good idea to pour the entire package of noodles into the pot at once. This obivously didn’t work how they intended it to and the noodles spilled over the pot, completely missing the boiling water. The noodles went everywhere, spilling onto the table, the floor, into the crevices of the stove, and even into the small fire. We had to quickly turn the stove off and clean the mess up, but after that no one else, but Dustin and I, were allowed to cook.

Additionally, I often willingingly chose to partake in cleaning up after the meals, as I find cleaning stress relieving. As an introvert, I needed all the stress relief I could find, seeing as I was unable to have any alone time with the buddy system in place. Regardless of the fact that Dustin and I, along with Gabe did most of the work in our patrol, I had a spectacular time after the first two days passed.

Leadership Classes & Team Building

Throughout the camp, we attended a variety of speeches by the patrol guides all designed to help us become better leaders, which was the entire point of the camp. Even though we were constantly learning something new (I, myself, learning more than just things relating to leadership), there was also many fun games. Many of the games were meant to help strengthen the patrol as a team, yet they were always fun and enjoyable.


One of the games we played was where we had to all stand on one tarp and then flip it over with everyone still standing on it. It was a good thing that Gabe knew exactly what to do as I had no clue what to do, I was even confused on the format of the game. After we completed it the first time, we had to do it again, but not talk at all. The second time through was slightly more difficult, but not so much that it was impossible.

The Outbound

On Thursday afternoon, all the patrols departed to go on the Outbound. We were not allowed to bring tents, seeing that we were required to make a shelter out of tarp and rope and then stay the night in the tarp shelter. Fortunately, they did allow us to bring sleeping bags and pads. Ironically, Dustin and to some extant Gabs had it in their heads that it would be rather warm that night so they purposely did not pack their sleeping bag. Dustin even neglected to bring a jacket so all he had to sleep in was his t-shirt. In the end, I lent him my scarf and he later told me that it probably saved his life as he was accidentally pushed out of their shelter. In the morning, when the girls returned to the boy’s campsite, Gabe and Dustin were desperately trying to stay warm, their feet and arms having become numb. It was a rather amusing sight to see so I also lent them my shawl from Peru, which was made of Alpaca wool. In the end, Dustin, Gabe, Seneca, and I ended up cuddling for a good hour in order to stay warm.

Closing Ceremony

At the end of camp, we had a campfire ceremony to celebrate, but because of the fire ban we had no fire so I dubbed it Camp-rock. As part of the ceremony all the patrols were required to perform a skit that each patrol had been working on throughout the week. The skits were designed to show the meaning of leadership or something else that we learned from camp. Several patrols took inspiration from skits well known by all the Boy Scouts, but the Scorpions decided it would be better to create an original skit. Our goal was to make sure that everyone in our patrol had a significant role to play in the skit.

Gabe was the narrator of a grand quest that six young scouts went on to find the great Cameron Willet (our patrol guide) to ask him the meaning of leadership. There were a variety of scenarios that these scouts went through to illustrate that they already had the beginning of leadership inside them: crossing a river, treating hypothermia, creating a shelter, tending to a scorpion sting, and encouraging fellow teammates. In the end, they found Cameron and told him of all they did to find him. Cameron informed them that based on their previous actions they had already found the meaning of leadership and that it was inside them all along.

At the end, my mom tells me that of all the skits performed that evening, she thought that the Scorpion’s skit was the best. I am still not sure if a portion of her decision was effected by the fact I was apart of it.

Another part of the ceremony was to exchange our patrol neckerchiefs for a special neckerchief only given to you after completing NYLT. Personally, that was one of the most exciting parts of the entire camp, namely because I love neckerchiefs and may have a slight obsession with them.

The ending of camp was bittersweet, having created new friends that I wanted to get to know even more. However, I was eager to return home, after spending an entire week in a location with dusty dirt that I am still brushing out of my hair. I’m looking forward to possibly staffing at NYLT next year.

Marine Science Camp

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I recently attended a two-week day camp focused on marine sciences. The session that I was apart of was fairly small, which was nice as it allowed everyone to get to know each other really well and made it capable for the teacher/counselor to talk to everyone in detail if anyone had a question. The main person that was in charge of use throughout the two weeks was a young women who this fall will be staring graduate school. Her name was Dani and super friendly to everyone. She even stated several times that she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for any of us that was interested.

Everyday it seemed that the group was taking a mini field trip somewhere. One of my favorite spots that we went was Middle Cove near Cape Arago. This cove in particular was an adventure to go to as in order to get down to the beach, there was a steep and narrow trail that everyone had to walk down to. In the end, however, it was worth it as Middle Cove has a reputation for always being able to find some seaglass there. I was able to collect two whole handfuls of glass and other cool looking agates. I also found pieces of trash such as a bait bag, two golf balls, a sauce container, and an aluminum beer bottle; I carried all of the found trash to a trash can, where I properly disposed of it.

During the camp, all the students were expected to come up with a project related to marine biology, this was really fun as there were no requirements except the project needing to relate to the ocean in some way. I chose to continue progress on my tiny house, which I plan to have the majority of the materials be either recycled, reclaimed, or eco-friendly materials. It related back to the ocean as I discussed the possibility of using plastic water bottles as insulation, unfortunately after I did more research after the camp I discovered that plastic water bottle insulation might not be the best form of insulation. Even so, I enjoyed working on creating a blueprint of my tiny house, which I then showed to everyone on a PowerPoint as I talked about my vision.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks. It was an adventure learning about different marine life. Even if some of it was review, I was still able to learn new information about different organisms everyday. By having a deadline, I was finally able to document some of my ideas for my tiny house on a basic floor plan. This first draft will be the basic outline for my tiny house in the future.

Biological Illustration

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On the 15th of July, I took a Biological Illustration class hosted by South Slough. We spent the entire day at the OIMB boathouse practicing different drawing techniques. 

One of my favorite parts of the entire class was when the teacher walked us through on how to find patterns in nature. She started out by handing all the students a pinecone to draw. She then showed us a way to make a preliminary reference on paper: an egg shape with spiraling lines going both left and right, similar to a simple pineapple graphic. This was so that we could later go in and add the details of each umbo. This helped me tremendously, in almost no time I had drawn a decent looking pinecone with practically zero effort. 

Another great technique that she showed us was using a tool called a proportional divider. It is used to help with making sure all the proportions of the item you are drawing are correct and are not slightly skewed. A tip when using this tool is to hold it towards the chosen object of drawing and to keep your head in the same spot throughout the measuring of the item. There is also the really cool trick of changing the size of the object on paper without hindering the proportions at all, this is made capable by the proportional divider as it allows you to magnify things or make them smaller. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the class as it allowed me to discover some new techniques to apply when struggling to get the proportions accurate such as, focus on the shapes of the negative space, blind contour, use a proportional divider, and look for patterns. The class was not geared towards showing you how to draw scientifically, but to show you how to use a variety of techniques in all areas of drawing, even when not drawing a biological illlustration. 

WR 122 — Essay III

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Geneva Varga

WR 122 Movie Evaluation Essay

21 May 2017

Irrational Love Defeating Programming

Wall•E is the ninth feature film to be released by Pixar Animation on the 27th of June in 2008. It is a rated G animated movie for its family friendly plot and is generally considered a combination of the genres: science fiction and children/family. However, when watching the movie, it quickly became clear that there were multiple similarities to romantic-comedies. A movie about robots and environmental destruction is at heart a love story told in a very unique way including the initial “meet-cute”, a humorous sidekick, a period of courtship, and the transformation of character; all of which show the audience that love is not unanimous and there are different ways on expressing love.

One of the conventions of romantic comedies is the “meet-cute”, whereupon the couple are depicted in an initial clash of personalities or comical misunderstanding. Wall•E is love-struck with the beauty of EVE when she first arrives on Earth and follows after her mindlessly as the earthbound robot yearns to just hold someone’s hand. In comparison, her rapid fire response to disturbances and the resulting mushroom clouds leave Wall•E trembling.

There are defined social differences between the star-struck characters as well, EVE is from a world of new, while Wall•E is old and aged. With these points it is important to realize Wall•E is unique in telling their love story; Wall•E and EVE are both robots which consequently prevents the story from being told in the usual fashion. Owing to the movie relying on non-verbals, detailed animation in the faces of the robots, and musical cues are used to represent the love between the two robots.

Throughout the film, the romantic story builds through a series of actions whereupon the young couple demonstrate their care for one another. This is important in the fact that the lead couple does not fall in love at first sight. These scenes thereby allow the characters to fall in love with the personality and quirks of the other. Shortly after EVE and Wall•E are introduced, a brutal sandstorm ensues and Wall•E is prompted to take EVE to his home for safety. Here, he excitedly shows EVE his collection of objects that range from a light bulb to a Rubik’s Cube. Eventually, Wall•E puts in a romantic movie titled Hello! Dolly which at one point has two characters holding hands. This nonverbal action is later used onboard the Axiom to represent the words I love you without explicitly saying it.

Additionally, when hanging around with Wall•E on Earth, EVE meets Wall•E’s insect companion, Hal. Hal is Wall•E’s sidekick and he provides lighthearted humor, particularly because he is a cockroach. However, once the two robots leave Earth, Hal is left behind and a cleaner robot fills this role. M-O is first shown cleaning EVE and her fellow robots of any contaminates. Afterwards, this robot follows the debris trail Wall•E left behind with increasing frustration, unexpectedly providing humor.

While there are multiple music sequences including Wall•E picking up trash at the start of the film and EVE scanning Earth upon her arrival according to her “Directive”. Two particular montages that stand out from the rest fit the criteria of a romantic-comedy. The first takes place on the polluted Earth whereupon Wall•E dotes on her even to his own harm after she shuts down upon finding a green plant shoot on Earth. This is essentially the courtship period between the two.

The second montage highlights the loving care that they have developed for one another during their time on the Axiom. Their playful natures are exhibited as they fly about in outer space —Wall•E with a fire extinguisher and EVE self-propelled. Additionally, the robot couple, particularly Wall•E, is able to initiate a “meet-cute” for a human couple by simply bumping into their hover cars. Consequently, the humans then begin to look at the Axiom in a different light.

Most compelling is the transformation of character the plot resolves. In general, romantic comedies feature a protagonist undergoing a transformation or discovery, usually realizing the other person is indeed their soul mate or true love. In Wall•E, the protagonist sparks a transformation in all those around him by simply being true to himself. In other words: “…the plot evolves into something with intergalactic ramifications, wherein Wall•E and EVE create a chain of events that eventually convinces humans to get off their lard-asses and return to Earth.”

From the cleverly scripted “meet-cute” that opens the film, to delightful tie-ins to classic romantic comedies of the past, and finally to the remarkable transformations of all the characters, Wall•E is a romance against which future films in this genre will be judged. The director of the movie, Andrew Stanton, once stated, “From the beginning, I could never drop the idea that is should really be a love story.” When even the director of the movie believes that Wall•E is a love story, it is no wonder that the film has the necessary components for a romantic-comedy. Though not a traditional romantic comedy as it centers around non-human characters, the lesson we can all learn from Wall•E is that loves knows no boundaries.


Works Cited

N.a. “Wall•E.” Pixar Wiki. Wikia. n.d. Accessed 15 May 2017. <http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/ WALL•E>.

N.a. “Romantic Comedies.” Filmbug: Guide to Movie Stars. Filmbug, n.d. Accessed 20 May    2017. < http://www.filmbug.com/dictionary/romantic-comedies.php&gt;

Myers, Scott. “Pixar Genius.” Go Into The Story. Go Into The Story, 24 Sept. 2009. Accessed 24 May 2017. <https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/pixar-genius-6efa65683ef5&gt;.

Wall•E. Stanton, Andrew. Walt Disney Pictures, 2008. Film

WR 122 — Essay II

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Geneva Varga

WR 122 Essay 2

3 May 2017

Homeschoolers Are Not Abnormal

I have never been to public school. When I tell people this fact they are always surprised. I have grown to expect an exclamation of disbelief, even from people my own age. Despite the growing popularity and rising numbers of homeschoolers, there is still a strong aversion to it. People frequently ask me: “What about prom? Do you have any friends? How do you make friends?” I make and have friends just like anyone else, except age is not a restriction. I connect with people based on shared interests and experiences thus I have strong friendships with those younger than me, as well as with adults. Homeschooling has also enabled me to explore my passions without having to encounter obstacles in my path. I discovered who I want to be and what I want to accomplish in my lifetime far earlier than others because I am homeschooled.

Homeschooling, in concept, incorporates a diverse spectrum of approaches to education. Some of the popular methods include but are not limited to Classical, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, “School at Home”, Unit Studies, and Unschooling. My family considers us an eclectic blend, particularly Charlotte Mason and Unschooling. The Charlotte Mason philosophy believes a child is a person and we must educate the whole person, not just her mind. In Mason’s words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life”, which my mom repeated to me throughout childhood. It is a gentle approach that incorporates living books, narration, time outdoors, and modern languages. The Unschooling approach is more relaxed whereupon we have the freedom to explore whatever peaks our interest at any given time.  We also take part in a variety of extracurricular activities (e.g Boy Scouts, swim team, service learning projects, and volunteer experiences) which provide opportunities to connect with others and build community. In my mother’s words, “We follow the ebb and flow of life, allowing life to lead the way.”

A handful of stereotypes have emerged because of ignorance in regards to what homeschooling is and how it is achieved. The public school system, from my perspective, pushes the idea that homeschoolers are weird, uneducated, and abnormal. There is an automatic assumption that homeschoolers are unable to perform properly in society. In contrast, this could not be further from the truth. Albeit, many families choose this lifestyle because of religious reasons, disagreements with the vaccine requirements, or are concerned that their children will not thrive in a “traditional classroom” due to learning disabilities or physical handicaps. In reality, homeschoolers act more mature at a young age, are generally more willing to help around the house (either with chores or helping with younger siblings), and are more enthusiastic about their schoolwork. They realize the value of tasks, such as folding the laundry, in building their skills for the future. Monotonous busywork like comprehension worksheets and vocabulary crossword puzzles are unnecessary. The student is thus afforded the time to pursue long-term passion projects that meet both academic and future goals.

My mom decided to homeschool my brother and me for multiple reasons. When I was five years old, I told her that I wanted to learn to speak Chinese. Immediately she knew that no traditional school would be able to provide me this opportunity, at least where we lived. Foreign languages were not even taught until high school in most school districts at this time. Eventually, she found a private instructor and I began my journey towards Mandarin fluency. If she had made the decision to send me to the local elementary school, I never would have had this unique experience. Additionally, I likely would not have discovered how intriguing and unique different cultures are until much later.

Furthermore, my brother and I make friends in a natural way without feeling required to have friends of the same age. When my family went to the Galápagos a few years ago with a travel group we connected with two retired couples and another family with grown children. My brother connected with a grandfatherly figure who looks remarkably like Charles Darwin. Every morning, they were the first to wake and would be found on deck sipping cocoa and telling tall tales of their adventures. Similarly, I became friends with fellow a Harry Potter fan, Karen, and was “adopted” by another family when my parents wanted to go for a panga ride and I desired to go for a hike with the other group. Karen and I would often reminisce about our favorite books and discuss the art that we each loved. After we had all spent a week in the Galápagos, our family along with the two couples we became particularly familiar with joined another travel group to go to Machu Picchu. Our friendship and camaraderie with these two couples was so familiar that the people from this new group quickly made the assumption that we were traveling with both sets of our grandparents, even though this was not the case.

People who were taught at home often become successful entrepreneurs as living on the “outskirts of society” has allowed them to think outside the box and discover solutions to problems with ease. From an early age I have had the goal of pursuing a college degree. Since the age of eleven, I have focused on pursuing my academic goals with more fervency and have developed a plan for how to pay for college without incurring debt or student loans. Upon realizing that there was an absence of bubble tea vendors in our local area, I had considered opening a food cart style business. After completing a market research survey and writing a business plan, I discovered just how much money I would need up front and how much time I would be obligated to work. As I am a full time student, aiming to complete my Associates degree while I also complete high school, I realized this was not the best option for me. I have thereby opted to pursue other means of financing for college and now rely on art commissions and a variety of odd jobs. When I am older, I will most assuredly take on a part time job and have already made promising inquiries.

By homeschooling, I have been allowed to explore who I am without being pressured to like the same things as everyone else. My taste in art, literature, and music are different than my peers because I have not been expected to follow the crowd. I have been independent from an early age and my travel experiences, foreign language studies, and extracurricular pursuits have molded me into the person I am today. I stand proud knowing I can defend my opinions without worry of how I am perceived.

WR 122 — Extra Credit

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In order to earn the optional extra credit, the professor required us to read a book and then write a review of it. Focusing on what we thought of it, what we understood, and so on. Then she asked us to meet with her to discuss the book. This was easily my favorite assignment to do for writing this past term.


Geneva Varga

WR 122 Extra Credit

3 May 2017

Eucalyptus & Monarch Butterflies

Senses are vital as they are how everyone experiences the world. Humans like to imagine that they are the only ones who use their senses, yet that is a misconception. Animals and plants also use senses to navigate their surroundings. For example, carnivorous plants rely entirely on touch to capture their prey. Another misconception is that other creatures do not have as many senses as us, this idea could not be more wrong. Animals experience hundreds of other senses that humans can not comprehend. Diane Ackerman’s book, A Natural History of the Senses is the perfect guide to discovering depths of our senses that we do not fully appreciate, including nostalgia and sexual attraction.

The most brilliant aspect about the book is Ackerman’s ability to vividly describe each sense and what the human body learns from it. She uses her personal experiences to connect with the readers on a nostalgic level; painting eloquent pictures of moonlit beaches, oranges, and eucalyptus with resting monarch butterflies. Ackerman begins her book with the sense of smell and reminisces of how she spent one Christmas season:

I traveled along the coast of California with the Los Angeles Museum’s Monarch Project, locating and tagging great numbers of overwintering monarch butterflies. They prefer to winter in eucalyptus groves, which are deeply fragrant. The first time I stepped into one, and every time thereafter, they filled me with sudden tender memories of mentholated rub and childhood colds…. Everywhere I looked, there seemed to be proclamations left by some ancient scribe. Yet, to my nose, it was Illinois in the 1950s. (Ackerman, p. 18)

By allowing the reader to visualize a memory of hers, Ackerman cleverly draws her audience into a story of noses, ears, eyes, and tongues, which otherwise would have been dull and lifeless.

At the beginning of the section on taste, Ackerman states that taste is a social sense. “Humans rarely choose to dine in solitude, and food has a powerful social component.” (Ackerman, p. 127) Upon reading this statement, I quickly recall all my past gatherings with family members during which we have shared a meal, especially during the holidays. I envision couples leaning in towards one another at a table in a romantic restaurant; friends sipping a cup of chai tea as they catch up on the latest news. Even going out to eat alone is a more social occasion then eating in the solitude at home. Food is central to many social moments and our sense of taste is intimately involved.

When young writers are taught the nuances of writing and techniques to make their writing stand out from the rest, they are encouraged to use details and often to consider all of the senses. Ackerman’s book gives proof to why this is such a vital technique to learn and apply. To describe an apple, a writer should not only use words based around the color and shape of the fruit such as red, firm, and round. He should also consider the crisp sound an apple makes after biting into one, the tickle of the tart juice as it trickles down your chin, and the sweet floral fragrance that calls a perfect summer day to mind.

While A Natural History of Senses is written in an engaging style, rife with rich detail, I admit had to set the book down several times and return to it at a later time. Ackerman discussed in length each of our senses in the context of attraction to others (pheromones), kissing (taste), and sex (touch), which is something I am not fully comfortable with. Thankfully, the book was written in a scientific context.

Ackerman’s portrayal of our bodily senses from a natural history perspective is both informative and intriguing. Her colorful descriptions of each sense provide readers with a unique exploration of the depths of our senses. By using her memories, Ackerman easily communicates with the reader on a conversational tone. Our senses are how we comprehend and explore our surroundings, Ackerman’s book provides a useful in-depth analysis of them. Be keenly aware when our noses affect our sense of taste and remember the childhood memories of summer days, flower picking, and rushing waves.

第三十五课 — Required Vocabulary Paragraph

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Required Words: 有空,好不好,剧情,节奏,新出的,紧张,没意思,要不,变成,最近,谈论

上个星期我的好朋友很紧张,因为星星参加完了考试。她获得了很好的成绩,所以我想邀请她去看电影和做晚饭。我知道星星讨厌文艺和喜剧片,因为她觉得文艺和喜剧片非常没意思。我的妈爸都经常去看电影,所以我给他们打电话。最近他们去看了新出的《功夫猫》,因为很多人都在谈论这部电影。他们说:“剧情很不错,我们觉得星星会喜欢《功夫猫》。”

明天是星期五,我和星星都有空。今天我给星星打电话:“喂,星星,星期五晚上我们去看《功夫猫》,好不好?电影以前,要不我做晚饭?我想祝贺你获得了非常好成绩。” 星星说:“好,但是我们一起去“好披萨”的意大利餐厅吧!我听说星期五有人拉小提琴,他的节奏非常好。”