Category Archives: TRUTH



May 30, 2013, by

Drawing by GN. Picture taken by Tim Reed.

Drawing by GN. Picture taken by Tim Reed.

In my food for thought course, we were assigned to create an four panel illustration, representing the four units of our course. The purpose of this action project was to convey our understanding and envision for the future of agriculture through an illustration. I enjoyed the motive behind the action project.



May 30, 2013, by

For my food redux course, we had an debate on GMOs, or genetically modified organism . We wrote an paper examining the advantages and disadvantages of GMO foods . We had an Town-Hall debate on the future of GMOs. We prepared an coherent 3 minute presentation. I am an genetics phonetic, I loved our review on DNA or Deoxyribonucleic Acid.




May 13, 2013, by

In my Food for thought course, we were assigned to write a food review. The purpose of this action project was to determine whether there is a difference in taste between organic, non-organic food, fresh and processed food. I completed a blind taste test and used my 5 senses to describe and distinguish foods. I wrote an food review using descriptive vocabulary and sensory awareness to describe my meals/dishes. I reviewed tacos. I compared homemade tacos to restaurant taco. I chose tacos because it is extremely popular. Overall, I enjoyed working on this project.


BY GN with help/assistance from MML and BKJ.

Sweet and sour, its sugar

April 26, 2013, by

For our Fought for Thought course, we were assigned to Researched the distribution chain of a specific food of our choosing, and presented our finding in a Prezi presentation. The purpose of this action project was to demonstrate our knowledge of our global food system, by tracking the distribution chain of a specific food.  I tracked the distribution chain for Sugar. I enjoyed doing this action project.

Below is my presentation:

The Journey of Jack Johnson

April 18, 2013, by

162 is a course about baseball, history and statistics. For my action project we were assigned to create a slideshow about segregation in sports. The purpose of this action project was to select and show statistical and historical evidence that substantiates our hypothesis on segregation in sports. We created a slideshow supporting our argument,
presented our hypothesis regarding a moment in time and used stats to contextualize the shifts and measure the changes evident today.

Below is a slideshow presentation:

Gnetum Africanum

April 12, 2013, by

GN (2013). Family Tree;

For our humanities class, we studied the history of agriculture and looked at the geography of early civilizations and common foods. We were assigned to investigate our family’ food culture. The purpose of this action project is to get an historical and geographical context/perceptive of our family’s food. I We had to write an autobiography of an ingredient, it’s travel from its center of origin to our family’ recipes, in the first person point of view. I struggle with the tone/mood my autobiography. We also had to create a family tree. Overall, I enjoyed writing my autobiography.

My family tree and an animated video, recapping the Gnetum Africanum plant and a written copy of autobiography are below:

Recap of Gnetum Afrianum by GN on GoAnimate

Video Maker – Powered by GoAnimate.




March 8, 2013, by

For our last unit of the term, we were assigned to build our own dream catcher, write an explanation of the dream-catcher, and its symbolization. The purpose of this action project was to help us become aware of our emotions and take a journey in our own psyche. I have been intrigued by my journey into the structure of my own psyche, the unconscious.


My filter

My filter

A dream-catcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. Dream-catchers were used in Native American culture as a protective charms (Wikipedia). The original web dream-catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom, and eventually to protect children. Woven by their grandmothers and grandfathers, dream-catchers were hung above the cradles of children, giving the infants beautiful dreams and protecting them from negative ones (Dream-catchers).

The Ojibwa also believed that the dream-catcher was given to them by Iktomi, the Spider.  The web in the center of the dream-catcher would allow the good ideas to pass through and the bad ones to be trapped. The web was used to help people reach their goals by making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. My dreamcatcher will essentially act as a coffee brewer, which filters and allows the flavor of coffee and water through while stopping the coffee grounds.

The web will act as a filter blocking the negativity and allowing the positivity through. My dreamcatcher is like the web given by Iktomi because I want it to trap negative emotions and actions such as, anger, frustration, and unkindness, and allow positive behavior to come through, like positive attitude, thoughtfulness, and cheerfulness.

Also, my dreamcatcher will act as a filter between my conscious and unconscious mind.  It filters my ideas, and helps me organize my thoughts and choose which thoughts will occupy my mind. On a physical and mental level, the dreamcatcher will help me have a routine that promotes good health.  My dreamcatcher can be of great use in dream interpretations. It  will take the right message, like in one of my recent dreams, that I can rise to a challenge. It will block the fear of having to fight. The dreamcatcher will be a good force that will steer me in the right direction and protect me against pain and misfortune.

I used lots of materials to create my dreamcatcher. I used metal rings, two different colored feathers, yarn, strings, and beads, which I got from Michael’s craft store and family and friends.


  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Wrap the yarn around the metal rings. Wrap it around five or eight times depending on your preference.
  3. Make the web. Tie one end of the nylon string to the yarn. Make eight knots evenly dispersed around the ring, being sure to keep the thread taut between knots.
  4. Make a second row. Place a new knot centered between the knots of the previous one
  5. Weave a web. Continue as instructed in step in 4, until a small hole remains in the center, then secure it with a final double knot.
  6. Ornaments. Grab a bunch of feathers only wrap the end around with yarn, and string beads on the yarn. Then tie one end in  a knot and tie the other end onto the dreamcatcher. If I had more materials, I would of decorated more
  7. Make a hanger. Thread a small piece of yarn, through the top of the dreamcatcher to create a loop for hanging
  8. Hang the dreamcatcher in your window

I wish I had had more materials. If I had had more beads, I would have had three sets of yarn strings. The web-like center catches negativity, and allows all the positive things to pass through. The feathers on my dreamcatcher are like soft ladders for the good dreams to gently glide down and enter my mind. My dreamcatcher is decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads. The beads have a dark mark in the middle symbolizing eyes watching over my mind, and the furry yarn is a symbol of my fear of having short hair.


Wikipedia contributors. “Dreamcatcher.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2013.

“Understanding the Dream Catcher Legend.” Dream Catchers History and Legend. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013.  URL <>


February 22, 2013, by


Someone thinking

Someone thinking

In my Who I am course, I interviewed a Jehovah witness. After my interview, I felt very enlightened.


For our external investigation, I interviewed frere Tousan a Jehovah witness, who I have known for about 2 years now. I asked him a series of question in relations to faith and doubts. Frere Tousan pointed out that it is not having doubts about faith that is an issue, but rather how we respond to those doubts. Attacking these doubts from a biblical perspective, Frere Tousan responded to my questions as an informed christian.
What can we do if we find ourselves struggling with doubts about Christianity  why do such doubts arise? How do we get rid of such taunting doubts?
Every christian will always face doubt.
if we want to rid ourselves of doubts, the first step is to familiarize ourselves with the principle of displacement. As we grasp this principle, all the other steps become evident. He himself wrestle with doubts  about his own faith. Doubts can take any form and arise for all sorts of reasons. His doubts rose while he was experiencing great sorrow, disappointments, such as personal wounds.  He concluded that ignoring his doubts only resulted in spiritual disasters. He made a comparison between faith and reason. He differentiated between knowing Christianity is true and showing that it is true. I learned lots about faith during this interview. In a way I believe more in god than I ever did. I have moments when I ask myself questions about faith and Christianity, and those conflicts were resolved.


February 22, 2013, by

In my dreams I flyby *BigA-nt Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Fantasy

In my dreams I flyby *BigA-nt
Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Fantasy


For our Who am I course, we were assigned to create a guiding question and create our own philosophy.  Since our unit 3 is about doubts, we examined many different philosophers, such as Descartes, Berkeley, Spinoza, Locke, and some of the Elizabethan poets, such as Shakespeare. There is nothing more mind- bending, than putting one’s entire perception reality, and then putting it into complete doubt. As Stephen Hawking says, “ The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge”. In my opinion, we should all attempt to look for greater understanding of the laws that governs our existence.

Following is a written copy of my ACTION PROJECT. Please take a look!

Most people say that ‘ seeing is believing’, even though there is only a possibility that it is true. I have always thought that we cannot settle something as being true, just because our senses perceive it. According to Berkeley, my own soul can be the cause of my own ideas- just as when I dream- but only another will or spirit can be the cause of the ideas that make up the ‘corporeal’ world. Everything is due to that spirit which is the cause of ‘everything in everything; and which ‘all things consist in. In Psychology, dreams are based on reality. Dreams are our unconscious at work.




February 8, 2013, by

For our humanities course, we were assigned to recreate a memory from our past. The purpose of this action project was to become a time machine and tell a story. This project was very interesting because you get to know more about yourself and your classmates through their memory.

Below is a video and a written copy of my memory:

As a child I had many interesting experiences, but one that influenced my identity in many ways happened when I was not even two. I know I remember some of it on my own, but the rest I have learned from my parents, who have told me the story many times. It is an example of Jung’s collective unconscious that I blend my memories with those of my parents to create the experience I remember.

The Second Congo War (also known as the Great War of Africa) began in the Republic of the Congo in August 1998. By 2008, the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation, making it the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II (Wikipedia). As surprising as it sounds, I was there!

My family lived in Dolisie, a city located in the Republic of Congo. In August 1998, my father  was getting ready to go to work and my mother was bathing me, when we heard a “BOOM!” It was loud, close, and frightening. One of our neighbors told us to get out. My parents were peaceful people, but they knew we were in danger. There were checkpoints where people trying to flee were asked questions testing which ethnic group they belonged to. At one of these, my parents were separated. I was with my mother. She carried me for the next three weeks.

We walked to the forest, on the way to my parents’ village, where it would be safe for a while. The forest was large, dark, and eerie, with tall trees spaced far apart. My pulse was getting faster and my heart was racing. Fear, the atrocious monster was closing in on us. I felt it in my bones; an intense shiver was running down my spine. As big as the trees were, they offered no hiding space.  Every movement made a noise that echoed through the forest.

I had no idea why I was there. Bullets were whizzing  past our bodies. As I looked around all I saw was chaos. As panic-stricken as I was, I felt safe with my mother. Looking back, I wish I could have made use of a time machine. We would have been safe right away.

If my mother and I rushed or moved too slowly, the consequences could be fatal.
The distance between us and safety, which was the neighboring country of Gabon, was about 178 miles. Grenades were exploding everywhere, leaving people in more than a few pieces. Blood was everywhere. A soldier was killed and hung in a tree.  When we passed under it, blood dripped on us. I remember the watery feeling on my hands.

My father made it safely to Gabon and sent for my mother and me. We lived as refugees in Gabon for about ten years.

We were lucky to escape from the war. All the problems I face in my life today are insignificant compared to the danger I faced before I was old enough to be aware of it. I still struggle with not “sweating the small stuff,” but I try to let this experience give me perspective.