Sun hitting the tops of the trees, taken with a Nikon S8000.
The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.
If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.
Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.
Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.
In today’s age, technology is a part of everything. Almost everyone is constantly checking texts or social media. New technology like 3D printers could become a normal appliance in the near future. However, some gadgets are becoming all too much. Sure, phones help keep you connected with friends and world news. But what if it starts to replace real interaction? We need to consider how our actions could affect the future of our world. I don’t want to sound corny talking about this, but change is a serious topic. If we have changed so much in the past decade, what will the near future look like? At some point, we need to start being a little more simplistic. Otherwise, there will be no escaping the constant cell phone ring or texting. We are human beings, not cyborgs. We also need to think about what powers these gadgets, and how to be more efficient.
One of the best parts of modern technology is medical advances. We are so much more advanced today than we were ten years ago. This is one of the pros to modern day living. Transportation is improving as well. More environmentally friendly vehicles are being designed. Until we improve, we need to become even MORE efficient. We are so dependent on electrical power today, it is ridiculous. Think about it like this.. what happens when the power goes out during a storm? The lights, oven, refrigerator, outlets, and other appliances cease to work. We need to become more dependent on other resources. The same goes for gasoline. We constantly pump gas into our vehicles just to make them work. Emissions are released into the air until the fuel tank is empty. Gasoline is a LIMITED resource. We can’t depend on these two resources because someday gasoline and oils supplies will be depleted. Also, we cannot solely rely on electric power to charge and work home appliances. Sure, this supply is not limited. But if it fails to work, we are lost.
We need to become more responsible and aware of our technology use. If not, it will become a factor in everything. It is hard to imagine what the future will look like, but I do know one thing. Unless we slow down on technological advances and resource use, we will have a big problem. After all, when you have pros it’s important to also take a look at the cons.
The warmth of the sun on your skin
Visiting places you’ve never been
The smell of sea salt at the beach
Makes you feel so very free
Children running to the ice cream man
And their toes sinking into the sand
While you relax, burn and tan
No one is concerned about school
And thats not the best part
This is what makes it summer
Having fun with your friends
Swimming, Barbecues, Bonfires
S’mores, Burgers, and Popsicles
That is why…
…All these things involve one word…
Summer is a time to kick back and relax. I know that summer is a favorite time of the year for a lot of people. It especially is for me. The summer is full of things to do. Sleep, swim, stay up late, hang out with friends, and go to camps. Over all of the summers in my life I know that at all of the summer camps that I have gone to whether sleep away or not I have met friends that I know will last a lifetime. Every year during school I am just waiting for the day until I get to sleep in everyday stay up late and enjoy the warm sun.
Once it gets to the time of year where we have to get ready for school everyone tries to spend the last couple of summer like its the last summer of there life. You realize that any work that has not been done yet it needs to be done immediately. One of the good things about going to school is that you get see all of your friends that you did not get to see over the summer and catch up with them. Overall summer is the best time of the year for me. I look forward to it every year. I plan what I want to do on my summer so it will be the best summer yet.
What do chilly weather, pizza, and the Bulls have in common? They all make up the city of Chicago! Located in northeastern Illinois on the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the U.S. SInce it is such a big city, you can do pretty much anything in the “Windy City”. If you are into sports, you can see the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls. If you’re more of an arts person, there is the Chicago Theatre, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Brookfield Park. The whole family can enjoy the Sears Tower, Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park Zoo, while adults take in the city’s nightlife. And with an up-and-coming economy and decreasing unemployment rate, the city is growing in value. Moving to Chicago would be beneficial to every member of the family and would continue to pay off in years to come.
Child soldiers are innocent prisoners, stuck in a jail for something they didn’t do
Their camps are cells and their attacks are punishment
What did they do to deserve this?
They won’t get the chance to live their lives
Forever having to do deal with the pain from their unfair past
After many years, they are freed of their miserable world
As they try to go back to their normal lives, the memories come back
People staring and stereotyping them everywhere they go
But they don’t mind, because they have escaped
They have gotten a second chance at life.
Dolphins love to jump in the waves that speedboats make on the Jersey Shore. That’s what this dolphin was doing when I took this picture in August 2012.
I had taken this photo last year and edited it. To me this photo is like the before and after of the 9/11 building in New York. Even though major building didn’t collapse or are physically gone, it feels a bit like it is though. It’s already been about a month since this tragedy has happened, it feels like it happened yesterday. In some ways it brought the community together. Everyone was nice to another, I even saw a guy on a street corner waving a flag proudly.
I took this photo with my Droid Bionic.
The 2013 NBA Playoffs has been truly exciting, and entertaining for NBA fans. Teams with no particular allstar or leader have had players stand up and lead the team. One team that stands out in this part of the game is the Memphis Grizzlies. Early on in the regular season the Grizzlies had their leader in Rudy Gay but traded him away to the Raptors. The Grizzlies finished the season playing like a team, but were missing one thing, a true leader. As the playoffs started starting point guard Mike Conley has stepped out to make an attempt to lead the Grizzlies. In this year’s Postseason Conley has averaged 17 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. In the beginning of the first round the “leader” was unclear but Conley quickly stepped up and lead the Grizzlies past the Los Angeles Clippers who were having a great season expected to go far in the playoffs. He scored 81 total points in the 6 game series win vs the Clips. Second round the Grizzlies have to face last year’s West representative in the NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder. He scored a total of 90 points in the 5 game series win vs the Thunder. After 2 rounds plus 2 games he has scored a total of 203 points. The Grizzlies find themselves down 2 games to none, and are looking to Conley for the key to win. As you can see Mike Conley has been a phenomenal leader for the Grizzlies, and will hope to lead them to a Ring.