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What Is Rewriting?

November 23, 2018 in Blog

In Joseph Harris’ “Rewriting,” he describes how the process of rewriting and rethinking is harder than it seems. He states that the process of rewriting is similar to playing chess, serving in tennis or teaching a class, which which are all difficult things to do when you first begin. It is always difficult to redo something that you have done before and I also find it quite challengeable to revise or rewrite an essay. I don’t cultivate a good habit of set up an outline for a paper, so most of the time I just write and do researches as I think. I know this is obviously a wrong way or method to write an essay. Therefore, I need to edit my draft for many times. I used to think that revising a paper is just a process of checking logic, structure and grammar; yet after read Harris’ article, I learnt that revising an essay is an entire new mission of having a logical plan in the mind before do any editing. Harris mentions in his article that ” When students in the courses I teach hand in a revised draft of an essay, I require them to include with it another copy of their text on which they track all the changes they have made in moving from one draft to the next and, more important, highlight those changes that are central to their plan of revision. I then ask them to refer to this map in writing a brief reflection on their aims and strategies in revising.” I agree with his claim because when writing down or highlighting the changes I have made in the draft can help me to have clearer understanding of the essay so that I won’t just revise it with unclear or confusing goals.

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Stasis Questions: Food Security

November 7, 2018 in Blog

The social crisis that I choose for the research essay is food security. Food security is one of the public concerns that is related to natural environment, economy policy, social crisis, government or public relief. Telling by its name, when food is insufficient to consumers, food security can refer to the accessibility of enough food so that they would not starve to death; on the other hand, when food is in enough supply, food security can refer to the enough and essential nutrition intake that people are able to afford. From early times to recent years, from poverty to prosperity, as mentioned above, food security problems evolve from a simple phenomenon that concerns the basic need of human, to a most multidimensional, systematic and intrigued one in modern society.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture data, in 2012, 14.5 percent (17.6 million) of US households are regarded as food insecure by the measurement mentioned above, while in 2016, the equivalent figure is 12.3 percent (15.6 million), among which 4.9 percent are severely food insecure, which makes up a population of 6.1 million American people (Economic Research Service report number 155 (ERS-155)).

Food security level can be divided into following categories, food secure, food insecure without hunger, food insecure with moderate hunger, and food insecure with severe hunger according to the American of Institute of Nutrition. It has close relationship with economy and policy. Economic growth, equity and stability form an overall food development trilogy. If the climate change in some region, or on the global scale outweighs accessible technological responses, human will certainly endure insufficient food supply, leading to food security to some extent.

There is a rising number in organizations that aims to help raise humanitarian food productivity in poor areas (European Union and UN Food and Agriculture Organization), and develop quantitative models that project food supply and demand in the future (International Food Policy Research Institute).

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What is Overthinking And How To Stop It?

October 17, 2018 in Blog

She said good morning to me, did she just was nice to me or she was just being polite? Maybe she knew I wanted to say hi and talked first, so does this mean I should have said hi first? If I had just said hi first, maybe she wouldn’t have responded. It is kind of hard for me to not overthink especially when I’m in relationship. It isn’t always easy to know how to stop overthinking things. Any worrier knows the trap of too much overthinking that can land you in the quicksand of rumination that makes you feel even worse, and stuck. The key to being able to protect from the downward spiral of overthinking is to understand the difference between worry and rumination and know where the tipping point lies between them. Worry and rumination are similar, but importantly not the same. Worrying is something that only harms your mental health. It is considered a habit that you can learn how to break. Some people believe that worrying serves as a reminder of past experiences and preparation for the future ones. Anyway, it is definitely unhealthy, and it only stops your brain from focusing on more important things other than thinking about the future that can’t be predicted or controlled. Worrying is actually thinking about future things that you can’t control and depression focuses on the past events that can’t be changed. Instead of worrying there are other ways you can prepare yourself for the uncertain future that you are afraid of. Rumination is likewise a cognitive aspect of anxiety, but instead focuses on the symptoms, causes and consequences of distress, rather than its solutions. Long associated with anxiety disorders and depression, rumination is a kind of negative circular thinking that exacerbates anxious feelings, impairs problem solving, and often erodes supportive relationships. Unlike worry that can steer toward a solution, rumination tends to embody the very worst cognitive aspect of anxiety: feeling powerless and stuck. I’ve found out that exercise and meditation are two good methods to relaxing your brain and keeping it worry free. I usually spend just a few moments of my day to relax and avoid being concerned about everything that I’m going through can be of great help. With practice you can completely stop them from intruding my mind. By exercising I can also reduce my blood pressure which can also increase due to stress. Here is a tip when I exercise: try to enjoy the nature and my surroundings and be more aware of the body and each breath I take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I learned from Rebacca Johns’ Article?

October 9, 2018 in Writing

The first thing I learned is that we need to think outside of the text. This means that we need to think about why the author writes a certain article. Critical thinking is very essential in reading an article prior to composing an essay. We should also be able to think about some points that the author missed to discuss in his or her article. Doing like this, we will be able to bring some insightful views. For example, if the author thinks that having insufficient money to purchase life essentials increases the crime rates in the United States. We should think outside of the box to see why the author makes the argument or whether there is something else the author would like to share with the readers. This is easier said than done due to the fact that most people have the tendency to simply accept what the author says in his or her article.

In addition, we need to know the logic behind the text. The author uses different structures for reasoning his or her argument. We need to figure out and identify the major premise, minor premise and conclusion. By doing so, we will be able to better understand what information the author wants to convey. For example, if someone says that all D are F and all F are H. When the author makes this argument, we automatically will come to a conclusion that all F are H.

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Blog Post #5

October 1, 2018 in Blog

Time went by so fast that I am not even well prepared for my midterms. I did not know many things can happen altogether in a month and I have already done a lot. My life was filled with not only classes and homework, but also with friends, weekends, hanging out and shopping trips in the city. I enjoyed living in this big community that everyone was really nice to each other and we took care of each other and helped each other when met any kinds of difficulties. We were all happy to help. I realized that college classes were not easy and time management was critical in having a organized and well-balanced college life. I do not like to do work until the last minute, which was a bad habit for me and nowadays, I always do work as soon as possible so that I can have more time to do things that I enjoy outside the class.

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Blog Post #4

September 23, 2018 in Blog

After reading “Here’s How You Can Fight Back Against Disinformation”, we know that disinformation is fabricated or deliberately manipulated audio/visual content, which creates conspiracy theories and rumors. We have to limit the spread of disinformation because it can cause unnecessary misunderstanding of news to the public. The author has talked about several ways of how to spot the disinformation and how to stop it. For example, when we find something that can easily arouse our anger, interest or draw fears, it is worth doing additional checks before re-sharing it. We can also double check the source of this kind of information to determine whether it is testified or left undefined. If we notice our friends post or share something that matches some characteristics with disinformation, we should tell them immediately because this kind of information shouldn’t be wide spread to make “chaos” on social media or in the public.

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Blog Post #3

September 19, 2018 in Blog

Murray introduced seven elements in the writing in “The Maker’s Eye”. The order of those seven elements are subject, audience, form, structure, dimension, development and tone. Those elements are keys to the way of achieving an amazing essay, from which I found the tone is the most interesting one to me and it is what I want to learn from this essay. The tone of a passage can affect the meaning of every sentence or even each word, and which is the thing that I’ve never paid attention on. Murray teaches me to read the essay out loud and I found it was very useful to spot lots of mistakes in my writing.

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Blog Post #2

September 10, 2018 in Blog

After reading Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts”, I realized that not every writer is able to sit down, then pick up a pen or pencil and immediately have tons of words to be written down in mind. Writing is not hard, but having an well written essay or article is never a easy thing to do. There are many things going on when we try to think of a topic or a thesis statement and those unrelated thoughts always stop us from going further. As Lamott says, all great writers start out with a terrible first draft, before undergoing numerous iterations of improvements, to polish their essay into a masterpiece. I think the advice that the author says in the reading is quite useful. For the first shitty draft, what we need to do is get it down; for the second draft, we fix the previous one up; and for the third draft, we polish it, in which he means we need to check every word used in the paper just like dentists checking on every single tooth for their patients.

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Blog Post #1

September 4, 2018 in Blog

After read Zinn’s Artists in Times of War, I agreed with the idea that being professional limits human beings to working within the confines set by their profession. Nowadays, everyone is categorized into different groups by one’s profession and we are not feeling strange or uncomfortable with being sorted into categories. For example, people reckon that musicians are not supposed to be interested in math or politics because of their professions. What they should do is supposed to be only dealing with music, notes and instruments and we wouldn’t pay much attention on artists’ thoughts toward things other than art. We wouldn’t even let them express their ideas in the public about some stuff that’s outside the “boundary”, in which I mean “views that are not related to their professions. We are used to follow the rules and trends and we always believe what we read on the news or listen in the radio. Therefore, we subconsciously refuse to step out of zones set by ourselves to involve in events that are not related to our professions. As Zinn says, artists’ jobs are not only to deal with pigments or papers, but “to transcend conventional wisdom, to transcend the orthodoxy, to transcend the word of establishment, and to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media.” We all need to participate in all kinds of events which can make ourselves better and will make our country better.

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