Journal 1 

August 27, 2019 

Journal 2 

August 28, 2019 

Journal 3

August 29, 2019 

Journal 4 

August 30, 2019 

Journal 5 

August 31, 2019 

Welcome to the first of many of the journals I will be taking on what I learned during the day. I am not a perfect writer, but I’m not someone who strives for perfection. This is my outlet for the expression of my thoughts, as well as a better understanding of instances, perspectives, and just about anything that I find myself curious about. Welcome to "Engaging With Curiosities."


After watching the film Call Me By Your Name, I felt an admiration for how simple, yet complicated, Elio and Oliver’s relationship is, as well just the movie itself. Because the movie has a beautiful yet complex way of moving along, I was so wonderfully lost in what was happening while watching the film. From the film being set in Italy to the many songs by Sufjan Stevens to the charming languages being spoken, there was such a sense of being drawn to the film yet I felt that I was being drawn into it just above the surface. I desperately needed to go deeper. So, I did some research to bring some clarity to what is the intention of the artfulness taking place in the film, as well as why the film is so successful in my eyes and others’. 

I found a vox article pusblished November 22, 2017, by Armie Hammer, called Call Me by Your Name is an erotic film in every sense of the word. It’s also a masterpiece. As you can probably tell, I inserted the link. So, read it, if you’d like. I am going to present some of the things she said that I agree with, as well as how I feel about what she’s stated. 


  • “It’s undoubtedly a gay love story, though it’s less about coming out than coming of age. Call Me by Your Name is a lush, heady experience for the body, but it’s also an arousal for the soul".


Angelina: I totally felt this film in a coming of age sense. I saw how wise and talented Elio is, yet how vulnerable he would be around Oliver, because he’s still young, unlike Oliver who’s older and at a different time in his life. More specifically, like Harmer explains, Elio would have an insecureness about him while Olive was more cocky. Although, both of them are both vulnerable in understanding their relationship, Oliver’s more mature persona contrasts to Elio’s more young nature. Further, when Oliver leaves Elio, I recognized that this was Elio’s first love and that he still has more growing up to do, while Oliver is older and has to go back to reality. Personally, I think that’s what made this film a coming of age film. Similar to what Harmer depicts, the fact that this experience took place while Elio is still so young and innocent, as well as he's noticeably navigating his way through unfamiliarity in an aloof way, made you know that after the movie ends he still has more navigating ahead of him. In short, Elio’s young age, adolescent qualities (alone and in contrast to Oliver’s ) and reclusive manner gave me coming of age vibes. 


  • "This isn’t a film about wrongdoing and punishment; it is about love, loss, and piercing joy in the context of a gay romance.

Elio's father, speaking to him near the end of the story, lays out the movie’s sense of what’s right and what’s wrong: “Our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once,” he says. “And before you know it, your heart’s worn out. And as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there’s sorrow, pain. Don’t kill it, and with it the joy you’ve felt.” It is worth wading into desire, the movie suggests; it’s the only way to be alive, both in the good parts and the painful ones".


Angelina: During the whole film there’s an openness to whatever happens, happens, and I admire that. I really admire the connection Elio has with his parents, and how his father encourages him to not disregard his pain, because it came from love. I’ve realized that the TRUE love we feel, hurts, the TRUE positivity we have in our lives can result, or be a result of, negativity. 

How would people appreciate things without dealing with what contrasts to it? 

This film shines light on how young people experience life wholly, all things that contrast. I’ll conclude this journal by saying that I found that everyone’s young self allows them to fall into adventures and experiences without much expectation or restriction, sooner or later we all grow familiar and confident, sooner or later we lose what contrasts, thus experience and gratitude, sooner or later we’re all gone. We can’t kill the unfavorable, contrasting consequences of our best moments, if we hope to keep having beautiful, life worth living moments in our life.

Today I wondered, what are the benefits of dark chocolate? 

Apparently, dark chocolate contains the vitamins: iron, magnesium, and zinc. Also, the cocoa has flavonoids, which are antioxidants that may provide several health benefits. What I find the most interesting is that eating dark chocolate may reduce a person's chances of getting heart disease. For instance, in Harvard's Nutrition Source, it explains. "Observational studies support the benefits of cocoa flavanols. The link between blood pressure and high cocoa intake was described in a study of the Kuna Indians, an isolated tribe who live on the Caribbean Coast of Panama. [5] Hypertension was extremely uncommon in this group, even among older ages, and even with a dietary salt intake that is greater than most Western populations. When the Kuna migrated to urban environments and changed their diets, their rates of high blood pressure increased". There are a lot more benefits of eating dark chocolate than I expected. I'm glad I can not only count dark chocolate as a food that I like but also a food that benefits my long-term health. 

Today I researched the meaning behind the song 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)' by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

I've heard this song every Christmas, and just this year I found out this song was by the two. In researching this classic, I discovered that this song was written after a couple years of peace activism by them both, which began with the 'bed-ins' that they created in March and May of 1969. In Behind the Photo: How John Lennon and Yoko Ono Came Up With the Idea of Their Bed-In for Peace, Olivia B. Waxman describes, "A honeymoon is usually a vacation taken by a couple after marrying, a time to do something fun just the two of them. But after John Lennon of The Beatles and the Japanese artist Yoko Ono wed in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, they did something different, using their honeymoon to raise awareness of an issue much bigger than themselves: world peace". Furthermore, this  act for awareness was followed by the slogan, "WAR IS OVER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko",  which was apart of an international media campaign that they launched with the purpose of protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In The Story of... 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)' by John Lennon, Tom Eames states, "Lennon came up with the song as a way of continuing the themes of social unity and peaceful change via personal accountability, that was previously the basis of the earlier billboard campaign, while attempting to convey optimism and avoiding the sentimentality he felt often characterized Christmas music". After diving into what this song means, I truly admire John and Yoko's activism, and I have a deeper appreciation for the song because of it's positive motive. 

What do people mean when they say "Mercury is in retrograde"?

The term retrograde comes from the Latin word retrogradus, which literally means "backward step". So the saying "Mercury is retrograde" means Mercury is going backwards in its orbit. However, Mercury isn't really going backwards in its orbit; it's just an optical illusion. Thus, astronomers refer to the motion as an "apparent retrograde motion". Importantly, because astrologers believe that the moon, stars, and planets affect life on Earth; they dread Mercury being in retrograde by reasoning that it is impeding the planet's usual positive influence.