Associations To Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a neighborhood on the South side of Chicago. To anyone who researches the name in Google or looks at a description of Hyde Park on a map, they might read something along the lines of this: "Culturally diverse Hyde Park is home to the picturesque University of Chicago campus and the Frederick C. Robbie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright work. Summer crowds head to 57th Street Beach, while the former Palace of the Fine Arts, built for the Worlds Columbian Exposition of 1893, is now home to the Museum of Science and Industry. Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center exhibits contemporary works."
    Although Hyde Park might be known for its rich history and famous locations, everyone has a different association with it whether they have lived in Hyde Park their whole life or just come down occasionally for required events such as school.

To some, it is Lake Michigan and the Point.

To others, it is the antique Medici Bakery to which they often will go to grab ice-cream or st…

Positive and Negative Effects of Ethnicity

Ethnicities in society can have both positive and negative effects on people. I decided to create a photo-essay regarding ethnicity. I interviewed a few classmates from the Lab School to ask them about how their ethnicity and how it has affected their lives.

Jamal Nimer:
"I'd say my ethnicity is Arab or Middle Eastern. In general, my ethnicity has affected me in society mostly when traveling. I think a lot of times when I'm trying to travel with my family we'll get stopped a lot more than many other families do. I remember a few occasions when I was young, going from Jordan to the States, I'd get randomly stopped by TSA for bomb checks where they'd search my hands for traces of gunpowder. Traveling with a mom with a Hijab on her head was certainly not very helpful. Traveling to Palestine or Israel from Jordan is also incredibly difficult. The Israeli government doesn't allow my family to land in Israel even though we have American citizenships and it doesn…

Long Lasting Maple Shack

Growing up in  Quebec, Canada, maple syrup has been a big part of my mother's side of the family's lifestyle. Not only did my family regularly enjoy maple products, but they also produced syrup from their maple tree farm. My grandfather owned the maple farm and each Spring he and a few of my aunts and uncles would accompany him to collect the maple sugar from the trees and make the syrup and other maple products in their maple shack.
 The entrance has long since become significantly more obscure but beginning at the two tall trees you can follow a skinny, moose tracked marshy path to arrive at the maple shacks.

The cabin where my grandfather and aunts and uncle would stay to eat and stay warm for the cold is on the left, and the cabin where the maple syrup was made in is on the right. My grandfather bought both cabins in the early 1950s and are about 100 years old. My family has been able to keep them in good shape for many years but have recently fallen into disuse.

From a l…