Free-write 4/24

(1) what comes to mind when you think of tea? London–dreary weather, misty days, warmth, comfort, refreshment, teacup, earl grey, chai, spice, steam, no sugar added. Liquid, relaxation. (2) What is your definition  of cultural appropriation? The acquirement of some other entity’s cultural ideas and practices + the adulteration (or transformation) of such ideas and practices. I think of England’s relationship with India and all the Indian artifacts they have on display at the Victoria & Albert...

Iodine MMOA Draft 1

I once had a biology professor ask the question “what is a medical object?” The question made everyone pause; no one said or guessed anything. The professor waited patiently, and finally said “anything that looks like a medical object.” Going off of that very general description, the iodine bottle is a medical object; however, this iodine bottle’s description is much more detailed than simply saying it is a “medical object.” The inclusion of the word POISON on the object further complicates this matter. I am still uncertain how this particular iodine tincture bottle (because it is certain that it is one of many) was originally used. Unfortunately, I was not alive during the time it was manufactured, and I do not know anything about the person that used it. I do know that it was one of many objects that was found during an excavation that took place during the construction of the MARTA rail lines in the 1970s. Most of these objects would probably have been considered junk, and it is very likely that this iodine bottle was disposed after it was used. In other words, it is probably someone else’s trash. It was probably easily thrown away, because it easily fits in the palm of your hand. … You hold the object, the iodine bottle in your hand. It is seemingly weightless (but maybe it weighs a couple of ounces) and fits in the palm of your hand; you notice it is cool to the touch. You think to yourself, “this object is made from glass material.” You notice the object has a color that is comparable to raw, unfiltered honey....
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