Wednesday, July 27, 2011


"Missing someone is like a bad dream you can’t wake yourself up from."

~Adam Young

Monday, July 25, 2011

Even More Stairs

More Stairs

Last post, I shared some pictures of stone stairs in a park in Michigan. They were just of one set. There were actually several in the park.


Well, I am in Michigan.

It is wonderful. The air is perfect (cool, dry, and breezy.) the sky is lovely, and the trees are gorgeous. I haven't seen the lakes yet, but I know they will be awesome.

The most amazing thing I've seen so far is a little park near where we are staying. It is small with grass and trees, just a little park. But in the park are old stone stairs.

I don't know why they are there, or how old they are, but they are beautiful and very interesting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 14...

Today is my birthday.

Sadly, I don't have enough time to do a long post about how much I love my family and how unworthy I am of them.

I love you, my family, and I seriously don't deserve your love for me. Thank you for being a part of my life.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

We live in the greatest country that ever has been and ever will be. God has blessed us beyond what most people can even imagine. And he chose to bring about these blessings a handful of great men, men who new what the problem was with other countries and wanted to make a nation free of these problems, free of tyranny. They gave their lives to insure that this new land would be free.

These are the men that fought for freedom, that died for freedom. But before these men fought, fifty- six men told the British that they would. On this day, the greatest declaration every written was signed. A declaration saying that men should be free, that if there was a tyrant keeping them from being so that it was there responsibility to rid themselves of this tyrant. And that a Government should be installed to see that the people keep their freedom, not to take it away from them.

Now, read these words, read them slowly that you may understand them and take them to your heart. For these are the words that every true American lives by.

In Congress, July 4th, 1776

The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

From here on, the Declaration goes on to list the charges against King George, their reasons for believing they have the right declare their freedom. It is in the very last paragraph that the actual declaration is made:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

These are the men, long dead, but there actions were immortal, so their names and deeds live on, these men are the Founding Fathers of our country. Respect them and give them honor, on this day and always. God used them to free his nation.

Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.

Americans really are remarkable people. But sadly, they are often given a bad name by people claiming to be Americans, but who are not, only by title.The United States is a country of honor, a country of good people, people who will help each other out when things get tough. They will lend a hand to whoever needs it.

As I said at the beginning of the post, we live in the greatest country that ever has been. When a country is blessed by God and based on freedom, there is no way it could be anything but the greatest land that ever was. And the Untied States is that country. It is the best. And it shall be, always and forever. Till the twilight of mankind.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Comedy of Errors

Well, that was a short play! Old Will's shortest, I believe.

Quite honestly, I hadn't been looking forward to reading 'The Comedy of Errors.' I mean, it about people being confused, and I really don't like confusion. It was so short, though, so no one was confused for overly long.

Worst Character: There wasn't one.

Best Character: I liked Æmilia very much, even though she was only in the play a little bit. The two Dromios handled themselves very well, considering all they had to go through. :)

In a word: Chaotic

Rated: PG

Crowning Moment: Oh, without a doubt the end, when they realized that it was not one cheating, madman, but honest, sane twins. It was a very happy joyous moment.

:) :) :} :}

Love's Labor's Lost

I'm not sure if it was that I was rather tired of Shakespeare when I read 'Love's Labor's Lost', if it was that I took so long to read it, or if it was the play itself, but for some reason, I really wasn't impressed.

The plot is interesting, though. I mean, a King as his three followers swear not see any women for a year (among other things), and then all four fall helplessly in love. But the execution was a little bit lacking, in my humble opinion. I would have enjoyed it much more if I was reading a copy of the play that has little helpers at the bottom of the page to tell you what they are saying.

Worst Character: Oh, there wasn't one.

Best Character: Ah, I liked Moth. But I do have a weakness for pages. Biron and Rosaline were my favorite couple. And I think that is just because they said a bit more than the rest.

In a word: Honorificabilitudinitatibus

(If you don't know it, look it up. ;) )

Rated: Maybe PG.

Crowning Moment: Again, if I understood the language better, I would appreciate it more, and be better able to say what the best part was. I liked the end, just because I took so long to read the play: I was glad to be done with it. It was interesting, though, the way all of the girls told all their respective guys that they had to wait a year, and then they would see if they would marry them. It was a very good idea, actually.

A sequel would have been nice.


King Henry VI, parts I, II, and III

I will be brief: all three were very boring. There was no main character, I was never sure who to root for, nothing really happened, and Henry VI was a total wimp.

Henry VI was the exact opposite of his father, there wasn't a shred of leadership in him. He spent all three plays moping around while all hell broke lose and every single person in his acquaintance was trying to take his throne.

Worst Character: Jack Cade (Part II) he was awful. He just went around killing people. (He was a rebel leader.

Best Character: I couldn't really say.

In a Word: Unstellar

I'd say less than stellar, but that is three words.

Rated: Eh, PG13

Crowning Moment: Quite honestly, my favorite part in all three plays was the beginning of the first one, when they are talking about King Henry V who has recently died.

BEDFORD: Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars
That have consented unto Henry's death!
King Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long!
England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.

GLOUCESTER: England ne'er had a king until his time.
Virtue he had, deserving to command:
His brandish'd sword did blind men with his beams:
His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings;
His sparking eyes, replete with wrathful fire,
More dazzled and drove back his enemies
Than mid-day sun fierce bent against their faces.
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech:
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.

Nothing awesome happened in part II. In part III my favorite part was when Edward Plantagenet, Earl of March was wooing Lady Grey. It was quite funny.

Another very interesting thing in the plays was Richard of Gloucester (Who would become King Richard III). The was he was always there in the background, just waiting for his brother to take the throne, so that he could have it.

Henry V

Ah, I have been putting off these Shakespeare posts long enough.

A long while back I read 'King Henry V.' I really don't remember much of it (I have been putting this off for a very long time) but I remember liking it. It was like the other histories: interesting enough, but boring in comparison to some his other plays, such as 'Othello' or 'Ling Lear.'

Worst Character: I really don't remember who it was or even if there was a worst character.

Best Character: King Henry V, of course. He was very cool.

In a word: Interesting

Rated: Ah, I really don't remember. I'd say PG13, just to be safe.

Crowning Moment: I think my favorite part of the play was when Henry was wooing Princess Kathrine. She hardly understood any English, and he just kept taking to her about how much he loved her. And she keeps saying stuff in French. She said a lot in French, I think I might have enjoyed the play a bit more if I knew what she was saying.