How I can Manage My Money Better – Personal Finance Week 1 Review

How I can Manage My Money Better

 

For a very long time I have been often running short of cash.  I believe it’s because I keep spending too much on little things like candy and gum, and little trinkets.  I need to stop getting those little things and save for what I really want.  That’s probably the biggest bad habit I have, out of control spending on little items.  That leaves no money for the bigger items I want.  I think that if I stop buying lots of trinkets my amount will stay large enough to buy bigger items instead of being stuck on small items.  Or I could limit myself to about three dollars just for those trinkets and candy that I might want.  I want to do this so I actually have enough to, say, buy a Nerf gun if I save up, then get the candy with extra, instead of going, not knowing how much money I have in my wallet, attempting to buy the gun and needing just one more dollar because I decided I would buy five Airheads beforehand.  And that’s how I can manage my money a whole lot better than I used to.

The Aftermath of the Conquests of Alexander the Great- History Week 21 Review

The Aftermath of the Conquests of

Alexander the Great

          From 336 BC to 382 BC, the famous king Alexander the Great of Macedonia was a very ambitious conqueror, extremely powerful man and an extremely successful king overall.  During his reign, he built the biggest empire the world had known until Rome, and a name for himself, his two main goals, along with many others.  Sadly, he never appointed a successor before he died, possibly of natural causes, like disease, or foul play (assassination), and the empire was split into four pieces: the Ptolemaic Kingdom, located around modern-day Egypt, the Seleucid Empire located in Central Asia, Pergamon, in Asia minor and Turkey, & Macedon, located at… you guessed it.. Present-day Macedonia and some of Greece.

While this splitting was happening, one of Alexander’s bodyguards, named Perdiccas, attempted to reunite the four kingdoms.  He was assassinated in 321 BC.

He did accomplish most of his goals.  One of those was to spread Greek culture throughout asia, did so, and surprisingly, the Hellenistic culture lasted for a pretty darn long time, until about the 15th century.

This very famous ancient king was very successful in almost anything he tried, was an excellent military strategist, and a very firm man his whole rule, and had built the largest empire of the world at the time. Now that’s extraordinary.

History Week 20 Review:  The Peloponnesian Wars

 

History Week 20 Review:  The Peloponnesian Wars

In the past week, I’ve been learning about the Peloponnesian Wars in Greece.  These wars, lasting about 35 years altogether, 18 the first and 17 the second, wreaked havoc on pretty much all of Greece.   In both wars, Sparta won, the first time because of strategy, and the second time, from Persia’s financial support.   Both times Athens was literally crushed, and sent into a state of decline.   Therefore, Sparta became the most powerful city-state in Greece.   Sparta won the first war because they made a run for the Hellespont, Athens’ grain supply, and captured it.  

 The cause of the second war was a lot like the cause of WWII, built off the war before, except from the opposite end of the spectrum.   Sparta had not been sharing credit for winning with its allies, making them angry, and those allies, especially Thebes and Corinth, turned on Sparta and, gathering up an alliance with a couple other city-states (including Athens), attacked Sparta.  

 In the end, really both Athens and Sparta lost, and Persia won, because the Greeks had weakened themselves by fighting amongst themselves.   That was why Persia had been helping both sides.   And later, this proved to be the end of Greece, as they fell prey to the growing Roman Empire, and later Persia.

H6 W19 History Review Essay

In the past week I learned about the major battles in the Persian Wars, and I had a little bit of a break about in the middle where I learned about Esther (whose name was apparently Hadassah).  My writing assignment today is to summarize the life of Esther (Hadassah).  So here goes…

King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) called a 180 day feast in celebration of going to conquer Greece, and he called for his queen, Vashti.  She refused to come, and he had her exiled, as he was probably on a lot of wine.  So he did that and decided to marry a new queen.  He ordered all the young women in the city at the time to come to the palace, to be viewed by the king.  One of these women was named Hadassah, or, in Persian, Esther.  All the women were allowed to put on jewelry, silk, and gold to make themselves more appealing to the king.  Esther took only a silk dress and earrings.  Despite less jewelry, the king liked Hadassah the most and had her made his queen.  It would all end happily here, if not for Haman, the king’s advisor.  He saw Mordecai, Esther’s cousin not give Haman the respect he thought required – and in turn, asked the king to make a decree proclaiming that all Jews were to be killed on an appointed day, and the Persians got to take the Jews’ belongings.  Xerxes agreed, giving Haman the signet ring to sign it.  Mordecai saw this decree, and warned Esther.  She in turn approached the king, asking if he and Haman could dine with her that night.  They agreed, and they ate dinner together.  At the end of dinner, she asked them to do it again in a week.  They did so, and that’s when she revealed Haman’s plot and that she herself was a Jew.  Xerxes was furious at this, and hanged Haman for it, and the Jews fought back and were saved, as another decree had been posted after Haman’s hanging, and it told Jews to fight back.  And that is the story of Esther.

Histeory Review #18

This week, I learned about the lives and accomplishments of the Persian kings Cyrus and Darius, and the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah.  I am supposed to write on the life  and achievements of one of them.  I chose Darius, so he’s the one I’ll write about today.

Darius the Great started out as a simple wealthy noble, a descendant of both Cyrus and Cambyses.  He used this ancestry to gain a claim to the throne of Persia.  He also had a lot of support to sit on the throne as he was a cousin to most of the other nobles, and those he weren’t cousins with recognized his military skill.  Once on the throne, he started by boosting the economy with better roads, a form of money called the Daric, and repairing public PoI’s (Points of Interest).  He then created a hierarchy with satraps (governors).  Each satrap had a different area that he governed, and they were not to fight.

Finished with the economy, he started taking land from other countries, starting with Babylon. He afterwards attacked Scythia, and failed miserably.  This first defeat stole his appetite for victory and conquest.  He didn’t attack anywhere in eastern Europe for a good long time.

The next few events  were the Ionian Rebellion.  The Greeks were tired of being under Persian control, and so they rebelled against Persia.  The Rebellion lasted about five years, or until the Persians won.  this returned Darius’ taste for victory, and he tried to take all of Greece.   He planned to invade by sea, but the Greeks saw it coming and crushed his fleet before it got even a league away from the target shore.  The next battle picked with the Greeks, renowned as one of the most important battles in BC history, the Battle of Marathon, is the last one he tried with the Greeks, literally destroyed his army and naval fleet, only a few years before the end of the reign of Darius the Great.

A little “Sorry!” note to those checking my blog and New Update

Sorry about the past absence, I was trapped in the new, endless cycle of – Public school, then activity, then dinner , and finally bed.  I didn’t have time to update the blog, and I’m sorry about that.  I will Update again soon, no, I do not have any crushes yet, the food tastes like cardboard, and two girls are arguing over me and my head like I’m a trophy to be won.  So far, I’m doing good.