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B1 L85 – Implementing the Solution, Pt. 2

In the last lesson, I described my biggest problem and how I can solve that problem. Now, this week, I have to actually go and do it. But first, I have to plan out how it’s going to work. First of all, this week is going to be a very busy one. If you don’t know what I mean by that, go check out some of my speeches. If you do know what I mean, then you know that I have very little time to myself. Only weekends, once I’m caught up with school, breaks, when I’m in between, and some lucky hours when I (rarely) get my work done for the day.
However, at any time during my day, I am talking and interacting with people. For instance, during public school, I talk to my classmates and teacher. At home, I talk to Mom, Aden, and Dad. At swim, I talk to my fellow swimmers, and Spartan I talk to Aden and the trainer. At any point during any of those, I could get into an argument. And when I get into an argument, here’s what should happen:
Me: “Blah is correct”
Somebody: “No, Blah Blah is correct”
Me: “Okay, maybe Blah Blah is correct. I’m not sure I was correct”
Somebody: “Maybe Blah is correct. Let’s research it”
Me: “Okay!”
*Googles it*
Somebody: “See? Blah Blah is correct!”
Me: “Good to know – Thanks for informing me!”
Here’s what currently happens:
Me: “Blah is correct”
Somebody: “No, Blah Blah is correct.”
Me: “No, I’m quite sure that Blah is correct”
Somebody: “Let’s look it up”
Me: “I’m sure I’m right”
*Looks it up on Google*
Somebody: “See, Blah Blah is correct!”
Me: “Darn you!”

What I have to do is do literally exactly what Carnegie says: “Admit you might be wrong, and do it emphatically.” However, I don’t like being wrong, and I certainly don’t want to admit that I’m wrong. I always like being right. So I have to really condition myself to not auto-defend myself if somebody refutes what I’m saying. So this week, I will keep track of what I argue, and how I could’ve done better about not being a brat. I’ll start with today:

~8:30 AM
Mom: “Whose bowl is this on the counter?”
Aden: “Not mine.”
Me: “Not mine”
Mom: “So it just appeared there?”
Me: “I don’t know where it came from.”
Mom: “Just clean it up.”
*Walks in to clean it up – (it’s my oatmeal bowl from this morning)*
Me: “There, it’s cleaned up.”
Mom: *walks away*
What I could’ve done: I probably could’ve looked at it first, then admitted it’s mine and cleaned it up. Alternate: could’ve cleaned it up earlier that morning.

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H8 L45 – War of 1812

200 years ago, what some say is the second half of the Revolutionary War started, known as the War of 1812.  This war, which would decide America’s part in foreign influence.  Started by the searching of American ships in foreign ports for no reason at all, this war basically outlined the trade, shipping, and foreign influence of America.

Supposedly, the foundation of this war was the Embargo Act, proposed by Thomas Jefferson, to keep the British from impressing upon American Sailors and forcing them to serve in the British Navy by not allowing them to go to any foreign ports at all!  He thought that without the influx of American goods, both France and Britain would stop wasting resources.  He was wrong, Britain and France got on fine, and the Embargo Act backfired.  The American Ships were now sitting in the harbors with the onboard goods rotting and spoiling.  Just before Madison was elected, Jefferson did sign a paper that repealed the Embargo Act, so trade started again.  As soon as the Embargo Act was over, the ships got to sea, and to the ports, wth everything going smoothly, and then BAM, the ships were being searched again.

This made American anger mount, and a noncommittal party formed called the War Hawks.  The name is mostly self-explanatory, but the ones they wanted to go to war with were the British.  France wasn’t a problem in their eyes, just Britain.  The leaders of this movement were Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, both cabinet members in Madison’s cabinet.  They eventually convinced Madison to declare war, and Congress agreed two days later.  War was on!

The first battle wasn’t really much of a battle, just a call to surrender by General William Hull.  Hull marched up to Fort Detroit in Canada, and demanded that British General, Isaac Brock, surrender the fort.  Hull waited for the surrender for so long that, despite actually outmanning the solders inside by 5-1, thought that they numbered more than his forces did, and, not wanting to waste men, retreated for no reason at all.  Not a single shot was fired.

British luck only went downhill from there, though.  Later, during the Battle of York, Toronto was burned by the Colonists.  A few months later, American ships under Oliver Hazard Perry attacked British ships in Put-In-Bay in Ohio Territory.  The battle of the Thames River, in Moraviantown, Ontario, Canada, the Americans under William Henry Harrison eliminated a combined force of British and Native Americans.  After this, the British gained some of upper New York and some of the lost Canadian territory, and that ended 1813.

When the fighting started up again in 1814, nobody had the advantage.  When August hit, though, the British gained the upper hand for a time with the sacking and burning of Washington DC.  They burned the White House, Capitol, War Office, and Treasury building.  This was a major blow to the colonies with their capital destroyed, but for some reason the British retreated from DC quickly.  The Americans took home two victories that September, with Lake Champlain and Baltimore.  The Siege of Baltimore was the site of Francis Scott Key’s The Star-Spangled Banner.

After this incident, the British opted for peace with the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, which was signed on Christmas Eve that year.  The communication was slow though, so the war kept going with one more battle – the Battle of New Orleans.  This battle devastated the British Army in America, wiping out 2000 British troops, not men.  The Americans only lost 13 troops.  Even if the British had not opted out earlier, that battle surely would have killed the last of their confidence.  The Americans signed the treaty of January 15, 1815, ending the war.

Even though the peace treaty was signed and it didn’t solve any of the problems the Americans were fighting for, the War of 1812 most certainly had a piece in proportioning America’s foreign influence and trading power.

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E8 L25 – My Favorite Type of Music

Most people in the US like most types of rock and country.  Not everyone, though.  I’m one of those people.  Instead of those three above, I like Christian, classical, and film score music.

My favorite producer writes plenty of Christian songs.  His name is Toby Mac and I like to sing along with his songs.  I can do this because he sings in my range, and along with that, I can relate to some of the problems he sings about.  Basically, in general, Toby Mac is the guy I aspire to be when I grow up.

When I listen to Christian music, I get a feeling that everything’s going to be okay, even though I know, way down deep, that it’s never really going to be okay.  It also makes me feel happy, though I don’t exactly know why.

As a genre, most Christian music is encouraging, giving hope to people who have lost it.  I especially like it because it contains my love language, which just so happens to be words of affirmation.  This, in plain terms, means that I like being praised and it makes me feel loved to be given applause and praise.  This allows at least a couple songs to give me a feeling of being loved.

The reason I first got involved in PER was because Mom just pulled it up one day, as she was already familiar with it.  I asked what channel this was, and asked her if she had it bookmarked, which she already did.  I slowly got hooked, starting to like it more and more, when You Speak Life played.  That finished me off.  So whenever the car comes out for a trip, the number one channel is 90.5 PER.

The second most common channel is a tie between Dad’s country music, and Mom’s not-often-listened-to classical.  Despite this, I like classical as a flowing, easy listening music that is simple and calms me down.  Sometimes I play it myself on our piano, but most of the time I like to just turn on the radio, tune into a classical channel like 80.5 and just sit there and listen for a while.  I suspect that sometimes she turns it on on her computer as we’re doing school, so she can listen and play her games.

Last but not least, I think my least of favorites, but not the lowest of songs, is film score music.  I think that the makers and producers of these songs are absolute geniuses in the ways of music.  They manage to take a simple theme and jam adventure, boldness, sadness, pain, happiness, cheerfulness and power all into a few notes that go along with what is being played onscreen!  They know that not just the ears hear music, but the heart does too, and they use this to make the listener cry, or laugh, or smile, by just listening to the song played.  I can think of a mass of examples of memorable songs from movies, such as Concerning Hobbits and Misty Mountains Cold (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), He’s a Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean), Star Wars Main Theme, and Hedwig’s Theme (Harry Potter).  These very common pieces of music are all examples of Film Score music.  On Pandora music, the station Gladiator, Battle/Film Score Music is normally where it is.

Overall, my three favorite music genres are just about the same as Mom’s and Aden’s, and the favorite genres are Christian, Classical, and Film Score.

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E8 L20 – A Bad Day and How I Handled it

          Today sucked.  No question about it.  The question is, how did I handle it?

Today started off pretty good. I get to wake up late and have a delicious homemade banana pancake for breakfast.  I would regret the bananas later.  After I finished my breakfast, I got in trouble for playing monopoly for maybe 20 minutes that morning instead of coming inside for breakfast and then school.  She eventually ushered me inside and up into the schoolroom. 

The problem was, it all went downhill from there.  I then had to start school, and after a while of doing school, mom decided to break it on me that I have three days work to do, and then decided I have to make a mind map and outline for every single essay.  In other words, I had to do an outline and mind map every single day for the rest of the year.  Thus, this adding of work to my already heavy workload made me pretty mad, and that made mom mad too. 

Afterwards, after we had both got pretty ma feeding off each other’s anger, she decided to vent it on me in the form of yelling at me for microscopic mistakes.  Of course, this only made it worse, and the rest of the day was pretty much doomed to suck. I went downstairs to grab a snack, and who happened to be down there but dad! He then told me I had to eat bananas for all of my snacks the rest of the day.  Boy, do bananas get tiring fast!

          I then tried to escape school for a time, so I went outside, set up a game of Monopoly, and made first move.  I then went back inside, and managed to move my brother outside, and we began playing a game of monopoly.  Some time passed, in which I lost nearly 500 thousand to my brother and going to jail.  He kept going around and around the board, buying property and collecting 200 thousand every time he passed go.  About the time I got out of jail for the fourth time Mom came out to see what we were doing.  She took one look at the board and started a very long and loud lecture about doing school even if she was not currently forcing us to.  Thus, we were herded back into the house and back to schoolwork.  Eventually she finds out school lasted so long today because I haven’t been doing much and if I did do something I did it extremely slowly.  About this time, it is five PM.  Three hours later and just finishing that day’s work with one more day’s work to go, she walks in and tells me to go get ready for bed and to go to bed.

          Thus went today, the day of yelling, and school, and trouble.  Tomorrow may be no better – that’s for tomorrow to decide. 

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H7 W21 Review – The Travels of John Cabot and Jacques Cartier


          One Italian, one Frenchman, both influential explorers, men named John Cabot and Jacques Cartier (pronounced shock·wes car·tee·eh) each of them started a colony, both of which, though failing from new difficulties, proved the fact that the Americas could be settled in.

          John Cabot, the first explorer, was the Italian who sailed to America for England, and he was successful in finding America.  This was on his first voyage, in which he claimed lots of gold and land for England.  However, on his second voyage his whole fleet mysteriously disappeared. 

          Cartier was a French Explorer that founded Quebec, the capital city of Canada, but then thought he found gold and diamonds, and deserted the colony in his rush to get back to France to show the king his supposed “find”.  It turned out that the riches were fake, and this desertion ruined his reputation. 

Both explorers were proof that the Americas could be settled in, and the result was the American Colonies and the Canadian States.

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E7 L120 Review – Authors and Worldviews


               In the last two years I have read many books by hundreds of different authors, and each of them has their own different worldview.  Each of these authors expresses a worldview through their novels.  The three books for this matching session are Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty, and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.

Shown in his books like the Journey to the center of the earth, Jules Verne’s worldview is mostly romanticist, which means he has the characters act on emotion not reason, though sometimes he puts a touch of agnosticism, or no religion.  For instance, while the characters were underground, one of them separated from the rest and got lost.  He then panicked and ran around which put out his light.  He then stumbled on the wall and was saved. Later, after they passed the whispering galley incident, they sailed the Liedenbrock sea, and on arrival at the opposite side out of excitement blew open the supposed exit, taking with them half the nearby water and skyrocketing them out a volcano.  After arriving on the surface, on an impulse on of the main characters caught a nearby little boy, and so found out that they had arrived in Stromboli, after starting all the way in Iceland.

Henty puts lots of his view into his books and at the same time adds detail and action, like in the book Cat of Bubastes.  Henty’s worldview is like Verne’s in that his characters mostly act on emotion not reason, though some reason is used at time.  As an example, one of the  later scenes in the book is while they are hunting hippos with their master, and as they hunt they hear a scream.  They run over and help a little girl who was being taken by a crocodile.   Later while on the run, they go to a friend, and out of fear make a slip up and let on that they just committed a major crime.  So, after staying in a nearby cave for a long time they head back to their home town and recapture it.  They then defend it out of love for their home and anger at losing it in the first place.

The author of the book Little Men, whose name is Louisa May Alcott is probably an existentialist and rationalist, shown by the fact that she never mentions a deity, gives the children in her book lots of freedom and they sort all their problems out with logic and reason.  Throughout the book she never mentions even once any type of deity and so proves her existentialism, along witht the fact that she gave the children in the book nearly boundless freedom to excersize by their own decisions, most of which is decided by logic, argued with and against with logic, and so logically (no pun intended) proves that she is a rationalist.

Through this essay I hope you have gained an understaning of how the book and author relate to the worldview of the author when it was written.