Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here is a challenge from my school website...can you figure it out?? I did!!! Post your answers in the comments!
Course Scheduling Puzzle
Assume a Community College in which the following six courses are taught:
There are five class periods during each day. No class may be offered more than once in a given period. Each course must be offered exactly three times during the day. Only Calculus and Astronomy will be offered during the first period. Physics and three other classes will be offered during the second period. Only Biology will be offered during the third period. More courses will be offered during the fourth period than during the fifth period.
Which of the following pairs of classes must be offered during the same three periods?
- Chemistry and Biology
- Chemistry and Physics
- Astronomy and Calculus
- Astronomy and Physics
- Statistics and Calculus
If Biology is not offered during the fifth period, all of the following must be true EXCEPT:
- Biology is offered during the second period.
- Calculus is offered during the fifth period.
- Astronomy is offered during the fifth period.
- Astronomy is offered during the second period.
- Statistics is offered during the fifth period.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Due to massive amounts of rain in GA, the scream machine is submerged in water!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tonight we had our first WHOLE family activity since school started, we went to see Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs.
It was a pretty dumb movie, but it did make me laugh.
There wasn't any words in it, but some stuff your like, did they really need to put that in there?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Below is my speech that i gave at school today, it was only 2 minutes long so it should take you less than that to read it if you'd like to. IT IS A ROUGH DRAFT of what i actually said, i changed it and used different words as i went...in fact i think it was better when i actually did it instead of reading it.
"Just Bag It" Speech
John 8:55-Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him.
In my experience I have found that I feel the most comfortable around someone when I know more about them.
So, because I’d like you to feel comfortable when you speak to me, I’m going to enlighten you about myself.
Three important things to me are, playing volleyball, playing the violin, and being involved in my church.
First, I’m going to tell you about my favorite sport, Volleyball. I have played volleyball on my adult church team for the past 2 years and my 3rd season starts in 2 weeks. My team isn’t the most professional but last year we did win 4 games and received the sportsmanship award. Volleyball is my favorite sport because a) it’s the only one I’m good at, and b) because it doesn’t require me to be extremely physically fit. Good thing too, because I’m not!
Second, I’d like to tell you about my musical talent. I enjoy playing the violin and have done so for the past 9 years. The majority of my playing takes place in my church orchestra on Sundays and Wednesdays.
I am honored that God has given me such a talent and I am always excided and challenged when our orchestra gets a new musical number to learn.
Finally, I’m going to tell you the most important thing in my life, my involvement with my church. Each Sunday and Wednesday I take great joy in serving God not only by playing in the orchestra, but I also serve in the bus ministry that picks up kids who don’t have transportation to church.
While serving God thrills me, the preaching time is the best. Though I’m not always exuberant to see what I’m doing wrong in my life, I’m always blessed when I get it right. I realized just this past week that I spend %15 of my week at Church. That shows how big a part of my life it is!
Today I’ve told you 3 things that define me: my favorite sport, my musical talent, and my church involvement.
So in the future, if you aren’t comfortable around someone, its probably because you don’t know him or her very well, but now, you can’t say that about me.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
History Paper that I worked SUPER HARD for!!! Please Read=) Its titled Misconception: Settlement in the New World Is Not What Students Thought
History 2010 - 10:10
September 14, 2009
Misconception: Settlement in the New World Is Not What Students Thought
“When was the country we now know as the United States first settled?”
James W. Loewen asked many college students this very question, hoping the answer would be 30,000 B.C., but the consensus among the students was 1620. Yes, the year of the First Thanksgiving was in their minds. Loewen states in his article, “The Truth about the First Thanksgiving” (76), “…my students’ heads have been filled with America’s origin myth, the story of the First Thanksgiving.” The well-known story of the First Thanksgiving portrayed America as a bright land where the Pilgrims and Indians met in peace and shared a feast. But according to Loewen this is not so, and students have this misconception about the first settlement in America because their history textbooks have not told them otherwise; there has either been no acknowledgement or textbooks have barely mentioned the massive amount of death that took place and bad relations between the pilgrims and the Indians.
Loewen believes one of the important factors that students are oblivious to is the enormous amount of death during the settling of America. Settlers from Europe carried diseases to the Americas themselves, as did their livestock. These diseases the Indians had no immunity to. Second, Natives and settlers were naturally rivals. This too resulted in many Indian deaths. Sadly, as a result, each time new settlers came to the new world there were less and less natives.
In addition, Loewen believes students have the wrong idea about the Pilgrims. Some choose to debate why the Pilgrims ended up in Massachusetts when they set out for Virginia, but that’s history, we may never know. More importantly is what they did when they got here. Loewen says, while textbooks paint Pilgrims to be “a pious and moral band” (89), he knows another side of the Pilgrims that the textbooks do not tell. Pilgrims did not have agricultural knowledge, so they forced Indians to teach them, “slavery” Loewen calls it. Not only that, the Pilgrims stole from Indian’s homes, and also robbed their graves. Indeed the Pilgrims were not the sweet spirited, innocent people students think them to have been.
When I looked back at what I believe to be true about the settlement of America, I realized I viewed it from the same perspective as Loewen’s students. But, The American Past, by Joseph R. Conlin, justly represents Loewen’s non-traditional perspective of death in America (17-19). However, unlike Loewen, Conlin blames the Indian casualties more on disease rather than rivalries between the pilgrims and natives. In respect to the Pilgrim’s actions toward natives, Conlin is traditional in his portrayal of the Pilgrims and acknowledges nothing of the thefts or slavery. In fact, according to Conlin, Squanto taught the Pilgrims to farm, and wealth was never mentioned.
Loewen believes that “Correctly taught, the issues of the era of the First Thanksgiving could help Americans grow more thoughtful and more tolerant, rather that more ethnocentric” (97). Is it important to know all possible truths about the past? Yes, students should be able to decide what they believe as truth. But in order to do so, they cannot just be told a small part of the story. Loewen states, “Surely, in history, ‘truth should be held sacred, at what ever cost’” (97).
Conlin, Joseph R. The American Past: A Survey of American History, Volume 1: To 1877, Enhanced Eighth Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2009.
Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1996.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to
catch my attention was one that read "Girls I have liked." I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.
were almost hilarious in their exactness: "Things I've yelled at my brothers." Others I couldn't laugh at: "Things I Have Done in My Anger", "Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents." I never ceased to be surprised by the contents.
Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature.
and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it.
room. I must lock it up and hide the key. But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him.
a sorrow deeper than my own.
He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn't say a word. He just cried with me.
of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I don't think I'll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side.
He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, "It is finished." I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written.
- Brian Moore