Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird has become an American classic in fiction. It’s a story which represents a time within the United States of America that has somewhat left us, yet is still a negative part of our culture today.  This story was published on Christmas day in the year 1962.  This story has  a varied of character elements representing morals as well as negative parts of humanity. I read the novel for the first time last week and today I re-watched the film.

 

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the story is about a six year old  girl named Jean Louise Finch( she goes by the nickname Scout). She’s growing up in the 1930’s within a small Alabama town. Scout is a tomboy who follows her older brother Jem all around town. Scout and Jem also have a best friend named Dill who lives with his aunt during the summer until he goes back to school in the fall up north. The children’s mother died leaving their father Atticus Finch as their protector. Atticus Finch is probably the most important character in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Atticus Finch is Scout’s go to for moral advice. He’s a warm hearted man who is a lawyer for the least privileged or well liked. Throughout the novel, Atticus teaches Scout 4  crucial lessons for life.

1.

Put yourself in another person’s shoes.

 Most of the novel Scout cannot keep herself from getting into fights. She dislikes being insulted very much. On the other hand, Atticus see’s life much differently. He teaches Scout that before you judge another person’s character you should understand where they’re coming from likewise to Boo Radley. In most of the novel Jem, Dill, and Scout are trying to uncover the secret to the Radley’s strange ways. Gossip swirls about Arthur Radley the Radley’s youngest son who rarely leaves his house. The children make up stories like Arthur tortures cats and other gruesome tales. The children even give Arthur Radley a nickname Boo as if he were actually a ghost. During the summer, when Dill is around, they play games around the Radley house like daring someone to run on their front porch, ding dong ditch etc.  The truth was that sometime Arthur got into  deep trouble with the law, so his father kept him at home as punishment. Eventually Arthur’s father dies, so his older brother Nathan became his guardian. Being such a recluse, Boo spends most of his time at his house away from the world outside.  In a way Boo Radley protects Jem and Scout.

From time to time Boo Radley leaves a gift inside of a tree which Jem and Scout collect. Boo does this so they can see him in the evening while everyone else is in bed asleep. One night Jem, Dill, and Scout sneak up to Boo Radley’s front window to get a better glimpse at him, yet Boo’s older brother Nathan expects them to be a thief, so he shoots toward them to scare them away. He did. While escaping, Jem’s overall’s get stuck on the Radley fence. He escapes  without his pants running back home. Later on, Jem returns to get his pants which Boo Radley fixed for him. It takes Scout and Jem a long time to figure out that Boo was always looking out for them.

2.

Do not kill a mockingbird

Atticus gets Jem and Scout air rifles. He instructs them to never shoot a mockingbird. This order confuses Scout, so she asks Atticus why they cannot shoot at any mockingbirds. Paraphrasing Atticus said, “because all a mockingbird does is sing, so why kill something that can only sing?” Basically it means to leave weaker persons alone, because they’re no harm to anyone.

3.

Keep Fighting even if you know you’ll lose

 

In the 2nd half of the novel Atticus Finch is dealing with a difficult case, involving a black man named Tom Robertson who was accused of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter Mia Ewell. Atticus accepts the job of being his defendant although his chances of winning the case are mightily slim, because of heavy racism within the community. Many in the town show anger  toward Atticus for supporting Tom.

Scout, and Jem are also mocked at school for their father’s beliefs,  yet he teaches his children to not fret over their hatred. Atticus teaches Scout and Jem to preserver  and fight the good fight even when you’re losing the battle. At the trial, we clearly see that the Ewells  are not good folks. Bob Ewell is an obnoxious drunk who  viciously mistreats his daughter, yet they try to push the blame on Tom Robertson. Mia Ewell’s accusations are clearly false,  yet the town agrees with the dim witted Ewell deceitful  lies over Atticus’s phenomenal plea of reason over race.

 

4

The World is Unfair

 

The outcome of the trail leaves Jem and Scout with a new outlook on life. They found out that their town is not so pleasant. Law and order are also tainted being swayed by mere  judgement of another man’s color of skin over the actual fact that Tom Robertson was innocent. Near the end of the novel on Halloween night Bob Ewell tries to murder Scout and Jem, but out of the blue comes Boo Radley to their rescue. Boo murder’s Bob Ewell, yet he gets away with the murder which is another fallacy to law and order none the less Scout reminds Atticus that condemning a man such as Arthur Radley would be like killing a mockingbird. Scout returns Boo Radley to his home, because he was too afraid to go home alone in the dark. This brings us back to the first lesson of putting yourself into another person’s shoes.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird  is one of those books everyone should read. This novel gave such a colorful understanding to problems our society faces still today. I enjoy how Harper Lee exposes issues facing men and women of both colors. The world is an unhappy place where terrible wrongs occur each day.  Racism is one of those terrible wrongs. We may never understand why terrible things such as racism exist, yet it does. What we can do is stick up for what is right. Many go along with what is easy, so they do not get hurt. Truthfully many people are afraid to do what is right over what is easy. They fear evil. In my opinion evil only wins if we allow it to control us.  If you defend what is right over what is easy you can go to bed happily, living a life of peace.

 

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How To Have Fun At Home

Lets face it being at home can get boring. Home is the place where we spend most of our time. Home is where the heart is, but the heart isn’t always feeling the home.  Venturing off into the world can be fun whether it’s a trip out of town or down to Walmart to pick up a bag of chips. I don’t know if anyone else feels like this, but home feels different to me now as an adult. Like I still live in my parents home with my parents, yet the house feels more like theirs than my own. Anyways I spend a majority of my time at home, considering I do not have a full time job(hope that changes when I learn how to drive) and I was homeschooled. I take college courses online, so I’m pretty much a homebody. Anyways here are a few of my tips on how to  kill time and still have fun when you’re at home( btw I found this amazing lego house photo on Pinterest).

 

Reading

One of my best and favorite ways to kill time is by reading. Reading books can take boredom away so quickly. Some days I read fifteen pages while other days I may read 50 pages or more. There is so much to read, so grab a book and enter a new world.

Chores

There is always some chore that must be completed. Chores aren’t always fun, yet they can take your mind away from being bored and actually accomplish something.

 

The Internet

There really is no reason to get bored at home if you’re using the internet. I can go on Twitter and talk to hundreds of people. Conversations on Twitter can get very random. Twitter has brought many amazing people into my life, so if you’re reading this you know who I’m talking about! On the other hand,  Twitter can get addicting and sometimes annoying, so remember to take time away from social media as well.  Besides social media I can search for stuff online. buy products and so much more. How did civilization survive without the internet?

Writing

Whether you’re writing a best seller like me or not writing is a great way to pass time. Writing is a way to express yourself by creating a story or just jotting down thoughts.

Drawing

Who says drawing is only for little kids? You can create some art and hang it on the wall for the world to see. Actually you could draw something, take a photo of it and  post it online on Twitter or Facebook so everyone can see it. The choice is yours!

Netflix

Netflix is one of the most awesome ways to kill time. There is so much to watch. There are so many shows I have to catch up on.

 

Blogging

 I do not really have to explain this one do I 🙂

Exercising

Working out has become a favorite of mine. I enjoy getting into shape and not wasting any time. Going for walks can really clear your thoughts and belly fat.  You can burn twenty minutes easy just by lifting weights. Do not forget to drink plenty of water.

 

So those are a few of my tips on how to have fun while at home. I hope you enjoyed them. Those are my tips, so let me know what your tips might be.

 

Character Creation

Whenever I write a story creating the characters is one of my favorite things to do.  The characters are a very important point to the story.  Characters bring either life or death into a story. Characters are what the reader wants to know about. Who is this person and how does he or she affect the story?

Each character goes on his or her journey. They’re either important to the story or have a minor role with little meaning. Some of the most important, classic characters from famous novels are not even the main character. Sidekick characters are very important.  One important step to creating characters is deciding if they’re going to be hero’s or villains. Many times I’ve written a story and am not sure if I made the right choice for their role. Some of my hero’s could make good villain’s and some of my villain’s would make good hero’s. Each character represents something, so it’s good to figure out what type of person and personality they may have or grow into.

Creating a character is kind like creating Frankenstein.  For a few days I’ll think about who this character is and what purpose they have for this story. You cannot have a robotic man in a story about the gold rush. Well you could, yet that would not make a whole lot of sense. Like with painting a picture sometimes you have to get messy before Mona Lisa appears.

Stories with relatable characters seem to be from my favorite stories.  I do not like fake characters like those who are meant to be super heroic or amazing. They only come off as fake and unappealing to me.  Why can’t the female protagonist not be a super bombshell? Why does the guy have to have amazing hair that blows perfectly in the breeze. Can’t we create characters that are amazing, yet show signs of weakness too?

From start to finish characters go on journey’s. The character figures out who they’re meant to be. In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy discovers herself. She began as a young farm girl who followed the command of her parents. She was just average and plain. When she enters the land of Oz she becomes this important figure who leads  to the rebellion and demise of the Wicked Witch. Dorothy goes from zero to hero.  Same can be said about Harry Potter. When the story begins he’s not very well liked and seems pretty hopeless. When the Hogwarts letters show up and he figures out that he’s actually a wizard who escape death his life began to have more of a meaning. That is character development.

In the story I’m writing the main character is kind of like Dorothy and Harry Potter. She’s pretty average. She’s not very popular nor really cares to be. Most of her time she spends alone reading fantasy books. Eventually she goes on a date with a boy she really likes. While on a date with him something tragic happens. She gets turned into a vampire. As a vampire her entire life changes. She becomes this hero in this new and exciting world. I’m not entirely sure how her life changes or how she becomes the hero, yet I’ll get to that point when my story is complete.

Deciding if a character should die or not is a difficult choice. We spend so much time crafting this person into who they become, killing them off just seems wrong.  They’re fictional people, yet we put them through so much pain.  It’s funny how so many times during the day I will quote a character as if he or she was real. On the other hand a character is created by a real person, so bites and pieces of their personality go into the character.

 Creating characters is a fun challenge. How do you normally create a character? Let me know in the comment section below.

The Liebster Award!!!! 200th Post!

Recently I was nominated by ABookNerd for the Liebster Award. Nice to get this award as I reach my 200th post! Thank you so much to Romana. She’s an epic book reader and web friend I made on Goodreads. Check out her WordPress page over here https://abooknerd13.wordpress.com/ f

Post the award on your blog.
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions assigned to you.
Give 10 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award
Ask 10 questions of your nominees.

 

1. Do you play any musical instruments?

Yes. I  own a couple hermonica’s plus a Ukulele. I mostly play my Uke now. I’m still learning the ropes.

2. What is the best book you’ve read this year?

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

3. Guilty pleasure?

Listening to music by Nickleback. For some reason people hate them, but they aren’t terrible. Most of their songs are catchy.

4. Do you prefer book series or standalones? Why?

I like both, yet I’m drawn more toward book series. A series is fun, because the story continues on. The direction of the story can go  in a multiple of ways. The third or final book could ruin the series which is scary, yet the adventure never gets old.

5. What is your favourite childhood memory?

The days when I got my dogs Sammy and Jack. Those memories are very special. When we brought Sammy home on the trip back she sat in this box, staring at the big world around her. With Jack he was a little more hyper considering he’s a Jack Russell Terrier. He barked at cars passing by and kept wagging his tail like he knew he was going home.  They’re both teenagers now, yet are still full of life.

6. If you could see the future, would you want to look?

I’d be lying if I said I were not curious to see into the future, but I’d rather leave it alone. The future will someday be our past and present, so why not figure out what happens when we get there. I’d rather keep the space time continuum in perfect place.

7. What’s the weirdest dream you can remember?

One time I had a dream where the world was entirely flooded. For some reason my family and I really wanted to go to McDonalds, so we got in my mom’s van and the waves  sort of pushed us to McDonalds.

8. What’s your Hogwarts house?

My official house is Ravenclaw. I use to think I was Gryffindor. Most quizzes placed me into Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. I took the Pottermore quiz a few months ago and the sorting hat placed me into Ravenclaw. Since I’m 21 years old I think the latest quiz matters most. Ravenclaw has Luna Lovegood and she’s epic. Knowledge is power, so I can dig it.

9. The sea or the mountains?

Definitely the sea.

10. What do you like most about blogging?

It’s a great way to get your point out there. WordPress gives us freedom to speak on which ever topic we desire to speak about.  IMO people are defined by the words they speak. Plus blogging is addicting. It can bring so many worlds together.

 

Ten Facts About Me

I have a super rare disorder called MPS1 also known as Shaye Syndrome.( It’s actually pronounced Scheie, but I like to spell it as Shaye myself)  You may research all the facts and information from this website> https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i

 By the grace of God we do have a treatment.  By infusion, I get medicine sent into  my veins  which sort of creates an artificial enzyme. This has been going on for twelve years now. It’s not easy, yet it has brought so many amazing people into my life and only made me stronger. I look at it as a blessing not a curse.

I own two dogs. Both are terriers. Jack is a JRT mix while Sammy is an Italian Greyhound mix. Dogs are my favorite animal and are definitely man’s best friend.

 Speaking of best friends, my best friends are actually women. They’re the greatest friends in the world. They’re very thoughtful and  always encouraging me.  Those are the best friends you could ever have.

Smallville is my favorite show all time.

Harry Potter is my favorite book series all time.

My favorite genre of books is fantasy.

I’m a Christian aka Jesus Freak.

My favorite music is rock, pop, rap, and folk.

I nearly drown to death in our pool when I was around six years old.

I have a fairly positive attitude.  I cannot see the point of living life complaining. Even if I’m upset about something, being upset upsets me even more.  Being negative will only make the problem worse. Like Mr. Freeze be chill.

 

Ten Questions for My Nominees(Nominees will be listed below  the questions 🙂

 1. Do you have any siblings and do you get along with them?

2.  Favorite hobby?

3. Who is your favorite Disney character?

4. Do you own any pets?

5. What is your favorite book all time?

6.  How did you find out about Wordpess?

7. What is your favorite TV show?

8.  How did you come up with your username?

9. What are your favorite YouTube channels?

10. Who is your role model?

So my nominees are  Mudandstars, MayatheBookExplorer,  Louise/GenieReads, TheDaddyBlitz, Mugglebooks,  Stephanie, quireads, Breybrey44,  vrushali21, and  JenniferNicholeWells! 200th post is complete!!!

 

 

 

The Lovely Bones Film Review

The Lovely Bones novel was created by Alice Sebold. This tragic book is about the protagonist Susie Salmon(portrayed by Saoirse Ronan in the film), a fourteen year old girl who was viciously  murdered. She has trouble moving on to heaven as her short life on earth is escaping her.  The Lovely Bones has become a favorite book of mine. I first saw the film and quickly got myself a copy of the book. The Lovely Bones is actually the story that got me back into reading after mourning the end of Harry Potter(OR SO WE ONCE THOUGHT!)

Overall I love the story, yet like the film. The story is pretty strange, so I think most who only saw the movie couldn’t get passed the oddness. Some novels are like that.  The book is from the view of a very unconventional  teenaged girl who has an eye for photography. One odd thing about her is her last name Salmon. Unlike most people I think salmon is a delicious fish to eat. In the film, we only get a short glimpse of Susie Salmon’s life when she was alive.  The end of her life is pretty sad.

 

Throughout the film Susie visits her family from a totally different universe. She’s within a world between our universe and heaven.  She watches as her younger sister Lindsey( Rose McCiver of IZombie) grows up. Susie also had a younger brother, yet his time in the film is sort of forgettable. Her father Jack Salmon[ Mark Wahlberg) never really gets passed his daughters passing. Her mother  Abigal Salmon( Rachel Weisz) actually leaves her family and life style for a short time to get over what had occurred.  Susie sticks around, because she cannot let go. There was so much life ahead of her. She wants her father’s pain to leave him, yet she has to expose  her killer George Harvey( Stanley Tucci) who was fairly crafty at hiding his sins. Susie feels as if she was cheated by death. In the end, Susie figures out what part of her she was missing the most. Her mother. Her mother did love her and that gave her peace.

The Lovely Bones isn’t an easy read nor movie to watch, yet it is something to think about. I guess the old saying of the good die young is not only fiction. It’s so sinister to think there are men out there like George Harvey. They pry on those who are young and defenseless. I wish George Harvey was shot, yet falling over that cliff did seem like justice.

From the passing of my grandfather last year this quote means a lot more to me now. The moment I was told that my  grandfather died, it felt like a piece of me had been ripped away as if his soul was saying good bye. The other night, I had a pretty epic dream. My grandfather was in it, yet he looked younger and very happy. Maybe I have a connection to the dead like Ruth Connors? With all the death and drama surrounding us that dream was  peaceful and reminded me that death is only the beginning of something new?

Tim Duncan Retires

The NBA has lost another great player to retirement. After nineteen amazing seasons, Tim Duncan is ending his career. Tim Duncan had always been one of my favorite players. The Chicago  Bulls are my favorite team, yet I’ve always respected the San Antonio Spurs as well. He always played like the tallest tree on the court although his personality is mellow. Tim Duncan was an epic player, yet he is also a very humble person which is a trait I admire the most from him.

Unlike many superstars of today, Duncan remained with the team that drafted him for his entire career. Tim Duncan won five NBA championships with his San Antonio Spurs being named the leagues MVP in both 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. In addition, Tim Duncan was named finals MVP in 1999, 2003 plus 2005. He finished his career with 26,496 points(14th all time),  15,091 rebounds( sixth all time), 3,064 blocks(5th all time)  playing in a total of  1,392 games.  During his career Tim Duncan played with a cast of tremendous players like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili,  Bruce Bowen,  Kawhi Leonard, and probably the greatest teammate of all David Robinson aka  The Admiral. So long Timmy.

The Legend of Tarzan(Film Review)

Add another classic to the reboot stage. Tarzan returns to the jungle in his latest film created by David Yates. Tarzan has got some horrid reviews, yet I saw the film and this is my opinion on it. It did not match up to the cartoon version, yet that is one of my favorites  in the Walt Disney Dynasty.

The film begins with Tarzan( Alexander  Skarsgard] now living with Jane in Victorian  London, England. He goes by his real name John Clayton III now living a normal life with Jane( Margot Robbie) instead of battling fierce tribes and vicious tigers, hippos or snakes in the jungles of Africa. That had to be exhausting.  His time in the city is short lived when he’s invited to return to his native homeland by  Leon Rom( Christoph  Waltz). Leon Rom is a suspicious character who is an envoy for the king Leopold of Belgium. His plan is to capture Tarzan and give him over to an old nemesis of Tarzan in exchange for diamonds and gold. Rom also plans on taking full control of the Congo to increase English slave trade throughout Europe and the new world.

The Legend of Tarzan was pretty good in my book as long as poor CGI does not drive you mad. Those computer geeks must not be able to watch anything before 2006. I thought the setting for this film was pretty nice. It made me want to enter the jungle and swing on those vines. Alexander Skarsgard was also pretty good in the role of Tarzan. I imagine the odor Tarzan would give off could kill an entire corn field in a matter of seconds.  He could use a trip to Bath and Body Works getting a cart load of soapy fragrance’s  and also stop by Wal Mart or Target to pick up some Old Spice.

UFC should forget Jone Jones and sign up Tarzan. He went around an entire jungle with barely a scratch on him. Tarzan was even shot by rifles and barely bled. This man is incredible. Leon Rom underestimated Tarzan greatly.  Leon Rom wasn’t the brightest villain tho. Did he really expect Jane to just sit down and listen to him like some rag doll? This is Tarzan’s wife man. Jane is no Kim Kardashian.  Jane probably could have handled Leon all by herself except she cannot talk to animals like her bae.

Samuel L Jackson was also good in his role of George Washington Williams aka Tarzan’s sidekick. The ancestry of Nick Fury’s family is pretty amazing. Doctor Williams would not survive long alone in the jungle by himself, but he was a pretty good shot. Some men are fit for the woods while others are fit for the golf course.

Overall I would give Tarzan three stars out of five. Hopefully we get to see more of Tarzan in the future. Maybe Doctor Who could travel back to Victorian England and bring Tarzan into our modern times. Now that would be a sight to see!

The Declaration of Independence

[ Signed by the framers of the US Constitution on July 4th 1776]

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.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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.

The 4th of July Tag!!!

Happy Saturday WordPress! So I’ve been kind of stuck in a rut on ideas for my latest blog. I’ve wanted to blog, yet have had zero creative ideas. Lets face it. Creative blogs are the most click bait and enjoyable blogs out there, so I was thinking to myself” what would be a fun tag for this weekend?” A 4TH OF JULY TAG OF COURSE! The 4th of July is like the greatest holiday ever in the USA besides Thanksgiving, New Years, and Christmas. It’s Independence  Day baby! I searched the world wide web and came across this tag created by TheUniverseDesigns which is great cause I had no idea how to create my own tag lol.  Without further ado lets get into this patriotic Americana tag like how George Washington sailed across the Delaware and kicked some red coat booty. USA!

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What do you think of when you think of the Fourth of July?

Freedom! That was kind of odd to shout considering it was a Scot who said it first. Yes, freedom is what comes to mind when I think of the 4th of July plus fireworks and cookouts.

 

Do you have any special Fourth of July traditions?

Not really. This year I am going to read over the Declaration of Independence, so hopefully that becomes a new tradition.

 

Do you watch any of the Fourth of July programs on TV?

Yes. I either go online and watch videos on the 4th of July or watch movies like The Patriot[ hey that’s the same guy who played Bravehart]

 

What does the 4th of July mean to you/what do you think of it?

The 4th of July is a very important day to me. It’s a day to remember those who fought for our freedom. The patriots were fighting the worlds greatest power and won. America did not become this great over night. Lets not forget their dedication and hard work. The Declaration of Independence is pretty awesome.

Any Fourth of July/Patriotic songs that stand out to you?

There are a few like  God Bless the USA, the National Anthem,  and Amazing Grace.

What is your favorite type of firework?

The big, colorful ones.

Do you think people should continue the custom of fireworks on the Fourth of July even though fireworks can have negative impacts on the environment?

Let me think……. YES!

What do you/your family usually do on the Fourth of July?

We normally have a cookout and watch fireworks across the lake. The neighbors  shoot off some amazing fireworks.

Have you owned any Fourth of July themed accessories or clothes before?

The only 4th of July themed accessory I own is an American flag bandana. I think  some of the clothing is kind of tacky and disrespectful to be honest.

 

 

Who do you tag?

I do not know who I could tag, so if you’d like to take part in this tag  do it!

 

 

 

 

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