Monday, January 23, 2017

The Most Awesome Parking Garage Ever

Library Parking Garage 

This is a parking garage in Kansas City, MO. I totally want to go and get my picture taken there one day. The titles I can read are The Invisible Man, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lord of the Rings, A Tale of Two Cities, Charlotte's Web, and Romeo & Juliet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Driver's Ed humor

Some friends of mine (along with their mom) created this list when another friend of ours was taking driver's ed. These are some things to say to your instructor in the event of breaking too hard :)
-"Just checking to make sure the seat is locked in!"
-"The tail hook caught!"
-"Now we all know how inertia works!"
-"Seat belt functionality? Check!"
-An excited squeal followed by "Wow! I've missed Cedar Point!"
-Sorry, I thought I was pushing the clutch"
-"I'm just trying to wake up that kid in the back seat"
-"Did you know that my dad's a whiplash insurance salesman?"
-"I was trying to keep us from becoming a crash statistic"
-Look at the teacher and say "Why did you do that?!?!"

Monday, January 16, 2017

Miracles Happen

Last year, my great uncle was in the hospital for approximately four months. He probably should have died, yet he just celebrated his birthday. Just before Thanksgiving, a healthy young woman had a brain aneurism out of the blue. She had a 20% chance to live, and yesterday, she was sitting with her family in church, about 2 months later. 

These people are miracles. They're not completely healed yet, but they shouldn't be alive and they are. At the very least, they are a testament to the fact that miracles do happen. It's really amazing to witness. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

You'll Never Hear This In The News

My family gets a news magazine called WORLD. It presents the news from a Biblical, Christian standpoint. There have been many articles over the last few years (and I'm sure even before we started getting it) about homosexuality and the fact that it is possible, through Christ, to have freedom from same-sex attractions. You don't hear that in mainstream media. Here is something else you won't hear in mainstream media:

In October, the Court of Appeal in Belfast (Ireland) ruled against a bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Peter Tatchell, a homosexual activist in Northern Ireland, called the ruling "a dangerous, authoritarian precedent". He said he disagrees with the owners of the bakery on gay marriage but that, "this verdict is a defeat for freedom of expression."
~ WORLD magazine Nov. 12, 2016 pg. 8

This guy stood up for a bakery who disagreed with him! That completely stunned me. Not only does he believe gay marriage is okay, he is an activist for it, yet he also defends an individual's right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression. This is what we need more of. The only reason Tatchell is even able to disagree with the bakery (and vice versa) is because of things like freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Incredible word-play by Charles Dickens

This is the very beginning of the book "Dombey & Son" by Dickens. I found it for free on Project Gutenberg, where you can read it in its entirety, if you so desire. 

I find the descriptions and comparisons so fun and unique. No one really writes like this anymore. Not that I'm complaining, as it is rather challenging to read for any great length of time, but in short quantities, it's quite amusing and insightful.

     Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new. 
    Dombey was about eight-and-forty years of age. Son about eight-and-forty minutes. Dombey was rather bald, rather red, and though a handsome well-made man, too stern and pompous in appearance, to be prepossessing. Son was very bald, and very red, and though (of course) an undeniably fine infant, somewhat crushed and spotty in his general effect, as yet. On the brow of Dombey, Time and his brother Care had set some marks, as on a tree that was to come down in good time— remorseless twins they are for striding through their human forests, notching as they go— while the countenance of Son was crossed with a thousand little creases, which the same deceitful Time would take delight in smoothing out and wearing away with the flat part of his scythe, as a preparation of the surface for his deeper operations. 
    Dombey, exulting in the long-looked-for event, jingled and jingled the heavy gold watch-chain that depended from below his trim blue coat, whereof the buttons sparkled phosphorescently in the feeble rays of the distant fire. Son, with his little fists curled up and clenched, seemed, in his feeble way, to be squaring at existence for having come upon him so unexpectedly.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight


I found out about this series of books through the Black Friday sale I blogged about. Reading the description, it sounded really good, so I picked the first book as one of my free ebooks I received for participating. Then I asked for the other two and the prequel for Christmas. I got them, and boy, I was not disappointed!

The storyline and plot are so well thought out and developed, the characters relatable and also well developed. Knight created a brand new world and diverse people groups with their own histories, characteristics, & preferences. It's quite impressive. She is a fairly young author, which makes the quality of her work that much more amazing. She definitely has a gift. 

I could not stop reading this series. (I started the third book on a Saturday and I had to exert extreme willpower to get done everything I needed to do before I started reading, because I knew I wouldn't be able to stop. I read the entire book that day. So after I started, I did nothing basically the rest of the day :) The story grabs you and won't let go. Many parts had my heart beating faster, wondering what would happen; who would survive? As suspenseful as the books are, each has a satisfactory ending. It ends on a good note with hope, yet it's obvious that there is more story to tell. This made me very happy when I realized that there were three more books to come! I did not want to be waiting on pins and needles for each successive book (I'm looking at you, Shannon Messenger!).

If you are looking for a good series to read, I highly recommend these books. Unfortunately, you cannot get them from the library (most likely) so you'd have to purchase them, but I don't think you'll be disappointed. I very rarely buy books that I haven't read, but these sounded worth the risk and they were! On Goodreads, it says that the last three and another novella are expected to come out this year, so hopefully, we'll get to read the rest of the story very soon!

*I just discovered her Etsy shop! She makes some incredible jewelry that would make great gifts for people. Go check it out!