Tuesday, September 29, 2009
...I've been busy organizing my cupboards and filing away old books in preparation for the next year of studies! This year Jay and I are going to be focusing on some college prep stuff, in other words, really really thick books. I am slightly intimidated, to say the least, but I think I will survive. ...Anyhow, on to the interesting part of this post! I like to use pretty things, flowery things, unique things. And I don't like the generic or "part of the crowd" mentality. None of this helps when it comes to picking folders for a new year of school. I could just use plain white binders, but there not pretty. And you will see me stuffed in a closet, tied hand and foot, before you catch me sporting my precious papers in most of the stores other selections today. (Latest musical groups, cutesy lip balm advertisements, and terribly drawn cartoons) Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. Luckily I didn't have to choose between extremes, this year I designed my own covers and filled in the back and spine with scrapbook paper of my choice. ...What do you think? As you can see, I've been busy. I created all of these on my favorite free design website, Scrapblog. Now all that is left is for me to print them! If anyone has a project like this I would highly recommend they check Scrapblog out - all you need is time! (Which is understandably often scarce.)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
(I'm posting this here as well as on my His Story blog. Go here to read the first Chapter review) ...To keep things simple for readers I am going to attempt to follow the same layout every post. As follows; 1. This section will introduce the chapters title, time frame, and introductory notes. It may even include some historical background of interest. As evident by the color, this section will be BLUE. 2. Very important! This part is devoted entirely to defining terms that may, or may not, come up. Enjoy! (Color Key, RED) 3. The BLACK and white of things. Section three will contain actual facts, quotes, and key points in the chapter. 4. Here I will preach at you, or root for you, which ever you prefer, trying to hone in on the moral dilemmas, valuable lessons to be gleaned, and touch on the Puritans examples; whether good or ill. I'm running out of colors, so PURPLE will alert you when its time to rebury the old man - he has a way of popping up and making us look proud doesn't he? 5. The funnies and interesting little tidbits aside from the big picture. Here you can laugh, or debate, all you want. If you prefer the original spelling of burden, burthen, and resent the change, you can quibble about it here. (Along with Honour instead of Honor, Powre instead of Pour, and so on...) Also included will be the inevitable rabbit trails such as, but not limited to, Bradford's opinions on rulers and governments. (Color key, ORANGE. A good protestant color.) 6. And finally we come to section six. It can be summed up in two very succinct words; SNEAK PEAK. Color key? Do we really need one? This section will be ITALICIZED. ...The numbers will also be included for even better reference. Can you tell I'm worried my readers might drown in the pool of verbalization? or get lost in the trees of redundant repetition? Beware!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
...Yesterday I started reading William Bradford's history of Plymouth Plantation. During study time I had a great idea, why not make an online series of notes on the diary? ..."Of Plymouth Plantation" is a rare firsthand account of the struggles and victories one little band of faithful pilgrims endured in the arduous journey from persecution to freedom. It is full of insights into our roots, sacrifices every faithful christian should stand for, and miraculous escapes from the very maws of death. William Bradford began penning the diary after the Mayflower landed on Massachusetts shore and continued to write after the fact, covering time from 1620 - 1647 A.D. Anyone wanting to understand this godly man and the puritans of New England should not skip this book! (Despite its often archaic prose, spelling, and impressive size!) ...I will be recording my chapter by chapter thoughts and reviews over on my history blog, here. Included will be juicy little tidbits like the following; ...Bradford's opinions concerning "gracious Queen Elizabeth", to use his own words. ...The state of England's reformation at the time, compared to Scotland, Geneva, France, and the Netherlands. ...Good old Puritan common sense! ...Be checking over there for more in the next couple days!