Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Poetry Class

The Charge of The Light Brigade is my family's poem of the month! We started studying it today and I learned that the poem was written after the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. The Charge of The Light Brigade is about the British Light Cleverly Brigade as their infantry of 670 men valiantly rode into the "Valley of Death" in an effort to hinder the Russian guns from moving forward. The Brigade accomplished their goal, but not without a price. Just over 100 men came "back from the mouth of Hell".
There are many possible reasons why the brigade would attempt such a seemingly impossible task, and several will argue whether the action was good or bad. There are also several different applications of the poem. It  can be compared to the christian life as they journey through this sin cursed world, or to the life of a young person trying to survive puberty, or a modern day soldier defending his country and what she stands for, or it could apply to an individual experiencing a very difficult period of time in their life. However you want to look at it, remember, the Light Brigade won the victory, but not without a cost.

          The Charge of The Light Brigade
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said:
Into the valley of Death 
Rode the six hundred.

"Forward the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier new
Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death 
rode the six hundred.

Cannon to the right of them,
Cannon to the left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thundered;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly the rode and well,
 Into the jaws of death,
Into mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare'
Flashed as they turned in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered:

Plunged in the battery smoke
Right through the lines they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre stroke
Shattered and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to the right of them,
Cannon to the left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.
By--Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Ladies Meeting

We (me and Mom) attended a ladies meeting at Bright Light Baptist Church in Concord, NC, last Friday and Saturday.
I thought you might like to see a video of some of the special songs. However, I haven't learned how to upload video yet so here's a link.
*Note: The songs were you see all the ladies in the background and the Simpson Family singing are the songs from the meeting.
Ladies Meeting

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sunday's Quote


1."Ask ye of the Lord"(zec. 10:1)
"My God shall supply all your need"

2."Ask and it shall be given you"(Matt.7:7)
"The testimony of the Lord is sure"

3."Ask in prayer"(Matt.21:22)
There must be a prayerful dependence.

4."Ask in faith"James1:6
"He that cometh to God must believe"

5."Ask what I shall give thee"(1Kings 3:5)
"His ears are open unto our prayers(2Chron. 1:7)

6.Ask diligently."(duet. 13:14)
"Abound in faith and all diligence."


Why Chocolate?

What makes girls like chocolate so much?

There's sooo many things too choose from; bubble gum,jolly ranchers,dum dums,candy corn,mints, and much much more! Why limit yourself to one thing?
I guess it could be the bliss of sweet creaminess melting in your mouth or the delight of a moderate sugar rush. Who knows! All I know is I'd rather have chocolate!!!

Vitamin Facts part 6

Vitamin K

As far as I know, there isn't a vitamin F or G. So K is obviously our next victim. I do believe that vitamin K is also the last one on the list. Which means that vitamin K is the last one I have learned about, therefore, the last one I'll be blogging about. Which, I'm sure, will be a relief to my dear readers!
Anyway, vitamin K is very important because, without it you could bleed to death! Vitamin K helps your blood to coagulate. So, without it ,blood does not clot properly which could lead to internal bleeding, and bleeding to death.
You can get vitamin K in your diet from yogurt, alfalfa( an excellent source by the way), dark green leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolk, liver, and soy bean oil. To suggest a "proper" daily amount is difficult because, like vitamin D, the needed amount varies from person to person.

I hope that, at least, some of this information has been helpful and easy to understand. Just remember that diet and exercise are the keys to preventing those unwanted doctor bills and keeping your body healthy!

~Miss Taeler~

Vitamin Facts part 5

Vitamin E

If you know your "ABC's" then you already knew what was next.(I hope) :]
Vitamin E is just as important, or maybe even more important than any other of the 7 basic vitamins. Without vitamin E your body wouldn't be able to absorb other nutrients and process other vitamins properly. Which could lead to having the deficiency symptoms of other vitamins and minerals, when all you lack is E.
Specifically, vitamin E helps your body keep nutrients from being destroyed in your body by oxygen. It also helps your body use vitamin A and increase the amount of vitamin A that can be stored in your liver. E helps convert your food into energy, keep your heart and skeletal muscles healthy, and helps burns heal faster.
Some edible sources of vitamin E are:
-vegetable oils
-wheat germ
-whole grain breads and cereals
-egg yolk
-bean sprouts
-lettuce &
Vitamin E deficiency symptoms are...fatigue, weakness, & deficiency symtoms of other vitamins.
It's hard to determine the amount of vitamin E that you need, because it depends on the amount of fats and oils you eat. However, you generally need more vitamin E the more fats and oils that you eat.
Again, just do your best to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle with the 7 basic food groups all incorporated proportionately, and plenty of good exercise!
God bless!
~Miss Taeler~

Vitamin Facts part 4

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, exists in several forms. Of course there are the edible forms, but there is also a form inside the fatty substances in your body. This form reacts to ultraviolet sunlight in such a way that when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays it converts into a usable substance that your body can then absorb.
Vitamin D functions to help your body use minerals from other foods to build strong teeth and bones, and helps prevent tooth decay.
Vitamin D can be obtained by spending an hour or two outside on a sunny day, or eating some liver(yuck), fish liver oils, sardines, salmon, tuna, or egg yolks. You can also obtain vitamin D from milk that has been exposed to ultraviolet rays (sunlight), since the fatty substance in your skin that is converted to vitamin D also exists in milk.
A lack of an appropriate amount of vitamin D can cause soft or poorly formed bones and teeth as well as rickets. The appropriate amount of vitamin D varies from person to person, so just do your best to eat healthy and spend time outdoors and your body will do the rest!

Vitamin Facts part 3

Vitamin C

Everyone knows vitamin C is important and can be obtained from citrus fruits. However, most folks don't know that vitamin C helps prevent allergies and fatigue! It also helps heal cuts, scrapes, burns, and broken bones, it helps keep your gums healthy, and helps your body form collagen.
The wonderful C is easily obtained from citrus fruits(duh), as well as berries, papayas, cantaloupes, tomatoes, broccoli, raw cabbage, brussel sprouts, and green peppers. In order to prevent a vitamin C deficiency you need to have some in your diet every day. Be careful not get too much at once, or you might get diarrhea! That would be bad. However, your body loves Vitamin C and unless you take A LOT at once then you will be fine.
Without enough C in your diet you are more susceptible to infections, and(of course) a deficiency. Deficiency symptoms are: Bruises( that you don't know where they came from), Bleeding gums, infections, and scurvy. Like vitamin B, a vitamin C deficiency is fairly rare in the USA, but the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Vitamin Facts part 2

B complex vitamins

Vitamin B is hidden in the shadow of vitamin A and the importance of it is often overlooked. The B complex vitamins are fairly easy to obtain in a diet and very profitable for your body. There are four that I've learned about so far and probably several more, but you need to have some of them every day.
Vitamin B functions in your body to...
-use protein to build new tissue
-change food into energy
-help digest your food
-help your body grow at a normal rate
-keep your blood healthy
-keep your gums healthy and prevent tooth decay
-keep the skin around your eyes and mouth smooth and healthy
-help your heart and nervous system work properly
You can get the B complex vitamins from liver, yeast, wheat germ, brown rice, milk, meat, whole-grain breads and cereals, nuts, and most vegetables.
A vitamin B deficiency is pretty rare, but it can lead to anemia and beriberi, which are both life threatening diseases.
As i said, a vitamin B deficiency is pretty rare here in America, so I wouldn't stress over it. Just be careful to make sure that you eat a healthy diet and stay fit and you should "B" fine. :)

This vitamin facts series is just me blogging about what I'm learning in biology. I thought it was interesting, helpful info and wanted to share! If you have any questions or comments, please comment, and I will do my best to answer them.

~finding joy in the small stuff~
~Miss Taeler~

Vitamin Facts part 1

Vitamin A

When I think of vitamin A, I automatically think of carrots. I must admit that the two go hand in hand, however, there is much more to vitamin A than the orange root that most children despise.
Did you know that a vitamin A deficiency can cause night blindness, sensitivity to light, dry and rough skin,dull hair, ridges in your nails, poorly formed teeth, diseased gums, and stunted growth! I knew it was important but didn't know it was that important!
So where can we get enough vitamin A to prevent having a deficiency? CARROTS! Not really, they are a good source but so is any dark green or dark yellow vegetables and dark yellow fruits. As well as egg yolks, milk, fish liver oils, liver, and real butter. So, if your kids don't like carrots very much, don't worry. It's good to make them continually try little bites, since kids tastes change as they grow, but miss mom, they won't loose their sight if they don't eat a carrot a day.
Now the question is, "How much vitamin A is enough?" Well, you generally need to eat at least one serving of vegetables twice a day. That should be easy, right?
Yes, I know, easier said than done. I don't think that my family even eats that many vegetables! (OOPS)
However, of you eat a lot of vitamin A it will help you have healthy,smooth skin, it will help you see well and help you develop healthy bones and tooth enamel. It will also help your body fight infections and colds! So, happy Vitamin A to all of you and may we all eat healthier!

Beware of Following Your Heart

Hollywood is constantly telling everyone to follow their hearts; this message they send annoys me. America's idol is telling people to believe in something they can't trust, and the American people have to do that enough already!
The bible says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: and who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9(kjb)
Our heart can tell us many things. for instance, the heart of a thief tells him to steel but conscience tells him not to break the law, which says, "Thou shalt not steel"(Exodus 20:15). The heart of murderer tells him to kill, which is also against the law. The heart of an adulterer will convince him/her to ruin another perfectly good relationship for their own personal gain when this too is wrong in the sight of God and man. A human cannot trust their own heart.
So who can a heart trust If he can't trust himself? He definitely can't trust the government, his friends, and (more often than not) his own family! A stranger will lie to him, a friend will betray him, and family will forsake him, so who can he turn to?! Who can he trust?
Well friend, if you don't know God...then there's no one you can turn to. You are helplessly alone and with out a shoulder to lean on or a person to talk to, and friend, you need to know God and trust Him as your saviour. If you would like to do that today then scroll down down my blog til you find the plan of salvation and read it. Dear reader if you have a personal relationship with Christ, then stop believing the devil's lies and start reading your bible! Don't follow your heart, friend, follow God. He could use your help, that is if you are a willing vessel. The fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few! Friend, you can be used of God and receive a reward in heaven rather than be used of satan and receive glory on this ball of dirt! Glory that will fade and be forgotten with time.
Dear brother or sister I beg you to please, not follow your heart! It's not worth it, and please don't believe Hollywood anymore. Please follow the Lord and let Him do something great with your life. Friend, God needs you. Please don't follow your heart.