Because you probably haven’t read enough on the election..

Dear Jerry,

I am so sorry that I have not been writing you, lately the Marks’ house has been a mess to say the least. Anyway, my topic today is the election. Even though I am not legal to vote yet I would have voted for  Mr. Donald Trump. One of my biggest problems with the world we  live in today Jerry is that people kill little babies and call it something other than murder, when in fact murder is just what it is. Secretary Clinton wanted to make the law so that mothers could abort the baby at 8 months. To me that is appalling that people are actually okay with that, I mean the baby is totally functional by then. When a woman was trying to have a baby and is happy, people are always saying “congratulations on the baby!” and such, but when the woman gets pregnant on accident suddenly the term baby is changed to “fetus” and it’s okay to murder it. Now I understand that fetus is the scientific term but I just don’t think it is edifying to call a human being a fetus. I could go on and on about my stand on abortion but I will limit myself to that small rant. My point in all of that was that is why I would vote for Mr. Trump, he is pro-life and to me that is one of the most important things to look for in a candidate. I believe that in order to honor God in who we vote for, life is very important in Gods eyes, He loves His people. We should protect that. Mr. Trump also has a strong Christian as his Vice President. This is important because he may be able to talk Mr. Trump out of immoral decions and what not. Apparently in the last month Mr. Trump has accepted Christ, maybe that is why his last few speeches were more humble. If he did that is fantastic, if not, him and Mr.Pence will have a long four years together so maybe God will work in his heart.

Anyway Jerry, that’s all I’m gonna say on that topic. Until next time my little reptile friend.

~Mya

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Bah Humbug: Part II

 Disclaimer: This post, along with several others soon to come, was mostly written around the holiday season and never got uploaded. What’s my excuse, you may be wondering? Mostly procrastination: a.k.a the bane of every student’s existence. But nearly five months later, I’m back from the dead and ready to make my last year blogging count for something…. I guess. I may be a chronic procrastinator, but I hate leaving things unfinished. So, prepare your notifications for these very relevant topics that will be discussed in the next few weeks.

 


 

Jerry,

Remember the post I made about Christmas music last year? Well, I’m here to report that Christmas 2k16 left my opinion quite unchanged.

No one is surprised by this.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I will not be rambling about my opinion on Christmas music that no one cares about. Instead this will be on the topic of every materialistic person’s favorite part about Christmas: presents.

All throughout the holiday season, the media continuously tries to convince us that there is no better feeling than receiving presents on Christmas Day. While finally getting a long-desired gift can be an exciting moment, the initial joy fades away rather quickly as our envious minds find other objects to desire. This holiday season was the year I finally came to understand that giving gifts to others elicits a far more meaningful impact on one’s soul than simply receiving them.

 

Christmas 2016 crept up on me unexpectedly fast. The realization of its existence didn’t really sink in until less than two weeks prior. Realizing the predicament I was in, I frantically searched various stores for things that could at least pass as gifts. But as many of us know too well, shopping for others can be surprisingly difficult. So, I did what all creatively-inclined cheapskates do and descended into the all-consuming void of Pinterest for inspiration.

After much digging, I finally decided on a few easy but practical projects to challenge myself with. And I’m proud to say that I did succeed in making most of my gifts this year, despite my chronic procrastination fighting me every step of the way. Among these creations include light-up constellation decor for college friends and a sketchbook I made entirely by hand.

Making one’s own gifts is incredibly satisfying. Readers, if you have a strong desire to find deeper meanings in over-commercialized holidays, I would highly suggest making gifts for the important people in your life. True, it can be fun shopping for presents. But in my experience, it is much more satisfying to create something unique with your own hands – even if it’s something as simple as a card. It’s a great way to expand your creativity and build confidence in your own abilities. Plus, the result is a one-of-a-kind gift that your friends are guaranteed to appreciate.

Until next time Jerry,

 

-Hannah: Procrastinator Supreme

Book Recommendation

Dear Jerry,
I have been tasked with recommending a book to you and I’m having trouble picking one there are so many to choose from. I think I have recommended Unbroken before so I will stick with another of my all time favorites The Hunger Games series. I don’t know if I have recommended this book before but even so I will recommend it again. The Hunger Games is a fantastic dystopian trilogy following a young girl named Katiss Everdeen. As she fights for her life she discovers that survival in a world where children are sent to fight each other to the death is a lot harder than anyone can imagine. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action and dystopia. The Hunger Games has plot twists every turn and will keep you flipping the pages. This series is one of my favorite series because I love how realistic parts of it can be. Of course there are parts that are not realistic at all but for the most part the book is very believable and I think that is part of why the series is a best seller. If you like the book 1984 by George Orwell then there’s a pretty good chance you will like The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a more modern version of 1984 it exhibits the same kind of ideas that the government is not what it should be. If you haven’t read it go read it its a must read. I would recommend this book for teens and adults. So that’s it Jerry go read the Hunger Games until next time. your bud

-Caroline

A book recommendation

Dear Jerry, 

This week I’m gonna be giving you a book reccomendation, assuming you can read that is. 

One book that I really like is When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy.  This book was a huge help for me and I’m sure would be for young girls wanting a relationship. It is written by a husband and wife that both waited for God to bring them together rather than just going around dating and being heartbroken. They are funny, kind of cheesy but it is not a boring read, they tell their stories and take turns writing. Every chapter they go back and forth so it keeps the book interesting, hearing each side of the story, while learning about letting God take over. 

I for sure reccomend this book to young women. I have already read it twice and learn more from it every time. 

Washington D.C.

Oh Jerry, the only thing I would change about the D.C. trip would be buying an extra plane ticket for you. You should have seen it! All of the laughs, sights, and adventures. I can’t bring myself to choose “one favorite part” because, let’s face it, who can actually pick a favorite for anything.

I’m just going to list a few of the memorable things that occurred (in no particular order.)

First off, as much as we love the kindles, getting to see Miss Sarah in person is always awesome.

I SAW SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME! IT was amazing! It was cold (duh) and fun to play in. Definitely fun to play in, but I would wouldn’t want to live in it. One of the best days with snow was a day that wasn’t supposed to happen. Because of the snow storm, Stella, our flight was delayed. so we had an extra day to do whatever we wanted. So what was on that to-do list? A snowball fight in the mall of course. That was fun.

One of my favorite parts of that snowball fights happened like this:

After apparently failing at building a snowman, the northerners started to instruct the Floridians bow to construct the proper snowman. So as I was trying to make the body to my snowman, Caroline asks me, “Rebekah, do you have your camera around your neck?” I was very concentrated  on making my snowman’s base so I replied, “No. Why?” “Just because I didn’t want it to get wet.” I knew something was up but I wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen. Out of no where I find myself pinned against the ground. Caroline tackled me. It was really funny.

Speaking of Caroline, it was her 18th birthday! Mrs. Barley surprised her with unicorn cupcakes. They were delicious and adorable.

This next story  had the whole girl’s room laughing for a solid five minuets.

Miss Sarah is on her phone reading an email from the airport. She reads it intently assuming it’s something serious that might have happened with the flight. But instead of letting everyone know what’s up, she just starts laughing. The email was letting Mr. Bergquist know that their departure was delayed by one minute. At the end of the email it stated “sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.”  They were supposed to leave at 6:00, instead they were inconvenienced to leave at 6:01.

I could keep going on and on and on about the trip but I better stop.

Until next Jerry

Rebekah

Our Time in Washington D.C.

Dear Jerry,

I recently arrived home from One Room’s second trip to Washington D.C. My classmates and I had another wonderful time in our nation’s capital. Many of us thought that last year couldn’t be topped; but I believe it was. This year was full of surprises, brand new experiences and many sights and sounds that we know and love from last year. In today’s blog I will do my best to narrow down my highlights of the trip. 

First, I must say that it is impossible for me to choose my favorite part of the trip because I enjoyed all that we did so much. I truly don’t know what the best part was in my opinion. With that said, we did so many awesome things! The National Spy Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture were just two of the new things we did this year. Both were very fun and interesting. Another brand new experience for many of us wasn’t a museum or exhibit, but snow! My siblings and I got to see it for the first time. On our last day there, we got to have a big snowball fight and made a unicorn-pig snowman (it had an even longer title which I am unable to remember). There, of course, was the National Air and Space Museum which we went to last year but it is so amazing we had to do it again (if you can’t tell, that’s my favorite museum). Even there, we did something new. Adam Gillispie and I got to do the fighter jet simulator for the F-4 Phantom II. I was the pilot and Adam was the gunner. We got the rating of ace for shooting down eight aircraft. In the end, one of the great parts of the trip was just being back in D.C. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this trip again and the memories we made there will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Until next time,

Stephen

My time in D.C.

Why hello there Jerry. I might as well tell you all about what I thought the trip to D.C. this year was like. It was better than last years kind of. you see we missed the Lincoln monument and I’d really like to run up and down the steps of that place again. Yes I know that’s not everything that matters there. I just really want to do it again. Now on the plus side we did get to go to the spy museum. That was fun, the simulation could have been better but I’m not gonna get all up in a bunch just to talk about what could be better about it. The snow ball fight was fun and funny. I mean it was enjoyable and to watch Mrs Barley school Caroline in a snowball fight was priceless. Building our Anorexic unicorn snow pig was fun and memorable. I still think we need to create a movement to back that up. It would have been really cool to meet the president but we didn’t, maybe next year. Spending time with people that I could actually talk to was definitely a good part of the trip. There was also thankfully less whining and less gift shop shopping. The flight simulators were so much fun. Me and Stephen got Ace on the flight simulator so that was an accomplishment. There was of corse some stuff I didn’t enjoy. The holocaust museum was harder than last time. And the long periods in the cold windy outdoors. Yeah that was probably the most physically stressful part of the trip. And of corse I got home sick. Just like last time we were in D.C. towards the end I just wanted to go home. Maybe it’s the bed I miss, I don’t know. So all in all I enjoyed the trip more than I did last year but I still had that Home sick feeling throughout the trip. Maybe next year it will be better. Who really knows.

Current Event

Dear Jerry, 

We’re going to take a dive into a current event today. When I hear those two words, I can’t help but think of President Trump. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has that problem. Seeing as the chances you’ll hear every news channel reporting something related to him is astronomically high, it’s pretty simple to have this predicament. You would think that when I am assigned to blog about a current event, I’d choose one that has nothing to do with President Trump. There you’d be wrong. That’s exactly what I am blogging about. Apparently I can’t escape the craze the media has with him and every breath he takes either. 

On Tuesday, President Trump will make his first address to a Joint Session Congress. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that Trump will push a “bold agenda” in his biggest speech since his inauguration. Spicer also said that he will touch on “public safety, including defense, increased border security, taking care of our veterans, and then economic opportunity, including education and job training, health care reform, jobs, takes and regulatory reform” in the highly anticipated speech. If the fact that he is speaking isn’t controversial enough already, it certainly will be now. Trump’s goals of the speech are said to strike a balance on the challenges ahead as well as reflecting a tone that focuses on the American spirit. 

Such a speech seems reasonable and expected. Although, judging by the way people have reacted so far to Trump’s young presidency, it is garunteed to be contentious. I wouldn’t be surprised if several congressman disrupt the speech at some point because they disagree with something Trump says. Regardless on whether or not you agree or disagree with him, he is our president; the least you can do is listen to him. You can oppose his stances all you want, but at least respect his position. Either way, the speech, and the response to it is going to be interesting. Sorry about adding to the noise with more Trump-mania.

Until next time

-Stephen