Sunday, March 26, 2006

Nothing or everything?

We don't have much but we have each other...

Do you ever just sit and count your blessings? Do you ever wonder what would happen if you lost everything of earthly value? Would you be able to see the positives in your life? Where would you be without your precious junk?

hmmm, life makes us asks ourselves these questions and many more without our, tomorrow...just remember to count your blessings...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mark Your Calendars

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Whole Book.
Well, I have wanted to read this book for a while but didn't actually have it. The other day I found a new copy for .49 at a thriftstore. Tonight I didn't feel like doing anything so I ignored the world and in 5 hours I read it from cover to cover.
It is about a boy that gets in a plane wreck and has to survive in the Canadian wilderness with only the hatchet his mom gave him right before he got on the plane. The hatchet comes in handy for everything. I wish I had a hatchet.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Whole book. This is a take off from the classic the Prince and the Pauper.
Prince Horance is a really bad spoiled prince. They call him Prince Brat. He is not allowed to get spankings when he does things that are wrong. So an orphan boy named Jemmy is taken from the streets to be whipped for him.
Prince Horance runs away and takes Jemmy with him. The boys have a wild adventure and get caught by two thieving cutthroats. Jemmy has to use his knowledge of the streets to get them out of all kinds of predicaments. Prince Brat is so spoiled that he doesn't even have common sense. He learns a lot about his kingdom and subjects. He learns what friendship and loyalty really mean. He has some very valuable life experiences on the streets and I hope he is at better king because of it someday!

The Princess And the Pauper by Mark Twain

WHOLE BOOK. I think it has a bit of HEALING in it too.
I liked this story. We listened to it on Tape so it had all the voices and parts. It was a story also filled with adventure! The princess and a boy from the London streets switch places on accident. Next thing you know they are on there own trying to survive in a foreign way of life. Both learn a lot about human nature and life. Both grow up quickly and take on responsibilities a boy of that age shouldn't have to have.
I was very moved by the compassion of one character that took the prince under his wing and tried to help. He didn't believe the boy was the prince. He thought he was just loosing his mind. Ironically the man also wasn't believed to be who he was when he tried to return to his home after being away for over 10 yrs.
Where is the seal? That is the reoccurring question that keeps popping up? I didn't know what it was and either did the pauper. I would read this one again and again. It was funny and imaginative and realistic.

I am on a Mark Twain spurt...I just can't get enough. I want to read the one about the jumping frog next...if I can find it. I am also looking for the book called Letter's from the Earth...our library doesn't carry it.

A Murder, A Mystery And A Marriage by Mark Twain

This was a very funny book. It started out as a project by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name: Mark Twain. It didn't ever come to much. It is a short story and keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing.
A man appears out of no where in a field buried in the snow...a greedy father won't let his daughter uncle writes a will leaving a large sum of money to the daughter of his brother, the one that won't let her get married yet...a feud...a fast talking stranger...a murder... and eventually someone gets married!
Read it and find out for yourself what makes it so funny!

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This is a Whole and Healing Book. I really enjoyed reading this one. Mark Twain has an interesting way of telling about serious things in a funny way. This story is a classic in American Literature. It takes place before the civil war.
The main character is a boy named Huck. He is telling the story from his own perspective. He is the son of the town drunkard. He is a very realistic child, doesn't have a sense of humor and is very literal when faced with problems and life in general. He has common sense and this helps him tremendously as he gets into trouble or out of trouble. He doesn't want to conform to society and sets out on a lovely adventure to escape his dad (beats him all the time), the Widow Douglas (Huck's unofficial guardian that wants to civilize him), and being bored. He makes friends with a slave named Jim. He eventually comes to the point where he respects and admires Jim and would even go to "HELL" to help him. Even though he is a slave.
I liked this book because it was so well written I could imagine what it was like to actually be there myself. Floating down the Mississippi river on a raft and meeting people, or avoiding people, carefree...too bad Huck had to go back in the end. I bet he didn't stay for long.