Wow, I haven’t written a post in a while…

I’ve been really busy lately, so I haven’t been writing new posts. Here’s an overview of the past month or so:

I auditioned for Wallingford Community Theatre recently. They are performing The King and I over the summer. I got the part of one of the King’s many wives. We have a really great cast this year. I think it’s gonna be an awesome show. We started rehearsals last week.

I babysit for these three kids, and their mom is getting a job over the summer, so she needs me to babysit them all day once a week (technically it’s twice a week, but my sister is doing one day, and I’m doing the other). She’s going to pay me well, so I should be able to save up to get the digital camera I want. YAY!

I started watching this TV series called Heroes, and it’s amazing!! I absolutely love it. I just started watching it last month and I’m already on season 3! It’s about people getting these abilities, and how they have to save the world. Some people can paint the future, or fly, or read minds, or teleport, or shoot fire from there hands, or take other people’s abilities, or turn invisible. It’s so unpredictable, you never know whether someone is a good guy or a bad guy, or what. Anyway, I love it to death!

(That’s Peter. He’s one of my favorite characters. He can absorb others’ abilities and use them. He’s pretty much awesome =] yea.)

I’m going into high school next year and I’m joining color guard. I play the oboe, but oboes don’t march in the band, and since I’m taking band as a credit so I can play in the concerts and stuff, I have to march, so I’m doing color guard instead. Anyway, we had a meeting the other day, and we’re going to practice over the summer. I can’t wait to get started.

I’m sure there’s more stuff I missed but I’ll catch up in more blog posts. So yeah that’s pretty much my life right now, in a nutshell. =]

What is a Real Hero?

A real hero to me is someone who makes the world a better place for someone else. Someone who puts others before themselves. Someone who would put themselves in harms way, to make sure that someone else is safe. A real hero fights evil, in any form. It could be a police officer fighting crime, or a firefighter saving a little girl from a terrible fire. It could even be a Mom or a Dad protecting their child from the evils of the world, or a child standing up for what they believe in.

What is a real hero to you?

 

Should the United States become more or less democratic?

I think the US should be more democratic. The people should be able to have more of a say in the actions of the government. We vote representatives into office, but they’re the ones who do the voting for us. If the person we want to represent us isn’t selected where does that leave us? If they aren’t voted into office they can’t vote for or against the issues we want them to. If we become more democratic we don’t have to be voted into office to vote. Our vote would count just as much as everyone else’s.

Restrictions on Voting

If the Electoral College was abolished, and people voted directly for the president, what should the qualifications be to vote? Well there should definitely be an age limit on voting because you wouldn’t want a four-year-old voting for the president. It’s hard to decide what age you can vote, because it’s not really about age, but it’s more about how educated we are. However since there’s no good way to test that, age is the best way to keep the voting fair.

Other than that I don’t think there’s much you can do. Everyone is equal and should be allowed to vote. There are some types of people you wouldn’t want voting for the president, but there’s no good way to restrict someone who shouldn’t be voting from voting.

If your name were a verb, what would it be?

If my name were a verb it would be sing! Singing is pretty much my life, along with acting. If you ask any of my friends they’ll all tell you that I sing everywhere I go. In fact right now, as I write this I’m humming! Hahaa. I come from a very musical family, where everyone sings. There is never a time in my house when someone isn’t singing. It’s actually pretty funny, because my parents met in a band in college. My dad played the drums and was the back-up singer, and my mom was the lead singer. I love telling people that just to see how they react. It almost seems too perfect. =]

Anyway, if your name were a verb what would it be?

Trail of Tears

When you read this poem going from top to bottom it is in the perspective of a soldier who is leading the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears. However, when you read it from bottom to top it is in the perspective of a Cherokee Indian on the trail. Here is an example of another poem written the same way.

TRAIL OF TEARS
By Mallorie, Megan, and Lauren

Soldiers are rightfully claiming their land

I refuse to believe

The Cherokee own this territory

That is a lie

This is what’s best

They say

This is wrong

I say

It’s our land

We declare

What’s rightfully ours

We need

The Tribe to give up their land east of the Mississippi

They want

To stay, but

We want

For the white people to be able to use that land 

The Cherokee are forced to leave

The US needs the land

I don’t care that

Tears are falling on the ground

Our

Troops guide the way

The suffering continues for the Cherokee

The tribe is forced to travel with the agony of hunger, thirst, and the loss of a home

But still

The Cherokee are uncivilized 

I do not believe

The tribe is worthy of keeping the land

The tribe should be forced to leave, because I know

Christian farmers need that land

I don’t believe that just because

They want the land for their selfish reasons

They should get it

It’s wrong to think

We 

Don’t

Need that land more than they do

We

Are doing the right thing

I refuse to think they

Should have the land that we need

The Cherokee Tribe

Just doesn’t realize what this land means to us

The US

My Van!

Okay, so I have this green van, and we’ve had for as long as I can remember. It’s HUGE and we always travel in it. Anyway, about a year and a half ago my mom got into a car accident and the van was pretty messed up. We couldn’t afford to fix the damage, but we couldn’t bear to leave it, because we love it soo much. So it’s been sitting in our driveway for the past year and a half, and today I found out that my dad got it fixed!! I’m sooo happy! We have our van back!!! =]=]=]

Define Democracy

The definition of democracy according to dictionary.reference.com is “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.”

I believe that democracy is more than just dictionary.reference.com’s version of it. Yes, it is governed by the people, but to the people it means so much more than that. Although we don’t have a pure democracy, our democratic republic gives us the freedom to elect our representatives, and choose our president- something a lot of countries don’t get to do. Democracy is a symbol of our freedom and our unity. With all our differences in opinions and beliefs, we as a nation can come together and be a part of our government system.

Do you define a person by their actions or their intentions?

I would define a person by their intentions, because someone could do something horrible, and have great intentions. Someone could also do something great and have bad intentions.

Let’s say some guy gets arrested for robbing a bank. You see that in the newspaper and think, how could anyone do something so horrible?  Little do you know, that guy got laid off, has been out of work for months, and now he needs money for his sick daughter to have surgery. On the other hand, someone could do something really great, like save someone from a fire. You see that in the newspaper and think, wow, we need to have more people like them, but really they’re only doing it for the attention, the fame. You can’t judge someone unless you know the intentions that go with their actions.

We make a lot of decisions based on intentions. We choose our president based on his intentions for our country. We have no idea if he is going to follow through and act on those intentions. When someone is interviewed for a job, you don’t know what they’re going to do. The only thing you have to work with is what they intend to do. You have to decide, based on their intentions, whether or not they would be right for the job. When you apply for a school, and you get an interview, you have to present to them what you can bring to the school, what you intend to do for the school. They care more about your intentions for the future than they do about your past actions.

People are known for their actions, but it’s a rare occasion when we notice someone for their intentions. You could do something amazing, but if your intentions are bad, what does that really mean?