Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Berenstein Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstein

The Berenstein Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstein is a short story good to be
read at a child's bed time. The story explores the adventures Brother and Sister Bear have going back to school, or going to school for the first time, as in Sister's case. It is good for children who may have anxiety about going to school. It helps them see that others go through the same thing, and helps them understand that transitioning to school or going back to school after summer is over is not as insurmountable a thing as they may at first think. The book was first published in 1978.

Saturday, June 19, 2021


On 19 of June 1865, 2000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas where Gordon Granger, a U.S. Army officer issued General Order no. 3, informing the people of Texas that every person who had been enslaved up to that point in the borders of the United States, was free. This came some years after the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, which was issued January 1, 1863, a few months after January 31, 1865 when the 13th Amendment passed in Congress, and some months before December 6, 1865 when the 13th Amendment, officially ending slavery throughout all the United States was ratified.
The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the Border States of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, and later West Virginia which became a state in 1863. When Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, he worried that the border states mentioned above would leave the union and join the South making the war all the more difficult to win for the North. And so only slaves in the Confederacy were officially freed by the Proclamation. This Proclamation included all slaves in the south, including Texas, but because information traveled so slowly in those days, the slaves in Texas did not know they were free until Juneteenth. Juneteenth did not mark the complete end of slaverly in the U.S. since the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to the border states. It was only after the 13th Amendment to the Constitution became law December 6, 1865, that the slaves in the border states were free. The Emancipation Proclamation, General Order no. 3, and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are fantastic victories that enforce the understanding that slavery is fundamentally immoral, and that basic human rights are God given, and should not be taken away except in the rare instance when someone has committed a crime and needs to be incarcerated for the safety of others. They enforce the idea that the freedoms spoken of in The Declaration of Independence should apply to all people, male and female, regardless of race. ******************************************************* What Is Juneteenth?. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from********** Gordon Granger - Wikipedia. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from **************** National Archives Safeguards Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order. (2020). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from********************************************* The Emancipation Proclamation (article) | Khan Academy. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from***** The Emancipation Proclamation. (2015). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from********************** 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery. (2016). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from ***** 13th Amendment ratified. (2021). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from************************************************** The Declaration of Independence. (2015). Retrieved 19 June 2021, from

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams by Nancy Hazbry and Roy Condy

How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams by Nancy Hazbry and Roy Condy is a fun and entertain short story for children. I enjoyed reading it, and I thought the suggestions given for getting rid of bad dreams were fun. It is a good bed time book that I find entertaining, and I especially like the way it helps children develop accountability and the idea that they are in control of their own thoughts and attitudes. It is very empowering. How to Get Rid of Bad Dreams was first published in 1983.

Rachel Yoder- Jumping to Conclusions by Wanda E. Brunstetter

In Rachel Yoder-Jumping to Conclsions by Wanda E Brunstetter, young Rachel Yoder always seems to be landing in trouble of one kind or another. This is mostly
because of her habit of listening to other people's conversations, and misunderstanding what they're saying! At one time, she thinks her widowed grandfather is about to propose to a widowed old lady Rachel doesn't like, but at other times, she thinks people are deathly ill without hearing the whole story! Is Rachel going to learn to stop eavesdropping, or is she going to get herself and others, into even more serious trouble? Read this delightful book about a young Amish girl and her friends and family, to find out! Rachel Yoder-Jumping to Conclusions was published in 2013.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster directed by Scott Jeralds

Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster directed by Scott Jeralds is a fun adventure cartoon movie when Scooby and his human pals travel to Scotland to help Daphne's cousin Shannon Blake host the Highland Games on the shores of Loch Ness. While there, Scooby and Shaggy have a run in with the Loch Ness Monster, or so they think. Additionally, the gang has to navagate between the arguments of a man who believes the Loch Ness Monster is a myth, and a woman who is completely convinced that Nessie is real! What will happen as the kids work to find out what is really going on? Watch the movie and find out! The movie's primary audience is children, but all ages would find it enjoyable. The movie was published in 2004.

Bach's Fight for Freedom by David Devine

Bach's Fight for Freedom by David Devine and directed by Stuart Gillard is a story about a small section in the life of Johann Sebastian Bach when he was in his early 30s and working for Duke Willhelm. A young pre-teen protagonist named Frederick comes in contact with him when Fredrick is
assigned to be Mr. Bach's assistant. Though the two butt heads at first, they soon come to realize that they are kindred spirits. Each of them has dreams he wants to fulfill, but is stifled by the constricts of society, Duke Wilhelm's wishes, and family expectations. The most inspiring scene in the movie for me, was when "If there's something in this world that you are meant to do, then just go out and do it. People will only discourage you if you let them." I enjoyed the movie very much, and recommend it to fans of classical music, especially of J.S. Bach's work. But the story can be enjoyed by anyone who likes inspiring stories of friendship and overcome difficulty. It was first made in 1995.

Audiobook: Build Your House Upon a Rock by Hank Smith

I just finished listening to a very inspiring talk by Hank Smith that was recorded and put on an audiobook by Covenant Communications called Build Your House Upon a Rock by Hank Smith. The talk is directed at young people, ages 12-17, but as an adult I still found it inspiring and educational. Hank Smith talks about the parable from the Bible about a man who build his house upon a rock versus the man who built his house on sand. The house on the rock stayed firm when a storm came, and the house on the sand was washed away. Hank Smith joked about when he was little, he imagined the man with the house on the rock building it literally
upon a massive rock, having to use a ladder to climb up to it. But he later learned that translated from Hebrew and Greek, the word "rock" is synonymous with "foundation". He said back in ancient Israel, people built their houses on foundations just like we do, nowadays. And the story about the man building his house on a rock was just about a man building his house on a strong foundation that was able to withstand the storm. He compared the foundation of the house in the parable to a person's private life. He mentioned that when you look at a house, you don't really notice the foundation. The house that is visible he compared to a person's public life. He said that who you are in your private life, your foundation, may not be visible to others. But eventually, who you are in your private life shows up in your public life. If you have a poor foundation, the house, the public life, will eventually crumble for all to see. But if your private life is sound, strong, moral, etc. Then that will show in your public life. The way Hank Smith presented his talk was fun and friendly, yet very straightforward, honest, and inspiring. Build Your House Upon a Rock was first produced in 2016.