Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The book and the movie vary only slightly, though a little more at the end.
However, the way that the book is written, it seemed almost alligorical. That could be because I'm in an alligorical mood from reading Pilgrim's Progress, but the belief that the Princess and Curdie have in the Great-great Grandmother Irene is similar to the belief that Christians have in God. Irene struggles with whether she actually saw her GGGrandmother or not, and is then frustrated with Curdie's stubbornness when he doesn't believe. Then she comes to the conclusion that he has to decide for himself, and she can't be mad at him, since she went through the same struggle.
I felt this was a little far fetched, but I researched. George MacDonald was a minister, and his works greatly influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and he said, "I write not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be five, or fifty, or seventy-five." Therefore, he probably did have some deeper meaning to his work, and I'm not being completely far fetched.
Anyway, I really recommend this book. For those of you on summer break, it's a lighthearted book, and you don't have to read a lot into it (though I find it really fun to figure out what authors are trying to get across). It's on Librivox.org, if you are interested.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One of my uncles at the foot of the ruins.
We rented a little two bedroom house for the week, and this was our private patio and courtyard. It was a very nice house, in a simple way, with open air windows and within feet from the ocean. Shown are two of my uncles, my sister in the hammock, and my cousin trying to crack open a coconut with a hammer.
My second favorite place in the world, thus far, is Tivoli, Italy, more specifically Ville d'Este. Ville d'Este is a house built just east of Rome, with beautiful murals. However, there is a greater surprise waiting when you step into the gardens. There are tons (can't find the exact number) of fountains and the gardens are extensive- I'm sure I didn't make it through all the paths. I don't have many pictures from our trip on this computer, but unless cited otherwise, they're mine.
Sign at entrance.One of the pathways.
My favorite fountains. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of them, and the only one I could find online in the creative commons was this one, which, though beautiful, doesn't show off the fountains that well. For a better picture, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:One.hundred.fountain.at.villa.d'este.arp.jpg(http://flickr.com/photos/mgrimaldi/1311926010/)
My third favorite place would have to be Johnston Canyon. It's a lovely hike in Banff National Park next to a series of falls, and up to "the inkpots," which are pools of water in a valley, where you're surrounded by mountains! I've been there several times, and love it each time.
The sign at the beginning of the walk with the distances. Part of the falls- not the most impressive ones by any means, but you'll have to go for yourself to see those. :)A sampling of the trail. It's quite a hike, especially if you go all the way to the inkpots!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
For those of you who have not heard anything about this, last week a 16 year-old called from the ranch and said she had been abused by her much older husband. She has not been found. This triggered a raid of the ranch, and a removal of 413 children and over a hundred mothers who chose to go with them. On one hand, there is then the possibility that the whole thing was fabricated. In hindsight, the raid may not ever be substantiated. Though this is a possibility, how, as a government official do you deal with that. I have watched a lot of lawyers tackle this question in video interviews from news stations, and they all say that it is the major point for the defense. However, nobody has pointed out that it is the duty of the government to investigate these situations.
That is my main point for the government's side. Beyond that, I think it was a overwhelming overreaction to a call. I have no doubt that abuse is occurring in the compounds. The whole basis for their second warrant was that they saw several pregnant teenage girls once they were on the compound for the first warrant. However, I think each case should have been treated individually, as large a job as that is. Just because a group practices a common religion doesn't mean that all the marriages are under-age (despite the religion's tenants, for those alone are not enough evidence to pursue the case).
At the same time, though the mothers are experiencing trauma like no other with their children away, it's hard to believe some of the things they are saying. At one point, a lady was asked if it is true that "14, 15, 16 year old girls married here?" and she replied that "this is about our children," and "we need to talk about our children and what they are doing." In several interviews, women have avoided this question by changing the subject, or saying "Not to my knowledge." When asked how old they were when they were married, they won't answer. When asked if they are in polygamist marriages, there are varied answers of "yes", and "I cannot say at this time."
The trial, the largest child custody case in the history of the US, begins tomorrow. Could you all please pray for the judge and lawyers as they prepare for the case, the children who are overwhelmed, and their parents.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Though it's exciting to finally have a job, it means I'm going to have to tie up my laces and stop lollygaging. It must be the time of year, but I've felt a need to clean and organize, and waste less time. I'm probably going to have to come up with some sort of schedule for myself to prevent that, at least till I get back in the habit. I feel like I'd be a lot more productive if I organized... I'm in the process of so many books- school, personal, or borrowed- that I need to sit down and determine to finish one... one at a time. I'll probably finish A Streetcar Named Desire tonight (for school) just so that it's finished.
Coming up I have two school trips, and my Biology AP test (May 12th, I believe). I need to crack down.