Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Free book trailer giveaway on Adazing!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*SPOILER ALERT* Excellent read! It had me captivated for every moment. In the beginning, it was a little slow, but for a lover of history facts (like me), it's excellent all the way through. It goes into great detail explaining the entire plot to kill Lincoln; I never knew that Booth had accomplices who were supposed to kill Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward on the same night as Lincoln! Interesting little facts like those kept me intrigued throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for any lover of history, especially the Civil War. I read this book as I was studying the Civil War in history class at school and it has helped me greatly. The audiobook version is excellent too. Mr. O'Reilly does an amazing job at reading it and emphasizing certain parts.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Song Post

I've been crazy busy and didn't have time last week to write up a blog post, so here I am...

Though I'd just share a song that I really like. My friend +Heidi W. sent it to me and I've enjoyed listening to it over and over again. Enjoy!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rage Over a Lost Glove

For my Advanced Literature: Catholic class, we read The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. For homework, we had to write our own mock epic (satirical) poem in heroic couplets with iambic pentameter. What are heroic couplets and iambic pentameter? Heroic couplets is a rhyming pattern that rhymes as A, A, B, B, C, C, etc. Iambic pentameter is a rhythm that contains ten syllables, the first syllable being unstressed and the second being stressed, resulting in a "da DA da DA da DA da DA da DA"pattern. We had to use exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody in our poem.

I wrote my poem about a person losing a glove that he doesn't even care about. If any of you are avid classical music listeners, you might get my reference to Beethoven's "Rage Over a Lost Penny (Rondo a Capriccio)." :D Enjoy!


Rage Over A Lost Glove
By Catherine Mohs
Oh, when/ the sum/mer's leaves/ in green/ were clothed
A gen/tle breeze/ from lov/ely south/ doth blowed
Capriccio/ girded/ himself/ to sort/ his clothes
A very/ capricious ad/venture/ he had/ chose
And while/ he battled/ his way/ throughout/ the mess
He chanced/ upon/ a glove,/ all torn/ and bereft
Without/ a sec/ond glance/ he threw / aside
But then/ returned/ to where/ it sadly/ lied
"Oh my!/ Look here!"/ says he/ in utter/ dismay
"This glove/ has had / no pair/ with which/ to lay!"
In conster/nation/, he did/ search/ low
And like/ a berser/king warrior/, he storms/ and blow
Fin/ally,/ he sinks/ back in/ a chair
The wound/ of his/ defeat/ was too much/ to bear
But with/ the clash/ of spears/, his Rondo/ strides in
"Why, what/  is ever/ the matter/, my dear/est kin?"
Ricci moans/, and groans/, and throws/ a sigh/ on high
"Have you/ ever seen/ my glove?/ Oh, tell/ no lie!"
"Well, since/ I can/not lie,/ oh, Ricci/ dear
I will/ tell you/ the truth./ Give ear,/ oh hear
That I/ had used/ your glove/, and no/ mistake
I only/ had meant/ to borrow/, and not/ to take
But alas!/ that dreadful,/ oh that/ awful/ day
Be cursed/ that hour/ I set down/ and walked/ away!"
He so/ concluded/ with a/ tremulous/ sigh
To Ric/ci's ears/ was lost/ the plain/tive cry
"You wretch,/ you villain,/ you horrid/ fool child!
Containing/ a wick/ed heart/ while outwardly/ mild
You knew/ that these/ were my old/ favorite/ gloves
Misplac/ing them/ is like/ unto losing/ my loves!
Without/ them, I am/ Samson/ bereft/ of his hair
Or like/ a innocent/ sheep/ in a li/on's lair!
Now you/ wretch’d child/ now you/ will pay/ for this melee
Or else/ you’ll nev’r/ again/ see light/ of day!
So roared/ Capriccio/ on that/ fine summer/ noon
His howls/ echoed like/ a wolf/ up to/ the moon.
The van/quished foe/ in terror/ fled out/ the door
And Capriccio/ mourned/ his glove/ for ev/er more.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Review: Curious George and the Dump Truck

Curious George and the Dump Truck Curious George and the Dump Truck by Margret Rey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These funny little books never cease to make me laugh! These were my little brother's favorites when he was young.

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Review: Kamiano and I

Kamiano and I Kamiano and I by Carmen Pellicer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simple and sweet! My little sister got this book from her godparents for a birthday and we all love it! It's the simplified story of Father Damien of Molokai. It makes a great present for young Catholic children!

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Review: Polar Bears On The Path

Polar Bears On The Path Polar Bears On The Path by Ben M. Baglio
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's alright. It has a great tendency to put animals before people and it obviously biased toward environmentalism. However, it's a simple and fun book for young children to read and has interesting facts about different animals.

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